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Sky Warrior

Lego US Navy A-3B Skywarrior

This amazing aircraft is a 1950s US Navy Douglas A-3B Skywarrior carrier-based nuclear bomber and its purpose was… well, chillingly obvious. Thankfully the Skywarrior’s nuclear bombs were never used in combat, as – perhaps worryingly – the US and the other nuclear-armed nations managed to shrink their nuclear bombs so that they no longer needed to be carried on bombers like the A-3B, but could fit on conventional fighter aircraft. Yay progress!

Such advancement saw the A-3Bs re-fitted as air-to-air refusing tankers to service those fighters, a role they fulfilled right up until the early 1990s, last seeing action in the first Gulf War of 1991.

This spectacular recreation of Douglas A-3B Skywarrior comes from plane building extraordinaire Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist who has recreated the historic bomber in glorious detail. With folding wing-tips for carrier storage, working landing gear, and an accompanying aircraft tug there’s lots more to see. Head over to Ralph’s photostream via the link above for all the images, plus you can read Ralph’s interview here at The Lego Car Blog as part of the Master MOCers Series by clicking here.

Lego US Navy A-3B Skywarrior

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Popsicle Express

Lego Classic Ice Cream Van

It is baking hot here at TLCB Towers. Whilst on the positive that means mini-skirts and hot pants (on the pedestrians outside you understand, thankfully not on TLCB staff), it also means the office has become a miserable sweat-box. Fortunately Sven Franic has the answer with this gorgeous 1950s ice cream van. Complete with a giant popsicle on the roof, a fully kitted interior, and a pair of deckchairs plus a sunshade at a jaunty angle, it looks the perfect place to cool down. You can do just that at Sven’s photostream – click the link above to get licking.

Lego Classic Ice Cream Van

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Deutschland Duel

Lego Technic Großer Mercedes 770

Iiiin the red corner, representing West Germany, driven by Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Göring and Pope Pius XI, and powered through the 1930s by eight cylinders and a supercharger, it’s the Großer Mercedes 770!

Aaaand in the beige corner, representing East Germany, driven by peasants, and powered through the 1950s… and 60s… and 70s… and 80s… and 90s… by two cylinders and hope, it’s the Trabant Combi!

Two very different yet very German cars today, represented by two very different but very excellent Lego creations.

Above we have the Großer Mercedes 770, built by Aleh of Eurobricks in Technic form and absolutely packed with amazing technology. Aleh’s recreation of one of Mercedes-Benz’s most opulent vehicles includes Power Functions drive and steering, an inline-8 engine hooked up to a three-speed+R gearbox, working all-wheel mechanical brakes powered by a Medium motor, all-wheel suspension, LED lights, and SBrick bluetooth control.

At the other end of the automotive scale we have this wonderfully replicated Model Team style Trabant Combi, resplendent in an authentic hearing-aid beige and built by fellow TLCB debutant Dan Falussy. With opening doors, hood and hatchback plus folding seats, Dan’s homage to the world’s finest cotton car (yes really) is about as well equipped as the real thing, and very probably better built.

There’s more to see of each model on Eurobricks (as well as Flickr in the Trabant’s case) via the links above. Take a look and choose your winner!

Lego Trabant

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Seahorse

Lego USMC UH-34D Seahorse

The early marine biologists of the world were not inventive in the naming department. It seems many marine animals are simply named after a land animal, but with the word ‘sea’ added before, or ‘fish’ added after, even if there are no similarities whatsoever between the two. The humble seahorse is a case in point. With a mass of just a few ounces, no legs, and reproduction via eggs, the seahorse and regular horse are about as far apart on the animal spectrum as you can get. Lazy marine biologists, lazy…

Military engineers however, are far better at naming things. This is a Sikorsky H-34 Seahorse helicopter, and whilst the weird little fish doesn’t have rotor blades, it really does look quite a lot like the H-34. The Seahorse’s strange looks come from the huge 1,500bhp radial engine mounted in the nose, as back in the fifties most helicopters were not powered by the more compact turbine engines that are now fitted to almost all rotorary-wing aircraft.

This enormous power plant meant the cockpit needed to be raised above it in order for the pilots to see, giving the Sikorsky H-34 and the many variants that followed their unusual seahorsey shape.

