It's not often that I browse the recent uploads on Brickshelf, and it's certainly more rare that I blog about it. Brickshelf user Riki's LEGO interpretation of the "Neuspotter" from the MaschinenKrieger universe is the kind of model I like. It is a relatively small model that makes smart use of parts.
Compare to this model. The exposed, specialized LEGO parts, e.g. the scuba gear, do well to suggest the intricate details on the model kit.


seven month itch

_tiler and fateheart


You know some space stuff for a space blog

UNES Odyssey 21
Hades Starfighter
Courtesy of Kyle's and Jerac's photostreams. Jerac does wonderful things with wedge plates, and the use of a pair of 3787 mudguards as a laserport is inspired. 


Flight of the wedges

Arrowhead I've always enjoyed Legodrome's creations. They're made of fairly austere geometry, but the builder uses the large surfaces of his starships and aircraft as a canvas for thoughtful detailing. I particularly like the trio of bulbs made by the cockpit and the four wedges on either side just behind it. I think it's neat that both the older 6069 and the newer 64225 are used; the combination of straight and curved slopes suggests a tear-drop shape.

SSL-Multishot Mark Stafford's space freighter is based on a Peter Elson illustration. It's actually an old creation, he originally posted in back in 2006. It's still has vivid as it was when I viewed it as a MOCpages lurker, so check it out.


We're gonna take a break from life's demands and give a well-deserved shoutout to Jeremy's tight little mecha:
E. Honda
Saturn Revival


Not bionicle

Some of the more creative part use action I've seen in some time comes from Jerac. There is an interesting fusion of organic shapes and mechanical details; the end result could be nightmarish but the models still retain a whimsical look. Many LEGO-brand elements, such as the parrot from the Pirate line, have an iconic look to them. But when used out of context, the familiarity is lost, and very un-LEGO-like appearences is possible. Jerac seams to have figured this out and uses familiar parts to surprise us, the minifigure arms prolifically so in this case.


(olive) Green machines

 Giiruu VT5 - Assault Runner There is yet only a small selection of parts available in LEGO's new olive green color. It lends itself well to military-themed creations, although anyone who follows my own creations elsewhere knows that I could care less for realistic drab color schemes. Above, Fredo does a nice quadruped. I like the cylindrical shape he has made with the 1 x 4 curved double slopes. Given the squareness characteristic of the medium, the model's curves seem surprising although it is is hardly a departure from with Fredo's previous work. Below, Carter uses the new color for a landmate. It has good feet. I can imagine the little auxiliary arms reloading the bullpup-style weapon. 
C733 'Daimyo' Landmate Here's another quadruped/humanoid mecha combo with a relating color scheme, via Curtis and Pate: Kani カニ Lady liberty 3000



MDI69_Blokhead Aaron Williams is fast becoming my favorite mecha builder. His textures are superb, as are the destails. He's really found a way to make LEGO elements look functional.



Here's one of those instances where size is something to be appreciated. I normally find small weapons on large ships tacky, and I was about to overlook the Hephaestus' armaments, but their integration into the hull with 1 x 6 x 2 arches is quite a feat. The textures Nathaniel puts to uses are smart, too:"Hephaestus"

This blue guy by Danny Rice is one of the best examples of large-scale LEGO spaceship-building. See it on Brickshelf. Notice how both these ships are a color other than grey! Colors, folks!
Gaia [Racer Varient]
At Young Spacers, we love racers. This space racer is another great model by Nathaniel. The bubble canopies on both of Nathaniel's works featured here are a nice nod to the PCS and Eastern Bloc .SPACE factions of yesteryear.


Where've ya been

Weaver2. I recognize Brian Kescenovitz's style has being characteristically "chunky", but his latest mecha looks to have a lot of air between its panels and plates. I think it's great—thanks to the low volume-weight ratio, the model can bear an intimidating silhouette while looking nimble.
WEAVER Heavy Combat Armor


Time for tanks

Aleksander Stein is a favorite on this blog; I think you would be hard-pressed to find a more authentic LEGO military modeller. His models forgo artistic embellishment, focusing realism and functionality. The vehicles themselves are extrapolations of specific present day combat vehicles. Some of the examples in the following photos are near-future derivatives the Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank and the Stridsfordon 90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
Desert Patrol
I like to judge things over content rather presentation, but Aleks has graduated from the plain poster board school and has stepped up with digital backdrops for his models. This isn't always done well, but I like how Aleks has done well not to make any post-photography additions look to obtrusive; it is clear that the focus is on the models.   
High ground
Camouflage is not easy to do with LEGO parts, but Aleks pulls off convincing enough patterns.
CV-100A3 Bayonet IFV
CV-120A3 Charger light tank
This blog supports modularity!
Spadroon chassis modularity
Variations on a theme
This isn't a photo re-color, each of the four models here is a unique construction.


This is pretty much just a mecha blog, now.

I started following Waka's mechs sometime last year. His style is reminiscent of the work of  Monday Noodle (Brian Kescenovitz), who has been out of the picture for a while.
I like the shapes on Waka's most recent mech; normally I find that too many slopes kills form but Waka's model is large enough that it still looks pleasing. In the same way that I judge people by their footwear, I've taken to judging LEGO mecha by their feet. The separated heel and toes totally satisfying. The arched form looks like it actually handles shifting weight; there's something anatomical about it. The largeness allots for a good amount of detail, check out the ammunition belt and fuel hose:
In addition to  his Flickr photostream he has a Japanese website. Also, Catbus!


Ski feet and rocket car

Exceedingly handsome mecha by Ryuhei Kawai. Also, a cute rocket rover by Bartosz: Rocket Engine Rover


Flashy and well-presented

By Frederic, a native of France currently residing in Denmark, designing for LEGO.

Also, it's fun to see LEGO enthusiast Jon Hall on Concept Ships.


TLG spilled the beans on SNOT yall!!!

Occasional driving force of the blog, self-proclaimed Lukas fanboy, and aspiring engineer, Jacob spends too much time building LEGO, not enough time practicing piano, and not nearly enough time doing school. He also enjoys long sentences. In the instance of blogging, he believes in quantity over quality, wherever quantity can be maintained.
One of the cofounders of YSAB, and the founder of YSA, Observing Mike actually being productive is a rare occasion. Mike enjoys making outlandish claims in relation to actually building, pretending he's actually sorting his collection, and making excuses for why he hasn't photographed his MOCs. In his free time he enjoys learning CSS from Spook, photography and poking badgers with spoons.
Occasional builder, occasional blogger, and full-time procrastinator. That's really the only way to describe Dean. He rarely gets anything done, but is a very active lurker. He's probably seen and liked your MOC, but just forgot he had a blog.
Erik is still a teenager.
Lukas is tall, blond, mildly OCD, and doesn't build nearly enough as he would like to, thanks to school. He has a webpage.
Spook (Tim)
The resident codemonkey and graphics person. If something isn't working correctly, it's probably his fault. Fitting to his name, he doesn't post often, but someone has to do this stuff too, right? Spook does build with laygoes, and has his own blog as well.