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Share a Coke with Karwik

Star 28 Coca Cola TruckWhilst not quite as glitzy as the Coca Cola trucks on the Christmas commercial, Karwik’s Star 28 Coca Cola delivery truck is one of the most charming vehicles we’ve seen this year. See the creation’s full gallery on Flickr here.

N.B. If you’ve seen the current ‘Share a Coke with…’ advert and you’re inclined to share a Coke with one of our Elves, please make sure it’s ‘Diet’. Giving them sugar is a serious mistake.

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Holidays are Coming…

Actually this is the most American thing* we’ve ever seen (following today’s earlier post featuring a ’70s muscle car with a giant flaming bird on the hood).

The Coca Cola Christmas truck is nearly as well-known as the guy drinking the coke on the side of it, and it’s been recreated astonishingly well in brick form by Flickr’s Lasse Deleuran, who might just have built the best Lego-lettering since we last said something had the best Lego-lettering.

Seriously though, it’s a mightily impressive mosaic that not only looks stunningly accurate, it’s so brilliant it almost makes the superb remote control tractor unit fade into the background. Which is what good branding is all about.

There’s more to see of Lasse’s amazing rendition of the probably the world’s most famous truck at his photostream via the link above, where you can also find a link to building instructions so that you can build this design for yourself.

*To maintain our BBC-like impartiality, here’s the Soviet version too!

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Socialist Snowmobile

Lego Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Snowmobile

Communist revolutionary, ‘Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars of the Soviet Union’, and Ming the Merciless inspiration Vladimir Lenin is one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, pioneering the development of communism and the Marxist socialist state.

Decreeing that all resources should be under common ownership – thereby removing the need for money, reliance on social class, and inequality – Lenin was driven around in a 1915 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, modified by Adolphe Degrease in 1922 to run on tracks, whilst 6 million people died of starvation during the Povolzhye famine. Yay communism!

Nevertheless, Lenin’s Silver Ghost was a very cool vehicle, and today it resides in Russia’s Gorky museum. If that’s a bit far to travel, previous bloggee Karwik has the answer, with his gorgeous Town-scale version of the unique vintage Roller. Click the link above to make the jump to Flickr.

Lego Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Lenin

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Polish Colour Television – Picture Special

Lego Jelcz / Mielec / WZT WR-0043 (1971)

This is one of the more unusual vehicles to appear here at TLCB this year, but it’s one of our absolute favourites!

This gorgeous 1971 Jelcz Mielec television truck has been constructed by TLCB regular Karwik.  At 9 studs wide it’s one of the largest mini-figure scale vehicles we’ve featured here, and it’s also one of the most intricate.

Lego TV Truck Jelcz / Mielec / WZT WR-0043

Every detail of the real truck – which you can find online by searching for ‘Jelcz Mielec’ – has been captured beautifully (unlike a 1970s Polish TV camera) and the build has been completed with the addition of some brilliant custom decals and professionally chromed pieces by Chrome Block City.

We highly recommend viewing Karwik’s excellent gallery on Flickr – click the link above to switch channels.

Lego Jelcz Mielec Truck

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Bullet Magnet

Lego Armoured Car

This 1919 Kresowiec ‘armoured car’, based on a tractor plough chassis, is the absolute last place we would want to be in war-time. Horrendously slow, hugely unreliable, and a great big (and interesting) target for everyone to hit, we can’t image it was fun to be inside one bit. We’d have rather had a horse. Or this.

Anyway, the Kresowiec does make for an intriguing Lego model, especially when constructed by TLCB favourite Karwik. You can see more of this unusual vintage contraption at Karwik’s Flickr photostream via the link above.

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Dinky Dozer

Lego Bulldozer

This is, apparently, a 1963 T-100 Сталинец bulldozer. No, us neither, but as it’s been built by the wonderful Karwik we can assume it’s as close to the real vehicle as Lego bricks allow. You can see more of Karwik’s beautifully detailed machine on Flickr here.

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I’m a Wanderer

Lego Gypsy Wagons

Most of the gypsy/traveller vehicles that we see near TLCB Towers are not like these. New Toyota Hilux and Range Rovers with private number plates seem to be the preferred choice at the moment, but very occasionally we do see travelling done the traditional way.

These beautiful Polish gypsy wagons by Flickr’s Karwik remind us of a time when there was only one horse power available up front. Click here to go travelling.

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The Butterfly Effect

Gräf & Stift 1911 Double Phaeton

Some cars are important for reasons far beyond their parts. This is one such vehicle, the 1911 Graf & Stift Double Phaeton. It was – as you can see – truly lovely, like so many of the long forgotten pioneer motorcars.

