Friday, 18 April 2014
Thursday, 10 April 2014
It's finally happening! My first major nanoblock art exhibition! Please tell all your friends and family okay? ^^ ... Click here for more info.
This exhibition is sponsored by Elite Toys (M) Sdn Bhd and Kinokuniya.
About Christopher Tan
Christopher Tan is an internationally renowned full-time nanoblock brick artist based in Malaysia. His unrelenting passion for popular culture, eccentric art and architecture has been the driving force behind the successful creation of over 200 distinctive designs. The popularity of his nanoblock designs have earned him an amazing cult following across the globe, fuelling a new craze amongst ardent new enthusiasts of all ages. Christopher’s blog is now the most popular nanoblock blog in the world, reaching over 30,000 fans.
Constantly on the lookout for random inspirations for his next masterpiece, Christopher is now embarking on a series of exhibitions around the world. This exhibition features many of his most popular designs.
Monday, 7 April 2014
If you are in Hong Kong and you might be free on May 14 (to be confirmed), how would you like to participate in an event to create something really BIG using nanoblock together with other nanoblock fans and Chris? It will likely take a few hours of your time =)
The event will be held at East Point City mall, and yes, Chris is flying there to do this =)
Click here to join this event and do help me invite all your friends who might be able to participate okay? Thanks! ^^
Friday, 4 April 2014
Lately, I have been busy rebuilding all my past creations for an upcoming exhibition. Just so happens, some of them are cameras =) ... So here are 3 different generations of photography in nanoblock ... Which generation are you? =P
Thursday, 3 April 2014
Difficulty: Level 3
Time to Complete: 60 minutes
Item Code: nGS_001
Time to Complete: 60 minutes
Item Code: nGS_001
nanoGauge is the new motorised train set from Kawada that is based on nanoblock. It is currently only officially released in Japan, so I ordered mine from Plamoya for around USD130 (excluding shipping). The box is huge, so shipping costs a bomb!
|Front of the box|
|Back of the box|
This set comes with everything you need to get started, including the user manual, train build instructions, tracks, motor and bogie units, controller, power supply and of course, nanoblock bricks to build the actual train itself. I will go through all the items in more detail below.
|Contents of this set|
The user manual is a single large sheet of paper and it tells you everything you need to know to get your nanoGauge set working, so it's fairly simple to set it up.
|AC Power Adapter and Controller|
The controller unit allows you to control the running of the train. You can control both the direction and speed of the train. An AC power adapter that uses 100-240v is provided, so it should be supported everywhere. Yes, this thing runs on AC power, not batteries.
|Motor and Bogie Units|
One motor unit and four bogie units are included in this set. The motor unit drives the train, while bogie units allow you to build the other carriages that are attached to the motor unit. Each carriage would need two bogie units, one in front and one at the back. The bogie units have studs on top, so you just treat it like a brick. The motor unit however does not have any studs. Instead, a really huge brick is provided which you can build your carriage on top and around it, which the motor unit then slots into.
|Bottom of the track sections|
There are 8 curved and 4 straight track sections and that is enough for you to build a reasonable sized track. They slide and click into place quite nicely, and each section has two points where you can actually attach nanoblock bricks under and that is also the place where you can attach the cable that connects to your controller. These things can't bend much, so if you want to create a track with portions that are elevated, you will need a very very long track.
|Bricks for the train|
The train itself is quite simple, but I am sure you already knew that looking at the amount of bricks above. Even though they rated the difficulty at Level 3, I think it is more like a Level 2 at most. What is interesting though, is that Kawada introduced a bunch of new of brick types with nanoGauge. As you can see below, most of them are slated bricks and their purpose is to allow us to build more aerodynamic looking trains.
|Some of the new brick types|
Part 2 of this review will look into the building of the train and my thoughts about nanoGauge.
That's how my desk looks like right now, as I am rushing to build all my previous creations for some upcoming exhibitions. It looks like a lot of bricks, but it's still not enough to build everything I have ever created ... Hahaha ... My first exhibition will be in Kinokuniya @ KLCC (Malaysia) for the whole month of May ... more details will be posted closer to the date =)
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Just my luck, the nanoGauge Basic Full Kit I ordered from Japan (this shop) just arrived, but it got stuck in customs, so I had to spend almost two hours to go collect it, clear customs and bring it back home ... Anyway, here's the set ... Yes, I couldn't wait to get home to open it and snap a pic to show you guys ... Hahahaa ...
Here are a few photos of the nanoGauge Basic Full Kit (nGS_001). It cost me about USD130 (excluding shipping). More photos can be found here.
Some videos for a better look at the nanoGauge:
Monday, 31 March 2014
Saturday, 29 March 2014
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
You can go to your nearest magazine vendor and look for the April 2014 issue of MacLife magazine (US edition) to read my interview about the nanoblock Apple Store =D ...
Sunday, 23 March 2014
Thursday, 13 March 2014
In my quest to create an entire nanoCity, here is the latest addition, a 7-Eleven convenience store =) ...
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Had enough of nanoblock fast food restaurants? =P ... Here's a nanoblock Shell petrol station instead. What do you think? =)