Microscale building is most commonly associated with the giant collaborative ‘Micropolis’ city displays at events like Brickworld, where the focus is on gleaming modern architecture. So it’s refreshing to see Flickr member HOEFOL going seriously old school with microscale models of structures from the industrial revolution.
Which of course means factories, mills and a lot of smoke stacks:
But if you weren’t fortunate enough to live in the big city with all those rats and consumption, you might have lived in a farmhouse like one of these (with just the rats):
Not exactly contemporaneous with the others, but here’s a bonus scene entitled “Stranded”. Yup, not even HOEFOL’s cute little canal barge is gonna be able to get you out of this situation!
So much clever part usage in these scenes. I was particularly impressed by the inclusion of window sills, the recessing of the doorways, and use of flowers for the surf effect in that last creation.
Sometimes a picture can speak louder than words.
Kosmas Santosa provides some stark commentary with this evocative build.
Sometimes simple is better. This microscale model of Mass Effect’s SR-2 Normandy spaceship by Sydag doesn’t use many parts, but it captures the source brilliantly and is instantly recognizable.
MocPages’ annual MocAthalon is in full swing! One of the more unique contests in the community, teams of five work to build in 30 different zany categories.
Justin and Jordan W. (General JJ) steps up and puts in this fantastic build for his team:
You might say it’s not really that amazing given some of the other micro builds we’ve seen … But take a closer look, this build was for the ‘Pair Dare’ category – where only two elements (of any colour) may be used. Yes, this entire build is made out the 1×1 slopes and the 1×2 masonry profile bricks.
Really fantastic parts use guys, good luck to you, and all the teams (you’ll need it!).
This microscale space colony by torerik has all the features of a sci-fi base including, radars, a space crane, an eco-dome, and of course a giant spaceship. The layout covers 10 large grey baseplates and was built over a course of 10 months. Check out more details of the diorama on Flickr.
Ulrik Hansen displayed this micro layout of Copenhagen at LEGO World 2014. From a glance, you see a mesmerizing array of structures typical of a microscale city. On a closer look, you’ll be impressed by the skillful techniques used to create the angled roads. The gallery on Flickr with detail shots is a must see.
Ryan H. (eldeeem) built an entire SHIP out of Modulex, which are smaller sized building bricks by The LEGO Group in the 1960s. Since the model spans over 100 studs, it qualifies for the definition of a SHIP, but it is only about 60% the size of a similar ship made out of regular Lego bricks.
Pierre E Fieschi has been producing some rather fantastic small sci-fi trucks the last few days. As per Pierre’s usual M.O. despite these models’ tiny stature they are brimming with superb details and clever parts usage.
It’s been awhile since we last saw iridescent nohow, but he’s back with a whole slew of micro builds that will make you think twice about a lot of pieces.
I was going to point out all the extremely clever piece uses here, like the drum sticks, the little flesh hands and each of the mini-micro figs … but at eight studs long it’s pretty easy to see all the nice piece usages.
(Though I will point out the fantastic Red Ruby Slippers on Dorthy).
And here’s a bonus one for all you Scooby-Doo fans:
Don’t forget to check out more of his recent micro builds on his photostream.