Summer Building Competition – Half Way!

TLCB Summer Building Competition

The Lego Car Blog Summer Building Competition, in partnership with Flickr’s LUGnuts and Headturnerz groups, is nearly half way through!

We’ve seen some excellent entries so far – here are few of our favourites to date that haven’t yet appeared on the blog…

Lego Technic F1 Car

This creation is one of the Elves’ favourites, ticking with the ‘fast’ and ‘violent’ boxes with a big thick marker. Greg Conroy has re-purposed the pieces within the official 42039 Technic set to build a mini-gun toting racing car. It’s sort of Mario Kart meets Formula 1, and that can only be a good thing. Greg has also included a couple of Elves to score some bonus points too. There’s more to see on Brickshelf – click here to check it out.

Next up we have a herd(?) of Mad Max-ish hot rods, with several builders taking this route to the Elves’ hearts. From left to right, _zenn‘s ‘Karma’ hot rod, Filip Gabryel‘s ’57 Chevy tow-truck, and Calvin Sun‘s post-apoc BMW.

Lego Mad Max Hot Rods

Alexander Paschoaletto, UndercoverWookie and Sir. Manperson have also taken the hot rod route with their entries below.

Lego Hot Rods

The top row score highly for violence potential, whilst the bottom row earn some speed points, but with no Elves and few racing stripes included they can certainly be beaten to the prize-winning top spots.

One of TLCB staff picks so far is this very cleverly constructed Pagani Huayra from Flickr’s Yubnub. Whilst it features no Elves or racing stripes, it epitomises ‘Nice Parts Usage’, with hot dogs used in the most interesting way we’ve ever seen. OK, the second most interesting way, but we better not talk about the other one.

Lego Pagani Huayra

To view all of the competition entries so far, including those that have already featured here at TLCB, click the links to LUGnuts or Headturnerz above, or you can use the Search function at the foot of the page.

No entry has yet ticked all the boxes to score top marks, although a few are close (if that’s you – repost your model with an Elf of two / add some stripes and you might gain some more points!), and one builder definitely took the competition title a little too literally

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To enter your own creation – and be in with a chance to win some excellent prizes courtesy of No Starch Press – please read the full competition details here.

The closing date for entries is the 31st of August 2015

One month to go!

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Formula 3

Lego F1 Kit

This neat idea comes from TLCB regular Angka Utama, who has designed a racing car set with interchangeable nose-cone, rear wing and side-pod bodywork.

Lego Racing Cars

There are three colours and styles to choose from (above) and these can be mixed and matched too (below). You can see more at either Flickr or MOCpages, where you will also find a link where you can vote for Angka’s idea to become an official LEGO set via the LEGO Ideas platform.

Lego Racing Car Kit

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Smokey and the Bandit II

Lego Smokey and the Bandit Pontiac Trans-Am

Chris Melby’s huge 1975 Kenworth 900 A truck from the cult film ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ featured here at TLCB earlier in the month, and he’s now completed the second star vehicle from the movie; the Bandit’s 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am.

Chris’ Model Team replica of the famous American muscle car uses some ingenious building techniques throughout, not least the glass, wheel-arches, front air-dam and side sills. There’s lots more to see on Flickr – click the link above to join the journey.

Lego Smokey and the Bandit 1975 Pontiac Trans Am

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Salt Fever

Lego Hot Rod Salt Flats

This adventurous mini-figure looks like he’s having a blast. Tim Henderson has recreated a scene from the pioneers of modifying. You can see more of his ‘Origins of Hot-Rodding’ on Flickr – click the link above to step on the salt flats.

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My Fairlady

Lego Datsun Fairlady Z

This gorgeous Datsun Fairlady / 240Z was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr. It’s the work of Cagerrin and we love absolutely everything about it. There’s a whole host of images available to view on Flickr – click the link above to see more.

Lego Datsun 240Z

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A Decade of the Brothers Brick

Lego Birthday Balloon

The internet’s largest and most famous Lego Blog is celebrating an incredible milestone today, as it passes the one decade mark! This makes The Brothers Brick as old as YouTube, the Aston Martin DB9, and Bird Flu. You can read a brief history of their first 10 years by clicking these words. Happy Birthday TBB!

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Muscle Beach

Lego Classic Muscle Cars Ford Mustang Dodge Challenger Plymouth 'Barrauda

This impressive trio of classic American muscle cars comes from MOCpages’ Heiko Rüütel. From left to right; ’65 Ford Mustang, ’71 Plymouth ‘Cuda and ’70 Dodge Challenger R/T. There’s more to see of each at Heiko’s MOCpages account – click the link above to check them out.

