New Author: William “NXT45”

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My name is William, or “NXT45” and WilliamNXT on Google+. I am 14 years old and have been using Lego mindstorms & technic  for almost 4 years now.  I will be a new author for this amazing LEGO blog! You may know me from my website, www.nxt45.wordpress.com. Check it out! I have many more technic creations coming your way! As a Lego Builder, I focus mainly on building Technic creations such as trial-trucks, or construction equipment. My current project is a pneumatic backhoe and I should post it before Christmas. I have been using Lego mindstorms for almost 4 years now. I am very happy to be able to share my creations with all of you!

I hope you enjoy all of my new creations!

Possibility of an Upcoming Blender Animation

Possibility of an Upcoming Blender Animation

I’m trying to make a short animation using blender. I’ve been fiddling with Blender recently, which, if you don’t know, is free digital animation software. A few months ago I created this:

I’ve found out that if you export an LDD file into a .ldr file, you can then open it with LeoCAD, which can then export it into a .obj file, which Blender can read. This allows me to get very detailed models of virtually any Lego part into Blender. I had, at the time I discovered this, already modeled some parts in Blender using dimensions I found online. I had just modeled basic things like a 1×1, 1×2, 1×3, 1×4, 2×2, 2×3, 2×4 bricks and plates. They looked perfect, because I had used exact dimensions. I am thinking I’ll make an animation based off of only lego parts, which could look sorta like the Lego Movie, only not as good. Here’s one frame I rendered of a light and puffy cloud.

A cloud made of lego bricks

A cloud made of lego bricks, floating in the air.

Doesn’t look so great yet because it was rendered with pretty low resolution and only 50 samples. I also turned off Caustics so that the light looked less grainy. Kind of a cheap solution to the problem. As it is, it still took more than a minute to render. More to come.

UNE Viper Corvette

UNE Viper Corvette

At 97 studs it doesn’t quite make the length for a SHIP but SHIP stands for Significantly Huge Investment in Parts and it was so its a SHIP in my book.

Features:
– Cockpit with spaces for a gunner, a navigator and a pilot
– Hologram table
– Other screen stuff at the front
– 3 Beds
– 3 sets of drawers
– Coffee machine
– Equipment for each person
– Speakers on the wall
– Cooking area
– TV
– Toilet and wash basin
– Storage

Pictures:

I think that the SHIP is one of my best MOCs. I don’t like the boxy shape but with my pieces I couldn’t do anything about it…

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AT-AP

AT-AP

Finally! My modified AT-AP

Features:

  • Actual back to the walker
  • Top gunner in the right place
  • Better front leg
  • Many other minor improvements

Minor improvements:

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LEGO UCS Tumbler

LEGO UCS Tumbler

USA Today has revealed one of the sets that was supposed to be unveiled at San Diego Comic Con 2014, the LEGO DC Comics UCS Tumbler (76023). The exclusive set will be on sold at LEGO Stores and on Shop@Home in September and it will consist of 1,869 pieces and will sell for $199 (not sure of UK price yet).

The Tumbler is based on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy vehicle and the set will also include 2 minifigures, one based on Christian Bale’s Batman suit and Heath Ledger’s Joker. This is the first time that Heath Legder’s version has been offered. The UCS Tumbler measures 15 inches tall and 9 inches wide. LEGO has also included a plaque and stand that we usually see with UCS sets.

LEGO VIP members should be able to get their hands on this set next month!

I’m really excited about this set. I’m not sure if I will get it but it looks fantastic! I love the vehicles from Christopher Nolan’s trilogy and the tumbler is my favourite.

Pics:

Back

Side

Interior

Tile

Figs

Vengeance Starfighter

Vengeance Starfighter

One of my best MOCs in my opinion.

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