This particular version of the Sikorsky H-34 is a UH-34D from 1962, deployed by the US Marines in the Vietnam War and recreated beautifully in Lego form in all of its weirdness by Flickr’s Ralph Savelsberg (aka Mad Physicist). Ralph’s superb replica of the famous American helicopter includes a side opening door and some simply awesome detailing, enabled by the range of ingenious building techniques that Ralph is known for.

Head over to Flickr via the link above for all the photos, and you can read our interview with the builder as part of The Lego Car Blog’s Master MOCers series by clicking here.

Lego Sikorsky H-34 Seahorse

 

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Old Bill

Lego Classic Police Car

We don’t know why the police are known as the ‘old bill’ (amongst many other names) in TLCB’s home nation. Whatever the reason, today’s post looks like really old bill, being a gloriously ancient-looking police car inspired by Mercurys and their like from the 1950s. UK cops had to make do with embarrassing stuff like this* in the ’50s, so we’re loving this Model Team build by previous bloggee Redfern1950s. There’s more to see of his brilliant 1950s police car on Flickr – click the link above to dial 9-1-1.

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Eastern Exception (Reprise)

Lego Technic Tatra 603

This utterly wonderful Technic Tatra 603 appeared here at The Lego Car Blog just over a year ago. Its maker, Horcik Designs, recently uploaded some superb new high-quality imagery courtesy of a fellow Flickr user, bringing this amazing model of an amazing car back into the limelight. To find out more about one of the most brilliant cars ever built (even more so when you consider it was borne under the yoke of Communism) click here to read the original post, and to see more of Horcik’s fantastic newly-photographed Lego recreation take a look via the link above.

Lego Technic Tatra 603

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Drag Strip Trio

Lego Classic Drag Racers

Nope, not that group your Dad performs in once a month down at The Pink Oboe, but this wonderful triplet of ’50s Chevrolet Gassers.

Built by TLCB favourite _Tiler each is based on a real gasser drag racer, with (from top to bottom) Dave VerSchave’s ‘Orange Krate’, Mike Finnegan’s ‘Roadkill Blasphemi’, and ‘Two Lane Blacktop’ from the 1971 movie of the same name.

Each contains the wonderfully inventive building techniques we’ve come to expect from _Tiler and you can scroll through all three Chevys at his photostream via the link above.

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Pretty Blue Dress

Lego Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia may have just been a Beetle in a pretty dress, but what a dress! Penned by Italian design-house Ghia the car debuted in 1953 before going into production with German coach builders Karmann in ’55. A twenty year manufacturing run produced almost half-a-million Karmann Ghias, plus a few ultra-rare (and ultra-expensive) Type 34s.

Sadly only Volkswagen seemed to profit from such success, as whist the Karmann Ghia was replaced by the very different – but equally iconic – Scirocco in 1974, Karmann filed for bankruptcy in 2009 whilst Ghia were purchased by Ford and ended up no more than a trim grade on Fiestas and Mondeos.

Lego Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

We’ll remember their glory days, thanks to this brilliant 1960s Volkswagen Karmann Ghia from previous bloggee Henrik Jensen. With working steering, a fully detailed interior and engine, and wonderfully accurate bodywork, Henrik’s model is a fitting tribute to one of the world’s most beautiful cars. We think it’d make a rather lovely official set too, seeing as LEGO have already produced the Volkswagen Beetle and Camper as part of their Creator line-up.

There’s lots more to see of Henrik’s gorgeous Karmann Ghia at both Flickr and MOCpages – click on the links to see the full build details and all of the images.

Lego Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

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American Classics – Picture Special

Lego Classic Car Garage

Ralph Savelsberg, aka Mad Physicist, is one of the most prolific bloggees here at TLCB. One of our Master MOCers and a writer for the The Brothers Brick (everybody boo!), Ralph has been building stunning Miniland scale vehicles for years, and years, and years. His creations number in the hundreds, but until now he’s had no-where to put them. Finally though, a few are getting a home!

Lego Classic Car Garage

This brilliant classic car workshop, inspired by some of the workshop-builders that have appeared here in recent times, contains everything you’d expect to find in a modern repair facility, plus of course, some wonderful classic American cars. Six of the eight vehicles have appeared here at TLCB in some form or another, with the Ford F150 pick-up and a Hudson Hornet making their debuts today (we think!).

