Metatrain

Meta is one of the rare Street Artists in my city who’s work is absolutely original. He inittiated a spontaneous project, after finding a book with pictures of trains in a pile of rubbish on the streets. He forwarded all of the countless fantastic images of real and model trains to many of his Graffiti and Street Art colleagues. I was lucky to be able to pick a train from the book and the SNCF Jouef BB 26000 locomotive immediately caught my attention with the vision of a brick-ified version. The project sat on my desk for about two years before recently I managed to make my version.

I concentrated on the basic shape, the color scheme and some distinct details. As just copying something in existence does not attract me, I decided to implement two twists. First of all I wanted to break the train while keeping the shape. Secondary I included my alias into the sides of the trains, referring to Graffiti and the expression bombing a train.

The blueprint (Original image courtesy to Bernard Canet / Jouef)

And a WIP shot of the sketch and the forged side wall.

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Titanite sq-01

Something Cyberpunk/Anime/GitS inspired with a heavy dash of titanium metallic.

Btw it’s Marchikoma, the time to show the iconic robot class some love.

 

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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

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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.

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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.

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D.A.Z. FS359i

Enjoying fresh colors inna mecha style!

Pretty happy with the frame. Although it features the small ball joints I managed to make it more stable than other models at the same size with the same small ball joints. Also the abdomen has a crazy joint mechanism, making it max posable 😀

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TX-2g

Travelling the edges of Titanium back at the metallic rims.

As part of the Titan Series

 

– Gallery –

The cinematic shot

Feature at TBB

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Shobrick meets Cole Blaq – Neo Tokyo

 Occasionally things take time…

…so now we can finally kick off the results of our collaboration work.

Some time ago Shobrick and I collaborated for this project. Shobrick is a great photographer and director. After an introduction by Nicolas Forsans, Shobrick got in touch with me. He sent me a few images and asked if I can make a mech for a scene he had in mind. Somewhere between Shirow and Kojima. He told me about the setting and stuff, so I could get the vibe and the direction he was heading to.

 

After a few versions this 6-legged walker tank | Hexapod was finally designed. You can find the stand-alone images of the tank and building notes further down >>>. After attaching some decals to it, the Hexapod was sent to Shobrick.

Shobrick then did his magic. He gathered his crew of set designers (Paul de Laroche, Frédéric Mercier and his son Anton) and other great people help designing, creating and staging the setting. This was great to follow along while the ruins started developing with other details such as the neon signs and billboards. Once the setting was developed Shobrick took the photos at at an impressible high end performance.

And the result is breath-taking!

For more information on the production process make sure to check out Shobrick – Flickr | InstaHomepage

For Shobrick this was his last project with the bricks for now as he wants to further follow his path of being a film director. I am proud to have been able to work with him.

Enough foreword, without further ado here comes the show:


NEO TOKYO: The Story

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4

 

– image credits and copyright by Shobrick –

And the making-of videos: 1|2|3|4

– Gallery (stand alone mech) –

-Building Notes-

The model needed dynamic posing alongside articulation combined with a plausible and aesthetic pleasing design. Getting the right balance between form and function was the leading light for this build.

The first inspiration led to a direction with a dog or animal like mech. Taking a different direction, the former body was replaced by the Hexapod design later on. Only the head and the color scheme were adopted from the prior version. One reason was that there to be some kind of heavy artillery as it should be a designated war machine, staged in combat scenes. This and a plausible, functional design with ‘play’ features directed the frame to be highly articulated and moveable. The special play feature is the rotating weapons platform which in reverse direction can snug together with the head, giving it a compact and heavy armored feeling. Once rotated the cannon moves into action. Two weapon slots on the front legs allow close range combat, 8 launchers attached to the sides of the platform allow additional performance.

 

The final image series have been published in the Geek magazine S09E03

Exclusive online coverage by The Brothers Brick

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Claas Xerion

Following my soft spot for cutting edge farming machines in terms of design and functions I made an adaption of the Claas Xerion. This one was built in addition to the John Deere Forwarder I presented previously.

The challenge was to make it minifig-suitable, that means quite small. In addition I wanted to incorporate the rotating cabin.

(click the image to see the rotation in action)

– Gallery –

 

In addition here are the break down shots if you would like to build your own version or just see how the construction looks like.

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