Category Archives: Model Team

DAFish Truck

This is a GINAF F 275 6×6 and it was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr. It comes from previous bloggee Arian Janssens who is something of a DAF-building specialist. “But this isn’t a DAF” we hear you say! OK, not one of you said that, but we’ll carry on with this train of thought anyway, otherwise the title doesn’t make sense. GINAF hail from the Netherlands alongside fellow truck-makers DAF, and build uniquely engineered vehicles based on DAF trucks for custom applications such as riot control, military, fire-fighting and garbage disposal. This one has been designed to transport sugar beet (which the Elves mustn’t know about or they’ll raid it and get high on the contents) and uses a 6×6 drivetrain to allow it load up off-road. Arian’s superb Model Team recreation includes a trailer in tow, working tipper and drop-sides, and brilliant attention to detail throughout. Head to Arian’s GINAF F 275 album on Flickr via the link above to see all the photos.

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Hiding in Plain Sight

The words spoken by our favourite alien truck/robot protector at the end of the first Transformers movie, explaining not only his ongoing mission but also setting up the premise for an unending series of increasingly terrible sequels.

Even the Elves have lost a degree of interest in the Transformers franchise now that Megan Fox isn’t involved anymore, however Optimus Prime’s famous quote does allow us to neatly link to today’s creation, built as it is by someone who wishes to remain anonymous. Well, as anonymous as seeing your work blogged here allows. They’re ‘Hiding in plain sight’ at any rate.

This spectacular recreation of the 1973 Marmon HDT-AC 86 ‘cab-over’ semi truck that was the first Optimus Prime comes from a secretive unnamed builder who has captured the real vehicle brilliantly. Whilst not quite transforming, the builder’s truck can also be reconstructed into Optimus’s robot mode, and looks just as good on two legs as ten wheels.

Unlike all our other posts there’s no link to see more, however you can click on the images here to view them in full size and you can use the search bar at the bottom of the page to take a look through the countless Autobot and Decepticon builds that have featured here over the years.

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Stagefright

Produced by Hot Wheels from the late ’70s to early ’80s, ‘Stagefright’ brought Jack Keef’s 1849 Concord Stagecoach hot rod to bedroom floors everywhere. TLCB debutant Tony Bovkoon has brought it back, capturing the insanity of the Hot Wheels toy (and the real car on which it was based) beautifully in Model Team form. A flip body, mid-mounted V8, and some highly dubious ‘suspension’ all feature, and there’s more to see at Tony’s ‘Stagefright’ Flickr album via the link above.

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Ratatouille

We like the look of Pat Lacroix’s garage! With a decidedly post-apocalyptic air Pat’s ‘Rat Trike‘ and ‘Rally Towing‘ manage to appear as if they’re assembled from junkyard parts and also look completely beautiful at the same time.

Superb parts usage and building techniques are in evidence throughout the models and you can see more of each bonkers build at Pat’s ‘Rate Trike’ and ‘Rally Towing’ albums on Flickr via the links above.

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My Other Car’s a Beetle

LEGO’s 10252 Creator Volkswagen Beetle set is not the first source of parts we’d think of when designing a truck. Resolutely rounded, and with a surfboard on the roof, it is a most un-truck-like vehicle. However that hasn’t stopped Flickr’s Serge S from designing this superb cab-over truck using only the parts found within the 10252 set.

So good is Serge’s design that had he not included a note to the parts source within the description we’d have published this without ever knowing the origin of its pieces. Head to Serge’s photostream via the link above to see more of this remarkable Alternate, and if you own the Creator Volkswagen Beetle set give it ago yourself and see how versatile LEGO bricks can be!

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Girls und Panzer

Just when you think anime can’t get any weirder… ‘Girls und Panzer‘ is a cartoon featuring girls and, er… panzers. Presumably to satisfy some seriously niche kinks.

This is one of the panzers from the aforementioned programme, a Porsche Tiger VK4501, a design put forward during the Second World War but never produced, which – given Porcshe’s already slightly dodgy beginnings – is probably a good thing.

