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High Five

Lego Renault 5 Turbo Group B

Renault are finally on a bit of a roll at the moment, after years of making rubbish. Back in the ’80s they were on a bit of a roll too, and this was the highlight, the mad Renault 5 Turbo Group B rally car. This one’s been built by Jonathan Elliott of Flickr and you can see more at his photostream here.

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Coming Up Trumps

Lego Murica-Mobile Truck

Flickr’s vehicle-building society LUNuts are very on-topic right now, with their current monthly building contest taking in all things dystopian.

Previous bloggee Lino Martins’ entry pays homage the bleak dystopian masterpiece ‘1984’, which contains absolutely no similarities with the current state of U.S politics.

Coincidentally, we’ll hand over to Lino to explain some of the features of his ‘Murica-mobile’; “The roof mounted loud speakers are so that the driver may broadcast alternate facts, and many people are saying that the gun rack and truck nuts are a classy touch. Many people. Believe me. And no one knows classy better than I do. Let’s make America great again. Bigly”.

No similarities whatsoever… See more courtesy of Lino’s photostream.

Lego Murica-Mobile Truck

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Back To The Future’s on TV Again!

Lego Television

We’ll watch the Back to the Future trilogy literally every time it’s on television, which means it plays quite regularly here at TLCB Towers. Flickr’s Primoz Mlakar has gone one step further though, as cinema’s most iconic movie car is permanently showing on his TV.

This absolutely wonderful period-correct 1980s Sony television, complete with the famous flying DeLorean from Back to the Future Part II, has caused our collective jaw to drop here in the office, and we cannot recommend taking a closer look highly enough. This is the build of the year so far.

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Back to the Future Part III – Delorean Time Machine – Picture Special

Lego Back to the Future Part III Delorean Time Machine

Time is standing still here at TLCB Towers. It’s been hours and we’ve accomplished nothing. Because of this. The single most amazing model that we’ve posted this year. Built by Flickr’s 지현 주 (aka seter82), it is, of course, the incredible final DeLorean DMC-12 time machine from the iconic Back to the Future franchise, and it’s the hardest one to make of them all.

Lego Back to the Future Part III Delorean Time Machine

Often overlooked by model makers, the time machine from Back to the Future Part III is the most intricate and highly detailed of all of the movie cars, modified to operate before gasoline was discovered via a push from a steam engine. Steampunk, surely, began here.

Lego Back to the Future Part II DeLorean time machine

Seter82’s astonishing recreation of the Back to the Futrure Part III DeLorean is one of the most beautifully replicated movie cars we’ve ever seen, in any context, and it even gives real-world recreations from the Back to the Future franchise fierce competition. With a perfectly recreated cabin, complete with all the paraphernalia Doc required for time travelling, a 100% movie-accurate exterior, plus functions such as opening gull-wing doors and hood, and adjustable steering wheel and seats, Seter’s DeLorean is a build that you can revel in for hours.

Lego Back to the Future Part III Delorean Time Machine

Which is what we’ll be doing. You can join us at Seter82’s Flickr photostream by clicking here, where a huge gallery of incredible imagery is available to view – however, unless you have a real time machine be prepared to lose a good part of your day. Because Seter’s DeLorean is as real as it gets.

Lego Back to the Future Part III Delorean Time Machine

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Not a DeLorean

Lego Toyota 4x4 Pick-Up BTTF

Ah, Back To The Future, an office favourite here at TLCB Towers and the film that made a star of the iconic Delorean DMC-12, a car that was… total and complete crap.

If you’re unfamiliar with the true story of the DeLorean, which is very nearly as remarkable as the film, you can read it here, but today we’ll be moving on from that steaming turd of a car, saved from obscurity only by a chance decision by Universal Pictures, to feature a vehicle from the movie that’s the total opposite of the DMC-12.

This is, of course, a humble Toyota 4×4 pick-up, known as the Hilux in most of the world, and it’s everything the DeLorean wasn’t. Hugely successful, superbly built, and unbreakably reliable, the Toyota truck was the dream vehicle for 1980s Marty McFly. His version featured a few mods too, which have been faithfully recreated in Technic form by regular bloggee paave.

