Making a 3D CAD mockup if my next big #LEGO model for another #Instructables contest - for illuminated arts/crafts. I’ve given myself the green light to move forward with this expensive project: I’ve spent over $60 in specialty electrical parts thus far! #TrafficLights

Making a 3D CAD mockup if my next big #LEGO model for another #Instructables contest - for illuminated arts/crafts. I’ve given myself the green light to move forward with this expensive project: I’ve spent over $60 in specialty electrical parts thus far! #TrafficLights

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Electronic mosaic LEGO portrait of my deceased Main Coon named Tiggs!

I built this entire project over the course of a weekend, and then rigged up a simple parallel circuit behind the eyes to make them light up, in the same style as the stained glass window of my Super Mario Brothers 3 airship.

This is the Mk.1 edition of the portrait; soon I’m going to remake the eyes to be more green, as the orange and yellow kind of makes them look demonic! The lights in the picture are small 5 Watt bulbs, and soon I’m also going to switch them with bright LED bulbs to reduce heat. I’ve certainly got a knack for making portraits of cats — I should probably build others!

-Baron von Brunk

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The last sneak peek you’ll be seeing until tomorrow’s photo shoot! #LEGO #catstagram  (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

The last sneak peek you’ll be seeing until tomorrow’s photo shoot! #LEGO #catstagram (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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My famous #Nintendo64 #Transformer made from #LEGO bricks has been published in the #Portuguese art/design magazine #Companhia in #Lisbon! I’m world famous!! #Nintendo #N64 #Transformers

My famous #Nintendo64 #Transformer made from #LEGO bricks has been published in the #Portuguese art/design magazine #Companhia in #Lisbon! I’m world famous!! #Nintendo #N64 #Transformers

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Throwback Thursday: two years ago on this date, I began production for one of my first ambitious #LEGO projects to use several thousand pieces - a 6-foot replica of a #SuperMario airship model! This project was then featured in several news/gaming sites, and eventually published in #Nintendo Power in May 2012! Fun fact: my ingenious engineering method of construction was conceptualized whilst I was drunk! #Mario #SuperMario3 #tbt

Throwback Thursday: two years ago on this date, I began production for one of my first ambitious #LEGO projects to use several thousand pieces - a 6-foot replica of a #SuperMario airship model! This project was then featured in several news/gaming sites, and eventually published in #Nintendo Power in May 2012! Fun fact: my ingenious engineering method of construction was conceptualized whilst I was drunk! #Mario #SuperMario3 #tbt

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Work on progress of my next #LEGO mosaic portrait: a tribute to my deceased Maine Coon Tiggs (1995? - 2010). I’ve just reached the halfway point: the eyes shall contain a special feature involving the sort of unorthodox techniques you’d expect to see from me! #cats #catstagram  (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

Work on progress of my next #LEGO mosaic portrait: a tribute to my deceased Maine Coon Tiggs (1995? - 2010). I’ve just reached the halfway point: the eyes shall contain a special feature involving the sort of unorthodox techniques you’d expect to see from me! #cats #catstagram (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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"Dark Link Battle" - original LEGO creation by Baron von Brunk

This is another large creation photographed in my new makeshift light tent, using PVC pipes, white linen, and powerful 5,000K daylight CFL bulbs. In this particular diorama, I depict a famous mini boss battle from everyone’s favorite temple of all time — the Water Temple!

These two figurines are of course clones of my Mecha Link 1.0 model. Click here for a tutorial on how to build your own!

-Baron von Brunk

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Wolfenstein 3D Gatling Gun - original LEGO creation by Baron von Brunk.

This bad boy shall soon be used as a prop in a forthcoming photo session I’m getting done! By the way, this was the first LEGO creation to be photographed in my new makeshift light tent for taking pictures of large items. That being said, you’ll expect to see a lot of bigger LEGO models made from me in the future!

-Baron von Brunk

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Testing out my new makeshift light tent made from PVC pipes, white linen, and three 1600 lumen (5000k, 120 Watt equivalent) CFL bulbs - and moderately touched up in Photoshop. #LEGO

Testing out my new makeshift light tent made from PVC pipes, white linen, and three 1600 lumen (5000k, 120 Watt equivalent) CFL bulbs - and moderately touched up in Photoshop. #LEGO

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After releasing my giant #LEGO NES controller last winter, some of the negative feedback I received was for my usage of printed labels, rather than building the letters themselves. Now that my big controller will debut at the NY Contemporary Art Fest in a few weeks, I’m remaking the letters from true LEGO pieces! #Nintendo  (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

After releasing my giant #LEGO NES controller last winter, some of the negative feedback I received was for my usage of printed labels, rather than building the letters themselves. Now that my big controller will debut at the NY Contemporary Art Fest in a few weeks, I’m remaking the letters from true LEGO pieces! #Nintendo (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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I love that water effect. I’m going to soon do the same thing with transparent red and orange #LEGO pieces to make faux lava in a new diorama!

I love that water effect. I’m going to soon do the same thing with transparent red and orange #LEGO pieces to make faux lava in a new diorama!

