Maybe it’s the hangover from the Matt Bace double-shots talking, but for this spotlight post we’re staying in the realm of the digital. It seems like we’ve been trippin’ down memory lane a lot lately so with that in mind, today’s offering is fresh as harvest day. The builder in question is Sergey Cat, who has only been on Flickr since last month. MOCpages is predictably down for service so I was unable to find out if he has an account over there. Don’t ever change, MOCpages, may your unofficial motto always remain “Bonk! Smash! … Thud.” I don’t think I could bear it if gentrification hit that ghetto…it’s mediocrity shall never tarnish or fade away.
I think Sergey Cat is a good example of the uphill battle digital builders face in the community at large. Sure they can rise to prominence pretty easy within their genre (given a stable of good builds) but to get that much coveted wider recognition is more difficult. I think if Sergey Cat had used brick instead of a program, he’d be enjoying a much higher degree of visibility and statistical success, even when considering the short period of time he’s been around.
We’ll start with the latest effort from Sergey Cat, that I found while stumbling around the usual haunts, looking for something new to blog. I had two thoughts when I saw the Raider Buggy:”I want one of those” and “I hate those red hex wrenches.” I’m not sold on the white gem or even the gun when it comes down to it, but the rest of it is money! I want an RC version too, since I’m thinking about stuff I can’t have, and I want it available in a variety of color schemes to suit my discriminating taste. That suspension is a monster and I love the doubled-up tires.
You don’t see too many dioramas from digital builders, and even fewer that have a Sci-Fi theme. Not surprisingly, I was drawn to this build called “C&C диорама”, which has some rough edges but is really compelling and definitely looks like it’s Command & Conquer RTS inspiration. In fact, all of Sergey Cat’s models seem to be drawn from the C&C series of games, so it will be interesting to see if he branches out eventually. I took a quick look at the source material for these models and it looks to me like he nailed the respective designs, and in the case of the Buggy perhaps even improved it a little. If you’d like to see the individual builds from this diorama, Sergey Cat has most of them documented in his Flickrstream. My favorite details are the defensive turrets inside the fence, they look wicked and can work as a stand-alone model as well.
I’ll finish up with this Flame Tank, because how often do you see a good flame tank these days? Sergey Cat has an arsenal of great war machines from mecha to giant tanks and everybody’s favorite, VTOL gunships! Let us welcome Sergey Cat to the warm and embracing community, or at least to the ivy covered halls of the Manifesto.