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  1. Actionfigure

    MOC: Bee-Eater

    Hello, this is a bee-eater, I built for a small contest about the minifigure-series. Everyone chose a minifigure and built it´s natural envirenment or a familar scene on a 16x16 plate. It was a quick moc. I had no time to order parts or to revise it. That´s why it looks a little bit angular shaped.
  2. Raystafarian

    [MOC] Cranes (birds)

    I was recently given the Large Creative Brick Box (10698) and inside there are some instructions for making a crane: I thought this could obviously be improved upon with a simple jumper so the neck was centered, and then I added a claw plate to enhance the coverts and tertials of the wing (the train, like on a dress): But, this just doesn't look like any crane I've ever seen. So I decided to give it a go in Stud.io, keeping the same basic structure, changing the size for smaller species and keeping to the available colors. I haven't done very many MOCs that I've shared, so I'm open to suggestions (or relying on suggestions)! I know adding some bricks with additional studs might be a good idea for adding more feathering on the sides. The brick modified 2x3 with curved top - I think if I can find a 2x2 like this I could add some more detail to the coloring for the train I toyed with the idea of using cylinders for legs, but they didn't look as good on my physical model. I thought maybe using some technic angles for legs to give the legs some bend might work, but not at this scale. I also think using a 2x1 cheese slope for the crowned cranes might be a good idea, or even using clips with bar 4L (Lightsaber Blade / Wand) like on the rockhopper penguin.. I'm pretty sure some yellow or red eye prints exist, which I would need to change for some of the species. If there is some plate similar to the claw that is maybe longer, that would be better for the train So anyway, I present 10 of the 15 species of crane present today, rendered with the lowest settings: Common crane (Grus grus) wiki media Demoiselle crane (Grus virgo) wiki media Whooping crane (Grus americana) wiki media Hooded crane (Grus monacha) wiki media Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) wiki media Sandhill crane (Antigone canadensis) wiki media White-naped crane (Antigone vipio) wiki media Siberian crane (Leucogeranus leucogeranus) wiki media Black crowned crane (Balearica pavonina) wiki media Grey crowned crane (Balearica regulorum) wiki media
  3. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    [Birds] New Zealand Fantail

    I was after a kitset I could sell from a local gallery during the tourist season, and decided to have a go at the New Zealand fantail which is something of an iconic creature here. The model features a poseable head, wings, and tail, to give it some character. The internal structure is rather complicated, with studs in all directions, clips and click hinges for the tail, and an internal 3-wide shoulder section within a 4-wide shell. The DBG slopes behind the eyes and the tan 1x4 wings are rare in these colours, so they will need to be subbed out to bring the price down on the final model. New Zealand Fantail — Rhipidura fuliginosa
  4. Finally found the final solution to displaying all the Chima birds into one piece! AC
  5. Actionfigure

    MOC: Macaws

    Hello, these are my macaws. A blue and gold macaw, a great green macaw and a crimson macaw. I have got an affinity for parrots.
  6. All together in a group shot and also the individual shots. AC
  7. Actionfigure

    MOC: Parrots

    Hello, I already posted these birds in the special themes forum. I was asked to bring them up here, too. At first I was a little bit sceptical if it´s OK to post things twice. But here they are: At first the Macaws. The blue and gold macaw: The great green macaw: The crimson macaw: And from another continent: The alexandrine parakeet. Actually the alexandrine parakeet is as common for a pirate as the macaws. Pirates in the Indian Ocean didn´t have any macaws. And the alexandrine parakeet is the more skillful talker. Edit by Phred: Please provide comments for these MOCs in the Special Theme topics that contain the same MOCs. MOC: Macaws MOC: Alexandrine Parakeet
  8. ACPin

    [MOC] The Bird Cage

    The Chima birds can sometimes get restless inside the house, so the custom bird cage was built for them. Now they can be brought out of the house to get some fresh air. I thought the base would have been enough to display them until my wife suggested that the bird cage would be better.
  9. Actionfigure

    MOC: Great Tit

    Hello, now I continue after a short respite... This is a great tit. It is pluffed up in the cold.
  10. Actionfigure

    MOC: Alexandrine Parakeet

    Hello, this is a male alexandrine parakeet. We have many of them in the quater. Well, I feed them in wintertime. Unfortunatly it seems to get around. There are so many of them, and it is still cold outside...
  11. ACPin

    [MOC] Safe Landing

    Less three parts on this than the other one which makes it just 21 pieces... AC
  12. ACPin

