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  1. Inconspicuous

    [MOC] Red Fox

    Hi everyone, A few years ago, there was a family of foxes that lived in my backyard. It was a family of seven, including five of the most adorable little fox kits. It was such a delight watching them grow up, and foxes became one of my favorite animals. I just moved into a new apartment, and I'm lucky enough to have a dedicated space for Lego building. Although I'm still in the process of setting up, I was itching to build something. So as my inaugural build, I made a small sculpture of a red fox! To challenge myself, I didn't look at any reference images for this build - it was done totally from memory. Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out. A few details that you might find amusing: For the tongue, I used a pink chair element For the tip of the tail, I used a white shark head For the eyes, I used pith helmets Hope you enjoy! Inky
  2. Hi everyone! I had the chance to do some building over the holidays, and challenged myself to make a large-scale natural landscape. I was inspired by some of the interesting trees that I saw while hiking in the local wilderness here in Northern California, and wanted the trees to be the focal points of the landscape. As the build progressed, it started to become an experiment in tree and plant design! So I created mini environments within the landscape to showcase the different flora - and even added a little fauna. Hope you enjoy! -Inky
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    May the 4th, 2020: Star Wars Economy Contest

    Here's the link to my entry. Thanks MKJoshA for hosting the contest! -Inky
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    [Economy] - Pest Control

    Attack of the Bactabugs! The bactabugs have discovered a hospital's central reservoir of bacta, and are about to contaminate the entire supply. The pest control team has arrived on the scene, and are trying every trick in the book - chemical treatments, electrical zapping, and laser traps. But these specialized tactics come at a price... Caught in the cross-fire, the terrified hospital staff wait for the dust to settle - and then reluctantly pay the team for their trouble. Pictures with Illuminated Bacta Tank: Normal Lighting: Poor hospital staff are having quite an unexpected day. Enjoying their job a little too much? Preparing the laser traps. Note the baby bactabug on the right! Someone forgot to negotiate a quote in advance! Time to pay through the nose. That sucker's about to go down...
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    [MOC] Modular Gardening Shop

    Lately I've been watching the Lego Masters TV Show, and was inspired to create a timed building challenge of my very own! For the task, I set out to create a modular-style building within a total time of 12 hours (divided across a Saturday and a Sunday). Here are the results. I think it went pretty smoothly! There were a few more details that I wanted to add, but given the time constraint, I had to cut them short. Modular Gardening Shop. If you have a green thumb, this is your go-to place! Featuring a courtyard, greenhouse, rooftop vegetable garden, and street-side flower bouquet sales, it's a true haven for gardeners and plant lovers from all walks of life. It's also a great place to go to escape from the confinement of the city, and spend some time relaxing under the patio shade structure. Street View: Top View: Courtyard: Rooftop Garden: Courtyard: Inside the Greenhouse: I'm particularly proud of the exotic shrubbery that I designed for the greenhouse. It's made of Green Goblin masks! I'm still not sure why I had so many lying around... Thanks for taking a look! Inky
  6. Hello friends, Here's my latest creation, inspired by the Netflix series Bojack Horseman! If you're not familiar with the series, it's a dark parody of Hollywood culture that takes place in a version of the world where people and anthropomorphic animals coexist. The main character, Bojack, is a self-centered, alcoholic horse who struggles to revive the glory of his 90's acting career while struggling with self-destructive habits. Despite the serious themes, there is an abundance of hilarious animal puns and visual gags peppered throughout the show. In one of the best recurring jokes, the main characters start using the word "Hollywoo" after the D from the sign is stolen! The format of this build was inspired by the show's opening credits, which follow a static-looking Bojack as the events of a typical day swirl in the background behind him. Here's an example of the opening credits, if you're curious. To create the right sense of focus and perspective, the Bojack figure was photographed separately from the house and combined later using image editing. I had a lot of fun trying to create letters for the Hollywoo sign! The O's are made using a pith helmet, which had an excellent cartoonish shape. Why the long face? Background Only: Hope you enjoy! Inky
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    May 2019: Star Wars Landspeeder Contest

    Thanks for the extra time! Was a huge help in finishing up my entries. Here are my submissions for Category A and Category B.. Thanks for hosting this contest, it was a great reason to break out my Lego collection after moving apartments!
  8. Hi everyone, Here is my entry for Category B of the Landspeeder Contest: "Speedee Repairs". Your one-stop destination for all speeder tune-ups, repairs, and replacement parts! You can even watch the action from a viewing platform while you wait. Hangar Only: Meet the Speeders: Activating the Fuel Pumps: Raw Material Storage: Welding and Inspection Table: "Hmm, where are these tools supposed to go?" Thanks for taking a look! -Inky
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    [Landspeeder][Cat A] - Furiosa

