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I’ve got WIND…

Lego CatamaranFlying on water

…Wind power that is!  Check out Chris Melby’s (aka ZeeMasterBrick) latest dynamic MOC titled WIND.  A fantastic creation with plenty of SNOT, moveable sails and two flying pelicans! What more could you want to win the America’s Cup.

Touchdown!

Crowkillers/Paul Boratko, has scored yet another sensational touchdown with his Deluxe Technic Supercar NFL Pittsburgh Steeler’s Edition.  This guy is seriously talented, if only he worked for TLG.  Hint hint wink wink.

Carry on Camping

Henrik Hoexbroe is well known on MOCpages for his excellent medium scale cars and street scenes. His VW T1 “Bulli” camper (inspired by Richard Brown’s Volkswagon Kombi ) is packed with details inside and out – every thing you need for the perfect camping holiday, except for the hotel and en suite 😉

Old-Timer

An Oldie but a Goodie

Sometimes words just don’t cut it. Check out Vibor Cavor’s wonderful 1934 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahnkurier.

The Fantastic 458

Not For Arachnophobes

Over on MOCpages Lego Builder Junior, one half of the brother combo Lego Builders, has produced a wonderful Ferrari 458 Spider.

The bodywork is fantastic and it also includes a retractable roof. This was created for a Lego contest so good luck from all of us at The Lego Car Blog.

I have a sneaky feeling that this car is going to be a popular choice with the Lego building community so watch this space for more of these beauties.

8466 Review

The big green Lego machine

Welcome to the next instalment in our series of Lego’s ‘ultimate’ car sets reviews.

Originally released in 2001, 2 years after 8448 (Super Street Sensation).  It is clearly related to 8448 as it shares many functions.  Includes 1102 pieces (plus spares) including those awesome chunky wheels and 2 dampers.

Much like 8448 the core of the chassis is made up of traditional Technic studded beams multi layered for strength.  Due to this the core of the chassis is very strong.  However, the simplistic method used to attach the modern studless beams and liftarms to create the bodywork and ‘undercarriage’ just aren’t strong enough.   With light play pieces will start to come loose.  This might be due to mine being second hand and maybe the Technic pins are a little tired.

The gearbox and transmission is the best part of this model, but nothing new. From memory the 6 speed gearbox (5 forward gears plus reverse) is exactly the same as 8448 and works very well. The V8 engine transmits the power to all four wheels through 3 differentials – nothing spectacular but it does the job well and I enjoyed building it.

Independent suspension using double wishbones on all four wheels sounds great but the weight of the model coupled with the very poor positioning/angle of the front suspension springs equates to complete front suspension failure.  If you push the front of the truck down it will not recoil.  I have even tried brand new springs but the problem still persists.  The rear of the truck is much lighter and the springs are positioned slightly differently (due to there being no steering) and subsequently work much better.

The Hand of God device and in-car steering would suggest that this is a very playable model and is the only improvement on its predecessor (8448).  However the steering lock and front suspension is so poor that it hardly turns.

The bodywork is typical of models from this era using panels and flexi tubes to create a well shaped and distinctive look.  The greeny/gold panels shimmer in the light and look great in my opinion.  The gullwing doors are a really nice touch and great fun to build and play with.  Again the principle is not new and has been seen before in 8448.

The interior is simple and befits the off-roader feel.  The seats are a good size and much more in proportion than modern Technic sets.  There is ample room in the back to add motors or the optional crane arm.

The chunky balloon tyres are excellent.  I am not sure how much weight they could support but they are very cool and a great addition to any collection.

It comes with few stickers subtly used on the panels, gearbox and dashboard. The box is reasonably sturdy but does not include the plastic trays.  TLG Pleeease bring these back.

Overall, 8466 is a slightly disappointing addition to the supercar range, and offers nothing new in terms of technical advancements.  I must admit that it is not all that bad.  I enjoyed the build and it has massive potential for modification.  Many of its faults could be rectified by the clever builders out there and power functions could easily be added.   I have seen some fantastic power function RCs on YouTube.  The opening doors and wheels are great fun, and the colour scheme and bodywork is like Marmite – you either love it or hate it.  However, when compared with the other supercar 4x4s; 8880 (the black supercar) and 8110 (The Unimog) this model is quite poor.   6/10 and I think I am being a little generous due to the potential for modification.

Happy building 🙂

You’ve Pulled!

If only Model Team was this good

Dikkie Klijn has taken Model Team to another level with this stunning Towtruck. It has every possible power function for hours of fun. It contains 9 power functions motors, 9 sets of lights and 7 sets of pneumatics. Check out his Flickr photosream and try to work out what they all do. There’s a video too – very impressive stuff.

Group of the Month – Classic Race Teams

1959 Fiat 682/RN2 Bartoletti Transporter

Group of the Month – Classic Race Teams

Welcome to our new feature – Group of the Month. The Lego Car Blog Elves will endeavour to trawl the whole of the Interweb to discover new and exciting Lego groups for you enjoy.

Here in the Legoboratory we have noticed a lot of commotion on MOCpages recently, and in particular a small but incredibly active group of car builders.  If you love Lego and motorsport then you will love this group – Classic Race Teams.

We have featured several creations from this group already so we decided to have a closer look. It appears that the Mocpages car building community is trying to recreate classic race teams from the golden era of racing 1950s to 1970s. Cars, transporters and even support vehicles are all being reproduced with incredible attention to detail.

