Hand Job

Lego Technic Crane

Casual readers of TLCB would be forgiven for thinking that this site only likes motorised remote control Technic creations. However whilst we certainly do appreciate a decent Power Functions model, there’s something charming about a good old-fashioned hand-cranked creation.

Newcomer jwarner’s mobile crane is just that, with no less than six hand-powered functions, including four-axle steering, boom extension and raising/lowering, winch operation, superstructure rotation, and working outriggers.

There’s more to see of jwarner’s build at both Flickr and Eurobricks. Click the links to make use of idle hands.

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Googly-Eyed Bastard

Lego Ekranoplan

Today’s, er… amusingly named creation comes from Tammo S of Flickr, and whilst we’ve used Sci-Fi in the tags, there is more truth in this remarkable design than meets the googly-eye.

Developed by the Soviets during the cold war, Ekranoplan ground effect vehicles occupied a weird space between ship, hovercraft and aircraft, whilst being none of them. The mightiest of these, and one that remained secret from the West for years, was the Lun Class Ekranoplan. It measured over 70m in length and was powered by eight Kuznetsof turbojets producing a combined 28,000lbf of thrust, enabling it to travel at almost 350mph for over 1,000 miles, skimming at just 10ft above the water.

Tammo S’s ground effect vehicle is slightly jazzier than the secret Soviet monster, and looks to be a great way to travel if you’re a LEGO mini-figure! Head over to Flickr via the link above to see more of Tammo’s fictional version of one of the world’s weirdest vehicles.

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Godzilla’s Grandfather

Lego Nissan Skyline GTR

Nissan’s GTR hasn’t always been a 600bhp all-wheel-drive supercar killer. In fact the GTR started life simply as the sporty variant in the humble Skyline range of mid-size sedans. Powered by a 160bhp two-litre inline-6 the original 1970s Skyline GTR was quick enough in its day and it became a successful racing car in Japan and beyond.

This lovely Speed Champions style creation depicts the second generation Skyline GTR built from 1973, of which just 197 were made before the oil crisis put an end to production and the GTR nameplate was hibernated until 1989.

Legomasino is the builder behind it and he’s recreated the 1974 Nissan/Datsun Skyline GTR beautifully. Head over to Flickr via the link above to see more of Legomasino’s superb images.

Lego Datsun Skyline GTR

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Off-Road-Rod

Lego Tank Rod

If The Lego Car Blog Elves were to design a car, it would probably look a lot like this.

Flickr’s Redfern1950s is a favourite here in the office for his wonderfully whimsical cartoon creations. This is his latest, which – somewhat unnervingly considering the sentence above – is loosely based on a real-life vehicle.

With independently powered tracks providing remote control drive and skid steering the Elves were most excited by its arrival at TLCB Towers. Until it ran them over of course, but frankly they should have known that was going to happen by now.

There’s more to see of Redfern’s delightful ‘RC Off-Road Hot Rod’ at his photostream – click the link above to make the jump!

Lego Tracked Hot Rod

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2,733

Lego Porsche 911

Jonathan Elliott’s brilliant Porsche 911 design has appeared here before, but a shot showing it in three variants – including a gorgeous new Singer-esque commissioned piece – was too good to pass up! Plus today’s title gives us a tenuous link to this. See more on Flickr by clicking here.

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Euro-Kong

Lego Scania R490 Crane Truck

Yu Kee Liu, otherwise known as Shineyu, has become a firm favourite here at The Lego Car Blog for his beautifully engineered trucks and heavy machinery. Today we can share two of his latest, a Hong Kong style Scania R490 crane truck and a Volvo FH16 750. Both are developments of previous builds, with the Volvo first appearing here in 8×4 tractor-cab configuration, and the Scania in a 560 specification with a blue and yellow livery.

Each model contains a raft of remote control features, including drive, steering, crane operation, LED lights, and more, all contained within exteriors that blend European truck design with Hong Kong functionality in astonishing detail.

You can see the complete galleries for Shineyu’s incredible Scania 490 crane truck and Volvo FH16 750 models on Flickr. Head to Hong Kong via Europe at the links above.

