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Orange Crush

Lego Technic Zil 130

Another day, another find, another Elven catastrophe to tidy up. Following this week’s earlier Elf squashing our workforce has been in a cautious but nevertheless vengeful mood.

And so one of the week’s earlier victims found itself at the controls of a vehicle capable of exacting a hit-and-run based revenge. With the Elves it doesn’t really matter if the perpetrator of a previous act is actually present when the revenge is served, just as long as someone gets squished. And squished they were.

Lego Technic Zil 130 MMZ Truck

The vehicle in question is this absolutely wonderful ZiL 130 MMZ 555 tipper truck, in perfectly-suited Porsche 911 GT3 orange, as built by previous bloggee Samolot. In a convenient metaphor for the communist economy that spawned it, the Zil was the ideal tool for crushing the people, or in this case, Elves.

Remote control drive with a remotely controlled four speed gearbox, and a novel linear actuator based steering system give this ZiL 130 a surprising turn of speed, certainly enough to catch out a few slower Elves, whilst all-wheel suspension allowed the truck to roll over them with ease. Unrelated to the smushing, but a cool feature nonetheless, Samolot’s Zil 130 also includes a remotely controlled dumping mechanism powered by a Medium Motor, taking the total motor-count to four.

Lego Technic Zil 130 MMZ Truck

Opening doors, a working steering wheel, and an opening hood all feature too, and Samolot has included a level of detail that’s now becoming typical with many Technic builds that moves the theme ever closer to Model Team in terms of aesthetics.

There’s a whole lot more to see of Samolot’s superb ZiL 130 dump truck via Brickshelf, MOCpages and the Eurobricks forum, plus you watch all the working features in action courtesy of the excellent video below.

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Holden HJ

Lego Holden HJ Ute

Being unfamiliar with Australia’s (now deceased) domestic car market, at first glance we thought this was a bastardised Volvo. It turns out that it is in fact a Holden HJ ute (sorry Australian readers!), built from the early to the mid ’70s, and available with a huge 5 litre V8 engine. It’s about as Australian as a hat with corks on it, and this delightfully studdy Lego version has been constructed by serial bloggee Senator Chinchilla.

There’s opening doors, a dropping tailgate and an opening hood – underneath which is a working V8 mounted to a functioning gearbox. There’s more to see on Flickr at Senator’s photostream – click the link above to make the jump down under.

Lego Holden HJ Ute

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Digital Delight

Lego Ferrari 512 Longtail 1970 Le Mans

We receive loads of requests to blog digital creations here at TLCB, and our answer is almost always ‘no’. However this time we’ve bent our usual rule, because this, readers, is how to build a digital creation.

Designed by Alan Guerzoni it’s a Speed Champions scale Ferrari 512 Long-Tail as raced by Ecurie Francorchamps at the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Not only is Alan’s design brilliantly executed he’s also maximised his use of the digital medium, by adding Ecurie Francorchamps period-correct decals and a printed canopy (as LEGO do themselves) to recreate the 1970 512 as accurately as possible.

If you like Allan’s historic Ferrari as much as we do you can vote for it to become an official LEGO set via the LEGO Ideas platform – click this link to make the jump and add your vote.

Lego Ferrari 512 Longtail 1970 Le Mans

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Travelling Light

Lego Mini Clubman

Before the Mini Traveller, now called the ‘Clubman’, became a larger rebadged BMW 1 Series, it looked like this. This is the van variant, of which over half a million were produced until the early 1980s, but with a payload of just 1/4 of a ton it wasn’t going to trouble Ford’s Transit.

However, the Traveller van was perfect for light-duty work nipping down city streets, which is what Flickr’s Peter Schmid has deployed his to do, delivering pizza for Al Capone’s pizzeria. Based on the official LEGO 10242 Mini Cooper Creator set, Peter has faithfully replicated the van version of the iconic original Mini, complete with the famous twin barn doors at the back.

Place your pizza order at Peter’s photostream via the link above.

Lego Mini Traveller Van

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S.H.A.D.O

Lego UFO S.H.A.D.O

It’s the 1970s, Britain is mostly on strike and painted brown, and the space race is raging. Cue some televisual escapaism in the form of UFO, a Gerry Anderson production (he of Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet fame) set in the futuristic year 1980, but using real actors rather than puppets, and – at least if our Google research is accurate – featuring a variety of tight-fitting tops.

This was their vehicle of choice, the S.H.A.D.O tracked command centre, and it’s been recreated in mini-figure form by TLCB favourite Andrea Lattanzio aka Norton74, complete with a fully detailed interior. You can check it out at Andrea’s photostream, plus you can read our interview with the builder as part of the Master MOCers series by clicking here.

Lego UFO S.H.A.D.O

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Dodge Challenger R/T – Picture Special

Lego Dodge Challenger R/T

This utterly glorious creation is a near perfect scale replica of the mighty Dodge Challenger R/T, very probably the definitive muscle car of the early 1970s.

Lego Dodge Challenger R/T

It’s been built by previous bloggee Havoc, and it is an absolute work of Lego art. Fully detailed from the radiator hose in the engine bay right down to the ‘wood’ trim on the door cards, Havoc’s build is one of the most brilliant Lego cars that we’ve ever had the pleasure of publishing.

Lego Dodge Challenger R/T

A huge gallery of stunning imagery is available to view on Flickr by clicking here, which is where you’ll find us for the next while, gazing in wonder and wishing we were as talented with a LEGO brick.

Lego Dodge Challenger R/T

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Mean Machine

Lego Wacky Races Mean Machine

And now here they are! The most daredevil group of daffy drivers to ever whirl their wheels in the Wacky Races. Competing for the title of World’s Wackiest Racer!… Sneaking along last is that Mean Machine with those double dealing do-badders Dick Dastardly and his sidekick, Muttley. And even now they’re up to some dirty trick!

