Monday, November 28, 2011

Nanoblock Kinkaku-ji Part 1

Temple of the Golden Pavilion

Assembling another Nanoblock model after Maneki Neko last week, and as teased in that last posting, it's going to be Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺), Temple of the Golden Pavilion.

The packaging is a paper box this time, apart from the apparent larger number of bricks, the much bigger base that hold the assembled structure is too big for Maneki Neko's plastic package to contain.

Kinkaku-ji is one of the most famous landmarks of Japan I believe. Even as a kid, I've seen pictures of it on calenders with pictures featuring famous places around the world. With the right lighting, you can see the reflection of the entire temple on the pond, together with the trees that grow on the islets. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. I hope one day I can visit Japan and visit this iconic building.

Image is from Travel Today Lah.

The history and design details of Kinkaku-ji can be found on Wikipedia, Sacred Destination and Japan-Guide, so I'll just be lazy here and refer you to those three sites if you want to know more about it. ^^;

The same tagline as seen on Maneki Neko: 世界最小級ブロック - "World's smallest (toy) block". ^^

Preview of the completed model and a bit of introduction about the actual heritage building in Japan. It would be great if an English translated version is included as well. ^^;
Also, just two bricks for the difficulty level, so this would be as easy as Maneki Neko? ^^

A small window at the bottom left corner of the box allows you to see some of the bricks for this kit.
It's a great design to let those who are more used to Lego bricks to preview the huge size difference between the two product series. ^^

Design on various sides of the box.

A seemingly very generic design for the back of the box.

The small size of the completed models allow you to have many on display on your workstation, so it's indeed like the tagline of "a world trip on your desk". ^^
I hope I can get that Taj Mahal model one day. ^^

Despite the paper box, it's still a very small package nonetheless.
Here it is as compared to HCM-Pro 00 Gundam ...

... and the box of Technic No. 8045 Mini Telehandler, which happens to be the smallest Lego set in my collection. ^^

Has the exact same box size as Kaminarimon.

Box open.

Instead of from the actual content, the few blocks you can preview through the bottom left window mentioned above are actually place inside a small dedicated compartment. ^^
That's kind of sneaky really XD

Package content.

Different packages of bricks and plates.

Four plates included. One for the base while the other three are for the different roofs I suppose.

(Left) The base is 8cm by 8cm in area, while the smaller one is a quarter of that - same size as Maneki Neko's base.
(Right) Semi-transparent blue for the base to simulate the pond where the temple is built next to I believe. ^^

Different packages for bricks in different sizes.

Plenty of really puny pieces to test your eyesight and concentration. XD

(Still) A one-page manual for the entire assembly.

Maneki Neko already gave me a bit of surprise when the manual is just a one-page sheet, the same "design" for this bigger and more complicated Kinkaku-ji is even crazier. ^^;

A bit of organization before the assembly. ^^

The actual assembly will be in next posting. ^^

1 comment:

Dvandom said...

I have the Eiffel Tower set, and MAN is it loaded with teenytiny pieces. The trees are particularly fragile.