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.

 

Octahedral fruit that may actually want to eat you

This model of an alien looking fruit, named “Octafruit”, is really simple as a concept, but offers much technical and artistic depth. What is it made of? Is it meant to be eaten? Is it a metaphor? The builder offers no explanation, leaving it all to our interpretations. On the technical side, this seems to be based on an octahedron, with slightly rounded edges, making it almost spherical. The pannels are triangles, connected with hinges, but there is much more complexity in the inner triangle of the pannels.

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I really like Sheo as a builder, as they make lots of unique and artistic MOCs. There are many of such creations around, sure, but not many builders that focus on artistic models as much as Sheo seems to.

Hot Air Baloon

After a long time not posting LEGO Ideas project, here’s another interesting one. This hot air baloon was designed by Luca Casciola using LDD. For someone like me, not having enough patience to sit behind the computer and trying to create a stable LDD model, looking at this large model of hot air baloon, it’s even more impressive. One of the eye catching details are the lively and vibrant colours of the baloon.