Category Archives: Technic

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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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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!

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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.

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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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Little Red Corvette

Lego Corvette

Here at The Lego Car Blog we are not fans of 1970s Americana. We grew up on a diet of small, nimble, efficient cars that could go around corners and that didn’t break down unless they were French. 1970s American barges therefore are definitely not our bag, being precisely the opposite of all of the above.

However, even in America’s automotive wilderness years there were a handful of oases. This is one such vehicle, the utterly gorgeous Chevrolet Corvette C3.

Lego Corvette Stingray

This beautiful Lego Technic example of Chevrolet’s icon is the work of Eurobricks resident (and Technic genius) Madoca. Underneath the wonderfully curvaceous bodywork sits a fully functioning remote control chassis, complete with independent suspension all round, working lights (including pop-up function), opening doors, trunk and hood plus a removable targa roof panel, and of course RC drive and steering.

To see more of Madoca’s exceptional build head over to the Eurobricks discussion via the link above, but first make sure you check out the Corvette in action via the video below.

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Phantasm Picture Special

Lego Phantasm Supercar

Master MOCer Paul Boratko (aka Crowkillers) is back! The latest in his long line of exceptional supercars is ‘Phantasm’, a mid-engined, two seat sports car featuring a huge range of Technic functions. Under the rear deck sits a V8 engine driving the rear wheels through a working gearbox, with steering, independent suspension and butterfly doors all appearing too.

Lego Crowkillers Supercar

Paul’s newest masterpiece will appear on both Brickshelf and his own website shortly, but you can get an early look at the Phantasm via the Eurobricks forum; click the link above to join the discussion! You can also read Paul’s Master MOCer interview with TLCB by clicking here, or by visiting the Interviews page in the main menu.

Lego Technic Supercar

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Rod Mod

Lego Hot Rod

After several non-car posts one of our Elves finally returned to the office with a vehicle worthy of our blog name. This ace hot rod pick-up is the work of Flickr’s SM 01 who has continued working on his previously featured model. His rod now features a list of working functions so long we couldn’t fit them all here. To see what his creation can do take a trip to Flickr by clicking the link above.

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200 Club

Lego Technic Front Loader Mini

Two hundred Lego pieces. It isn’t a lot is it? Especially if you’re aiming to build a functional Technic model.

Lego fan site Eurobricks has set the challenge of using just two hundred elements to create a whole new Lego Technic set. Here at The Lego Car Blog Towers we use two hundred bricks every time we build a steering rack, because we’re a bit rubbish, so we’re not really qualified to enter. Thankfully the interweb contains far more talented builders than us, and here are two such prudent engineers.

First up (above) is previous bloggee Jorgeopesi with his two hundred piece mini Technic front loader. He’s used the meagre parts count to produce a raising and tipping bucket, hand-of-God steering system and even pendular suspension on the rear axel. See more of his excellent mini front loader on Brickshelf via the link above.

Our second two hundred piece Technic model comes from fellow Brickshelf user Nikolyakov (also on MOCpages), and he’s also taken the machinery route. Nikolyakov’s mini combine harvester features a raising and lowering harvesting head – which also spins when the wheels are turned, hand-of-God steering, and posable unloading pipes. You can see more of his mini combine via the links above, and you can check out the rules, prizes and other entries in the Eurobricks two hundred piece challenge by visiting the Eurobricks site here.

Lego Mini Combine Harvester

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Falconry

Lego Ford Falcon XY

When we think ‘muscle car’ we usually picture an American behemoth with a massive V8 and two stripes painted over the bonnet. However that would be stereotyping the genre, because this is an Australian behemoth with a massive V8 and two stripes painted over the bonnet.

Australia’s muscle car tradition is as strong as the US’s, and whilst their road racers are derived from their US parent companies, they were very much home-grown down-under.

Sadly in recent times all mass vehicle production has, or will very shortly, cease in Australia, with GM (Holden), Ford and Toyota all abandoning manufacturing in the country. Doc Brown’s 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO remembers a time when the industry was flourishing, and you can see more of his Power Functions controlled Technic supercar at both Eurobricks and Flickr.

Lego Ford Falcon GTHO

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Baja Bug

Lego Baja Bug

The builder of this Baja Bug, Piterx, says he doesn’t like it very much! He has set the bar very high with his previous builds (use the Search function at the foot of this page to see his previous work), but we like it a lot. It’s controlled via Lego Power Functions motors and it looks a blast to drive. You can let Piterx know whether you like it or not on Eurobricks.

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Humdinger

Lego Hummer H1

We are not fans of Hummer here at The Lego Car Blog. In fact it might be collectively our least favourite vehicle brand of all time. The Elves though – having no taste whatsoever – love this American institution, and so this post is for them.

Built by Technic legend Sariel, this Hummer H1 is one of the most complex and brilliantly engineered creations of the year so far. Containing four(!) XL Power Functions motors for drive, a remotely controlled high/low range gearbox, working indicator and reversing lights, windsreen wipers and a whole host of other functions, the only way to really see what it can do is in a suitably aggressive video complete with a hard rock soundtrack. Handily Sariel’s got that covered…

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Dirty Lego

Dirty Lego

Much of what we feature here at The Lego Car Blog is the work of AFOLs (Adult Fans Of Lego). This usually means an impeccably photographed, spotlessly clean and brilliant creation, which will forever be placed within a glass cabinet away from light, air, and fingers.

But that’s not what Lego is about. Lego is designed for kids, it’s tough, and it likes to get dirty. Above all else, Lego is for playing with.

Thankfully some AFOLs do retain the childish desire to drive a Lego creation through a big pile of mud, something we whole heartedly approve of here in TLCB office. Truck Trial is their chosen means, and it involves building a remote control replica truck to drive as fast and far as possible through an obstacle course before crashing or breaking something. And that sounds awesome to us!