This superbly photographed teddy-bear be-stickered Model Team version of the prototype battle tank is the work of newcomer NABLACKS, who has recreated the Tiger GuP.Ver in spectacular detail, and has equipped it with some properly brilliant functionality too…

Underneath the realistic exterior NABLACKS has fitted his Porsche Tiger with twelve (12!) Power Functions L motors, with six driving each track. Oscillating bogies provide the suspension whilst the turret can rotate and tilt courtesy of another two motors. All of that motorised goodness is controllable via bluetooth thanks to a trio of BuWizz 2.0 bricks, each delivering up to eight times the power of LEGO’s own Power Functions battery and IR receiver system.

This makes NABLACKS’ tank fast. Really fast. In fact there’s wasn’t a single Elf on the floor of the TLCB Towers still Elf-shaped within minutes of this arriving in the building.

You can see just how capable NABLACKS’ creation is via the video below (plus you can watch the ‘Girls und Panzer’ trailer video via the first link in the text if you’re feeling weird), and you can view more images of the build at both Flickr and Eurobricks, whilst we dispatch several flattened TLCB Elves to the ‘Elf Hospital‘…

YouTube Video

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Bend City Auto

We don’t often get to feature family builds here at TLCB, but today we can! This neat historic garage scene has been uploaded by Carrie Kokoska of Flickr who built this superb scene with her son, who was inspired by his grandpa’s vintage car garage. Based on an old pharmacy building in their town, the garage features a fully fitted interior (complete with lovely home-designed posters on the walls) and a funky hot rod. There’s more to see of the family build on Flickr via the link above, and you can vote for this garage to become an official LEGO set at the LEGO Ideas platform here.

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Hummerat

This is a Hummer rat rod, and it’s a vehicle is so manly that if you’re reading this and you’re a girl (what? We get girls here too) you’re probably pregnant. It’s based on a real car and comes from previous bloggee ianying616, who has used train doors, bendy pipes and a whole lot of black to recreate the insanity of the real vehicle. Head to Flickr via the link above to see all seventy-three (73!) images…

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Blow Me

Mixing Technic, Model Team, and a little bit of spray paint, this gorgeous Bentley 4.5 litre ‘Blower’ was found by one of our Elves on Eurobricks today. Built by newcomer BC Lego it includes working ‘worm gear’ steering, an opening bonnet under which lives a brick-built replica of the 4-cylinder supercharged engine, and one of the most detailed chassis we’ve seen in some time. See more at the Eurobricks forum via the link above where you can find a link to the full gallery and build details.

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Revenge of the Fifth

Well travelled, a bit worn out, but still able to take a bit of a pounding*, Bruce Willis’ hover taxi in The Fifth Element wasn’t in quite as good nick at the end of the movie’s chase scene as it was at the beginning. NYPD’s finest were the cause of the damage, with their own hover patrol cars equipped with slightly more weaponry than today’s Ford Crown Vics. Their reckless approach to using it hasn’t changed much though…

This excellent recreation of one of the NYPD patrol cars from The Fifth Element comes from Flickr’s Davdup, whose hover taxi appeared here earlier in the year. Like his previous build brilliant detailing and clever techniques are present throughout, with the model further enhanced by custom decals. Head to Davdup’s Flickr album to give chase.

*Insert your own ‘Your Mom’ joke.

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Caddy Powered Classic

We like usual cars here at The Lego Car Blog, and they don’t come much more unusual than this.

‘This’ is a 1954 HWM Cadillac, built for amateur racer Tony Page and raced across England in the mid 1950s. Page took the Cadillac engine from his previous racing car, an Allard J2, and fitted it to a chassis and body from Hersham & Walton Motors of London, who built competitive Jaguar-engined sports and Formula 2 cars in the early ’50s.

After racing successfully for a few years Page sold the car, whereupon it raced in New Zealand until 1970 when it disappeared into storage. The car surfaced again in 2012 when it was acquired by a new owner and fully restored.

This gorgeous recreation of the HWM Cadillac comes from Tim Inman of Flickr who has done a stellar job of recreating the one-off classic, complete with a detailed replica of the Cadillac engine that powered the car. There’s more to see of Tim’s excellent build at his photostream – click the link above to make the jump to the full gallery.

