The First Flight Painted in LEGO

3 Skills That Led to a World-Famous Take Off

Today the Wright Brothers are honored as heroes, but to most of their peers they were known as a couple of tinkerers with a cycle shop.

See this photo and other famous inventor moments on my Flickr page.

The brothers could have easily been grounded to their cycle shop for life, but instead they took flight. What skills set these men apart from the crowd?


Fred and Barney in Plastic Caricature

The World's Favorite Prehistoric Cartoon in a Few Bricks

Johan Alexanderson doesn’t limit his illustration skills to a piece of paper. A lover of comics, Johan adds dimension to cartoon classics by building them into LEGO bricks.

His models, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, have been featured in Amazing Brick Faces, available free here for a limited time.

A part time web developer and freelance illustrator, Johan plans to launch a comic book for children this year. His aptitude for comic drawing shows through in these iconic caricatures.

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T-Rex on Display

How to Achieve Accuracy With Limited Detail

At first glance, this LEGO Tyrannosaurus Rex appears to include every detail of the giant lizard. You see the wide-open jaw and the tiny hands.

However, the missing components may be even more impressive. This T-Rex has only two teeth, and he doesn’t have typical coloring. Builder Aurore & Aube shares how he is able to achieve accuracy and artistry without obsessing over unnecessary details.


No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of This Wall Mount

Felix Jaensch's Mastery of Old-Fashioned Bricks

Felix Jaensch has a knack for creating realistic animal faces from traditional LEGO bricks. This tiger was so popular that it sold out as a custom LEGO set on MOC Nation.

This tiger is one of three builds featured by Felix in the brand new ebook, Amazing Brick Faces available for free here for a limited time.


Reducing the Size of Government

LEGO Sheds a New Perspective on the Hungarian Parliament

Taking 3 weeks just to develop a strategy for modeling the Hungarian Parliament in microscale, Tamás dazzles our eyes with his first architectural model.

Known as Bigboy99899 on Flickr, Tamás shares some of his challenges below and provides some stats about his model. Can you guess which feature he began his design with? Read more to find out.


What Is the Secret Behind Focus?

A Struggle, a Secret and a Hilarious Bonus Video

This article, first published in October 2016, tells the story of a little-known inventor.

Focus is a powerful force. Focusing on a distant object motivates a runner to press on towards the finish line. But focus isn’t everything. A hiker presses forward for the love of the climb, but that doesn’t stop him from gazing at the scenery.

We know focus is important, yet the relentless pursuit of a single mission has caused many great people to neglect their families and basic responsibilities. Focus – like a coin – has two sides and should not be spent all in one place.

Chester Carlson became the breadwinner for his family by the time he was 14 years old. (more…)

The Emotion of a Brick

Builder Iain Heath Shares the Secret to a LEGO Emoticon

Leave it LEGO® builder Iain Heath to share emotion with the world through LEGO bricks. Noticing that LEGO fans had no way to express their emotions online, he set out to resolve the problem.

The result was “Brick-mojis”! Iain has been generous enough to share instructions with us on how to build one. The instructions are featured below.


Technical Meets Creative

A Turtle, a Hobbit and a Rewarding Risk

Builder Deus Otiosus presents a fascinating model in the “Wandering Tombshell” shown below. The tiny classical city on top of a well-proportioned turtle’s shell comes as an interesting surprise.

Not only did I ask Deus to help me understand this turtle a little better, but I also asked him to share a few thoughts on Tyler Clites’ popular disply, “Elementary My Dear Bilbo.”