Monday, October 7, 2013

Weekly Cuusoo

Pick of the Week

Microscaled steam locomotive

Henningb has some great project on Cuusoo but this is probably my favorite to date.  This train is the best micro-scale steam locomotive I have seen in Lego.  It reflects, quite admirably, all the qualities I expect to find in a steam locomotive and I especially like the use of he samurai blade for the coupling rods.  This would make a great display piece for any Train FOL to keep at work to showcase their hobby without...well, leaving a train at work. 

Honorable Mentions


Lego Golden Girls Kitchen
by misterr

Not the most supported project based on a Whedon tv show to come out this week but it is certainly the one with the highest quality, in my opinion.

Golden Girls is a show I grew up on and when I saw this project pop up I was, well, very surprised.

The kitchen is extremely show accurate, at least enough to satisfy the memories of a fan and to the detail that the photos allow.  It does look like the elements in the background though might be built closer to Friends scale though than minifig.

The figures are well done, especially from the utilization of prints but I am not sure I would have been able to identify the figures out of context.  Lego certainly has limited produced options for Sophia's hair...especially in stark white.  

Regardless, I got a huge kick seeing this on Cuusoo.  If someone can get Betty White to tweet on this it could really get going...



Welcome to Bedrock - Flintstones

Personally I am not a huge fan of the Flintstones, but that does not keep me from appreciating this great MOC.

The project concept is very strong: Four figures, a small building and a vehicle.  The build is instantly recognizable even as a small thumbnail and "everyone" knows who the Flinstones are.

The figures are spot on with the exception that Fred and Barney look like they are wearing shoes.  Of course this would not translate into the final figs but being bare foot is one of the iconic aspects of the Flintstone continuity, especially when driving...

The house looks great on the outside.  Contextually I like the inside, Fred in a chair watching TV, but it could use some work still.  I probably would have built the roof out of bricks laid on their side so I could use slopes to get a more natural curve.

The car is great but I can't see a way for Fred's feet to reach the ground.  I don't have a decent idea on how I would pull that off, but that would really sell me on the project.

I am eager for a project requiring new cloth cuts, like this one, to reach 10,000 to see if Lego is up for making new cuts for a project.  

 

Notables

Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Set
The other Whedon project (Joss and Zack).  I love the work of the Whedons, and I am very happy to see the second episode of Agents of SHIELD picked up a lot of the energy that was lagging in the first one but I can't get behind this project as it.

It is a list of poorly executed figs of (currently) poorly defined characters and unrelated, pre-existing, vehicles to go with them.
   
AS-31 Atom Shadow
Talebuilder has a lot of very original ships worthy of checking out.
1989-1992 Batmobile
One of the better 90's Batmobile MOCs I have encountered.