This trial truck was discovered on the Lego picture-sharing site Brickshelf. It’s a Tatra 6×6 by Atrx, powered by two Power Functions XL motors and controlled via a Mindstorms NXT brain. And it’s delightfully dirty!

You can see all the photos via the link, including chassis engineering shots and more of the Tatra in action at the muddy LUGpol Truck Trial event shown in our featured image above.

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8852 Redux

Lego Technic 8852 Robot

LEGO’s classic 8852 Technic Robot set is not one of the company’s finest efforts. It looked a bit rubbish in either mode and its only saving grace was that everything operated mechanically using racks and gears.

As 8852 is one of our least favourite Technic sets ever it meant that Barman76‘s redux version was not due to feature here, however charming it may be. Unfortunately for us the Elves made such a fuss – as to them it’s a Transformer, one of their favourite things ever – that it was easier for all of us just to blog it. So here it is. If you agree with the Elves you can see more on Flickr via the link above.

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A Bug’s Life

Lego Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen’s humble Beetle may not have been a technologically advanced car when it was rescued from the ashes of World War II by the British Army, but recreating every working function of the real car from Lego Technic is far far beyond the understanding of TLCB office.

Spanish builder Sheepo however, has a mind of extraordinary ability, and his builds go way beyond what most think is possible from plastic bricks. His latest work may be of a simple car, but what lies within is anything but. His 1:8 scale 1967 Volkswagen Beetle features five motors, (controlling the drive, ackerman steering, brakes and gearbox), a working flat four engine, opening and locking doors, independent front suspension with swing axel rear, plus folding seats, a working steering wheel and a working brake pedal.

The Beetle is the latest in a long line of spectacular Technic Supercars from Sheepo and is available in further detail on either Eurobricks, or via his own website Sheepo’s Garage.

Interview! We’re delighted to announce that Sheepo has entered The Lego Car Blog’s Master MOCers Hall of Fame, and becomes the tenth (and final) builder in our incredible series, joining nine other of the very best Lego vehicle builders from around the world. To find out more about how Sheepo started building, what inspires him, and how he creates his Technic masterpieces simply click on the link below, or visit the Interviews page in the main menu at the top of the page.

Read Sheepo’s Master MOCers interview here!

Lego VW Beetle

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Scooby Too

Lego Technic Subaru Impreza WRX

Technic Subaru Imprezas are like buses it seems. You wait ages for one and then two turn up at once. Following Pippasseyoyo’s superb large-scale ‘super car’ style WRX posted earlier in the month, another builder has uploaded their take on Subaru’s rally weapon. Filsawgood‘s Impreza WRX STI is a whole lot smaller, but a whole lot more Power Functions-y too. See more of the remote control Scooby on Eurobricks via the link above.

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Tiny Technic Tracked Tipper

Lego Technic Catterpillar

The smallest official LEGO Technic sets in recent years have a been a bit, er… rubbish. But all that could change with Rabbitdesign’s tiny tracked tipper. Based on one of the Caterpillar Company’s more unusual vehicles, Rabbitdesign’s Technic version features working tracks and a tipping load bed via a worm gear. You can see more on MOCpages, and you can vote to turn this model into an official LEGO set via the newly re-launched LEGO Ideas website (formally LEGO Cuusoo).

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Scooby Doo

Lego technic Subrau Impreza WRX

Ask anyone from the Playstation generation what the most iconic car ever made is and you’ll get only two answers. One; the Nissan Skyline GTR, and Two; the Subaru Impreza WRX STI.

Brickshelf’s Pipasseyoyo has recreated the latter in simply astonishing technical detail, using standard LEGO Technic pieces to engineer the Scooby’s four-cylinder boxer engine, five-speed gearbox, symmetrical all-wheel-drive, and fully independent suspension and steering.

There’s a huge gallery of images available to view via the link above, but to really do this model justice it’s needs to be viewed in action. Thankfully Pipasseyoyo’s taken care of that too, with an excellent demonstration video. Watch it below…

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Barbie’s Ride

Lego Small 4x4

Piterx is making his second appearance here at TLCB in one week with another RC Technic 4×4, and it’s even smaller than his last one. We can’t help thinking that this one would look more appropriate in pink though. See more on Eurobricks.

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Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters

Lego Technic Audi RS5 DTM

This incredible creation, suggested to us by a reader via the Feedback and Submission Suggestions page, is a Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) racing car. DTM is Germany’s Touring Car Championship, in which the world’s top drivers – including names from both LeMans and F1 – compete across Germany and Europe in 500bhp V8 ‘silhouette’ monsters. Only a handful of car manufactures take part, but the grids are huge, the action frantic and the crashes… m.a.s.s.i.v.e.

This amazing recreation of Audi’s 2013 RS5 DTM racer is the work of Eurobricks and Brickshelf regular Lipko. Underneath the spectacular aero-bodywork Lipko has perfectly engineered a monocoque chassis with integrated roll cage, working independent pushrod suspension, and a V8 engine complete with four speed gearbox. You can see all of this in detail too, as Lipko has made chassis images and the engineering details available. Click on either of the links above to see more, and then get lost in YouTube’s extensive DTM library…

Lego Technic DTM Racer

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A Tower Of…

Lego Volvo FH12 Truck

Silos are a common sight on any farm, used to store and dispense grain, animal feed, and er, …poo. One of the ‘net’s best Technic builders has taken the unusual step of building both a silo and the mechanism for erecting it from Lego Technic.

Sariel‘s Volvo FH12 truck and  Silo placing trailer were discovered by one of our Elves on MOCpages, where Sariel details his build and includes a video demonstrating the placing mechanism in action. See more at the link above.

Lego Volvo Silo Placer

 

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