Monday, 30 June 2008

Very old bricks go swoosh!

Ahh, classic space. The era between 1978 and 1987, where space minifigs didn't have visors on their helmets and spaceships were blue, gray and blocky. Blocky? Not necessarily. Building classic space is all about makang swift and swooshable models. Either using modern parts and building techniques, such as legoloverman from flickr does, or using only old parts. I did the old part thing, trying to keep my ship smooth on the surface, greebly underneath and wierdly angled all around. Check it out!

That's right, classic city parts like car jacks and fences serve well as greebles. But my absolute favourite: The Fabuland mailbox cap right behind the pilot. I have this piece like forever and now finally found a use for it...

Friday, 27 June 2008

Wednesday night in Germany

Although they played worse, in the very last minute of the semi-final the german soccer team kicked Turkey out of the european championship tournament. Nevertheless both german and turkish fans partied together through the night without any mockery, agression or even a nasty look. A truly amazing sight.

Friday, 13 June 2008

About Cave Racing

Are you familiar with Cave Racing? Then just skip the text and enjoy the pics.

But I guess most of you have never seen a Cave Racer before, so I try to sum it up for you. Cave Racing is a theme probably created by Tim Gould, known as gambort on flickr. A Cave Racer is best described as a motorized flying vehicle for poeple who consider, say, overpowered racing motorbikes just not dangerous enough.
Racing through the depths of caves the presumably suicidal pilot hangs behind the vessel, clutching some kind of handlebar to steer the thing. Like race cars, Cave Racers are all about style, power, speed and risk, often combined with hilarity. And they require a special set of items like wings, an engine of cause, hover thingies and they really schould be ribbed for pleasure. Gambort himself explains this point-blank in his great Cave Racer Building Guide.
If you browse flickr you will find tons of well-designed models by different builders in lots of different styles, shapes and sizes. But enough for the theory, here are the Cave Racers I've built so far.

Small Cave Racer for beginners.

Lean but powerful. And my only Cave Racer so far with a colour scheme to speak of...

Batmans Cave Racer

Robins Cave Racer

Taking Cave Racing straight to the next level of insanity...

There's even more to see, for example two entrys for a Cave Racer contest, where a shovel, a spear and an animal as pilots are required.