Lego Classic Car Garage

Amongst the classics are a Pontiac BonnevilleFord Fairlane Crown Victoria SkylinerBuick RivieraChevrolet ImpalaChevrolet 3100 Stepside pick-up, and the aforementioned Hudson, all expertly recreated in miniature. There are also two dreadful modern pick-ups; a ’90s Ford F150, and if that wasn’t bad enough there’s the simply awful (but superbly replicated) Dodge Ram too.

Lego Classic Car Garage

We’ll stick with the classics, and there’s more to see of each beautiful ’50s-’60s slice of Americana via the links above to the respective articles here at The Lego Car Blog, and you can see more photos of the complete workshop via Ralph’s Flickr photostream – click here and enjoy!

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Step Lift

Lego Chevrolet Stepside Pick-Up Workshop

Regular bloggee and Master MOCer Ralph Savelsberg (aka Mad Physicist) has appeared here at the Lego Car Blog countless times with his wonderfully realistic Miniland scale vehicles, and now he’s got somewhere to repair them. This neat workshop scene complete with a 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside pick-up truck, two-post lift, and a pair of mechanics could only be more realistic if the Chevy was replaced by a broken Fiat. Step inside the workshop by clicking here.

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Mötley Crüe

Lego Volkswagen T1 Crew Cab

Volkswagen’s T1 camper gets all the glory. Bought by surfer types, middle-class hippies who don’t understand irony, and people who would like others to think that they’re a surfer or middle-class hippy, the VW camper has become one of world’s most popular cult vehicles.

However it was the working varieties of the Volkswagen Transporter that allowed the camper to exist at all. Utility versions such as microbuses, panel vans, and this T1 crew cab made up of the bulk of production, and are now enjoying something of a resurgence in popularity thanks to the iconic camper which they spawned. Strange how things go in circles huh?

This lovely Volkswagen Transporter crew cab comes from serial bloggee Senator Chinchilla, and there’s no surfboard or fake-rust patina in sight! Everything opens and there’s more to see at the Senator’s photostream – click here to take a look.

Lego Volkswagen T1 Crew Cab

*Today’s title song, selected because the band has Crew in the title. Sort of.

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Debonair Doppelgänger

Lego 1957 Hartford Classic Car

This beautiful machine is a 1957 Hartford Debonair coupe, powered by a small block V8 and built to rival cars such as the Buick LaSabre.

Except that the Hartford Debonair doesn’t (and never did) exist, being a figment purely of Senator Chinchilla‘s imagination. But what an imagination! It sure beats yet another 270mph V-a-million-engined monstrosity that much of the online Lego community churns out with tiresome regularity.

There’s much more to see of Senator Chinchilla’s gorgeous creation at his photostream. Click the link above to take a look, and if you’re thinking of concocting a car, this is the way to do it!

Lego 1957 Hartford Classic Car

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Black on Black

Lego Classic Police Car

A double post today, as two previous bloggees appear here with a pair of black mini-figure scale classics. First up (above) is _Tyler‘s glorious 5-wide Ford Anglia 100E in police specification, complete with a brilliantly authentic 1950s British police officer.

Today’s second black classic comes from Jonathan Elliot who has built a lovely 6-wide ‘anonymous black sedan’ from a similar era. Smart techniques abound on both models and there’s more to see of each via the links above.

Lego Black Sedan

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A Close Shave

Lego Nimbus Motorcycle & Sidecar

This beautiful vintage motorcycle and sidecar combination is a Danish Nimbus with ACAP, and it’s one of the finest two-wheeled builds (or three…) that our Elves have ever found.

It’s the work of previous bloggee Henrik Jensen, and whilst there aren’t many working features beyond functioning steering, just look at the detail!

Lego Nimbus Motorbike & Sidecar

It also reminds us of a certain plasticine due attempting to rescue a truckload of sheep from an evil mechanical canine (if you’ve no idea what we’re talking about click here), which pleases us immensely!

There’s lots more to see of Henrik’s gorgeous classic Nimbus and ACAP sidecar at both Flickr and his MOCpage – take a closer look via the links!

Lego Nimbus Motorcycle & Sidecar

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