    [MOC] Lonesome Bird

    Tablescrap build using only 24 pieces including the stand AC
  13. Actionfigure

    Toco Toucan

    Hello, I continue with my series of animals... This is a toco Toucan or giant toucan. It is one of my first Animals.
  14. Hello, these are my sulphur-crested cockatoos. They are a little bit smaller than my other parrots. (I will post them soon!)
  15. Actionfigure

    MOC: Marabou

    Hello, this is my marabou. I have built several birds, but I start with this one. Yes, it can stand! - Very stable! I hope you like it!
  16. LEGO Ideas - Birds (21301) Review by Adeel Zubair, on Flickr "They will fly off the shelves!" First Impression: When I saw this set for the first time I was very impressed with this set just like any LEGO Ideas set. This is a must have set for any birds enthusiast. These are impressive recreations of three birds seen in different parts of the world. This will be an iconic and popular LEGO set amongst adults. This is one of the LEGO Idea's set that is not based on an IP (Intellectual Property) or a replica, others being the recent Exo-Suit (21109) and Research Institute (21110.) I just want to say a huge thanks to Thomas Poulsom for making this set a reality. Unique Parts: This set contains 3 unique printed 'Flat Tile 2x4' pieces in Black each with the specific bird's name in Latin: Erithacus Rubecula, Cyanocitta Cristata and Colibri Thalassinus. There are recolours of certain pieces which are now exclusive to this set at the time of this review: Plate 2X4X18° (Dark Green), Corner Plate 45 Deg. 3X3 (Dark Green), Tip Of The Tail Ø6,47 (Earth Green), Neck - Tail Link, Ø7.84-Ø6,47 (Earth Green), Plate 1x3 (Medium Blue), Plate 1X2 W. 1 Knob (Medium Blue), Plate 2x3 (Medium Blue), Left Plate 2X4 W/Angle (Medium Blue) and Right Plate 2X4 W/Angle (Medium Blue.) There are also a few rare pieces in this set: Plate 6x16 (Dark Green), Right Plate 3X8 W/Angle (Earth Blue), Left Plate 3X8 W/Angle Earth Blue), Roof Tile 4X2/18° W/Cor. (Earth Green), Brick W/Bow 1/3 (Medium Blue), Plate 1X2 W/Shaft Ø3.2 (Reddish Brown) and Plate 1X2 W. Shaft 12M (Transparent) Something I would like to point out that some ‘Medium Blue’ pieces seem to have two different shades in this set. I don't know why but it may be a quality control issue which does happen sometimes. I found it to be extra useful for different texture as the bird is a natural form. However some people may not like this simply because they may look out of place if the pieces are used for your own creations. Minifigures and Playability: Ha! This set contains no minifigures. These are detailed models of birds for display only. Therefore I don't see young children purchasing this set for any reason besides someone who likes birds or the swoosh factor of the birds. No, the wings don't move but yes each Bird can be easily removed from their display stand. The models are really great display pieces and are just a wonderful piece to adore the details on display. Build Experience: This set contains 5 five numbered bags. 2x Bag 1's for the Robin, 2x Bag 2's for the Blue Jay and 1x Bag 3 for the Hummingbird and flower. It surprisingly contains three instruction booklets (one for each bird.) As always with the LEGO Ideas sets, they are high-quality books containing the building instructions, information on the LEGO Ideas platform and background information about the set and its original creator. It took me an average of 25 minutes per bird to assemble together. This set was designed by the very talented Steen Sig Andersen who has been with The LEGO Group for a very long time and it really shows. He has provided each bird with its own unique SNOT (Studs Not On Top) techniques and very thoughtful engineering which makes the models really strong and durable. Each Bird has its own stand very similar to the architecture stands but this time we have the green grass with a small pedestal for the birds to fit on. In front of the pedestal we have the printed 'Flat Tile 2x4' with the name of the specific bird which keeps them partly hidden and at the edge of the base we have a ‘San Yellow’ finish to possibly represent wood. The set was very enjoyable to put together and I learned a few new techniques along the way which was quite surprising since I'm a pretty experienced builder. Value for Money: This retails for £39.99 in the UK and contains 580 pieces. It's hard to judge this set because it contains three different builds. Each bird with stand works out £13.33 each so that's fairly respectable plus with the high quality box and instructions booklets is definitely worth £39.99 compared with other models LEGO has released in the past. It's a set that will sky rocket in the aftermarket, you would rather purchase this whenever you get the chance since it has a limited production run like any other LEGO Ideas set. This set is only available at LEGO Stores and Shop.LEGO.com Display Attributes: Since this set is built with three separate models I will discuss each model in depth. The Erithacus Rubecula also known as the Robin has been exquisitely rendered with the whole profile and shape capturing the exact shape of a Robin. Unlike the other models it's not smoothed out to try to hide the studs. Instead they have expressed and proudly shown the studs through 80% of the model. It's really great they have exposed the studs to capture what LEGO really is and how its simple brick can be constructed into a beautiful natural form, which isn't seen often. As I examine the photograph I can see that the Robin is orange, light brown, tan, grey and white. I understand that having several colours on a model of this scale could easily take away from the model, but I was surprised they didn't use orange instead of the red but to be honest I saw the original in person and it didn't look right with the brown. I like how the belly of the Robin is built like a Lowell Sphere. One advantage with this compared with other birds is that the Robin can stand on its two very small feet without extra support, again heads up to Steen for some really great engineering techniques used. This model has to be the highlight of the set. The stand is also well designed, you can turn the Technic axle 360° to suit the owners needs of display and it can also be easily be separated. I don't like that the Technic axle wiggles, I feel they are under a lot of pressure underneath the weight of the model. I have two complaints which I have with most LEGO sets: when having SNOT techniques used in a LEGO set is requires you to