Surfin’ T

Lego Model T Hot Rod

This gorgeous Ford Model T hot rod was found by one of our Elves on Flickr. It’s been built by previous bloggee Norton74 and it’s almost everything we look for when blogging a creation. You can see all of the beautiful images via Flickr – click here to make the jump – but if you’re a Reader not a Clicker, here are some bonus shots*…

Lego Ford Model-T Hot Rod

*Now click anyway!

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That Was Febrovery That Was

Here at The Lego Car Blog, we pride ourselves on being a serious journal. We’ve chronicled and curated a high quality collection of Technic vehicles, Town & City minifig-scale machines and micro-scale builds. We would never demean ourselves with a photo feature on such a silly group as this year’s Febrovery. Oh, go on then: here’s a spaceman driving a giant caterpillar…

Crimso 01

Two of this year’s most prolific contributors to the group were Crimso Giger and TF Designs, both of whom produced a rover for each of the 28 days of the month. Featured above is Crimso’s “Caterpillar Rover” from day 23 and below is TF Designs’ “A.D.U. Rundown”. Each of TF designs’ vehicles was built from parts from Lego’s space themes from Classic Space to the present day.


TLCB regular Billyburg’s style is ideally suited to the Febrovery theme and we featured one of his builds in our Valentine’s Day Special. Using many smaller pieces and slices of Lego tubing Billyburg produced a selection of rovers, featuring his trademark blue spaceman. The Elves particularly liked the playability of his Lunar R.O.V.E.R.

Billburg Soccer

The month also featured many impractical and dangerous designs from another TLCB bloggee, David Roberts. Fortunately these were all built in LDD and with nothing for the Elves to sink their teeth into, they didn’t meet our Submission Guidelines. Also in the useful but probably impractical category was Halfbeak’s CS Ravine Rover, apparently enabling spacemen to, “Cross that ditch without a hitch!”.

Halfbeak Canyon

We featured Tyler Sky’s very practical contribution to the Febrovery group almost a month ago. He went back in time, both to Classic Space and possibly to the Stone Age to create his Primitive Rover. A practical manual power back-up or a throw back to the Flintstones: you decide!

Primitive Rover

A newcomer to both Febrovery and The Lego Car Blog was French builder, Pirate Cox. We featured his charming, Morgan-like Rover #7 earlier in the month. The Elves also liked his Rover #5 monowheel, with its clever arrangement of cogs and control pedals for the driver.

PC Mono Wheel

Lastly, it’s worth mentioning another prolific builder of slightly silly space rovers, David Alexander Smith. He raised the intellectual tone of the month with a thoughtful and thought provoking article on his philosophical Lego blog, “Building Debates“. Visit the Febrovery Flickr group by clicking this link and see David Smith’s thesis in action that, “Lego builders do it best, when we do it together.”

On that high-brow, cultural note, it just remains for us to finish with another build from the man who started it all: Crimso Giger. Here’s a spaceman driving a giant snail.

Crimso Snail

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Thinking Outside the Box

Lego Technic Bucketwheel Excavator and Train

It’s rare that we come across a Technic creation that genuinely surprises us. This is because a) our workforce of smelly little Elves appreciate quite a narrow range of models, mostly those with racing stripes and/or those of a transforming robotical nature, and b) because Technic builders themselves seem to mirror this approach.

It therefore makes a very welcome change to post a pair of Technic models like these, from MOCpages newcomer Desert752. Desert has built a complete mining set-up, with a huge bucket-wheel excavator and – even more unusually – a working Technic train. It’s all controlled remotely via LEGO’s Power Functions system, including the train’s movement, the emptying of the hopper cars, the rotating excavation bucket and the loading conveyer.

You can see how it all works via the link to MOCpages above where there are more images as well as a video of the set-up in action, and you can also be the first to leave Desert752 a comment welcoming him into our online Lego community.

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Soon The Hunt Will Begin

Lego Predator Supercar

Ex-LEGO set designer, published author, and generally nice chap Nathanael Kuipers is back with a bang. This is his latest creation, a V8-engined fully-functioning Technic supercar entitled ‘Predator’. The aforementioned V8 is mid-mounted, with the 5+R gearbox mounted behind it and controlled by linkages to the cabin. There’s also steering, independent double-wishbone suspension and opening gull-wing doors.

Nathanael’s Predator can be found on several sites, including MOCpages, Flickr, and his own excellent website NKubate, plus you can read TLCB’s interview with him by clicking here.

Lego technic Predator Supercar

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I See You Baby…

Lego Alfa Romeo Brera

Is this the most difficult rear-end to make from Lego? Well apart from this one obviously. It’s the work of Alexander Paschoaletto, and you can see more of his Alfa Romeo Brera on MOCpages here.

