Minor Marvel

Lego Morris Minor

It’s been a week without any cars here at The Lego Car Blog, but the Elves sure have made amends today. This glorious 1960 Morris Minor 1000 is the work of friend of TLCB and one of our Master MOCer builders, the incredible Nick Barrett. Nick’s work has featured here countless times over the last two years, and today’s creation takes Lego vehicles to a new level of realism.

Months in the making, Nick’s latest creation is based upon a real 1960 Morris Minor 1000 nicknamed ‘Bluebell’ that he used to own in the 1990s. Under the unusually textured – and incredibly accurate – full-stud bodywork lies some truly inspirational Lego engineering. Working steering, suspension (live axel four link at the rear), opening (and locking) doors, bonnet and boot-lid, a working handbrake, adjustable seats, four speed gearbox and even motorised operational windscreen wipers all feature in a triumph of clever packaging.

Lego Morris Minor A-Series Engine

Underneath the beautifully curved bonnet sits a fully detailed Austin/Morris A-Series engine operated by a Power Functions motor that drives the rear wheels through the four speed gearbox. Featuring a working crank and pistons, camshaft, pushrods, rockers and valves it’s undoubtedly one of the greatest engines ever built from Lego. Nick has even made it easily removable so it can function as model and educational aid in its own right.

Lego Morris Minor 1000

Nick has included a wealth of photos and further information on this astonishing build at both his Flickr and MOCpages accounts. You can see all the images and join in the discussion by visiting either of the pages linked above, plus you can read what happened when we interviewed Nick earlier in the year for The Lego Car Blog’s Master MOCers Series by clicking here.

 

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Hump Day Classic Space Special

Lego Classic Space Gun

The Elves have been pretty useless at finding Lego cars this week. We’ve had planes, trucks and ships so we might as well complete the set and throw in some sci-fi too. Today’s two creations feature all the hallmarks of proper Classic Space creations; blue and grey colour combos, yellow ‘glass’, and a lax appreciation for physics.

First up (above) is Kristof A.’s ‘Pinpoint Sniping Vehicle’, which looks perfect for fending off marauding Blacktron robbers. See all the photos on Flickr here.

Our second creation comes from Classic Space stalwart David Alexander Smith, who’s ‘Superior Satellite Launcher’ looks the business for, er… launching satellites superiorly. You can see more on both MOCpages and Flickr.

Lego Classic Space Satellite Launcher

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Yaarr!*

Lego Ship

The Elves are putting on their best pirate voices today, after the discovery of this beautiful 14-gun brig ‘Pinnacle’ on Eurobricks. They sound a bit like the chipmunks with the flu but we’ll let it slide. Mr Townsend is the builder and we highly recommend taking a look through his Eurobricks discussion here, there’s a lot to see!

*In a pirate voice

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Too Close For Missiles, I’m Switching To Guns

Lego Top Gun F-14 Tomcat

Simultaneously the most homo-erotic* and brilliant film of all time, 1986′s Top Gun is the best airplane movie ever made. Starring Tom Cruise (before he got all annoying) and Anthony Edwards as Top Gun students Maverick and Goose, plus Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis and Meg Ryan, it was such a box office smash that the coked-up producers even remade it a few years later with the exact same plot and set it in NASCAR**.

This wonderful recreation of Maverick and Goose’s F-14 Tomcat (complete with Maverick and Goose themselves) is the work of TLCB regular and Lego building genius Ralph Savelsberg. With the best detailing you’re likely to see this year it’s well worth flying over to Flickr to see the full gallery. Join us there by clicking the link.

* The volleyball scene, “This gives me a hard-on”, “I want somebody’s butt, I want it now!”, the volleyball scene, the ‘Playing with the Boys’ soundtrack, and the volleyball scene.

** Days of Thunder

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Winged Horse II

Lego Pegaso Truck

Following yesterday’s Winged Horse we round off the weekend with another, this gorgeous classic Pegaso truck by Flickr’s Cabecin. Pegaso, named after the mythical Greek flying horse Pegasus, were a Spanish manufacturer of civilian and military trucks between the mid ’40s and mid ’90s. In 1990 the Pegaso company was bought by Iveco, who quietly closed the name down in 1994. Cabecin’s 1950s classic might be the only Pegaso truck to be built this year, and you can see more of it and his other works on Flickr via the link above.