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Jungle Fever

Lego Concept Sports Car

We don’t often post fictional Lego vehicles here at TLCB because they are – for the most part – crap. Occasionally though, there are exceptions, and this is one such time. Built by TLCB regular Peteris Sprogis, and a little reminiscent of Mercedes’ SLS, is this ‘Motte Redoora’. We don’t know what that means but we do really like it. You can check out all the shots on either MOCpages or Flickr.

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Fighting Friday

Lego Aircraft Carrier CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt

This spectacular replica of the Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier was discovered on Flickr today. It’s been built by Jon and Catherine Stead and it’s… well, bloody massive!

The real Theodore Roosevelt was launched in 1984, measuring over 1,000ft long and weighing over 100,000 tons. The ship first saw operational duty in 1991’s ‘Operation Desert Storm’ during the first Gulf War, the same year as today’s second US Navy-themed post ended its active service.

The LTV A-7E Corsair II first entered service during the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, flying until it was retired in 1991. Over 1,500 Corsair II aircraft were manufactured between 1965 and 1984, with 98 lost during the Vietnam War.

The neat carrier-based A-7E Corsair II pictured below has been constructed by Flickr’s Dornbi and there’s more to see of his recreation at the link above.

The Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) carrier is currently in operation off the Yemen coast as part of a weapons interception programme. You can read more about the people who are being affected by the ongoing Yemen Crisis by visiting the Red Cross Yemen Crisis page here.

Lego A-7E Corsair II

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Whitey Ford Sings the Blues

Lego '51 Ford Sedan This lovely classic ’51 Ford Sedan was discovered on Flickr today. It’s got bench seats, a flathead V8, TLCB regular Senator Chinchilla is the builder, and you can see more of his latest effort at his photostream – click the link above to make the trip. Lego '51 Ford Sedan

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Thunderbolt

Lego P-47 Thunderbolt

Not a car, but very cool, is Daniel Siskind‘s brilliant mini-figure scale P-47 Thunderbolt. The P-47 was the heaviest single-engined aircraft of the war, featuring four machine guns per wing and a payload capacity over half that of a dedicated bomber, meaning when fully loaded it could weigh up to 8 tons. Daniel’s excellent recreation wears distinctive USAF markings – complete with custom decals – and can be seen in more detail on Flickr.

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Polish Colour Television – Picture Special

Lego Jelcz / Mielec / WZT WR-0043 (1971)

This is one of the more unusual vehicles to appear here at TLCB this year, but it’s one of our absolute favourites!

This gorgeous 1971 Jelcz Mielec television truck has been constructed by TLCB regular Karwik.  At 9 studs wide it’s one of the largest mini-figure scale vehicles we’ve featured here, and it’s also one of the most intricate.

Lego TV Truck Jelcz / Mielec / WZT WR-0043

Every detail of the real truck – which you can find online by searching for ‘Jelcz Mielec’ – has been captured beautifully (unlike a 1970s Polish TV camera) and the build has been completed with the addition of some brilliant custom decals and professionally chromed pieces by Chrome Block City.

We highly recommend viewing Karwik’s excellent gallery on Flickr – click the link above to switch channels.

Lego Jelcz Mielec Truck

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Sharks on a Plane

Lego Shark Plane

Karf Oohlu‘s mind is a weird and wonderful place.

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Short Circuit

Lego Sprint Racers

TLCB Elves are getting very excited seeing the creations made just for them that are appearing across the internet for TLCB Summer Building Competition.

Lino Martins has shot straight into pole position with his entry of two awesome-looking short circuit Sprint race cars. Racing stripes? Check. Big engines? Check. Bonus Elf? Check! The genuine racing stickers look the business too.

TLCB Summer Building Competition

There’s more to see of Lino’s competition entry at his Flickr photostream, and you can read the competition rules, prizes and entry requirements here if you’d like to enter your own creation!

Lego Sprint Cars

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Jaaaaag

Lego Jaguar XK-SS

We adore classic cars here at TLCB, and this is one of our absolute favourites; Jaguar’s glorious 1957 XK-SS.

This beautiful Model Team replica of one of Jaguar’s finest creations comes from previous bloggee Tim Inman, who has uploaded it to the LUGnuts pool for The Lego Car Blog Summer Building Competition.

The top secret panel of competition judges (by which we mean, er… us) would put this very highly on our ‘like’ list, but if you’re looking at this and thinking ‘ I can’t build like that’ – don’t worry! Whilst TLCB Team love Tim’s creation it’s much too classy for the Elves, and it contains no racing stripes at all. It’s all to play for!

You can read what we’re looking for in competition entries by reading the competition announcement here, and you can see more of Tim’s stunning Jaguar XK-SS on Flickr – click here to make the jump.

Lego Model Team Jaguar XK-SS

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