Robot’s bicycle uses nice techniques

Now, I like to be “the first one” to use an interesting progressive new technique, but it makes me even happier to see someone use that technique independently before I even get the chance to build it or manage to incorporate it into a MOC. Such is the case with Gamabomb, who has used the thin technic tyres as bicycle wheels on a larger scale figure (I realize this is actually a very light motorcycle, but honestly the style is nearly the same) in his Robokalypse MOC. Speaking of figure, there are some fun techniques and ideas in it too.

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A splash of modular color

Everyone knows I have a soft spot for modular buildings. Afterall, it’s the modulars that brought me back to LEGO, and they’re still a great source of inspiration. I always enjoy it when I stumble upon new modular buildings or new modular builders. Łukasz Libuszewski is one of the new builders (at least from my perspective), but his modulars don’t show it. I found the yellow building first, but this shot of three buildings, each in a different colour pallete and texture is by far my favourite.

In the arms of the sea you will live as hypnotized

To enter into the Kockice LUG Brickstory contest that has just concluded, I have built a shipwreck with a complex backstory. This was directly inspired by the song Lemuria by Therion. Lemuria is a hypotetical continent over which lemurs would have reached Madagascar from India millions of years ago, but after scientific community abandoned the idea, writers and esoterics picked it up as an inspiration for many stories, which describe it as a lost continent that housed an ancient civilization in the distant past, much like Atlantis. Therion describes this continent as “El Dorado for the seaman” in their song. While I did not put much gold or treasure in my diorama, I did try to capture both the futility of the quest for Lemuria with the overgrown shipwreck and the lost civilization represented by some broken ruins scattered around. The ship is built using tubes with plates and tiles clipped on them. The end result is extremely fragile, but I believe the decreipt effect was captured successfuly. I have used different colours of algae depending on what they would grow on, as would happen naturally. The first version of the diorama had much more colourful underwater life, but it looked too chaotic and inconsistent.

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Three speeders

With the LEGO speeder bike contest underway, I have decided to enter, and in all categories too. I have started with some basic desings which I have also uploaded to Flickr a while earlier, but improved on all of them immediately after that. None of these creations really have all that much effort put into them and if I did not have more projects to do in February, there would be a third version of each of these.

First off is the Hypercompetitor, a very aggressive racing speeder with a canon piece as the focal point. Eliminating competiton at any price and winning is its main goal.
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Blue appartments

Many complained about the looks of the Detective’s Office Modular Building. Most of the comments coming to mind were about the mix of colours and multiple parts of the buildings making it look like a hodge podge. However, some of us liked the building also for the parts it brought. The bright light blue is one of my favourite colours. I’m not sure if O Wingård used his copy of the modular building or got an extra one for parts, but I am sure he did a great job turning the building into lovely appartments.

A lonely cactus

Very often, it’s the perspective that gets your attention. If you’re a bit romantic, a beautiful sunrise or sunset makes you stop and admire a photo. On the other hand, a bright sky with white fluffy clouds might do the trick. If you’re not sure what’s your favourite, this desert scene might be up your sleeve. Depending on the perspective, you can either admire a lonely cactus at sunset or during a bright day. Albert really knew what he was doing.

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Just another gear in the wall…

Indeed, Tommi Vainionpää is not mostly a LEGO photographer, as his Flickr gallery is filled with classic photos. Recently though, he has uploaded this interesting picture of gears, different colours and shapes.

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And this photograph sure is a work of art! And as all works of art, it has a hundred ways to be interpreted. The author seems to have a very optimistic view of equality and cooperation, but there is more to the image than just what it seems like at first. According to Tommi’s words, we are all cogwheels turning other cogs, and we do this no matter our colour, shape or size, as we are all part of a greater whole. Large gears will turn many smaller gears at the same time, but even one tiny gear can make a difference in the greater machine. Tommi urges us all to make at least one person happy each day to move the clockwork of humanity for the best. I, on the other hand, wonder about all the details the photographer probably did not even mean to put into the picture.

Technical analysis: the gears are not connected to anything, they seems to be locked together and some of them are even tilted off the surface. Plus, there seems to be a piece in the image that is not even a real gear.

Interpretation: the image opens the question, does our society function? Are there too many of us? There seem to be many elements of society that stop it from running… And some gears are just ran with no goal or benefit. If a “gear” starts “spinning”, does it even move any others in reality? Is a “gear” here even able to start “spinning”? From this picture I get the thought that there are only two ways all the gears could spin – perfect order, with very careful arrangement of pieces – or complete chaos and anarchy, with no two gears touching, which would be the only way for a system of complete freedom. But is any of these systems really good for anything? The real question that requires an answer here is, what does this gear system power? What is the purpouse?

Overthinking? Definetely. But fun to think about it neverhteless.

Motorcycles and nostalgia

From the title, it would be understandable to assume I am nostalgic for motorcycles, which is only half true. I am not a mechanic and am generally not attracted to modern technology at all (at least not in working condition), but for some reason I made a motorcycle MOC six years ago, spiraling out of control and resulted in me building almost exclusively minifig motorbikes for a month or two. Now, those motorcycles were not very good, but they sure were fun to make. I was inspired by Leon Schiffer, who has made two very impressive motorcycles himself a while ago. The building process of these bikes was more frustrating than I would have expected, probably because of my higher standards, meaning I was not satisfied with results of which I would be extremely proud of as an early TFOL.

Both the designs are based on the pieces used as the fuel tanks, but the main focal point were the wheell attachments. They are not ideal even as they are, but I was trying to get them to be as narrow as possible. After I had made the first motorcycle, I was not very happy about the lack of colour, so I immediately wanted to make a new one, even though I had not known what colour it would use or what exotic pieces to use. As soon as I saw the Martian head from Life on Mars, I knew I would use it, and the dark turquoise is a very impressive and exotic colour in my opinion. The last problem I faced was my own decision not to take apart the first bike for the second, so I had to find new solutions for all the parts. Topped it all off with an experimental “new” presentation technique of using a glass pane underneath (I like this a lot!) and sme editing magic and here it is!

Home decor

If you’re looking for some vintage home decor, you’ll find Jared‘s furniture perfect for the job. It’s the whole scene that stands out and it could be easily used as part of a store display window, or to recreate a charming old-school style library or office. Although I prefer more modern lines and shapes, this vintage style is something to inspire. Just looking at the building techniques used to recreate the rounded shapes can give you lots of inspiration.