Category Archives: Town

Organised Little Guys

Lego Town Garage

Hello TLCB Readers. The Elves have a riot or some kind of uprising/coup thing going on which requires proper supervision so I was invited to Guest Blog, impartially, and without condoning the Elves’ behavior. (Go, little guys!)

Organized Little Guys is the theme for this post as well. I wanted to share some work from Flickr friend and four-wide master kitt/jip. We’re invited to hang out in Kitt’s vision of a car-wrencher’s temple. The shop is immaculate, clean and well equipped, with good lighting for working on the cars well into sultry evenings. The many layers and vignettes throughout this build touch on the heart of what makes car culture so rich; it’s the connection and stories of the people who build, wrench, and share their experiences around their cars.

Lego Garage Workshop

The guys in red are also clearly very safety conscious, in full protective gear at the board table or in the lunch room…. I don’t really know, but this is probably what TLCB Elves look like (though I’ve also been explicitly asked not to speculate about that… honestly I think they’ll all basically little Stigs). Enjoy, Prototyp.

Lego Town Garage

Thanks to Prototyp for joining us as Guest Blogger here at The Lego Car Blog today, whilst we have our hands full…

There’s much more of kitt/jip’s brilliant Town-scale garage to see at his Flickr album via the link above, and you can check out Prototyp’s own creations by clicking here.

Lego Garage Workshop

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What’s in a Name?

Lego Mitsubishi Shogun Pajero

This is the Mitsubishi Pajero. Or not, depending on where you live. Mitsubishi’s toughest 4×4 was originally named after the pampas cat (Leopardus Pajeros), but the word means something entirely different in many Spanish-speaking countries…

TLCB Towers are not situated in a Spanish-speaking country, but nevertheless the big 4×4 is called something different here too. The Shogun, as it’s known in our market, was one of the founders of the modern SUV craze, but has long since been left behind by more car-like rivals. In fact we can’t remember the last time we saw a new-ish Shogun on the road.

We do still occasionally see early ones though, as they keep going forever. This lovely 6-wide mini-figure scale model of a late ’80s Shogun comes from previous bloggee Pixel Fox, adding to his already impressive line-up of Lego 4x4s. Take a look via the link above.

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The Search for Red Rackham’s Treasure

Lego Tintin Sirius

The Lego Car Blog’s offices don’t have a classy desk area with those little brass plaques and fancy green desk lights. We do have a mostly-stocked beer fridge and a shrine to Megan Fox behind the photocopier though, and not many workplaces can say that.

However, if we did have a fancy desk area we’d love to place this in it. This beautiful creation is a mini-figure scale replica of the Sirius ship used by Tintin in the search for Red Rackham’s treasure, and it’s ludicrously pretty. Built by previous bloggee Stefan Johansson there are gorgeous details and ingenious building techniques in abundance, and there’s much more of Stefan’s wonderfully photographed vessel to see on Flickr. Click the link above to hoist anchor.

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Saving Lives in Space

Lego Sci-Fi UN

It’s Thursday, and for reasons unknown The Lego Car Blog is going spacey! Today’s finds fast-forward us to a time when hospitals can hover and the UN may actually be an effective organisation. No that’s silly, but hospitals probably will be able to hover.

First up (above) are the United Nations who have got themselves one heck of a cool looking buggy! Built by Flickr’s taxonlazar, making his TLCB debut, it features some gloriously retro Technic rims, custom mini-figures, and very un-UN-looking machine gun.

Next, and doubtless far more effectual, is Ted Andes‘ ‘M-E-H’ (mobile emergency hospital), surely otherwise known as an ambulance Ted? No matter, it looks the business in Red Cross livery and is ready to ‘mitigate a broad range of epidemics, from zombie apocalypses to race fans getting alcohol poisoning from Malort‘.

There’s more to see of each build via the links above, and our customary link to the Red Cross can be found here.

Lego Sci-Fi Mobile Hospital

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Cream on Top

Lego 4x4

Flickr’s de-marco is beginning to appear here with such regularity that he’ll need his own page soon. This is his latest build, and it’s our favourite, a brilliant-looking 5-wide classic 4×4, complete with LEGO’s glorious spring suspension from the Town theme of the late ’80s/early ’90s.

de-marco’s model also features some inspired piece choices, including the ingenious use of an oval window laid sideways to form the rear hardtop. Clever techniques are in abundance in fact, and you can see more photos and build the 4×4 for yourself on Flickr via the link above, where de-marco has made instructions available!

Lego 4x4

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And Now for Something Completely Different

Lego Starfighter

And now for something completely different

This is a SHOK|AAHN Xylian Intercept Starfighter. What is a SHOK|AAHN and who are Xylians you ask? We have absolutely no idea. Best head over to Jeremy Williams‘ photostream to find out more.

Another sci-fi post nailed by TLCB!

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Dirty Weekend (Part II)

Lego Land Rover

Following today’s earlier Technic Land Rover Defender 110, here’s one little smaller. OK, a lot smaller, but it’s no less recognisable as a result. Recent serial bloggee de-marco has done a simply brilliant job recreating the original classic Land Rover in 5-wide mini-figure scale, shown here in roofless safari-spec. There are instructions available too and there’s more to see on Flickr via the link.

