As some of you already know, for Brickworld 2010, our infamous Keith Goldman will be overseeing a tribute to the late Nate Nielson (a.k.a. nnenn) in the form of a Missing Man formation of Vic Viper VOATs. Keith was kind enough to ask me to contribute. Having corresponded with nnenn since my introduction to Flickr, and like so many others, being heavily inspired and influenced by his work, I was delighted to accept Keith's invitation.
I give you the "Dragon Fang."
While I wasn't able to dedicate a great deal of time to a build this close to the con, I was still fairly pleased with the design. Along with the Vic Viper theme for form, I was also heavily influenced by the brilliant work of Rob Dasnewten, and some of the features you see are directly taken from his unique building style.
Ah...finally a chance to use one of those Power Miner elements!
I used a lot of stickers this time around, as well, to add some detail in areas that seemed a bit lacking, or needed a color boost. One of my favorite areas of the MOC turned out to be the curved central section with the red stickers.
And as something of a salute to nnenn, you might notice a couple of customized pieces on the tail fins. For those unfamiliar with nnenn's work, he was notorious for cutting parts and using non-Lego elements in his creations. Some gave him a hard time for it, but I personally never heard him apologize for it, and in the end, many respected nnenn for doing it his way and sticking to his guns.
So there we have it, folks. Not a big post or a real complex creation this time around, but a little something to show my respect and admiration for our missing comrade in bricks. Keep your eyes peeled for images next month of the entire Missing Man Formation (along with numerous other creations!) from Brickworld 2010!
Congrats on MOTD dude! A fine piece of work indeed!
I like it
July 19, 2012
One of the great undiscovered joys of life comes from doing everything one attempts to the best of one’s ability. There is a special sense of satisfaction, a pride in surveying such a work, a work which is rounded, full, exact, complete in its parts, which the superficial person who leaves his or her work in a slovenly, slipshod, half-finished condition, can never know. It is this conscientious completeness which turns any work into art. The smallest task, well done, becomes a miracle of achievement. Congrats on MOTD: Chris
It's seeing things like this that make me really happy to know that you are finally getting some time back with the bricks! Great work on build and presentation, but then you set a high bar on both a long time ago mate.
My heartfelt thanks to all who have been kind enough to take a moment to comment on this creation today. I wish I had the time to do the same for all of you (I hate the fact that I'm unable to comment on others creations as often as I would like). Meanwhile, here's to nnenn, as well as Heather Braaten, comrades in the hobby who've left us but are NOT forgotten. Cheers, everyone!
We need more MOTD like this. In this creation it is not just about skill and design and everything going together with that, but about reminding us of our friends and idols who have lost their lives to life and death.
I can't really think of anything that hasn't been said. Work like this keeps me raising my own standards... and makes me want to reconsider my "no photoshopping" policy. (not that I'm against it, just that I'm too lazy to teach myself how to do it well). Anyway, this is a marvelous build.
That opening pic is simply superb. The harsh lighting and shadows. I'm guessing it was photographed in direct sunlight. The choice for the background pic is perfect. The MOC itself remains as captivating as ever. The way the engine dominates the entire fuselage reminds me of the old F-104. It just reeks of raw power. Attack!
Very nice work! Such a realistic sort of design to it! It's rugged without being bulky, and well armed without being too weak or overpowered. I like this model a lot. The colors are pretty striking. Lots of attention to detail here. Rated 5.
Very nice work. It has a very intimidating profile and looks like it would be a very formidable craft. As usual, your building techniques humble me. I just posted a new Imperial ship from Star Wars. Check it out if you have the time. It's called the Saber Class and it is my first build in almost a year.
It would take me several days to create a MOC this good. What was your time total at the end? I hope i can get as good as you and the other legends of the lego MOCer's world some day. Keep it up, but dont work too hard :)
Why is it that every time I sit down to start thinking about a VV for the tribute, I come across something like this that makes me throw my hands up in the air and go "what's the FRAKIN point!??!" In case any of you missed it, that means that I think this thing is AWESOME! A truly fitting addition to a wonderful tribute! ~ Chris.
Hmmm... this is one of those cases where the design gets overwhelmed by the overabundance of details. It really is a great MOC, and it looks actually like it may very well exist in the future, and so I find myself wondering if it wouldn't look a bit out of place among all those colorful and wondorous vipers I'm going to miss (sigh!) at BW. Still, your feelings went in there, and that's the most important thing, isn't it?
I got curious with the ShannY comment. Lo and behold, Nnenn provided a tutorial in flickr, which also pointed out what isn't a vic viper. ShannY is spot on ... oh well ... regardless, this ship is still mighty awesome! In the same lines, Nnenn would have approved bucking the accepted trend.
MOCpages must seriously be hungry, because it has eaten the past two comments I've tried to post on this. Although it doesn't match the real thing, this is a fitting tribute to such a fantastic builder. I'm looking forward to seeing the pics of Keith Goldman's whole memorial display at Brickworld. -Dylan
I like it
Dave and John Xandegar
May 18, 2010
We'll bet he would have liked this one, Mark...nicely done!
Thanks. Now I think I'll just leave The Patriot at home . . . or throw the stupid thing against the wall. Thanks. Thanks a lot.
(Absolutely lovely work here, Mark! Seriously, you need to teach me how to make such intricate looking bits.)
As I am working on a Viper tribute myself, I would summarize Viper building as an exercise in SNOT, color scheme and the discovery of interestingly aesthetic shapes and angles. It looks to me like this beast pretty much covers it all. As for Brady's comment, it's not a competition, it's a tribute. I think nnenn would have loved it.~H
Excellent build Mark! The wings are kinda stubby, so you might make it a little bit self conscious.....but Phipson has dealt with that his whole life, and can give it some sound advice! All jokes aside, this is a fitting tribute to a great man! Looking forward to seeing her in the formation in June!
You just had to upload it on the very day that the 'pages take forever to load, didn't ya? Hahaha. I can tell you that it was surly worth the 7 or so minute wait though. Excellent build here, Mr. Kelso.