The Librarian

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  1. The Librarian

    Build Technique Opinions

    Thanks! I was actually pretty surprised about how well it works. The ball joint, once you have it on, fits snuggly within the horizontal axle hole and pushes the eyepiece back juuust to the edge of its naturally wobble within the sockets. It's not really under stress that I've noticed, though it does take a little stress to snap it in (if you use the newer open-ended ball joint and push the axle up through that, that won't even be an issue). Holds in place solidly, though there's no room to rotate side-to-side around that joint, so it becomes just an x/y axis rotator, with the z-axis covered by the hero-factory arm.
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    Build Technique Opinions

    I've actually found that I prefer using the original Mata heads with a technic ball joint and a hero-factory short arm: Gali by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr It gives a pretty decent range of motion and it can hold on the older masks, which are the ones I prefer. Plus, I find the long light skull on the Metru version gets in the way a lot.
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    First Generation Bionicle Rebuilds

    Thanks guys! I'll do you one better - this is one of the few times I've persisted to create instructions, so here's a breakdown for Tahu: Tahu Instructions by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Tahu Instructions by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr
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    First Generation Bionicle Rebuilds

    Hah! Only just spotted these latest comments. Thanks for coming back to your earlier comment, Azani. I've always favoured the earlier aesthetic for Bionicle myself - there's just something elegant and pleasing about the first few years' masks that seemed to get lost along the way. Since this thread has been resurrected, it seems aposit to post a couple of my other builds, now that I've finally taken photos of them! But first, some more interesting shots of some of the Toa: An Exo-Toa (just to get dark and gritty for a moment!) A bunch of Rahkshi: Hali and Dume: A Manas Crab that's been living on the floor of my flat for a while: Guess who: And that group shot I failed to take last time:
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    Now Strikes The Hobgoblin!

    This is a little vignette I threw together when I realised I wouldn't have room for a Hobgoblin figure in a larger piece I'm working on. Rather pleased with how it came together out and I hope you enjoy it too. The glider is built around the piece from the Green Goblin set way back when the first Spider-man film came out.
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    Resistance Starfighters

    Thanks! And, heh - as far as I know, they don't, but it would make me kind of happy if they did.
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    Resistance Starfighters

    Here's a few things I've built over the past year (really need to find a way to document these things more often) - Resistance Vulture Droids. The idea being that they've joined the cause in the name of rights for droids. Foot technique borrowed from Inthert. Resistance Vulture Droids by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Resistance Vulture Droids by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Resistance A-Wings. A redesign of an older model, though using the same techniques. Resistance A-Wings by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Resistance A-Wings by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Resistance A-Wings by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Hope you like 'em!
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    First Generation Bionicle Rebuilds

    Thanks for the comments everyone! So . . . the proportions. I did want them to vary a little and they do, though I admit not in the same way as the originals. But I also wanted to maintain the utmost flexibility in the frame, which is why while I built a narrower-shouldered torso for Gali, I didn't want to use it for Lewa because it would have inhibited his arm articulation too much, and I didn't want to move his shoulders inward in another fashion because it would have messed up his chest plates, an aspect of the design I really liked. I built myself into a corner that I probably won't get out of without going totally back to the drawing board. I have no such excuse with the legs on Gali and Onua, save that colour-blocking wise, I don't think I could have inverted them without messing up the flow of medium blue to blue and dark grey to black (such as it is at the moment). I settled for a flat-out cheat with 'inverted' Hero Factory shells instead. Kopaka, I actually deliberately made *more* heavily built rather than less, so carry through the shield motif into full armour. And a fur collar. I just thought it might work. Pohatu, Pohatu . . . well, I did come up with a version that was shorter in the torso and it looked too simian and rendered him about Onua's height, which didn't seem right. I avoided the flat-out inverted torso because . . . well, on one level I don't actually like it all that much on the original and on another, if I'd stuck to those proportions, the arms and legs would have interfered too much with one another. I ended up compromised - he technically has the narrowest shoulders and the widest hips, but the arms are spaced out on extra joints (cunningly emulating the original's shoulder pads [ish]) so they don't clash with the legs. His shortness relative to the others is then achieved with posture rather than proportion. Not the best solution, I grant you, but it did mean I could make him a mostly brown torso, which I don't think I'd have achieved otherwise. I was so chuffed to discover I could do that with the Nui-Rama. I did build an orange version but that didn't turn out too well, unfortunately.
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    A pair of darts

