Orange Tinted Spectacles

Flickr’s Dennis Bosman (aka legotrucks) builds some of the very best Lego models of any type, with a level of realism that exceeds even that of LEGO’s own master model-makers. This is his latest incredible build, a pair of impossibly well-detailed heavy haulage trucks as run by the Van der Vlist company in the Netherlands.

The amazing-looking four-axle MAN TGX is paired with a beautiful Scania T142E and Nooteboom trailer, a model based upon one of the designs by the late Ingmar Spijkhoven who died earlier this year after battling motor neurone disease, and who we sorely wish we had inducted into the Master MOCers Hall of Fame here at TLCB before he passed.

Several builders have paid tribute to Ingmar with their own takes on his spectacular models, and apparently Ingmar was very pleased to see the progress on Dennis’ build earlier in the year, particularly liking the orange colour chosen. The Elves rather like it too (orange Smarties are the best kind) and you can join them and us in appreciating the full gallery of superb imagers at Dennis’ Scania T142E Flickr album via the link above.

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Vote for Smoke

It’s election night here in TLCB’s home nation, and here is a Toyota Corolla Trueno AE86 pictured in a full ‘Initial D’ drift. Is it swinging from right to left, heading perilously close to the cliff-edge, crashing-out, or gaining a conservative majority? OK, that last analogy didn’t work, but we’re quite proud of the first three! Previous bloggee Simon Przepiorka, now known as SP_LINEUP, is the builder behind this most excellent scene and you can cast your ballot, er… we mean see more of his brilliant drifting Initial D AE86 on Flickr via the link above.

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Ho-Ho-Hot-Rod

Santa is a pretty rad dude, rockin’ a mega beard, some wicked bling (bells), and owning very probably the fastest vehicle ever made (a sleigh that can get everywhere in one night!). It’s no surprise to see that in his down time he likes to kick-back with a properly cool whip, in this case a gloriously festive hot rod complete with a red nose radiator emblem. Flickr’s ianying616 is the builder behind it and there’s more to see at his photostream here!

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My Other Truck’s a Beetle

The lovely LEGO Creator 10252 Volkswagen Beetle set has spawned several B-Models from the blue bricks found within it. Nathanael Kuipers (a previous set designer for LEGO no less!) has created another, and has made instructions available for owners of the 10252 set to recreate it for themselves. Drawing on several classic pick-up truck designs from the late ’30s to the late ’40s Nathanael’s B-Model captures the style of the time wonderfully and there’s more to see of his 10252 B-Model (including a link to building instructions) on Flickr here.

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Other Runners

Blade Runner wasn’t all about the ‘Spinner‘. Largely forgotten, the movie featured several vehicular oddities that appeared alongside the famous hovercar, each managing to look both futuristic and decidedly sheddy at the same time. Flickr’s keiichi kamei remembers two such designs, the ‘Armadillo‘ van and the ‘Deckard‘ car, each shown here in both civilian and civil service roles.

Previous bloggee keiichi has recreated the designs wonderfully in mini-figure scale, with some ingenious building techniques and custom decals used to enhance the models’ accuracy. Head to the futuristic time of November 2019 (yes, Blade Runner is now set in the past!) via the links above.

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More More than Meets the Eye

The Elves are in a very buoyant mood today! Flickr’s Alex Jones (aka Orion Pax) has been uploading Transformers builds and such a prodigious rate that we’ve been handing out meal tokens like Smarties. And we’ve also been handing out Smarties.

These are a sample of some of his latest Autobot and Decepticon creations, following the first tranche we published here a month or so ago. Each is beautifully built and presented, transforms through some sort of magic, and can be seen – alongside a raft of other equally awesome Transformers builds not shown here – at Alex’s photostream.

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Beating Ferrari

The excellent looking Le Mans ’66 (Ford vs. Ferrari) movie is in theatres now, and tells the story of one of the greatest (and most unlikely) racing rivalries in history. Ford, annoyed at having their offer to purchase Ferrari snubbed, decided to build a car to beat the Italians at their own game. Cue a story of American heroism, engineering brilliance, and underdog victory. Except the Ford GT40 was actually British…

No matter, it is a great story, and this lovely digital Ford GT40 road car captures the legendary American British endurance racer wonderfully. It comes from cshowd of Flickr who is in the midst of building it for real and there’s more to see at his photostream. Head back to 1966 and conquer Ferrari via the link above.

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Big Gun

If there’s something that gets the Elves as excited as a car with big racing stripe down the middle it’s a mech with a giant gun. This one comes from Flickr’s Marco Marozzi, it’s entitled the ‘MRGM 3’ and we have absolutely no idea what it does or what it’s for. But it looks cool. See more at the link.

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Persian Cat

War is complicated. However much Fox News try to dumb it down into a simple ‘goodies vs. baddies’ fight, it is rarely – if ever – the reality.

Take this for example, the American F-14A ‘Tomcat’ fighter, which is flown by the Iranian Air Force. Yup, the very same Iran that the U.S threatens to wipe off the map every six weeks.