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Winged Horse

Lego P51 Mustang

The Lego Car Blog becomes The Lego Plane Blog momentarily as we feature a Mustang without a Ford badge; an ace P-51D Mustang fighter by MOCpages’ Henrik Jensen. The P-51 was built for the Allies as high altitude fighter by North American Aviation and - once fitted with Rolls Royce’s Merlin engine – it became a formidable machine throughout the Second World War. Henrik’s mini-figure scale version is based upon a surviving P-51D now in private hands that saw service with the US Air Force, Swedish Air Force, and finally the Dominican Republic Airforce all the way until the 1980s. You can read more about the plane and see more images of Henrik’s model on MOCpages here.

Lego P-51D Mustang

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Heavy Highway Hauler

Hauler

This smooth looking rig was built by drdesignz on MOCpages. Its builder cites the 7347 “Highway Pickup” as an influence on his design, though the lowboy trailer is rather more stylish than the back of the Creator set. On top of looking good, the model has plenty of playable functions, which always excites the Elves. The trailer detaches, the digger is playable and the truck steers. As its builder notes, the steering works in the same way as the Model Team 5580 “Highway Rig”. The Elves were also excited because this MOC reminded them of when they helped us build the 31005 “Construction Hauler”, plus it features another digger with which they can smush their colleagues.

You can see more of the truck, trailer and digger by clicking the link to MOCpages or Cuusoo.

Hauler digger

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Work of Fiction

Lego Supercar

This model may not be a replica of real car, the steering may be faked and it may not feature any working functions at all. But just look at it! It’s the work of previous Featured TFOL and MOCpages builder Alexander Paschoaletto, and it’s beautiful. See all the photos of Alex’s stunning design here.

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Lost Territory

Lego Ford Territory

Another day, another Elf, and another Smartie and meal token awarded. Today’s lucky worker earned its dinner via Brickshelf, where digital specialist lego911 has recently uploaded a few brick-built creations. This one is a 2009 Ford Territory, a yawningly boring SUV built by Ford Australia.

Ford Australia, GM Australia (Holden) and now Toyota Australia have all recently announced they will no longer be building cars in the country. Sadly this is very bad news for the thousands of workers in the manufacturing plants, and the many more who work in the supply chain; our sympathies and best wishes go to all affected.

But on the brightside the Territory will be no more too. You can see more of this one and lego911′s other creations by clicking on the link above.

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Huta Stalowa Wola!

Lego Huta Stalowa Wola

No, we’ve not heard of it either, but this is a Huta Stalowa Wola. It might sound like a dance your grandparents did but it is in fact a chunky-looking front loader built between 1976 and 2000. TLCB regular Karwik is the builder, and you can see more of his wonderfully detailed machine via Flickr here.

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6 Pack

Lego Tyrrell P34B

The incredible car above might look like something from science fiction, but it really was a Formula 1 racing car. A winning Formula 1 racing car too. Designed in the mid ’70s, the Tyrrell P34 debuted in 1976 and survived until the 1978 season. It wasn’t the only six-wheel car either, with Williams, March and even Ferrari experimenting with six-wheel layouts, although Tyrrell were the only team to actually race a such a design.

Powered by the legendary Ford Cosworth DFV engine the P34 finished third overall in the 1976 World Championship and fifth the following year, after which it was replaced with more a conventional design – partly because developing tyres for the twin front axels was becoming a problem for the tyre manufacturer Goodyear.

This brilliant Lego recreation of one of the most iconic Formula 1 cars of all time is the work of Greg 998, whose work also featured here last month. Underneath the beautiful 1970s bodywork sits a replica Cosworth DFV engine, and of course the clever twin steering system found on the real car.

You can see more of the Tyrrell P34 and Greg’s other work by visiting MOCpages, and if you’d like to see the current Formula 1 teams having the freedom to design cars like this, write a letter to Mr. Ecclestone.  Who will immediately throw it in the bin and come up with a plan to award double points for the last race of the season, or something equally ridiculous. Wait, he already did that!?…

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Take a Seat

Lego Seat Altea

Our pals over at Eurobricks are running a competition, the winner of which will see their work built and showcased at Legoland Billund’s Miniland attraction! Entries must be a Seat* car produced in the last five years and be built to fit in with the Miniland environment. The entry above was discovered on Flickr and it looks like a strong contender for victory. Built by Marin Stipkovic it’s a Seat Altea XL Freetrack, a car that er… sort of flopped. Anyway, it looks nice in Lego form and you can see more of it at Marin’s photostream here.

