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A Super Yacht

This is the M/Y Scout, a brand new twin-screw ocean going superyacht designed by H2 Yacht Design and built by Hakvoort Shipyard for a discerning billionaire. Measuring 209ft/63m long and with a 1,400 gross tonnage the Scout is only fractionally smaller than TLCB’s own superyacht, the Seabricscuit, paid for via the ads for Disney World, clickbaity fake news sites, and garden decking (at least that’s what we’re currently seeing) that appear here on this website*.

This spectacular 1:53 scale replica of a really quite beautiful ship comes comes from previous bloggee Arjan Oude Kotte (aka Konajra) of Flickr, who has recreated the M/Y Scout from around 14,000 LEGO pieces.

At over 1.2 meters long Arjan has captured every detail of the real vessel in his model, from the intricately layered hull and custom lit decks to the discerning billionaire mini-figure having a drink on the stern! Set sail for Arjan’s M/Y Scout Flickr album to view the incredible gallery of imagery (which also includes a time-lapse video of the build) via the link above.

*To see where our advertising revenue really goes click here.

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Finnians Shipyard

Lego Finnians Shipyard

OK, this is clearly not a car. But it is gorgeous, and contains so many wonderful Town scale vehicles it’s sure worth publicising here at The Lego Car Blog. Built by previous bloggee Konajra this is ‘Finnians Shipyard’ that forms part of a much larger – and ridiculously impressive – ‘Brickton Harbour‘ build, which contains even more brilliant boats, buildings and vehicles.

Back to Finnians and underneath that utterly brilliant roof is a beautiful ship under construction, whilst outside are a neat forklift, a superbly detailed electrician’s truck and a magnificent beam crane. Inside the ship-builder is fully detailed and includes some excellent highly realistic lighting thanks to the guys at Brickstuff.

Lego Finnians Shipyard

There’s much more to see of Konajra’s spellbinding creation on Flickr here and you can see more the wider build via the first link.

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Dig Big

Lego Caterpillar 7495 HF Bucket Excavator

This stupendous vehicle is a Caterpillar 7495 HF electric rope shovel and it can carry 120 tons up to 9m high in its ‘dipper’ (or bucket to you and us). Well this one can’t obviously, as it’s made from Danish plastic, but it’s rather impressive all the same.

Built by previous bloggee Arjan Oude Kotte (aka Konajra) it is – almost unbelievably – mini-figure scale, and features a full array of LED lighting, Power Functions remote control, spectacular detailing, plus of course, a truly enormous shovel.

An evolution of Arjan’s original model that appeared here in 2014 there’s more to see of this brick-built masterpiece at his Caterpillar 7495 HF photo album – click the link above if you’re diggin’ this as much as we are.

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Not a Car

Lego Tug Boat

This beautiful Lego tug boat is not a car, but for reasons unknown this TLCB writer quite like tug boats, and thus it’s appearing here! Built as a commissioned piece by Arjan Oude Kotte it’s an example of exceptional Lego model-making, and there are more superb images to see at Arjan’s album on Flickr. Tug yourself off at the link above.

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Shipping Forecast

Lego Tugger

TLCB Towers is located in an island nation (over 6,000 islands in fact). This means that – if we so wish – we can listen to a uniquely crap bit of radio. The Shipping Forecast can be heard four times a day courtesy of our state broadcaster and the Coastguard & Maritime Agency, updating the sailors in our waters to the incoming weather, sea conditions and currents, and boring everybody else into a gentle coma.

Still, it’s useful stuff if you’re tug boat captain. Fortunately this hi-vis adorned mini-figure is, and the Lego tug boat under his helm is a work of maritime art. Previous bloggee Konajra is the builder behind it, and he’s constructed an absolutely beautiful harbour scene to accompany his stunning ship too.

There’s lots more to see at Konajra’s Flickr photostream – click here for the complete gallery of superb images.

Lego Harbor

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Floating Bricks 2017 | Hamburg – Reader Report

Lego Konajra Kustwacht + Pump Dredger

TLCB staff don’t often get out to LEGO shows. Partly because our mysterious identities may be revealed, but mostly because the Elves have a habit of sneaking into our luggage, and our insurance is nowhere near that comprehensive.

Luckily our readers can be more mobile than us, and one such reader contacted us with an offer to cover a LEGO event. Over to today’s Guest Blogger, Jan Mueller…

On the 18th and 19th of March 2017 the exhibition “Floating Bricks – The maritime World of LEGO Bricks“ was held in Hamburg. It took place, appropriately, at a retired ferry terminal in the Altona district of the city.