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Mack Mystery

Here at The Lego Car Blog we love hearing your suggestions when our Elves may have missed a blog-worthy creation. However we do also receive self-requests, which we politely decline. This week though, we received an unusual email to our direct mailbox from a builder wishing to share their model with us, but not wanting the fame/glory/riches/girls that obviously follow when someone’s creation is published here.

We pondered this, and decided that we would grant their request to publicise their model anonymously, as… well, we’re anonymous too*. It also helped that the model is spectacular.

This gorgeous recreation of the Mack RL700L from the movie ‘Convoy’ comes from, er… we can’t say, and it is near perfect replica of the movie star truck. Complete with accurate decals and incredible detail throughout, it’s one of the finest truck builds of the year so far, with presentation further enhanced by a ‘Convoy’ appropriate desert background.

There’s more to see at, wait… no there’s not. However you can click on the images here to see them in a larger scale and you can check out the summary/trailer from the 1978 film in which this truck featured by clicking here.

*We have enough trouble declining countless offers of affection without the intense celebrity that would doubtless occur if we weren’t anonymous here.

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Menace to Society

If there’s a car more likely to go sideways through a bus stop, we’re yet to find it. The morons that drive Ford Mustangs aren’t exactly the fault of the car though, so let’s enjoy it for what it is; an over-powered, under-suspended bargain of power per dollar. This Model Team Mustang GT500 comes from Flickr’s Captain Chinchilla, formally Senator Chinchilla but now part of the witness protection programme or something, and is a rather nice homage to the most crashed car in the history of car meets. Head to Flickr via the link above before someone drives it through a crowd.

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Proper Defender

After mocking those who fail to embrace change and progress in yesterday’s post, today we’re failing to embrace change and progress…

The new Land Rover Defender, revealed inadvertently in LEGO form here at The Lego Car Blog earlier this year, looks tragically like yet another Discovery iteration. Not the Discovery is a bad car (apart from reliability maybe…), but Land Rover already make the Discovery, Discovery Sport, Ranger Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Velar, which are all basically the same car. The last thing we needed was the Defender to become just another clone.

It’ll probably sell very well to begin with mind, as being the new Defender will be enough to make it cool, but we fear it won’t last long. We’d much rather have this; the original Defender, a vehicle that was in continuous production relatively unchanged for decades and that is now a surefire appreciating classic.

This beautiful Model Team recreation of the iconic Land Rover Defender in 110 Station Wagon form comes from BrickMonkey MOCs who has captured the real car brilliantly. A few choice mods including an external cage, winch, roof lights and luggage rack up the coolness even further and there’s more to see of Monkey’s wonderful creation at his Land Rover Defender Flickr album. Click the link above to rail against progress…

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Dumping Cat

As has been documented here before, TLCB Team – as a rule – dislike cats. We appreciate that’s a controversial thing to say on the internet, which is very possibly ruled by cats, so prevalent is their content, but we’ve probably said worse.

We do like this cat though, Sariel’s huge Caterpillar 797F dump truck – which is currently filled with Elves riding it up and down the corridor here at TLCB Towers – and it’s packed with functions.

Firstly, that enormous bucket they’re piled into features a remotely operable dumping mechanism thanks to a Mindstorms EV3 IR sensor, which we’ll test out on our unsuspecting workers shortly. The choice of a Mindstorms control unit is an usual one, as they don’t often feature in models here at TLCB, but Sariel’s decision to use one is rather cunning…

The Mindstorms EV3 not only controls the tipping bucket, it also measures the suspension tilt and applies an automatic motorised correction to keep the Caterpillar level. Self-levelling suspension is a system relatively common on SUVs (as well as mining trucks), but it’s one that requires such ridiculous ingenuity in Lego form that we don’t even know how Sariel began. But then our cleverness peaked with the title on today’s other post, so it’s no surprise that this is way over our heads.

Sariel’s Caterpillar also features remote control drive and steering via LEGO’s Power Functions system, non-LEGO ‘Baja Claw’ RC tyres fitted to standard LEGO wheels, and a host of accurate details and decals to replicate the real 797F.

A complete gallery of imagery is available to view at Sariel’s Caterpillar 797F Flickr album by clicking here and you can join the discussion plus watch a video the the model in action (including a demonstration of the clever suspension) by visiting the Eurobricks forum here.

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