Sometimes it only takes one builder to inspire a whole bunch of other builders to recreate similar MOCs. As far as we can tell Ape Fight has done just that with his fantastic Fiat 682/RN2 Carrozzeria Bartoletti; Scuderia Ferrari Race Transporter. Not the snappiest title but what a MOC it is. Every detail has been wonderfully recreated and it even includes four (yes I said four) XL motors to power this 4.5 Kg beauty.

We will try and find more exciting groups for you to feast on but for the time being this one should offer hours of nourishment. Enjoy!

Dont be DAFt!

Good things come in small packages

Gabor Horvath on Mocpages has somehow crammed RC power functions, a differential and steering into a 6 wide minifig scale DAF truck. The mind boggles.

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry…

…Red Lorry Yellow Lorry Red Lolly Lellow Rolly…

Thomas Graafland, a very talented young builder, has created this magnificent full studded Gelo Racing car transporter for The Classic Race Teams Group on MOCpages. It’s packed with functions and has plenty of room for two classic Ferraris. What more could you ask for from this tongue twisting beauty.

8880 Review

The last of the studded Supercars

Welcome to the next instalment in our series of Lego’s ‘ultimate’ car sets reviews.  We had a fight over who was going to post this one.  Likely I won ;).  This set was bought for me by my girlfriend in 1995.  Needless to say I was so impressed with it, that I married her!

It was originally released in 1994, 6 years after its predecessor 8865.  The last of the supercars to be built purely from studded beams.  It is packed with functions that we all take for granted today and includes over 1300 pieces, some new and unique never to be seen again.

Let’s start with the chassis as all good supercars should.  Traditional Technic principles of multi layered beams separated by two plates make this a very strong and stable model.  If you want to learn how to build a Technic chassis you need not look any further.

Next the gearbox and transmission, this is where we start seeing some new and exciting pieces, which are still used today.  The new transmission driving rings and their reciprocal clutch gears allow for a smooth four speed transmission with a good range of ratios.  The specially made gear stick and shift plate I believe are unique to this set.  Transmitting power to all four wheels through 3 ‘new’ style differentials and a completely unique hub system.  This part of the model is a huge leap forward from its predecessor and in my opinion has not been matched until the recent release of the 2011 Unimog.

Suspension and Steering – Independent suspension using double wishbones on all four wheels fully integrated into a four wheel steering system via the hubs and steering arms. Very clever and total overkill, but great fun to build and play with.  The suspension travel is somewhat limited and a little stiff.  Although you can increase the travel with minor modifications, but I suspect the wheels would rub on the body at full compression.  You can not drop it from height, as you could with 8865, as the steering link would ‘pop off’ the ball pin/joint.  I believe in later sets black pins where included with more friction to address this problem.  In my opinion this is the only major problem with the set.  This was the first supercar to include a Hand of God device and in-car steering, making it much more playable than previous supercars.  It is a little awkward to use if you have fat fingers, but a minor modification (pulling the wheel up by a half bush or two allows for a more pleasant action, and much easier than reaching into the car.  It is possible to change the steering wheel (another new part) to right hand drive, if you so desire, but you need to start the process very early on in the build – not really possible post build.

The engine is a ‘new’ style V8 connected via a drive chain as opposed to a more solid gear system.  A minor flaw but nothing to write home about.

The bodywork is as good as it gets when using studded beams.  It comes with what seem like hundreds of hinges that cleverly create a skeleton shell.  The boot (rear hatch) opens and locks into place but unfortunately there are no driver or passenger doors – Dukes of Hazard style entry system then.  When compared to more recent Technic models it does look a little blocky, but for the time it was pretty darn good.  You could roll this bad boy on a high speed corner and survive the crash, unlike more modern panelled and flexi pipe models which buckle and break easily.  Oh yeah its black – gotta love black Lego.  The pop up lights are a nice touch and operated by a lever on the dashboard.  The seats look OK but are no where near as functional as its predecessors, another minor flaw.

The second model is a great build in its own right and resembles a Formula 1 / Indi car from the late 80s early 90s.  Includes full independent suspension and a two speed sequential 😉 gearbox.  A nice build except for the dashboard which is under a lot of stress – one wrong move and it will ping across the room slide under the sofa and be lost for ever.

It comes with a few stickers but luckily they do not span more than one brick so you can take the model apart, and rebuild as many times as you like without damaging them.  The box is a sturdy construction and includes a plastic tray with divider boxes.  I wish Lego would reintroduce these types of boxes.  Wink wink nudge nudge.

Lego Technic 8880 F1 Car

In summary a huge leap forward from 8865, a good looking model (for the era) full of functions and a challenging build for all ages.  It has lots of potential for modifications; increased suspension, removing the rear wheel steering and the interior could be improved, but I am a Lego purist and love it just the way it is.  I have built most of the Technic supercars, F1 cars and 4x4s over the last 30 years.  This is the one I use as my bench mark.  An easy 9/10.  The only one I that think beats this classic is the new Unimog.  Oh and maybe 8860 – you never forget your first love 😉

Happy building 🙂

Blood Sucker

It will suck your blood then blow your mind.

He has done it again!  The Vampire GT – Another technical marvel from Crowkillers.  Includes a new 5 speed with reverse transmission,  H.O.G. steering and  4 wheel independent suspension.  There is a switch on the dash that lets you choose between rear wheel and all wheel drive.  At the rear are bevelled gears that will open and close each door.  Stunning.

Dump your load

Kenworth W900 and side-dump trailer.  Created by Paliason posted on Brickshelf.

A perfect replica with all the usual goodies we would expect from a Technic model of this scale plus a few extras.  This badboy has got some serious power.  Consider yourself DUMPED!