Paave’s creation doesn’t just look the part either, as underneath is a four-wheel-drive fully remote controlled drivetrain, working leaf-spring suspension, and opening (and locking) doors, hood and tailgate.

You can see all of the images as well as a video of the Toyota in action at both Eurobricks and MOCpages – click the links to go back in time.

Lego Toyota 4x4 Pick-Up BTTF

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Red Head

Lego Ferrari Testarossa

Ferrari’s flat-12 engined Testarossa was one of the definitive supercars of the 1980s. Named after the red colour of its engine block, it was produced until the early 1990s, when a mild update and a new name kept the platform going until 1996. With almost 10,000 units made, the Testarossa design is one of the most produced Ferraris of all time, and previous bloggee Ryan Link has decided to add one more car to that figure. His Model Team recreation of the icon ’80s supercar captures the Testarossa’s shape brilliantly, and opening doors, hood and engine cover reveal an interior and engine that are just as well detailed as the outside. There’s more to see on both MOCpages and Flickr – click the links to view all of the images and build details.

Lego Ferrari Testarossa

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Porsche Pixels

Lego Porsche 944

Yes, we know, this isn’t made from real bricks, and as such the Elves are a bit grumpy (we’ll be publishing their finds in a bit), but we do only post a digital creation in exception circumstances. And these are exceptional circumstances. Because this Porsche 944 by Sam the First is absolutely perfect.

Lego Porsche 944

Sam assures us that it’s all above-board too, with all pieces connected as they should be, and nothing ‘floating’ as is often the case with digital builds. You can see how Sam has done it by visiting the build on Flickr or MOCpages, whilst we get back to real bricks…

Lego Porsche 944

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Yellow Lines

Lego FSO Polonez

The yellowness continues here at The Lego Car Blog. We’re not sure what’s got into the Elves, but their last five finds have been in this hue. Still, everything (apart from snow) is better in yellow, which means that this hideous FSO Polonez by TLCB regular Senator Chinchilla does at least have one positive attribute going for it.

Penned by the legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, who was responsible for numerous Alfa Romeos, Lancias, Lotuses, Volkswagens, and most recently the Mustang’s return to form, here he was clearly having a bad day.

Based on some mouldy old left-overs from Fiat, the Polonez launched in 1978, with production continuing until a scarcely believable 2002. By that time the Polonez was hopelessly outclassed, but ironically the build quality had at last become acceptable thanks to some input from now-defunct Korean brand Daewoo.

Both FSO and Daewoo cars are now long dead, although a new company attempted re-start Polonez production in 2003 and – thankfully – failed. Senator Chinchilla has successfully added one more Polonez to the world though, and his Model Team recreation – complete with faded paint and rust for authenticity – is a neat build. See more at his photostream via the link above.

Lego FSO Polonez

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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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Get Hard

Lego Technic Nissan D21 Hardbody

We’re not quite sure why Nissan’s late ’80s – early ’90s compact pick-up truck was called the ‘Hardbody’. All cars have a hard body. Well, apart from whatever this is. It’s also meant that today’s blog post titles are both a bit ambiguous in nature, so we’ll move on quickly and get to the technical stuff…

Built by previous bloggee Filsawgood of Flickr, this neat Technic Nissan D21 Hardbody is one of our favourite trucks of the year. It’s also one of our favourite trucks in real life, being the total antithesis of the hateful Dodge Ram and its ilk.

Filsawgood’s recreation of the little Nissan looks the part thanks to a few well designed Model Team style details, and it’s packing some decent Technic functionality underneath too, including remote control drive and steering and all-wheel suspension. There’s lots more to see at Filsawgood’s photostream – click the link above to get hard.

Lego Technic Nissan D21 Hardbody

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Deadliest Delta

Lego Lancia Delta S4

This is a Lancia Delta S4, and even by 1980s Group B WRC standards it’s a terrifically ugly thing. Ugly, but astonishingly effective. With all-wheel-drive powered by a mid-mounted 1.8 litre engine with both turbo and super charging (the first ever example of twin-charging), the space-framed and composite-shelled Delta S4 could produce as much as 500bhp.

