Whenever a Star Wars model is created as part of the Iron Builder challenge, I just have to highlight it. The fact that the participants manage to whip up an awesome creation with a given part in such a short span of time is a testimony to their brilliance. Usually, they use the seed part in some clever way as a nice extra detail. But I bet you can’t guess what the mystery part is just from pouring over this rendition of CMaddison’s Vader’s lightsaber. It mysteriously melts into the model that’s not just about sweet details, but features subtle shapes all around. The roundness of the hilt is approximated perfectly, with a smooth finish for the originally metal parts and a more textured hand grip to give it some variety that actually improves it over the original. CMaddison also recreated a shape I deemed impossible to replicate: the business end of the lightsaber with the right parts at the right angle. The real highlight is at the other side of the model however, with the use of complicated but invisible techniques to create an even smoother shaft, and some parts everybody forgot about to create those subtle ridges. I love it how he used relatively basic pieces to create a thing of beauty with such grace and subtlety. Most people (me included) would go for some crazy minifig accessory to add detail, but CMaddison uses some standard rounded and offset plates for a detail that beats every obscure part you can’t think of. I’m amazed by how well he understands the bricks we all think we understand and puts them together in truly new ways. That’s just the level of perfection the weapon of choice of the galaxy’s most feared Sith Lord requires. You can always try to put your hands on the screen to try and feel all of the shapes and how well it fits into your hand, but maybe it’s more practical to just admire it here.
A whole month probably wouldn’t be enough for me to create something of such quality. But CMaddison didn’t have that much time at all, since he produced one amazing build right after the other in his month of Iron Building. And every one of them is a gem (the creations of his opponent, Retinence, were gorgeous as well, but he didn’t venture into that galaxy far, far away), and this Nerdly mouse droid illustrates that again with subtle, super sleek slopes and again a brilliant use of the seed part. If you still can’t tell what that mysterious part is because it’s integrated so well, it’s the forklift fork. But don’t blame yourself for not seeing it. Blame CMaddison’s genius.