Category Archives: Technic

Mini Maxi Maxi Mini*

Lego Technic Mini Countryman

*Allow us to explain; Today’s post is a small version of a bigger version of a big version of a small car. See? It makes perfect sense!

OK, we’ll try again… This excellent Technic creation is a scale model of Mini’s largest model to date, the not-at-all-mini and actually quite large Countryman. The Countryman is itself a grotesquely swollen version of the ‘new’ New Mini, and the New Mini is of course a modern (read ‘larger’) re-interpretation of the original small British car from 1959. There you go; TLCB’s tenuous logic in action!

Back to the model, and it’s been built by falconluan of Brickshelf. It includes remotely controlled drive and steering, selectable all-wheel-drive, opening doors, hood and trunk, working suspension, and a  transversely-mounted inline-four piston engine, which makes it one of the most thoroughly executed Technic Supercars of the year.

There’s a fittingly massive gallery of photos available, including several detail and component images, at Brickshelf via the link above – click the link above to make the jump.

Lego technic Mini RC

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Icelandic Insanity

Lego Formula Off Road

The list of things to come out of Iceland that we’d like here in our home nation is quite a small one. Sigur Ros, Of Monsters and Men and – if we’re feeling a bit weird – Björk in the musical category, and Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir in probably everything else (Google her…). But one thing we’d definitely like is Iceland’s insane Formula Off-Road racing, in which 1600hp space-framed monsters blast up (and regularly crash down) Iceland’s huge volcanic cliffs in the slim hope of reaching the summit.

This excellent remote control Technic version has been constructed by Dalafik of Brickshelf. With all-wheel-drive, balloon tyres and a fantastic roll-cage it looks just the thing for a mini-Formula Off-Road event staged on TLCB’s garden rockery. You can see more on Brickshelf at the link above. Once you’ve Googled Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir of course.

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Good Things Come in Small Packages II

Lego Mercedes Gullwing SL300 Sheepo

There’s a neat packaging theme going on today, and our second post takes this towards Alec Issigonis levels of cleverness. TLCB Master MOCer Sheepo has unveiled his latest model, and it’s probably the most technically brilliant creation you’ll see this year.

Underneath the gorgeous (and complicated) 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing body sits a chassis of mind-bending genius. There’s the usual Power Functions remote control drive and steering of course, plus a remotely operated 4-speed sequential gearbox, all-wheel suspension, all-wheel remotely operated drum brakes and working door locks. All that is squeezed into a model of just 1:11 scale, versus Sheepo’s usual 1:8, and it includes an on-board Li-Po battery, IR receivers and four Power Functions motors.

If you like quality engineering as much as we do then we highly recommend visiting the Eurobricks discussion forum where we found this creation, Sheepo’s own excellent website here, and viewing the delightful video below.

P.S. If you’re reading this Sheepo, surely this is the perfect creation for the LEGO Ideas platform? There’s even a partnership with Mercedes-Benz already in place…

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Good Things Come in Small Packages

Lego Technic Jeep

Unlike your Mom this Technic Jeep from builder Chade is really rather small. But just like your Mom it can fit a lot inside it. Two Power Functions Large motors, a Servo for steering, an IR Receiver and a bulky battery box have been expertly engineered into the design. You can see how Chade has done it by visiting MOCpages or Brickshelf – click the links for all the details.

Lego Technic RC Jeep


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Red Letter Day

Lego V8 Speedster

It’s a red sort of day here at TLCB with two awesome claret creations to publicise. First up (above) is Redfern‘s ‘V8 Speedster’ which subscribes to the ‘More is More’ school of thought. You can see more of Refern’s levitating hot rod on Flickr.

Today’s second creation was suggested to us by a reader and comes from Bricksafe’s Agrof. It might have non-LEGO tyres (insert frowny face), but its Power Functions drive, monster shocks and lightweight body panels are pure LEGO Technic. You can see more of Agrof’s Class 1 Buggy (complete with detailed chassis images and free instructions) on Bricksafe at the link above.

Lego Technic Off-Road Buggy

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The Maximum Force of the Future

Lego technic Mad Max V8 Interceptor

TLCB Elves only like two types of movies; those with robots, explosions and car chases, and those with Megan Fox in. Handily the Transformers franchise provides them with all of this, but Mad Max is a fairly close second, despite the Megan Fox shaped hole in it.

We haven’t let them watch the newest addition to the saga yet (the Elves are banned from our local cinema due a series of unfortunate incidents), but the late ’70s original and its ’80s sequel are regular fodder for the old TV/VHS combo situated in their cage room. But only once they’ve brought a Mad Max creation back for us to blog of course.

Today one Elf has been fed and lots more are happily cheering and whooping at the TV downstairs, because this most excellent Mad Max creation was brought into the office.

Hailing from the early original movies, Paave’s V8 Interceptor ‘Pursuit Special’ features Buggy Motor propulsion, a servo for steering, an on-board Li-Po battery, working suspension, and a whirling supercharger pulley.

There’s more to see of his brilliant creation on both MOCpages and Eurobricks – click the links to make the jump.

Technic Mad Max Car

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Mini Mercedes-Benz Arocs Review

arcos 01

No this isn’t a review of Lego Technic’s monster machine, we’ve already done that. This is a review of Andy L’s mini version, which packs almost the same functionality into a chassis that is just 8 studs wide. It steers, has fold-out stabilisers, it tips and has a very manoeuvrable arm. Andy has also made his own grabber bucket, rather than use Lego’s ready made part. Watch the stop-motion video below and then click on this link to MOCpages to see all of the details.

