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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mars Colony

Mainman uses a couple of quarter spheres from the new Buzz Lightyear set to make a microscale Mars colony.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Villa Savoye

Matija Grguric has a micro scale version of Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye. The real house can be seen here.

Also posted on MOCpages.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Snowy Day

Apparently Crises has been having a tough winter. When he goes out in the morning to start his car, the first question he needs to ask is which one? is his.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Biplanes are cool.

They're so cool that the army in 2067 realized they should be brought back into service. Via The Brothers Brick I saw this micro Aircraft carrier by Chaffeem.

A good clean MOC by any standards, it is without a doubt the planes that really catches one's eye.

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Deck Designs

Chris Deck has been busy lately. Several new designs have appeared in his galleries, such as a Bongo Sub and the Roger Young (from Starship Troopers).

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mini Neptune Carrier

Flickr user Reasonably Clever Chris posted a photoset of the January/February BrickMasters set 20013 Mini Neptune Carrier.

This is an official microscale version of the 8075 Neptune Carrier.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The diorama is greater than the sum of its parts

Legoloverman put his Micro Marauder alongside a micro tank on a well-designed platform. With a few touches like tank tracks and engine exhaust, the result looks like this:

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Monday, January 18, 2010

A-10 Warthog

Flickr user tbone_tbl posted some photos of a micro A-10 Warthog.

The A-10 engines are mounted high on the fuselage, making them a challenge for a micro-scale model. Tbone posted this photo of the technique he used to attach the engines.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Onyasis Tower

Peter Reid, legoloverman on Flickr, has built an imposing tower for his Neo-Classic Space fleet.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

2009: the year in review

A year ago, Bruce looked back at 2008.

Here's my brief look back at 2009.

The MicroBricks blog is no longer a one-man operation. Thanks, Bruce!

We've seen a rise in spam comments here. Grrrr.

Is it just me, or has Flickr become a much more important image hosting site for LEGO builders this past year? I think the tools (tags, notes, contacts, groups) are conducive to finding your way through the massive number of photos on the site. As of today, there are 637,983 images tagged with "LEGO."

Brickshelf is still the 900 pound gorilla of the LEGO image hosting, with some 3.1 million files.

The LEGO Group included a few micro-scaled items in The Winter Toy Shop.

In conjunction with Adam Reed Tucker, LEGO released four micro-scaled architecture sets in 2009: The Empire State Building, The Space Needle, Fallingwater, and the Guggenheim.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Neo Classic Space Carrier

Flickr user pasukaru76 has a great collection of MOCs inspired by the Classic Space theme. There's a nice mix of minifig scale and micro scale.

Hard to pick a favorite, but this Space Carrier caught my eye.

I especially like the all black background. Is it real or is it photoshop?

UPDATE: Pasukaru (whose real name is Pascal Schmidt) posted this description of his photo technique:
I shoot stuff like this by using a black T-shirt for background. Normally I just adjust the black point of the image so that the background really becomes true black. For this one I used a different approach, selecting the whole background (fuzzy select in GIMP with some minor manual adjustments and a 3 pixel feathered selection border) and then filling it with black. Works well if there is enough contrast between the model and the background.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Micro Atlantis

Rogue Bantha created a micro undersea explorer that fits right into the new Atlantis theme. The cockpit is made using an Atlantis helmet.

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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Steam-y Battle Cruiser

Steam-y Battle Cruiser, originally uploaded by cm946.

Now cm946 has really done it! Steampunk, but in space! cm946 can now claim to be one of the few who has done something for the first time ever. Oh and did I mention it is a microscale steampunk space cruiser? Everything about is just perfect. Well done cm946!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Lego Star Wars Tattoo

Now this is one dedicated fan! They got the main Lego Star Wars cast tattooed on their arm! Photo by earthdog.

Star Piper SF08-15

Star Piper SF08-15, originally uploaded by Cole Blaq.

The 4th challenge just started over in the starfighters group on flickr and of all the entries so far, Cole Blaq's Star Piper SF08-15 is my favorite. The use of the technic wing pieces as a base creates a great seamless curve. The engines are also great. Kudos to you Cole.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Great, Unknown Builders Are The Best

marsPD_1, originally uploaded by agencyORANGE.

I absolutely love when I find a relatively unknown builder on flickr who has some really great creations that have gone almost completely undetected. Take this Mech by agencyORANGE, it is a very great creation and it only has one comment on it. What has happened to people actually appreciating good creations? It is all but gone. In fact, almost all of acencyORANGE's creations are quite good, but have almost zero recognition. Whats with that?

Great, Unknown Builders Are The Best

marsPD_1, originally uploaded by agencyORANGE.

I absolutely love it when I come across a relatively unknown builder who's stuff is better than half of those builders who are revered by all the 10-13 year-olds as master builders. The very same people who get 30-50 favs on a MOC that a 12 year-old could have made. So it makes me really happy to find a great builder who has truly amazing creations, but has one comment on each of their photos, at best. For example, this marsPD_1 by agencyORANGE is just great, though I would have chosen a different backdrop color. But it only has one comment and will most likely go unnoticed for all eternity, unless of course those lads over a TBB decide it should be on their blog, then wham! it will have 30 favorites and 50 comments overnight. Why can't there be more builders out there on Flickr? I want to see more builders who build to build, not to get blogged by TBB or get as many fav's as possible...