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User Image avanaut Posted: Dec 8, 2017 12:47 PM (UTC)

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Morning light. The day after the horrible night of the fiery pumpkinheads and dancing skeletons TK-24/7 woke up to a serene Hoth morning. All was good inside the cozy AT-ST cabin.
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I never posted this last photograph of the Halloween series. It didn’t seem to fit to the series no matter what I tried. This was photographed inside the Lego AT-ST walker, it was a very tight fit. Maybe that’s why it was so different, too different in the end, so I forgot about it.
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@_toyphotographers_ asked me to do a ”six” for their ongoing series and when I looked at this again, it seemed to fit much better. The one before this, however, seems the odd one off now. It’s strange how this goes.
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#toyphotographers #six #toy #toyphotography #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #lego #tk247 #minifigure #atst #starwars #theempirestrikesback #hoth
User Image avanaut Posted: Nov 28, 2017 1:49 PM (UTC)

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I’m off the camera for a little while. I just have to finish a scale model project I’ve been tackling on and off for the past two and a half years. It’s an obsession.
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What you see here is a bunch of Aavid heatsinks, the same they used for Y-wings and X-wings back in 1977. These are still in production and I wanted to use the real thing in mine.
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#scalemodel #miniature #madness
User Image avanaut Posted: Oct 29, 2017 11:01 PM (UTC)

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The Dead of Night.
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A patrol mission on the Hoth highland deserts does tricks to your mind. You can drift into very vivid dreams during the long nights on a shift. AT-ST cabin fever, as the phenomenon is known amongst the ranks. This was the weirdest of all the dreams TK 24/7 ever had.
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On the night after TK-24/7 made all those pumpkins he slept restlessly. He had these strange dreams of dancing skeletons and fiery snow lanterns. At one point TK-24/7 dreamt something very cold passed underneath his bed, colder than the deadly nocturnal Hoth blizzard. Spine chilling, as if he was sleeping on a grave...
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#starwars #halloween #pumpkin #hoth #snow #theempirestrikesback #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #stuckinplastic #avanaut #originality #lego #minifigure #skeleton
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I think this is as odd as this project gets. I mean, I took Halloween, a few pumpkins I made, my favourite environment and some Lego and decided to just go for it and see what happens. It didn't need to make much sense, it was just a simple idea to challenge myself to figure out what to do with these elements. Just something Halloweenish and snowy.
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It drifted a bit far from Hoth but, well, we'll see.
User Image avanaut Posted: Oct 28, 2017 1:46 PM (UTC)

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A happy Halloween to you all!
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Too early? Is it on tuesday? Anyway, it’s a bit weird this ”happy” thing. I just wonder, wouldn’t it be more apt to say ”Horrible Halloween” or ”Scary Halloween”?
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This is an outtake from yesterday’s shoot. I did four versions of the photograph I posted. I’d say this was the best (number 4), but I posted the first because I think it worked better in the small size these are often viewed. You know, cellphones and such. The details were bigger and contrasts starker. This one however, probably looks better in big print – if I printed it, that is. So, I cropped it heavily for a closer look.
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#halloween #jackolantern #allhallowseve #lego #pumpkin #skeleton #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #avanaut #originality #snow #winter #weird
User Image avanaut Posted: Oct 27, 2017 7:36 PM (UTC)

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All Hallows' Hoth.
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In the howling deadly blizzard, sleeping in the safety of his trusty AT-ST walker, TK-24/7 had the strangest dream…
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#halloween #allhallowseve #pumpkin #jackolantern #snow #cold #hoth #starwars #theempirestrikesback #lego #minifigure #skeleton #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #stuckinplastic #originality #avanaut
User Image avanaut Posted: Oct 26, 2017 10:00 AM (UTC)

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The thing with the carved snow lanterns got out of hand just a little. One after another TK-24/7 made more, until there was nine. The AT-ST had only nine emergency torches to light them so there was no point making more.
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TK-24/7 was pretty happy with what he'd accomplished, he climbed back inside the walker for some hot cocoa.
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#lego #halloween #jackolantern #snow #snowtrooper #stormtrooper #atst #starwars #theempirestrikesback #hoth #minifigure #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #avanaut #originality #winter
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On a sidenote; it’s snowing outside right now, first snow of the winter. I have always liked that very much.
User Image avanaut Posted: Oct 24, 2017 6:54 PM (UTC)

