Squarange*

Lego Volvo 240 DL

Contrary to today’s other post, this slice of orange magnificence is not of interest to the Elves one bit. It is however, so our kind of car! Old, square, and with the design aesthetic of an East German office block, the Volvo 240 DL and TLCB Towers have much in common.

This wonderful recreation of one of the finest lumps of Swedish steel comes from LegoJalex, and never has the humble LEGO brick seemed more suited to a vehicle. Opening doors, hood and trunk-lid all feature, as does a deliciously brown interior. If you’re as much of a fan as we are (and therefore probably a bit odd), you can see more of this classic Volvo on Flickr via the link above!

*Because it’s square. And orange.

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Off-Road Orange

Lego Off-Road Buggy

This is very much an Elven kind of vehicle. An off-road buggy with a gun mounted to the back is probably their perfect car, and this one’s even orange! It comes from the online game ‘Battlegrounds’ and whilst initially simple in appearance it’s quite a clever bit of building. You can see more courtesy of LEGO 7 on Flickr whilst we reward a lucky Elf with a meal token and an orange Smartie.

Lego Off-Road Buggy

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Williams FW14B – Picture Special

Lego Williams FW14B Formula 1

This is the Williams FW14, designed by the legendary Adrian Newey and powered by Renault’s formidable 3.5litre V10, it won more than half of the Formula 1 races that it ever entered.

Launched in 1991 the FW14 was a technical masterpiece, and one that many thought too complicated to work. With active suspension, a semi-automatic transmission, traction control and incredible aerodynamics, they were initially  right, and teething troubles meant a string of retirements throughout the 1991 season.

Despite the breakdowns Williams still managed to secure seven race wins and second place in the Constructor’s Championship, behind the slower but more reliable McLaren, and they set to work ironing out the reliability issues for the 1992 season.

Lego Williams FW14B Formula 1

The following year Williams returned with the upgraded FW14B and it proved utterly dominant, winning ten of the sixteen races and qualifying 2-3 seconds faster than anyone else. Williams took the Constructors’ World Championship in 1992, with Nigel Mansell becoming World Champion just a year after he considered retiring from the sport.

Williams replaced the FW14B with the FW15C for 1993, further the developing the active suspension, traction control and semi-automatic gearbox debuted on the FW14. The car took the team to another Driver’s and Constructor’s World Championship, before the FIA outlawed electronic driver aids in 1994, making the FW14 and FW15 possibly the most advanced Formula 1 cars that have ever been built.

This incredible recreation of the 1992 Championship-winning FW14B comes from previous bloggee and Master MOCer Luca Rosconi aka RoscoPC, who continues to upload his amazing back-catalogue of historic Grand Prix cars to Flickr. With a working V10 engine, pushrod suspension and functioning steering Luca’s beautiful build is as accurate underneath us it is on the outside.

There’s much more to see at the FW14B Flickr album, and you can read our interview with Luca as part of the Master MOCers series to find out how he builds creations like this one by clicking here.

Lego Williams FW14B Formula 1

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Two Horse Race

Lego Ferrari 488

It looks like this year’s Formula 1 World Championship is slipping way from Ferrari yet again. Assuming Hamilton and Mercedes-AMG wrap up another World Championship at the U.S Grand Prix in Texas later today it leaves the team a decade without a title.

So in commiserations here are two of the company’s finest road-going efforts of recent times, showing that even when performance on track is lacking, Ferrari can still produce a road car of epic ability.

First up (above) is the Ferrari 488 GTB, recreated superbly in LEGO’s Speed Champions style by previous bloggee Peter Blackert aka Lego911. Peter has recently become a published author with a new book that details how to build Lego creations like this one. You can see more of the 488 GTB at Peter’s photostream by clicking the link above, and you can read our interview with him as part of our ‘Become a Pro’ series by clicking this awesome link.

