Here lie three pointless but visually stimulating tricks using strings and gravity!
About this creation
I've been on MOC pages awhile now, and it seemed like it was time to contribute. So here's my version of a "Tips and Tricks" page. Behold, I present: "Completely Impractical and Mostly Useless Tricks with Strings and Gravity." These tricks are presented without the aid of Photoshop or any hidden supports, as will be demonstrated later.
"Yo-Yo, Girl" is a fun vignette celebrating just how uncoordinated I am. I could never do a yo-yo trick like this.
"The Kite" is a perfect accompaniment to the first day of spring, which happens to be today. Note the sloping grass, meant to add to the illusion of wind.
"The Balloon Man" is a poignant reminder of more innocent times, when you could accept a gift from a stranger, and not make the 11:00 news.
All of these sets, obviously, were upside-down during shooting. Making this a completely useless trick for display, but handy for photography. The Balloon Man was the easiest and most natural to shoot. The Kite gave me endless trouble, because the kite kept, well, blowing. You can see the ugly device I threw together to hold it up. Since I had it, I just stuck Yo-Yo, Girl up there too. Originally, I was going to make a lamppost to hold it up, but I just never did.
Wait, I have one more trick up my sleeve! See, that's a pun. Putting strings up a minifigs sleeve can achieve several of the effects show here.
I thought up a few more applications for this technique: a swingset, a trapeze artist, or a tightrope walker. There are probably some non-vignette uses as well. But, the world may never see them. Or will it?
Lastly, a shameless self-plug. I finally have posted transforming pictures of my latest Lego Transformer, Fracture. Hooray for spring break!
Nice trick there. Glad you enjoyed my MOCs at the con. I had to work for a good portion of friday and saturday so I didn't get to mingle as much as I would have liked or...correctly fill out all my MOC cards hehe. Now if you will excuse me, I must view some of your other fine creations that I have shamefully missed.
Hey Wes, we're waiting for ya to make contact with us (the other mods and admins) in the MOCie awards gmail account so we can get things rolling. Email us at email@example.com and we'll get you set up! Welcome aboard! ~ Chris.
Genius! So far one of the most interesting and clever techniques I've seen! The only thing that kinda gives away the yo-yo girl one(I don't know if someone already stated this) is the boy's shoulder bag. Otherwise it's completely convincing and extremely creative!