Typhoon

Lego Hawker Typhoon

The RAF like aircraft named after tropical storms and their current BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon is one of the world’s finest fighter planes. 70 years earlier the Eurofighter’s grandfather was too. The Hawker Typhoon evolved from the Hurricane as a high altitude fighter, but teething problems meant it never fulfilled this role quite as was intended.

However, the monstrous 2000bhp engine meant that the Typhoon found a new role as a ground attack aircraft (in addition to its job shooting down the BMW-engined Focke-Wulf Fw 190), and it could carry a payload close to that of a dedicated light bomber.

Sadly only one Hawker Typhoon survives today, but K Wigboldy aka Thirdwigg has recreated the legendary World War 2 aircraft so well there might as well be two. His 1:13 Lego replica features the huge 24 cylinder engine that made the Typhoon such an effective weapon, plus an electrically powered variable pitch propellor, working landing gear, flaps, ailerons, elevator and rudder.

More photos can be found on MOCpages via the link above, and you can see all the details plus a video of the working functions by visiting Thirdwigg’s excellent website – find it in the Directory in the main menu.

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Trucks in Space

Lego Classic Space Truck

TLCB regular F@bz returns with another sci-fi marvel. This time he’s swapped wings for wheels with this striking space truck. More pictures can be found on Flickr, click here to see more.

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Orange Slice

Lego Technic Superbike

The Elves know that orange Smarties are the best kind, and thus orange creations are highly sought after amongst our smelly little workforce. This find has pleased one of them greatly, as it’s now the recipient of a meal token and a coveted orange Smartie.

Hajdekr is the builder, and his bright orange super bike features a range of quality Technic functions, including suspension, steering and a four cylinder engine. You can see more of his bike – as well as a how-to instructional – over on Flickr via the link above, plus you can see a preview of LEGO’s own Technic super bike due in 2015 by clicking here.

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Built Ford Tough (Probably)

Lego Technic Madoca1977 Truck

This spectacular Technic pick-up truck is the work of previous bloggee Madoca1977, and unusually for a TLCB post we can’t tell you much about it. That’s because Madoca has so far released only a single teaser image without accompanying details, but his latest creation looks so damn cool we couldn’t wait to post it.

Madoca will release details and further images of the Ford-esque pick-up truck (or is it a Toyota HiLux?) in due course, but until then you can see more of the image above by visiting his Google Plus account here. There might only be one picture, but it’s our favourite truck of the year!

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Yacht Club

Lego Motor Yacht

Because millionaire mini-figures need to get from Long Island to Manhattan too.

JBIronWorks has built one of the more luxurious ways to commute to Wall Street with his beautiful recreation of the 1929 motor yacht ‘Mohican’, and it looks the perfect bath-toy for TLCB executive jacuzzi.

The real classic yacht is currently up for sale for a cool $1million, but if that’s a bit out of your reach you can pretend with JB on Flickr. Money can’t buy you happiness anyway. Although it can buy you a $1million motor yacht.

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Two Tiny Trucks

Tint Fire Engine

It’s red and blue Smarties all round for the Elves at The Lego Car Blog today, as they’ve returned from MOCpages with a pair of little trucks. First up is a micro fire engine from Taiwanese builder Chung-Po Cheng, whose bin lorry we featured a couple of days ago. You can click this link to MOCpages to see more of the details that have been squeezed into this truck.

Second is Tommaso Garosi’s Unimog. Christmas is coming (there have been decorations in the shops for weeks now) and Tommaso’s crew are busy loading trees onto their truck. Underneath this classic 4×4 are prop-shafts and difs, which you can see by clicking this link to MOCpages. You can compare this with LEGO’s new, official model by clicking this link to our mini 2015 City preview.

Tiny Unimog

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Print-a-Buggy!

Lego Dune Buggy 3D Printed Parts

Well, parts of one…

We usually only publish posts that feature genuine LEGO pieces here at TLCB (in fact it’s one of our submission criteria), however today’s creation warranted a closer look.

Built by TLCB regular Sariel, this Technic dune buggy features a few parts that you won’t find with an official LEGO logo on. That’s because they’ve been created using the relatively new phenomenon of 3D printing, which enables a Computer Aided Design (CAD) to be realised for real via plastic moulding.

Over the past few years the price of 3D printing has tumbled, meaning unique parts production is now within reach of many amateur designers and engineers (or morally-bankrupt individuals who think that the ability to print-your-own firearm is something the world needs…).

Fellow previous TLCB bloggee Efferman has put his design skills to use and created a range of custom components that LEGO themselves have yet to officially produce. These include a 5 stud long steering arm (vs. LEGO’s 6 stud long version), a heavy-duty differential, and some wonderfully bouncy suspension springs, all of which Sariel has fitted to his excellent remote controlled dune buggy.

Lego Buggy Custom Suspension Springs

The custom components appear to work beautifully with the standard LEGO Technic used in the rest of Sariel’s creation – especially the springs, which we’d love to test out ourselves (hint!) – and Efferman has designed a wide variety of other custom LEGO-compatible components that are available to purchase online. These include suspension and steering parts, pneumatic tanks, custom wheels, excavator buckets, plus a lot more that we’re not clever enough to understand.

