Tag Archives: steampunk

Fighting Fires in Flight

Lego Sky-Fi Firefly Ship

The Skytanic has floundered. After departing the Maersk Pier some weeks ago the great skyliner reached the treacherous Northern Floating Icefield and the welcoming navigation lights of Trusty Rusty. Only Trusty Rusty’s lights weren’t showing.

Unable to see the floating icebergs the Skytanic stood little chance, and the huge ship – now engulfed in flames – is doomed. With the evacuation underway the passengers and crew are hoping for a miracle, a miracle which which may arrive in the shape of the FRSS ‘Firefly’.

Lego Sky-Fi Airship

A mighty ‘Dipteria Class’ airship, the Firefly can stay airborne for a month at a time, travelling at up to 60 knots thanks to two massive ‘Brickerton’ engines powering a pair of enormous platinum-coated six-blade rotors. With a capacity of 400,000 litres of water, plus nine water cannons, sucking moisture-rich air out of the clouds and firing it up to 250 metres, the Firefly is the Skytanic’s only hope.

Only Markus Ronge knows if the Firefly will arrive in time. Until then you can check out his amazing Sky-Fi airship by clicking here, and you can catch up on the complete ‘Netbrix’ original story ‘Full Steam’ at Markus’ Flickr photostream here.

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Moon City

Lego Steampunk City

We do not understand steampunk. Effectively what sci-fi would look like if it were devised in the late 1800s, it’s a genre so alien to TLCB staff it may as well be the plot of ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’. The creations that steampunk produces however, are not like the Kardashians at all. They’re wonderful.

Lego Steampunk City

This is one such build, the Moon City originating from the mind of Dwarlin Forkbeard, which is filled with such gorgeous detail that we want to move straight there and get a job mining cheese. Complete with a marvellous motorised train (although the journey does look a bit samey), working elevators, and a rotating orrery, Dwalin’s city is packed with ingenious movement too. Click on these words to head to the moon sometime in the 1880s…

Lego Steampunk City

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A Flight to Remember

Lego Skytanic Sinking

Since departing the Maersk Pier some months ago, the mighty skyliner ‘Skytanic‘ has been steaming through the skies towards Belville on its maiden voyage. Approaching the notoriously dangerous floating ice field, the ship’s captain scanned the horizon for ‘Trusty Rusty‘, the great lightship tasked with guiding travellers through the floating icebergs. But the light is no longer shining…

With no light to guide them the floating icebergs are all but invisible to the crew of the Skytanic, but there’s no panic – the huge ship is deemed to be near indestructible.

CRASH.

The moment we’ve been fearing since the Skytanic’s departure back in September has occurred, and storyteller Markus Ronge has captured it in spectacular brilliance. Brick-built flames are now rising from the hull of the stricken skyliner, and the order to evacuate has been given. All we can do now is pray – and tune in for the next episode of course.

There’s more to see of Markus’ incredible scene at his photostream by clicking here, and if you missed earlier episodes you can catch up via the links in the text above.

Lego Skytanic Sinking

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Trusty Rusty

Lego Lightship

The Royal Yacht Skytanic is steaming through the skies en-route to Belleville. Soon she will reach the Northern Floating Icefield and the welcome sight of ‘Trusty Rusty’, the twenty-year old floating lightship and its accompanying beacons, stationed to guide air travellers through the perilous sykcicles.

The four-man crew of Trusty Rusty spend over a year on board at a time, facing huge winds and temperatures that drop below -40° in order to keep the sky traffic traversing the route safe.

Flickr’s Markus Ronge has photographed the old lightship beautifully and you can see more of his stunning imagery via Flickr, plus you can remind yourself of the Skytanic’s grand departure from the Maersk Pier and the other boats from the ‘Full Steam’ universe previously featured by clicking here.