Redfern1950s has completed his brilliant line-up of Wacky Races racers, with – fittingly in last place – the Mean Machine piloted by Dick Dastardly and his canine co-driver. You can see more of this wonderful cartoon contraption via the link above, and you can see the complete starting grid of Wacky Races builds that have featured here at TLCB by clicking here!

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Little Lego Lamborghini

Lego Lamborghini Countach

ZetoVince‘s little Lamborgini may only be seven studs wide, but it’s unmistakably a Countach. It helps that Lamborghini’s insane ’70s supercar has such a distinctive shape, but it takes quite a bit of skill to recreate it in small-scale Lego building. Zeto definitely has that skill, and you can see more his miniature masterpiece on Flickr via the link above.

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Compact Pussycat

Lego Wacky Races Compact Pussycat

And now here they are! The most daredevil group of daffy drivers to ever whirl their wheels in the Wacky Races. Competing for the title of World’s Wackiest Racer!… Oh! Here’s the lovely Penelope Pitstop, the glamour gal of the gas pedal.

Redfern1950s is back with one of the few remaining Wacky Racers he’s not yet built, Penelope Pitstop in the ‘Compact Pussycat’, and it’s taking every fibre of our restraint for us not to make lewd jokes, so we’ll end this post before we get into trouble – check out Penelope’s pink pussy here! Damn.

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Turbo Terrific

Lego Wacky Races Turbo Terrific

And now here they are! The most daredevil group of daffy drivers to ever whirl their wheels in the Wacky Races, competing for the title of worlds wackiest racer! The cars are approaching the starting line… First is the Turbo Terrific driven by Peter Perfect!

The eighth wonderful Wacky Races build by Flickr’s Redfern1950s, this one is definitely the most ambiguous. It’s also your Mom’s favourite for some reason. See more at the link above, and you can check out all of the Wacky Races builds to appear here so far by clicking here.

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Yellow Yuk

Lego Ford Mustang Mach 1

We hate this generation of Ford Mustang. Gone was the pretty, relatively compact first generation, and in its place we got a fat, poor handling, thirsty monstrosity. The original ’60s car didn’t exactly handle well, and it was also a bit juicy, but all could be forgiven for the way it looked. Not so by the ’70s. Still, at least this one is yellow. Suggested by a reader it’s been built by Flickr’s Ben, and it’s a lovely 6-wide recreation of the start of the American auto industry’s descent into the gutter. See more via the link above.

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Buzz Wagon

Lego Wacky Races Buzz Wagon

And now here they are! The most daredevil group of daffy drivers to ever whirl their wheels in the Wacky Races, competing for the title of worlds wackiest racer! The cars are approaching the starting line… Next is Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth in the Buzz Wagon!

Redfern1950s adds yet another cartoon racer to his Wacky Races line-up. There’s more to see of Rufus and Sawtooth at Red’s photostream, and you can check out all of Red’s Wacky Racers builds so far by clicking here.

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The Arkansas Chug-A-Bug

Lego Wacky Races Arkansas Chuggabug

And now here they are! The most daredevil group of daffy drivers to ever whirl their wheels in the Wacky Races, competing for the title of worlds wackiest racer! The cars are approaching the starting line… And there’s the Arkansas Chug-A-Bug with Luke & Blubber Bear!

Redfern1950s adds a seventh cartoon racer to his rapidly expanding Wacky Races ensemble! There’s more to see of the Arkansas Chug-A-Bug at Red’s Flickr photostream, and you can check out the six Wacky Racers builds that proceeded this one – as well as couple by other builders – by clicking here.

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Wacky Races!

Lego Wacky Races Mean Machine

The Lego Car Blog Elves are easily addicted creatures. Not to any hard substances of course (unless you count when we forget to lock the stationary cupboard and all our glue sticks get eaten), but their various fascinations can become all-consuming. Most of these have been in televisual form, with the Transformers and Mad Max movies being their most recent obsessions, but the winds of favour are fickle and in the last few weeks both the Elves’ previous loves have been supplanted by a deep and almost religious reverence for a 40 year-old cartoon.

Lego Wacky Races Army Surplus Special

Luckily for us we quite like the Elves’ current obsession, which started when Flickr builder Redfern1950s built the Army Surplus Special from the 1970s Hannah-Barbera animated series ‘Wacky Races’ a few weeks ago. Five more Wacky Races creations have since followed, and the Elves have become so fixated on the animated antics of the Wacky Races crew that they can think of little else.

Today therefore, three Elves were borne aloft by their colleagues as heroes of the hunt, as each had returned with a new Wacky Races vehicle to revere. All three are the work of captainsmog of Flickr, and that he’s given them their own album folder suggests that there might be many more to come! There’s more to see of the Captain’s mini-figure scale ‘Mean Machine’, ‘Army Surplus Special’ and ‘Turbo Terrific’ in the aforementioned album via the link above – click the link to make the jump.

Lego Wacky Races Turbo Terrific

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The Ant Hill Mob

Lego Wacky Races Ant Hill Mob Bullet Proof Bomb

And now here they are! The most daredevil group of daffy drivers to ever whirl their wheels in the Wacky Races, competing for the title of worlds wackiest racer! The cars are approaching the starting line… Right behind is the Ant Hill Mob in their Bullet Proof Bomb!

Lego Wacky Races Bullet Proof Bomb

Redfern1950s is quickly amassing the entire Wacky Races ensemble, with six racers built in the last few weeks! There’s more to see of the Ant Hill Mob’s ‘Bulletproof Bomb’ at Red’s Flickr photostream, and you can check out his five Wacky Racers builds that proceeded this one by clicking here.

Lego Ant Hill Mob Wacky Races Bullet Proof Bomb

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