Love, Perseverance, Honor and Glory

This walking stick idea first came to my mind about 2 weeks ago but it turns out it doesn’t fit with minifigure scale and surprisingly I found out that the height fit perfectly with 4 Junior figs. The thing is it would be a joke to shot it just as it is, a 4 Junior fig holding the seed part as walking stick. On the other hand it’s an interesting fact and it would be a shame not to share it with you guys. After a while I come up with this wounded and retired hero who has fought for honor and glory for his country, which I think it will be best to present it with some micro scale fighter plane on the background.

Here is the final result:

Walking Stick - A Hero


Here are the fighter plane closeup, which I thought in the first place that the result will look disappointing since I’m not good in making micro scale build, but surprisingly the result is quite good and I’m happy and satisfied with it 🙂

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Here is the setup:

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Another walking stick idea which was inspired by my friend Hendratno Hartanto who mentioned about the Up Movie makes me think that Carl Fredricksen walking stick would also fit this walking stick idea. It would be much better than the 4 Junior one, since the character is popular which I think he represent what true love and perseverance meant. Other consideration which is the best of it is his walking stick is unique and recognizable with those tennis balls on the bottom. So here is another take of the walking stick idea I’d made for this Iron Builder round. Hope you guys like it 🙂

Walking Stick - Up Movie


Here is the setup:

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Abandoned Beauty

I blame Calin and W. Navarre on this one!…hahaha. Well, I can’t separate LEGO and Hot Rod without mentioning Calin, to be honest I never like the actual hot rod car until Calin frequently posted his hot rod car builds that are just too beautiful not to love which in a way he had successfully brainwashed my head and now I have to admit that I do like hot rod cars! Yes Calin! You’re responsible for that!…hahaha.

Having said that, there are lots of Calin’s influenced in this build and this is my second hot rod car after this Tony’s Stark Hot Rod car that I build.

For W. Navarre, he jokes about how I hated dust and scratches in my article here, which he said he prefer to have dust on his build to adds more realism which instantly gave me an idea to deliberately adding dust and dirt on a build. I got this hot rod exhaust idea quite a while actually and it went cold and planned to drop it but his jokes is what makes this idea finally good to go, I think it will fit with an abandoned garage idea, with dust, dirt and all. So thank you mate for the idea…do jokes more often 😉 …okay, now help me wash this up man!…hahahaha

Well here is the Hot Rod car model:

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Here is the photo setup:

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Here is the result before I add dust and dirt:

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Here is the photo setup after I added the dust and dirt:

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One other thing that I hope you guys find it interesting was that I have to gathered those dust and dirt by cleaning up some room by myself…hahaha, and those spider web you saw there are all actual spider web I’d found at my porch…hahahaha, but the great thing from this build was I don’t have to bothered to clean up all the dust and scratches in Photoshop…hahaha 😀

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And here is the final result after I added dust and dirt. I’m quite happy and satisfied with the result and excited during the process since I never done this photo treatment before 😀

Hot Rod Exhaust


The idea actually to make a washbasin or a whole toilet interior where I can use the seed part as other object too such as toilet paper handle, towel hanger, flush handle, etc. but after I thought about it I think there will be a slight different scale to make those right, though I can force it and make it anyway but it will dissolve the main idea and it will just like putting the seed part as many as I can in one build which I think I’m not that good enough to make it works.

That’s why I comes up with this fountain drinking idea rather than only making a wash basin since it’s extremely rare to find one in Indonesia and on the other hand I saw a lot of washbasin build that are so good that I knew I can’t top those.

Here is the photo setup:

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Here is the final result of the drinking fountain which I imagine it at a public park:

Drinking Fountain

Taco Tuesday Announcement

Well Mr. President Business will give his announcement…please be quite…or you will be put to sleep!!!

Behind this build, my first thought actually was to make a stand microphone like what we usually see in a music concert, and one of my first idea was making an Aerosmith concert with Steve Tyler holding the mic, but since it will only use 1 seed part and the brick built singer will steal show therefore I prefer to go with the press conference idea which will make the seed part more visible as the main object of the scene.

Here is the photo setup:

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Here is the final result:


Up To Another Level

I always want to try making a space corridor like this, and I think this ladder idea fits well with space theme. Another thing that I always want to try my hands on is using external light as the main light to lightup an interior and I think it’s possible to do that with this build.

It turns out this build took longer to build than I expected before, it’s quite difficult for me to choose what parts will fits for the wall, it should look complex and technical but it shouldn’t be too clutter. I change a lot the look of the wall and what you see now it’s the best I can do…oh…well..:(.

Another challenge was to make the light entrance for the external light to pass through, not to mention the difficulties when I try to shoot it which it turns out there are lots of holes and gap that passing through and I have to revised the model here an there.

