S247

Every year there is an annual building challenge in November. Originated by the great nnenn (RIP) at Flickr it’s always a joy to build a Vic Viper-styles spaceship. Although I had this challenge as well as nnenn in mind when building this spaceship, it does not fit the criteria since it has no tail fin. No matter I am happy with the outcome and didn’t want to force a tail fin, it just didn’t feel right. This is probably also due to the inspirational blueprint, the Sketch247 by Gary Sanchez.

Image property of Gary Sanchez (published here with permission)

I loved that design for ages and now I finally got back to it. It was a real pleasure to build the spaceship at the actual scale.

Here’s the full gallery:

While shooting the model I also played around with lights.

Skarabaeus HJF-43

Back to space-ics

You know, sometimes you build something to a certain extent and that you cannot finish it somehow. Then it lays around for some time, you look at it several times and eventually the final direction comes to shape so you manage to finish it off – this is exactly one of those creations! If there is an existing design or a synopsis of a few designs there is a clear path to follow, but creating a new original design is just different.

BTW there are a whole load of this kind of projects spread across my creative lab.

 

Building notes

I fiddled around with the large flat curvy panels and my limited parts available in dark tan. It happened that this insect-shell like design came out. My love for the small flags urged me to look how I could add them and the overall design was born.

The build is based upon the traditional Vic Viper wing-layout – two prongs, two rear-sided wings and a tailfin.

It has space for a small minifigure, being positioned up side down – as this matters in space LOL

Therefore the the underside become also a legit upperside.

A friend pointed out the view from the top and bottom being nice stand alone images, so the masks had a spin-off.

 

Long talk, here’s the full show, enjoy!

Gallery

Bugsy and Malone

They always appear as a team.

 

Welcome the newest members of the metallic family.

Packmann 850

A concept from 2013, now with fresh photos and a full gallery.

Construction mech, fully articulated, the radome is for counterweight balance. Be it a gravity generator, engine and energy container packed with sensoric equipment.

2013 Post on Flickr with comments

Jigabachi / w Instructions

Your support from the previous project, the Alakuneda Think Tank, encouraged me to make a brick-i-fied rendition of the Jigabachi seen at the Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. II animated series alongside the building instructions.

Type: Assault helicopter

Class: aerial robotics weapons platform, semi autonomous pilot/AI controlled

Estimated real life size: TBD

Manufacturer: Kenbishi Industries

Weapons:

  • retractable minigun
  • 2 independently controlled machine guns at the front
  • 2 attachable rocket launchers with 4 rockets each
  • 2 attachable grenade launchers with 8 batteries each

The model features

  • an openable cockpit including an AI controlling array
  • retractable landing gear
  • fully retractable abdomen with minigun
  • the head and the abdomen have seperated articluation joints
  • moveable rotorblade
  • de/attachable weapons under the winglets
  • a stand

– Instructions –

The model, including the stand, contains of 789 parts. All parts should be widespread available, no rare parts as far as I can oversee.

The 59-paged high-quality instructions are for sale and available on demand, just shoot me a [mail].

And a little peak into the process and the quality you can expect.

TMX_001

This is a further creation in the spirit of the Titan Series with a slightly more realistic/insectish approach.

Iron Feather (HudsonCorp M-4AG)

Riding the edges of night town with a speeder bike.

Gallery

A trophy I built for the 10th anniversary LSB speeder bike contest.

Think Tank Building Instructions now available!

After days of labour (much more than I thought) my newest project is finished.

I have been working on the building instructions of my interpretation of the famous 6-legged Think Tank robot from Ghost in the Shell‘s climatic showdown. Now available for sale for anyone who wants to build their own version. It’s on demand, just shoot me a [mail].

  • Changes to the prior version have been made in order to replace all custom parts by ‘normal’ parts.
  • The instructions also contain alternative versions of parts where rare parts have been used.

Making instructions is quite some work if done manually. Considering the building steps like preparing all the images, editing them, creating and editing the parts list, concept and layout of the design and much more is a big project. Despite the labour, it was a great experience and helped me develop skills for other projects to come.

FYI: Any reward from this project will directly flow into the next projects.

– Gallery 2017 edit –

Featured at TBB: Ghost in the Shell’s intimidating Fuchikoma

A great rendition accompanied by a unique custom paint job and a fantastic presentation from Ray Leung can be found here.


Sidenote: The best minicsale Alakuneda up-to-date is the Version by Sasapon IMO