Erwin te Kortschot (buildingmaster1966) returns to the Brothership on back-to-back Saturdays with this vision in brown that was actually constructed sometime last year but only recently posted to Flickr. The castle-like water tower from the Netherlands was designed by architect J.A. van der Kloes and was completed in 1882. If you find yourself passing through Villa Augustus and in need of rest, the building is still in service as a hotel. You can find more information on the Dordrecht Water Tower here, with some great photos and a history of the region.
Normally I wouldn’t bring up a work related topic with the weekend upon us, but Lee Young (edguy20) has created a pair of brilliant factories that demand your attention. The builder is decidedly tight-lipped about his work, but some models need no description or tedious back-story. The only thing I find lacking is a little bit of action…where are the minifigs?
Grab your time-card and punch out, it’s Miller time.
From French builder 74louloute comes this amazing diorama of 1930s aviator Henri Guillaumet, a mail pilot in South America who crashed in the Andes and lived to tell the tale. The scene here is brilliant, and the builder is the first I’ve seen to use tiles and the new inverted tiles together to make a super thin smooth wing, and it works marvelously.
Just to get you in the mood for Christmas, uh, four months early, flickr user LoctiteGirl presents this lovely winter wonderland. The bare trees look like something straight off a classic Christmas card, and I love the forced-perspective castle in the background.
Patrick Bosman has long been one of my favourite town LEGO builders. His dedication to period accuracy, and detailed street life put him well into my top five. This shot of his ever evolving Amsterdam diorama summarises everything I like about Patrick’s work. Between the action, the details and the technical skill he presents a snapshot of real life in plastic glory.
It’s time once again for a Saturday exploration into the always fascinating world of architecture. Both of today’s selections are from TBB neophyte Erwin te Kortschot (buildingmaster 1966), who has a very small but high quality stable of models on Flickr. We begin today’s ruminations with an 1898 Art Nouveau structure and National Heritage Site from Rotterdam, Netherlands called the “Witte Huis“. Designed by architect Willem Molenbroek, it is considered the first high-rise of Europe.
Don’t blink, because our tour ends as quickly as it began in Oxford, England, with the Radcliffe Camera designed by James Gibbs in the English Palladian style in 1749 to house the Radcliffe Science Library.
The title of this post was stolen from a comment by FateHeart on this fascinating model and photo by 62778grenouille, and I couldn’t agree more. The Japanese text roughly translates, to “dude! cool!” which is exactly the way I feel about this model: enthusiastic but also sort of dumbfounded into an uncommunicative state…which isn’t too useful when blogging.
Some of the translation programs I checked had the text reading “dude! What’s up!”, which also works within the context of this post and my feeling about this model. Welcome to the weekend (週末へようこそ。).
Adrian Marciniak CyberPacket makes his first appearance on the brothership with this outstanding train layout that just about everything a viewer could ask for, from the curving mountain to the steep hill to the chicken-joint down on the dock. When I look at the photos my eye is constantly drawn towards the leaning houses; they are such a refreshing break from the boilerplate Cafe-Corner style buildings that usually inhabit train-centric dioramas. I think it is a safe bet to expect great things from Mr. Marciniak down the road. If you’re a fan of little vignettes that make a diorama of this scale really work, be sure and check out the full set on Flickr that features some fine photography.
The Games of the XXIV Olympiad were hosted in Seoul, South Korea from 17 September to 2 October back in 1988 and the principle stadium has been recreated in microscale by Yo-Sub Joo (ysomt). 8,391 athletes from 160 nations participated in the games and in case you’re wondering how the home team fared; South Korea took home a total of 33 medals including 12 gold!
Korean fan Myungpyo Kim brings us this awesome Landrover, ready to race in the World Rally Championship and emblazoned with the logo of what everyone knows is the coolest energy company in the world, Octan.