Tiny Lego-like Military Masterpieces: Tribute to Veterans [52 PICS]

November 7th, 2013 Permalink

How do you say thank you to a U.S. veteran? For starters, being thankful for our vets one day a year is not nearly enough. We wanted to honor veterans this Veterans Day with a Lego-like military tribute. It seemed to us that the creators and photographers of these tiny military masterpieces were showing their appreciation of our veterans through art. We mixed in some of the photographers’ description with some quotes to honor veterans, some words of wisdom from Combat for Dummies and some Murphy’s Laws of Combat. So if you are veteran, then kick back, relax and hopefully be entertained by this unique expression of our appreciation. If you know a vet who you’d like to thank, maybe share this with him or her? Happy Veterans Day! [52 Photos]

Under fire

We honor those Americans who have so bravely served this country. “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave,” ~ quote by Elmer Davis. Photo #1 by leg0fenris

Military, tribute to veterans

“We, too, born to freedom, and believing in freedom, are willing to fight to maintain freedom. We, and all others who believe as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees,” ~ quote by T. Roosevelt. Photo #2 by Duane Hess



M3 Half-track

M3 Half-track. Combat for Dummies, quote from Infantry Journal, “Five-second fuses only last three seconds.” Photo #3 by © Project Azazel

Navy Seal Recon

Navy SEAL Recon. “America’s veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world,” ~ quote by John Doolittle. Photo #4 by leg0fenris

Deep strike

“Deep strike — A Bell 412 gunship provides top cover as troops from NDC’s rapid response force, Wolfram, disembark from an EH-191.” During an interview with photographer Aleksander Stein, LEGO Military Models asked, “You have an interesting mix of MOCs that you’ve designed completely yourself, and what I can only describe as “personally-modified-models-of-actual-military-hardware”. How did this blend of modelling and “freebuilding” develop?” Stein replied, “Even though I build models of fictional hardware, I always try to make it look as realistic as possible – as if my vehicles could actually have existed. I’m always impressed by all the great real-life models people out there build, and the skill and effort that goes into each one. However, I prefer to add my own personal touch to the stuff I build. Inspiration may also come from more than one specific vehicle, and several of my fictional models have borrowed features from a variety of their real-life equivalents. This blend of modelling and freebuilding gives me enough freedom to do my own stuff, but at the same time adding the challenge (and sometimes restraints) of modelling something accurately/realistically.” Photo #5 by © Aleksander Stein

Desert Trooper

Desert Trooper. Combat for Dummies quoted the Infantry Journal as saying, “Try to look unimportant; the enemy may be low on ammo.” Photo #6 by © Geoshift

US Marines Barracks

US Marines Barracks. U.S. Marine Corps. was also quoted in Combat for Dummies as stating, “When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.” Photo #7 by © Project Azazel

Distant Thunder

“Distant Thunder” the photographer calls this shot. Although the vehicles are fictional, it seems as if it could portray the war in Afghanistan. “But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present,” ~ quote by Nick Lampson. Photo #8 by © Aleksander Stein

Army 10th Armored Division

Army 10th Armored Division. “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” ~ quote by Maya Angelou. Photo #9 by мя. soop

Lego Coast Guard

Lego Coast Guard. Combat for Dummies: “Any ship can be a minesweeper….once.” Photo #10 by Scorpions and Centaurs

We were Soldiers, in 'Nam

We were Soldiers, in ‘Nam. “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle,” ~ quote by Norman Schwarzkopf. Photo #11 by © Lego Major

Vietnam Ride of the Valkyries

Vietnam Ride of the Valkyries. “Congress should stop treating veterans like they’re asking for a hand out when it comes to the benefits they were promised, and they should realize that, were it not for these veterans, there would be nothing to hand out, ” ~ quote by Nick Lampson. Photo #12 by © Lego Major

Battalion Aid Station

Battalion Aid Station. The photographer wrote, “Medics provide treatment to casualties at a Battalion Aid Station in early June 1944, as an M3 Half-track rumbles by in a muddy lane behind the bullet-riddled farmhouse wall.” Murphy’s Law of Combat: “Military Intelligence is a contradiction.” Photo #13 by Andrew Becraft

