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The Fireflower - Mighty LEGO Super Mario 3 airship by VonBrunk The Fireflower - Mighty LEGO Super Mario 3 airship by VonBrunk
Here it is at last, the finalized version of the massive Super Mario 3 airship project that I’ve been gradually working on since November 2011! Initially planned to be much smaller and streamlined, this titanic brute ballooned up to a larger scale, and used over 8,000 LEGO pieces in its completed form — as well as electronic components, such as lights and audio (although the music player wasn't functional at the time of the photo session). The bulk of the ship is built entirely from reddish-brown pieces that resemble wooden planks, to create the effect of a rickety, wood ship made from logs, such as in its respective video game. Rather than have this ship docked on the ground, I used the magic of transparent-clear LEGO pieces for stanchions and columns, to keep it suspended several inches off the ground (as well as its small fleet of miniships flying)!

[link] -- full photoshoot and story (photos by Roz Smith)
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Given 2013-02-26
A work of art, love and dedication made out of Lego, sound and light effects included! The Fireflower - Mighty LEGO Super Mario 3 airship by ~VonBrunk ( Suggested by MetalShadowOverlord and Featured by Talty )
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Gyrostar Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where did those pieces come from that make up the hull?
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VonBrunk Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They're mainly 1x4 and 1x2 reddish brown log bricks:

www.peeron.com/inv/parts/30137

They're weaved together in addition to 1x1 cylinders. The roof is made up mainly of 2x2 reddish brown cylinders, fused together with Technic rods in the middle acting as rebar.
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gremstein Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My inner child is kicking and screaming out of having so much want for this.
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:icongremstein:
gremstein Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My inner child is kicking and screaming out of having so much want for this.
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:iconbentheghost:
Bentheghost Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ohmygodisowantthis
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:iconpokemariosonic2014:
Pokemariosonic2014 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
OMG THIS IS THE GREATEST THING EVER!!!
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:icongozerth23:
gozerth23 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
your stuff is so cool *O*
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:icondarksidewaysx:
DarkSidewaysX Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome.
Super Mario Bros. 3's a classic.
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:iconnuggeting:
Nuggeting Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
This has got to be the most amazing Mario-related LEGO diorama I've ever seen.
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:iconilikecereal449:
ilikecereal449 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
OMG, YOU, SIR, ARE SO PRO!
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:iconnintendoisforme:
Nintendoisforme Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
MUST HAVE THIS!!!!!!!!!
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:iconyoshimastar:
YoshiMastar Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is just drop dead sexy
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:iconlinkzilla:
Linkzilla Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I dream about having that many legos of the same color.
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:iconvonbrunk:
VonBrunk Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You should see the giant NES controller I built: I purchased six whole boxes of light grey bricks!

[link]
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:iconlinkzilla:
Linkzilla Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
You can do that?!
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:iconvonbrunk:
VonBrunk Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Simply go to the official LEGO Stores and request a case of a specified type/color. I think it's around $70 a box, and it all depends on the amount available. For example, when I built my NES controller, I had two of the boxes sent from a store in Long Island, and the others from stores in New Jersey. I called them up first and asked which colors they have in stock, and made a credit card payment over the phone. Each box contains around 800-1,000 pieces, depending on size and type.
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tokenpt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I had tried everything this came at perfect timing for me this filled a void in my life you would excell at this
[link]
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HEARTPLEDGE Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
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:iconwoifshead:
WoIfshead Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Your question
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demarc0 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Home Business - Apply Today, Start Tomorrow!
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:icontechnoj10:
technoj10 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student General Artist
You are amazing! Even Nintendo Power (:tombstone:) thought you were!
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:iconsmecherul:
Smecherul Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
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:iconpeach159:
peach159 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
this is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
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:iconmrelectrog64:
MrElectrog64 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
holly shit dude, this is amazing!
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:iconnintendoultraruler:
NintendoUltraRuler Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
O wow cool I lov it so much I even seen it in the Nintendo power I luv it
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:icontruephazonianforce:
TruePhazonianForce Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Awesome dude
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:iconraevynvelcros:
raevynvelcros Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That is insanely awesome and amazing.
I bow down to your great skill!
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:iconravenf6:
ravenf6 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
To call this awesome would be a great understatement...
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:iconsuperabachibros:
SuperAbachiBros Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm having a hard time trying to find the appropriate word to describe this.
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ravenf6 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
I can tell you this- It's never easy to build a good airship. I've been doing so, once in a blue moon, and it doesn't get easier.

It usually comes down to what pieces you have to work with, the imagination to visualize the final results, and the knowledge to take said pieces and craft it towards your original vision.

Thanks to places like ebay, I can get dedicated pieces at my fancy and put them towards such things- recently, I've been looking to build a better castle, but one other important factor is time. And, as a student, that' is precious to take care of work....
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Pupisnurix Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
How many months or years did it took to complete this
awesomeness? 0_o
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VonBrunk Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I initially broke ground for it in fall 2011 (around late October), and completed the bulk of it by early 2012. The photo shoot was from February of that year. The major delays were with parts shortages, such as waiting a week or two for packages of the brown LEGO bricks to arrive in the mail. There were a few engineering delays too, give or take, but those delays were often overcome with the help of alcohol.
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Pupisnurix Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student General Artist
lol! cool!
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:iconwackko200:
wackko200 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! That is awesome!!!!:D
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:icondragonwarriorkirby:
DragonWarriorKirby Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow. Very Impressive. <3
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:iconsnipergys:
SniperGYS Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
This is very beautifull, really is beautifull and awesome, <3
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:iconwondersparks:
WonderSparks Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*is completely blown away*
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:iconvillarealval:
VillarealVal Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:wow:This is incredible!
The Lego masters bow down to you!
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ROBLOXgeneralduncan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this, this is awesome.


so memorable. your time and effort comes out-good job!
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SilverBlue-Neko Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is just awesome!!!!!!!! You have TALENT!!!!!!
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:iconbenmaynardofmanyarts:
I. Am. So jealous.
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:iconraps555:
Raps555 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
This is amazing, and Legos are amazing, and Mario is amazing, so you get triple my love!
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:iconl1701e:
L1701E Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
:jawdrop: That...is...incredible. I need to start building with Legos again.
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:iconsaihen:
saihen Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconaliensguyplz: free time
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VonBrunk Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, I didn't have much free time at all. At the time of its construction, I was working long hours at my salaried position as a product developer for an electronics company, and when I wasn't at the office, I would use what little time I had to gradually assemble the ship. Throughout every weekend during late 2011/early 2012, I sacrificed my social life with the intention of completing this project.
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:iconpsycomasterka:
PsycoMasterKA Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I-I just... Words cannot describe... Oh my God...
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:iconilleatyourself:
IllEatYourself Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it.
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:icondagger-kitsune:
Dagger-Kitsune Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Congrats on the DD. This is so cool!
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:iconmsmario317:
MsMario317 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pure Awesomeness!!
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