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Like a steam locomotive rolling down the track... He's gone... He's gone and nothing's gonna bring him back...
About this creation
Nate Nielson, better known to the Lego world as nnenn, died recently.

Online eulogy at The Brothers Brick

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The anonymity afforded by the internet makes it all too easy for people to be rude, cruel, callous, vicious, just plain stupid... in short, to make asses of ourselves to a degree we would never do in person. The fact that I never saw nnenn be anything but polite and respectful online is a testament to the kind of man he must have been.

I never had a lot of contact with him -- he left a few comments on my flickr stream, I left a few comments on his. He seemed to build nothing but starfighters, and I haven't built one in almost two years. His thoughts on that last one of mine, Chiroptera, are telling: "Good, but I see ready canvas..."

He liked color. Lots of it. And stickers, modified parts, and clone bricks. Whatever he needed to get the picture in his head closer to reality. My Vic Viper, the starfighter template he made so iconic, is a purist version, but in colors I hope he would have approved of.


I know it's been a tradition for me to ramble on nonsensically when posting my spaceships, but this time I'd like to observe a moment of silence.






























Comments

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  December 28, 2013
This spaceship is really cool ! 5/5 !
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  December 28, 2013
nice MOTD to say the least.... wait, you got one in 2012 as well? wow....
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  December 28, 2013
This is an excellent MOTD.
  March 20, 2012
Would you please be so kind and add this Vic Viper to the group "Vic Viper Owners Club"? We'd like to collect as many Vic Vipers in this group and it would be great to have your one there, too :-))
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  March 20, 2012
That's a cool Vic Viper! The shaping is awesome and the "Austrian" stripes look cool. Great job! :-))
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  April 25, 2011
epicly awesome can you look at my moc when ive posted them
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  April 25, 2011
Very cool! The pics are a little blurry though.
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  April 25, 2011
Congrats on MOTD, always good to see that one of our own will always be remembered.
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  April 25, 2011
Nice. All the pieces seem to just flow an fit together nicely to make it look perfect
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  April 25, 2011
When I first read this, I had no idea who nnenn was, or much anything about him. But, curious, I looked at nnenn's photostream on flickr. I, was BLOWN away. The man's designs were astounding,incorporating creativity, intuition, insight, design, and an unspeakable amount of other fantastic qualities. All of his amazing fighter models were, quite simply, works of art. After this period of research. Nnenn deserves this great tribute. He would be proud of your Vic Viper. Keep on building!
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  April 25, 2011
Wow, a great tribute, I definitely think he would have approved. Nice job on the belly too, most people overlook that.
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  April 25, 2011
It's a thing of beauty! A true tribute.
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  October 31, 2010
I love the design and the blend of the colors!
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  May 6, 2010
That's exactly what people should think about, I mean if you just think about how he is dead it's not like you could bring him back to life just by saying how dad you are (although that would be cool;) and it makes you feel better about Nnenn and his passing instead of feeling sorrow like for example: think of all the accomplishments that he made and that everyone enjoys looking at.
  May 6, 2010
Commander, sir I love his mocs but it seems that now all any one saying is "nnenn died and we are all sad" maybe we should be talking about how cool hi stuff was in life and say "nnenn was a great builder I think his stuff was awesome." Any way ,sir its something General Patton said "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died, rather we should thank gob that such men lived." Maybe its time we did the same. I know I will.
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  May 4, 2010
i'm not lego savvy, although i love legos. if i was i wouldn't have known nnenn through his death...sometimes i wonder why i couldnt have gone and he have stayed. after all i can see nnenn bringing joy to the world alive and the same thing for me dead...i should have gone instead....why him? what did he do?
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  May 4, 2010
This is a very beautiful and unique ship. The colors are spectacular.
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  May 3, 2010
Really nice build. It all fits great!
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  May 2, 2010
Excellent tribute....when I saw the name "tribute" I knew it was to Nnenn.
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  May 2, 2010
A amazing model, the perfect tribute to a amazing man.
Shannon Young
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Commander Zuke of the 932nd League
  May 1, 2010
*sigh* I didn't even know him... but if he's gone, that's considered a loss... the the of a tribute is very kind... this ship is cool!
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  May 1, 2010
to this very moment i am still crying. i dont care if i didnt know him, its still so sad to loose a life, especialy a good one. i just want to say he is in a better place now and this is a extremely amazing tribute. no im not one to talk like this either. 100/5
