Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Miniature Diesel Locomotives

Name of Model: LEGO MINI Unstoppable Diesels
Created by: Commander LEGOman
Found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73326378@N04/sets/72157630413734274/
Details: The LEGO train community spends a considerable amount of time arguing about what the "correct" scale is for LEGO trains. Usually, 6-wide and 8-wide are the most popular options. The 6-wide crowd can point to most of the official LEGO train sets aimed at kids 6 and up, and the 8-wide crowd can (but rarely does) point to the DUPLO train sets. Here, we have evidence that you can capture the correct level of detail in trains that are only 2 studs wide. The realistic liveries and shapes come across nicely, and the small scale almost seems more forgiving (since nobody's going to complain about a misplaced air vent at this scale). The obvious question is when the rest of the trains will show up, but it looks like there's already a good start.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Relaunch Planning - Consider the Suggestion Box Open

As you may have seen us previously mention, we're hoping to make a real effort to fix the various problems this blog has seen recently. One element of this is that we're rethinking pretty much everything. We're not sure how much we'll change, but at the moment everything is on the table. That means it's the perfect time for you to let us know what's on your mind concerning the site - our "suggestion box" is open. What could we do better? What could we add to the site? What would you like to see? Let us know in the comments or via e-mail to legomodeloftheday@gmail.com

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Life-Sized Tools

Name of Model: "My Tools of the Trade"
Created by: The Timinater !
Found at: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/330701
Details: These tools immediately remind me of the work of Bruceywan. However, whereas Bruce puts more weight on studlessness and recognizability, and used whatever scale needed to achieve those, The Timinator has gone for perfectly life-sized, exact replicas of specific, real tools. (Both styles have their merits, one being that the former may tend to be more impressive on the 'web and the latter may tend to be more impressive in real life, but that's a discussion for another day.) The Timinator has done an stupendous job matching the complex shapes and angles of real tools, and uses all sorts of impressive techniques. I highly recommend clicking the link to browse close-ups and comparisons to the real tools he based them off of.