Today’s second modern Ferrari (below) comes from Flickr’s RGB900, who has recreated probably the most stupidly named car of recent times. And we include the Mazda Bongo Friendee in that. The Ferrari La Ferrari may have a ridiculous title but it’s quite a car, and RGB’s Speed Champions version captures the Italian hypercar in expert fashion.

You can see more of the build at RGB’s photostream via the link above, whilst we watch Mercedes-AMG stroll to another F1 World Championship. There’s always next year Ferrari…

Lego La Ferrari

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The Perfect Porsche

Lego Porsche 911 Classic

This utterly utterly gorgeous creation is a perfect 1:13 scale replica of the original Porsche 911, and we don’t think we’ve ever seen a car built as beautifully as this. Created over the course of a year, Flickr’s Serge S spent the first six months painstakingly refining the design digitally before finally creating the iconic Porsche in real bricks.

Lego Porsche 911 Classic

No parts are painted and everything is 100% LEGO, and best of all (and to answer the inevitable questions we’ll receive here at TLCB Towers!); yes instructions are available! To access these and to view the full gallery of stunning imagery click this link to visit Serge’s photostream. And LEGO, if you’re reading this; give Serge a job. We’ve never wanted a Lego creation more…

Lego Porsche 911 Classic

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Speed in the Seventies

Lego 1970s Endurance Racer

The 1970s. Back when people wore flares, pubic hair was very much a thing, and your Mom weighed less than a bull elephant. It was also a time of greatness for many small independent race car manufacturers, mostly from France and the UK, who built a variety of weird machinery for teams to compete in the world’s endurance races. Inspired by many of these, but based on none in particular, newcomer GiantAmbushBeetle’s ‘Vintage Endurance Racer’ takes us back to the glory days of long-distance racing. See more of his Model Team style creation at Eurobricks via the link above.

Lego 1970s Endurance Racer

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Become a Lego Professional!

Lego Brick Built Cars Book

The single most frequently asked question we receive here at TLCB Towers is ‘How do I build this model?’. We receive queries like these in the hundreds, and – despite our urge to scream ‘enough!’ and run out of the building brandishing whatever office implement is nearest – we offer a continuous stream of polite replies explaining that the models we feature are not official LEGO sets and thus instructions are not available.

Well, finally, we have a generic answer that may actually be helpful!

Legendary (and prolific) vehicle builder Peter Blackert (aka LEGO911) has appeared here at The Lego Car Blog numerous times, and is therefore probably responsible for generating some of the ‘How do I build this model?’ comments himself.

Now, after years building stunningly realistic vehicles numbering in the hundreds, Peter has published a book containing full-colour illustrations and step-by-step instructions for many of his models!

Vehicles such as the 1932 Ford V-8 Roadster (pictured above), Datsun 240Z, 2016 Le Mans Ford racer, Ferrari 250 GT California, Jaguar E-Type coupe and convertible, Ford F150 Raptor, Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 911 and many more are all featured, allowing you to build and modify these for yourself using your own bricks!

We’ll be bringing you a review of Peter’s book ‘How to Build Brick Cars’ in due course, but until then how did Peter go from uploading his Lego creations online to having a book published and available for sale all over the world? Find out as Peter joins us as the fourth builder in our ‘Become a Lego Professional‘ series – click the link below to read his story.

Click here to read How Peter Blackert became a published Lego author!

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Creations for Charity 2017

Creations for Charity 2017

Creations for Charity 2017 is here!

Creations for Charity, the awesome annual fundraiser that provides thousands of LEGO toys to children in need, is now open for 2017! Many of the world’s best builders will be donating creations to the Creations for Charity online store, raising money to purchase LEGO toys for underprivileged children.

Get involved!

You can join this amazing initiative in a number of ways; by publicising Creations for Charity, donating your own creation, or by buying one of the unique creations available via the online store.

Donations are now open – if you’d like to give away a creation that you think could raise money for children who have nothing then get in contact with the Creations for Charity team, they’d love to hear from you!