Lego Lightship

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The Skytanic

Lego Skytanic Steampunk Ship

She’s finally ready! Departing Maersk Pier on her maiden voyage to Belleville, the Royal Yacht ‘Skytanic’ is the largest, fastest, and most luxurious skyliner ever built. Five stories of cabins, restaurants and bars, the world’s first on-board heated pool, and – of course – the Royal Pavilion, there is surely no finer way than the Skytanic to sail the skies.

Lego Skytanic Steampunk Ship

Masterminded by Flickr’s Markus Ronge, the Skytanic is deemed to be indestructible. The favoured ship of the Royal family, super-rich industrialists, and the highest of society, she’s sure to have a long and illustrious career navigating the clouds between Ninjago and Belleville. Take a look at all of the glorious photographs from the Skytanic’s maiden launch at Markus’s photostream, whilst we await her successful arrival in Belleville in a few weeks time.

Lego Skytanic Steampunk Ship

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Steampunk Sunday

Lego Steampunk Car

For reasons unknown the Elves were in a steampunk mood today, which is odd as we suspect they know even less about this sub-genre than we do. Still, their finds are splendid, and thus here they are!

Both have been built by Krzysztof Pusz of Flickr and feature some simply ingenious parts usage. First up (above) is the ‘Bulbulator‘, which actually doesn’t look that dissimilar from the steam cars of the early days of motoring. Krzysztof’s second steampunk build looks like nothing from any time period ever, but a steam-powered monowheel does seem a marvellous way to get to Walmart.

There more to see of each brick-built whimsy at Krzysztof’s photostream – head to Flickr via the links above.

Lego Steampunk Monowheel

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Height of Drunkeness

Lego Sky-Fi Bar

We’re often drunk here at The Lego Car Blog, as demonstrated by the inane jibba-jabba that regularly streams from our keyboards like racist profanity from an elderly relative at Christmas time.

However no matter how much we drink, we still don’t understand ‘sky-fi’. The whimsy of, er… let’s say the nerdier corners of the online Lego Community (which is itself pretty nerdy), sky-fi seems to blend Edwardian fashion and Dickensian storylines with a complete rejection of the laws of physics. But if you’re going to reject the laws of physics, you may as well reject them in a big way.

Lego Sky-Fi Floating Pie

Previewed here last month, Markus Ronge‘s brick-built world ‘Full Steam’ has begun, and the results are spectacular. This is the first of several creations Markus has built to inhabit that world; the enormous ‘Maersk Pier’ designed to cater for the luxury airship fraternity, complete with a grand Sky Bar (so patrons can drink and fly) and some of the finest detailing we’ve seen on any creation so far this year.

Despite the fact we have no idea what’s going on or how it works, it’s a place we’d seriously want to visit (if we owned a luxury airship), and with enough alcohol you can probably do just that. In your mind anyway. Head drunkenly skywards via the link in the text above.

Lego Sky-Fi Bar

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Full Steam Ahead

Lego Netbrix Full Steam Poster

As has been documented on these pages before, we don’t really understand the whole flying boat thing going on in the steampunk world. Nevertheless, the creations it produces are often spellbinding.

Markus Ronge‘s clever ‘Netbrix’ original series offers the hope that we’ll finally learn what this is all about, but if not we’re still going to see some magnificent creations, not least the incredible flying liner teased below.

There’s more to see of Markus’ beautiful Netbrix Original Series ‘Full Steam’ preview posters on Flickr via the link above, where you can follow Markus to ‘subscribe’ to Netbrix.

Lego Steampunk Ships

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Sky Sailing

Lego Air Ship

One of our Elves returned to TLCB Towers today with this, prompting an ‘uh oh’ (or words that mean ‘uh oh’ which aren’t suitable for type) to ripple around the office. Mark of Falworth’s ‘Bellonatus’ is clearly a work of Lego art, bursting with incredible detailing, ingenious build techniques, and glorious presentation. But… we are so out of our depth with models like this.

Is it Steam Punk? Sky-Fi? Pirates? Probably none of those, but we’ve still included them all in the tags to be safe. Whatever this is, it is definately worth a closer look – and you can do just that at Mark’s photostream. Click on the link to head to the skies.