    Thanks everyone! They both balance pretty well but it's definitely a more delicate task for the Space Police version. I own that part, in fact, but the shape of it would have flowed badly with the rest of the model. I opted for the orange piece instead since I was using CMF space marines in place of any actual Space Police minifgures and it fit with them. Plus, orange means the cockpit is that bit more visible through the window!
  10. I recently felt a hankering to rebuild the first year Toa, only seven years (SEVEN!) after my original attempts (here). And so . . . Hold on. Wrong magnification. Obligatory daft joke out of the way - I started indulging my nostalgia with some brick-built mini-Toa but enough time spent staring at those lovely, lovely first year masks made me want to go the whole hog as it were. I'm not sure my Toa design stacks up against some of the designs out there but it's pretty darned flexible, which is a definite plus. More photos are available here. There's more to come - my table is covered in Bioincle builds at this point - but for now, let me leave you with some brick-built Rahi and a WIP howling void. Enjoy!
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    A pair of darts

    A couple of spaceships I built over the last couple of months. Not SHIPs by any stretch of the imagination but I hope they pass muster regardless. This is a shape I've wanted to build for a while but hadn't quite worked out before now. Classic Space Ship by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Classic Space Ship by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Classic Space Ship by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr And a larger Space Police variant. Space Police Striker by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Space Police Striker by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Enjoy!
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    X-Wings

    I really love the T-70 X-Wing design from The Force Awakens. Then again, I love the original X-Wing concept design, so that was somewhat inevitable. Back at Christmas, I got hold of the official set for Poe's black X-Wing and do a heavy modification based around <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pmiaki/">pmiaki's</a> excellent design. Unfortunately I was photographing against a black background this week so I didn't take shots of that model. Luckily, however, I've since built two variants that I present here for your interest. Jess Pava's T-70 X-Wing in Resistance colours: Resistance X-Wing by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Resistance X-Wing by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Resistance X-Wing by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr A hypothetical T-85 X-Wing representing the New Republic's more up-to-date fighters as mentioned in spin-off material. New Republic X-Wing by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr New Republic X-Wing by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr New Republic X-Wing by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Enjoy!
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    Resistance M-Wing

    Incom's H57 M-Wing was designed as a combat shuttle combining the manoeuvrability of a starfighter with the cargo capacity of a light transport. Pilots subsequently joked that it actually combined the agility of a transport with the cargo capacity of a starfighter. Built cheaply and bought in bulk by the New Republic, many M-Wings have ended up in the hands of the Resistance, who use them for emergency supply drops into contested territory and delivering urgent medical assistance to the First Order's victims. I ended up with an extra copy of the new canopy while on an X-Wing building spree at the start of the year and built this to use it up. I feel it is . . . all right. The techniques are pleasing and I'm happy I was able to fit so many figs in the back (six in total), but overall . . . it's just there, really. But, for posterity, I thought I'd show it off all the same. M-Wing - capacity by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr M-Wing by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr M-Wing by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr M-Wing - underside by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr M-Wing - passenger compartment by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Enjoy!
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    Some comic-book odds and ends

    That's not a bad idea, now you mention it. I did have a version of Titanium Man knocking around for a while, might reconstruct it at some point - it was just a minifigure version though. In the meantime, I've made some modifications to the Dynamo that I think improve it. Crimson Dynamo Mark 3 by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Crimson Dynamo Mark 3 by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr I'm hoping at some point to get that dome in another transparent colour. With a little modification, this could work for an Earth's Mightiest Heroes version of ol' Vanko. Swapping companies for a moment, here's another entry in LexCorp's 'power-suit' budget: KAPOW! by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Some Gotham rogues: Freaks and madmen by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr And the God of War: Ares by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Back in the Marvel universe, sinister gatherings: A most sinister team by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Rhinoceri: The Rhino by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr And some X-villains: Brotherhood by Librarian-Bot, on Flickr Enjoy!
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    Racing A-Wing

    That's the basic idea, yes. In practice, I've used it in combination with other kinds of tiles and plates, but at it's heart, it's exploiting that kind of connection.