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 high quality 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.

[Link to the building instructions.]

  • 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.

 

 

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


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

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Ghost in the Shell Think Tank / UPDATE !

There is going to be a new adaption of Ghost in the Shell coming to the big screen soon. The original film is one of my most favourite movies ever. Even though I was skeptical at the beginning when I heard that Hollywood is making a remake with real actors, now I am excited and totally looking forward to the show. The combination of Scarlett Johansson and WETA Workshop covers half the bill 😀

With the new movie on the brink and because this is one of my most popular models so far, I’ve been heavily working on a new refined version of the Alakuneda T08A2 [2012 edit], or known as R3000. This is the 6-legged mech which Major Kusanagi fights in the final battle scene. It really is a masterwork of cinema concept design.

I have created a new refined version with all custom parts being replaced by standard parts so it can be rebuilt by anyone. Most changes have been made to the head, while keeping the design as close to the prior version as possible.

It’s already digitally rendered, I’m only waiting for some new parts to arrive so I have the built updated version at hand and can make some fresh photos then. The new parts will give the Alakuneda a great polish.

The update also means that I am actually making building instructions. Now there is a beta version available, but soon I will have professional instructions at hand. They will be for sale for anyone interested. Preorders / beta versions can be obtained now. The final version shouldn’t take too long as I am actually at it with full throttle.

So here you go.

 

I hope you like it. More to come soon…

 

– Gallery 2012 edit –

The first version back in 2012 has been featured at

Gizmodo: Ghost in the Shell’s Think Tanks Are Intimidating, Even in LEGO Form

TBB: Cole Blaq’s LEGO Tank from Ghost in the Shell

Tomopop: Cole Blaq builds a Ghost in the Shell tank from Legos

 

Disclaimer: The Alakuneda is my interpretation. Copyright of the original source material of course owned by Shirow / Oshii.

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Star Wars microscale models

These Star Wars models from the Freemaker Adventures and Rogue One were commissioned exclusively by Blocks magazine and have been showcased in issue 22 & 27 in 2016. The Freemaker ships have also been featured at The Brothers Brick.

 

 

There are digital versions of the Eclipse [micro] and the Scavenger [micro] available.

 

-Cole

 

Disclaimer: The Star Wars models are my interpretations. Copyright of the original source material of course owned by Disney and Lukas Films.

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Makino S-56

Another concept machine from Jitsukawa Industries.

The Makino S-56

Inside the Mainframe

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Antagonism

Adding some spice to the space odyssey

 

– Listen while viewing –

 

Bad Boys, 2016

Plastic Bricks, glue (& graphic edit)

6.2 x 9.9 x 8.5 cm

Part of the Enter the Brick series.

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NCBS High Jack

Spaceships are an interesting subject. They are rooted in the known world, consisting of elements from real life space excursions like thrusters, wings, a cockpit and such. Beyond this boilerplate the imagination can go wild as while the mind is in space anything can be imagined and turned into the vibe of space traveling. Especially otherworldly imaginary defies our conditioned perception.

For me spaceships have the above described potential, ranging from model building to abstract art. This indefinite shift makes this genre so interesting. On a pragmatic level building spaceships also flex the brick muscles.

When building something new or even in a classical genre I mostly try to adapt at least one twist, like incorporating special parts, applying a distinct paint job, conversing a certain style or design, including a trick like hidden mechanics or expressing some kind of statement. Sometimes I even manage a blend some of them into one creation.

There is a fixed design in the Lego world called NCS – ‘Neo Classic Space‘ – with the set colours light grey and blue around a transparent yellow cockpit section; alongside small bits of black and a yellow-black-yellow striped flag as marking. The NCS design is adapted from the first range of space sets released by Lego in the late eighties. This group of space explorers can be described as neutral. Short after there were different factions invented by Lego. The second wave of Classic Space included a bad guys faction which shifted the classic space guys to ‘good’ respectively. The bad boys faction was called ‘Blacktron‘. Their faction colours were black with transparent yellow cockpits and their marking consisted also of yellow and black, but the design was different. Blacktron used three downwarded yellow triangles forming a larger triangle on black ground instead.

The pre-story is necessary for understanding the hidden dialogue in this build if you are not accustomed with the Lego space themes. The abbreviation NCBS stands for ‘Neo Classic Blacktron Space’ and the Spaceship’s name ‘High Jack’ should be obvious.

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AC-47

Manufactured by the JiHud joint division of Jitsukawa Hudson Industries in Cyberabad.

The AC-47 is the robotic equivalent to the widespread AK-47. Mass produced, relieable and durable.


A tribute to the inspirational Weta Workshop Design Studio. Especially the concept art of District 9, Elysium (A poor film, but the sci-fi designs are ace) and Chappie have a remarkable grimy sci-fi style.

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