Towing Technic

Lego Technic Truck Trailer RC

We often feature Technic trucks here at The Lego Car Blog, but what they’re designed to pull less so. Even if a trailer is built, it’s often just a rolling slab of Danish plastic without any functionality whatsoever. Not so with Trawson21‘s latest creation, which packs realistic working features into both ends of the build.

Up front the truck includes remote control drive and steering, pendular suspension, and a working piston engine, whilst the huge trailer in tow includes pneumatically operated support legs and access ramps operated via a manual pump and pneumatic switch.

There’s more to see at Trawson’s Brickshelf gallery, where you can also find a link to a video of the model in action – click the link above to check it out.

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Night Lights

Lego Space Centre

The Space Programme has, by a wide margin, produced the fastest vehicles on (and off) Earth. This spectacular recreation of the Kennedy Space centre, complete with beautifully integrated lighting, comes from Lia Chan of Flickr, and it features both the retired Space Shuttle and its SLS replacement. Lia’s huge build first appeared here last year, and has now been re-photographed to capture the creation at night. There’s a whole lot more to see at Lia’s photostream – click here to get ready to launch.

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Not a Car…

Lego Galleon

…but we rather like ships and we have control of TLCB keyboard. This beautiful 22-gun light frigate comes from previous bloggee and shipbuilding master Sebeus I. Built entirely from Lego, save for the rigging and sails, and with a wonderfully detailed mini-figure scale interior, Sebeus’s ‘Raging Fire’ galleon is definitely worth a closer look, even if you’re only here for the cars. You can see the full gallery of images via both MOCpages and Flickr – click the links to climb aboard.

Lego Galleon

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Despicable Motoring

Lego Despicable Me Gru Car

Ah Despicable Me, everyone’s favourite evil-villain-based computer-animated movie, including ours.

Unfortunately though, the film has been hi-jacked. Hi-jacked by the sort of people that feel the need to post what they’re having for breakfast on social media. Or to let everyone know that they really love their cat. Or – and we really can’t stress enough how awful these people are with this last example – sharing pictures of Despicable Me Minions with sycophantic phrases that have nothing to do with what the Minions in the picture are doing. At all.

‘Share if you love your best friend!’ Picture of a Minion. ‘I’m not fat, I just have airbags because I’m precious.’ Picture of a Minion. ‘Men have PMS too. Piss and Moan Syndrome!’ Picture of a Minion. It’s a cancer on the internet, and it needs to be stopped. And breathe.

Anyway, to offer some counterbalance to all the Minion related gibberish being produced by those with an IQ deficiency, here’s a Despicable Me post that doesn’t feature a picture a Minion. What it does feature is Gru’s rather magnificent rocket car, reproduced brilliantly in Lego form by Flickr’s -derjoe- and photographed by Peter Schmid.

There’s more to see at Peter’s photostream via the link above, plus you can build your own version as Peter has done courtesy of -derjoe-‘s book, which is available via Amazon.de here.

Lego Minions Rocket Car

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Two for Tuesday

Lego Ferrari 599

A pair of Elves returned to TLCB Towers today after each found a Ferrari on their unending search for the web’s best Lego creations. Normally this would initiate Elf-on-Elf violence, but because we’re feeling generous, and because both models are absolutely superb, today’s post is a double and thus each can go away happy (fed).

Lego Ferrari FF

Both creations are the work of Ryan Link, who has an impressive garage of brick-built cars under his belt. These two are his latest, Ferrari’s 599 GTB (red) circa 2006, and their first ever all-wheel-drive car, the 2011 FF (white).

Lego Ferrari 599 GTB

Both cars feature Ferrari’s legendary V12 engine mounted up front, which Ryan has recreated in brick form, along with a pair of fully detailed interiors and beautifully replicated bodywork, complete with opening doors, hood and trunk.

Lego Ferrari FF

You can see more of both the 599 and FF at Ryan’s Flickr photostream, or at his MOCpages account, where you can also check out his impressive back-catalogue of previous builds.

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Cartoon Scarlet

Lego Captain Scarlet Patrol Car

What do spaghetti-O parasitic aliens fear most of all? Well according to Gerry Anderson, it’s a pointily-styled hatchback with a tail fin stuck on the roof. All is not what it seems though, as the driver of said hatchback has fortunately acquired the aliens’ powers of regeneration, rendering him ‘virtually indestructible’.

Captain Scarlet fought the Mysterons from Mars between 1967 and 1968, and if we’re honest we have no idea whether he and his Spectrum colleagues succeeded in thwarting the alien threat, so vague was the series’ ending. Still, it was miles better than Stingray…

This cheeky cartoon recreation of Scarlet’s Spectrum Patrol Car comes from serial bloggee Redfern1950s, and is beautifully constructed in his trademark style. There’s more to see at Red’s photostream – click the link above to make the jump to puppet-based sci-fi circa 1967.

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Mack Daddy

Lego Mack F700 Truck

This gorgeous classic Mack F700 in Dutch ‘Overdorp’ livery comes from Legorigs of Flickr. Exquisite detail is in abundance and you can see the image in full-size by clicking on the link above.

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The Last Jedi

Lego The Last Jedi Star Wars Skimmer

With the world’s nerds collectively losing their shit over the latest Star Wars movie trailer it was only a matter of time before the new spacecraft found their way into the Lego Community. Beating LEGO themselves to the punch is Grant Davis, who has recreated ‘The Last Jedi’s’ Resistance Skimmer beautifully from just a few seconds of blurry footage, complete with a wonderful brick-built cracked salt-pan upon which to skim it. There’s more to see of Grant’s superb build at his photostream – click here to make the jump.

