Xích Lô

The first Vietnamese Grand Prix was due to take place this year. Sadly it, along with most other sporting events, has been cancelled due to Coronavirus, although it did seem a slightly odd choice for a Formula 1 venue. With much of the population using bicycles or mopeds to move about, a Formula 1 car must have felt like a world away. But maybe that was the point.

This is a far more common Vietnamese vehicle, the humble Xích Lô pedal rickshaw, complete with a foldable canopy and a comfy rear-facing chair. This incredible Lego version comes from Hoang H Dang (aka Know Your Pieces) who has deployed a simply breath-taking array of ingenious building techniques to recreate Vietnam’s taxi. From the wheels to roof, the frame to the tree, Hoang has used a fantastically intricate combination of tubes and clips to create his Xích Lô and you can see more of his stunning build at his photostream via the link above.

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Super Scania

This spectacular classic Scania 143E 450 8×4 truck was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr today. They’ve sure earned their red Smartie! Built by previous bloggee Andre Pinto this beautifully presented model not only looks the part thanks to exquisite detailing and custom decals, it’s drivable too, with a third-party SBrick providing bluetooth control to the two Power Functions XL drive motors and Servo steering. Andre promises a trailer is on the way, but before that arrives you can check out more of the tractor unit via the link in the text above.

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Corridor Battle

There was much commotion in the corridor today. Two Elves had returned to TLCB Towers, each had found a bright yellow remotely controlled Technic loader, and each was using its find to try to obliterate the other. Which – to be fair – is probably what anyone would do.

Both remote control creations come from Flickr’s Thesuperkoala, who has brilliantly engineered each with a host of cleverly concealed motorised functions, including linear actuator driven bucket arm/dump mechanism and powered track drive with skid-steering.

This gives the creations remarkable agility, which unfortunately for our Elven workers was turned upon them after they had gathered in a circle around the mechanised gladiators to watch the ensuing battle. Both Elves at the controls had the same idea at once and turned their attention away from one another and onto the gathered crowd, flattening them where they stood.

It was almost as if they had planned it, but we don’t think TLCB Elves are that clever. Hmm. If they are gaining intelligence we could be in trouble… Whilst we ponder that alarming thought you can check out more of Thesuperkoala’s excellent remote controlled creations via the link in the text above.

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Professional Star Wars Post

With the writers at Bricknerd seemingly now working as often as MOCpages‘ servers, it falls to the stupidest Lego site of them all to blog this Star Wars creation. Don’t worry Star Wars fans, we’ve got this!

This is Fuku Saku’s updated TIE Fighter, so called because their pilots were the smartest of all of the Galaxis of Evil’s squadrons, wearing full neck ties in battle.

The TIE Fighter was also the chosen by Lord Commander Dark Vaper as his personal ship, whose permanent eerie cloud and cool laboured breathing helped popularise e-cigarettes.

Dark Vaper’s TIE Fighter included a special ‘cloud extractor’ on the underside to clear the cockpit fog caused by his continual vaping, which Fuku Saku has recreated brilliantly in the image above.

Head to Fuku’s photostream to see more of his updated TIE Fighter whilst we relax over a job well done. Nailed it.

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It’s Just Not Cricket

The mind of Vince_Toulouse is a magical place. After his Walking Bus featured here last month – a creation that should be rather terrifying yet appears utterly delightful – he’s back with another steampunky insectoid.

No, not those Insectoids, but his latest creation does draw upon an even more pointless and short-lived theme, with a few Galidor parts proving that even the worst LEGO sets of all time can be put to good use.

Vince’s ‘Cricket Automobile’ looks a lot more spidery than crickety to us, even though it has the cricket-correct six legs, but whatever its animal equivalent it looks marvellous. See more at Vince’s ‘Cricket Automobile’ album on Flickr via the first link in this text.

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Old School Cool

LEGO’s new 42111 Fast & Furious Dom’s Dodge Charger set revealed here last month will bring one of the franchise’s most iconic cars to bedroom floors all around the world. There is another car from the movies which is just as famous though; Brian’s bright blue Nissan GT-R R34.

Found by one of our Elves on Brickshelf, this is spiderbrick’s Technic recreation of Brian’s R34, built in a gloriously old-school style that matches the 1990s car with the bricks that were around at the time.

Merging classic Model Team and Technic styles, spiderbrick’s R34 GT-R includes all of the necessities for it to earn the ‘Technic Supercar’ title, including a working straight-six engine, a 5-speed gearbox, independent suspension, all-wheel drive, and all-wheel steering.

There’s loads more to see at spiderbrick’s Brickshelf album by clicking here, you can read our review of LEGO’s own awesome 1990s all-wheel drive supercar set by clicking here, and with LEGO now in partnership with both Universal’s ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise and Nissan, perhaps an official R34 Nissan GT-R set isn’t too far away?…

 

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Not Even Wensleydale?

1995’s Oscar winning ‘A Close Shave’ was the third instalment in the wonderful ‘Wallace & Gromit’ series, and it brought Shaun the Sheep to screens for the first time, a clay animal who’s now possibly more famous than the duo that uncovered him.

The movie also featured a rather brilliant chase scene, with Wallace & Gromit in their trusty motorcycle and sidecar fitted with a few choice modifications.

