Monthly Archives: August 2013

Architectural double-shot

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.

Witte huis front-collage

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.

Radcliff camera build

If you’re a fan of the genre don’t miss Erwin’s outstanding Aloha Tower from Honolulu Harbor in Hawaii.

The Battleship Iburi

Although the Battleship Iburi never actually existed, TBB rookie Eínon brings enough skill to the project that is easy to believe that it might have. According to the builder: “This model is the first ship of a new huge diorama that I´m working, with over 20 ships, representing the fictitious Second Naval Battle of Tsushima, between Japan and Russia.” If this model is any indication of the shape of things to come, I look forward to blogging Eínon’s further explorations into “alternative history“.

The Battleship Iburi (What if? 1947) - the MOC

Maximum Overdrive

I have a confession to make, constant reader, I’m a huge fan of Stephen King; the booze years, the coke years and even the post-accident years (for the most part). One of my guilty pleasures from the coked-out 1980’s was the cinematic gem Maximum Overdrive, directed by the author himself and starring the incomparable Emilio Estevez. The plot is brilliant in it’s simplicity: a handful of strangers find themselves trapped together in a truck stop diner after semi-trailers and other large vehicles are suddenly brought to independent life by an unknown force and proceed to gruesomely kill every human in sight. As anyone who has ever had the great fortune of seeing the King-directed horror flick will tell you, the real star of the show is the Happy Toyz Co. White-Western Star 4800 truck which has the face of the Green Goblin from Spider-Man mounted on its grill. It is without a doubt one of the coolest semi’s of all time and now it is immortalized in LEGO by -derjoe-, who did a wonderful job on both the Goblin-grill and the letters.

Western Star 4800 from "Maximum Overdrive"

Who made who?


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。).

Take the train to Costa del Sol, you’ll be glad you did.

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.


Friday Night Fights (Round 19)

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another eye-gouging edition of Friday Night Fights! Tonight’s bout seeks to settle a nostalgic score between ancient and bitter rivals: PCS vs. 3vil. Or, as the suits prefer to call it: Star Justice vs. Space Skulls!. Let’s go to the tale of the tape:

Fighting out of the red corner, from dark heart of the galaxy…MarkThe Grand AdmiralSandlin and his flagship Asmodeus.

History of Fleebnork - 26

And fighting out of the blue corner, from the bacon-scented halls of interstellar justice…ChrisFazoomGiddens and his flagship Vanguard.

LL-X1 Vanguard

As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pugilistic endeavor by way of comment. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, joeluk66 struck a blow for digital builders everywhere with his 6-3 victory. Tune in next week for another action packed edition of Friday Night Fights!

Sydney Opera House in lights

LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught (TheBrickMan) is probably best known for his very cool, colossal models. This time we’re featuring him for something a bit smaller. His recent work has seen him reproduce the cranes and light show on the 10234 Sydney Opera House presented in direct comparison with the real thing. I think (perhaps I’m wrong) that the opera house itself is the recent kit, but the addition of extra elements really brings it to life.

LEGO Sydney Opera House photo shoot

Killer Croc spotted in downtown!

Just a few days ago, I highlighted the freaky Joker mech blasting through Gotham, and I noted that more dioramas by these collaborators were in the works. Here’s the next, by 6kyubi6. It’s a crazy scene of downtown mayhem as the sewers unleash a truly gigantic mutant Croc. A plethora of superheroes and even a few other villains dot the landscape as the city sustains its fair share of collateral damage. Both scenes will be on display at Briqu’Expo 2013 in Diemoz, France, next month.

Killer Croc