Please Dress Appropriately for Tonight’s Invasion

This is one of those pieces that got me with the shear whimsy of it.  I’m sure Umbra-Manis is not the first person to pun on “TIE” in this manor, but did so in a way that brought a big smile to my face on a day when I needed it. The use of the wavy castle flags (4495) for intakes is clever, as they are uncommon in sci-fi builds and adds a bit of a cloth like texture to the bowtie. Next time you need your star fighters to be dressed to impress, Umbra-Manis’ Osiris Fleet Systems are the folks to call.

F15 Eagle Comin' In...

According to builder Kai NRG/Geneva, his own grandfather helped develop the F15 Eagle. There can't be a more appropriate reason to take on building a model of this fighter jet, and I think Kai produced a magnificent model that I'd love to hang from my ceiling! The subtle angle of the wings, the excellent cockpit area (which is not easy at this scale, I might add), and the inclusion of some interesting choice in elements combine together to create this creation. I see no reason why Kai's grandfather could not be proud of this design. 

F15 Eagle

Nathaniel Stoner

     My name is Nathaniel Stoner, and I am an very active LEGO builder.  I mostly build in the themes of castle and science-fiction, but I also dabble in other genres and create occasional random MOC's (My Own Creations). 

     When I was younger, I would get and build small LEGO sets for my birthday, but I was never really into them.  When they fell apart, I would become frustrated attempting to put them back together and would throw them in a box in my closet.  I couldn't stand them!

     Then, miraculously, I became addicted to the LEGO brick later in my teen years.  Ever since, I have continued to build up (pun intended) my collection of bricks and to expand my knowledge of techniques and building skills.  LEGO is truly more than a toy, its an art form and a way to express yourself.

     For the most part, I collect LEGO Star Wars (mainly the minifigs), which is probably my favorite LEGO theme.  I have a fairly decent collection, including some of the original 1999 sets, such as the Snowspeeder, X-Wing, and Naboo starfighter.  I also collected LEGO the Lord of the Rings when those sets first came out.  The minifigs are great, and the story remains one of my favorites ever. 

     My hope is to inspire other young (and perhaps even older) LEGO builders to unleash their inner creativity!  You can find me on my Flikr here

Serrated Night 3V

Looks like our pal Nick Trotta's been busy with this impressive fighter for the Nnovvember contest.  He was inspired of course by the Vic Viper design, a ship from the Yukikaze anime, and an F-117.  I encourage you to click on the picture to see the high resolution image.  The details, color blocking and a crafty angle changes are a real treat.  How the heck did he do that?  Well, it's Nick, so naturally there's a video.  Wicked!

Serrated Night 3V

Viper Mark II

As a BSG fan, this Mark II jumped right off the screen at me.  But when I read that it's actually over 100 studs long, I was struck: "No frakin' way!?!"  Chris Maddison has built a mega scale version of the iconic Colonial aerospace superiority fighter.  He's captured all of those sexy curves and angles which are a real challenge at the mini-fig scale.  And there's still plenty of room for tasty greebles on the side of the fuselage and around the engines.  Okay, Chris, time to go shoot some toasters!!

Viper Mark II

Elfire Interceptor

Here's the latest custom starfighter from Nick Trotta.  That red and white color scheme just about jumped off the screen at me when I opened my Flickr account this morning.  The forward swept wing design and functional details are pretty slick, too.  If you're curious about how it's actually put together, Nick has made a lightening-speed video to show how it's done. 

Elfire Interceptor

Elfire Interceptor: Build Video