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Inspiration in the Cold.
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As it happened, TK-24/7 was so happy with his work with the snowy scary lantern that he decided to make some more. He figured he had time for at least three before the temperatures in the howling Hoth storm forced him to go inside the cabin of his AT-ST walker.
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TK-24/7 wasn't afraid of the cold but enough is enough. Besides, the AT-ST was very cozy.
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#cold #snow #halloween #pumpkin #jackolantern #hoth #starwars #theempirestrikesback #snowtrooper #stormtrooper #lego #minifigure #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #avanaut #originality
User Image avanaut Posted: Oct 23, 2017 9:18 PM (UTC)

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Little known fact: carving a face on a vegetable to make a lantern is an ancient tradition practised throughout the galaxy.
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TK-24/7 was a master at carving, he was a very handy trooper, he did not pass an opportunity to carve even when on duty on a planet with little or no vegetation suitable for the job. Snow is just as good a substitute as any when the time for a good traditional lantern is at hand. Regardless of a deadly blizzard.
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Happy Halloween!
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#snow #snowtrooper #stormtrooper #hoth #halloween #jackolantern #pumpkin #starwars #theempirestrikesback #lego #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #avanaut #originality
User Image avanaut Posted: Oct 21, 2017 3:03 PM (UTC)

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The first below zero temperatures of the fall, the first cold breath of winter. Moisture from the wet and still warm soil turned to thick, freezing cold fog. It was quiet as a grave, random tree leaves falling from trees made the only sound. One week to Halloween.
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The night was eerie enough as it was, then I noticed the walker. I hadn’t seen it all summer but there it was again, as if the fog itself had brought it from the netherworld. It just stood there, watching, red eyes blinking in the dark, silent. I took my cellphone, snapped a few frames, and walked home a different route. Didn’t see it again.
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#ig88 #droid #starwars #sideshow #actionfigure #robot #fog #monochrome #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #halloween
User Image avanaut Posted: Oct 13, 2017 2:54 PM (UTC)

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I take this #Top4LegoFavorites tag as a #FlashbackFriday thing. Today, my four would be these.
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Top left: "Moonlight Shadow", 2011, I'll probably never capture the snowy ambience like in this one. I can't use this lens anymore and I miss it. The subtle snow details look great in big print.
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Top middle: "Breaking in the Tauntaun", 2011/2014, a difficult process in which I found the definitive frame three years after shooting it.
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Bottom left: "Jabba's Prize", 2015, photographed for the "Small Scenes" book, here the indoor ambience finally clicked after many attempts. Still weary from this project, very happy about it, I could not have done it any better.
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Right: "Guys? Hey, guys? This ain't funny! Guys, where are you? HELLO?", 2009, my first ever attempt to create a Lego blizzard failed miserably. It's a happy fail though: no blizzard but nice fog. This led to a path of big discoveries.
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Tomorrow, there could be different four. It keeps changing. Have a great weekend! :)
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#lego #starwars #snow #hoth #tauntaun #atat #jabbathehutt #bobafett #returnofthejedi #theempirestrikesback #snowtrooper #stormtrooper #minifigure #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality #avanaut
User Image avanaut Posted: Oct 11, 2017 4:14 PM (UTC)

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A Clone Trooper Phase II helmet. This thing is from 2009, made from a poor quality fiberglass kit, I rebuilt the visor and visor area quite extensively, it took a lot of filler and sanding to get it to look even as good as this. There are symmetry issues, partly because of my paintjob, which was tricky to get to align with all the wonkiness, but mostly on the helmet itself. I don't know how this was originally created, is the problem in the sculpt or in the casting is unknown. I left the mohawk ridge out to keep the helmet shape clean. The inside is padded and the contraption is fairly comfortable to wear.
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The paint scheme was my kid's design. He wanted an orange stripe across the face and around the visor like that. I think it was a great idea from a kid not in school yet at the time. He also wanted those red markings on the forehead. This was made for him to play with after all. Really, it was. Trust me. The scratches are real. :)
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The reason I post this is that there is a 2009 photo of the helmet that keeps coming up from time to time. It's a quick photo taken on a rainy day on the backyard, the helmet still mid construction. I thought I'd post one where you can see the stripe, it doesn't really show in the tightly cropped rainshot.
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#clonetrooper #phase2 #phase2clonetrooper #starwars #toy #originality #avanaut
User Image avanaut Posted: Oct 9, 2017 6:23 PM (UTC)

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Little known fact: the snowtroopers were keen to repair exotic propulsion systems occasionally found in the frozen wastelands, such as the trustworthy Koensayr R200 Ion Jet engines from a derelict Y-wing fighter. Although the Empire was wealthy, they did not say no to recycled enemy technology.
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An oldie from May 2011, re-edited, never posted here before.
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#lego #starwars #theempirestrikesback #hoth #snow #snowtrooper #stormtrooper #ywing #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality #avanaut
User Image avanaut Posted: Oct 7, 2017 9:38 PM (UTC)

