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Dragon Fang - nnenn Tribute
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About this creation
As some of you already know, for Brickworld 2010, our infamous Keith Goldman will be overseeing a tribute to the late Nate Nielson (a.k.a. nnenn) in the form of a Missing Man formation of Vic Viper VOATs. Keith was kind enough to ask me to contribute. Having corresponded with nnenn since my introduction to Flickr, and like so many others, being heavily inspired and influenced by his work, I was delighted to accept Keith's invitation.

I give you the "Dragon Fang."


While I wasn't able to dedicate a great deal of time to a build this close to the con, I was still fairly pleased with the design. Along with the Vic Viper theme for form, I was also heavily influenced by the brilliant work of Rob Dasnewten, and some of the features you see are directly taken from his unique building style.


Ah...finally a chance to use one of those Power Miner elements!


I used a lot of stickers this time around, as well, to add some detail in areas that seemed a bit lacking, or needed a color boost. One of my favorite areas of the MOC turned out to be the curved central section with the red stickers.


And as something of a salute to nnenn, you might notice a couple of customized pieces on the tail fins. For those unfamiliar with nnenn's work, he was notorious for cutting parts and using non-Lego elements in his creations. Some gave him a hard time for it, but I personally never heard him apologize for it, and in the end, many respected nnenn for doing it his way and sticking to his guns.

So there we have it, folks. Not a big post or a real complex creation this time around, but a little something to show my respect and admiration for our missing comrade in bricks. Keep your eyes peeled for images next month of the entire Missing Man Formation (along with numerous other creations!) from Brickworld 2010!

Later, Amigos!