Up to 1863, Altona was a harbour town which belonged to Denmark, and the Danish influence is partly still present until today. That weekend there were a lot of ships in town, made of Danish LEGO elements.

The fair was organized by the city event guide Hamburg-Führer and powered by the North-German RLUG Stein Hanse (recognized LEGO User Group). The Stein Hanse has organised several well-received exhibitions before and this was their first one in Hamburg. Members of the Stein Hanse had built a detailed oil platform, part of the Hamburg Airport, the Hamburg tube (which mostly goes overground) and many other models, which were put on display for the two-day event.

Lego Floating Bricks Hamburg 2017

The RLUG, founded by Martin and Lutz in 2013 has more than 150 LEGO fans as members. One of the invited exhibitors was Brynjar Karl with his 6.5m model of the Titanic to Hamburg. The LEGO Titanic was on its way to New York, but was damaged on the way. Not kidding! Now the Titanic was undergoing some dock-time for repairs in Altona and Brynjar Karl was on-site for live building, supported by some of the other builders present at the show.

Two further additional LEGO artists were also invited: Arjen Oude Kotte (aka Konajra) and Edwin Korstanje from the Netherlands, who are both specialised in large highly detailed ship models.

The location of the exhibition, the old ferry terminal, offered a wonderful view of the Hamburg harbour with its container vessels and cruise ships and made it the perfect place to present maritime LEGO models. There was a fine collection of food trucks present to cater for the 6,000+ visitors, and the attendees also had the chance to build a huge mosaic of Hamburg’s newest landmark: the Elbphilharmonie, a new concert house on the river Elbe.

Many thanks to Jan for joining us here at TLCB with his summary of the Floating Bricks exhibition in Hamburg! If you’d like to report on a LEGO event as Jan has then we’d love to hear from you – simply get in touch via the usual channels and your words and pictures could appear here too.

Lego Terminal at the Evening courtesy of Hamburg-Führer

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Big Tug

Lego Tug Boat

This incredible recreation of a 1960s tug boat, the ‘Smit Steenbank’, comes from nautical extraordinaire Konajra. Featuring some of the best detailing that you will ever see in Lego form and measuring 80cm long, Konajra’s latest ship shows just how far Lego can be taken as a modelling medium. We highly recommend visiting Konajra’s Flickr account to see all of the spectacular images – click the link to join us in astonishement.

Lego Konajra Tug Boat

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Pedal Power

Lego Bikes

Not that you’d know it from recent posts, but we are supposed to be a car blog. However, we do have a soft-spot for anything pedal powered – they were our first wheels after all. These two unusual builds come from Konajra on Flickr, and Stephan Niehoff of Flickr and MOCpages.

Konajra’s drift trike looks like a riot of fun. The same can’t be said for Stephan’s penny farthing mountain bike, which looks like one of the most dangerous contraptions ever invented. Join the ride via the links above.

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What’s in the Box?

Lego Polar Ship Red Box

We don’t often blog ships here at The Lego Car Blog, but when we do they’re big. This astonishing polar transport ship is the work of TLCB favourite Konajra, whose latest model has been commissioned by Red Box Energy.

Two of these heavy module ice-breakers are currently under construction for the company, and when complete they’ll be the widest Polar Class vessels in the world, capable of transporting 20,000 tons each.

Konajra’s Lego version is no less impressive; the display is almost a meter wide itself and 1.7 meters long. You can see all of the images on Flickr – click here to make the voyage.

Lego Polar Class Ice-Breaker Red Box Energy Services

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The Lego Boat Blog

Lego Tug Boat

We don’t just do cars here at The Lego Car Blog. See, here’s a boat! You can see more of Konajra’s beautifully detailed Serco Marine SD tug boat by clicking here.

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Rainbow Warrior Picture Special

Lego Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior 3

This astonishing ship comes from Flickr’s Konajra, who appeared here last week with this, and who has now reconstructed one of the world’s most iconic vessels in Lego form. It is of course, the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior.

This is Greenpeace’s third Rainbow Warrior ship and the first to be purpose-built for the charity. As you would expect (although certainly not the case with the ship’s predecessors), Rainbow Warrior III is one of the greenest ships afloat – and not just in colour. Launched in 2011 the ship mostly functions as a sailing yacht, with additional hybrid propulsion used when necessary. It dumps no waste water into the ocean and all components have been sustainably sourced where possible. Sounds like a good approach to building any ship to us.

Lego Rainbow Warrior Ship

Konajra’s Lego replica of the 190ft Rainbow Warrior III is actually mini-figure scale, which makes it simply enormous. Every conceivable detail has been finely recreated in Danish plastic and Konajra has uploaded a wealth of photography to his Flickr photostream to support the build – click here to visit the ship’s Flickr gallery.

