The grossly underappreciated builder Matt Mazian posted just two models in 2018, which is actually cause for celebration because it’s double his typical output for any given year since he started posting back in 2014. The deceptively simple Berlin class interceptor hits all the right notes for me, it has an unconventional design (at least in the middle), great striping and use of color. The misaligned arrow near the nose looks so much better than a perfect one would have and the pop of red on the engines is a tiny detail but it draws my eye every time I look at the image. I’m not entirely sure that the teal highlight color (or is it sand green?) is a legit lego color, but it’s a great choice. Still not sold? Maybe you think it’s too simple? Then I’ll resort to a little argumentum ad verecundiam for this model’s greatness. Maybe you’ll take the word of renowned builder and artist Pierre E Fieschi who commented “Awesome design! very original!!”. I should have just quoted Pierre to begin with and moved along. I can easily envision a wolf-pack of these interceptors preying on freighters or lumbering capital ships.
Matt also produced the “Delta Shuttle” in 2018 and as much as I want to like it, I can’t quite get there. Maybe its too thick, maybe it’s too blocky…it looks like a failed attempt to capture a B2 bomber. I have puzzled over the model for quite some time trying to figure out it’s mystery, I get a weird feeling like I should like it but I can’t quite convince myself…like the music of bands like Arcade Fire, or Bon Iver. My esteem for the builder is high enough that I’m willing to puzzle over the models I don’t particularly endorse. I do like the engines, the ailerons and the clean lines, but the rest of it recalls a flying ziggurat, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it doesn’t quite get there for me. It probably says something about both the build and me that I spent so much time studying a model that I’m not really into, I’ll be very interested to read your comments on the design.
I’m not sure if I’ll post again before the end of this terribly bipolar year, so I’ll take this opportunity to bid a less than fond farewell to 2018 and wish you constant readers the very best of luck and good health in 2019. My lego related resolutions for the new year are to build more (it won’t be difficult after producing only one model this year), write more and hopefully launch DA4 in late spring/early summer. For the remainder of the year, all well drinks at the Manifesto are half off, except for the Malort.