If that sounds like a dangerous combination you’d be right, and tragically Henri Toivonen and his co-driver were incinerated when their S4 left the road in 1986. Group B was immediately banned, and with it the maddest of all the World Rally Cars ended its motorsport career.

Senator Chinchilla hasn’t forgotten the Italian monster though, and has ensured the Delta S4 lives on in Lego form with his exquisite Model Team replica. See more on Flickr.

Lego Lancia Delta S4

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DAF Double*

Lego DAF N2800 and GINAF F530 10X4

This stunning pair of huge Model Team style classic DAF trucks comes from TLCB regular and DAF specialist Arian Janssens. His two latest builds up the detail level once again, and make Arian one of the best Lego truck builders anywhere in the world right now.

Lego GINAF F530 10X4 truck

On the right, and shown with the load bed raised to its highest point above, is Arian’s GINAF F530 10X4 tipper truck. *Not strictly a DAF, GINAF were a Dutch truck specialist that used DAF trucks as the basis for their conversion to heavy duty applications. In business since the late 1940s, GINAF produced around 250 specialist trucks a year. However modern economics mean manufacturing in such low numbers is no longer enough to survive, and GINAF filed for bankruptcy in 2011.

Lego DAF 2800 Truck

The second truck in Arian’s pairing is this superb classic DAF 2800 in an unusual-for-Europe long-nose specification. Like GINAF, DAF have experienced some difficult trading times, and filed for bankruptcy in the early 1990s following the collapse of their merger with British Leyland. A management buyout restarted the firm and in 1996 DAF were bought by the American giant PACCAR, who then also bought Leyland, re-merging the two firms once more. DAF trucks are now commonplace across Europe, but few modern DAFs look as interesting as this classic 2800 does.

You can see more of each build at Arian’s Flickr photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

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Shooting Santa

Lego KAMAZ 4310

Communism, that bastion of equality and shared ownership, did away with such frivolities as freedom of movement, choice of employment, and creativity. In fact we’re pretty sure that creativity and inventiveness were actively banned, so mind-numbingly dull are all communistical product names.

This gives us a headache when we blog one of them, as there is zero chance of getting the vehicle name into a witty title. So – absent from the post title – here is today’s; the KamAZ-4310 military off-road truck, complete with a ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft auto-cannon mounted in the bed.

Lego KamAZ-4310 and ZU-23-2

Built by the Soviets from the 1960s, the ZU-23-2 is still in production today, and is probably being used by both sides in the ongoing Syrian conflict which shows little sign of abating. Capable of hitting aircraft from 2.5km, or armoured vehicles from around 2km, it’s the perfect weapon for a dark Christmas night… just think of all the presents that you could make off with if you had this combo! It’s kind of a one-time deal though, as Santa probably wouldn’t be around next year for a repeat robbery.

Vova Rychkov is the builder and there’s more to see at his Flickr photostream – click the link to get armed.

Lego Kamaz Truck

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Porsche 911 SC – Picture Special

Lego Porsche 911 SC

This lovely canary yellow 1980 Porsche 911 SC (Super Carrera) built by Jon Elliott was suggested to us by a reader today. Underneath the wonderfully lifelike bodywork – complete with opening doors, hood and engine lid – there are a few surprising (and very un-Model Team) technical touches too.

Lego Porsche 911 SC

Working steering, rear suspension and a boxer piston engine are included, all hiding seamlessly inside the accurate body shell. There are lots more images to see at Jon’s Flickr photostream and MOCpages account – click the links to check out the full 911 SC gallery.

Lego Porsche 911 SC

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Light Speed

Lego Tron Light Cycle Sariel

1982’s computer-themed adventure Tron might be something of a cult film now, but its initial release was such a failure that it stopped makers Disney from releasing another live action movie for a decade. We suspect Lego-building legend Sariel will have no such trouble with the release of his latest build; easily the coolest thing from the movie, the Tron Light Cycle.

One of our Elves was absolutely on it today, and thus we’ve got hold of this so early that we have no idea what it does (there’s not even a description from the builder at the time of posting this). However, if his previous works are anything to go by then Sariel’s newest creation will be packed with functionality as well as looking damn cool.

You can see all of the images at Sariel’s Flickr photostream, where we expect full build details will be released shortly.

Lego Tron Light Cycle Sariel

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