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[MOC WIP LDD] Psycho Zaku from Gundam Thunderbolt
sparkart posted a topic in LEGO Sci-FiMobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt is the first Gundam series, the first anime series, in a long-time, that I really like. I don't hate anime. I only hate 95% of it, but that other 5%, I absolutely adore. Here's a LEGO model depicting the MS-06R High-Mobility Type Zaku II (Psycho Zaku) from Gundam Thunderbolt. Isn't that a mouthful? I'm about 80% sure 80% of this will work in real-life, and am Bricklinking like mad to compile the bricks and elements for it (almost two-dozen Bricklink orders already). For me, LEGO Digital Designer makes it easier to go through the iterative, refining design process, so I start nearly all my models with it. Here's a progression of a few iterations: I came back to LEGO after a 27-year-long Dark Age, so I don't have a life-time supply to brick with which to play and experiment. I absolutely rely on LDD to help me build, since I don't have a lot of inventory. I usually try to make bookshelf-sized models, hand-sized models. That's the sweet spot for me, a size that allows for nice scale detail and proportions, but not so large that it stresses the LEGO building elements and costs an arm and a leg to make. This one's going to bigger than usual, maybe a foot-and-a-half tall (45 cm). In most of my builds, I can identify an "enabling" piece, that crucial part, from which everything else is scaled or built upon. For example, for these S.P.E.E.D.E.R. bikes, it's the mini-fig helmets. For this Zaku model, it's the pearl gold fez used for the small rocket thrusters. There's almost 50 of those rocket thrusters on this Psycho Zaku! Is it just be me, or do you also read "Psycho Zaku" aloud with a dramatically lowered voice? Try it, "PSYCHO ZAKU!" I plan to make stickers for this model, too. I'm not going to try to replicate all the markings, just the big ones like the "96" on the right shoulder and right toe, and the Zeon insignias on the chest and right shoulder armor. I think the model would look better in dark red, rather than bright red, but not all the requisite pieces are available in dark red, particularly the new 2x2 wedge plates used in sides of the feet that suggest a boot heel.
[MOC] Jester from Titanfall 2
sparkart posted a topic in LEGO Sci-FiHere a model of Jester from Titanfall 2. Jester is a simulacrum, an AI robot imitation of a person, but doesn't realize or accept that. The model is about 1/10 scale, 7 inches or 18 cm tall. He's packing a couple of weapons that are actually throwbacks to the first Titanfall game, a white, black, and orange CAR SMG (Combat Advanced Round Submachine Gun) and a RE-45 large caliber handgun on his right thigh. Red grenades hang from the green tactical vest he wears. The Wampa/Taun-taun horn hanging from the back of his head is supposed to be a raccoon tail. I haven't seen any art that suggests there is a red rising sun motif on the back of Jester's vest, but I like the red design on that dark green, and the boat-stud keeps those plates together and helps hide their unsightly undersides. The fanny pack is a rocket pack that grants players enhanced jumping and parkour mobility in the game. The model has 14 points of articulation: neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, abdomen, hips, knees, & ankles. The base holds a polycarbonate bar (light saber) that inserts into the bottom of a ski that forms his feet. I had to shorten that bar by about a millimeter to get the foot to be flat and flush against the tile flooring of the base. The abdomen has a couple of 1x2 grille tiles that aren't attached to anything, but trapped by the geometry of the surrounding parts. These move up and down as the chest and hips are posed to simulate pivoting pistons. Thanks for stopping by and having a look!
Make a straddling rider figure for speeders and motorcycles (Project S
sparkart posted a topic in LEGO Sci-FiS.P.E.E.D.E.R. (Straddling Pilot Echoing Equine Disposition Ergo Rider) Here's a sample recipe to make a more realistically proportioned human rider figure that can straddle a sci-fi/fantasy speeder bike or motorcycle: S.P.E.E.D.E.R. (Straddling Pilot Echoing Equine Disposition Ergo Rider) by SPARKART!, on Flickr. Some of the connections are tenuous single-stud assemblies, so this isn't really aimed toward playability, but more for giving a sense of scale to a model. LEGO Bat-pod by SPARKART!, on Flickr. CHIPS - Central Headquarters Imperial Pursuit Squad by SPARKART!, on Flickr. LEGO Rey's Speeder on Jakku by SPARKART!, on Flickr. I hope the assembly instructions are useful and spark some creative applications. Thanks for checking it out.
[MOC Scooby-Doo] Speed Buggy and this friends, Tinker, Debbie, and Mar
sparkart posted a topic in LEGO LicensedIn the 1970s, Hanna-Barbera produced cartoons that a whole generation of kids enjoyed. One of these was Speed Buggy, and the characters from this show made a cross-over guest appearance on The New Scooby-Doo Movies, "The Weird Winds of Winona". Here's a LEGO purist version of Speed Buggy with no modified or painted bricks or elements. For the mouth, I used the printed 1x4 tile piece from the LEGO Cars 2 "Mack" model: LEGO Speed Buggy! Speedy's a little bigger than I wanted (I like smaller economical LEGO models), but I also wanted the whole crew to fit inside. It's kinda strange that Mark stands in the back, but this arrangement makes them look like the cartoon. It's difficult to see in the photo, but there's a walkie-talkie stowed underneath, near Debbie, that represents the remote control/radio that was used by Speedy's friends (and sometimes his antagonists). The back of Speed Buggy incorporates a cargo/engine compartment that holds an engine that Tinker can tinker with. I'm working on a way to incorporate a LEGO wind-up motor, but I'm afraid it'll compromise the design. I'm thinking maybe a pusher trailer attached to the back, maybe something disguised as a puff of wheel smoke? Any suggestions? Thanks for checking it out, and supporting it on LEGO Ideas.
[SW] Evolution of the X-Wing or reboot version?
sparkart posted a topic in LEGO Star WarsOriginally, I set out to make an Advent calendar sized version of the Episode VII X-Wing. That failed effort turned into this. I guess this could be an evolved iteration of the X-Wing for Episode X, but I am set on the idea that this model is actually the McQuarrie-esque version of the X-Wing for the inevitable Star Wars series reboot. Star Wars Episode IV, V, & VI (rebooted) X-Wing by SPARKART!, on Flickr. Star Wars Episode IV, V, & VI (rebooted) X-Wing by SPARKART!, on Flickr.