Spirit of Freedom soars onto Cuusoo

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Many of you may have seen this venerable aircraft before on other LEGO blogs and even published books, but now JonHall18 has brought The Spirit of Freedom to Cuusoo.

The genre of this alone, dieselpunk, is enough to get my attention but the style and pulpy action that radiate from this build makes this one of my favorite projects to date.

This is not just a pretty face though, there is a lot of great technique too. I am very curious as to how JonHall18 pulled off not only a very impressive off-angle build in from the main chassis to wings, but also manages to support such a mass of brick from those single points!

JohHall18 showcases that he is not only great at MOCing but also at custom figure design and fabrication. Those figures look like a perfect asset to the Spirit.

 

This project also does one more thing that I really love to see in a MOC, but that I know just wont fly with LEGO corporate and that is to use minifig torsos creatively. If you look at the exhausts from the engines, those are four torso in a row, with the hands popped out. Totally illegal but what a great effect.

 

Assault on Wayne Manor

Assault on Wayne Manor by DarthKy just got published yesterday. I am really honored to be a part of the project.

Will it get produced? Who knows, but I honestly think that DarthKy is bringing something new to not only fans of Batman but also to the concept of modulars.

I love modulars but one of my complaints is that you really can't appreciate the complexity of the internals while also displaying the build (have cake / eat cake conundrum). DarthKy's solution, like the Scorpion's Soul is to change up the format by using hinges to open up the stage rather than stacking. I find this to be extremely effective in this case.

 

A Week of Cuusoo

The Spirit of Freedom was actually also my pick of the week for new projects, so I'm showcasing here the esteemed runner up: Tesla Troops Project [1]: Cyborgs by Garry_rocks.

I know at this scale the image might look a mess but if you are a fan of mecha, especially micro-mecha like MFZ, be sure to check this one out.

Other impressive projects that came out this week were a "space excursion vehicle", another BttF build by Team BttF (of course), and an assortment of hot rods. Also, the staff at Cuusoo was nice enough to, arguably, show some tangible support for the theory of "inevitable discovery." My review of these projects and a few other odds and ends can be found here.

16 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow, I love the Wayne Manor. I could really see that as a set! The other projects are great too.

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By in Canada,

Wow those are both very well done.

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By in Belgium,

The Tesla Troops look amazing!

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By in United States,

^ Watch Lego come out with a theme extremely similar to it before it reaches 10,000 supports.

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By in United States,

That Wayne Manor has my vote written all over it. Typically I don't support projects because I don't care for a lot of MOCs that people post (It's no surprise that I don't post my own also). But that thing is beautiful. It definitely at least inspires me to create something similar. I like the idea to open it via hinges instead of removing the tops. I love the Haunted House, so that is really neat. But I also like the added detailing here. I'd love to create my own Wayne Manor with furniture and link to the Batcave. I just have so many other projects I'm working on it gets tricky to actually accumulate enough pieces to keep all of my MOCs built.

Either way, good luck to everyone on CUUSOO. I'd like to see this as a set, but I would have to assume it falls under inevitable discovery (even though LEGO probably wouldn't produce anything like this otherwise).

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By in United States,

^^ just like they did with Space Marines

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By in Puerto Rico,

^My problem with the site exactly, after a heated discussion with the Purdeo Pete's project neither of them passed. I am very concerned about Female minifigures a lot (I want a T-Rex fossil).

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By in Netherlands,

Do I miss something? On the Cusoo site, front page:

There are some moving pictures showing:
#004 Back to the futere - Time Machine
#006 Exo Suit, next Lego Cusoo set

But what is/was/will be #005??

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By in United States,

#005 is the Mars Curiosity Rover

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By in United States,

Whoever did Wayne Manor really did a good job bringing the thing down to "set size". These all look great!

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By in Australia,

what i like about MOC and Cusoo is that it shows real talent from people who love to build lego ...sometimes im amazed that lego dont take initiative and buy the designs from people as ive seen some kits worth the purchase alone and with great styles

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By in United Kingdom,

Remarkable piece of work on Wayne Manor - I take my hat off to the creators. Glenbricker & DarthKy should be justifiably proud of their efforts.

Very best of luck in the Cuusoo process, and if you aren't successful, I have no doubt that people would be prepared to pay for a set of instructions. (Is that sort of thing done in the Lego world, or is it considered a bit mercenary?)

Anyway - good luck with it. It's incredible.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think it is wrong to imply they copied Space Marines. How long did it take them to develop Galaxy Squad? I reckon that was in planning and production before Space Marines came along. Not that either theme is really that innovative anyway. Plus Space Marines relied heavily on the Galaxy Patrol CMF to get votes.

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By in Australia,

I was gonna say that I thought the plane was the more impressive, of the two ... then I saw the T-Rex in the Batcave. Gosh, that's an amazing set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Absolutely love Wayne Manor.

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By in United States,

I'd like to see that plane reach 10,00... I can imagine Jaime Berard being the designer who redesigns it for production.

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