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Blacktrod

Lego Blacktron Hot Rod

We rather like LEGO’s evil Blacktron empire from the Classic Space era, and we really like hot rods, so combining the two – as regular bloggee Horcik Designs has done – is a surefire winner. See more of the mash-up on Flickr via the link above.

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Lights, Sound, Action!

Lego PFx Brick Police Car

In recent years several third-party electronic products designed specifically to enhance Lego models have reached the market. These include the SBrick Bluetooth controller which has appeared here in numerous models over the years, the BuWizz integrated battery providing 8x more power than LEGO’s own Power Functions system, and Brickstuff’s brilliant LEGO-compatible lighting systems.

Now builders may have the chance to combine all of the above (plus a bit more) courtesy of one in-development electronic brick!

Lego Fx Brick

The new PFx Brick and accompanying app allows not only the graduated control of LEGO Power Functions motors via Bluetooth (as per SBrick), but also lighting and sound, with up to twenty minutes (yes, minutes) of high quality audio able to be stored, and a huge array of lighting sequences available either pre-programmed or able to be custom programmed by the user.

Lego Fx Brick

All in all the PFx Brick looks like an exciting project, and with an expected retail price of around $120 for the base brick, it could be an affordable route to seriously customisable in-built electronics for Lego models.

The designers behind the project have launched their initiative on Kickstarter, you can also check out the full product specification via the PFx Brick website, plus you see what the product can do courtesy of the introductory video below.

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Plan B

Lego Peugeot 205 Turbo 16

We rarely feature digital creations here at TLCB. Today though we’re going to break our own rule, because this virtual Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Group B rally car is an absolute delight.

Built in the mid-1980s to race in the World Rally Championship, Peugeot’s monster mid-engined all-wheel-drive 205s won the final two Group B World Championships in ’85 and ’86, before the formula was banned.

This wonderful recreation of one of the most fearsome WRC cars ever is the work of newcomer Fabrice Larcheveque, who has replicated Peugeot Sport’s famous 1980s livery brilliantly in digital form, and has absolutely nailed the car that wears it too.

Fabrice has built several other iconic cars in LEGO’s Speed Champions style and you can see more of these, plus the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 featured here, via MOCpages, plus you can also vote for the Peugeot to become the next officially-licensed car in the Speed Champions range via LEGO Ideas.

Lego Peugeot 205 Turbo 16

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Elves in High Places

Lego Technic Remote Control Mercedes-Benz Crane Truck

The Lego Car Blog Elves are, thankfully, not very big. This unfortunately does make them quite susceptible to being run over, trodden on, and getting eaten by dogs and larger birds, but we never seem to run out of them so there must be procreation going on somehow (we don’t really want think about that though).

It’s therefore unusual to see an Elf anywhere above waist height, but today this TLCB staff writer was met by the forlorn gaze of an Elf sitting on mid-level book shelf when he entered the office. Sigh.

It became apparent that several other Elves were dotted around the building in similar situations, marooned by one of their number’s latest find.

This superb Mecredes-Benz Actros 8×4 crane truck is the work of TLCB regular Shineyu, and it is, as you may have guessed, fully remote controlled. That includes the drive, steering, outriggers, and a huge crane arm, which unusually folds in the middle via a rotating joint, much like your elbow does.

Unfolding this joint via the corresponding Medium Motor and then operating the boom extension makes Shineyu’s appendage surprising long*, and thus the perfect tool for some vertical Elven tomfoolery. See just how big it gets via the link to the Eurobricks forum in the text above.

Lego Technic Remote Control Mercedes-Benz Crane Truck

*Hah.

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Not a Car…

Lego Harley Davidson Softail Heritage Custom

…But so very very shiny. This magnificently mirrored Harley Davidson Softail Heritage motorcycle comes from previous bloggee, TLCB Master MOCer, and all-round vehicle-building legend Dennis Glaasker aka BrickonWheels. Showing just how good third-party brick chroming can look, there’s more to see of Dennis’  beautiful Harley on Flickr by clicking here.

Lego Harley Davidson Softail Heritage Custom

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Big Wing

Lego Mercedes-Benz AMG GT3

We’re back! After a few days eating chocolate eggs and drinking beer TLCB Team are back in the office. The Elves, left to their own devices for a few days, are pretty hungry, and we have a back-log of vehicles to publish.

We’ll start with this, a rare small-scale post because… well, we knew what it was from the moment we saw it, which is no mean feat at this scale.

This superbly recreated Mercedes-Benz AMG GT3, complete with a monster high downforce aero kit, is the work of previous bloggee RGB900, and alongside this racing Mercedes he’s built several other well-known supercars in Speed Champions style. You can see more of them and the AMG at his photostream via the link above.

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Death on Wheels

Lego Yamaha YFM 700 Quad Bike

Today’s news is full of the story of America dropping its largest ever non-nuclear bomb on some unsuspecting militants in Afghanistan. Weighing 9,800kgs and at over 3oft in length, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb sure is a devastatingly deadly bit of kit. But we suspect it’s not half as deadly as this, Yamaha’s YFM 700 quad bike.

Designed to roll over on top of you if you so much as look at it, the YFM 700 is the sort of machine that is way, way too fast for almost everyone that will ever climb atop it. But it sure is a cool way to go. This Lego recreation of the lethal Yamaha comes from Flickr’s André Pinto, and thankfully it’s much safer than its full size counterpart. See more at André’s photostream via the link above.

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