Comments

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  February 8, 2014
Yes, awesome, because everything is awesome!
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  February 8, 2014
Awesome.
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  February 8, 2014
Wow, quite the motd. Awesome build and also, congrats
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  February 8, 2014
Still one of my faves, Mark.
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  February 8, 2014
MOTD! Yay!
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  February 8, 2014
One of my favorites! Congrats on MOTD, Boss!
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  February 8, 2014
oh what a great MOC, the shape is fantastic! a very very good work man!!!
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  February 8, 2014
Nice design, cool intakes. Congrats on MOTD.
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  February 8, 2014
Nice gritty design. A fitting tribute. Congrats on MOTD.
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  February 8, 2014
Congratulations on a well deserved MOTD! Awesome tribute to Nate and the Vic viper ! I really like the heavily armored and armed appearance . Excellent work Mark!
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  February 8, 2014
On first pic like the backround
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  February 8, 2014
Fantastic work!
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  February 8, 2014
This is not only a superb build, but a good one to be a MOTD. HOWEVER, it should have been MOTD during NoVVember. Silly MOCpages...
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  February 8, 2014
WOW This is AWESOME! Congrats on MOTD.
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  February 8, 2014
An awesome creation! I especially like the first photo! Also the rocket detail is superb! You did a really nice job on this! Congratulations on MOTD! 5/5! :)
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  July 21, 2012
Congrats on MOTD dude! A fine piece of work indeed!
Mark Kelso
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Chris Melby
  July 19, 2012
One of the great undiscovered joys of life comes from doing everything one attempts to the best of one’s ability. There is a special sense of satisfaction, a pride in surveying such a work, a work which is rounded, full, exact, complete in its parts, which the superficial person who leaves his or her work in a slovenly, slipshod, half-finished condition, can never know. It is this conscientious completeness which turns any work into art. The smallest task, well done, becomes a miracle of achievement. Congrats on MOTD: Chris
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  July 19, 2012
its a great design. i could not have done better.
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  July 19, 2012
Wow... *my jaw is left hanging open, and a big saliva puddle forms at my feet*
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  July 19, 2012
Amazing work!
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  July 19, 2012
It's seeing things like this that make me really happy to know that you are finally getting some time back with the bricks! Great work on build and presentation, but then you set a high bar on both a long time ago mate.
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  July 19, 2012
Wow, what a beauty! Lots of great details, and the back its amazing!
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  July 19, 2012
Great ship! like the editing on the first pic to.
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  July 19, 2012
The texturing and colouring of this viper is superb. I couldn't think of a more fitting tribute to such an influential AFOL.
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  July 19, 2012
My heartfelt thanks to all who have been kind enough to take a moment to comment on this creation today. I wish I had the time to do the same for all of you (I hate the fact that I'm unable to comment on others creations as often as I would like). Meanwhile, here's to nnenn, as well as Heather Braaten, comrades in the hobby who've left us but are NOT forgotten. Cheers, everyone!
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  July 19, 2012
We need more MOTD like this. In this creation it is not just about skill and design and everything going together with that, but about reminding us of our friends and idols who have lost their lives to life and death.
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  July 19, 2012
I can't really think of anything that hasn't been said. Work like this keeps me raising my own standards... and makes me want to reconsider my "no photoshopping" policy. (not that I'm against it, just that I'm too lazy to teach myself how to do it well). Anyway, this is a marvelous build.
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  July 19, 2012
nice
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  July 19, 2012
A well deserved MOTD! Congratulations! :-))
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  July 19, 2012
That opening pic is simply superb. The harsh lighting and shadows. I'm guessing it was photographed in direct sunlight. The choice for the background pic is perfect. The MOC itself remains as captivating as ever. The way the engine dominates the entire fuselage reminds me of the old F-104. It just reeks of raw power. Attack!
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  July 19, 2012
Intense! Congrats on MOTD!
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  July 19, 2012
The engine is fantastic! One of the best vic vipers I've ever seen.
  July 19, 2012
Yay! First MOTD comment! This is a very worthy tribute to nnenn. It's sad to see him gone...
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  March 31, 2012
You are, of course, in the tops of the builders on this site. I think this is the best starfighter of its size on this site. Well done.
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  January 9, 2012
Very nice work! Such a realistic sort of design to it! It's rugged without being bulky, and well armed without being too weak or overpowered. I like this model a lot. The colors are pretty striking. Lots of attention to detail here. Rated 5.
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  January 9, 2012
I didn't know this one! I thought I had commented all of you creations! Great job!
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  January 9, 2012
Definitely a fitting tribute, and a great design!
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  December 22, 2010
Wow, that's a really interesting design. I like it.
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  December 19, 2010
Sweet ship. I just posted The Two Towers from LOTR and my friend pointed out that we used the same background! What a coincidence!
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  August 14, 2010
very sophisticated design! awesomely detailed! stickers? professionnal! spectacular build! good show! your respect for your friend is honorable! but it seems like he will live on as a legend!
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  August 13, 2010
Pretty darn awesome.
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  August 13, 2010
Epic!!! I just wish some one would say that about my stuff.
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  August 13, 2010
It's always sobering when someone passes away. Especially when you wonder were they are after death. Great MOC! and Congratz on MOTD!
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  August 13, 2010
Another Mark Kelso MOTD!? O.o Nice work Mark :D
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  August 13, 2010
very nice! I love the rockets on the back! I just added a new moc! A good tribute to a good man
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  August 13, 2010
Very nice. So sad that nnenn died though :(
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  August 13, 2010
I keep looking for the Japanese monster this thing is about to loose it's awesome firepower upon... Great build, wonderful tribute to a worthy Lego artist.
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  August 13, 2010
Very cool! Love the details.
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  August 13, 2010
Impressive.
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  June 6, 2010
Very nice work. It has a very intimidating profile and looks like it would be a very formidable craft. As usual, your building techniques humble me. I just posted a new Imperial ship from Star Wars. Check it out if you have the time. It's called the Saber Class and it is my first build in almost a year.
Mark Kelso
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Jorge Kemper
  May 30, 2010
Wow I can't believe I missed this! I look forward to seeing this at BW. Oh and here is what I'm putting in at the Missing Man Formation http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/205094 .-George
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  May 28, 2010
Awesome!
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  May 28, 2010
Awesome!
Mark Kelso
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Pony Lord7
  May 27, 2010
