MOC Feature: Littoral Mission Vessel – Singapore Navy

First I’ll start off by saying, Happy National day to all Singaporeans! Our country just turned 52 years old and this year also marks the Navy’s 50th anniversary.

I wanted to build something cool for this special occasion, so I asked my Navy friend and he said why not an LMV? Sure I said, not knowing what that was. And so the research began.

For those who aren’t aware, the Littoral Mission Vessel is the latest addition to the RSN(Republic of Singapore Navy) and what a ship it is. The first of it’s class, the RSS Independence was commissioned on 5th May 2017 and will eventually replace the older Patrol Vessel models.

Now for the fun facts. Measuring 80 metres in length, the LMV operates on a lean crew of only 23 personnel. It’s meant for patrolling but can be outfitted for disaster relief, surveillance and countermeasure operations among other things. It also has a top speed of 27 knots and a range of 3500 nautical miles, whatever that means.

The big phallic looking thing on top is a Thales NS100 3D Surveillance Radar and it also comes with a Stelop Compass and a Stelop 360 All-Round Surveillance System. Why does it need two surveillance things? Beats me man.

The vessel is equipped with an Oto Melara 76mm Gun, Rafael 25mm Typhoon Gun, Water Cannons, Oto Melara 12.7mm Hitrole Gun and MBDA MICA Anti-Air/Anti Missile Missile system. Man that was a mouth full.

It also has a flight deck capable of landing medium lift aircraft, so I build a small Apache to land there. Just look at that cute little thing.

At the back of the ship, two RHIB’s(Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) are ready for launch, to help with any security incidents or drowning surfers, or which there are none in Singapore.

Hope you enjoyed my build as much as I enjoyed building it. If you are interested in pre-ordering this, please send me an email =) Cheers

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MOC Feature: Singapore National Stadium

Recently I participated in the #buildamazingsg contest, in which participants had to build a place in Singapore which they found amazing and had a connection with. I saw a lot of Marina Bay sands builds, Merlion, playgrounds and overall plenty of creativity being on display. I love these kind of contests because it brings out something in all of us builders. I wanted to build something that doesn’t exist anymore, but was a part of our sporting history and that is none other than the old National Stadium that once stood at Kallang. Here’s a short write up about it by my friend:

The Fortress that inspires Legacy

My grandfather once told me the best memory you can savour of a place is when you recall instinctively the smell of the location.

An avid lover of nature and sports, the National Stadium at Kallang gave him some of life’s greatest joys. In 1973, it was there where he witnessed the opening ceremony of the 7th SEA Games. Built just two months before the event, it ushered a new dawn of promise and purpose to a nation that’s never had a place to house so many before. Ten years later, he was back at the stadium to witness opening ceremony of ’83 Games. Only this time, he brought his son along. I then became the latest addition to the family triumvirate to witness the gathering of Southeast Asia’s finest sporting talents. By then, the stadium grew to become the Lions’ cauldron. Thousands gather to trigger waves across the arena, inspiring our team while intimidating the opponents. Yet through all the battles, beyond the residues of anticipation, it was the scent of the grass that endeared my grandfather most to the place. Below is his tribute to the National Stadium.

Alone I walk into the stands
Waiting patiently for others to join as fans.
It is not mere grass that is on show
This is the field where we beat our foe.
Savour the smell
For only you can tell
how we all built endless waves
to strike fear even amongst the brave.
These are the stories
that we should always cherish
of how valiantly our team fought on the grass
And let us remember of their true class.

You can take a picture or a film and share it with others. But only your nose can capture the smell of a place. And that experience is uniquely yours. You own that moment and it stays with you forever. Three generations of my family have been humbled to have been able to enter the National Stadium. To my family, it will always be remembered as our Kallang fortress, always the pride of Singapore.

Build by Justin Chua
Words by Mohammed Abdullah

The front entrance to the stadium

Top view of the stadium, football field in the centre

MOC Feature: McCree’s Peacekeeper

It’s high noon…

Hey guys, today I want to talk about the popular game Overwatch, in particular, McCree’s main weapon, affectionately called the Peacekeeper. In case you don’t know much about the character, basically he’s a pistol totting western badass, but here’s a quick link – http://overwatch.gamepedia.com/McCree

Anyway, back to the topic, I’ve been trying to find a good design for his weapon for a while now and while Zazi Nombies made a version that is good, it wasn’t really practical because of the shiny elements, although those could easily be replaced. His version was a straight forward vertical build, employing snot techniques for side curves/tiles, the barrel portion basically sits on 2×2 studs and that constitutes the main frame. Here is his version:

Then I chanced upon Hachiroku’s interpretation on Youtube and I knew that was the one I wanted to make. First of all, I knew I had the parts because I have quite an extensive LBG/DBG assortment and his was the most accurate I’d seen.

