Category: "Kitchenwar(e)": Build a spaceship based on kitchen appliance or any other household appliances. Need inspiration? Have a look at Boba Fett’s Slave 1, the flying flatiron. Size doesn't matter, but is should be obvious which appliance(s) served as model(s)
This category gave me the perfect excuse to build my first Vic Viper as tribute to the late Nnenn. I have always been fascinated by spaceships, so this was a really fun opportunity to try my artistic hands with colors and composition. The design for this build is largely based off of many of the builds that the community has put out over the years, though from what I understand, in must have this design in order to be considered a "Vic Viper." A lot of you have been trying to get me into more space builds (mostly you Simon) but I can definitely see why. This one was a lot of fun! Please bear in mind, however, that this is one of my first spaceships so I don't have that much experience with these tricky little tykes.
The kitchenware that was implemented in this build is the whisk on the front. Check out the video to see the implementation of sound and movement into the build.
Congratulations, Blake! Your Whisker is the winner of the "NnoVVember 2013 Vic Viper of the Month" contest arranged by the "Vic Viper Owners Club". As a trophy a picture of your Whisker would be the official image of the group until next years' contest if you were OK with that (If you are not, please let me know). Congratulations, again! :-))
Purely impressive!! I did not think it could be possible to build a VV with trans bricks. The result is fantastic and unique. I share your opinion about the theme, I would have processed just like you.
In the future, I would suggest to follow the category the best you can. Because if your opponent had done something simple, but had followed the category perfectly, he would have won. Even if the build is better... If it doesn't follow the category, and your opponents build does, he'll most likely win. (I know from experience... I've lost for not following the category twice.)
Well, you'll be tired of hearing it but it looks nothing like a whisk ;) Good job it's a really well constructed ship with a fantastic trans colour scheme, interesting parts use and crisp presentation then! Lovely VV but I think you flirted with being knocked out by Mark if he had got more 'spaceship' into his coffee maker this round. Well done on advancing and good luck to you Blake.
This is a really pretty ship, yet the whisk element is tragically underplayed. As Xeno said, you should be able to compare a photo of your ship to a photo of a whisker and immediately see the similarities. However, while you underplayed the utensil, your opponent overplayed it. Hence, I am judging both entries from a purely aesthetic viewpoint, as you both missed the category a bit. Your use of colour and curve is very impressive, and hence you have my vote. An interest use of translucent elements, contrasting Nnenn's generally opaque designs.
The issue with the design choices here are that you were tasked with using the kitchen appliance as the template for your ship, and you've gone and added in the vic viper template to muddy the waters. What we get is a vic viper rather than a whisk ship. There are token whisk elements but these seem subordinate to the VV design. It's only because your opponent slipped up on the category too, and that there is just enough whisk in your build, and most importantly it's such a beautiful ship, that means you get my vote.
Well, whether the judges decide that it fits the category or not it's certainly stunning! Amazing work - and amazing ambition too. I'd never thought of doing this but I imagine we'll start seeing a whole lot more transparent/lucent builds popping up, and good thing too!
Thank you for giving me the respect due to me, since it was my category idea. Like others here, I have a problem with your – but also your opponent’s – interpretation of the category. But before I continue, please allow me to offer pictures for comparison myself: 1. Slave 1 (http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100126162526/lego/de/images/2/24/Lego_slave1jpg4.jpg) and 2. A flat iron (http://cdn.graphicsfactory.com/clip-art/image_files/image/1/665471-flatiron.gif).
To state it looks absolutely nothing like it is based on an iron is a bit … reckless. Fascinating, it even has almost the same color scheme.
You are right, we as judges must allow whimsical interpretations, but at least we can hope the entries to look somehow like appliances AND spaceships. Still it is up to you and your free will what to post as your entry. If we vote for you or your opponent is of course a different kettle of fish. Or if we doesn’t vote at all – just like me. I can neither vote for your really beautiful Vic Viper, nor for Mark’s really great coffee machine, since both of you failed the category. My fellow judges might see it different and that is okay. In case we need a third vote, I’ll ask Chris for a substitute judge for this round and category.
I believe what the category was asking for was it to have a very similar shape to the appliance, and not just have one component of the appliance attached to it, as with the slave one, the ship doesn't have a handle like a flat-iron, but it has that similar shape with the ridge on top and the ovular flat base. However, this is still a phenomenal ship with great shaping and parts usage.
Here are some of my thoughts: The example they gave to show what they are looking for was the Slave 1 (http://moto-images.caradisiac.com/IMG/jpg/1/3/1/4/5/slave_1_diecast_L1.jpg) as the "flying flatiron"(http://ak1.ostkcdn.com/images/products/P12021890.jpg). In all due respect to the judge who came up with this category, the Slave 1 looks absolutely nothing like it was "based on" an iron (though there are some possible shaping influences). They therefore cannot expect my entry to look like it is an actual appliance (though there are some possible shaping influences). This category is narrow enough in its limitations of creativity, especially if the judges dig even deeper with their interpretations. Forgive my obviously frustrated attitude, but it seems as though to use the Slave 1 as an example, they must allow other loose, creative, and whimsical interpretations of the category. Just some of my thoughts from the building process.
A VV built almost entirely out of trans bricks... truly amazing. Great work Blake! On raw beauty this is a clear winner, but I wonder if the appliance needed to be a more major component of the design? Oh well, best of luck with the judges!
Blake, this is beautiful! The crystalline feel of this gives it a delicate presence. That coupled with the VV design makes it seem wonderfully alien and lethal. If this is your first foray into spaceships, then I am certainly looking forward to your future endeavors there. It is just so beautifully elegant. Superb and good luck!
Hmmm, it's interesting to see the different ways you and your opponent approached the category (perhaps the category shoulda' been more specific). I don't have an issue with either approach, but I will say that I'm glad I'm not one of your judges! It's hard to compare different approaches. I wonder which will be favored. Good luck to you and your opponent.
Quoting Matthew Oh
I am having trouble seeing how this fits the category though, as I thought it said to turn the whole ship into a kitchen appliance, and not just have a kitchen appliance on it.
Based on the example they gave (Slave 1 as a flatiron) and because the category just asks for a spaceship "based on" an appliance, there doesn't necessarily need to be any limit to how creative or large the appliance is.
Well Blake, you have done amazing once again. The color scheme is one of the best that I have seen, and the angles really stand out. I am having trouble seeing how this fits the category though, as I thought it said to turn the whole ship into a kitchen appliance, and not just have a kitchen appliance on it. :/ Anywho, well done, and best of luck!
Thanks for the comments yall! The entire build was formed around the whisk design, and much of the body design was changed in order to accommodate it. For example, by the time I realized it was NoVVember, I already had a completely different body layout. With just a couple small modifications though, the entire body was rearranged into the typical Vic Viper structure.
Quoting Achintya Prasad (If I were to approach, the whisk would be the exhaust, and the handle the cockpit/body).....
This was an early prototype idea, but it quickly became apparent that the whisk didn't work nearly as well there as in the front. The entire point of the whisk, is after all, to be in the front and to be right in the action of mixing stuff up. Thanks for the comment!
As a Vic Viper this is perfect! However, I do agree that with the others. I feel that the whisk should've played more of a role in the final model than seen. The ship is great, but I almost feel like the whisk was added last minute. A great MOC, a great Vic Viper, but I think that the whisk has a lot of unused potential (If I were to approach, the whisk would be the exhaust, and the handle the cockpit/body).....