Recreating the famous motorbike is grubaluk of Flickr, who has rebuilt both the bike and characters wonderfully from Lego bricks. That’s not all though, as like Wallace’s bike in the movie, grubaluk’s model has a few secrets hidden inside, chiefly one of the most brilliant remote control systems we’ve ever seen.

Watch the video below to find out why, and you can see all the images at grubalek’s photostream via the link above.

YouTube Video

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SXSW

The world isn’t flying very much at the moment. With countries locked down due to Coronavirus many airlines have had to ground their entire fleets, with rows of parked airliners visible from – ironically – the air at airports globally.

Mini-figures seem unaffected however, as this marvellous Southwest Boeing 737-800 by Flickr’s BigPlanes is packed! Southwest are America’s busiest domestic carrier and use a fleet of only 737s. The airline has over seven-hundred, making it the world’s largest 737 fleet, and BigPlanes has recreated one their hundreds of aircraft with a complete mini-figure scale interior and a kinda-brick-built livery (a few decals have helped) that’s beautifully accurate.

Head south via BigPlanes ‘Southwest Boeing 737-800’ album at the link above.

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Hasbro Hovercraft

This TLCB Writer was never allowed an ‘Action Man’ (or G.I. Joe to most of you). Deemed as too violent, Lego was the alternative, which is fortunate as otherwise you might not be reading this post.

MadLEGOman of Flickr was allowed G.I Joe toys though, having owned this magnificent hovercraft as a kid. Now an adult of sorts, Mad has recreated one of his favourite childhood toys in Lego form, complete with mini-figure-manned machine guns, cannons, and rocket launchers. Perhaps my Mom had a point.

There’s more to see of Mad’s G.I. Joe hovercraft at his photostream – click the link above to make the jump! If your Mom lets you…

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Back to Bricks | Museum of American Speed Competition!

The Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska looks like our kind of museum! Hosting some of the most spectacular and awesome looking cars from America’s racing history (some of which have appeared here in Lego form!), the museum also runs automotive events, including Cars & Coffee, Drive a Model T Experience, and – this month only – a Lego building competition!

Museum of American Speed – Back to Bricks Building Competition

“Stuck at home? Stay connected this Spring with the Museum of American Speed’s online exclusive Back to the Bricks Lego Build-off Contest. This interactive event is FREE and open to everyone! This is your chance to create your very own LEGO show car from home! Submissions will be judged online and the winner will receive a $100 cash prize along with your build displayed at the Museum for one year! Registration is open through 4/20/20.”

Submit your entries via the link above and you could you see your Lego model displayed alongside some of American’s greatest racers! Thanks to a member of the Lincoln and Omaha LEGO User Group for letting us know about this competition via our Facebook page.

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My Fair Lady

This beautifully presented Datsun 240Z ‘Fairlady’ could be yours! Well, not this one; it’s owned by builder SP_LINEUP, but he’s also released his superb restomod classic Datsun as a kit available to buy. The model includes opening doors that reveal a wonderfully detailed interior, and an opening hood under which lives an accurately replicated RB26DET engine. See more of SP’s stunning Datsun 240Z at his photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

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Super Cub

The most important vehicle ever produced is not a Bugatti Veyron. Nor a Volkswagen Beetle, nor a Ford Model T, nor even the Benz Patent Motor Car. It’s this, the humble Honda Super Cub 50. Because well over 100million of them have been made since 1958, making it the greatest mover of the people in history.

This beautiful Technic recreation of Honda’s four-stroke underbone motorcycle comes from Khang Huynh of Flickr and features a working kick-stand, steering, and rear suspension, making it very nearly as well-equipped as the real thing.

Khang’s Super Cub is superbly presented too, and there’s more to see of his wonderful creation at his photostream – join 100million riders via the link above.

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Build-a-Ferrari 488

The worldwide douchebag that is Coronavirus has so far cancelled the first half of the Formula 1 season, the Isle of Man TT, and postponed the Le Mans 24 Hours. But fear not, because you can recreate the world’s greatest race at home thanks to Lasse Delueran and his superb replica of the Ferrari 488 EVO GTE that competed in the 2018 event. Beautifully accurate (and more than a little complicated), Lasse has released building instructions for his model, plus he’s built a host of other Le Mans racers too, so you can build your very own starting grid. Head to Lasse’s photostream via the first link in the text above to see more of the 488 and to find a link to building instructions, and you can check out his other creations via the second.

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Stripy Bottoms

You don’t need four million bricks to appear here at The Lego Car Blog. A few dozen will do, but admittedly it does help if some of them afford you the ability to build racing stripes. Previous bloggee Tim Henderson has done just that with classic Lowrider compete with Elf-pleasing stripes. See more on Flickr.

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Electric Essence

Suggested by a reader, and sounding like a perfume, this funky looking ‘Koncept Essence’ comes from Flickr’s R. Skittle, who has constructed his outlandish design using modular methods that replicate to those used in real-world supercar production. Remote control drive and steering and in-board suspension feature, and there’s more to see of his electric concept via the link above, where there’s also an album showing a non-GT3 version, but that one’s not orange and nor does it feature an absurd rear wing, so you can guess which version the Elves wanted to show here…

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