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Large LEGO Spheres

February 29th, 2008

Eventually every serious LEGO builder constructs a sphere.  Some, like me, build many spheres of various sizes.  Shown below are two 10 inch diameter spheres.  The multi-colored one was built using a design created with a Photoshop filter called Flexify. It is described in detail by Philippe Hurbain on his website. The red open sphere is the same size, and a design I created to answer the common questions I get when I show people a LEGO sphere:  Is it solid or hollow?  -or-  What does it look like inside?

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3 New Minifig LEGO Sculptures

February 29th, 2008

It’s time to welcome three new additions to my collection of 10X scale LEGO minifig sculptures.

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Each of them has their normal-sized minifigs standing on their hats for comparison. All include new torso designs, new hat designs, and new 10X hand-held accessories. Below are close-up pictures of each with more information. READ FULL ARTICLE »

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LEGO Minifig Head Plans

February 26th, 2008

These are the plans for the Head of the 10X scale minifig sculptures. (Follow link for photographs of this model alone and as part of a complete minifig sculpture.)

This is the original smile face design – other face designs will be added later. I will also post separate articles for the other parts of the minifig in the future. Once complete, this article series will include all plans required to build a full minifig sculpture.

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LEGO 10X Bricks

February 21st, 2008

In addition to the 10X minifig sculptures I have posted over the past month, I’ve also built a bunch of other LEGO elements in the same 10X scale.  Some were built as accessories to the minifig sculptures, and others are just stand-alone items.  Shown below is an assortment of some of these I have built.  Notice the normal sized matching items in the lower left corner of the picture for comparison.

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Here are some additional pictures of these and other items in this same 10X scale. READ FULL ARTICLE »

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LEGO 3X Sculptures

February 19th, 2008

As a change of pace from the 10X scale projects I’ve been working on lately, I decided to play around with 3X up-scaling of LEGO bricks and models.  To get started, I did some simple bricks and plates shown below.

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One of the interesting aspects of the 3x bricks above is that since they are topped with tiles, including round 2×2 tiles for the bumps, no regular-sized bumps are visible.  This makes these scaled-up bricks appear (especially in photographs) to actually be giant bricks.

Once I built a few more basic bricks and tiles, I wanted to build a simple model in 3x scale. I built a small motorcycle similar to one from a 1980 set I got as a child.  The model was pretty simple to scale up. The only area that took some tinkering was the wheels, especially the fork.  Shown below are pictures of the completed motorcycle with the small scale inpiration. READ FULL ARTICLE »

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LEGO Mosaic Mathew Abby

February 16th, 2008

My first large photo realistic mosaic was of my two oldest kids LEGO Mosaic Maddie Howie.  So, the subject for my second one was any easy choice, my other two children Mathew and Abby.

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This mosaic is the same size as the other photo realistic one I made, 4 X-Large Gray Baseplates wide by 3 tall (45 inches by 30 inches).  However, for this project, I used a different construction technique.  Instead of building each base plate individually and then hanging all of the completed plates, I built the entire mosaic on the wall.  I hung 12 emtpy base plates, held together by plates to bridge the gaps. I then added bricks until the project was complete. READ FULL ARTICLE »

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Fire Fighter Minifig LEGO Sculpture

February 14th, 2008

Here is the latest in my series of 10X scale LEGO minifig sculptures. This time I decided to build a fire fighter.

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I was able to reuse the torso and head design from my previous minifig sculpting projects. However, I did need to change the color scheme for the front of the torso and design his unique hat. I also built an axe for him to hold.

Here’s another picture of him, with his hat removed and in his hand. READ FULL ARTICLE »

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Starbucks LEGO Mosaic Plans

February 14th, 2008

I have received several requests to post plans for the Starbucks Coffee Mosaic I wrote about several weeks ago. I’ve decided to do just that, so here are the plans I created as a guide. (Click logo for Larger Version)

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I’m also including some additional information that might be helpful to anyone trying to recreate this mosaic. READ FULL ARTICLE »

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Small LEGO Chess King Plans

February 12th, 2008

These are the plans for building the King of the Small LEGO Chess Set.

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Small LEGO Chess Queen Plans

February 12th, 2008

These are the plans for building the Queen of the Small LEGO Chess Set.

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