Wounded Warrior Project Humvee

Wounded Warrior Project Humvee. “Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul,” ~ quote by Michel de Montaigne. “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers,” ~ quote by Jose Narosky. Photo #14 by © Project Azazel

B-52H Stratofortress

The photographer noted, “After three years of planning and more than a month of building, my B-52 is done.” USAF Ammo Troop wisdom: “Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground.” And a U.S. Air Force manual stated, “It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.” Photo #15 by © Ralph S (Mad physicist)

Pearl Harbor, 7th Dec 1941, a date which will live in infamy

Pearl Harbor, 7th Dec 1941, a date which will live in infamy. Photo #16 by © Lego Major

Snipers

Snipers. “On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free,” ~ quote by Dan Lipinski. Photo #17 by leg0fenris

USMC

USMC. “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die,” ~ G. K. Chesterton. Photo #18 by © Project Azazel

WWII LEGO Legoliner Pilot B26 Bomber

WWII LEGO Legoliner Pilot B26 Bomber. Here’s a few quotes from Murphy’s Laws of Combat: Friendly fire – isn’t. Recoil-less rifles – aren’t. Suppressive fires – won’t. The easy way is always mined. You are not Superman; Marines and fighter pilots take note. Photo #19 by Colby McCormack

US Navy WWII PT151 Torpedo Boat

US Navy WWII PT151 Torpedo Boat. Actual instruction printed on U.S. Rocket Launcher: “Aim towards the enemy.” Photo #20 by Colby McCormack

6th of June 1944, Operation Overlord (D-Day)

6th of June 1944, Operation Overlord (D-Day). “The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you,” ~ stated General Dwight D Eisenhower as he addressed his troops on D-Day, 1944. Photo #21 by © Lego Major

Chinook (Army) and Sea Knight (Marines)

Chinook (Army) and Sea Knight (Marines). The Army’s magazine of prevention maintenance stated, “A slipping gear could let your m203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what’s left of your unit.” Photo #22 by © Ralph S (Mad physicist)

Convoy Duty

Convoy Duty. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them,” ~ quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Photo #23 by © Matthew Hacker

Join the army

“Join the Army…they said…it’s fun…they said!” It’s said that no combat ready unit has ever passed inspection. No inspection ready unit has ever passed combat. Photo #24 by leg0fenris

MV-22B Osprey

“The MV-22B Osprey is the world’s first operational tiltrotor aircraft, a vehicle that can take off and hover like a helicopter but by tilting its rotors forward can also fly like an aircraft.” Ronald Reagan quote, “Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.” Photo #25 by © Ralph S (Mad physicist)

Medivac Humvee

Medivac Humvee. “Because all of us believe and understand in the fabric of the common bond of why we call ourselves American is to care for the men and women who wear the uniform; and when they take off the uniform, we care for them when they are veterans,” ~ quote by Steve Buyer. Photo #26 by © Project Azazel

Special Forces and blue smoke

Special Forces and blue smoke. The photographer wrote, “Blackhawk Bravo One, LZ secured, blue smoke, I repeat, blue smoke!…” Photo #27 by leg0fenris

Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down. “While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms,” ~ quote by Randy Neugebauer. Photo #28 by © Project Azazel

Assault Amphibious Vehicle AAV-7A1

Assault Amphibious Vehicle AAV-7A1. The AAV-7A1 is the current amphibious troop transport of the United States Marine Corp. Murphy’s Law of Combat: It’s not the one with your name on it; it’s the one addressed ‘to whom it may concern’ you’ve got to think about. Photo #29 by © Project Azazel

American WW2 Squad

American WW2 Squad. “America’s veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world,” ~ quote by John Doolittle. Photo #30 by © Geoshift

Aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 8

Aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 8. The photographer wrote, “A few years ago I started building models of aircraft that served with Carrier Air Wing 8 aboard USS Enterprise in 2001. Only now have I reached the point where the collection is more-or-less complete and to a standard where I am happy with them, with brick-built canopies instead of non-LEGO ones.” A USAF Ammo Troop advisory: “If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him.” Photo #31 by © Ralph S (Mad physicist)

M4 Sherman tank

M4 Sherman tank. “The only war is the war you fought in. Every veteran knows that,” ~ quote by Allan Keller. Photo #32 by Andrew Becraft