Finally, whilst we don’t always agree with Greenpeace, if you’d like to check out what they do and why they need the Rainbow Warrior you can click here to visit their website.

Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior 3 Lego

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Boat Party

Lego Jutlandia Ship

This one is big. Like, really really big. Konajra has clicked approximately 100,000 LEGO pieces together to create this 3.25 meter long replica of the 1934 MS Jutlandia. It’s big enough that we lost more than a few Elves for several hours (you can come back any time Konajra). His latest commissioned piece is available to view now on MOCpages.

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Photo Like a Pro

Lego Photography Studio

The very best Lego vehicles in the world feature here at The Lego Car Blog. But the quality isn’t limited to just the build – the standard of presentation must be exceptional too. If you’re here wondering ‘How do I get my stuff to look that good?’, Flickr’s Konajra gives us an insight into the easiest and most accessible way to make your creations look the business.

Konajra’s behind-the-scenes shot above reveals the secret. Simple huh? A plain coloured background – often white but any contrasting colour will do – and curved to remove the shadows in the corners, is all you need to make your Lego creation look like something from The LEGO Group themselves.

Some builders add proper photography lighting to their set-up, but natural light is actually the best way to illuminate your model – so wait for sunny day!

Once you’ve got your shots upload them into any one of the variety of image editing tools, such as Gimp, Photoshop, iPhoto and even Microsoft Paint. Many builders will spend days perfecting their images, but a quick crop, auto-enhance and watermark (if you’re protective) is all that it takes to make a big difference.

Once you’re happy with how your images look you’re ready to upload them to your chosen creation-sharing website, however it’s worth noting that the quality of your images can be constrained by the site uploader. As such we recommend uploading to Flickr, and then using the embed function to transfer your images to your other online accounts.

Follow the above steps and you should end up with photos like Konajra’s ‘Zwarte Zee’ below, and they’ll be good enough to appear on one of the major Lego blogs, maybe even this one!

If you’ve discovered a creation that you think qualifies to appear here at The Lego Car Blog you can check its suitability by visiting our Submission Guidelines page – if it meets our requirements then let us know!

Lego Zwart Zee Ship

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Big Bucket

Lego Technic Cat Excavator

This enormous Caterpillar 7495 HF bucket excavator was uncovered by a group of very excitable Elves on Flickr (a few weeks ago actually, when it wasn’t quite finished, so this is an updated post). It’s the work of LEGO-building genius Konajra, a man who’s featured here on TLCB a few times in the past with his incredible ships and Town scenes, and he’s now added technical-brilliance to his already expansive building skill-set.

Contained inside the Caterpillar’s wonderfully realistic body is an extensive range of Power Functions components which are used to control all the major aspects of the excavator’s movements. The Elves thought this functionality was great fun (at least the ones at the controls did), but with several of their colleagues smushed into the office carpet and others deposited on high shelves from which they had no hope of descending, the controls were swiftly taken away and returned to Konajra.

You can see more details of the Caterpillar, including an insightful ‘naked chassis’ shot by clicking the link to Flickr above.

Lego Cat Bucket Excavator

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Dennis Bosman

Lego Kenworth Wrecker

We welcome the seventh builder into The Lego Car Blog’s ‘Master MOCer’ Series, the brilliant Dennis Bosman aka legotrucks. Dennis’ work has featured on TLCB several times in the past two years, he’s collaborated with our second Master MOCer Dennis Glaasker aka Bricksonwheels, and his latest work marks him out as one of the best builders anywhere in the world right now. Dennis joins us at TLCB to write his Lego journey. Read on to learn his story…

When did you first get into LEGO and what was your first set?
I started with LEGO when I was four years old. Of course I first played with Duplo bricks. My mom helped me with building coaches based on the Duplo carts. One of my first sets I remember was the Miniland fire brigade (set 602) and taxi cab (set 608). More sets followed shortly after and I was able to build my own town.

How did you get started in the AFOL Community?
I actually was active on the internet and attending model shows before the AFOL communities started. In 1995 I met two other Dutch AFOLs (however the abbreviation ‘AFOL’ didn’t exist then) and the year after we attended a model show in the Netherlands in the area of cranes and trucks. The first time I put some MOCs on the internet was in 1998. The only forum I knew then was Lugnet.com and it was quite succesful in that period. In a meantime I was creating my own website and launched it in November 1999. That really was a good basis to get in touch with many AFOLs. A couple of them from the early days I still meet occasionally. I really met many others when Lowlug started in 2003. We were present at some shows in 2005 and 2006 and I also went a couple of times to 1000steine land in Berlin. The last five years I got in touch with quite a few Dutch builders who came out of their ‘dark ages’ and from then on we really have a nice group who meet on a regular basis.

