Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

Lego Volvo Truck

This beautiful Volvo F88 dropside truck is the work of the fantastically talented Thomas Graafland. Thomas is – believe it or not – a Teen Fan Of Lego, but such is the quality of his building we didn’t feel he needed the ‘Featured TFOL’ accolade (but you can claim it if you like Thomas!).

Underneath the Volvo’s impeccable red and yellow bodywork is a 6-cylinder engine, working solid-axle suspension, working steering and a two-speed gearbox. Thomas has uploaded a superb gallery of images to both Flickr and MOCpages. View all the photos via the links, whilst we very generously give a lucky Elf both a red and yellow Smartie. And possibly diabetes.

Technic Volvo truck

 

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Mini-Moto

Lego Technic Mini Motorbike

One of our Eurobricks-based Elves returned today clutching this in one claw – with the other held out expectantly for a meal token. It was quite a brave choice by the aforementioned Elf as we don’t tend to blog small Technic creations here, but this is one we’d buy with our own pay packet if it were available.

Gsia17 is the builder, and he’s used under 200 parts to build this mini motorbike, even with a working engine and steering included. Check it out on Eurobricks at the link above.

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Steam Wars

Lego Steam Punk Star Wars

After yesterday’s history lesson we’re sticking with the historical theme for this post, but at the other end of the Silliness Spectrum!

Star Wars and Steampunk are both pretty nerdy things, but combining the two is a whole new level of nerdidity*. This Steampunk imagining of Slave 1 by Legopard is probably the nerdiest thing we’ve seen all year, but also one of the coolest too. It was suggested to us via the Feedback page, and you can join us geeking-out over it on either MOCpages or Flickr.

*What? That’s a word…

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The Butterfly Effect

Gräf & Stift 1911 Double Phaeton

Some cars are important for reasons far beyond their parts. This is one such vehicle, the 1911 Graf & Stift Double Phaeton. It was – as you can see – truly lovely, like so many of the long forgotten pioneer motorcars.

However the Graf & Stift became famous for the most tragic of reasons. On the 28th June 1914 Gavrilo Princip, a young disenfranchised Bosnian Serb, fired shots into the car’s occupants. They were the Archduke of Austria-Hungary Franz Ferdinand, and his wife Sophie von Hohenberg, heirs to the Austro-Hungarian throne.

Both Franz and his wife died from the attack, and Gavrilo was arrested and jailed, being too young to face the death sentence. But like a butterfly flapping its wings causing an ever escalating chain of events, Gavrilo could never have known what his actions would set in motion.

The assassination gave Austria-Hungary the pretext to invade Serbia, itself on the war-path to reclaim its own lost 14th century empire. With treaties between countries in place across Europe, if one country went to war others were obliged to follow, and soon every major military power had chosen a side. The First World War had begun.

Gavrilo died three years later in prison, emaciated by disease and malnutrition. The majority of the 37 million who died during the war went the same way.

Karwik is the builder of the Archduke’s Double Phaeton, and you can see more of his recreation of possibly the most important car ever built via Flickr.

Lego Assassination of Franz Ferdinand

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China Doll

Lego Sky-Fi Dieselpunk

The Lego Car Blog’s favourite weird aircraft builder, the delightful Jon Hall, is back! His latest is named the F-49A Patriot, with this particular bird christened ‘China Doll’ by her daring mini-fig pilot. See more of the F-49 – including some spectacular photoshopped images like the one above – on Flickr here.

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Ferrari 250GT California Picture Special

Lego Ferrari 250GT California

This, ladies and gentleman, is the best creation you will see in 2014. It’s the best creation we have ever publicised. It’s probably the best Lego vehicle in the world. This is a Ferrari 250GT California built by Certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught aka ‘thebrickman’.

The Ferrari 250GT California is one of the world’s most sought after cars. Appearing in the 1980s cult film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (sort of – the movie’s most famous scene actually used a disguised MGB) did 250GT values plenty of favours, but it was already world-famous long before its starring role.

In the early ’60s Ferrari 250s were driven by Steve McQueen and James Coburn amongst others, and it’s Coburn’s own vehicle that holds the record for the highest price ever paid for a car at auction; $10.7million by British radio and television host Chris Evans in 2008.

Lego Ferrari 250GT

Ryan’s astonishing recreation of the 1961 masterpiece contains an estimated 50,000 LEGO bricks – making it almost 1:4 scale – and took him almost four weeks to build.

The beautiful photos shown here come from Ryan’s Flickr photostream, and you can view the complete gallery via the link at the top of this post.

Ferrari 250GT California

We also highly recommend a visit to Ryan’s website www.thebrickman.com where you can see more of his commission pieces, and you can read about life as one of only thirteen Certified LEGO Professionals in the world.

James Coburn Ferrari 250GT

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Gazza

Lego GAZ 67

It might sound like the Match.com identity of a guy in a pub in the midlands*, but the Gaz 67 is actually a rugged little off-road vehicle that was originally developed for the Russian military. Which explains the ‘Z’ in the name, as the Soviets seemed to name everything with a Z (‘cos Z’s sound cool), and also why it was a bit rubbish. [Maks] mini-figure scale Gaz is anything but rubbish though, and you can see more of his ace little creation on Flickr at the link.

