Play Your Cars Right

Lego '59 Chevy Impala Gasser

From the A-Team to Only Fools and Horses, 1980s television created some utterly brilliant cult shows. ‘Play Your Cards Right’ was not one of them – a game show in which contestants play a simple card guessing game in order to win mediocre prizes is not a recipe for televisual excitement. Today though, we’ve found two creations that make the ‘higher or lower’ game much more fun.

First up, and ‘higher’ is Tim Inman‘s 1959 Chevrolet Impala gasser van. ‘Altitude’ is fitted with a ridiculous V8, some ace sign-writing, and of course the all important gasser raised suspension. The ‘lower’ Impala to Tim’s gasser is fulfilled by fellow Flickr car builder Lino Martins, and his beautiful 1959 Impala low-rider ‘Low Life’. Both Tim and Lino’s complimenting ’59 Impalas can be found on Flickr – click the links in the text to see more.

Lego 1959 Chevrolet Impala lowrider

 

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Toscana

Toscana Front

Many of Angka Utama’s cars are like the Elves, complex and small. The Toscana is a good example of this, including a drop down rear engine. Actually, on second thoughts the Elves are a worryingly simple bunch. On third thoughts, the Elves’ diet of sugary Smarties and fizzy drinks means that they’re getting a bit tubby too. Please click on this link to Angka’s Flickr Photostream to have a closer look at the Toscana’s features, whilst we go and find some better similes.*

Toscana Back

*I didn’t want to be a blog writer anyway. I wanted to be a lumberjack.

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School’s Out

Lego School Bus

Here at TLCB Towers it’s half-term, meaning the roads are nicely devoid of the unnecessarily large SUVs that clog them up most mornings. What we need is a good school bus system, something that America’s got nailed. This Town example – suggested to us via the Feedback page – is the work of Nathan Proudlove. See more on Flickr at the link.

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Mysterious Ma.Ktober

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We’ve almost come to the end of Ma.Ktober without featuring any of this year’s builds. This is possibly due neither us nor the Elves really understanding what it’s all about. Time to rectify the situation, with this build from :VolumeX:. His Zank7-FIU has some of the strangest wheels that the Elves have seen but this has been a trend with their recent sci-fi discoveries. A neat bit of design keeps the trim on the hubs horizontal as the Zank rolls along. Click this link to Flickr to have a closer look.

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BSA Bobber

Lego BSA Bobber Bike

Taking a ‘vintage’ style photo of your dinner is perhaps one of the douchiest things you can do on the internet (thanks for that one Instagram), but occasionally retro images do work. This is one such occasion, courtesy of Aaden H and his BSA based ‘Bobber’/’Rat’ motorcycle.

Aaden has captured the ethos of bobber/rat bike culture brilliantly, even including a ‘heat wrapped’ exhaust by way of (we think!) a sticky bandage! See more of the BSA on Flickr here, just don’t get any ideas about taking similar pictures of your food.

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Futures Friday

Lego Space Launch

An almighty clang travelled up the office stairs from the Elf cage room today. A weary trudge down to uncover the source revealed an Elf of unusual flatness, and another sheepish looking Elf trying to push a stolen colander under one of the cages.

The cause of the conflict, as is often the way with our Elves, was competition. Two Elves, each with a spacey find, and the perception of only one available meal token reward. It’s survival of the fittest here at TLCB Towers.

Fortunately, and somewhat unnecessarily for the squashed Elf, both finds are deserving of a place on the blog today, and thus each Elf could be rewarded with sustenance. So we have two happy Elves (well, two fed Elves, one is still quite grumpy), and two creations to bring you.

The first (above) is the work of Flickr’s Lego Junkie, and he’s taken a trip back through Classic Space (although with a touch more ethnic diversity than was found in the ’80s range) and created this most excellent starship, launchpad and support vehicle. Click the link above to see the individual builds in more detail.

Our second creation comes from another Classic Space specialist, the wonderful Crimso Giger. Crimso’s ‘Zorg Light Tank’ is quite a thing to behold. We have absolutely no idea what it’s for, but we feel that way about most sci-fi builds so that’s not unusual for us. Flickr is once again your destination for more details – click the link above to be taken there.

Lego Sci-Fi Tank

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Hippies on Ice

Lego Volkswagen Transporter Snowcat

Dude! We like, totally need to tie-dye some warmer threads if we’re going to take a trip in this Vee-Dub. Andrea Lattanzi aka Norton74 has transformed Volkwagen’s faithful T1 Transporter van into something far more winter-ready. Time to take the Russian President a flower of peace? Something* makes us think Putin probably won’t appreciate the arrival of hippy rainbow colours though…

*Possibly it’s the homophobic, country-destabilising megalomania.