*For the benefit of our non-European readers; Seat (pronounced ‘sey-at’) are a sort of Spanish Volkswagen. Only without the badge kudos or range of cars. Their new stuff is designed by an ex-Lamborghini designer though, so buying one is almost exactly like owning a Gallardo…

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Rate My Set

Lego Set Reviews

With Elves going hungry this weekend we’ve dipped into Archives to remind you that The Lego Car Blog features an extensive Review Library of over forty official LEGO, Technic and Model Team sets. We don’t just write about LEGO, we build it too. Hand-picked by the office anoraks the reviews include official sets from the latest Technic line as well as classic flagships from decades past that now change hands for mega-bucks on eBay.

So before you buy a set, see how it’s rated by the experts; simply visit the Set Review Library and click on your chosen set!

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Sacre Bleu!

Lego Citroen 2CV

Possibly the most stereotypically French scene ever created in Lego, Misterzumbi’s cornering Citroen 2CV is only missing a Gauloises cigarette in the hand of the driver and some parking dents on the bodywork. See more of the cheese eating surrender monkey and his voiture on Flickr.

Lego Citroen 2CV

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Kitten

Lego Cat Tractor

This tiny Technic Cat tractor was discovered on the creation-sharing image library Brickshelf. Despite its diminutive size this Cat is fully remote controlled, it’s even small enough for us to let the Elves have a go without fear of one of them getting smushed. Jorgeopesi is the builder and you can see the full gallery of his creation by clicking here.

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Featured Blog – Lego’s Soul

LS Cranes

One of our regular readers is tbzz2013, who often leaves comments on our posts. When we clicked on his Gravatar Profile, it turned out that he writes a blog too. Lego’s Soul is written in Polish but we know that The Lego Car Blog has a lot of Polish readers and we think that they will enjoy it. Unfortunately we’re a pretty monoglot lot at TLCB Towers. At the last survey we could order beer in 37 different languages but that’s about it. We don’t actually speak Elvish, as shouting at the Elves (plus a mixture of the airhorn and Smarties) generally gets the required results.

Regardless of what language you speak, Lego’s Soul is packed with photos of Lego sets from years gone by, with a good mix of Space, Town and Technic from the eighties and nineties in particular. We particularly enjoyed this article on Lego Town cranes, which has some great photos and interesting critiques (thank you Bing Translate!). The photos of the 6524 “Blizzard Blazer” from 1988 in real snow looked excellent too. It’s well worth visiting Lego’s Soul to enjoy the nostalgia of sets from your childhood or if you’re younger, perhaps to discover some new ideas.

LS Snowplough

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Wood Stove

Lego Vampire Tank Hunter

We’re feeling a bit whimsical here at TLCB today, so here’s a vampire-hunting steampunk tank. It makes absolutely no sense what-so-ever, what with a wooden gun barrel and steam propulsion, but sometimes we like things weird. Join in the fun at Castor Troy’s Flickr page here.

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Rhinoplasty

Lego Rhino Concept

We end the weekend with a second concept car; Aaden H’s ‘Rhino’. Built for a Flickr challenge it’s available to view here.

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Nemesis

Lego Nemesis Supercar

Missed by the Elves, but discovered by you, R.Skittle makes his TLCB debut with his beautiful Nemesis concept inspired by the latest generation of hypercars like McLaren’s P13 and Ferrari’s ‘LaFerrari’ (which we still refuse to believe is a legitimate name, hence the quote marks). Underneath the swoopy bodywork sits a fully remote control drivetrain, with two large Power Functions motors for drive and a servo motor for steering. To see all the photos of the Nemesis make a visit to R.Skittle’s MOCpage here.

Lego Nemesis Supercar

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Virtual VTOL

Harrier LDD

It’s unusual for us to feature MOCs that aren’t built in real bricks on The Lego Car Blog. The Elves prefer something that can be disassembled and used as weapons for beating up their annoying colleagues, something that they can climb all over and into as well. It was with great satisfaction that we heard a “Thump!” as the first Elf who tried to leap into the cockpit of this US Marines AV-8B, fell through the digital bricks and landed on the floor. The we had to get out the airhorn and blast away his co-workers as they tried to pile on top to smush him even further into the carpet.

