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Samurai Mecha
Red Samurai Mecha
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Calling this mecha a Samurai is probably a bit audacious. There is something about the oversized shoulder guards that seems to emphasize that connection for me. You can never see it in a few pictures, but this mecha is very agile. Every joint has a great range of motion and it is able to hold those positions without needing any support. I suppose it was its flexibility that prompted the title of "Samurai", it could just as easily been called "ninja" or "big, red mecha"...

My first genuine effort into building a humanoid mecha. Building a robot out of LEGO is a boyhood fantasy realized. It is shear joy to efficiently build a bipedal robot that can "stand". I haven't researched it, but I assume that Technic masters have been able to build free standing robots for quite some time. But the click-hinges (all types) have really made it much easier to build.

Probably one of the hardest things to get right, are porportions. If you haven't visited Mecha Hub and have an interest in Mecha, whether it be building or viewing, this is a great site. In particular the leg porportions were an "ah-ha" moment. I have a tendency to think of the upper leg and lower leg as being the same in length. However, in my opinion, to encourage a humanoid appearance, the lower leg needs to be longer than the upper leg. I have found ratios between 2:1 and 4:1 to be the best. Proportions in the upper body and arms aren't as hard for me to visualize, however making the upper body "shorter" than the lower body adds humanoid appearance too (if you make the upper body larger than the lower body the Mecha ends up "top heavy").



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 I like it 
  December 9, 2013
Not bad
 I like it 
  June 18, 2008
very cool mech. i should have seen this earlier. give my mocs a look when you feel like it. later. ~sho
 I like it 
  June 14, 2008
Very creative and well done. The idea is good, it's an elegant Mecha. Good job !
 
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