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A Catablog of Tools, Tips, and Techniques for building with LEGO®


Category: Techniques

Afternoon Diggy Nippers, originally uploaded by SlyOwl.

What SlyOwl does in an afternoon puts the rest of us to shame. First of all, the organic spread of the green to set the scene area and then the path to the old mill — very subtle stuff, but takes some thinking to get it right as you build. The mix of grey and the grill bricks on the mill give a good sense of the age to the building — not to mention the one door that has broken off its hinge. continue reading…

Coconut Island, originally uploaded by evildead1980.

evildead1980 has concocted a brilliant little island scene with all kinds of gorgeous building goodies going on.

I enjoyed his technique for the sandy beach — very organic and realistic.

And here he’s got an awesome use for a little farm animal (below). Note also how effectively he was able to get the bananas together. We typically see bananas in a “bunch” — usually 5 or 6 together, though this is a pretty good rendition of a banana “fist” — bananas actually grow together like this, pointed up.

Who wants some roasted pig?

And here a little tropical hot-tub complete with water supplied out the mouth of an ancient sculpture of a skull. Loved the use of the curved blue bricks here to depict the water pouring out. Notice also the use of brown minifig-heads as coconuts. There is also a brilliant mix of multiple types of vegetation to make a very coherent, believable island scene.

Girl Time 1

A Housewife's Dream

A Housewife’s Dream, originally uploaded by bren92787.

bren92787 has a lot of great things going on in this MOC. I like the simple furniture, not to mention the whole concept of the robot vacuuming — very Jetsons! and a great way to incorporate one of the new  Series 1 Colletible Minifigs.

The design close to the ceiling is a bit unusual but demonstrates some good SNOT (studs not on top) techniques with the cheese slopes.

Overall a very enjoyable and fun presentation!

from my lego lens, originally uploaded by slackware.

This is not a complicated MOC, and we’ve seen the LEGO camera have an added lens to it. But add the camera bag on the side, the pose, and the fact that this is a beautifully taken photo, and you have a very simple, yet revealing portrait of a photographer.

Brick Side Road, originally uploaded by ??a??i? ?o..

Looks at this beautiful technique for a brick road. I love the variation of the color; I think they work well; and the spacing — all help convey the idea that this is an old city road made of nice stones or brick.