Because not very long ago Iran were on the side of the U.S. in the first Gulf War, if not for their comradeship with America more their hatred of Iraq.

Not that Fox News remembers that of course. Anyway, this rather brilliant Republic of Iran Air Force F14-A ‘Persian Tomcat’ comes from regular bloggee Ralph Savelsberg (aka Mad Physicist), who has replicated the real Iranian fighter – including its desert camouflage – in stunning realism.

You can head to Ralph’s F-14A album on Flickr to see the full gallery of excellent imagery, plus you can read his Master MOCers interview here at TLCB by clicking here.

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Big Foot’s Back! (Kinda)

Flickr’s Havoc is having an awesome run blending classic Model Team sets with real-world vehicles. Following in the footsteps (hah!) of his 5541-inspired T-Bucket and his 5510-derived Jeep Renegade comes this, a reworking of the 5561 Big Foot monster truck set from 1997.

The original set wasn’t really a monster truck (or anything like the real Big Foot for that matter) but it was rather cool, and Havoc has chosen to carry over its paint-job onto a vehicle far more in keeping with the real Ford pick-up based car-crushing monster truck.

Havoc’s ‘Big Foot’ uses a Ford F-250 as its base (like the real truck), but switches the famous blue livery for the red-on-white that many Model Team sets have used over the years. Head to Havoc’s photostream to see all the images, plus you can view his past builds and see the official LEGO set that inspired this one via the links in the text above.

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Plus Two

LEGO’s Speed Champions range has recently expanded. Not just in number, like your Mom’s list of past boyfriends, but in girth, just like your Mom. As revealed here last month the new Speed Champions sets have adopted increased dimensions, going from from six studs in width to eight. This brings with it an increased level of realism as well as the ability for two mini-figures to fit side-by-side.

One of LEGO’s previous Speed Champions sets, the 75884 Ford Mustang, now looks a little thin by comparison, so Joao Campos of MOCpages has given it a thorough update to match the new 8-wide Speed Champions scale.

Suggested by a reader, Joao’s classic Ford Mustang Fastback looks every bit as good as LEGO’s latest Speed Champions releases, and whole lot better than the already decent official set (which you can see pictured alongside it in the images above)

With only 230 parts Joao’s Mustang also looks to be an easy recreation for other builders to try, particularly those that own the official 75884 set already. Head to Joao’s Ford Mustang page on MOCpages to see the complete gallery of images.

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Super Dozer

This is a Komatsu D575A-3 ‘Super Dozer’, and it weighs 150 tons. Well, this one doesn’t, being rather smaller and slightly more plastic, but it’s still really impressive.

Built by Beat Felber of Flickr, this incredible creation shrinks the giant Komatsu down to 1:28.5 scale, yet retains much of the super dozers awesome functionality.

Powered by two SBricks, Beat’s model can be controlled and programmed via bluetooth, with adder/subtractor crawler drive allowing the model to drive and steer courtesy of an XL Motor providing forwarded propulsion and an L Motor powering the steering mechanism.

Pneumatics also feature, with air pressure built on-board by an L Motor with an automatic cut-off, and two pneumatic valves – each controlled by a Servo Motor – controlling both the lifting and tilting of the blade. Lastly lighting is taken care of via four pairs of Power Functions LEDs.

It’s a brilliantly engineered creation and you can see more – including a link to a video of the model in action – at Beat’s Komatsu D575A-3 Super Dozer album on Flickr. Take a look via the link!

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Death Stranding

We’ve never played the Death Stranding video game but if its vehicles are anything to go by we might like to. This is one such vehicle from the title, recreated by yu chris of Flickr. Chris’ model includes custom decals, raising suspension, and some of the cleverest ‘weathering’ we’ve ever seen in brick form. Head to Chris’ photostream via the link above to see more.

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T for Two

It’s been a hot rod heavy few days but we’ll sneak in two more before a bit of a gearshift. This neat pair of Town-scale Model T hot rods comes from Tim Henderson who has captured both ends of the hot rodding scale circa 1973. Both the ‘Resto-mod’ and ‘Fad-T’ replicate their respective trends superbly and there’s more to see of his mini-figure models on Flickr via the link.

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Heyday

TVR and MOCpages have much in common. Unreliable yet much loved, they both enjoyed a glorious peak and then slipped into obscurity.

But there is hope.

TVR has a new owner and a new car on the way designed by McLaren F1 legend Gordon Murray, whilst MOCpages can, if the moon is in the right place and the servers are working, still reveal an absolute gem. This is one, created by a builder prolific during the site’s heyday, and it’s a car from TVR’s glorious mid-90’s heyday too.

Nick Barrett built this lovely TVR Griffith as a commission for an owner of the real thing, and he’s captured the British sports car superbly. You can head to MOCpages (if the site is working*) for all the photos, plus you can read Nick’s interview here at TLCB as he now builds Lego models for a job. And it all started on MOCpages.

*Or here if it’s not. Just like a TVR owner, it’s best to have a back-up.

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