Build your own Antarctic LC-130 Hercules designed by Ralph Savelsberg with a kit from Brickmania [News]

Did you see the LEGO LC-130 Hercules we sent to Antartica at the end of last year? Did you want your own rocket-powered ski-plane? Over the last couple of months, TBB’s own Ralph Savelsberg worked with Dan Siskind and his team at Brickmania to turn Ralph’s model of this iconic aircraft into a custom LEGO Continue reading →

Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber by Ralph Savelsberg

Ralph Savelsberg (Mad physicist) proves once again that he’s one of the best LEGO aircraft builders with this B-26 “Marauder” bomber from World War II. An entry for the second LEGO Military contest on Flickr, and has working landing gear and bomb bay doors. I also realized recently that we’ve never properly blogged Ralph’s minifig-scale Continue reading →

Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopter by Ralph Savelsberg

Ralph Savelsberg‘s latest helicopter can fly higher and carry more cargo than any of his previous helicopters. In contrast to some of his earlier work, the cockpit glass is entirely brick-built — and built well indeed! Here’s Ralph’s Chinook side by side with his earlier CH-46E Sea Knight:

Miniland-scale FDNY Seagrave ladder truck by Ralph Savelsberg

For the November LUGnuts Fear and Loathing challenge, Ralph Savelsberg faces his fear of fire, heights, and loud noises with this FDNY (Fire Department, City of New York) ladder truck. The ladder itself extends, and the truck is covered in Ralph’s signature stickers. See more of Ralph’s fire engines in his Fire photoset on Flickr.

Enjoying fish & chips with Ralph Savelsberg

Following up on his delicious Curry House, Ralph Savelsberg adds a purveyer of fish and chips to his modular street: Here they are together:

Have we mentioned the overwhelming air superiority of Ralph Savelsberg?

I think it’s come up a couple times. Ralph Savelsberg continues to amaze the world not just with the quality of his creations but the sheer quantity. The kicker is obvious from the picture above. He keeps many of them built! His latest aircraft include an AH-1W SuperCobra and F-5E Tiger: US Navy Sea King Continue reading →

Enjoying Indian take-away with Ralph Savelsberg

I have Indian food at least two to three times a week (at least in part because the cafeterias at work regularly serve a selection of curries), and it’s the one cuisine I could eat exclusively for the rest of my life. This wonderful English curryhouse by Ralph Savelsberg (Flickr) makes me crave baingan bharta Continue reading →

Ralph Savelsberg is livin’ the American dream

Ralph Savelsberg (Flickr) may live somewhere in southern England, but that doesn’t mean he can’t join us on the highway to a KOA hookup somewhere south of Yosemite — at least in spirit. Check out his Ford F-150 pickup and Winnebago RV: Don’t miss the bike rack and lots of other great details in Ralph’s Continue reading →

Ralph Savelsberg’s 1946 Mercury Sportsman “Woody”

Ralph Savelsberg (Flickr) makes amazing airplanes, to be sure, but I also love his wheeled vehicles. His latest car is a 1946 Mercury “Woody.” Perfect for that trip to the beach you’ve been planning for the first day of summer. Here’s a bonus creation for all of you pining for a new airplane from Ralph Continue reading →

New helicopter models from Ralph Savelsberg

Ralph Savelsberg latest military vehicles are a pair of helicopters — a CH-46 Sea Knight (above) and a Mi-24 “Hind”. Click the pics to check them out on Flickr.

Gizmodo interviews Ralph Savelsberg

Gizmodo commenters asked for more interviews of the builders featured there, and contributor Jesús Díaz obliged, first interviewing Tim Goddard. Jesús’ latest interview is with Ralph Savelsberg, whose 1/36-scale military aircraft have wowed TBB readers recently. Head on over to Gizmodo to read the interview with Ralph, but here are a few new photos from Continue reading →

The 1/36-scale air superiority of Ralph Savelsberg

Ralph Savelsberg (Flickr) builds things with wings and things with wheels. In an increasingly studless LEGO world (no pun intended), Ralph unashamedly shows his studs in his incredibly realistic vehicles. From a B-1B Lancer and Su-27 Flanker to an E-2C Hawkeye and F-15E Eagle, the level of detail is amazing. The camouflage on the Soviet Su-27 is Continue reading →