For the external light, I use two of my tracing table (that I used here) which I put on each side of the model, then I experimented using slow shutter speed until I get the right lighting.

Here is the actual build:

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Here are for the light entrance to pass through:

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Here is the end result, though it was far from perfect but I’m quite satisfied as my first trial using this external light technique:


Work Out

Though I enjoy building in any scale, but what I like the most is when I build in minifigure scale. I think because what brought me back from my dark ages in the first place was modular building theme sets that I bought back then 🙂

This is one of the ideas I got which like it so much, though it’s simple I think it fit well with the gym equipment, specially that equipment on the right, I don’t know what they usually call that because I’ve never went to an actual gym before.



Here is the photo setup:

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Behind this build, actually I’d plan to drop this idea since I think nothing special using the seed part for this kind of classy door handle, but it came another idea as a door of hope which will fits with the shape of the seed part, the handle should look classy which make this difficult to replace it with other part. You can use Tap, Hose Nozzle Elaborate,  or Hose Nozzle Simple as the door handle but it will looks too modern and minimalist, not the kind of “Door of Hope” should be.

Another thing was, I always want to try and experiment with my Tracing Table that I have, this kind of table usually use in design or architecture industry for tracing or making a copy of a drawing or image. I think this idea would fit and finally I can use my tracing table for photo experiment since I want a bright light coming from the open door. Well I’m very satisfied with the end result and now I have another photo technique in my sleeve and I hope you guys like the technique and the end result too 🙂

Here is the photo setup using my tracing table:

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Here is when the tracing table was lit on:

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Here is the end result:

Twin Door Handle

Take Off

When I was a kid there are times when I wanna be a pilot, and just by looking at the cool cockpit just gives me another reason for that and here is my interpretation of an airplane cockpit.

Airplane Cockpit


Behind this build, actually I wanna make the background using LEGO, but the thing was I can’t figure it how to make a short airplane runaway that will looks like a runaway, therefore I choose another way that I often use, which is using an image as the background.

Sometimes I took a job for advertising industry to do some digital imaging (composing, retouching) with photohop, that’s why I always try to avoid adding background in photoshop since it’s too difficult and will took times to make it perfect. It’s because of a shot object always have a dimension that in result have a different blur depth all over it edge, and to replicate those different blur depth would takes too much time to do it.

Therefore I prefer to use this technique that I use quite often like in here:

New Virus!


Pencil Sharpener


Vintage Baby Stroller


Vintage Cassette Player


Which was using printed image as a background, I prefer this way because I wouldn’t need to bother taking care of the different blur depth edge and the best of it, it would give me a good reflection of the background on the object itself which adds to a more believable background.

Here is the setup and the printed image for the background:

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Here is another example, my Micro Chibi AT-ST I build back then using the same technique, here is the final result:

AT-ST Micro Fighter


And here is the photo setup:

AT-ST Chibi Micro Contest


After I took that shot, edited and ready to upload it, suddenly I have an idea on how to make the runaway in LEGO, and sometimes I hate this kind of moment since I have to do it all over again. So the solution was to use forced perspective by making the runaway with 1x2x3 slopes like what you can see in this setup:

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And here is the final result after editing and etc:

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Somehow I can’t make the runaway lighting looks right, it’s too bright. It needed 2 different lighting intensity, one for the interior and another for the runaway and I can’t figure out how to trick it. At the end, I still choose the one with printed image background than using the LEGO background, it’s personal preference though which I know that some will not agree on that 🙂

Going Where The Wind Blows


Well like what Mr.Big said…Going where the wind blows!

Behind this build, I always wanted to make an old house/barn like this, specially making old texture wall. It turns out it’s not as easy as it looks since the wall texture needs to look random but in the same time it shouldn’t be too random. On the other hand, I wished I have more medium blue brick to make the sky better, but that’s all the medium brick that I have for now.

I’m not sure you guys will recognize this as a wind vane, well I hope I get it right though 🙂

Wind Vane


Here is the photo setup:

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Kids these days may never experience that it took quite a while to dial a phone number using rotating dial system to turn back before we can dial another number one by one, not to mention when we dialed the wrong number and have to do it all over again from the beginning…hahaha

What I found quite interesting with this Paint Roller Handle was that it look nice to make any classy thing such as this vintage phone for instance, hope you guys like it 🙂

Vintage Phone


This is the photo setup:

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Another thing behind this build was that I hate to take a shot of black and rubber since those two are like “dust magnet” even though I’d brush and clean the model whenever I’m going to take a shot, but black and rubber always still have a lot of dust visible and have to clean it again in photoshop which took more times than other colors. Having said that, I always use these 2 simple tools that you can try for yourself, they are “Healing Brush” tool and “Stamp Tool”. Those simple tool can do a lot of magic in cleaning dust and scratches, but it need times and patience to do so. Here is the example of before-after I clean this shot using those tools 🙂

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