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Work in progress #LEGO #Zelda diorama. Guess the scene I shall depict! (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

Work in progress #LEGO #Zelda diorama. Guess the scene I shall depict! (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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Gradually tearing apart my canceled #LEGO Great Deku Tree model. This part was the bottom dungeon area with the water passage. #Zelda

Gradually tearing apart my canceled #LEGO Great Deku Tree model. This part was the bottom dungeon area with the water passage. #Zelda

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Here’s a #LEGO diorama I began building exactly one year ago, but put on hiatus due to other projects, like my display for #Nintendo World Store. This was a multi-stage playset of The Great #Deku Tree from Legend of #Zelda - unfortunately, it was poorly engineered from the start, hence I’m currently dismantling it piece-by-piece.

Here’s a #LEGO diorama I began building exactly one year ago, but put on hiatus due to other projects, like my display for #Nintendo World Store. This was a multi-stage playset of The Great #Deku Tree from Legend of #Zelda - unfortunately, it was poorly engineered from the start, hence I’m currently dismantling it piece-by-piece.

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With a lot of my best LEGO creations, fans typically keep telling me the same thing: "I want to build my own! Why don’t you post instructions!?" — in fact, whenever I receive any sort of backlash for my works, it stems from my lack of building instructions. The fact of the matter is, making custom instructions for my models is a difficult process, as it often requires taking my creations apart and reverse-engineering them. Also, very few of my works are made with detailed plans and chronicling — rather, the process involves acquiring tons of parts within a certain color family, making a huge pile, and throwing together trial & error mockups until I have a refined LEGO model. For instance, my giant Super Mario 3 airship was made using a clever method of side panels riveted on an internal structure — and the method of doing this process came to me whilst I was drunk. I spent weeks trying to make a system for having the faux wooden LEGO bricks facing sideways whilst keeping an internal structure facing upwards in a traditional stud pattern. Then one Saturday night, I drank a case of Rolling Rock, a whole bottle of wine, and half a can of Four Loko as my classic rock playlist queued up “Hawks & Doves” by Neil Young — then I saw a bunch of colors, blacked out, and found a crude mockup of my ingenious LEGO rivet system on my bed — which was apparently thought-up and built whilst I was drunk!* Ergo, despite the crazy, elaborate technical details of my famous LEGO creations, there’s actually not a detailed blueprint system nor a scientific process like a lot of people suspect; rather, there’s a lot of frustration, anger, heavy rock, and drunken debauchery that goes on during my extensive late night LEGO-building sessions.

WITH THAT SAID, I decided to make a custom instructional guide for my recent Mecha Link 1.0 figure — which was initially intended to be my “Hero Factory” mashup of Link from Legend of Zelda, but instead kind of evolved into a robotic battle figure, akin to Japanese mecha (on par with Mobile Suit Gundam). This particular figure was first made by me, then once finalized was then manufactured into three more clones: fire tunic Link, water tunic Link, and Dark Link — all built virtually identical (sans the colors and parts substitutions where applicable), and therefore follow the base model of Link 1.0 — hence his name. This model is intended to be copied and replicated by you fellow LEGO builders out there, so that you can make your own variations, be they direct copies of the green model, colored variants, original styles, or even improvements in flexibility — as in, a Link 2.0 figure of sorts. Unlike my Nintendo 64 Transformer, to which all sorts of angry fans demanded a building guide (which I personally wouldn’t recommend anyway, as building that sucker was like assembling a car from scratch), I’m publicly releasing 3D instructions for Mecha Link 1.0 right off the bat, and encouraging any builder to make their own!

This following instructional guide and parts list have all been generated in LEGO Digital Designer, which is a 3D CAD program (free to download and use), and similar to LDraw — only with a more simplified user interface. Once you’ve downloaded LDD and my Link.lxf file, run the software and load the particular .lxf file to bring up Mecha Link 1.0; the rest is self-explanatory, as the step-by-step process and parts list can be found in the “Building Guide Mode” option. In the Build Mode section, you can move around pieces virtually to make changes and swap colors.

NOTES: This is not an easy build! This particular creation uses well over 300 pieces just for the body, and like my previous custom models, should not be attempted by the novice builder with a limited budget. Also, I haven’t included any weapons nor shield tutorials in the file, since those particular items were made with rare Bionicle and Hero Factory pieces not found in LDD’s library and employed unorthodox techniques for stylization — hence, I encourage you to make your own substitutions and original ideas for weapons. Another thing to point out is that some pieces literally don’t exist in various color swatches: notably, Link’s wedge slope for making his hat, which is available in green, red, and black, but not blue — hence, if you look at the rear photo of blue Link, his hat looks slightly different! Use your best judgement of making parts substitutions when necessary — and don’t limit yourself to these particular color options: make a yellow Link, make a solid white Link, or even a pink & purple one — it’s up to you! LDD has the ability to swap colors in the 3D guide I designed, thus you’re able to make your own virtual clones before you ultimately acquire parts and build one.

-Baron von Brunk

*I’m of course of legal drinking age, and although I’m a “tweener” as far as a personality is concerned (in wrestling lingo, tweener means anti-hero, neither babyface nor heel), I’m not advocating the excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages whilst making LEGO creations. I am, however bluntly stating for the record that excessive alcohol consumption was in fact present during some of my engineering obstacles in the past, and that I’m not trying to hide behind the guise of a squeaky clean image. Mecha Link 1.0 and all of his components were conceptualized and built during complete sobriety on my part, and the only real “crazy drunk” times have been in the development of my Fireflower Airship and Domaster Game Boy Transformer (the latter only involved minor drunkeness).

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