Finished version. Still not entirely crazy about the front bits, but that giant awful bug head was a tough work around. I went with four legs (thought about even going with six) and no minifig. A variety of wings on … Continue reading →
I collaborated with the LeoCAD creator to come up with an issue for the bug that was hiding the parts library for some users (he did all the work, really, I just diagnosed a problem he didn’t realize was happening and came up with a temporary fix). It makes me feel a little bit like a hero (or should I say a Bionicle?). Focusing on it cost a couple days of productivity in custom design, but whatever, I had fun playing with my MOCs.
I stopped and restarted this one a few times before I found a path I was happy with. My goal was to use a few rare, weirdo parts from a poor set and make it into something worthwhile. It’s a long process, sure, but the set was poor for a reason. Haven’t decided if I want two feet or four feet for landing gear yet, or whether there is still hope for incorporating a minifig. It could be a drone, or something on micro scale (I can have it eat mini-New York!)
My ultimate inspiration ended up being Neon Genesis Evangelion; I want to create the effect that the spaceship constructed over the bug is more like a cage than a suit of armor. I think the effect is working so far. Hopefully the finished version will do a better job of scaring the cat.
I realize I’ve been away, that I’ve strayed from the Mission. Funerals, birthdays, work, Mass Effect. Probably mostly the latter.
I spent the evening sorting through boxes of old bricks and I came across my old Japanese bricks. I’m not sure of the name, and googling variations of “Japanese fake Lego” didn’t help. The bricks are only semi-compatible with Lego; they’re roughly the same size but the pegs are longer and ever so slightly wider. You can stuff the Japanese pegs into the bottom of a Lego with a little force, but the Lego pegs won’t fit into the Japanese ones. I would love someone to design Lego versions of some of those more unique parts for me to print.
Interestingly, the hand sockets are a perfect fit, but the Japanese hand is slightly, very slightly, smaller in grip than the Lego one.
I also found some classic space figures, though original assemblage may not apply. I remember when I was three or four, the ink used on Minifigs was pretty cheap, especially for the faces. I had tons of half-rubbed off faces. So glad they fixed that.