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I saw Blade Runner 2049 today and I thought it was an astonishing film. Never thought it would be possible to do a sequel to Blade Runner, a sequel that could work, but there it is.
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Inspired by the film I dug up my Lego Police Spinner and made a poster with the template from my Lego Star Wars spaceships posters. I thought this thing deserved a poster of its own.
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#lego #bladerunner #bladerunner2049 #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #policespinner #originality #avanaut
User Image avanaut Posted: Oct 3, 2017 5:47 PM (UTC)

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All my Lego Star Wars spaceship posters so far. There is now eight of them.
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The newest is the TIE Striker but the latest posted is the Star Destroyer. It's a couple of years old, I wasn't happy with it originally and it stayed in the "projects" folder. Today I changed the colours and tweaked it a little, now I'm happy with it.
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#lego #starwars #spaceship #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality #avanaut #posterdesign
User Image avanaut Posted: Sep 30, 2017 3:12 PM (UTC)

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Several years ago I made posters of my Star Wars spaceships. I used the exact same layout for Lego versions of the same nature. It's been a while since I last made these but today I added a new one to the series.
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The TIE Striker is easily my favourite Star Wars spaceship design outside the original trilogy. It works really well in Lego too, the model is pretty as a peach. It's amazing how these just keep giving.
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#lego #tiefighter #tiestriker #starwars #rogueone #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality #avanaut
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Ps. Sorry for posting & reposting. I posted the wrong version at first, got distracted by my dog.
User Image avanaut Posted: Sep 28, 2017 8:53 PM (UTC)

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Perils of Fun.
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TK-24/7 was an expert on the long AT-ST patrol tours on the planet Hoth. He could do them over and over. It was great actually, he liked the tours because it was when he could read books on duty.
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Although an expert and a bookworm, even TK-24/7 had to step out of the small cabin of the walker every once and a while to flex his muscles. Building something with snow was his favourite.
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#snow #hoth #theempirestrikesback #starwars #lego #minifigure #wampa #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality #stormtrooper #snowtrooper
User Image avanaut Posted: Sep 26, 2017 7:34 PM (UTC)

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A leftover from an earlier shoot last June.
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I never managed to get this to fully work in-camera, the amount of blizzard needed was simply too big for my techniques. The UCS LEGO Snowspeeder is rather massive, you know. There was also not much story in this scene so I didn't push this particular idea terribly much.
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Today I figured that despite the lack of story, this was a decent shot from a technical point of view. I took snow from another frame and added some to this to patch the shortcomings of my technique. This is therefore more like a photoillustration than a straight photograph but, well, the speeder looks nice and fast.
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#lego #snowspeeder #ucs #starwars #theempirestrikesback #hoth #snow #blizzard #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality #avanaut
User Image avanaut Posted: Sep 21, 2017 6:35 PM (UTC)

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The big LEGO UCS Snowspeeder, an interesting subject to shoot. The size of this monster is very different to what I'm used to with LEGO and snow. I wasn't sure if the powder I use to mimick snow would even work. I mean, I was a little worried that if the grain was too small in scale, the snow would look like dust.
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In the end, it worked quite well. I used the big scale of the speeder to find angles I couldn't easily find with the smaller speeders. Going very low with a big camera isn't always that easy, the ground gets in the way.
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Shot for a review I wrote for @blocksmagazine.
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#lego #snow #snowspeeder #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #starwars #theempirestrikesback #hoth #blizzard #ucs #originality #avanaut
User Image avanaut Posted: Sep 15, 2017 9:58 PM (UTC)

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Little known fact: the Millennium Falcon was very popular among the Scum and Villainy LUG. When Boba Fett brought his brand new UCS Falcon to the group's annual photo, everyone was excited. It was the biggest set ever produced after all. Then Bossk showed up...
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#lego #minifigure #millenniumfalcon #ucs #bobafett #bossk #Iggy #Ig88 #dengar #4lom #bountyhunter #starwars #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality
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A simple sketch, just for the fun of it.
User Image avanaut Posted: Sep 13, 2017 7:51 PM (UTC)

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Just remembered, that parking hall a while ago, I wasn't there completely alone, this old thing was there too. I don't know who owns it, no registration plate or anything. It's been there a while, I think. Maybe the owner just lost the keys, it happens to me a lot.
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I'd like to own one of these kooky machines even though I don't think I could fit inside. I have long legs and the cockpit is very small.
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Anyway, if you own that thing and are reading this, please let me know, I'm interested in buying it.
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#scalemodel #miniature #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #starwars #theempirestrikesback #snowspeeder #helsinki #originality