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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

I've featured Joe Meno's Nativity before, but it's the best micro for the day. Merry Christmas, one and all.

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Kurrendesänger (here by Jojo) are either wandering carolers, or little wooden figurines of carolers found as decorations in German homes.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Twas the MOC before Christmas

From Tony Sava
Twas The MOC Before Christmas
When what on my wandering tracks should appear,
But a mini-scale coach, and eight tiny traindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than diesels his engines they came!
While they whistled, he shouted and called them by name:

"Now, Zephyr! now, Memphis! now, Empire and Bullet!
On, Comet! on, Chieftain! on, Daylight and Rocket!
To the end of the line! Slip the brake and highball!
Now chug away! chug away! chug away all!"

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Adrian Florea made this great scene.

Let's go for a drive

V&A Steamworks has an ongoing Cabinet of Curiosities project, where he invites other AFOLs to contribute small MOCs to a group display. Tim Gould made this great car.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

No island is a man

V&A Steamworks has an ongoing Cabinet of Curiosities project, where he invites other AFOLs to contribute small MOCs to a group display. Chris Edwards made this amazing island.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Advent Calendar

Over on FBTB they've posted a review of the first half of the 7958 Star Wars Advent Calendar. This looks like a pretty great set to me, you get eight figs (six if you don't count droids), including the new, and quite fun, Yoda Claus. Relevant to this blog, though, is the series of great little microscale ships. My favorite is probably the Slave 1.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Castles galore

There were so many wonderful entries in the Mini Castle Contest. I want to go back and look at some other in addition to the great winning entries I've already noted.

Knight Eklund's Cliffport Castle has a really beautiful sweeping coastline. I really like the color scheme and the variation in slope pitches from the upper plateau down to the beach. The castle itself is great with a non-square shape. I assume that most of the objects are held on by gravity, which is a liability of using the SNOT base. Another minor liability of the SNOT base is that it makes everything so unnaturally flat. Of course, at this scale, studs make fairly large hills, so maybe flat is better.

Ru Corder's Countryside Keep is also on a SNOT base, with the same advantages and disadvantages noted above. The wall made of brown rods is outstanding, as is the sandwiching of grill plates to make small windows in the main keep. I also really like the tree design using flower stems. Oh, and the use of log bricks to make plowed fields is another great piece usage.