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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!

 

MOC Feature: Nike Flyknit Racer – Black and White

This is my piece of Lego art, based off the very popular Nike Flyknit Racer. I say based off because the model is not an exact replica of the shoe, but it’s quite an accurate scale for a Lego model. It’s close to a size 7 in real life.

The whole idea came about as my friend, who is a big sneaker-head and collects all the Nike Flyknit Racers, asked if I could build one of these and I of course relished at the challenge. I immediately got to work on it, and the initial sketch up was shoddy but the shape and idea was there.

I got some feedback from Mr. sneaker-head and made some changes. But the real tweaks only came after I acquired all the parts online.

My favourite part of designing is stacking brick on brick and figuring out what needs to be changed as I go along. The whole physical process is almost zen-like and can take hours on end. Then its all about perfecting the model until you are happy enough with it, which includes a lot of tearing apart and rebuilding.

This was a month-long process, but I’m finally happy enough to post it online. Yes it’s not exact in terms of colour(the real one has different shades and is half white), I didn’t like how it looked half white, so I stuck to this instead, a basic black and white version.

I’m also working on an all grey version, coming soon!

MOC Feature: Cowboy Bebop Vehicles

Left to right: Hammerhead, Swordfish and Red Tail.

Left to right: Hammerhead, Swordfish and Red Tail.

It’s been a long time since I’ve started any blog posts, for whatever reason, but I want to start again with the intention to only write about something that I deem worthy of writing about. More quality over quantity.

That said, here is a little post about a Lego MOC I made last year. A micro-scale build of the vehicles from the hit anime series Cowboy Bebop. I love that series and if you appreciate the visual art form, you have to watch this. It unlike any anime before its time and doesn’t seem to follow a script/theme and miss-mashes several ideas into any given episode ranging from martial arts, bounty hunting, space travel, futurism, jazz music, cowboys and pays homage to pop culture icons like Bruce Lee, Kareem Abdul Jabbar etc.

Rambling aside, my form of tribute to the show is these three little vehicles and I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. While re-watching the series, I wondered if I could made a small version of Jet Black’s space craft known as the Hammerhead. I sketched it out and I figured the general shape and quickly discovered that I could make it quite nicely. It started from there. Then I wondered if I could make the other two and after much experimentation and buying certain parts from my local store, I made the rest.

 

The Hammerhead, moveable thrusters and harpoon arm

The Hammerhead, moveable thrusters and harpoon arm

Red Tail, movable arms and signature red tip at the back

Red Tail, movable arms and signature red tip at the back

Swordfish, my favourite piece

Swordfish, my favourite piece

I learned that micro-scale building is fun but challenging too, to build something right in a confined size takes more work than you think.

As a mentor told me before, start with a sketch and then work your way around that. There is no right or wrong process here, just do what is natural to you.