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Bricks in Motion Picture Special

Lego Bricks in Motion

One of The Lego Car Blog’s very favourite builders has taken the brave – and often envied – step into the world of professional Lego model making. Certified LEGO Professionals Bright Bricks can now count the ridiculously talented Nick Barrett amongst their building staff. Nick joined the Bright Bricks team bringing a wealth of vehicular knowledge, which they’ve put to excellent use in their latest commissioned project, ‘Bricks in Motion’.

Bricks in Motion is taking place at the Milestones Museum in Hampshire, UK until the end of April 2015, featuring many creations by Nick, as well as few other builders including regular bloggee Ralph Savelsberg.

Lego Ambulance

Nick’s creations include working vehicles commonly seen in the UK, such as this Mercedes ambulance (above), and JCB (below)…

Lego JCB

 …as well as themed creations from around the world, like these brilliant Lego taxis.

Lego Taxis

There are also a few nods to some of the most important vehicles of history, including famous ships and trains, such as the widely recognised pioneer of steam travel, Stephenson’s Rocket.

Lego Stephenson's Rocket

There’s lots more to see at Nick’s MOCpages account and you can see what’s on at the Bricks in Motion exhibition – including their children’s building activities and Mindstorms robotic workshops – via the link in the text above.

If you think that becoming a professional Lego model maker might be for you, then you can read our interviews with some of those who have gone pro by clicking this link to our Interviews page.

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Check Mate

Lego Checker Cab

Previous bloggee Aitor Fernandez is making another appearance here with another excellent Town scale car. This one’s a classic Checker Cab and you can see more on MOCpages. Plus points if you can identify the set that the trunk-lid sticker came from!

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Satan’s Lawnmower

Lego Claas Jaguar

This Claas Jaguar looks pretty dangerous up front – it’d be the perfect vehicle for a zombie apocalypse! Just us? OK.

You can see more of the Claas at Eric Trax‘s Flickr photostream, whilst we imagine mowing down the undead hordes…

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Space Rod

Lego Space Hot Rod

The smiling spacemen of Classic Space seem to be taking over the world! No sooner had we posted this classic space mash-up than another Elf returned to TLCB Towers clutching this imagining of what a hot rod would look like in classic space. It’s the work of Horcik Designs and there’s more to see here.

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Classic Truckin’

Lego DAF FT 18DS Truck

Flickr’s Arian Janssens has appeared here at TLCB a few times over the years, and on each occasion with a DAF truck. Building diversity may not be Arian’s thing, but if you’re good at something there’s lots to be said for sticking with it. Arian’s latest truck – a classic DAF FT 18DS – shows the results such building consistency can bring. There’s more to see at the link above.

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Space Hazzard

Lego Classic Space Dodge Charger

This wonderful classic space Dodge Charger* is the collaborative work of Kristi and Cody at Custom Bricks and C3Brix respectively. Kristi has been hard at work knocking up some most excellent decals to decorate Cody’s Charger design. As well as the classic space iteration above, Kristi has liveried the most iconic Charger of them all, the Dukes of Hazard ‘General Lee’. Both cars can be found on Flickr – click the links above to see more.

Lego General Lee Dodge Charger

*You won’t find us making a very poor taste space-related joke about Dodge’s other ’60s muscle car. Nope. We’re rising above it today.

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New Delivery

Lego Delivery Van

This refrigerated box-van was discovered by a member of our Elvish workforce today. Tromas is the builder and you can see more of his Town-style truck on Flickr.

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The Horror… The Horror…

Lego Apocalypse Now

Lego Admiral’s scene from one of – perhaps the – greatest movie of all time stopped the whole office today. Head over to Flickr to see it.

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Lego Sky-Fi

Jon Hall is back with another weird yet utterly brilliant aircraft. This one’s got checkers (which are surely the new racing stripes), it’s entitled the ‘Liberator’, and you can see more here.

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Super Caddy

Lego Technic Cadillac ATS Supercar

This simply excellent Technic Cadillac ATS appeared online courtesy of friend of TLCB Thirdwigg, who has – whilst normally famed for his construction machinery and a very big plane – decided to join the elite ranks of supercar builders.

His first entry into the Technic Supercar club is a good one; his ATS features everything you’d expect from a large scale Technic car, including all-wheel suspension, working steering, a 6-speed gearbox and – more unusually – three interchangeable engines of different configurations (I4, V6 and V8).

There’s lots more to see on Flickr, and on Thirdwigg’s own website where instructions for the Cadillac can be downloaded.

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