assemble an opposite colour to the brick/s it will attached on to. In this case the white and brown is showing though a small gap above the assembly of the red belly of the Robin. It's a natural form so I won't complain too much but I have seen it many times in other sets. Yes LEGO have to use as many simple and primary colours in the internal structure of any model to make it easier for the builder to find the pieces when constructing a set. Additionally the black ‘Plate 1X2 W. Vertical Grip’ that have used to attach the Robin's wings which could've been brown but I guess in this case it can represent shadow and depth. Another example is the Technic axle going through the underside of the Robin could have been transparent, now it seems as if it's part of the Robin. Which doesn’t look right? I like that the scale is pretty close to the real bird and it also make these models feel like your personal pets. The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta Cristata) is once again rendered well but this build also has minor problems. Main reason is in some angles you can see right through the bird but to be honest when it's on the stand you can barely notice. Comparing this model to the photograph provided in the instruction booklet. You can clearly see that all black pieces should have been ‘Earth Blue' besides the beak. I feel cheated and I would have preferred them to be 'Earth Blue' I don't understand why LEGO had to be lazy and choose black instead. That's one big problem I have with this assembly. The final bird is the Hummingbird (Colibri Thalassinus) which sits on a ‘Plate 6x16’ for the additional flower assembly. The flower is an interesting but simple. It's nice to see another large natural form in this set beside a couple of birds. Referencing back to the photograph I can see that a Hummingbird also has yellow and blue but would look out of place with the presented scale like the Robin. The brown 'Plate' would have been nice in transparent but I may be mistaken, but it could be its feet? The two sloped 'Earth Green' bricks that were used to hide most of the back of the plates is a great addition however it's only conned by one Technic pin which means doesn't stay still. Fan Model Vs. Final Product: All three models are very well recreated and are pretty similar to the original fan creation. The only differences are the internal structure and the way the models are presented. I do prefer the way the final product displays the birds because they look or presentable. Steen has done a wonderful job of staying true to Tom’s original design and has done them justice as a worldwide product. Final Analysis/ Conclusion: Overall this set it is a must have set for adults. It has its flaws like any other set: the grey Technic axle used between the Robin and tree branch, black pieces used instead of ‘Earth Blue’ for the Blue Jay and the loose ‘Earth Green’ pieces of the Hummingbird. Anyway the models are impressive recreations and would make a great gift for any adult or birds enthusiast. Quick Summary: Parts: 5 - Good quantity of common and semi rare colours from a parts perspective. Playability: 3 - Each bird can be easily removed from their display stand and be swooshed around if you so desire. Building Experience: 4.5 - A few interesting SNOT techniques are used, although some parts of the build are a bit repetitive but still enjoyable. Value for Money: 5 - At first the price may seem high however the models of the birds are very attractive. With a price tag of £39.99 you cannot go wrong. Overall: 5 - It has one or two problems that come from the deep vaults of LEGO but besides that I can only judge the build on its own merits. The models are impressive recreations and would make a great gift for any adult or birds enthusiast. Useful Links: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/16897 https://ideas.lego.c.../1-blog/post/22 http://shop.lego.com/en-GB/Birds-21301
  17. ..of "Surfin Bird"? Then you could listen to the track on repeat as you build.
  18. Set#: 21301 Name: Birds Theme: Ideas Year: 2015 Pieces: 580 MSP: $44.99 Brickset Bricklink The box The box is nicely laid out, with a wood grain pattern overlaid with photos of the flowers and trees where the birds naturally occur. It's a tasteful package, suitable since the content is, compared to anything LEGO makes other than the Architecture series, appealing to builders who like to display more than play. The back shows the birds' natural habitats. Looking at the front, I doubt many who aren't ornithologists would know this from the front of the box. I only know the blue jay, since it's an iconic Canadian bird, but I was unaware that Europe had its own species of robin. The box is small, but is surprisingly heavy, so I thought it was densely packed with pieces, but the main reason is because of: The booklets I should have known, since the other ideas sets I have also had square-bound, glossy instruction booklets. This set comes with one for each bird. While most of the content is unique to each book, there is an introduction and some post-ads repeated in each, repeated in three languages, which seems wasteful and redundant. Likely, they couldn't squeeze it all into a single book easily, so they decided to separate it into three books rather than two, since there are three sets, but the repetition wasn't necessary, in my opinion. Regardless, the booklets live up to the high standard set by past sets from the deluxe Ideas series. There is also a short collection of statements from the original designer of the series. Each book has a description of the bird of each book. It gives the set a very deluxe feel. The back of one repeats the box back, and collects the sets. This is my first time seeing a non-screaming boy WIN! page. It's a treat. A massive difference is that Japan has been replaced by China as the non-Euro language. LEGO has been massively increasing in presence in Japan over the last five years (for example, it's pages four and five of the Japanese Toys R Us Christmas catalog this year), so this was a surprise to me. I guess as China's economy has eclipsed Japan's already, it is the major world growth market, and it makes sense, but it's still kind of a surprise after years of seeing Japan's 当てよう! on the back of set instructions. The European Robin (Erithacus Rubecula) The first build comes in two bags. The parts selection is all pretty standard parts. If you have a fair amount of LEGO, there is a chance you could build this without the set. The first part of the