Anyone who has looked at this blog for more than a moment knows I like Legos. I cannot help myself. Since my grandmother returned from Germany in the early seventies with some terrific Lego kits, I have been hooked. My kids are hooked, too, although the sets today offer different (and to my mind, diminished, satisfactions) than the sets of long ago. While they foster results that look more realistic in some ways, many of these pieces are not at all versatile in nature, and do not leave as much room for imagination as the more limited array of pieces and colors of yesteryear. I sincerely enjoy modern Lego creations, but I often feel saddened by them, too.
Finding a creation that is so unique and innovative in its use and expression via Lego brick that I forget these hesitations is rare, but I present below one that is a moment of genius.
Flickr user Legohaulic, apparently named Tyler, created this nautilus using half-spheres, an array of organic shapes, and some radar dishes. To me, it barely looks like Lego, and in some ways, that is as high a compliment as one can offer a Lego builder as can be. I think it’s wonderful.
Another episode in a continuing series (I, II, III) of fabulous Lego tanks. Admittedly, an odd thing to follow, but I think these builders show astonishing skill and art in their adaptation of bricks to the forms of tanks.
This entry is a German Panzerkampfwagen III (more information about the type here). The likeness is amazing. Kudos to Flickr user Masterchief 1 for his creativity.
We have previously seen his Boeing CH-46, but he now has build a model of its big brother a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook, also built by Boeing right up the Delaware River in Ridley Park (the old Vertol factory, which is the old Baldwin locomotive works). Here they are together:
Additionally, he has posted a pairof attack helicopters that make another well crafted pair – a Bell AH-1 Cobra and a Boeing/McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache.
As always, my hat is off to Ralph and his painstaking Lego modeling.
He bundled up many (all?) of his models and brought them to the Great Western Lego Show, held in the Steam Museum in Swindon (found here). I am sure there were all sorts of terrific models and creations at this event, but his magnificent planes are enough for me. Visible are his CH-46, AH-1, AH-64, F-5, Mi-24, SH-60, SH-3, UH-1, S-3, EA-6B, F-18, RQ-4, U-2, CH-53, E-2C, and B-1B. Amazing. Check out these small views and click through to see them much larger.
P.S. A bonus picture of Ralph’s perfect U-2S model.
I have added RSS feeds for a few Lego builders on Flickr, and keep up with their building with a mixture of interest and jealousy. Interest because the range of specialized parts available today enable building styles I never dreamed of as a kid, and jealousy because I would love to have the chance to sit down with a bin of modern parts and try my hand at it, but who has the time for that? So I watch these builders from afar and live vicariously through them, because that’s what the internet is for, right?
Among the Flickr builders, the one whose body of work is most consistently impressive (to me, of course) is the Mad physicist with his scale aircraft. I have passed along many of those models here previously. Yet I have neglected to post any of the models by my other favorite – a builder who goes by the screen name nnenn. He came to my attention last September, and his name is in my Google Reader 433 times – even at three pictures per creation, this builder builds! I don’t know anything about him, but I do see that he participated in a LAML podcast interview a month ago – I will load that on my iPod tonight.
One reason I have never shown any of his creations here is that it is essentially impossible to do justice to his works. He changes styles, methods, and techniques with nearly every creation. However, today nnenn posted a composite image of dozens upon dozens of his creations. The skill with which he documents his models is very impressive, and he has clearly been building to this for some time. Tomorrow, it will be the desktop background on my kids’ Mac – what great inspiration for their future creations.