Lego Air Ship

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Mortal Engines

Lego Salthook Mortal Engines

There’s an arms-race going on in the SUV market at the moment, with small rich women continually trying to one-up each other in their quest for the largest and most pointless school-run vehicle. Flickr’s Alexis Dos Santos has fast-forwarded to the logical conclusion of this meaningless contest with the perfect vehicle for taking little Ethan and Isabella to the school gates. Unless someone makes a bigger one of course.*

Derived from the new ‘Mortal Engines’ movie trailer, Alexis’ amazing tracked town ‘Salthook’ features Power Functions drive and steering, folding bridges and a wealth of mini-figure scale detailing. A large gallery of stunning imagery is available to view on Flickr – click the link above to check out all of the photos.

Lego Salthook Mortal Engines
*See the official ‘Mortal Engines’ movie trailer here, where there indeed a ‘bigger one’. The next Cadillac Escalade will probably beat it though.

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And Now for Something Completely Different…

Lego Air Pirates

Uh Oh! Air Pirates! You know, pirates… but in the air! That’s about all we’ve got for this piratical airship from Ted Andes, so it’s probably best to head straight to Flickr. Alternatively, as is often the case when we don’t know what’s going on, here’s some completely unrelated illiness.

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Hot Copper

Lego Steampunk Hot Rod

This delightfully whimsical steampunkesque hot rod comes from perennial bloggee Redfern. With a V12 engine up front and copper detailing in abundance it looks to be just the vehicle for a vulgarian gentleman. There’s more to see on Flickr – click here to make the jump.

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Back to the Future Part III – Delorean Time Machine – Picture Special

Lego Back to the Future Part III Delorean Time Machine

Time is standing still here at TLCB Towers. It’s been hours and we’ve accomplished nothing. Because of this. The single most amazing model that we’ve posted this year. Built by Flickr’s 지현 주 (aka seter82), it is, of course, the incredible final DeLorean DMC-12 time machine from the iconic Back to the Future franchise, and it’s the hardest one to make of them all.

Lego Back to the Future Part III Delorean Time Machine

Often overlooked by model makers, the time machine from Back to the Future Part III is the most intricate and highly detailed of all of the movie cars, modified to operate before gasoline was discovered via a push from a steam engine. Steampunk, surely, began here.

Lego Back to the Future Part II DeLorean time machine

Seter82’s astonishing recreation of the Back to the Futrure Part III DeLorean is one of the most beautifully replicated movie cars we’ve ever seen, in any context, and it even gives real-world recreations from the Back to the Future franchise fierce competition. With a perfectly recreated cabin, complete with all the paraphernalia Doc required for time travelling, a 100% movie-accurate exterior, plus functions such as opening gull-wing doors and hood, and adjustable steering wheel and seats, Seter’s DeLorean is a build that you can revel in for hours.

Lego Back to the Future Part III Delorean Time Machine

Which is what we’ll be doing. You can join us at Seter82’s Flickr photostream by clicking here, where a huge gallery of incredible imagery is available to view – however, unless you have a real time machine be prepared to lose a good part of your day. Because Seter’s DeLorean is as real as it gets.

Lego Back to the Future Part III Delorean Time Machine

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Catching Clouds

Lego Flying Boat

Today’s post is not a car. Or even a boat. Or an aircraft. In fact we’re not really sure what it is, but we know we like it. The delightfully strange Dwalin Forkbeard is behind this floating weirdness and you can see more at his wilfully odd photostream here.

Lego Flying Boat

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Sky Shed

Lego Airship

This glorious contraption is apparently a Cargo SkyBoat, and it’s utterly wonderful in every single way. Not knowing anything about Cargo SkyBoats, and having pinched this from Bricknerd, we’ll leave it there, but you can see lots more courtesy of Alexis Dos Santos on Flickr. Click on these words to get airborne.

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