You can view Efferman’s extensive range of unofficial 3D printed Lego components by visiting the Shapeways Store, plus you can see more of Sariel’s dune buggy demonstrating some of these parts in action via MOCpages at the link above, or by watching the ace video below.

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The Trashmen

Lego City Garbage Truck

Refuse Collectors are surly the unsung heroes of the modern world. Removing the vast quantities of detritus created by our wasteful and consumerist society, without them we’d be neck deep in trash within a week.

Lego City’s knights-in-hi-vis appear here courtesy of newcomer Chung-Po Cheng and his excellent recreation of one of Taiwan’s multitude of garbage trucks. See more of his refuse truck via MOCpages.

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They’ve Saved the Best Trip For Last…

Lego Back to the Future Part IIIBut this time they may have gone too far.

In 1990’s final* instalment of the superb Back to the Future franchise the ageing DeLorean needed a little help in hitting 88mph. Flickr’s Irwan Prabowo – making his TLCB debut – has recreated the famous Back to the Future Part III movie ending sequence wonderfully in micro-scale. You can see more of Irwan’s mini DeLorean time machine and the 1885 steam locomotive pushing it at his photostream via the link above.

*Maybe…

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Daisy, Daisy

billyburg bicycle

TLCB regular billyburg has come up with another in his series of super Classic Space vehicles. In contrast to F@bz’s creative solution to futuristic two-wheeled transport that we featured two days ago, billyburg has gone thinner, bigger diameter and side-by-side. The Elves have never seen wheels like this in all of their travels around the internet. Click this link to billyburg’s Flickr Photostream to see the details of exactly how he’s achieved it.

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Iconic

Lego Icon Ford Bronco

Newcomer Paul Kim makes his TLCB debut with his wonderful replica of Icon’s Ford Bronco. The geniuses at the Icon resto-modifying company take classic American 4x4s and refit them for the modern world, with the latest engines, suspension, brakes, electrics and interior components. Classic looks + modern engineering = win.

Paul’s Lego version is built in the same spirit, with a gorgeous Model Team style body mounted over some proper Technic hardware. You can check out all the images of the Bronco on both MOCpages and Flickr.

Technic Ford Bronco 4x4

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Start Up the Brickingham!

Lego Classic Roadster

Proving you don’t need a huge pile of bricks to make something great is Joao Campos and his lovely fictional ‘TR-14 Brickingham’ roadster. Joao hasn’t used many pieces, but the ones he has are employed brilliantly – even being positioned upside-down in places. See more of his classic roadster on MOCpages.

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Gold Dust

Lego Gold Dust Hot Rod

One of the most beautifully built and photographed creations of the year, Biczzz‘ gorgeous hot rod ‘Gold Dust’ is available to view in a huge gallery on Flickr. Click the link above to see all of the stunning photos, whilst we figure out how to make a gold Smartie for the successful Elf (can Elves eat glue and glitter?*).

Lego Model Team Hot Rod

*Yes, as it turns out.

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Weird Wheels

bike 01

Just when you thought that you’d seen all of the possible ways to build a wheel from LEGO, along comes F@bz. Whilst he is best known for his unusual spacecraft, we have also his featured futuristic cars and bikes on The LEGO Car Blog. F@bz’s Citroen Epona runs on wheels made from 17 (front) and 16 (back) black minifig helmet visors, according to the Elves who counted them. We’ve no information as to the ride quality this gives but it definitely creates a distinctive style. Click on this link to F@bz’s Photostream to see more, including detailed shots of some of the clever connections used in its construction.

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Oil, Bricks, and Politics

Lego Shell Greenpeace

Greenpeace, probably the world’s best known global activism charity, have been on the campaign trail, and oddly it affects our favourite little plastic bricks.

The LEGO Group has had a 50 year partnership with Royal Dutch Shell, featuring the petroleum brand on its Town sets before the arrival of the fictional ‘Octan’ brand in 1992, and more recently selling unique LEGO sets in Shell petrol stations.

Shell are an oil exploration company, and thus they explore the furthest reaches of our planet in the search for black gold. Most recently this has involved exploration in the arctic, much to the annoyance of Greenpeace.

In response the charity started a rather clever and actually quite original campaign to pressure LEGO into dropping Shell as a partner. Despite LEGO stating Greenpeace should take up their issues with Shell directly, the company has now bowed to pressure and decided not to renew their partnership with Royal Dutch Shell. What this means for LEGO’s other partnerships (e.g Ferrari, which are themselves sponsored by Shell) is unclear, but it will likely result in the end of the exclusive Shell sets in the near future.

We’re not quite sure how the termination of this partnership protects the arctic, or that Greenpeace understand irony (LEGO is made from plastic, and plastic is made from oil), but it does show that LEGO is seen as beloved moral brand, and that this is perceived to be at odds with some of their partnership choices.

We, being a car blog and understanding both irony and global economics, disagree with Greenpeace on this particular issue, but props to them for raising awareness of the LEGO brand – it’s done The LEGO Group no harm at all.

You can read more about the Greenpeace campaign and the response from both The LEGO Group and Royal Dutch Shell here, and you can watch Greenpeace’s slightly depressing campaign video below.

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