This vignette of dad’s busy garage by Mike M. is packed with the tools for all his fixin’ needs. The Technic figure scales nicely with some of the tools that are otherwise too big for minifigs to use. From buckets of paint to spare tires and cabinets full of gadgets and gizmos, dad is ready for a busy morning. Looks like junior came just in time to help!
Master LEGO shipwright Arjan Oude Kotte continues to impress with his latest watercraft, a highly detailed American harbor tug that would look at home on Elliot Bay here in Seattle or on the Hudson River in New York. A sliding door opens into the detailed wheelhouse, with an engine under the stack.
Arjan’s tugboat looks beautiful as a model displayed on a stand, but the lower hull is removable for inclusion in a display like this lovely harbor scene full of maritime charm.
Check out Arjan’s photoset on Flickr for more interior and breakdown shots.
Each LEGO builder has their own niche within the hobby, and TBB’s own Elspeth De Montes has found hers in an affinity for LEGO colors. She’s taken up collecting certain elements in as many colors as she can find, and she’s designed this lovely little garden, cleverly incorporating a few varieties of them more organic-looking elements in their full spectrums. Some, like the ferns, have only appeared in three shades so far, while others, like the 1×1 flowers come in a great number.
If this is home, I’m sure it’s always going to be where I’m going to spend most of my time. A three-storey modular with a single color tone of tan bricks, but with excellent build features bring out the best in this grand looking architectural build. The beauty of this home does not end there, as builder Vincent Kiew invites you to explore the heart of what makes a building a home. While most modular builds may feature the external facade, I have a soft spot for builds that take the extra effort to imagine what life would have been like for a minifigure family.
Here is another beautiful build made for the Guilds of Historica by the always amazing John Snyder. His Katoren Monastery was built “just for fun to mess around with the dark blue / white color scheme”. The rock formation is very organic and the flora accents it beautifully. I love the angled cobbled path, patchwork rock walls, and the staging and design of the minifigs.
As well as another angle of the build showcasing the wonderful interiors and cheese slope mosaic walls, John has also included a little back story: “Located on the Eastern outskirts of Katoren, this monastery survived the Kaliphlin civil war better than most. A natural spring was the reason for the monastery’s location, and the spring continues to provide fresh water for all the inhabitants, as well as make the surrounding area very lush compared to much of the Kaliphlin landscape.”
Malaysian builder Marco Gan grew up the small town of Muar, but has since moved to the big city of Kuala Lumpur. Whenever he heads home to visit family, he takes time to admire the architectural styles he remembers from his younger days. He has been inspired to create delightful LEGO models — townhouses originally built by wealthy Chinese businessmen who drew their own inspiration from local and European styles.
This modular-style home has a nice architectural design and feel. Consisting of four tiered floors, this build by Eric Yang, with a garage on the ground floor and a spa on the roof, is almost your stereotypical yuppie home. There are some very unique brick-like tiling techniques used in the garage level.
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When LEGO gangsters cause mayhem in your town, you need to call in Dario Minisini‘s police flying squad in their vintage car! The shaping on this model is great — I particularly like the curve at the base of the rear bodywork — and the use of skis as front mudguards is inspired. I can almost hear the throaty old-school klaxon’s wail as this beauty skids around the corners of Old Chicago.
This vehicle wouldn’t look out of place in the vintage street scene Dario put together last year…
Did you ever design your own “dream room” when your were a child? I did, and it looked something like this boy’s room by John Snyder. Built for the final round of the ABS builder challenge and largely inspired by César Soares‘ amazing kid’s room, John says of his latest creation “it was really enjoyable to build a modern interior for a change, something outside of minifigure scale”. The scene is stocked to the gills with toys including (but not limited to) LEGO, action figures, costumes, planes, trains and even a castle! The stand out features for me are the working bi-fold door, fish tank, and brilliant red telescope.
If I had to choose someone to design my petrol station, Filius Rucilo would surely be at the top of the list. The station and its accompanying giant promotional Octan minifig are great, but what sets the build apart from similar ones is that it is part of a larger scene. While the colours of the “Taxizentrale” (taxi office) are not all that eye-popping, its architectural design is simply amazing.
Check out this brilliant LEGO roadside diner by Kale Frost. This burger n’ fries joint appears to be doing a roaring trade, and rightly so. Not many snack bars have such a vivid evocation of the delights on sale — the giant burger looks juicy and tempting, and the fry box counter is brilliantly done. I love the angled yellow bricks poking from the top — a spot-on recreation of French Fries. And the use of a crystal piece as a smaller portion is a stroke of genius. Nice friendly waiting staff too. I could definitely eat lunch here.
Manhattan bustles with the edifices of American enterprise, towering symbols of capitalism whose many styles span New York City’s distinct historical periods. Past, present, and future often lie within the same block, Art Deco and Modern architecture mingling to reflect the city’s status as a permanent symbol of capitalism. One building which exemplifies this mix of old and new is the Hearst Tower, painstakingly recreated here in LEGO form by Daniel Stoffler.
Built for and named after the famous American publisher William Randolph Hearst, the building claims a spot as the headquarters for one of the world’s largest media corporations, Hearst Communications, with ownership of numerous newspapers and publications including Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan. The builder took on a daunting challenge recreating Hearst Tower, but the effort paid off with this accurate and realistically detailed model – which includes the original six-story base as well as the 40-story glass tower finished in 2006, here accomplished perfectly with triangular road sign elements. This makes for an interesting mix of architecture and an extremely impressive LEGO model.