What a tool!

It’s time for a little D.I.Y. action at the Manifesto and we need the right tool for the right job.  Even though we just occupied this stately mansion a month ago, already the roof is leaking, the floors are buckling and the foundation is cracked.  Fortunately we have Czech handyman František Hajdekr to help us with the repairs and he’s brought a toolbox full o’ thrills.  Each implement features Power Functions, for that added bit of motion and realism that is sorely lacking in many builds.  These 1:1 scale reproductions are beautiful to behold and they demand to be picked up and used.   These reproductions are so faithful, they might just fool the average consumer if you left them on a Home Depot shelf. The average American consumer is a dullard though, so I suppose that’s not saying much.


Although the angle grinder is the latest weapon in the home improvement arsenal, the builder also has a working chainsaw, perfect for cutting down the dead trees in the back forty or chasing off unwanted visitors. Not content to simply build and share these outstanding models, František Hajdekr also goes the extra mile by providing handy break-down videos so that you can build your own tool collection.  Just try not to cut your appendages off, constant reader, beer and chainsaws don’t mix…unless you live in Kentucky, then it’s just called Tuesday.  If you like big-red, you might also enjoy his little brother, Orange Joe, he’s tiny but he gets the job done.



We complete our examination of František’s work with a staple of everyone’s toolbox, the versatile cordless drill.  I really dig how the Power Functions unit looks just like one of those lithium-ion batteries that never seem to have a charge when you need it. Hopefully we will see more of these outstanding 1:1 scale models in the future, it is one genre that hasn’t been explored nearly enough.


4 thoughts on “What a tool!

  1. František Hajdekrs work here is good AND entertaining.

    Good. Well look at the MOC for god sake! 1:1 building always amazes me. This scale is probably the least tolerant of visual error. If he built a GIANT cordless angle grinder and it wasn’t quite perfect, we might make allowances for the error. We might think: Well, yes, the housing is slightly off in shape, but come on! It’s 7 feet long! On the opposite side of the spectrum, We stick a tiny black hammer into a minifigs hand and say: “no, that’s not a hammer, its a cordless angle grinder. Not a problem. But pull that stuff in 1:1 and everybody’s says (no… not really everybody… some of you wont say this…) Hmmm… the shape isn’t quite right is it? I think we are less tolerant of error when we are not distracted by adjusting for size.

    Which brings us to Mr. Hajdekrs MOCs. Excellent likeness! Keith is right. Put this bad boy on the shelf in Home Depot and some guy will pick it up and say: “Hey! These new ones are really light!” Oh yea… and I can’t stop imagining how cool it would be to chase someone around with that thing! It’s like a move prop. Like a big rubber knife or a fake gun! Let me get my hands on that thing and I WILL CONTROL THE ACTION BABY!

    Entertaining. The videos themselves almost eclipse the MOCs! I watched the first one three times. Like Nicks excellent instructional videos, these images are clear, logically sequenced and “easy” to replicate. But the first moments of the first viewing! Wait, what just happened? That part FLEW to his fingertips! THERE! He did it again! How big was this guys video budget? That’s… that’s some kind of studio magic… Oh shit. He just took it apart and is playing the process backwards! So simple, so logical… so cool! Zip! Another part answers the slightest summons from his finger tips. That effect is further augmented by his excellent manipulation of the speed… and he seems to JAM the parts together with absolute certainty! BAM! The next part SLAMS into place. The visual effect is amazing and becomes almost hypnotic.

    So, the builds are good. And the videos are good. But let us not lose sight of the fact that this guy has gone to great lengths, again, to SHARE the HOW of his work. It must be a laborious task! Nick, I think you described it as a labor of love? Or am I thinking of somebody else? The sharing is an unambiguous offering to any builder who cares to know, and THAT is also laudable.

    Mr. Hajdekr, Well done sir!



  2. I get a chuckle every time Frantisek posts another tool. I was first drawn to his work with the chainsaw, as someone who has spent a lifetime around them using and repairing I can easily appreciate his attention to detail and the working functions. I mean seriously, who doesn’t like the pure manliness that is a chainsaw? I can appreciate these on another more abstract level as well: I will NEVER have to do a carburetor overhaul on that son of a bitch! So, a heartfelt thank you for that. Although, the assessment of the average Home Depot-ite is spot on and I would likely have someone bring that in saying that it leaks bar oil everywhere and won’t start with rancid gas. And the chain would be on backwards with the complaint that it won’t cut. Depotards.

    Fun builds, even in plastic they look like they can send phalanges flying. I approve!


  3. The Manifesto again has cast out a plomb line into the twilight fathoms of our hobby to reveal yet another subtheme I otherwise would have never known about. I can’t say I ever feel the urge to make 1:1 stuff, but as always there is plenty to take away from these to let steep into our own builds.


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