Saturday, 22 June 2013

The Statue of Liberty in Nanoblocks

I hadn't had a chance to put together some nanoblocks for quite a while now.  If you watched my YouTube video, you will know that I opened up the Statue of Liberty kit, but didn't actually put it together.  Finally the opportunity to put it together came.

A close-up of the base
I hadn't done one of these for a while, so I was a little surprised at how difficult this one was.  The instructions were pretty solid, but this one was hard.  I guess it had a lot to do with the fact that this one is not symmetrical.  I really had to pay attention to this one, and as any hobbyist will tell you, concentration is taxing.

The Lady is ready
I enjoyed building this one, but don't think the result was particularly amazing.  I just don't see a lot of detail in this one that I would like to see.  Perhaps the only way to do that is to either make it twice the size or fabricate a lot of specialty parts.  The former would make the price to high, and the latter would affect production cost and time.

When I first looked at this kit, I thought the blue bricks were quite interesting, but outside the box they didn't really strike me as different at all.  Ten years from now, if nanoblocks are still growing strong, perhaps my thinking will change.

There were quite a few leftover parts, and my collection of them is growing.  I should start to think about what I would like to build with them.  I am thinking something architectural, but I have no idea yet.

I checked the Japanese homepage of nanoblocks (yes, I know a little Japanese) and have discovered that they have quite a few new releases.  I don't know when (or if ever) they will come here, but I am hopeful.

The growing collection of leftovers

Monday, 10 June 2013

I put a video of Nanoblocks on YouTube

Hey everybody.  I know, I know.  I really haven't done enough blogging at all lately.  The truth is, I have been studying and really haven't had enough time to blog.  Okay, maybe I had time to blog, but I didn't really have time to pursue any hobbies.  Studying became my hobby, and I just didn't really want to blog about that.... though I am thinking of writing a blog about being an ESL teacher.  I will let you know.

Anyway, though I haven't jumped back on the hobby bandwagon, I did try something new.  I put a video up on YouTube.  I was hoping that some people would discover it there and then hopefully discover my blog.  It hasn't really worked out that way, but it was a nice experiment.  I just thought I would post a link here, just in case some people actually subscribe to this blog, or get some kind of notification about this blog.

This blog is about my newest nanoblock purchase.  I bought the Statue of Liberty kit.  Honestly, I wasn't planning on doing this one.  I loved the colour of the bricks, but ..... it just wasn't on my radar.  I came across a heavily discounted one the very afternoon my course was over.  I could have built it, but I had a lot of other stuff I had been putting off that really needed to get done first.

When I build it, I will post some pictures.  Please check out the video (if I have done the whole link thing correctly).

This isn't my first video on YouTube.  I have done a few with trains, and even one about a frog that found itself near my basement window, but this is the first I have put onto my blog.  If you like this video, please check out the ones with my trains.