Tag Archives: Microscale

Some say “Go big or go home!” but it takes real talent to compress something down to just a few studs and still keep it recognizable. Of course, many of the micro models we feature here aren’t so small after all, whether it’s a vast cityscape or starship.

Helicarriers Assemble!

Let’s climb in the way-back machine, constant reader and check out this microscale Avengers Helicarrier from June of last year. The builder is TBB regular Jack Marquez Ewok in Disguise, who brings his typical style and skill to the rather unlikely vehicle.

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A more recent take on the Helicarrier come from MOCpages resident Sariel, who adds light, motion and out of scale minifigs to the creative mix. Nick Fury would no doubt be pleased…if he is ever pleased.

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Antares orbital patrol ship by Simone

I love believable sci-fi spaceships. With its comm arrays and seemingly modular sections connected by an open framework, this small ship by Simone (Wiseman_Lego) has all the hallmarks of something that could be patrolling the Oort Cloud perimeter in 2153.

Antares Orbital Patrol Ship

Also note the classic “greeble sandwich” approach that balances smooth hull shapes with technical details poking out from in between.

Take me to 311 South Wacker, and step on it!

Inspired by the collected works of Spencer Rezkalla, TBB newcomer Rocco Buttliere has slowly amassed a fine collection of microscale skyscrapers with a focus on the architecture of Chicago Illinois. For his latest project, Rocco takes on the 961 ft tower at 311 South Wacker in downtown Chicago. According the the builder, “311 was the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world at the time of its completion. It is the seventh tallest building in Chicago, and sixteenth in the US. It is also the tallest building in the world whose address is also its formal title.” Considering the limited availability of Medium Dark Flesh colored elements, the building seems all the more impressive. Enjoy today’s slice of architectural history.

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Nécropole Nationale

The Douaumont Ossuary is a war-memorial containing the remains of French and German soldiers who died on the battlefield during the Battle of Verdun in World War I. The monument is located in Douaumont, France, within the confines of the Verdun battlefield itself. French Builder Cyrille (TheBrickAvenger) shrinks the cemetery down to Microscale for this outstanding rendition. Unfortunately, perhaps the most interesting detail of Douaumont Ossuary was left out, a rotating red and white beacon at the top of the tower called “the lantern of the dead” that shines on the battlefield at night. Maybe Cyrille will tackle the structure in minifig scale some time down the road, and include the lantern. Quel hommage exceptionnel fourni aux soldats tombés au combat de la France, bien fait Cyrille!.

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I offer my standard disclaimer / apology for my substandard use of the French language, no disrespect is intended.

A striking frigate

Chris (Ironspniper) says his latest model is a microscale space frigate, but I think it could work just as well as a fig-scale drone or fighter.

FGN Alliance Strike Frigate

That’s one of the odd things about LEGO models not built to resemble something “real” — it’s really up to the builder to decide what scale it’s in. I’ve built spacecraft myself that I only decided were microscale after I’d finished them and taken the pictures.

Regardless, the great color choices and contrast between angular and circular shapes make for one excellent LEGO model.

The lovely asymettry of the Azuki Shipyards Myrmidon-class missile boat

John Stephens (-=Steebles=-) says of his missile boat that it’s “designed to deliver endless salvos of medium and long range missiles.” While the loadout is certainly formidable, I’m most impressed by the radical asymmetry of the craft, with the cockpit offset from the center-line, balanced by the sensor array and two very different wings. Nevertheless, the forward projections and wingtips on both wings tie it all together very nicely.

Azuki Shipyards: Myrmidon

A tiny lighthouse made of Modulex

The sheer scale of all the dioramas we’ve featured today calls for a tiny chaser — just something different. Modulex is as different as you can get, so here’s a lovely lighthouse built by Carson Hart.

Modulex Lighthouse by Carson Hart on Flickr

Modulex has a fairly limited palette compared to SYSTEM bricks, so the sand under the water and the printed piece on top of the lighthouse are particularly excellent details.

Planet Gridlock

Feast your eyes on this kick-ass microscale rendition of the imperial capital from Star Wars, otherwise known as Coruscant. The builder is TBB rookie KW Vauban, who seems to be quite the man of mystery with very little to say about himself or any of his models. Oh well, they can’t all be chatty Cathys like Simon Liu or yours truly. KW does an outstanding job of eschewing the standard grid design used by most diorama builders, opting instead for something closer to a radial approach. The only thing missing is all that annoying sky-traffic from untold numbers of floating conveyances.

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