Tag Archives: Christopher Burden

Picking up Picard in a LEGO La Sirena

Okay, Star Trek fans, yours truly (Christopher Burden) here with something fresh! For the last few years my best friend Capn.Brickard and I have been exchanging custom models for birthdays and holidays. We love giving each other a challenge, and this year I had my work cut out for me. Out of three options that he gave, I chose to take on La Sirena from the 2020 Star Trek spin-off Picard. Honestly, as soon as it was revealed, I wanted to build it, but at the time, I wasn’t quite ready to take it on — all the different angles and slopes, not to mention that accursed command deck.

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Vic Viper Firefighters

After a slightly long hiatus, I’m finally back with a build of my own. I’ve been working with The Brothers Brick since May, so some of you might be familiar with the name Chris Burden from my articles. But prior to joining the team, I was known mainly by my Instagram handle, @Benny_burd. It’s taken me a year to get to it but I finally have proper photos of my Vic Viper from last year. This fire-fighting craft is commonly seen in ports, responding to engine failures or collisions. These beefy platforms can provide support to the Coast Guard, Navy, and Orbital forces for rescue missions or forest fire suppression. Strong forks armed with water cannons extend out from a bulky body. Perched atop the main engine section, a break-away glider houses the main pilot of the vessel sandwiched between two more water cannons. The wings are adjustable for optimal atmospheric travel while fixed tailfins extend out above the engines.

Firefighting Vic Viper

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2049 Chevrolet Stingray Spinner

I love writing about other builders’ models, but it’s nice to remind our faithful readers that we’re builders too. Inspired by the iconic Spinners from Blade Runner, I decided to dismantle my Speed Champions Stingray and upgrade it with more futuristic elements. Retaining the color theme was a must, as I had to use the Stingray logo stickers. Thankfully I have a mess of dark red pieces to spare. The biggest challenges I had were building a sleek, swooshable body as well as finding a canopy structure that worked.

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