Outlawed Electronics

Lego Technic Supercar Crowkillers

This fantastic looking Technic Supercar ‘Outlaw’ comes from TLCB Master MOCer and serial bloggee Paul Boratko, better known as Crowkillers. His latest creation celebrates 40 years of LEGO Technic, and returns the theme to its mechanical roots. Paul’s model forgoes Power Functions motors and remote control for gears and levers, and we love it for that. Working steering, all-wheel suspension, a deployable rear wing, 4+R gearbox and a V8 engine are all included, and all must be powered manually by the human (or Elf) in control. There’s more to see of Paul’s build, including detailed images of the chassis, gearbox and suspension, on MOCpages – click the link above to make the jump to the full gallery and build specs.

Lego Technic Outlaw Supercar

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Komatsu 3000

Lego Komatsu 3000

This big yellow box is a Komatsu 3000, which sounds like a robot from the Terminator movie franchise. It is in fact a 19ft wide, 1260bhp bucket excavator, with a top speed of 1.5mph. One point five! This fully remote controlled Lego version of the Komatsu 3000 is even slower, and thus can cause no carnage in the office today, much to the disappointment of the Elf that discovered it. It is still worth a look though, as it’s one of the most impressive RC creations we’ve seen in some time. Ayumi is the builder behind it and there’s more to see on Brickshelf here.

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Rusty Slammington

BMW Rat Rod

BMWs in TLCB’s home nation are everywhere. Whilst we appreciate that to much of our readership they’re seen as a slightly unusual luxury car, to this writer they are the epitome of the boring rep-mobile, driven by boring people on boring roads to impress their boring friends who also drive boring BMWs.

Not so this one though.

This slice of brown Bavarian brilliance is _Tyler‘s Lego reincarnation of Mike Burroughs’ fantastic BMW E28 rat rod. The polar opposite of every dull grey diesel on the roads here, Mike’s E28 reminds us of a time when BMWs were slightly unusual luxury cars. That his ratty coupe would also cause the Residents Association to call an emergency meeting to discuss its effect on their property prices is an added bonus.

There’s more to see of both the real car and _Tyler’s superb 7-wide Lego version via the links in the text above – click on each to make a jump.

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Belarusian Bout

Lego DT 75 Tractor

Iiiiin the red corner, weighing in at 12,676 pounds, the Belarusian bruiser…. the DT Seventy Fiiiiive! Aaaaand in the blue corner, also weighing in at 12,676 pounds, the Soviet smasher…. the DT Seventy Five Eeeeemmm!

We hope your internal monologue became suitably boxing announcerish as you read that. Anyhow, now that we’ve affected the voice inside your own head, you can see more of these beautifully built town-scale DT 75 and DT 75M tractors at Jakeof_’s photostream. Click the link to go ringside.

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Alternate Creating Alternatives

Lego Creator 31070 Alternate

The Elves, peeved that this week’s earlier Guest Blog meant no meal token for them, have taken it upon themselves to rectify the situation. And rectify it they have. Built from the very same pieces as Nathanael Kuipers’ ‘Retro Roaster‘, Amaman’s ‘Sports Car’ utilises only the parts found within the official LEGO Creator 31070 set to create a gloriously sleek coupe. Part Jaguar E-Type, part Porsche 944, all brilliant, there’s more to see of Amaman’s 31070 Alternate at both MOCpages and Flickr.

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Paint it Blacktron

Milan Sekiz has seen a rover and he wants it painted it black. No colours anymore, apart from black, yellow and trans-red are in this series of builds. It also includes a bike, spaceships and a couple more items yet to come. If, like our Elves, you enjoy Transformers, then click on to Milan’s Photostream, where you can see one of those too.

Alternatively, click here for today’s British pop reference. We seem to be getting good at this. Has TLCB finally mastered sci-fi? Probably…

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Creating Alternatives

Lego Creator Alternative Car

Here at The Lego Car Blog we like to think we’re one of the most inclusive Lego sites on the ‘net. This is handy as we’re also quite possibly one of the laziest. Thus filling in for us today as a guest blogger is reader Markus Schlegel, who suggested a creation to us via the Feedback page. Over to Markus…

Regular readers of The Lego Car Blog will know that you don’t need a thousand bricks to build a decent Lego car. Sometimes you only even need a single official set to appear here and make the Elves go crazy. The master of alternate MOCs Nathanael Kuipers has done so by using only parts from the recently released official 31070 Lego Creator Turbo Track Racer. We can’t really tell if his Retro Roadster is more of a Cobra or of a Corvette, but what we can tell is that it looks magnificent from every single angle. Click the links to make the jump to Flickr or MOCpages and see more pictures of this alternate masterpiece.

Lego 31070 Alternate

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Lykan Hypersport – Picture Special

Lego Lykan Hypersport SBrick

This is the Lykan Hypersport, a car with a base price of $3.4million, a production run of just seven units, and diamonds embedded in the headlights. It is a spectacularly pointless machine, built for people who are only interested in having the most expensive of everything (the Abu Dhabi Police Department included, who have – unbelievably – ordered one), and yet… the world would be a duller place without it.

Lego Lykan Hypersport Remote Control

This jaw-dropping SBrick-controlled replica of the Middle East’s first (but almost certainly not last) hypercar is the work of previous bloggee dgustafsson1317, who may not have a talent for screen names but he sure does with Danish plastic. Featuring opening everything and exquisite detail, dgustafsson’s Lykan is one of the most impressive cars of the year so far, and you can see more of the build at the huge Flickr album via the link above.

Lego Lykan Hypersport Remote Control

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Both Sides of the Curtain

Lego Land Rover UAZ 4x4

Things were frosty between The Soviet Union and the United Kingdom back in the 1970s. Scary infomercials played on television explaining what to do in the event of a nuclear attack (die screaming we suspect), whilst every Bond Villain was an evil Russian.