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Wheels of Whimsy

Lego Art-Deco Trike

The inside of Vince Toulouse‘s mind must be an interesting – and rather beautiful – place to live. Vince has appeared here previously with his wonderfully art-deco spaceships, and he’s now transferred his uniquely brilliant style to wheeled wonders. These two spectacular creations can be found at Vince’s most excellent Flickr photostream, click the link above and submerge yourself in Vince’s sea of brick-built loveliness.

Lego Sci-Fi Art-Deco Car

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Skip That – Technic 42024 Alternative

Lego Technic 42024 Alternative

LEGO’s 42024 Technic Container Truck set received a fairly average review from our experts earlier in the year. Plenty of scope for improvement then. One builder to give improving the model a go is TLCB debutant Henry Quarmby, who has repurposed the pieces found within the official set for his excellent truck and trailer combo.

Featuring working steering, a linear-actuator operated load bed, a working crane, plus a tilting cab with opening doors, Henry’s 42024 alternative has play value galore. The trailer doesn’t miss out either, with a folding jockey wheel and an opening cover.

All the photos of Henry’s 42024 ‘C-Model’ can be found on MOCpages, plus you can read the aforementioned review of the original Technic Container Truck (or Skip Lorry as decreed by our reviewer) set by clicking on the link above. Which model do you prefer?

Lego 42024 C-Model

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Russian Roulette

Lego TVR Vixen

After struggling to find any cars for the past few days one of the Elves has hit an automative jackpot; previous bloggee Harry Gravett has published no less than seven TVR sports cars in one go to MOCpages! Here we pick two of our favourites.

Beginnings

TVR were founded in 1947 in Blackpool, England, producing cars in kit-form as well as turning existing production cars into specials. Soon they were building their own sports cars, using mostly off-the-shelf components from larger manufacturers such as Ford and Rover, and then hitting the race track with their products.

One of TVR’s most loved early models was the Vixen, as built by Harry in the above image. Powered by a little Ford 1600 engine from the Cortina, and later by the big Triumph six-cylinders in Tuscan form, the Vixen sold well, with around 1,000 produced between 1967 and 1973. Quite a few survive today too, as plastic bodywork meant the Vixen didn’t suffer from the no.1 British classic car killer; rust.

The Middle

The seventies ushered in a new era of wedge-shaped Rover V8-powered sports cars, like the 350S pictured below. Small, and always seemingly on the brink of financial crisis (like most independent British sports car makers of the time), TVR continued right up until the mid 2000s, by which time they had developed their own engines, raced successfully at the highest level in sports and endurance categories, and created some of the most stunning shapes ever seen on road cars.

Lego TVR 350S

The End

And then it all went horribly wrong. The architect of TVR’s modern era, Peter Wheeler, sold the company to Russian millionaire Nikolay Smolensky. The new ownership lasted less than 3 years before Smolensky first tried to move production out of England, and then folded the company altogether. And thus TVR became yet another victim of the clueless millionaire ownership club.

In the subsequent years many rumours circulated of TVR’s return to vehicle production, all of which amounted to nothing (like most independent British sports car makers of the time) and TVR quietly disappeared from the public conscious, save for the occasional child-delight when a distinctive straight 6 or V8 sports car rumbled past down a British street.

New Beginnings?

In 2013 Nikolay Smolensky decided to sell the dead TVR name to British businessman Les Edgar. Edgar has now started the long process of developing a new range of sports cars with the aim of reviving the once legendary name.

Here at TLCB we’re not expecting much (or indeed anything) to result in this well-meaning revival attempt – history is not on Edgar’s side – but we wish him the very best of luck. Who knows, one day we might even hear a new rumble…

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Elf Wish

Lego Half Track Tank

This sci-fi armoured self-propelled gun isn’t our usual TLCB fodder, but the Elves made such a fuss it was safer for all concerned just to blog it. Blog newcomer Nathan Pownell is the builder, and you can see more of his creation on MOCpages here.

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Viva Italia!

Vespa-Pascal

Another day in the office and another Elf sits happily munching a yellow Smartie, whilst fending off its envious colleagues with a bit of Technic. It has just returned with this lovely, brick-built Vespa scooter by Pascal (Pasukaru76). Click this link to Flickr for a closer look.

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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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