Tag Archives: Microscale

Some say “Go big or go home!” but it takes real talent to compress something down to just a few studs and still keep it recognizable. Of course, many of the micro models we feature here aren’t so small after all, whether it’s a vast cityscape or starship.

High in the clouds, the forgotten temples await

I have no idea wether the tiny ship in this microscale scene by Andreas Lenander sails for these imposing cliffs out of religious, archaeological, or other reasons, but it sure looks like an adventure I would love to be a part of. The question is not only how the ship’s crew will reach the temples, but how exactly they were built! Realism and practicality aside, this scene is simply gorgeous, and very atmospheric too.

Journey to the lost temple

I love the minimalist temples made out of lightsabre handle pieces and the clouds surrounding the rocky island, as well as the well-placed fire at the top of a spike, which stands out in the best of ways. The water is done with a common technique of loose translucent pieces, of which the jewel pieces used by Andreas work the best, in my opinion – as far as the border goes, I am not sure wether I like it or not, but it does look unique and interesting, plus I will never say no to sand blue – and neither should you!

College is the best years of your life

Paul Vermeesch created a microscale layout of his college campus at Wheaton College. Two years in the making, this amazing display consists of about 15,000 pieces and captures the details of all the landmark buildings on campus. There are lots of cool details to discover such as the lines in the football field, the miniature columns in the Greek façade, and the tennis courts.

Wheaton College 1

See more views of this lovely college campus

A truly tiny village in the mountains

Break out your magnifying glass for Patrick B‘s mountain village. This miniscule hamlet has a distinct architectural style, with black-clad longhouses of a faintly nordic design. From the palisade wall made of Technic pins to the longhouse butresses made of teeth and a crossbow, Patrick has put all manner of elements to good use.

The Black Village

While the pickaxe as a tiny footbridge is quite clever, and the scraggly wizard’s tower made of robot hands looks appropriately sinister, my favorite details are definitely the covered wagons made with half-round 1×1 tiles. The grooved edges of the tiles fit perfectly as wagon bows under the grey bonnet, and the tile’s hollow underside gives the illusion of an interior.

The Black Village

Meanwhile in Valles Marineris

Sometimes it’s the smallest-scale LEGO building which best illustrates the most epic themes. In this cool little diorama, David Zambito depicts the early phases of humanity’s colonisation of Mars. Well, at least I assume it’s Mars because of the use of all those lovely dark orange pieces. The TIE-Fighter windscreens make perfect domes at this scale, and I like the stacked binoculars as refinery towers. The tiny rovers are cool, and the asymmetrical base adds a heap of character and visual interest. But it’s the use of minifig woollen hats as outlying domed buildings which caught my eye — nice touch.

Colonization

Hauling bricks across the ocean

This impressive 3-foot long container ship by Jussi Koskinen can transport over 700 2×4 brick-sized containers from across your living room to wherever you need them. The use of the curved slopes helps create the gently curved contour of the hull, which is reinforced with a sturdy Technic frame that allows one to pick up the ship from either end. Smooth sailing ahead!

Container Ship (commissioned model)

You’re all clear, kid! Now let’s blow this thing and go home

We got breathlessly excited about a trio of mid-scale LEGO starfighters from Rogue One a few months ago, centered on the amazingly detailed U-wing dropship. Now, Tim Goddard has updated his classic T-65 X-wing and gives us a closer look. Tim has rebuilt the rear third of the X-wing’s fuselage with more detail and better accuracy, and added a cool stand depicting the Death Star exhaust port.

All clear

But what’s so striking about his X-wing design (something we just didn’t notice last time, distracted as we were by the U-wing) is the tiny details of the astromech droid, with 1×1 half-round tiles built into the body of the X-wing as the droid’s legs. Amazing!

Such adorable war machines

This simple scene by Justin Chua demonstrates a keen skill essential to any microscale build: achieving great accuracy with the smallest number of parts. These three distinct tank models, when compared to images of the real thing, manage to capture essential details in a delightfully simple way. The many varieties of trees and the brick-built road round this vignette out quite nicely.

Here’s a little diorama of three microscale tanks rolling out, namely the Leopard 2SG, the Bionix AFV and the SSPH Primus.

Time to activate your hyperdrive and build The Ghost from Star Wars Rebels [Instructions]

As Star Wars fans will know, the Ghost was piloted by Hera Syndulla and was the starship and home base of a small band of Lothal rebels. She was named for her ability to travel past Imperial sensors without detection. If you missed out on buying LEGO’s 75053 The Ghost before it retired, then this beautifully designed microscale version by Inthert is well worth building.

Microscale Ghost

The simple breakdown instructions show just how well this microscale Ghost has been designed.

See the step-by-step instructions for building your own LEGO Ghost

Tintin’s tiny adventures

A mysterious meteorite floating in the Arctic, a giant mushroom, a massive spider, and… a seaplane made of bananas? All these elements feature in Sad Brick‘s brilliant LEGO microscale version of a classic Tintin comic book cover. The stormy sea looks great, the iconic mushroom is immediately recognisable, and be sure you don’t miss the tiny Tintin and Snowy figures on the shore. But the star of this show is surely that little seaplane — beautifully put together from a handful of well-chosen pieces.

L'étoile Mystérieuse

I remember reading and enjoying The Shooting Star as a child, but it’s worth pointing out that it hasn’t aged as well as some of Herge’s other works. The book is now regarded as something of a blot on Herge’s reputation with its questionable anti-Semitic depiction of the main villain.

Retro micro console goodness

If you weren’t lucky enough to get your grubby hands on a SNES Classic, maybe you could build your own out of LEGO instead? Brick 101 has created this smart microscale recreation of the retro console, and it’s very cute. Coming from the UK, I’m always going to say the PAL version of the SNES was far prettier, but for everyone who remembers the original design, this is a wonderful blast from the past. As an added bonus, there are instructions! Check out the video on how to put this together.

LEGO SNES vs SNES Classic

Pirate ship leaves the rest in its wake

There’s no shortage of impressive LEGO pirate/sailing ships. This entry into the genre by albert might not have the impressive scale or detailing of some of the large pirate craft we’ve seen but it’s nicely put together all the same. I love the wake effect, built up from layers of different colours of transparent pieces, and the mixture of tiles and studded plates to create texture in the water.

The Nerdy Mermaid

Personally I don’t care for the tiled lettering. I feel it distracts attention from the rest of the model. However, the ship itself and the wake more than make up for that minor quibble.

The height of 70s office chic

Micropolis is a LEGO building standard which allows for large-scale collaborative builds of microscale cities. The usual module sees a 16×16 base with roads down two sides, leaving a 14×14 “development site”. Tammo S. has used the space to great effect with this 70s-style office block. The curving balconies and the colour scheme are totally retro, and very cool. And don’t miss the little touches like the use of the clock tile, and angled grille bricks as steps — the sort of things that elevate a microscale model out of the ordinary. This office might be beige, but it’s anything but bland.

micropolis office building 1

My only criticism is the lighting on the photo isn’t great. But that doesn’t detract from a lovely model.