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Technic Trofeo

Lego Technic Lamborghini Super Trofeo Stradale

Ah, special editions. If there’s one way to sell something it’s to make people think that what they’re getting is unique. From humble hatchbacks with new seat upholstery and a sticker stuck on the back to exotic supercars with… er, new seat upholstery and sticker stuck on the back, all manufacturers are at it.

This is one of Lamborghini’s efforts, designed to help shift the lovely but ageing Gallardo in the run up to its replacement. The Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale was launched in 2011, limited to a run of only 150 units, and Artery Zotov has just reduced the exclusivity a bit.

His beautiful Technic replica of the rare bull comes with remote controlled all-wheel-drive and steering, independent double-wishbone suspension and a Technic version of the Lamborghini’s famous V10 engine.

There’s more to see on Flickr and at the Eurobricks discussion forum – click the links above to make the jump.

Lego Technic Lamborghini Gallardo RC

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Technic Trophy Truck

Lego Trophy Truck

This mean looking Technic Trophy Truck was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr. Horcik Designs is the builder and it’s a quality bit of kit, with Power Functions RC drive and steering, working suspension and a rechargeable on-board LiPo battery. There’s more to see on Flickr and Eurobricks – click the links to make the jump.

Lego Technic Trophy Truck RC

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Audi Allroad

Lego technic Audi Allroad

Audi’s Allroad is the only understated and classy vehicle that the company now makes. Discuss.

This rather lovely Technic version of the Teutonic tourer comes from Flickr’s Wigboldy aka Thirdwigg. It’s got all-wheel independent suspension, a three-speed transmission, remotely controlled steering and drive, and there’s more to see on Flickr, Brickshelf, and at Thirdwigg’s own website here.

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BMW M4 DTM – Picture Special

Lego Technic BMW M4

DTM, Germany’s touring car championship is, along with Australia’s V8 Supercar Series, the absolute pinnacle of saloon car racing. No, NASCAR doesn’t count.

The racing cars of DTM make big power, create huge downforce, and – whilst they have almost nothing in common with anything you can buy for road use, aesthetically they closely resemble their real-world counterparts.

Lego BMW DTM Racer

This spectacular machine is a replica of BMW’s current entry in the series; the mighty M4 DTM Coupe. Underneath the incredible (and very yellow) bodywork is a fully suspended chassis powered by four XL Power Functions motors, a servo motor for steering with Ackermann geometry, LED lights, and two re-chargable batteries.

It’s been built by BrunoJJ and it’s one of the best Technic racing cars we’ve featured this year. Suggested to us by a reader, there’s a huge gallery of images to view on Brickshelf, plus a Eurobricks forum with more details and close-up shots available here.

Lego Technic BMW M4 DTM

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Perhaps the only part of the Volkswagen group of companies that will remain unaffected by the emissions scandal is Lamborghini. Customers buying a 690bhp, 6.5 litre, V12 engined car, probably won’t be surprised that its emissions are quite high and its fuel economy is best measured in miles to the pint. Still, there are some compensations. You can top 200mph when you pop down to the shops.

Nick Barrett’s version of the Aventador might be even faster, as it lacks the aerodynamic drag caused by wing mirrors. However, that’s being very picky, especially when you get your eyes into the details of this 1:10 scale monster MOC. The car is roughly 25 studs wide (or 1/4 of a SHIP) and the Technic axles used for the windscreen wipers don’t look out of place. Nick’s car has all of the working features that you’d expect from this Master MOCer. It includes Hand of God steering for playability and Nick’s take on the Aventador’s rear windscreen. Click this link to MOCpages to see more.


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One Man Went to Mow…


The Elves who survived yesterday’s smushings had settled down to their quiet life of pointless bickering, interspersed with the occasional punch up. Then a triumphant Elf returned from BrickShelf, driving this lawnmower. Damianple’s creation has a battery box and XL motor hidden in its grass box, plus working steering and whirling blades. Only a swift intervention from Mr. Airhorn left us with any research staff at all. Readers often suggest models to us but please don’t recommend more mowers: we’ll run out of workers too quickly!

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Smashing Smushery!

Sariel APC

It’s a hard knock life being an Elf on The Lego Car Blog staff. You’ve spent a long day dodging stray dogs and seagulls, scouring the world for the finest automotive Lego models and return safely to the office. You sit, happily munching a well deserved Smartie, when one of your “colleagues” smashes into the editorial suite atop the latest Technic Power Functions monster machine. Smushery ensues until the Editor intervenes with Mr. Airhorn.

This 4kg 8×8 armoured vehicle from Sariel adds to the chaos by having a working crane, amongst a load of other motorised functions. There’s also a working gearbox, adjustable ride height, opening doors, propellers and lights. It’s modelled on the WZM Rosomak, as used by the army of Sariel’s native Poland. You can see more views on MOCpages, see what’s hidden under the bodywork on Sariel’s website or just marvel at the video below.

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Not a Car

Lego Technic V22 Osprey RC

…Or a plane. Or a helicopter.

Bell-Boeing’s ingenius V-22 Osprey is in fact a tilt-rotor aircraft, the first of its kind in the world. Powered by two mighty Rolls Royce AE engines unique to the V-22 (and therefore frighteningly expensive), the Osprey can both take off and land like a helicopter and cruise like a turboprop plane.

Conceived way back in 1983 the V-22 first flew in 1989, and just over half of the planned 400 aircraft have been built to date.

This superbly engineered Technic recreation of one of the world’s most remarkable aircraft has been built by Brickshelf’s leinhardt and it features folding rotors, working landing gear and an opening rear loading ramp. There are more images available on Brickshelf at the link above – click the link to take off.

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