One of the most interesting sequences in Holding Our Own episode 3 depicts scenes from World War II. Within this striking model of the German Chancellery, Hitler’s National Socialists (Nazis) and Aien Overlord Mzraak’s Air Force have joined forces against the allied nations.
Chancellery, Virtual Image 01.
Here’s a draft of the building, made in Lego Digital Designer. Kind of a rough sketch.
Chancellery, Virtual Image 03.
This draft photo has minifigures that are supposed to represent Adolf Hitler & General Mzraak. Even though LDD’s minifigure pallete has increased significantly, the pieces I’ll be using arne’t available in the program.
Chancellery, Virtual Image 04.
The same as virtual image 03, but at a different angle.
Hitler & Alien, Photo 02.
The alien’s flagship is originally from a Mars Mission set (#7692, MX-71 Recon Dropship (2007)). I bought the set, box and all, in 2011 at a yard sale for $2! General Mzraak is the alien overlord from Lego Mystery minifigures series 8. A soldier, seen in the background, comes from series 3. Adolf Hitler is custom-built. This set is still missing a few flags that will be added before shooting. see virtual images for flags.
Hitler & Alien, Photo 4.
The truth about the building is that it’s in two parts, and it’s completely flat! Except for a platform for the characters and flagship to rest upon, most of the model is no more than two studs wide! Not only that, the part in front conceals a bunch of yellow 2x4 bricks just designed to prop up the background part of the building. It took about an hour and a half to build, excluding the time I waited because I only had enough 1x1 black tiles to make one swastika. I had two other tiles that I use as Brent’s RSV Bible prop and backup Bible, but thought it sacrilegious to incorporate Bibles, even Lego ones, into a National Socialist swastika, which represents something so evil. So I ordered 8 black tiles and made a fresh one.
Hitler & Alien, Photo 6.
Here the focus is more on the two leaders rather than the architecture of the building. I stated using real photos as reference, but had trouble as they were in black and white. I actually turned then to the Warner Brothers’ cartoon “Commando Duck” 1944, which has a great animated version of the building in its last scene. It’s very funny; Hitler, voiced by legendary voice artist Mel Blanc, is speaking in German double-speak, and Daffy Duck wallops him on the head with a mallet. Hitler makes a childlike scream that cracks me up every time I watch it. Anyway, the cartoon rendition is very accurate, in color, and has a clean look that makes it easy to transfer to Lego by sight.