Many Shades Of Grey

When asked to describe the medieval times, as you do in any normal conversation, it is often difficult to focus on a single aspect of this important historical time period. I mean making the choice between discussing knights in shining armor and the bubonic plague is terribly difficult! Nonetheless, next time i find myself immersed in medieval history I might just want to refer to this castle by Aaron Newman, which depicts a mighty fortress while retaining the perfect color scheme for the hardships of this not-so-fun time to live in.

Four Seasons

With the blazing heat of summer here to accompany us every step we make, it becomes hard to remember a time without sunburns and a constant desire for air conditioning. Luckily for us, roΙΙi is here to remind us of all the other wonderful seasons of the year in this fantastic series of micro builds. And let me tell you, the summer micro build really floats my boat if you know what I’m saying.

Defend the Home Tree

This delightful microscale castle makes me think of what the Ewoks would be like if they had progressed to a medieval period in development.  The microscale castle and surrounding landscape is well executed, and the sails on the boat using the newish 29119 is an excellent part choice.  The towering tree filled with tree houses adds a uniqueness to the scene that really drew me in wanting to know so much more about the story in John Klapheke's head for the people in this tree. Are they elves? Lilliputians who moved to the trees and need the walls to defend from squirrels?  One thing is sure the archers in the tree are going to have quite some range defending this castle.

Micro-Castle Island

A 4-6-0 Haul Class Heading North

I have a confession to make: I still haven't read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Sure, I've read the rest, but somehow missed the inaugural tome in Rowling's master work. Chalk it up to arriving late to that party (Please don't fire me, Tommy. I'll read it, I promise). This masterful micro rendition of the Hogwarts Express, by david zambito, captures the beautiful example of British locomotive history, as it rumbles it's passengers to another year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft And Wizardry.  The texture achieved through the use of dark and light bluish-grey in the elevated railway wonderfully contrasts with the lush vegetation in the fields below.  One could almost see a chocolate frog making it's leap to freedom. 

Hogwarts Express

Amazing Summer

I don't like sand, it's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. But there's something about this summer scene by dvdliu that's really inviting, and I think I can make an exception. It makes me want to kick off my shoes and bathe myself in the wonderful summer sunshine, maybe even take a little dip in the water. At least I can enjoy this last bit of summer before work takes over. 

Amazing Summer

Sukhoi Su-30

Air power changed the face of war as we know it starting with WWI. Since then the world's superpowers have competed with each other to create the world's fastest and most maneuverable fighter jets to achieve air superiority over their enemies. While the United States has dominated in the development and production of fighters, Russia has never been that far behind. Development of the Su-30 may have began in communist Russia, but it wasn't officially put into service until 1996, years after the Soviet Union had been dissolved. New builder Tino Poutiainen has treated us with a detailed microscale version of the Su-30. Let us all hope that this is just the first in a series of unique airplane builds from him.

Sukhoi Su- 30 MK1_1