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  April 30, 2010
not to be a sook or any thing but this brings a tear to my eye.....5/5.. well done ....."sob"
  April 29, 2010
Cool ship, 5/5, check out my version, it have building instructions: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/200222
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  April 29, 2010
A cool tribute indeed, well done.
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  April 28, 2010
Nice tribute. The bright color scheme reminds me of nnenn.
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  April 28, 2010
I just wished I could have known him...
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  April 28, 2010
Sweet space craft. Nice guns.
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  April 27, 2010
Awesome! It has a nice elegance to it. Love it.
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  April 27, 2010
beautiful. you have honor, building it in respect of a passed away genius. keep it up.
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  April 25, 2010
Can't beat bilateral symmetry with a touch of asymmetry. Nice.
Shannon Young
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Nathan Jacobson
  April 23, 2010
Fitting tribute to arguably the best starfighter builder of all time. @ megaman: The man died for real.
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  April 23, 2010
Excellent Dead lyric to quote, sums it up nicely. I knew only of his beautiful ships and that was only just recently. Lovely tribute.~H
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  April 23, 2010
Website-died? Or died-died?
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  April 22, 2010
This Vic Viper is a great way to celebrate the legacy of the legendary Nnenn! Awesome build!
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  April 22, 2010
I'm so sorry to hear that, great tribute great ship. We will miss him!
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  April 22, 2010
wow! epic space ship! i love the colours, and the greebles on the bottom, and the shape and design as a whole is just AWESOME! great moc, and also a great tribute to a great builder!
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  April 22, 2010
A very nice tribute. I'm quite sure even though he's dead, nnenn is seeing this and smiling. ~Ryan
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  April 22, 2010
Very well done, I think he would be proud.
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  April 22, 2010
Well done, I can see the effort in creating an uncompromised color scheme that closely reminds his sci-fi models.
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  April 22, 2010
very nice!
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  April 22, 2010
Nice.
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  April 22, 2010
I had just discovered Nnenn's creations last week, and now learning he is gone. I am shocked. He will be missed.
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  April 22, 2010
I bet that thing swooshes like a mutha! And you detailed the underside, something I remember nnenn asking for more of, I was always too lazy.
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  April 22, 2010
Very worthy and likable tribute for a man holding the same titles. He shall be missed. Good day
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  April 21, 2010
Having only seen the name enough to say "hmm, sounds familiar" I've learned so much about him in the last few days. Must've been something to know him! Great tribute. Only wish I was good enough to do something like this on another's behalf...
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  April 21, 2010
Nnenn will be missed. He would have loved this star-fighter, a very worthy tribute. ~Waff
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  April 21, 2010
A good build and a good tribute for who I was told was a truly good man. I only wish I would have taken the time to get to know him better. His influence will be missed. ~ Chris.
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  April 21, 2010
Excellent. Great Viper. Great color scheme. Great Tribute.
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  April 21, 2010
A well-done tribute.
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  April 21, 2010
Yeah this Tribute doesn't do enough justice(though it is very good) to Nate. He completely revolutionized the medium we all love as LEGO especially in the space world.
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  April 21, 2010
He was an amazing builder and will be missed by all. A wonderful tribute to Nate =)
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  April 21, 2010
Great work. This is truly in the spirt of Nnenn!
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  April 21, 2010
Long live the Vic... And long live Nnenn.
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  April 21, 2010
Sorry to say that I only found out about him, was through his passing. After looking at his work, I can say that this would fit perfectly with his own Vic Vipers.
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  April 21, 2010
"When beggars die, there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes." -- from Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare A worthy tribute, indeed.
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  April 21, 2010
!!!
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  April 21, 2010
Excellent tribute Shannon. I think you did his memory proud.
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  April 21, 2010
Hard to comment, in such context. So I'll just say I think he would have love this great Viper...
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  April 21, 2010
Great tribute.
 
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