Category Archives: Town

Chilean Aviation Pioneers

Luis Peña may have created the most niche Lego category of all time, and there are some bloody niche ones out there already. These two marvellous contraptions from the early days of flight come from his ‘Chilean Aviation Pioneers’ album, celebrating the first men to get airborne in Chile.

The Bristol M1.C (above) was Britain’s first combat monoplane. It was also Chile’s, as Britain delivered 12 M1.Cs to the country in lieu of two battleships that Chile had ordered from the UK, but that were commandeered by the Royal Navy to fight in the First World War before they could be delivered.

In South America the M1.C became the first aircraft in history to cross the Andes Mountains, whilst in Europe it became a successful air-racer after the war, back in the days when air racing was a thing. Just one example survives today, residing in a museum in Australia.

Luis’ second Chilean Aviation Pioneer (below) is the French-made Voisin Cellular biplane, which became the first plane ever to fly in Chile when it was piloted by César Copetta in 1910, some twenty year before the formation of the Chilean airforce.

Each aircraft has been superbly recreated in 1:40 (roughly mini-figure) scale and you can see more of both builds at Luis’ Chilean Aviation Pioneers album via the link above.

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War Wreckin’

The U.S military operates vehicles in some pretty inhospitable places. Currently most of these places are dust-filled ovens, putting the machinery in use under intense strain. And, let’s face it, they are American vehicles so they will break.

Unfortunately the local recovery services in such places are unlikely to be willing to help out, and – even if they were – an Abrams tank is probably a bit beyond their ability. Fortunately the U.S military has these ready to rescue their broken vehicles; the M936 6×6 Wrecker.

Built by TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg this mini-figure scale replica of the M936 may not be in ‘dust-filled oven’ camouflage but it is mightily accurate in all other respects. A working rotating crane, detachable stabilisers, and wonderful detailing are all included and there’s more to see at Ralph’s M936 Wrecker album on Flickr by clicking here.

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Big Blocks Fine Autos

“Spotted her the minute you walked in, didn’t you, sir? She’s a real beauty.”
“Er…”
“The Ford Thundercougarfalconbird! Nothing makes you feel more like a man than a Thundercougarfalconbird. So how much were you thinking of spending on this Thundercougarfalconbird?
“Sorry, I’m not here to buy.”
“I understand, and it’s wonderful you don’t care whether anyone questions your sexual orientation.”
“I care! I care plenty! I just don’t know how to make them stop!”
“One word: Thundercougarfalconbird!”

Used Car Salesmen Rich and Ed are here to sell you a car you never even knew you wanted, with a Speed Champions car to suit every budget, all at unbelievably good value! And with an on-site workshop, you can trust that your car has been prepared to the very highest standard that Big Blocks Fine Autos’ strict preparation budget will allow.

Flickr’s Thomas Gion is the builder behind this brilliant – if slightly dodgy-looking – Speed Champions car dealership, complete with a used car forecourt, showroom office, and a repair bay with a working two-post lift. Visit Rich and Ed at Big Blocks Fine Autos via the link above and take that Thundercougarfalconbird for a test drive!

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Classic Photoshop

We’ve often written about how for a creation to be blogged here it needs high quality images with clean backgrounds and natural light. So here’s a creation with two suns and background made of cosmic rock.

TLCB debutant Purple-Wolf has taken the photoshop* route to present his neat Classic Space ‘LL C12 Transport’ ship, and to stunning effect. Head to, er… wherever this is, via the link to his photostream above.

*Other image editing tools are available.

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Fighting Fires in the Forest

Australia is under siege from tragedy right now, with 100,000sq/km burned or burning, thousands of homes destroyed, and millions (yes millions) of animals cooked. Australians love a barbecue, but not like this.

The cause is a prolonged drought, with the fires worsened by high winds. Whether or not the fires are specifically down to climate change, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s dismissal of it (and the fact Australia’s CO2 emissions have been rising every year, not falling) is spectacularly out of line with literally every climate scientist on earth. Apart from a few American ones obviously.

In TLCB’s home nation we have wild fires too, with 2019 seeing the most on record, again due to drought. Although the fires were tiny compared to Australia’s, the UK is tiny by comparison, so the propensity for damage is just as high. Inspired by the Mercedes-Benz Unimog fire truck used by his local fire station in the Ashdown Forest, previous bloggee Jonathan Elliott has constructed this lovely classic Unimog 406, and he’s filled it with details, with the roller shutters and chassis two of our favourites.

Head into the woods to save a koala via Jonathan’s photostream (OK, probably not a koala in England); click the link above to make the jump.

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Classic Space Redux

A few Elves got into the stationary cupboard over the weekend and between them ate four entire glue sticks. The result was some very sticky Elf droppings, and also some fairly trippy Elves, which may explain today’s somewhat spaced-out theme.

