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OPC 7: Three Great MOCs from Konajra

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

I recently came across Konajra on Flickr. He also has a website: www.konajra.com

Three of his MOCs really impressed me. The first is this great model of a Bucyrus mining shovel:

Bucyrus 495 HF
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(image © Arjan Oude Kotte)

This one really caught my eye :-) It’s the only other model of a Liebherr 996 that I’ve seen besides my own.

Liebherr 996 Litronic
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(image © Arjan Oude Kotte)

And finally, this model of a P&H shovel is really superb. I’ve contemplated building a MOC of this very same machine.

P&H 4100xpc
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(image © Arjan Oude Kotte)

Arjan’s work is fantastic. I think it’s definitely worth keeping track of his work!

OPC 6: Victorian House by Mike Doyle

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Three Story Victorian with Tree by Mike Doyle

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(image © Mike Doyle)

Wow. Just wow.

My mind refused to believe this was made of LEGO until I checked out Mike’s blog (there’s a link to it on his Flickr page). The incredible amount of detail is astonishing.

OPC 5: Sandvik LH209L by Marek Markiewicz

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Sandvik LH209L by Marek Markiewicz

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(image © Marek Markiewicz)

You don’t often see mining equipment MOC’d with LEGO. This beast is tough looking. I like the old, solid, large Technic tires.

Be sure to dig back into his other pages for his excellent Sandvik LH517L MOC.

OPC 4: US Truck 3 by Ingmar Spijkhoven

Monday, January 24th, 2011

US Truck 3 by Ingmar Spijkhoven

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(image © Ingmar Spijkhoven)

I love the tough look of the thing. Very well done! This reminds me of some of the great MOCs from builders years ago on Lugnet, like Dennis Bosman.

OPC 3: Caterpillar 772 Dump Truck by Richard Brown

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Caterpillar 772 Dump Truck by Richard Brown

Digging back into Richard Brown’s photos on Flickr, I found many other great creations.

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(image © Richard Brown)

Check out Richard’s photostream for more!

OPC 2: Komatsu PC5500 by Richard Brown

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Komatsu PC5500 Supershovel by Richard Brown

It didn’t take long for me to come across something really cool :-) This popped up this morning on Flickr.

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(image © Richard Brown )

Things That I Like:

The look. Richard did very well and achieved his goal, IMO. This does look very nice.

I like the cylinders, despite them being non-functional. He stated, “I toyed with the idea of using the Pneumatic rams but they didn’t look as good, as I was going for realism rather than function.“. I somewhat agree here, but my own preference would be to compromise on the looks a little bit and go with the pneumatics so that the MOC would be functional.

I love the dark gray (bley) and yellow color scheme. IMO, they are the perfect two colors for large equipment :-)

The scale. It’s about minifig scale, and makes for a nice-sized model. Not tool large but not too small either.

OPC 1: Manitowoc 4600 Dragline

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Manitowoc 4600 Dragline by Emilus.

Note: this is the first in, hopefully, a long series of blog posts that will feature the creations of other people. My previous blog post explains this, but I simply want to feature MOCs that have attracted my attention and that I feel are worth sharing (and remembering).

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(image © Emilus)

It’s been a long while since I’ve seen a MOC like this that could be classified entirely into the Technic theme. It has great detail but also really great functionality.

NOTE: If you step back into Emilus’ Brickshelf galleries, there’s a sister folder for this model titled “WIP” (work in progress). There are some detail shots of the inner workings of this model.

Things That I Like:

The functionality. It appears to be entirely motorized and controlled by PF (power functions). That should make it fun to play with, er… use :-)

The color. That’s a lot of yellow Technic right there. I like it!

Scale. There’s just something right about the Technic figure scale. And I like that there are a few Technic figs thrown in.

I’ve always been a fan of Manitowoc crawler based cranes (and draglines). I think they are simple, basic designs that translate well into a model. I like the choice of of the 4600 dragline to model.

The boom looks a bit rough, but I really like how it’s all mostly yellow. The constant color throughout its design really makes it look nice.

The turntable is pretty good! It’s a fairly compact design that uses rollers. It looks like it would function quite well.

OPC: Other People’s Creations

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

I get to announce a new MOC* about once every ice age (give or take). Since having kids and also taking a serious interest in photography, the time available to me for building is something like a quarter, or less, of what it used to be. (Not that I’m complaining. I wouldn’t trade my kids (or my cameras) for anything :-) )

* MOC: my own creation, a model NOT built from instructions produced by LEGO or any other source, i.e. something of my own design that is unique.

I thought I would start a series of posts titled OPC (Other People’s Creations). The purpose of this is to simply call attention to some MOC that I’ve seen that has attracted my attention and that I believe is worth sharing.

I’ll probably keep it in a Technic/ModelTeam theme, but I also like a whole variety of other stuff, like trains, so I won’t confine myself to any one or two themes.

The real purpose of this is to keep me active in the online LEGO fan community. Sometimes I go for months without setting virtual “foot” into an AFOL related website, and I miss out on good stuff and inspiring MOCs.

Keep an eye out for an OPC post soon! :-)