Lego Volvo FH 16 Truck

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Remote Control Ripsaw

Lego Technic RC Ripsaw

It’s been a while since the last Elven smushing, but fear not readers – the little scumbags were back on form this morning. The culprit is this; a magnificent Mad Max-esque ‘Ripsaw’ tracked ATV built by Technic BOOM of Eurobricks and Flickr.

Powered by twin L Motors allowing independent track drive with skid steering, and with four independently-sprung track rollers per side, Technic BOOM’s Ripsaw is both quick and nimble. The Elves are too of course, but only if the battle is in open play. Corner them in the supply cupboard for example, and there’s only going to be one outcome…

We now have one very happy Elf to feed a meal to, and several very unhappy Elves to glue back together. Whilst we do that you can see more of Technic BOOM’s remote control Ripsaw, including a video of it off-roading, via the links above.

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Fuji ’88

Lego Porsche 962

The All Japan Sports Prototype Championship (JSPC) was one of the world’s wilder race series. Running from the early ’80s to the early ’90s it pitched various classes of endurance racers against one another on Japan’s fastest circuits. Porsche dominated the series, winning seven of the eleven Championships, with Nissan, Toyota and BMW taking the remaining four.

The Porsche 962 proved the car to beat, and yesterday’s Guest Blogger Prototyp has built three of the 962s that raced in the 1988 Fuji race. Each features the livery from a different team running the Porsche 962 in the late ’80s and there’s more to see of all three versions at Prototyp’s Porsche 962 Flickr album by clicking here.

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Ostaszewski

Lego Ural Ostaszewski Truck Trial 4x4

With yesterday’s Elven riot quashed we’re back in the room, and today’s creation is an Elven favourite. It’s big, remote control, and yellow, and we’re letting the Elves ride around in the back of it to keep the peace.

Built by Engine of Eurobricks it’s a Ural 4320 trial truck as run by the Ostaszevski 4×4 Team. Designed to compete in Lego Truck Trail competitions Engine’s creation features two XL motors driving all four wheels, a medium motor powering the steering (with Ackermann geometry), and there’s a rear drive disconnect via a pneumatic cylinder.

There’s more to see and full build details available via the Eurobricks forum at the link above, where you can also watch Engine’s Ostaszevski Ural in action at a recent Czech Lego Truck Trail event.

Lego Ural Ostaszewski Truck Trial 4x4

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Organised Little Guys

Lego Town Garage

Hello TLCB Readers. The Elves have a riot or some kind of uprising/coup thing going on which requires proper supervision so I was invited to Guest Blog, impartially, and without condoning the Elves’ behavior. (Go, little guys!)

Organized Little Guys is the theme for this post as well. I wanted to share some work from Flickr friend and four-wide master kitt/jip. We’re invited to hang out in Kitt’s vision of a car-wrencher’s temple. The shop is immaculate, clean and well equipped, with good lighting for working on the cars well into sultry evenings. The many layers and vignettes throughout this build touch on the heart of what makes car culture so rich; it’s the connection and stories of the people who build, wrench, and share their experiences around their cars.

Lego Garage Workshop

The guys in red are also clearly very safety conscious, in full protective gear at the board table or in the lunch room…. I don’t really know, but this is probably what TLCB Elves look like (though I’ve also been explicitly asked not to speculate about that… honestly I think they’ll all basically little Stigs). Enjoy, Prototyp.

Lego Town Garage

Thanks to Prototyp for joining us as Guest Blogger here at The Lego Car Blog today, whilst we have our hands full…

There’s much more of kitt/jip’s brilliant Town-scale garage to see at his Flickr album via the link above, and you can check out Prototyp’s own creations by clicking here.

Lego Garage Workshop

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Le Mans GTE Pro Grid

Lego Le Mans 2018 GTE PRO Grid

The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018 is nearly upon us! The world’s greatest endurance race is now in it’s 86th year, and in 2018 will feature sixty cars in four different classes, from the ultra-hi-tech LMP1 prototypes to the GTE Am class of supercars and gentleman drivers.