Lego Volvo Truck

What’s your favourite LEGO set or theme?
The aren’t really favourite sets, but some of them were a good start of my hobby. One of them is Technic set 8860, the super car with the boxer engine. In 1986 I got very exited when the Model Team range was launched. I got a copy of set 5580 and then I started to build my own trucks. I got more or less aquainted in that area and I actually just build large trucks and later also cranes and construction equipment. Realistic models really are my matter of interest.

Who is your favourite MOCer? 
Favorite MOC’ers aren’t easy to call by name. I met lots of AFOLs through the years. One of the first were Holger Matthes, Andreas Engel and Jennifer Clark. The last two aren’t active anymore for some years but they really were there time ahead with stunning MOCs. Later I got in touch with Anders Gaasedal, also a truck builder and Beat Felber who was building very heavy mining equipment. Both are also excellent builders and very active around 2005, 2006. The last couple of years I met Dutch builders like ‘Bricksonwheels’, ‘2LegoOrNot2Lego’, ‘Konajra’, ‘nkle’ and many others. One guy I shouldn’t forget is ‘Barman’! We encourage each other to build stunning MOCs and we’re attending shows together which always is fun doing! It’s not just building but also liaise with other AFOLs to make it a fantastic hobby!

What is your favourite MOC?
Actually the one I just posted, the Kenworth K100E Aerodyne with Century Rotator 1140. I’ve a big appeal for these trucks. However there are some more I will not take apart soon this one is quite special. Not just because of the chrome (which indeed is a good addition to the model) but also because of the combination; there aren’t many COEs which such crane bodies. I put a lot of details inside and that was really fun to build. I can say I’m very pleased with the result of this one!

What’s your favourite brick?
My favorite bricks are the ones which allows you to build like ‘SNOT’. Bricks with studs on sides, jumper plates, lamp holders and so on.

How do you start a build?
When I start building a truck I first try to get as many reference material as I need. Then I used start with the drivetrain, the back axles. Then I construct the chassis, front axle(s) and engine. In a meantime I build the cab. The finishing touches usually take a lot of time but that’s the fun part of it. When building a truck I often change a lot. Like with the Kenworth recovery vehicle. The chassis and cab were quite OK at first glance but the crane and bodywork I rebuilt many times. And when it was almost done I felt something was seriously wrong; the chassis was a little bit too short. I disassembled the whole model and stretched the chassis with three studs. It took a while but I only finish a MOC when I’m totally satisfied with the result. It doesn’t matter how much time it takes!

Lego Scania Truck
What makes your designs unique to you?
Being on the first large scale truck builder I think I encouraged many others to do the same. I never had any dark ages and I think I inspired a lot of people to search for their LEGO again at their parents attic and start building actively again. I still here this when I meet AFOLs who I haven’t met before.

And about how unique my designs are; I think I spend a lot of time on a MOC to build everything as genuine as possible. Doing compromises isn’t easy for me. As I said I really disassemble a complete MOC to change something on the inside, even when you can’t see it from the outside. All details I can build I really build. Trying to find new challenges is my goal. Even when I build a truck I already have more or less, I try to rebuild it and make it even better.

Who do you think will be a talent for the future?
There are many talents. I’m in a group with AFOLs who are born in the 70s. I don’t think we’re getting aged but I truly believe we are a generation who weren’t gaming when we were kids. It’s different nowadays but I’m very pleased to get a new generation is coming. I think we should encourage younger AFOLs to continue building. And we should give them a chance to display their MOCs on events as well.

What’s next?
The last two years I started building US trucks and I think I’ll continue with it. I will still build European ones as well but I’ve more appeal to older types. The new trucks don’t have character however it depends how they are set up. Trucks will always be my main interest however I will also build some different stuff next to it (like the hot rod I built earlier this year).

Lego Double Trouble Hot Rod

Another thing which really drives me is attending LEGO related events with my friends. I can’t do this without them as it’s always good and of course fun to join forces. And for this year I hope LEGO World in the Netherlands will be brought to even a higher level. We were having a great time last year at the Lowlug stand. Hopefully it’ll get more an international character with other LUGs accompanying.

Thanks to Dennis for his words, and welcome to the Master MOCers club! You can see Dennis’ amazing creations by visiting his Flickr photostream here.

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