Off Roading the Land Rover Defender

LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender 2019

The wonderful designers at the LEGO Group have only gone and done it again. The new Land Rover Defender 2019 has been released and like its original design, it is a force to be reckoned with. The new model 42110 from the Technic range is authentic and iconic. Developed in partnership with Land Rover, this impressive LEGO replica does not disappoint.

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Adventures with the Land Rover

When I found out I had the chance to shoot this iconic vehicle, I couldn’t wait to get out in the local streams and woods where I thought this set would be right at home, but first I faced a bigger challenge, building the Set. With it being a Technic set I knew I had a big job on my hands but I took my time and built it over 4 evenings so not to lose what is ultimately the point with any set, the enjoyment of the build.

What stood out from a lot of other technic sets was the realistic look of the vehicle. It seemed very photogenic and rugged just like the real thing. The amazing innards of the vehicle are probably lost on a lot of people but the suspension and gears are a wonder of modern Lego design.

When I came to shooting I was faced with my usual dilemma how to transport the set and keep clean and in one piece. I had to get the set to my selected location without losing half the pieces so I opted for the bulky but secure enormous plastic box. Having to walk to the secluded location took it out on my arms and back but there’s alway a few awkward steps when doing something you love.

The early Monday morning clouds had given way to a clear sky but my preferred favourite spot in a shallow stream had become a raging torrent due to the usual seasonal weather conditions in the North West of England. But I had my heart set on this location so had too improvise. Luckily I had worn my Wellington boots so I trawled the steam for pebbles and rocks and built a platform for the Land Rover to sit on set just below the surface of the water. I had to take extra care not too lose any pieces of they’d be lost forever. Somewhere downstream.

The bright sun was presenting some harsh shadows but also some interesting shafts of light through the overhanging tree branches. These were enhanced with the help of some Atmosphere Aerosol smoke and I managed to capture some satisfactory shots before the clouds rolled back in for what was to be another wet day.

All that was left to do was to take the set and trudge back to safety (before I ended up with a soaking wet Land Rover) and spend the afternoon editing my images down to a handful of ‘keepers’.

The test

She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. After a pause, she opened her eyes and nervously took hold of the controls. She’d never driven until 6 days ago. What on earth was she doing in the cockpit of an RC Car taking her driver’s test?!

Trepidation.

Lego ShtacyP had never cared too much for cars. But sometimes in life you have to take opportunities when they arise. So when the chance to take a Fast-Track RC Driving Course came up, ShtacyP didn’t want to let it pass her by.

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Buggy Review

Stuck In Plastic’s #sip_apocalypse challenge was great fun. I really enjoyed creating characters, stories, and pictures to illustrate the survivors of the doom. My work was appreciated by SiP’s crew and I ended as runner up of the challenge. One of the prizes I won was 70829 Emmet and Lucy’s Escape Buggy which I review below.

The Buggy

Although there is plenty of sand and dust here, Apocalypseburg is not a sandbox, definitely not a place to play. It’s the landscape after the battle. These special time and place require special vehicles, and under the inconspicuous name of “escape buggy” hides a monster, ready to run through the wilderness of the ravaged world of bricks.

Just look at its silhouette.

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The One From The Rearview Mirror

Wow, Just Wow

When I came home from work the other day, it was already late evening. Work had been busy and I was tired. Still, I couldn’t resist opening a package that the mailman had delivered earlier. And I already thought I knew what was inside (an image had been shown on the landing page of TLG for some hours on February 1st). Then again, I wasn’t quite prepared for this level of awesomeness…

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There’s a new ride in town

La Chiron

Billund, Friday 1st June, 9:31 AM
We find ourselves in the LEGO House where the crew of Bugatti and LEGO are in the midst of revealing the latest masterpiece. The new LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron. The inspiration for this plastic masterpiece is a mid-engined two-seater sports car developed and manufactured in Molsheim, France, by the French ultra-luxury supercar brand Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
A powerhouse that goes from 0 to 400km/h and back in the blink of an eye (41.96 seconds to be precise).

Ready to interview

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Week 13: Passion

Passion can be found in various fields and situations.                                                  Go to a concert, a classical one with a huge orchestra or a rock gig: if the musicians are passionate about their work you will be able to feel it.

Whenever a  cook celebrates his craftsmanship to a certain level you will taste it.

And you don´t have to study arts to understand what drove a painter to create a masterpiece that really touches your heart.

Passion and Toyphotography

 

To me, Passion is and has always been not only an emotion but also a very special energy. A quick look at Wikipedia confirms that impression.

When asking fellow photographers why they photograph toys, so far most replied with “For the fun of it”.

But what got you started in the first place?

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The Town Without People

I was getting ready to shoot a post to SiP but I happened to come across with something that made me change my mind and I decided to post something different. It was a short film about one of my favourite photographers, Michael Paul Smith, I have been following his work in Flickr for years.

The photographs themselves have a beautiful haunting quality I’ve not seen anywhere else. With the old cars and houses of the imaginary small town of Elgin Park, the only living thing are the trees in the background, there are no people, yet the scenes seem more alive and warm than most photographs around. I love his work, I find it simply and purely wonderful. In 1/24th scale, no less!

Michael Paul Smith
“A 1935 Ford DeLuxe Coupe” ©Michael Paul Smith 2014

I knew the photographs but in the short film Michael Paul Smith himself turned out to be not what I expected. The glimpse he gives of the world his photographs come from is candid and quite rough at times. He makes a strong artist portrait in a film that lasts less than 10 minutes.

I know I will look at Michael’s photographs differently in the future, they are still charming as ever, but they seem much bigger now.

Elgin Park, a short film by Danny Yourd, have a look.