US Military vehicles

US Military vehicles. George Patton once said, “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.” Photo #33 by © Project Azazel

U.S. Marine

U.S. Marine. “Never tell the platoon sergeant you have nothing to do,” quote by unknown Marine recruit. Photo #34 by Andrew Becraft

M21 Sniper Weapon System prototype

M21 Sniper Weapon System prototype. According to Combat for Dummies, Infantry Journal stated, “Don’t draw fire; it irritates the people around you.” Photo #35 by Andrew Becraft

Task Force

Task Force 141 – “Doom on you Mr. Tango!” Left to Right – Price, Soap, Ghost, & Roach. George Orwell once said, “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” Photo #36 by © The Knight (KJ)

Fog of war

Fog of war. GYSGT Correll quote, “Now I recall the Recon Marines ragged, filthy cammie shirted young men in green paint who move silent like the fog with deadly purpose in their eyes. Swift, Silent, Deadly. I smile.” Photo #37 by © The Knight (KJ)

Terminal looks like it could be a secret special ops mission

Terminal looks like it could be a secret special ops mission. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude,” ~ quote by Cynthia Ozick. Photo #38 by © ✠Andreas

U.S. Army Fire Team

U.S. Army Fire Team. “Teamwork is essential; it gives the enemy other people to shoot at.” Photo #39 by Andrew Becraft

M1A1 Abrams and M2A2 Bradley

M1A1 Abrams and M2A2 Bradley. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit once said, “The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war.” Photo #40 by © Ralph S (Mad physicist)

Brotherhood

Brotherhood. “We few, we Band of Brothers. For he who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother,” ~ William Shakespeare, Henry V. Photo #41 by © Geoshift

HK416-WIP, one of the weapons used by Navy SEALs

HK416-WIP, one of the weapons used by Navy SEALs now (as well as other special forces). Photo #42 by © Geoshift

F-105D Thunderchief

F-105D Thunderchief. More Murphy’s Laws Of Combat: If the enemy is within range, so are you. Incoming fire has the right of way. The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire. If at first you don’t succeed, call in an airstrike. Photo #43 by © Ralph S (Mad physicist)

AC-130H Spectre

AC-130H Spectre. “I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, “Mother, what was war?” ~ quote by Eve Merriam. Photo #44 by © ✠Andreas

Hitler's Hearse WWII USAF B26 Bomber

Hitler’s Hearse WWII USAF B26 Bomber. Photo #45 by Colby McCormack

Wolfpack

Wolfpack, okay maybe not US military, but the group looks tough like vets can be. “Freedom is never free.” Photo #46 by © Geoshift

New PMC squad

New PMC squad. “The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage,” ~ quote by Thucydides. Photo #47 by © The Knight (KJ)

Wilderness Trooper, Special Forces

Wilderness Trooper, Special Forces like Modern Warfare, Call of Duty. “For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag,” quote by Zell Miller. Photo #48 by © Geoshift

Patrol Boat

Patrol Boat. Themistocles once said, “He who has command of the sea has command of everything.” Photo #49 by © Project Azazel

WWII LEGO Vought F4U Corsair

WWII LEGO Vought F4U Corsair. Eurobricks explained, “The Corsair was already under development when the second world war started, but it had a fairly long gestation period. Although the aircraft was designed to fly from aircraft carriers, poor low speed handling and the view over the aircraft’s long nose made the US Navy decide that the aircraft was not suitable. Most initial deliveries were to the US Marine Corps for use from land bases. Later in the war, experience with the Corsair in British Royal Navy service and the threat posed by Kamikaze made the US Navy reconsider this decision and towards the end of the war most Essex class carriers, including USS Intrepid, operated Corsairs.” Photo #50 by Colby McCormack

MH-53M Pave Low

MH-53M Pave Low. “And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me,” ~ quote by Lee Greenwood. Photo #51 by © Ralph S (Mad physicist)

Crossing the River

Crossing the River. The photographer added, “No worries if you can’t swim, the water is only neck-deep.” Murphy’s Law of Combat: The enemy ‘Always’ times his attack, to the second you drop your pant’s in the Latrine!” But seriously vets, thank you, we appreciate you! God bless America! Photo #52 by Pascal (pasukaru76)

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