Somewhere in the middle sits GTE Pro, in which professional drivers for both works and independent teams will fight it out whilst dodging the ludicrously fast LMP1/2 cars hurtling past. This year six different manufacturers have qualified, and previous bloggee Lasse Deleuran has built all six beautifully in Lego form.

There are three Porsche 911 RSRs (featured here previously), two Ferrari 488 GTE EVOs, a Ford GT, a Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, plus the brand new Aston Martin Vantage AMR and BMW M8 GTE.

Each is a fantastic build utilising some ingenious techniques to capture both the complicated GTE-class aero and to accurately recreate the liveries of the teams. Head over to Flickr via the link above to see more of each build and choose your favourite!

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Wings (Part II)

Lego Audi Sport quattro S1 E2 Pikes Peak

Unlike today’s other wingsy post, the aero attached to this amazing-looking Audi quattro S1 E2 Pikes Peak is entirely functional. Built for conquering the formidable Pikes Peak mountain climb back when the surface was loose gravel, the Audi quattro S1 E2 needed as much downforce as it could get. Piloted by WRC legend Walter Röhrl, the S1 E2 reached the top of the mountain in less than eleven minutes, making it the first car ever to do so.

This wonderful replica of one of the most ridiculous racing cars ever built comes from Marc ‘Edge’ R.unde of Flickr, and he’s captured both the remarkable bodywork of the S1 E2 and the famous Audi Sport livery beautifully. See more at the link above.

Lego Audi Sport quattro S1 E2 Pikes Peak

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Wings (Part I)

Lego Datsun 240Z Drift

Drifting, as we learned earlier this week, has been around for some time. Today’s favoured drift weapons are 1990s Japanese cars, being relatively cheap (although the drift tax is now causing values to rocket), rear drive, and – most importantly in the modern drift scene – cool.

We’d prefer this though. It’s a glorious 1970s Datsun 240Z, one of the prettiest cars to come out of Japan, and one of the prettiest cars to come from the ’70s too. Flickr’s Simon Przepiorka is the builder as he’s fully driftized (what – it’s a word!) his 240Z with the addition of a wide-arch kit, what looks like a front-mounted intercooler, and an enormous rear wing.

Why drift cars need rear wings we don’t know, seeing as they’re going too slow to generate any downforce, they’re sideways so the air isn’t flowing it in a straight line, and surely downforce (and therefore grip) is the opposite of what helps cars to break traction anyway.

If you know drop us a note in comments, but we strongly suspect it’s to do with that ‘cool’ thing mentioned above. Anyway, Simon’s lovely Speed Champions scale be-winged Datsun 240Z can be found on Flickr – click the link above to get sideways.

Lego Nissan 240Z Drift

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Paint My Porsche

Lego Porsche 911 Le Mans 70th

With nineteen overall wins (plus numerous class victories) Porsche have won the Le Mans 24 Hours more times than any other manufacturer. Over their 70 year history they’ve also raced in some wonderful liveries, advertising everything from fuel to cigarettes to alcohol – basically all the cool stuff.

To mark their 70th year Porsche will be fielding three of their iconic past liveries in the GTE Pro class at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours race. Flickr’s Lasse Deleuran has recreated each in Lego form, applying them to his previous Porsche 911 RSR design, and they look incredible! Head over to Lasse’s photostream via the link above and pick your winner!

Lego Porsche 911 Le Mans 70th

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What’s in a Name?

Lego Mitsubishi Shogun Pajero

This is the Mitsubishi Pajero. Or not, depending on where you live. Mitsubishi’s toughest 4×4 was originally named after the pampas cat (Leopardus Pajeros), but the word means something entirely different in many Spanish-speaking countries…

TLCB Towers are not situated in a Spanish-speaking country, but nevertheless the big 4×4 is called something different here too. The Shogun, as it’s known in our market, was one of the founders of the modern SUV craze, but has long since been left behind by more car-like rivals. In fact we can’t remember the last time we saw a new-ish Shogun on the road.

We do still occasionally see early ones though, as they keep going forever. This lovely 6-wide mini-figure scale model of a late ’80s Shogun comes from previous bloggee Pixel Fox, adding to his already impressive line-up of Lego 4x4s. Take a look via the link above.

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