However the Graf & Stift became famous for the most tragic of reasons. On the 28th June 1914 Gavrilo Princip, a young disenfranchised Bosnian Serb, fired shots into the car’s occupants. They were the Archduke of Austria-Hungary Franz Ferdinand, and his wife Sophie von Hohenberg, heirs to the Austro-Hungarian throne.

Both Franz and his wife died from the attack, and Gavrilo was arrested and jailed, being too young to face the death sentence. But like a butterfly flapping its wings causing an ever escalating chain of events, Gavrilo could never have known what his actions would set in motion.

The assassination gave Austria-Hungary the pretext to invade Serbia, itself on the war-path to reclaim its own lost 14th century empire. With treaties between countries in place across Europe, if one country went to war others were obliged to follow, and soon every major military power had chosen a side. The First World War had begun.

Gavrilo died three years later in prison, emaciated by disease and malnutrition. The majority of the 37 million who died during the war went the same way.

Karwik is the builder of the Archduke’s Double Phaeton, and you can see more of his recreation of possibly the most important car ever built via Flickr.

Lego Assassination of Franz Ferdinand

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SNOTty Skoda

Lego Skoda Truck

We love everything that Flickr’s Karwik builds, and this beautiful Škoda 706 RTTN with Orličan N7CH refrigerated trailer is no different.

Despite our seeming boundless automotive knowledge (yeah right!) we weren’t actually aware that Skoda ever built articulated truck tractors. Apparently they produced such trucks until the early noughties, at which point they were probably competing with parent company Volkswagen’s own MAN truck brand a little too closely, and production was quietly ended.

Karwik’s Lego version of the classic Skoda 706 features some of the best SNOT (Studs Not On Top) techniques we’ve ever seen; our highlights include the genius truck grill and wonderful trailer lettering. In fact the whole trailer – which is built completely SNOT – is a work of Lego art. See how Karwik has done it on Flickr via the link above.

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Polish Star

Lego Star Car Transporter

Flickr’s Karwik is a regular here at The Lego Car Blog, with over a dozen of his beautiful Town vehicles featured here since our inception. Today he adds no less than six more creations to his blog-count with this simply wonderful Star C-28 Car Transporter complete with Polski-Fiat load.

Five Polski-Fiat 125ps feature, with three sedans, one station wagon and even a pick-up loaded onto the ZBNS D-91 trailer. All variants were, er… rubbish, but that doesn’t stop them looking spectacular in Lego form with Karwik’s huge attention to detail evident on each one.

We highly recommend a visit to Karwik’s photostream to see more of the Star C-28 truck, ZBNS trailer, and its Fiat 125p load. You can also view all of Karwik’s other incredible blogged creations by typing his name into the search box at the foot of this page (or at the top right for those viewing on mobile devices). Now, time for us to give a very lucky Elf  six Smarties (and possibly diabetes).

Lego Car Transporter, Polski-Fiat

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Yabba Dabba Doo!

Lego Flintstones

Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones.
They’re the modern stone age family.
From the, town of Bedrock,
They’re a page right out of history.

Karwik, is the builder,
Of Fred’s prehistoric vehicle.
There’s more, via his Flickr,
Click this link and you will see it all!

Let’s ride, with the family down the street.
Through the, courtesy of Fred’s two feet.

When you’re, with the Flintstones
You’ll have a yabba dabba doo time.
A dabba doo time.
You’ll have a gay old time!

The Flintstones Lego

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Huta Stalowa Wola!

Lego Huta Stalowa Wola

No, we’ve not heard of it either, but this is a Huta Stalowa Wola. It might sound like a dance your grandparents did but it is in fact a chunky-looking front loader built between 1976 and 2000. TLCB regular Karwik is the builder, and you can see more of his wonderfully detailed machine via Flickr here.

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Blue Number Two

Lego MA3-503B

Today is the first time ever that we’ve publicised two models by the same builder back to back. The reason is obvious; they’re both completely brilliant. Flickr’s Karwik is the builder in question and his second model of the week is another curious Soviet truck, a MA3-503B (clearly communism had no place for a marketing department when it came to product naming). The real truck is another slightly rubbish Russian oddity, but in LEGO form, especially in this rare light blue colour, it’s one of the most charming models of 2014. You can see all the photos of the MA3-503B on Flickr via the link above, along with Karwik’s other wonderful Town vehicles.

Lego MA3 Truck

 

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Nothing Rhymes with Orange

Lego Skoda Truck

Today’s post comes from TLCB regular Karwik, who returns with another stunning Town-scale truck. This time it’s an unusual Skoda 706, a truck that was made for nearly 30 years in Eastern Europe. Kawrik’s superb attention to detail abounds on this model, and you can see more high quality images via his photostream here.

Lego Skoda 706 Truck

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