Category Archives: Technic

Skid Row

Lego Technic JCB Skid-Steer Tracked Loader

TLCB Team were quietly working* away in the office today, when the sound of much commotion floated up the stairs from the Elves’ cage room. Sigh. A despondent traipse downstairs revealed the cause, and Mr Airhorn was brought out of his slumber to restore order.

The Elves have a history with remote controlled construction machinery, and this excellent JCB 320T compact track loader by Brickshelf’s pipasseyoyo did nothing to re-write it.

The JCB’s two Power Functions L motors had been used to smush a multitude of Elves into the carpet, whilst its ingenious self-leveling bucket contained a few more and quite a lot of sloshing vomit. Watch this video and you’ll see why – this loader is deceptively quick.

Anyway, we have the controls now, and the Elves have been thrown outside to continue the search. You can see more of the JCB on Brickshelf at the link above.

*By ‘working’ we mean browsing car websites, eating cupcakes, and Googling images of NFL cheerlea… never mind.

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Sax Appeal

Lego Citroen Saxo

Some readers of The Lego Car Blog might be wondering why we’re featuring a model of a crummy French hatchback with racing stickers, but European rally fans will immediately salute this little Citroen.

Rallying is a big deal in Europe, and whilst a bastardised version of rally-cross is starting to make waves in the States, the original is still filling European forests with noise every weekend.

The big boys run Imprezas, Evos and other all-wheel-drive machinery. However rally entries are mostly made up of little shopping cars like the Saxo above. This is because they’re cheap, easy to fix, slow enough not to kill you (unless you’re really trying) and front-wheel-drive, meaning to correct a slide you just have to add more power.

Well, except for this one, which due to the difficulty of making functioning front-wheel-drive from Lego bricks is actually rear-wheel-drive. Still, driveline inaccuracy aside it’s a truly marvellous little machine. Builder/Owner Gsia17 has even taken it rallying!

You can see all the photos via Eurobricks, and we highly recommend checking out the video below! Thanks go to one of our readers for the tip-off – and If you’d like to alert us to something the Elves have missed you can get in touch with us via the Feedback and Submission Suggestions page.

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Deadly Nightshade

Lego RC Buggy

Don’t worry, you haven’t accidentally clicked on Gardener’s World magazine. This is still The Lego Car Blog and we’re still blogging the best Lego cars from around the interweb. Cars like this one, although it is indeed named after a highly toxic herbaceous plant.

It’s the work of Flickr’s Doc Brown, and whilst we don’t think licking it will do you any harm, it does look pretty mean. The Doc’s ‘Deadly Nightshade’ is powered by two Lego RC buggy motors and features some brilliant looking suspension – we think it’ll be killer off-road. You can see more of the poisonous buggy at the link above. Just don’t eat it.

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Red Vixen

vktechnic_mustang1

We here at TLCB are suckers for classic cars and gorgeous construction alike, so put the two of them together and we’re sold. This first-gen Mustang by VKTechnic comes complete with opening trunk, hood, and doors, and has RC and functioning suspension as well! And naturally, the gorgeous outdoor photography doesn’t hurt the paintjob either.  You can check out this beauty and more of VKTechnic’s work over on Flickr.

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Powder Pusher

Lego Technic Unimog 8110

It might be the middle of summer here at the TLCB Towers (causing us many hot pant/mini skirt related distractions whilst driving), but our worldwide readership means that many of you will be reading this with your heating cranked up and a jumper on. If you’re one of our winter-bound readers then today’s post is just for you!

It’s the work of Brickshelf’s stefanbetulapendula, and he’s done a superb job fitting LEGO’s own 8110 Unimog set with all the equipment needed for a snowstorm.

Up front is a fantastically intricate looking snow blower, whilst a grit/salt hopper and dispenser has been mounted on the Unimog’s load-bed. Stefan has also retro-fitted Power Functions receivers and motors, making his Unimog fully remote-controlled too.

You can check out all the modifications via the complete gallery on Brickshelf by clicking the link above, and you can read TLCB’s expert review of the original LEGO Technic 8110 Unimog set by clicking here.

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Mini-Moto

Lego Technic Mini Motorbike

One of our Eurobricks-based Elves returned today clutching this in one claw – with the other held out expectantly for a meal token. It was quite a brave choice by the aforementioned Elf as we don’t tend to blog small Technic creations here, but this is one we’d buy with our own pay packet if it were available.

Gsia17 is the builder, and he’s used under 200 parts to build this mini motorbike, even with a working engine and steering included. Check it out on Eurobricks at the link above.

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The Best 4x4xFar

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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