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


Category: Techniques

KLR-20 Luxury combat vehicle, originally uploaded by Legohaulic.

Technique: This creation is absolutely beautiful! I love how Legohaulic has built the smooth, sloping surface of the vehicle, how it feels bulky, yet comfy. He’s made a great use of the various slope pieces (yeah cheese!) to get there.


One thing that is a key element here that separates the “boys” from the “men,” as it were, is Tyler’s use of a unified color scheme. Note that he doesn’t have a smattering of color (i.e. a little blue, a little red, some yellow, some green) — he’s using light bley metallic silver as the prominent color, black as his secondary color, and the lights fit in as nice tertiary colors for balance. (I’d count the translucent black in there as a nice mix between the primary and secondary colors).

Oh, and be sure to check out the commercial.

The ‘Shroom Whisprerer by Foamrider on Flickr. Entered in Classic Castle’s Job Muller’s contest earlier this year.

The things that stood out to me here were the simple, yet effective tree, and the mushrooms.

This Woodsman was posted by <jovian> on Flickr.

The chainsaw shows some excellent technique with the clever use of parts to put together a minifig scale chainsaw.

Also take a good look at the woodsman’s legs. Got some fancy SNOT going on there. And making his hands brown is a good way to signify that he’s wearing gloves.

This Rock Bug is courtesy of »hobo« via Flickr. I like the similarity of this to the LEGO scorpion, though this one is brick built. He’s used two rock monster arms for the front pinchers, three sets of binoculars held together by a small lever (not visible, but he points it out in the comments on Flickr). Follow this up with some minifig hands on the sides to act as the legs, as well as one minfig hand off the back as a tail.

This is an Ice Bridge posted on Flickr by rongYIREN. Lots of great stuff going on here. Love the use of the 1×2 trans blue tiles for water, this is becoming a popular technique these days. And the contrast of that with the white makes the whole scene feel very cold, but is very effectively done. Notice the chunk of ice that has broken apart at the front right, as well as how the water is undercutting the ice a little to the left of that.