Tricolore

Lego Indy 50o Race Car

Sometimes it’s the simplest of creations that please the most, and Angka Utama‘s Indy 500 racer is quite possibly our favourite car of the year so far – we adore it. There’s more to see of his beautifully simple classic racer on Flickr – click the link above to make the jump.

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Nismo Is No More

Lego Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

Nissan’s recent Le Mans adventure has been rather short-lived. First the brilliant looking Deltawing ran the ’00’ designation for experimental vehicles, but was sadly involved in a crash forcing it into retirement, then Nissan’s Nismo team returned with this; the hybrid GT-R LM.

Built to take on Audi, Toyota and Porsche in the LMP1 prototype category, the GT-R LM Nismo competed in just one race before the whole project was canned.

MOCpages’ Alexander Pachoaletto remembers one of motorsport’s most recent high-profile failures with his tidy Model Team recreation. complete with some of the most ingenious headlights of any model to appear here. There’s more to see of Alex’s Nissan GT-R LM Nismo at the link above.

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Pew Pew Pew!*

Lego Star Wars Tie Fighter

*Or something. See more previous bloggee Yubnub‘s  Tie Fighter on Flickr.

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Matt LeBlanc Hosting Top Gear?…

Lego Top Gear

Occasionally we dip into the news here at TLCB, and today is one such day. Speculation has been rife as to who will join Chris Evans for the re-launched BBC Top Gear later this year, from models to motorbike racers the press seem to have a new ‘confirmed’ co-host every other week.

Well now it’s our turn. It’s Matt Le Blanc. Yes the actor from Episodes, Joey from Friends, and the fastest Star In a Reasonably Priced Car is set to join the show as co-host this year. You heard it here first!* If we’re right (we’ve even beaten the BBC themselves to this…) you can expect to read this story in the major news outlets very soon.

You can read our other posts relating to the Top Gear story, which include the wonderful caricatures of past hosts Jeremy, Richard and James by Ralph Savelsberg above, by clicking here.

What do you think about Matt LeBlanc’s appointment? – Have your say in the comments.

*Our Elves are everywhere.

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Common Brown Rat

Lego Rat Rod

You don’t need 27,000 pieces to appear here at The Lego Car Blog. Sydag’s latest creation is built from around 100, and rather good it looks too. See more of his rat rod ‘The Beast’ by clicking here.

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Union Pacific

Lego Union Pacific EMD SD70 Ace Locomotive

This incredible creation was suggested to us by a reader, and whilst it’s not a car it is very probably the best Lego locomotive that we’ve ever seen. Built by TLCB Master MOCer BricksonWheels it’s a 2005 EMD SD70 Ace 4,300hp diesel-electric locomotive in Union Pacific livery, and it’s almost a meter and a half long.

Taking four months and 27,000 bricks to build, BricksonWheel’s latest creation features a fully detailed interior complete with lighting by third-party suppliers Brickstuff, as well as custom decals matching those of the real locomotive.

There’s a whole lot more to see including work-in-progress shots and a detailed description of the build at both Flickr and the Eurobricks discussion forum, plus you can read our interview with the builder by clicking here.

Lego Union Pacific Train

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Grey Greebles

Lego Sci-fi Rover

Flickr’s Febrovery is in full swing, and this oddity by previous bloggee pirtatecox is one of our picks so far. There’s more to see of his twelve-wheeled Classic Space-esque rover via the link above.

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Wild Ride

Lego Rollercoaster

Tim Schwalfenberg‘s superbly-built mini-figure rollercoaster is just like your Mom; we can all have a ride but we might feel a bit sick afterwards. Anyway, enough about your promiscuous mother – there’s more to see of Tim’s ‘Wild Ride’ on Flickr – click the link above to join the queue.

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Crushing Copper

Lego Steampunk Mech

We don’t know what this is, but we like it. There’s more of the inside of Moko‘s mind available to view at his photostream – click the link to make the jump.

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Twin Jeeps

Lego Jeep CJ5

These two delightful CJ5 Jeeps were discovered by a happy Elf today, built by previous bloggee and Lego Professional Nick Barrett. Nick’s work has appeared here several times over the years and his latest builds are everything we could want in a LEGO model. Both are beautifully realistic on the outside (whilst sturdy and playable too), and underneath each Jeep has gone a different route to achieving technical realism.

The red version is built on a traditional studded chassis and is all-mechanical, with live-axle suspension, a two-speed gearbox with selectable all-wheel-drive, mechanical steering and a working straight-4 piston engine.

The white version, whilst near identical externally, sits on a modern studless chassis fitted with Power Function remote control drive and steering, alongside the same two-speed gearbox with selectable all-wheel-drive and live-axle suspension.

There’s more to see of both Nick’s mechanical and electrical versions of the classic Jeep on MOCpages and Flickr – click the links to his MOCpage and photostream to see all the images.

Lego Jeep

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Folded Pair

Lego Technic Cherry Picker

TLCB staff are forever being told to fold stuff neatly and put it away by our long-suffering intern, so today we’ve done just that with two expertly engineered Technic cranes – although we’re not entirely sure this is what she meant.

First up is damienple‘s Technic cherry-picker, complete with Power Functions, working stabilisers and an extending boom, as found by one of our Elves.