These two wonderful Neo-Classic Space builds were built for The Brothers Brick (wut!?), each rebooting LEGO’s ancient ‘Classic Space’ line with the latest parts and a whole lot more detail than the original sets achieved back in the early ’80s.

The first (above) comes from space-building legend Alec Hole, who has taken inspiration from the classic 6970 Beta Command Base set from 1980, with its launch pad, control room, and a funky little monorail thing that moved between the two. Alec’s version uses the same recipe but knocks it up a notch with some incredible attention to detail and enough ‘greebling’ for a model five times its size. We love it, and there’s more to see at Alec’s photostream by clicking here.

Today’s second Neo-Classic Space build (below) forgoes the usual rocket-propulsion system for good old fashioned rotors, creating a spacey helicopter that bears a strong resemblance to any one of a number of irritating drones. With Classic Space’s vintage colour scheme, a trans-yellow cockpit, and a smiling Classic Spaceman at the controls, Tim Goddard’s ‘Dragonfly‘ is much more our bag than annoying people in the park with a remote control helicopter (sorry drone owners). Head to Tim’s photostream via link above to see more, whilst we figure out how to remove some insanely sticky Elf droppings.

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Car Surfing

Car surfing is Darwinism in action, and long may it continue. Still, if you’re not a complete moron you can still surf in your vehicle, and all without ending up as a thin veneer on the asphalt, thanks to Versteinert‘s ‘Aedelsten’ classic convertible. With surfboards for doors, binoculars for side-lights, and a windshield mounted, er… kinda diagonally upside down, Versteinert’s creation is bursting with brilliant building. See more via the link.

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Christmas Coal

We end today’s publications with this, a rather lovey looking vintage ‘convoi exceptionnel’ consisting of a six-axle truck, a low-loader trailer, and a fantastic mining excavator, on its way to supply coal to keep families warm over winter. Built by FiliusRucilo of Flickr each vehicle is wonderfully made and there’s more to see on Flickr via the link in the text above.

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Ice Breaker

Well this looks considerably more perilous than the tedious opening questions at a corporate team building away day. It’s the work of ExeSandbox of Flickr, who has created this marvellous ice breaking ship and Land Rover Defender scene which looks sure to end in the Defender’s occupants being very wet, very cold, and then very dead. Good thing it’s digital only. Pack your thermals and head out onto the ice via the link above to see all of the wonderful imagery.

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Ein Mann Ging Mähen…

Thanks to Google for what is no doubt a seamless translation of the well known nursery rhyme…

Whatever that title actually says, we do have a mower to share with you today, which will indeed allow one man to mow his meadow. It’s been affixed to a vintage German Eicher EKL 15 tractor as built (rather beautifully) by Flickr’s Damian Z aka Thietmaier.

Damian’s Eicher tractor is packed with lovely building techniques, including a fantastic set of mudguards, front drawbar steering, a wonderfully detailed engine and a side-mounted mower attachment constructed from many mini-figure hands.

There’s more to see of Damian’s brilliant build at his Eicher EKL 15 Flickr album; head to the meadow via the link in the text above.

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Other Runners

Blade Runner wasn’t all about the ‘Spinner‘. Largely forgotten, the movie featured several vehicular oddities that appeared alongside the famous hovercar, each managing to look both futuristic and decidedly sheddy at the same time. Flickr’s keiichi kamei remembers two such designs, the ‘Armadillo‘ van and the ‘Deckard‘ car, each shown here in both civilian and civil service roles.

Previous bloggee keiichi has recreated the designs wonderfully in mini-figure scale, with some ingenious building techniques and custom decals used to enhance the models’ accuracy. Head to the futuristic time of November 2019 (yes, Blade Runner is now set in the past!) via the links above.

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T for Two

It’s been a hot rod heavy few days but we’ll sneak in two more before a bit of a gearshift. This neat pair of Town-scale Model T hot rods comes from Tim Henderson who has captured both ends of the hot rodding scale circa 1973. Both the ‘Resto-mod’ and ‘Fad-T’ replicate their respective trends superbly and there’s more to see of his mini-figure models on Flickr via the link.

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Metrokab

Vehicles from 1982’s Blade Runner are a popular choice to build from Lego (see here, here, here, and here). OK, one particular vehicle is, but not every car in the movie was a ‘Spinner’. Cue keiichi kamei and this ‘Metrokab’, surely one of the least cool sci-fi vehicles of all time. That might be why everyone builds Spinners we suppose. Anyway, this mini-figure scale Metrokab captures the design from the film brilliantly, with a few custom decals enhancing the realism. Hail a ride via the link above.

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Latest LEGO Liebherr

LEGO’s constant release of new pieces is difficult thing to keep up with. However the guys at New Elementary do just that, cataloguing LEGO’s latest parts to allow – in this case – builder Pierre E Fieschi to create the unique Liebherr pneumatic ‘Tunnelier’ concept that you see here from the brand new bricks. There’s more of Pierre’s creation to see on Flickr – click the link above to make the jump to all the images.

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