    Yes, that's right - good spotting! I really liked the way they looked as steering handles, and this "floating" attachment also made it easier to fit the other cockpit controls.
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    [Landspeeder][Cat A] - Furiosa

    Hey everyone, I'm back from a long hiatus to bring you my latest creation... Furiosa! Dex Brando may only be a student at the prestigious Coruscant Engineering Academy, but his custom speeder modifications have already raised (and singed) a few eyebrows. Here, he demonstrates his latest creation - Furiosa - powered by twin onyx-ion fuel cells of questionable legality and attached to an aerodynamic chassis that was salvaged from the scrap yards in a high-end sector, or so we are told. Dex plans to pilot this landspeeder in an upcoming student vehicle racing competition. No doubt that Dex has a bright future in store - if he can graduate without getting arrested first! This landspeeder was a ton of fun to create, and posed some great building technique challenges. I'm particularly proud of the cockpit design - like any good racing vehicle, there is ample shoulder support for those tight turns! Thanks for taking a look! I welcome any feedback you might have. -Inky
  11. My ideal tree is one tall enough and sturdy enough to avoid the curious wrath of a mischievous housecat.
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    Dragon's Edge Outpost

    The technique I used for the eyes is not exactly legal - they're actually two loose assemblies sandwiched between the halves of the head. It's a tad blurry, but here's a photo of the four components: No plans to expand the Berk collection right now, but perhaps I'll take a stab at the other dragons in the future. I didn't take any photos of Toothless by himself, but here's a close-up of the tail:
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    Dragon's Edge Outpost

    After spending around a year away from my Lego collection, I finally had an opportunity to build something new! Here's a diorama inspired by Netflix series, Dragons: Race to the Edge, which takes place between the first and second How to Train Your Dragon movies. Welcome to Dragon's Edge Outpost, a supply station where dragon riders can stop for supplies (and a snack!) when exploring islands far away from Berk. Built on the edge of a rocky cliff, the small shelter serves as an entrance to a convenient cave. Just be careful not to fall into the waters below -- though they look peaceful enough, they're frigid during the winter! Roof design loosely based off this image. Stilted architecture inspired by the palafitos of ChiloƩ, which I visited during my recent travels. Here's Hiccup the minifigure, as the character appears in the new series. Somewhere between the younger and older versions. There's nothing Toothless loves more than a tasty Icelandic cod! For this MOC, I used an updated version of my original Toothless. "Hey! Get down from there you useless reptile!" Toothless makes a fire inside the cave while Hiccup prepares to spend the night at the outpost. Thanks in advance for your comments and critiques! Inky
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    Toothless from "How to Train Your Dragon"

    Thank you very much! The piece is called "Wedge 4x3 Cut Back with Cutout, 2 Studs." It's most commonly found in Racers sets. It's odd that I have two, because I can't remember buying a Racers set in my life!
  15. After a long building hiatus, I've finally had a chance to hit the bricks! Even though I never saw the movie in theaters, I have become a big fan of "How to Train Your Dragon" over the last year (largely due to John Powell's superb soundtrack, but no need to talk about that here). In anticipation of the sequel which will be released this summer, I decided to take on the challenge of building an accurate minifig-scale Toothless. Here are the results! Front View: Hiccup and Toothless in Lego form! Toothless' ears, legs, wings, and tail can all be adjusted. His mouth can open too, but it's not an intentional feature. Side View: One difficulty with building a fairly small and specific dragon is its stability. To keep both dragon and rider in place, I used two rubber bands. The lower rubber band keeps Hiccup's torso in place while the upper rubber band keeps Toothless' head upright. Close-up: When building, I first started with Toothless' head, which proved to be the most difficult part. I wanted to recreate the unique shape of his head, while still incorporating his reptilian eyes and expressive ear-flaps. Even if it's not perfect, I'm definitely pleased with the result! As a fortunate coincidence, Hiccup's pedals align perfectly with Toothless' legs, which is movie-accurate. Flying Mode: The wings I used in the first few photos were much more easy to position, but were too small compared to Toothless' actual wing size. Thus, I made it possible to switch them out for a pair of Dino Attack wings for a more accurate flying mode. For a few more pictures and higher resolution versions of the photos here, check out the Flickr set. I would be delighted to hear your feedback, seeing as my rendition is far from perfect. Thanks for looking! Inky