Justin Davies has an impressive catalogue of LDD builds, many rendered to a very high standard, both on Flickr and MOCpages. His latest build is a Harrier II, very accurately shaped and complete with the working functions you’d expect such as undercarriage, control surfaces, vectored thrust nozzles etc. It’s worthwhile visiting Justin’s galleries to see the view of the underside of this aircraft which shows how he used different plates to achieve an accurate wing planform. The rear of the fuselage has also been very neatly, smoothly and accurately shaped, including the vertical stabiliser.

This Harrier also features a load-out of Sidewinders, rocket pods, LGBs and the cannon pods which form an essential part of the aircraft’s aerodynamics. If Justin’s previous builds are anything to judge by, we can expect to see further versions of this aircraft with a variety of weapons and colour schemes. Justin has also started to put his builds into scenes. The picture below shows an F-4J Phantom II of VF-96 “Fighting Falcons”, hunting for MiGs over Vietnam in May 1972. “Showtime 100″ was flown by Cunningham and Driscoll, the first American aces of the war and the first aces to have achieved their five kills using only missiles. Although the lettering on the MOC has been added afterwards, it does feature a nicely brick-built squadron badge on its tail. You can see more of Justin’s aircraft by following these links to Flickr or to MOCpages.

Phantom LDD

Note: As these are virtual creations, the Elves who found them were rewarded with virtual Smarties, which is another reason why the Elves prefer MOCs to be in solid bricks.

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Gorhound

Lego Search and Rescue TruckThis strange beast is apparently a Vunssen & Groebe ‘Gorhound’ Class Search and Rescue truck. Built to recover crews shot down in enemy territories it’s the work of previous bloggee iomedes !…. on Flickr. As we don’t really know what we’re talking about when it comes to sci-fi we’ll end the model description there, although to us it does look very cool in its (unintentional) Repsol Racing paint-job. You can see more of the Gorhound on Flickr via the above link.

 

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Red Baron

Lego Red Baron Hot Rod

Another day, another Elf returns to the office to be rewarded with a meal and a (red) Smartie. Today’s lucky worker uncovered this cool-looking Technic Volksrod on both MOCpages and Flickr. Built by newcomer sm 01 it’s entitled ‘Red Baron’ and it’s fully remote controlled. You can see more pictures and a video of it in action via the links.

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Big Cat

Lego Caterpillar Bulldozer

This impressive remote control Caterpillar bulldozer is the work of friend of TLCB Dennis Bosman aka LegoTrucks. It features a whole host of technical wizardry and you can see all the photos on Flickr via the link, plus catch up on Dennis’ Master MOCer interview here.

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Hump Day Special – The Killer Years

Classic Formula 1 Lego

One of TLCB’s favourite groups, MOCpages’ Classic Race Teams, has gone quiet of late. However, MOCpages builder Greg 998 is single handedly keeping the theme going with his expanding garage of superb classic racing machinery. His work includes the Lotus 72, March Ford, Tyrrell 006 and Hunt’s 1976 McLaren shown here, as well as a variety of other historic Formula 1, CanAm and LeMans racers. Just iron your sheets Greg!

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Big Bucket

Lego Technic Cat Excavator

This enormous Caterpillar 7495 HF bucket excavator was uncovered by a group of very excitable Elves on Flickr (a few weeks ago actually, when it wasn’t quite finished, so this is an updated post). It’s the work of LEGO-building genius Konajra, a man who’s featured here on TLCB a few times in the past with his incredible ships and Town scenes, and he’s now added technical-brilliance to his already expansive building skill-set.

Contained inside the Caterpillar’s wonderfully realistic body is an extensive range of Power Functions components which are used to control all the major aspects of the excavator’s movements. The Elves thought this functionality was great fun (at least the ones at the controls did), but with several of their colleagues smushed into the office carpet and others deposited on high shelves from which they had no hope of descending, the controls were swiftly taken away and returned to Konajra.

You can see more details of the Caterpillar, including an insightful ‘naked chassis’ shot by clicking the link to Flickr above.

Lego Cat Bucket Excavator

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