The Thoughtful Making of Space

To attempt a similar retrospective of 5 years of Space would be foolish, so we did.

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There were a lot. Many were cool. A few were innovative. But in the end, we determined that there were only four we actually had something about which to say.

Hades Starfighter
The Hades Starfighter (2013) stands out for allowing the pieces to create the form. Too often, we see pieces forced to approximate some shape in the builder's head, rather than puzzling out what the pieces want.
You say to a brick, 'What do you want, brick?' And brick says to you, 'I like an arch.' And you say to brick, 'Look, I want one, too, but arches are expensive and I can use a concrete lintel.' And then you say: 'What do you think of that, brick?' Brick says: 'I like an arch.'"                   - Louis Kahn, quoted in The Brick Whisperer
Yes, we are saying that cement-mixer-halves cry out "I want to be a nacelle."

The Turquoise Lord 
The Xiuhtecuhtli (2014) has otherworldly beauty while still decidedly being a spaceship. We saw many ships that attempted to be alien but instead were just oceanic. Instead, this Aztec god is inhuman but still technological.

Serrated Night 3V
The Serrated Night (2016) is the stand-out of the nearly ten thousand Vic Viper and/or R-type spacefighters built in the last half decade. How y'all haven't tired of that shape is beyond us, but we appreciate this one for minding the gap and the neat trick of the tapered paint stripe on the front flank.

Munsin Class Escort Frigate
We like the Munsin Frigate (2018) for the innards that aren't tacked-on greebles, but instead appear to be the actual workings and structure of the ship. Speaking of minding the gap, however, we cannot stand the gaps around the black paint stripe. The same gaps look great as vents, but when they show up haphazardly, we begin to wonder if the vent-gaps were even intentional. Turn this frown upside down with some half-plate offsets, why don't you?


  1. The Hades and the Xiuhtecuhtli are still two of my absolute favorite ships, especially the former. The angle matching and undercarriage are things of beauty. Excellent point about the gaps on the Munsin Frigate; they're only highlighted by the vents.

    Out of curiosity, how are you finding all these? Looking back through Flickr contacts? Combing through old posts from other blogs?

    1. For the twee post, I was able to just look through various flickr groups. For this one, there's simply too many space MOCs so I instead browsed the space hashtag on bro-bricks.

  2. You did a wonderful job picking out ships featuring different styles. The Xiuhtecuhtli is one of the most beautiful shops I've seen. The presentation and bright colors make it pop amongst an often dark hued theme.

    I feel that MOCs such as the frigate often go under-appreciated. The simple shapes and display of utility are often shadowed by their bright flashy counterparts.