build is the base. This is an identical base to that of the second build. The robin starts with the underbelly, a real SNOT style build. When turned over, a centre block is added, to affix the sides to. A second block is placed on top, and the first wings are placed on the side. I've seen similar techniques in sets to get SNOT done, but I thought this was really cleverly made. It is truly a creative build. In back, SNOT techniques are used again, and the tail is clipped in with three separate parts, allowing you to splay them if you so choose. The other side's wings are attached, and you get a very solid block of a bird. Finally the head and breast are placed in. A stick is made to stand on, which is dropped into the base. The connection is loose, meaning that the bird will spin around whichever way the base is tilted. Since most will display it on a shelf, it's not such a relevant point. It looks really nice. A shot from below. The SNOT on this could be renamed, SFES (Studs From Every Side). It's really fantastic, cute, accurate. The tail is a little splayed here. It really has captured the dimensions of a robin. Not a North American robin, which is a little more elongated, but I've seen birds like this. Except for the red colour, it captures the feel of a chickadee. A few pieces remain. The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta Cristata) Build two also comes in two bags. The pieces, for the most part, are nothing I don't already have, but I would say I don't have much in baby blue. These pieces are new for me though. I've seen some new shapes with SNOT studs in the last two years, so these don't shock me, but their shape is a little off the beaten path, having six studs length flat, and four studs perpendicular. <edit> Apparently, this piece was in some City truck sets recently, and is therefore now classified as a "common piece," as City trucks are the most common sets. The blue jay as well starts off with the bottom, studs out. Its feet aren't nearly as developed as the robin's was. At first, it was a little disappointment, but on the finished build, it's not really a big deal. The base of the blue jay connects to the tail with a clip, and the tail is attached to a pivoting slope to help get a natural contour. It looks pretty good. The wings use a ball connection, allowing them a little movement. The head also uses a click attachment, which pivots a little, but not much. Mainly it allows the head to connect at an odd degree, not square or perpendicular. The finished product is pretty beautiful. The crest on the head, the organic angles. It's striking. Since the wings are on a ball-socket, if you move them upwards, you can see inside, but that's a complain only a non-AFOL would make. And a few pieces remain. The Green Violetear (Calibre Thalassinus) The last bird is the violetear, such an uncommon bird that my computer spell checks it as 'violator'. Both my wife and I, and anyone I showed the set to, confused it for a hummingbird. Without research, I'm going to assume they are at least cousins ancestrally. The pieces are also pretty standard overall, but I love the brightness of them. The first part of the build is the flower. It's not so complicated, but communicates what it has to clearly and succinctly. It's quite effective in its simplicity. And a few pieces remain. This finished piece should be more effective than the first two, as it's a diorama. Unfortunately, because of the slightness of the build, it's my least favourite. Probably, it is mainly the wings that don't stun me. They are logical enough and capture the shape at a glance, but I would have liked a little more depth and complexity in them. More work are spent on the bird's underside than the overside. The two-tones of green done in cheese slopes look nice. The overside isn't nearly as impressive. The wings show the back of the studs, and the back is simply two slopes. It's not a bad build by any means, but it's a bit too simple for my tastes. All Together My wife always says "Oh, great!" when she looks at my built LEGO sets, but I felt that she actually meant it a bit more than usual with this set, as it was very at odds with the mini-fig scale that she's used to. I have to admit, I feel about the same way. I have over a hundred of mini-fig scale sets at this point, and simply because of that, this set feels really fresh to me. It's something I'll be very happy to keep at my desk. The Final Verdict Design: 10/10 I need to review them a little separately, since they all have different points. Of the three, the one which piques me the most is definitely the blue jay, but, to be totally honest, is because it was so nostalgic to me. As a Canadian, blue jays and cardinals were hammered into my head as 'Canadian winter birds,' as much as robins were labeled 'spring birds.' I just feel good to have one sitting to the left of me as I type this. That said, I think there is a strong tie with the robin as to which was designed best. The violetear is substantially less interesting as a model, though I'm sure it was difficult to design on the whole, being a slight bird. Ultimately, I can't imagine most (sane) people complaining about this set. Build: 9/10 The set is non-repetitive, apart from the wings. On top of that, there is a lot of clever SNOT techniques, which change from build to build, making all of it a fresh experience. Playability: 2/10 I don't think this is a set for playing with. Price: 10/10 It has a MSRP below 10 cents a piece, so would anyone complain about that? Great colours too. Makes me think those mini-figs might just cost a little too much. Overall: 10/10 I haven't awarded many 10/10 scores. Some nines, but not any tens that I can remember. Part of it has to be that I've built so many sets over the last few years, that I've gotten a little tired (I bought 15 buildable sets this year so far) . This is fresh. It is memorable. It simply taps into a love of LEGO that I hadn't tapped into yet. It's actually new. Conclusion: This is a great set. It stands out against my collection of LEGO. If you have a deep LEGO collection, I think this would be a must have. If you are simply a fan of themes and mini-figs, it might not be to your tastes at all. One thing I can say though: if you are an AFOL wanting to get a non-AFOL, non-geek fan, a set, this might just be the one. It's charming. The Architecture series could do the job as well, but I think this is a more appealing set than many of the architecture sets, and priced a lot better too.
  19. Diamond_Sun

