Saturday, July 23, 2016

Buzz Lightyear's X-Wing Fighter

Name of Model: Buzz Lightyear's X-Wing
Created by: Duncan "donuts_ftw" Lindbo
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Details: Duncan "donuts_ftw" Lindbo recently came across the Buzz Lightyear wing element from the Disney series of Collectible Minifigures and built this beauty. This microscale version of the X-Wing Fighter (from Star Wars, now also owned by Disney) also makes great use of the new Flat Tile 1X1 ½ Circle, White element (found in a few Mixels sets) to get the shaping of the wings right at this scale. There's also some clever studs-not-on-top (SNOT) work - note the lime clip ring plate in the cockpit to connect the two 1x1 plate with tooth elements on the sides. Notice that (although I'm not sure how he did it - perhaps white clip ring plates attached to either side of the lime one?) the bottom set of wings is attached upside-down relative to the cockpit and top set of wings - a nice bit of symmetry that keeps the handle bar plates from marring the shape of the spaceship.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

News from Some Friends of LMOTD

Some brief news from some of our friends:

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is hosting an Adult Night TONIGHT from 7-9 PM, featuring three classes with Master Model Builder Aries Viera. The classes will focus on detailing with small pieces, making Minilanders, and using studs-not-on-top techniques. This is also a great opportunity to check out their rides, miniland displays, and 4D cinema without needing to be accompanied by a kid.

The Atlanta LEGOLAND Discovery Center will also be hosting a Ninjago Weekend August 20th and 21st, as well as a Homeschool Day (register here) on August 24th.

Bionicle community BZPower turned 15 years old yesterday. They've been running raffles to commemorate the anniversary, many of which are free to enter. They've been celebrating all month and have also marked down their fantastic Themes to Revive T-shirts and offered a discount (with code) on their Premier Membership program.

Finally, BrickFair Virginia is right around the corner! There are other LEGO fan conventions out there, but this one is the biggest, best, and our personal favorite. The Dulles Expo Center recently expanded their facilities, and the full expanded space will be filled with fan displays of original LEGO creations (there will be some vendors and activities, too, but you're here for fascinating LEGO models, right?). Full event registration (for Wednesday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 7th) is open through August 5th for $80. Tickets for public days are available now for $15, with an online-only discounted option for people entering after 2 PM.

You can also register now to attend upcoming BrickFair conventions in New Jersey, Alabama, Massachusetts, and Virginia (2017). Sure, tickets for the weekend show part of it will be available later (you can sign up for e-mails on when shows come up and tickets become available), but we want to see you build something exciting, bring it to show off, and get to know fellow builders.