However, political and economic differences aside, were West and Eastern Europe really so different? Take their approach to off-road workhorses for example. One is a simple, painfully slow, easily repairable vehicle of suspect build quality, designed for the state military but used the world over, and the other is, well… exactly the same.

We reckon that had the designers of the Land Rover Series 1 and UAZ 469 met they probably would have got along great. Perhaps there’s a lesson there… Anyhoo, these too charming mini-figure scale recreations of the Land Rover and UAZ come from Flickr’s Pixel Fox, and you can see more of each, as well as his other previously blogged off-roaders, via the link above.

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Mike and the Mechanics

Lego BMX Garage

Another day, another find, and another obscure British music reference for a title. You don’t get that at The Brothers Brick.

This brilliant garage scene comes from Flickr’s mike m., and it perfectly captures probably every garage in the land. Typical garage clutter is detailed in abundance, and we’re willing to bet that this single wonderful shot has done more to connect you with the days of your youth than anything else you’ve seen this week.

Look back with us courtesy of Mike’s photostream via the link above.

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SpacexEight

Lego Space 8x8 Truck

Oh great… another sci-fi build. We’re so bad at these. OK, this large space 8×8 truck comes from the mind of Andrew Somers, and it looks the perfect mobile laboratory for some scientific planetary exploration. Twin axle steering allows the truck to turn tightly and a large crane and grab mechanism allows samples to be gathered from inside the truck if it’s looking a bit dicey outside. Probably anyway, we’ve literally made all that up. Whatever, there’s more to see at Andrew photostream at the link above – click his name to make the jump.

Lego Space 8x8 Truck

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Eye in the Sky

Lego E-2C Hawkeye Aircraft

This wonderfully weird contraption is a Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft, currently serving in the U.S Navy aircraft carrier fleet. First flying in 1960, the E-2 Hawkeye is not only still in service some five decades later, but is actually still in production, giving it the longest production run of any carrier-based aircraft.

The huge disc atop the Hawkeye is a 24-foot rotating radar dome equipped with long-range radar and IFF systems, the only carrier-based aircraft to possess such technology. This enormous eye/ear allows the E-2 to detect incoming threats long before they become a danger, allowing the carrier upon which it’s stationed to prepare defences.

This remarkably accurate replica of one the the U.S navy’s oddest aircraft comes from previous bloggee and TLCB Master MOCer Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist, and he’s used some absolutely genius techniques to recreate the Hawkeye’s unique shape. There’s lots more to see at Ralph’s photostream by clicking here – just know that the Hawkeye is sure to see you coming…

Lego E-2C Hawkeye U.S Navy Aircraft

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Carrera Classic

Lego Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS

You don’t need a million bricks to appear here at The Lego Car Blog. A few hundred will do, especially if they’re yellow, and especially if they’re arranged as exquisitely as this. This gorgeous Legoland style ’70s Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS comes from Flickr’s Peter Blackert (aka Lego911), and it captures the super-rare version of Porsches most famous model beautifully. There’s lots more of the Carrera 2.7 RS to see at Peter’s photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

 

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‘Initial D’ AE86

Lego Toyota AE86 Initial D

Once every so often a car comes along that, for reasons mysterious and illogical, becomes more than just another metal box, a car that captures the imagination, and that becomes more than the sum of its parts. This is one such car, the legendary 1980s Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 / Sprinter Trueno.

If you’re a Japanese drift fan though, you might want to skip this next bit…

The Toyota AE86 was not a special car.

It was in fact a humdrum hatchback designed to take people from point A to point B reliably and at a reasonable cost. Just like every other humdrum hatchback at the time.

But it’s a manual with rear wheel drive we here you cry! It was indeed, but so was pretty much everything else on sale in Europe and Japan back then. So far so ordinary.

Lego Toyota AE86 Initial D

But then something strange happened. Moderately successful motorcycle racer / moderately unsuccessful car racer Kunimitsu Takahashi had started to throw cars sideways on track in Japan a few years earlier. Rookie racer Keiichi Tsuchiya liked what he saw, and applied the technique to the illegal street races that he was participating in, becoming a legend in the process.

Keiichi went on to forge a successful professional racing career following his antics on the street, and the car from his illegal racing days, his humble Corolla Levin AE86, became a legend as big as the man that drove it.

Japan’s illegal drift scene exploded, and the arrival of the Initial D manga cartoon in the mid ’90s, featuring a hero driver at the wheel of a Toyota AE86, did nothing to lessen the legend of both the man and the car credited with creating it.

The result is that the little Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 has become one of the most iconic and sought after cars of the ’80s, and as such prices have gone stratospheric. Pretty good for a humble hatchback designed to go to the shops.

If, like us, you don’t quite have the loose change to get your hands on a real AE86, Technic builder RM8 might have just the answer. This is his beautifully engineered AE86 model, and it captures the details of the real ’80s Corolla Levin brilliantly in Technic form. It’s also as fun to drive as drifting a real AE86 up a Japanese mountain pass (probably), with a Power Functions L Motor driving the rear wheels, a Servo Motor powering the steering, and a third-party SBrick bluetooth receiver controlling the signals to both.

There’s lots more to see of RM8’s Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 / Sprinter Trueno at MOCpages and the Eurobricks discussion forum, but much like the real car RM8’s model is something more than the sum of its parts. Take a look at RM8’s enthralling video below to see why…

YouTube Video

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Starfighter

Lego Starfighter

Looking like a cross between Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the symbols that weird kid used to draw on his exercise books at school, Karf Oohlu‘s starfighter certainly seems to have something of the occult about it. Head over to Karf’s photostream to chant some spacey incantations and sacrifice a chicken.

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