Friday, 19 December 2014

nanoblock Singapore Airlines Plane

This is my design for a Singapore Airlines plane =) ... It was originally based on the Airbus A380, but there were details that I could not replicate at this size unless I printed it on stickers ... so it's more like A380 inspired, rather than a A380 replica =) ...

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Just Passed 18,000 Fans On Facebook

I just wanted to say a big Thank You to all of you for your support =) ... A year ago today, my Facebook page only had 3,320 likes, so that's 14,680+ new fans in the past 12 months ^^ ... Hopefully, next year today, the number will grow to over 50,000? =P ... Hehehe ... 

Apart from Facebook, you can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

How It's Done : nanoblock Escher's "Ascending and Descending"

Many of you have seen my nanoblock version of Escher's "Ascending and Descending" and asked me how it was done. How is it possible to build a seemingly impossible stairs? Well, the video below will show you how this was achieved.

After watching the above video, you are probably thinking it looks easy, right? Well, it is not as straight forward as it appears.

In order to achieve this optical illusion, everything had to be just right. I had to build several test prototypes to get the dimensions and positions of the stairs just right for the angle I want the building photographed. I also tested different stair layouts to find the one that minimizes the gap distance between the two ends of the stairs. 

You can see some of my prototypes here
Foundations and part of the ground floor completed
About to start building the stairs. The prototype
stairs fitted in to make sure everything looks right.

The photos below shows the hidden portion of the building. I could have just left the hidden portion empty, but I decided to fill it up anyway and built a secret staircase. I think this makes it more "complete" as a building, although it will not make any difference to the optical illusion.

A hidden staircase at the back

Also, for the actual photo, I used a long focal length to shoot the photo in order to compress the perspective, thereby ensuring the size of the objects at the back matches the size of the objects in front, completing the optical illusion.

How the photo was shot

Well, I hope you guys found this interesting. It was really fun building this and I am thinking of attempting another of Escher's masterpiece in the near future.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

nanoblock Chicken from Crossy Road Game

The Chicken from the game "Crossy Road" =) ... Who likes this game? Hehe ... For those who didn't know, it's like a clone of the old game "Frogger" ... 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Monday, 1 December 2014

nanoblock Escher's Ascending and Descending

nanoblock version of "Ascending and Descending", a lithograph print by M.C. Escher in 1960. My nanoblock version uses an estimated 2000+ bricks and weights 853g. It took me 2 days to create this.

How is it that the stairs seems to be going up endlessly? Well, it's an optical illusion ... No, I did not edit the photo in Photoshop or anything like that ... Hehehe ... 

Please vote here for nanoblock Award 2014.-2015.

Next to an iPhone for scale

Friday, 28 November 2014

nanoblock PreOrder: Taipei 101, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall and Tokyo Tower 2

Please submit your pre-orders by Nov 30, 12pm (GMT+8). Click here for details. If you have pre-ordered stuff for the Nov 2014 releases, you can add on these and I will combine the discounts and shipping =)

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Escher in nanoblock

I was playing the game "Monument Valley" (great game by the way), and it gave me the idea to build Esher's work in nanoblock ^^ ... This is an early proof of concept ... 

Stare at it long enough and you might go crazy ... LOL

Please vote for this entry in nanoblock Award 2014-2015 by clicking here.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014