With mini dioramas it’s often hard to select a picture to go on TBB as you inevitably miss out some nice details. Josh Morris’s (I Scream Clone) Rancho Relaxo gave me that problem. I think this photo captures the ‘essence’ best but misses out on the muster yard and other details you can see in the zoomed pictures. And although he’s a fellow Aussie those of you attending BrickWorld 2010 will get to see this in person.
I just can’t get enough of the details and dusty lighting in this old fashioned general store by Alex Eylar (Profound Whatever).
I particularly love the little price signs stuck into and on top of the merchandise. That really makes it.
I like the architectural faithfulness to late 18th to early 20th century mission churches that The Brickster (aka WesternOutlaw) shows in this creation. I particularly like the roof-support posts sticking out of the walls.
Aside from his hilariously named outhouse, my favorite Wild West creation from him so far is this stagecoach:
One horse (without reins) seems a bit underpowered, but the stagecoach itself is excellent, atop an irregular base replete with iconic saguaro, buzzard, and cow’s skull.
This action-packed Wild West scene, by Garbageman13, is a beauty. There are lots of little details that I like, but the action is just about perfect. The builder has hit a home run with this one.
This western town by Kris Kelvin is loverly. It’s also a nice change of pace, since we don’t see that many Western creations.
A good amount of my day yesterday was spent talking about the US Air Force and LEGO steampunk with a cousin-in-law who is coming out of his dark ages. So it seemed fortuitous that Rod Gillies (2 Much Caffeine) posted pictures of his steam jet powered P2 Thunderbolt of the US Air Cavalry, circa 1906.
Bryan, you’re not alone.
Those of us who are into trains know that Anthony Sava has been working on his Pennsylvania Railroad T1 Duplex (4-4-4-4) Steam Engine #5544 for a year and a half. We know this because Tony has been posting work-in-progress pictures, asking for advice and generally running an interactive development system for all this time.
Since many people seemed to enjoy my Anatomy of a Warehouse post where I went through some of my own building stages I think this post should appeal even more. Anthony has documented about 30 images as he has progressed in this project.
Right at the beginning he asked for advice and suggestions on the nose which elicited many responses. As one of the most prominent features of the train it is really important to get this right and I think Tony achieved this admirably in his final version.
As the train got nearer to completion (this picture is four weeks old as of today) the design began to settle down (note the differences from the CAD image above) and more refined details started to appear.
A final pre-production version was completed a few days ago. Just lacking the stickers and any final tweaks. Tony thanks many people for their help but I’d like to thank him for spending the time on this excellent creation.
And I think we can all agree this train has aged rather well since its inception.
SlyOwl‘s latest scene uses slanted bricks and slopes to create a realistic texture on the cliff. It’s hard to tell at a glance which bricks are true slopes versus slanted bricks and vice versa, which makes this creation even more interesting.
The technique by itself is enough to warrant a mention on the blog, but the builder has included an action packed interior full of comical hilarity.