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Create-a-Crawler

Lego Crawler Crane

OK, we can fit one more in! This top-notch old-school crawler crane comes from previous bloggee de-marco, and like his previous builds he’s made video instructions available too. Take a look via the link above and you can watch the ‘How To’ video to help you build your own crawler crane below.

YouTube Video

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500 Tools

Lego Fendt 500 Vario Tractor

We round out a small-scale day here at The Lego Car Blog (don’t worry, we’ll be back soon with something much bigger) with this neat Fendt 500 Vario. Built by Flickr’s Stefan it’s an excellent recreation of the German manufacturer’s infinitely variable transmission tractor, but as with real tractors it’s what attached to it that’s cool.

Stefan has built a variety of tools for his Fendt, including a Polterschild & Forstseilwinde forest blade and winch (shown above) allowing the tractor to handle some hefty wood,* and what is apparently a Mulchfräse forestry mulcher** (below) for… er, mulching it?

There’s more to see of Stefan’s Fendt 500 Vario and the various implements it can deploy at his photostream – click the link above and get mulching!

Lego Fendt 500 Vario Tractor

*Just like your Mom.

**Again, just like…

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Insert Obscure Reference

Lego Vintage Car

This is the 1927 Csikós Bismuth Sport Coupe, and it’s one of the strangest automotive stories of the 1920s.

Founded by a Hungarian monk in 1919, Csikós started by producing gear assemblies. A chance meeting with Giovanni Agnelli – the founder of FIAT – on a skiing trip in Italy saw the two bond over a mutual hatred of Communism and love of starfish, and an agreement was made to exchange FIAT engine technology for Csikós gears.

The result was Csikós’s first car, based loosely on a FIAT 501. Moderate success at home and in Italy gave the company the confidence to design their own car from scratch and the Bismuth was launched a few years later. Powered by a supercharged inline-4 of 3.7 litres, the Bismuth had a top speed in excess of 70mph and found fame with the Federation il Automobile Racing de Turin (FART).

Such success was short-lived though, as the company’s founder was killed in a freak land-yacht accident just four years later. Without leadership vehicle production slowed until the factory was requisitioned by the Nazis during the Second World War.

Today the factory is gone, replaced by Hungary’s national aquarium where – in memory of Csikós – the starfish tank still bares their company name.

1927 Csikós Bismuth

Except we made all of that up.

Flickr’s Chris Elliott is the inventor of the 1927 Csikós Bismuth Sport Coupe, and now that we’ve completely butchered whatever backstory there may have been you can see more at Chris’s photostream by clicking the link above! We’ve had a lot of sugar today.

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Build-a-Classic

Lego Taxi

The single most received message we get here at The Lego Car Blog (besides texts from your Mom of course) is ‘Can I have instructions for [insert model here]?’.

Normally the answer is no, but today we can answer with a yes. And then some. Because not only has Flickr’s de-marco made instructions available for his lovely 5-wide classic taxi and pick-up truck, he’s even written a parts list and made a video for each model showing the building steps!

Head over to de-marco’s photostream via the links above and fill your boots!

Lego Pick-Up Truck

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Rock Blunts Scissors

Lego Indiana Jones Tank

And tanks apparently. There was a point in time where tanks and horses fought side-by-side (and against one another) on the battlefield. At first it was definitely better to be on the horse, but so quick was the pace of development that just a few short years later the tank – and the various other machinery designed for us to kill one another more efficiently – had all but eradicated the horse from use in war. Which is good news for horses.

However that didn’t stop Indiana Jones who, in ‘The Last Crusade’ (which sadly proved not be thanks to the dreadful 2008 return), used his hoofed companion to shove a rock down the barrel of a tank cannon.

In reality this would probably just mean you got killed by both a rock and a tank shell, but hey – this is the movies! This glorious recreation of the famous scene from 1989’s ‘Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade’ comes from Flickr’s Joshua Brooks aka JBIronworks who has recreated both the Nazi tank and the scene’s dynamism brilliantly in Lego form.

There’s more to see of mini-figure Indiana Jones’s rock-based sabotage on Flickr via the link above, and in case you want to see the real one doing just the same click here to watch the original scene on YouTube.

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Space Crabs

Lego Spaceship

Like regular crabs, only in space. Make sure you don’t accept that extra service from the girls at the space truck stop. Anyhoo, this delightfully odd spacecraft does indeed resemble the humble horseshoe crab for reasons that we simply can’t fathom other than to make it look more science fiction-y. Tammo S. is the builder behind it and you can contract crabs for yourself via the link above.

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Stripy Starfighter

Lego Starfighter

As has been well documented here over the years, we know nothing about sci-fi. Nothing. But we (and the Elves) do like racing stripes, and this inventive starfighter by Andreas Lenander of Flickr has some of the coolest we’ve seen in ages. You can check them out (and the spacecraft to which they’re attached) via the link, and we’ll be back with a proper vehicle tomorrow. And what a vehicle….

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