*Apologies to our non-British readers, who probably have no idea what we’re talking about.

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Featured TFOL: Davanchi M

Lego BMW 2002 Turbo

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a… er, Featured TFOL, here at The Lego Car Blog. This is mostly because we’d forgotten about it as a category, but also because many TFOL-created vehicles are home-brewed nonsense with fantastically impossible engines and dimensions.

The Lego Car Blog Elves quite like this approach of course, but any such finds are vetoed by the office for being ‘a bit shit’, and the Elf in question swiftly shown the way back out by way of the office catapult.

MOCpages user Davanchi M started out building the aforementioned type of vehicles, but has progressed through the various phases of TFOL-dom to reach the point where his creations are now excellent recreations of some of the most-respected cars not the road. Once such example is this glorious BMW 2002 Turbo – one of the star cars of the 1970s – that Davanchi recently uploaded to his MOCpage.

Davanchi is adding new cars to MOCpages regularly, and all are now well worth a view. You can see more of the BMW and his other creations via the link above!

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The Best 4x4xFar

Lego Land Rover

Suggested to us by a reader we round off today’s Technic-biased musings with this superb Land Rover Defender. It was found on Image Shack and has been built by the previously unknown-to-us dirtzone.

The Defender features Power Functions drive and steering, opening doors, and a truly fantastic suspension set-up. Dirtzone has made a large gallery of images available to view at the aforementioned link, which includes chassis and component photographs. Check it out and be inspired!

Lego Land Rover

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Mixing It Up

Technic Cement Mixer Truck

Image sharing site Brickshelf – oft overlooked by Lego blogs classier than this one – still yields our Elves some good finds. This is one such creation, a marvellous Technic cement/concrete truck by przemo. Underneath the (actually quite lovely) bodywork is a range of classic mechanical functions including four-wheel-steering and working leaf-sprung suspension. You can see all the images over on Brickshelf by clicking the link above.

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Blue Bucket

Lego Bucket Excavator

Doc Brown’s dinky bucket excavator proves that size really doesn’t matter when it comes to Technic creations – it’s as functional and playable as models three times its size! See all the photos on at Doc’s Flickr page via the link.

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UCS 76023 Batman Tumbler Preview

Lego 76023 Tumbler

When Christopher Nolan reloaded the tired Batman franchise back in 2005 his critically-acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy created new icons in cinema history. The late Heath Ledger will probably best be remembered for his spectacular performance as the Joker, and Batman’s new (completely real, drivable and road-legal) wheels blew away anything that had been seen before.

To be revealed at Comic-Con this week, LEGO has immortalised both Ledger and the Tumbler in brick form, with the incredible 76023 Ultimate Collector Series Tumbler.

Lego 76023 Tumber Joker Mini-Figure

Measuring over 15 inches long and 9 inches wide the Tumbler features 1,869 pieces – including both Batman and Heath-Ledger-Joker mini-figures – as well as the usual UCS fact sheet.

Expect 76023 to retail for around $199 when it reaches stores in September of this year. We can’t wait!

Lego UCS Batman Tumbler

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Stingray Speedster

Lego Stingray

We round off a busy day here at TLCB with a car so achingly beautiful it made us all wish it were real. Bing-Bong Brother’s Stingray Speedster is a work of Lego art. There’s only one image, but it’s definitely worth looking at. Click here to see the Stingray on Flickr.

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LUGPol Video Special

Lego MAN Truck

The steady stream of Elves returning to TLCB office with a great build originating from Poland and/or the LUGPol group indicates that something special must be happening over there.

Marek Markiewicz (aka M_Longer) is one such builder, and his latest work typifies the excellent creations produced by LUGPol’s users. It’s a fully Power Functions remote controlled MAN tipper truck (pictured here with his L580 front loader), and the engineering inside is impeccable. See what Marek’s MAN can do in the video below!

YouTube Video

Lego Ripsaw Tank

Our second creation comes from one of Poland’s most famous builders – and one of the most frequently blogged – the incredible Sariel.

His latest work is probably the most capable remote control Lego vehicle we’ve ever seen. See how unstoppable his Ripsaw XL is via the brilliant video – complete with a killer Death in Vegas soundtrack – below.

YouTube Video

Special thanks go to LUGPol for continuing to supply our Elves with so many high quality creations. We know many LUGPol members visit TLCB, so if you’re one of them and would like us to feature LUGPol as a Group of the Month* let us know how we can find out a bit more about you!

*Or Several Months. We’re quite unreliable with this feature!

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Even Danny Zuko Wants One

Lego Hot Rod

It’s a beautiful summer day here in the northern hemisphere, and what better way to celebrate than by putting the top down and going for a drive? Coming to us today from František Hajdekr on Flickr is this System and Technic hot rod with a functional convertible roof. Pull up to the Malt Shop in this, and Scooby-Doo and the gang wouldn’t even know what to say!

With special thanks to Guest Blogger Chris Elliott.

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