Trying to build it from his video wasn’t an easy task because it’s more feature than instructional, but that was enough for me to reverse engineer it even though it took many hours.

The cylinder spins out, but I spaced out the holes to look more even.

A couple of things I want to point out, firstly, this was an excellent build by Hachiroku and I learned some cool upside down techniques and secondly, DO NOT attempt this build unless you have a lot of LBG/DG/Black parts including slopes, curves, snot brick, brackets and tiles or you will get frustrated. Ok warning over.

I did make a few modifications to his model, sometimes because I couldn’t figure out how the internals of certain things(like the cyclinder, which I probably re-did 5 times) were or when I felt like it could use extra length(I extended the barrel length by 2 studs).

 

 

 

Adapted the front to have more of a narrow chamber.

The barrel was made with 3×3 stud wide plates on all side, which comes together to create a hollow interior. Could this model be reworked to be able to fire projectiles? Perhaps, but it would take my dinosaur brain too long to figure it out, so hopefully someone does soon.

The trigger guard, which also was tweaked because I didn’t have a particular part, but it all worked out after using other clip variants.

My favourite part of the build was the handle because it employed a sideways technique, being able to split apart and was held together using technic beams. Amazing. I never even thought about that before.  

In my opinion, this is the best Lego version out there, but it isn’t perfect. Other than a a cylinder that circles out, and a moving trigger, there aren’t many functions. Maybe a working hammer or a trigger that moves the hammer would elevate this MOC even further. Even though I made some revisions, there’s definitely more ways to improve it and I will work on it. Anyway, kudos to Hachiroku for showing us this build, hope to see more to come.

Here is the video so you can build your own:

MOC Feature: The Samaritan with Stand

Ok so this isn’t exactly a new build, not entirely anyway because I spend some time last year building Hellboy’s Samaritan and I always knew that a stand of some sort would be nice to display it. But I wanted to make it interesting by adding a few key ingredients into it instead of just a normal gun stand.

Of course, the stand wouldn’t be whole without the four bullets(yes his revolver only fires four rounds). I added in the little tan cross/rosary there just for a reference because Hellboy was raised a Catholic by his adoptive father Professor Bruttenholm. Then there’s the BPRD(Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence) Logo that was entirely brick build and poised at a certain angle to complete the piece.

 

MOC Feature: Lego Minifigure Lightsaber (Life-sized) MOC

Recently I’ve been trying to get the hang of Instagram and have been trying to be more active there, learning how to utilise that social media platform. Two days ago, I build a Lego Minifigure Lightsaber scaled up maybe 10 times the size, so I could wield it in my hand. I posted that picture and it got a surprising amount of likes and people started asking me how to build it. So I made this tutorial video for anyone who is interested in making one for yourself. Hope you like it!

MOC Feature: Tattoo Machine

 

This week, among other things, I managed to find some time to build a tattoo machine with Lego bricks. I think I got the form down for this piece. I’ve been actually thinking about getting a third tattoo done but no design yet or money, so I’ll aim for one towards the end of the year.

Did you know the tattoo machine has many moving parts?

The build consist of some SNOT techniques and uses several pins, technic parts and jumper plates. I used a wheel rim to make the grip of the machine as well and I think it turned out pretty good.

Thanks for reading, if you are interested in this MOC, I will be putting it up on my Etsy shop soon, so look out for that. Cheers!

 

My First Etsy Sale!

This week has been incredible for me as a brick artist.

I made my first sale on Etsy this week, much faster than I had thought. My initial goal was to make my first sale in the first 3 months, but within the first month I got the order for all three of the Cowboy Bebop vehicles. I’m definitely not complaining. So I packed the order and shipped it to my customer in the US, but i underestimated how much the shipping and box would cost and actually lost money shipping it over! But that’s a good lesson for me to learn.

Then I met my old friend to pass him the Nike Flyknit model he commissioned me to build and he was really happy about it. It was featured on Instagram and then someone from the US bought it from me on my Etsy shop as a preorder. Crazy! Been busy ordering parts and building but this is what drives me and keeps me alive. I love it.

I still had the time to build some MOC’s and update my Instagram account which I am quite active on right now. Do follow me on @aminifigurelife if you want to keep updated on what I’ve been building or up to.

Thanks for reading and keep building!