Cool one thing that I can think of that would make it better is if the side wings were longer and it didn't get so thin in the middle.
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  May 27, 2010
wow that is awesome! but wheres the power miner elements? but that is cool. CAN I HAVE A BOX OF THAT SET PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE?!! I JUST LIKE IT TOO MUCH.
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  May 26, 2010
Very nice ship, the back is spectacular !!
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  May 26, 2010
Very nice ship, the back is spectacular !!
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  May 23, 2010
A perfect tribute to Nate... Everytime I see a viper I think about all that he has done and how the lego community owes so much to him. I can't wait to see the display at brickworld.
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  May 21, 2010
It would take me several days to create a MOC this good. What was your time total at the end? I hope i can get as good as you and the other legends of the lego MOCer's world some day. Keep it up, but dont work too hard :)
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  May 20, 2010
Why is it that every time I sit down to start thinking about a VV for the tribute, I come across something like this that makes me throw my hands up in the air and go "what's the FRAKIN point!??!" In case any of you missed it, that means that I think this thing is AWESOME! A truly fitting addition to a wonderful tribute! ~ Chris.
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  May 20, 2010
Hmmm... this is one of those cases where the design gets overwhelmed by the overabundance of details. It really is a great MOC, and it looks actually like it may very well exist in the future, and so I find myself wondering if it wouldn't look a bit out of place among all those colorful and wondorous vipers I'm going to miss (sigh!) at BW. Still, your feelings went in there, and that's the most important thing, isn't it?
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  May 20, 2010
Beautiful. -Drew
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  May 19, 2010
Excellent work, a really nice MOC.
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  May 19, 2010
ooh very nice!
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  May 19, 2010
A very robust and detailed VV. Nice pic over the trees. Attack!
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  May 19, 2010
A very robust and detailed VV. Nice pic over the trees. Attack!
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  May 19, 2010
Great shape, raw and it looks awesome. Good work on the burner, the wheel fits perfect!
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  May 19, 2010
Great design and build on the viper, but it is the editing in the main pic that got me. You even have the shadows right! Very nice attention to detail.
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  May 19, 2010
I got curious with the ShannY comment. Lo and behold, Nnenn provided a tutorial in flickr, which also pointed out what isn't a vic viper. ShannY is spot on ... oh well ... regardless, this ship is still mighty awesome! In the same lines, Nnenn would have approved bucking the accepted trend.
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  May 19, 2010
Extremely interessting angles and construction! Very realistic-looking design.
  May 19, 2010
Nice ship. Hope you guys have fun at BrickWorld. see ya. garth
  May 19, 2010
There's nothing more to say, fantastic!
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  May 19, 2010
Very nice tribute, and it looks fantastic. Excellent work
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  May 19, 2010
Beautiful shape and details Mark...
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  May 19, 2010
MOCpages must seriously be hungry, because it has eaten the past two comments I've tried to post on this. Although it doesn't match the real thing, this is a fitting tribute to such a fantastic builder. I'm looking forward to seeing the pics of Keith Goldman's whole memorial display at Brickworld. -Dylan
Mark Kelso
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Dave and John Xandegar
  May 18, 2010
We'll bet he would have liked this one, Mark...nicely done!
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  May 18, 2010
Thanks. Now I think I'll just leave The Patriot at home . . . or throw the stupid thing against the wall. Thanks. Thanks a lot. Jerk. (Absolutely lovely work here, Mark! Seriously, you need to teach me how to make such intricate looking bits.)
  May 18, 2010
ur dooen it rong vik viperz onely haf 1 talefin i noe nen wood hait thiss plz coment and rait all mi mocs
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  May 18, 2010
Wow. This is quite the tribute! I'm sure he'd be proud...
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  May 18, 2010
Awesome.
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  May 18, 2010
Flawless photoshop!
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  May 18, 2010
Excellent work, with a brilliant engines part
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  May 18, 2010
Great tree-top shot!
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  May 18, 2010
As I am working on a Viper tribute myself, I would summarize Viper building as an exercise in SNOT, color scheme and the discovery of interestingly aesthetic shapes and angles. It looks to me like this beast pretty much covers it all. As for Brady's comment, it's not a competition, it's a tribute. I think nnenn would have loved it.~H
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  May 18, 2010
Truly impressive! The nice shape and colour scheme turn this beast into a real beauty. A worthy tribute!
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  May 18, 2010
Nicely done, a truly excellent tribute!
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  May 18, 2010
Brilliant work! Great tribute to a great builder, well done mate.
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  May 18, 2010
WOAH! I thought it was a picture from some Sci-Fi movie. Very awesome, man!
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  May 18, 2010
amazing creation soo full of details..bravo
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  May 18, 2010
What an awesome tribute! In memory of nnenn, may he Rest In Peace. ~Ryan
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  May 18, 2010
This looks really great :-) excellent job.
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  May 18, 2010
This is simply beautiful. Very interesting shape and very powerful looking. I find myself loving this very much. A fitting tribute!
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  May 18, 2010
A fitting tribute to nnenn & a really great MoC. Having read the posts on nnenn's flickr photostream since his recent and tragic accident, it's clear how many people's lives he touched.
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  May 18, 2010
Great fighter and as always a great presentation.
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  May 18, 2010
Engines are win. Lovely tribute.
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  May 18, 2010
WOW! That's all I have to say. A very fitting tribute.
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  May 18, 2010
dude. that looks so bada**...
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  May 18, 2010
Quoting Brady G Don't get me wrong, that;s a great fighter, but Nate could've owned you here any day :D Nice try, though.
Indeed! nnenn pretty much owned us all when it came to the double V's.
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  May 18, 2010
Amazing design. I need to get my head out of the "barely minifig scale" aircraft and do something like this. Great job, a worthy tribute!
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  May 18, 2010
Excellent build Mark! The wings are kinda stubby, so you might make it a little bit self conscious.....but Phipson has dealt with that his whole life, and can give it some sound advice! All jokes aside, this is a fitting tribute to a great man! Looking forward to seeing her in the formation in June!
Mark Kelso
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Brendan Dore
  May 17, 2010
So amazing... .. but nnenn can't be beat.
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  May 17, 2010
You just had to upload it on the very day that the 'pages take forever to load, didn't ya? Hahaha. I can tell you that it was surly worth the 7 or so minute wait though. Excellent build here, Mr. Kelso.
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  May 17, 2010
Would work well for a fighter in U.N.E. theme but overall, it's a great fighter anyway.
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  May 17, 2010
Ahhhhh... I'm swimming in spaceship bliss here. You've done it again, Mark. You've waited longer than the others to post your tribute, but it was worth it to take the time to create such perfection.
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  May 17, 2010
That may be the beefiest vic viper yet! It looks like you put enough time into it to kick arse!
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  May 17, 2010
nice tribute, I have plans for one too. keep on bricking!
 
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