2020: A YEAR IN REVIEW

2020: A YEAR IN REVIEW

As usual it’s time to look back and take stock of what has been done in the past twelve months. 2020 has finally passed and what a strange year it’s been for everyone.
Despite many personal issues I have had to face, I have built many creations I am particularly satisfied with: new colors, new shapes, new techniques, new stories, I must admit I built some of my favorite MOCs ever.
I had a lot of fun testing new part usages and also find out new piece on Bricklink. I used a lot of weird parts in my last few MOCs. Very funny!
2020 also marks an incredible goal to me: I reached 10.000 followers both on Instagram and Facebook, really unbelievable.
Thanks to all of you who follow me and support my work, it means a lot to me! Thanks to all the great builders out there who are a big source of inspiration. Also a big thank you to all the blogs and magazines that featured my works in 2020. Let’s take a look at 2020 builds here below.
All the best and happy building!

The snowy Magic Bus is The Brothers Brick cover photo for December 2020!

The snowy Magic Bus is The Brothers Brick cover photo for December 2020!

Few hours ago I had the pleasure to find out my snowy Magic Bus has been chosen by The Brothers Brick as the December photo cover for all Brothers Brick social media. A huge pleasure and honor for me, thanks once again TBB team!
The same happens 5 years ago when my Scooter Garage was chosen as the TBB cover photo for August 2015, few months ago when the yellow General Store was the Cover Photo for June 2020 and last month when the A-frame cabin, probably one of my most appreciated creations, was chosen once again as the TBB cover, this time for November. Three times in the same year, unbelievable but mind blowing!
Take a look at the four screenshot straight from The Brothers Brick website and read below the complete write-up by James Wiley (TBB Social Media Specialist).

“This month’s cover photo from Andrea Lattanzio takes us back to the wild. The Magic Bus we’ve been treated with before has now been treated with snow, which makes for a lovely winter scene. The bus remains familiar, but there have been some added details to give depth and texture to the snow. Additionally, trees that were once leaf-filled are now barren and covered with snow, the firs have been replaced with white branches, and the clever touch of icicles added to the bus windows complete the scene.
Be sure to visit Norton74’s flickr page for a bit of history on this bus that no longer resides in Alaska’s wilderness. It’s an interesting story that makes for a great scene.“

(“TBB Cover Photo for December 2020: Into the Wintery Wild” The Brothers Brick – December 12, 2020)

Santa’s Cabin

Santa’s Cabin

As usual in this period it’s time for a Christmas themed creation and this is a cozy shelter for Santa Claus and his reindeer. Speaking of the brand new reindeer, it’s really cute!
The house is a typical A-frame cabin, a kind of cottage I do really like. You probably remember my previous A-frame Cabin in a typical fall setting. Santa’s A-Frame features many new details and touches than the previous one even if has the same size and shape.

This is probably my last MOC for this year and I wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! (hoping that it will be better than 2020)

Stilt Houses building process

Stilt Houses building process

Let’s take a deep look at the building process of the bizarre Stilt Houses. Don’t miss the tons of NPUs (New Part Usage) and techniques I used, especially check out the weird pieces you can spot here and there. Have fun!
In order:
1) Building the first and tallest framework;
2) Preparing the 1st platform;
3) Adding the tan walls;
4) Completing the tiny house with the roof;
5) Assembling the framework with the 1st platform;
6) The 2nd framework is ready;
7) Platform No.2 ready;
8) Framework No.2 coupled with its platform;
9) The two structures are linked by a crumbling bridge;
10) A bunch of details to complete the diorama;
11) The brand new diorama is complete and ready for the photo shoot;
12) Click! Stilt Houses photo shoot!

Stilt Houses: how to live 30 feet in the air!

Stilt Houses: how to live 30 feet in the air!

Partially inspired by the films of the masterful animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki – I’m not actually referring to a particular film but rather its unique style and atmospheres – my latest creation features two weird guys living 30 feet in the air in minimal but cozy stilt houses.
The starting point for this work was the tent on the right stilt house, a very strange and forgotten element from a mid-2000s Indiana Jones set.
At first I was thinking of a single pile dwelling then I added the second on the left joined by a crumbling bridge. And gradually I inserted various details and elements, some of which are really bizarre like the bearskinrug on the roof of the house on the left.
Unavoidable the off-road vehicle ready to deal with mud and rough terrain and complete with all the necessary tools to fix it yourself in case. It is based on my previous Chevrolet Blazer spotted in the Sheriff Hopper’s Cabin diorama built in 2019.
There are many other details and strange pieces, have fun finding them and if you have any questions write them below in the comments!

Snowy Magic Bus: behind the scenes of the building process

Snowy Magic Bus: behind the scenes of the building process

Let’s take a look at some unreleased WIP snapshots of my latest creation straight from Alaska: the Magic Bus in the snow from Sean Penn 2007 “Into the Wild” movie. Follow the Snowy Magic Bus diorama step by step building stages, scroll through the images and find out the secrets of one of my beloved creations:
1) Building the base using plates and wedges;
2) Placing the bus, testing sizes and proportions;
3) Snowy pines complete the base;
4) Adding slopes and tiles on the roof as snow effect;
5) Ready for the photo shoot;
6) A sketch as starting point;
7) The real Bus in the Alaskan snow.
Enjoy!