If you’d like to see some of the amazing creations already donated head over to the Creations for Charity website to take a look, and if you like what you see remember that each of them is available to buy, so you can take any one of the models home!

Creations for Charity 2017

Creations for Charity 2017

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Not a Car

Lego Supermarine Spitfire

But, in this writer’s opinion, the most beautiful aircraft of the Second World War. This gorgeous Supermarine Spitfire comes from Mike Fifer of MOCpages, and it contains some of the most brilliantly-built colouring of any model we’ve found. It’s not just the superb camouflage you can see in these pictures either, as the underside is rather special too. Click the link above to find out why.

Lego Supermarine Spitfire

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She’s Electric

Lego Technic Tesla Model S Remote Control

The future of transport is electric, and no manufacturer has done more to advance the technology than electric car start-up Tesla.

Founded from the proceeds of Paypal, Elon Musk’s ludicrously ambitious venture has gone from producing a humble modified Lotus Elise in tiny numbers to become the largest manufacturer of li-ion batteries in the world, completely changing the automotive landscape in the process.

This is the car that made the company, the Model S sedan, which proved that electric cars didn’t have to be slow, ugly econo-boxes, and that they could be produced at a price comparable to an internal-combustion-engined rival.

This huge Technic recreation of one of the most important cars ever built comes from Fosapifi of Eurobricks, and it’s very nearly as technology-packed as the real car.

Opening doors, hood, tailgate, jump-seats, and independent suspension all feature, and the model is controlled by two third-party power-boosting BuWizz bricks, allowing Fosapifi’s Model S to be driven by eight (yes eight!) Large Power Functions motors, plus a Servo for steering. The result is, much like the real car, a vehicle that makes way more power than you’d expect.

How much power? Click the link above to visit the Eurobricks forum for full details, you watch the Tesla in action courtesy of the video below, and you can hear today’s title track by clicking here.

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You’ve Got Mail

Lego Ford Cargo Royal Mail Truck

This TLCB writer can’t remember the last time he saw a Ford Cargo, but they used to be everywhere. Once the truck of choice for large fleets such as the Royal Mail the humble Cargo must be nearly extinct now, however Flickr’s Lego Guy has kept at least one alive with his excellent Town-scale recreation, complete with a superb and instantly recognisable Royal Mail livery. There’s more to see at Lego Guy’s photostream – click the link above to lick the stamp.

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Not a Car

Lego Tug Boat

This beautiful Lego tug boat is not a car, but for reasons unknown this TLCB writer quite like tug boats, and thus it’s appearing here! Built as a commissioned piece by Arjan Oude Kotte it’s an example of exceptional Lego model-making, and there are more superb images to see at Arjan’s album on Flickr. Tug yourself off at the link above.

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Topless CJ

Lego Jeep CJ

Well that’s brought in some clicks. Anyhoo, this neat roof-less Jeep CJ-5 comes from TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist, and it captures the real off-roader beautifully in his trademark style. There are lots more images of the topless Jeep available on Flickr – click the link above to take a peek.

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Galactic Plastic

Lego Heavy Light Spaceship

Crap. A space build. Oh well, here goes…

This is the ‘Heavy Light mk/5’, so called because on Earth it’s quite heavy, whilst in space it’s very light. This particular mk/5 Heavy Light is one better than the mk/4, but it’s not quite as good as the mk/6.

Nailed it.

OK, maybe not, but whilst we’re waaaay out of our depth with sci-fi we can see that this is a stunning build, and if you’d like to see more (including a more accurate description), head over to Nick Trotta’s Flickr photostream via the link, whilst we find a car to blog….

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The Mean Machine

Lego Technic Mean Machine

Sneaking along last is that Mean Machine with those double dealing do-badders Dick Dastardly and his sidekick, Muttley. And even now they’re up to some dirty trick! Charbel channels his inner cartoon racer with this neat Technic rendition of the Mean Machine. Check it out at the link above.

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