This is probably not a sentence you read every day, but I happen to have a weak spot for well-built cranes. It’s the reason why I absolutely love the minifig-scale Liebherr 1050-3 mobile crane built by Polish builder Maksymilian Majchrzak (MAKS).
I built one of these myself more than a year ago, on a larger scale, and consequently am very familiar with the shape and the details. We have also previously blogged a Liebherr 1050 built by Makorol, who also happens to be from Poland (what do they put in the water there?). This model, which was remote controlled with Power Functions, was even larger than mine.
What is particularly impressive about the crane built by MAKS is that, despite being only 8 studs wide, it really isn’t a lot less detailed than either of the larger models. In fact, it looks just like the photographs of die-cast models I used as an inspiration.
Ryan McNaught has built quite possibly the coolest helicopter ever to be created with LEGO. His Erickson Air-Crane “Elvis” has been created with over 100,000 LEGO elements, and was built in only a month! Those of you lucky enough to be attending Brickvention will be able to see it in person this weekend.
I was having trouble deciding which photos to include in the post, so please be sure to click through the photoset, but this engine detail shot puts a gigantic smile on my face.
The only thing left to say is; let’s see a swoosh pic Ryan!
Bricksonwheels has a well-deserved reputation for building beautifully crafted trucks, cars and motorcycles. However, even the best trucks break down some times. “The Mighty Thor” will be on the scene in no time. This wrecker includes all the details that we’ve come to expect from this builder. It includes side hatches, safety cones, three-stage stinger and a crane. The chrome bits are always nice too.
LUGPol proves that even their TFOLs can build with mad skills. Take Makorol and his Liebherr LTM 1050-3.1 mobile crane. I don’t feel qualified to guide you through all the details, but I will mention that like every LUGPol vehicle, adding Power Functions is obligatory (see the video). See more pictures on Brickshelf.
The best thing I can say about this model of a Jelcz 315 crane truck by Maciej Drwiega is that from the thumbnail I wondered if someone had mistakenly posted a real truck to a LEGO flickr group. To my pleasant surprise and awe, it’s all LEGO. Apparently I’m not the only one who thought so.
I just discovered Maciej Drwiega‘s flickr gallery today and was really impressed by both the models and photography. This railroad support crane struck as particularly nice due to its use of studes out tiles, plates and wings to create a visually interesting monochrome surface. The windscreen is also particularly nice.
No less industrial (or lime) than a Power Miners vehicle, Aleksander Stein‘s TreeHugger 8000 looks ready to roar into a forest and cart off the raw materials for all those disposable chopsticks, paper napkins, and sticky notes in your house.
Now, doesn’t that make you happier that LEGO is made from hydrocarbons?
Aleksander has incorporated lots of nice details in this logging apparatus, including an excellent brick-built warning stripe on the crane, so don’t miss his TreeHugger 8000 photoset on Flickr.