    (MOC) Lego Brids

    Well, I had nothing else to do so I made a pair of birds. http://www.brickshel...nd_cardinal.jpg here are individual pictures. http://www.brickshel...go_cockatoo.jpg http://www.brickshel...go_cardinal.jpg Thanks for looking! Mods, please correct my misspell 'brids'. Something happened to my keyboard. (spill)
  20. On the third day of the tour, we'll be taking you to the snowy solitude of the Lone Mountain - just to discover it's not so lonely after all! So please, buckle your seat-belts, set your trays in full upright and locked position, and get those ear muffs and mittens ready! Are you tired of the breezy winds of the Withered Wood and the tropical heat of the Jungles of Gorr? Then take a break at the Lone Mountain, where even the coldest snow lovers will feel at home again! Enjoy the bright and varied birds that make the mountain's echos ring again with their warbling songs! The Red Bellied Strutter, so named because of... well, it's red belly and a tendency to strut: The Black Billed Warbler, a blue and dark blue bird that is a native only of Kaliphlin: The Plimigen, one of the most common birds in all snowy areas, and found in flocks in the Lone Mountain and its environs: And that ends our tour for today! Stay tuned for tomorrow's visit to another landmark of Kaliphlin! If you've missed them, be sure to check out: Kayne's Inside Kaliphlin: Day 1 The Withered Woods Masa of Kaliphlin's Inside Kaliphin: Day 2 Jungles of Gorr And don't be late for the bus again! C&C are welcome! I hope one and all have been enjoying their trip through Kaliphlin so far!