Published on June 29th, 2013 | by jonlego0
Brickfans.com BrickBuilder Spotlight: Kris R.
“There is already a widely publicized Macross Project on Cuusoo, so the odds aren’t looking good right now. But I will not give up hope. So right now I am using the Robotech IP since Macross has already been taken.”- Daikon Cat
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Kris R. aka Daikon Cat : An engineer, LEGO builder with an emphasis on custom LEGO designs in the Macross genre.
Like most people that enter the world of LEGO, Daikon Cat started LEGO building then fled the LEGO camp for a time, presumably finding greener pastures elsewhere in life for a moment. You know the old saying though, ‘Once you go LEGO, you never LEt GO’ and that ancient LEGO proverb has certainly proven true for Daikon Cat, the now older engineer who’s back to LEGO building with an emphasis on custom LEGO designs in the Macross genre.
We’re happy to bring you the scoop on Daikon Cat’s LEGO building thoughts, ideas and tips and how they’ve progressed over time, in this, our first ever interview in our on-going Brickfans.com BrickBuilders Spotlight Series!
When did you start to play LEGOs?
“Decades ago, back in the 80′s! I remember my very first LEGOs were hand-me-downs from my older brother. I actually just got back into LEGO recently in 2010. My girlfriend and I bought a board game called Creationary. It was this game that started the LEGO craziness for us both. We first got into collecting the modular sets and before we knew it, we were doing our own MOC.”
What made you love LEGO
“The ability to build whatever you want with some imagination! It’s amazing what other builders come up with, using just a little creativity. When looking at LEGO sets to buy, we often find ourselves thinking about what we can build using the parts included in the set, rather than being interested in the original model.”
What was your first creation?
“If it’s the very first creation, I’m afraid it has been just too many years for me to remember that. When I was a child, I was always into making my own spacecraft and such using LEGO. I actually tried many times to build the Valkyrie from Macross, as well as the SDF Macross from the same series, since I never really had any of the toys. This actually ties into why I always loved LEGO. Since I didn’t have the toys I wanted, I decided just to build them using LEGO!”
What was the most enjoyable part of the project?
“Figuring out the transformation of all three modes. I am an engineer by profession, so one of the most enjoyable things for me is problem solving. During my later years as a teen, I did own a few Valkyrie toy models; particularly the 1/55 scale ones. I knew how the transformations worked, but the big challenge was translating it into LEGO. I’ve seen what other builders have done in the past, and they are all great. But my goal was to be able to go through all three transformations, without removing any parts, and keeping proportions right in all of the modes.”
What was the hardest part of the project?
“Keeping the model solid. I came up with a lot of ways on how to get the transformation to happen. But many of them left the model pretty fragile. The most difficult thing with LEGO is that, as you strengthen and stabilize a model, you are also adding more to the dimensions and the weight. I had to find a balance between the two, without compromising on the look.”
Looking back on the project now is there anything else that you would have added or anything you would have changed?
“This model is actually micro-figure scale (the smaller Lego board game sized figures). Initially I had designed it so that a micro-figure could fit inside. But in order to get the transformation to work the way I wanted it to, I had to remove the ability to fit one. I’ve heard a lot of complaints about how the model doesn’t fit a mini-figure. Though I think it can still be achieved with the current model with a few modifications. The result just doesn’t look right. It is possible that I may look into creating a larger scale Lego Valkyrie so that can fit a mini-figure or two.”
What recommendation would you give another brick constructors?
“Always try to think out of the box when constructing a new model. Try out new ways how to use an element; you will be surprised with what you can achieve. With Lego, anything is possible to build. You sometimes just have to think of clever ways to go about doing it.”
Tell us whatever else is on your mind with regards to your future projects and plans.
“I am currently wrapping up the Macross project. Stay tuned to my Flickr PhotoStream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/daikoncat/) for the VF-1A, VF-1D, and VF-1J. As well as the VT-1 Super Ostrich and VE-1 Elintseeker! As of now, I am trying hard to gain support for my LEGO Cuusoo Project (http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/
There is already a widely publicized Macross Project on Cuusoo, so the odds aren’t looking good right now. But I will not give up hope. So right now I am using the Robotech IP since Macross has already been taken.After reading some of the comments of both projects, I have found that there are a lot of people who don’t know the history of Macross, and think that it is just a rip-off of the Transformers Series…this needs to change! I am considering changing the direction of my project, and instead turn it into a tribute to the co-creator of Macross: Shoji Kawamori. Mr. Kawamori has been well known to have done his initial planning and designing of his mecha designs using LEGO, to test out transformations and to look at the models in three dimensions. I am hoping that this change in direction will aid people in understanding the history of the Macross/Robotech series. Also, what better way to give tribute to one of the pioneers of Transforming Mecha, than with the original VF-1 done in LEGO?
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Feel free to answer Daikon Cat’s final question in the Comments and be sure to take a view at some of his high resolution photos in his Flickr stream!
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