Today’s second Technic crane truck was found by a reader, and comes from AtikkaMoc. It’s a truck-mounted knuckle-boom crane and it also features Power functions, working stabilisers and an extending boom.

There are further images available for both builds on Brickshelf – click the links above for more.

Lego Technic Crane Truck

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New York New York…

Lego Ford Crown Victoria NYC Taxi

…has crummy taxis. The Ford Crown Victoria is big on the outside yet small in the back, inefficient, uneconomical and hugely polluting. None of things you want from a vehicle that spends its time threading through congested city streets with a paying customer in the rear seat. Still, the Crown Vic is designed to run for ever and thus it became the default choice for cabbies and police departments across America back when gas was cheaper than water.

This stunningly accurate replica of the iconic Crown Vic in New York City Taxi livery has been built by Flickr builder and TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist, and it’s as good as anything you’ll see in a Legoland theme park. You can hail it for yourself at Ralph’s photostream via the link above.

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS – Picture Special

Lego Porsche 911 GT3 RS

No, not that Porsche 911 GT3 RS, but this one could become an official set too. Car-building legend Malte Dorowski has been refining his Model Team Porsches for years, and has now revealed a version of the legendary German sports car that could one day become an official LEGO set – if you vote for it.

Lego Porsche 911 GT3 Inside

Malte’s latest iteration is a top of the tree GT3 RS, complete with the iconic white and red colour scheme, and – as you can see in this image – the techniques used to create it are quite a step above any official LEGO set on sale.

 Lego Porsche 911 Interior
We don’t expect a model this complicated to pass LEGO’s design requirements unedited, but we do think there is room in LEGO’s line-up for some increased complexity.

You can see all of the images of Malte’s incredible Model Team Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and vote for it to be considered as an official LEGO set, via the LEGO Ideas platform – click the link to make your vote count.

Lego Porsche 911 GT3

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One Hundred Ways To Win!

Lego LUGNuts Competition

Hello LEGO Car Blog readers! Lino Martins here. Aside from being the outspoken front man and taskmaster over at LUGNuts, I have been a lot of things in my day: wine enthusiast, chubby chaser, mob informant, Pulitzer Prize winner, True Belieber, drug mule, part-time figure drawing model, prison snitch, gun-nut, cheese monger, interim fluffer, Olympic gold medalist, and backup dancer…but I have never been a writer for The LEGO Car Blog. Which is why that, thanks to a serious lapse in someone’s judgement (probably the Elves), I am honored that they let me take over the blog for this one post.

Now it’s about to get a bit more lowbrow around here and they probably won’t get the damage deposit back on this rental blog-writing studio, but I can assure you this is all for good reason. For all of February, LUGNuts will be running our 100th challenge called “100 Ways To Win”…a challenge so epic, we went back in time to 1582 to convince astronomers to give us one more day in this otherwise very short month. It’s totally true. I wouldn’t just make that up. We have a physicist who does that kind of stuff.

Anyway, how this works is you go on over to LUGNuts, (read the rules and whatnot), choose a number from 1-100 and, based on your chosen number, we will assign you an automotive task from a list of ideas that we have under lock and key. You build accordingly, play your cards right, and you may take home a totally awesome prize.

Over at LUGNuts, in life, and sometimes in the bathroom, we live by one policy: go big or go home! An epic challenge calls for epic prizes so the third place winner gets the LEGO Technic 42050 Drag Racer. Second place winner; we up the ante with the Technic 42039 24 Hours LeMans Race Car. For the first place winner we pull out all the stops with the Technic 42030 Remote-Controlled Volvo L350F Wheel Loader. Also, all three winners will get an autographed copy of The Art of LEGO Modeling, courtesy of Dennis Glaasker, Dennis Bosman and No Starch Press. I’m pretty sure winning a totally epic prize from a LUGNuts challenge will get you laid. (Claim void if you happen to be a youngin, live in Idaho, or if your belly protrudes from under your billowing renaissance fair shirt.)

How do we afford such huge prizes? We had a little help from our sponsors and friends at The Brothers-Brick, Constructibles, and the LUGNuts admins. Plus the judge ruled in my favor during that whole cheese mongering fiasco so I don’t have to worry about posting bail. What, did you think my brief stint as a drug mule would get me busted? Oh, HELL NO!

So head on over to LUGNuts to see what we have in store this February! Thanks, LEGO Car Blog for letting me use your blog-writing studio. Oh, and if some Chinese dudes in a van tell you I sold them fake Viagra, don’t believe them. Also cool water and salt will take the wine stains out of the carpet. Just sayin’.

Sign up for your chance to win!

Lego Competition

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Carrying 15,000 Bricks

Lego Marvel SHIELD Helicarrier

This spectacular creation was unearthed by The Brother Brick this week, and it might be the biggest thing to appear here this year.

Built by  Stephen (Chao) it is of course a scale replica of the SHIELD Helicarrier from the Avengers franchise, and it’s massive. At over 4 foot long and constructed from over 15,000 pieces it has a mass five times that of the official LEGO Helicarrier set.

A suitably high gallery of images is available to view on Flickr, including work-in-progress shots detailing the helicarrier’s construction step-by-step. Click the link above to visit the album at Stephen’s Flickr photostream.

Lego Avenger's Helicarrier

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