You don’t need ten thousand bricks to appear here at The Lego Car Blog. Around sixty will do. At least that’s all Flickr’s František Hajdekr needed to build this lovely Tatra fire truck. See more via the link above.
We were busy getting drunk with your Mom at the weekend, but luckily for us one of our readers (and a previous bloggee here at TLCB) has stepped in to prove you don’t need a million bricks and an unlimited bank account to build something blog-worthy. Over to Nils O…
4-wide cars, officially named ‘Tiny Turbos’, are like the Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars for Lego fans. I am a big fan of these tiny models and I’m always looking for new ones. Lots of them don’t really look like the original model, but every now and then comes a new model you can recognise at the first look. In this case it’s Ken Block’s heavily modified, 4-wheel driven 1965 Ford Mustang called “Hoonicorn”. The car is the star vehicle in Block’s Gymkhana 7 video and is mainly built to burn rubber. Flickr’s DerLuckyy is the builder of this ‘Tiny Turbo’ and the small thing really looks like the original, including custom-made stickers, big wheel houses and a huge diffusor. You can find these and some more pictures of the model on Flickr.
And for me the best thing about 4-wide cars is:
You only need a few bricks and a few good pictures to build your own version of the LEGO model… Vroom – Vroom!!!
Thanks to Nils for joining us today, and he’s absolutely right; a few well-chosen bricks and some good photography is all that’s needed to make a splash in the Lego Community. If you’re an observer here at TLCB and yet to try building for yourself, give it a go!
Dutch builder Johnni D’s Photostream is home to some great, small Lego cars. Recently it’s been filling up with comic style, 4-wide hot rods of all sorts of shapes. There are over 120 at the time of writing. They range from rat-rods (above) to custom Transit vans (below), via hatchbacks, campers and pick-ups. It’s well worth clicking this link to enjoy the variety of these builds.
We love a good crane here at The Lego Car Blog. After supercars, cranes are one of the types of model that we seem to blog the most. Be they teeny tiny or monstrous, cranes are a favourite topic. Today’s crane comes from TLCB regular Galaktek. Many of the working features that you’d expect to see in a big Technic MOC have been included in this elegant 4-wide model. It also comes with its own back-up truck, which you can see in Galaktek’s Photostream.
‘Where can I get instructions / How do I build it?’. It’s the single most frequently asked question that we receive here at TLCB – so just how do you start ‘MOCing’?
It’s a question we raised in our review of the superb No Starch Press produced ‘Art of Lego Scale Modeling‘ book last year, and one that, since LEGO discontinued their brilliant Ideas Books, has gone unanswered. Now though, No Starch Press have created a book aimed squarely at fulfilling this need.
Tiny Lego Wonders, written by LEGO-Ambassador Mattia Zamboni, features 200 pages of clear instructions for 40 wonderfully realistic miniature vehicles, from cars to buses via trains, aircraft, construction equipment and more. The book is divided into sections that categorise these models according to where you might find them in the real world, for example the airport, the harbour, and the construction site.
Each location section features a double-page spread showing all of the vehicles within it in a large brick-built scene. It’s a simple yet brilliant addition that’s very reminiscent of LEGO’s old annual catalogues and it’s sure to provide a huge amount of inspiration.
Every set of instructions starts with a high quality image of the finished model, just as any official LEGO set does, along with a parts list and a difficulty level. The instructions themselves are beautifully clear and the build process will be familiar to anyone who has constructed an official LEGO set.
There are perhaps slightly fewer steps and marginally more complicated sub-assemblies than you’ll find in LEGO’s own work, but if anything LEGO have over-simplified their instructions in recent times and Tiny Lego Wonders seems to have struck a good balance between conciseness and difficulty.
Where Tiny Lego Wonders scores huge points is with its inspiration potential. All of the models featured use common non-specialist parts, but even so it’s unlikely that most builders will have the exact part and colour combinations to recreate the model piece-for-piece as per the instructions. However the instructions are so good, and the models so thoughtfully designed, that changing the colours or design slightly is really easy. And once you’ve done that, you’ve started MOCing!
Some sections also include images of additional variations of the model detailed in the instructions, showing what can be done with a few simple changes. Again, these are really easy to replicate (even though they aren’t included in the instructions) and having a go yourself will instantly turn you into a ‘MOCer’.
Are there any disappointments? Nope, not really. Perhaps a few of the large double-page scenes look a little over-polished / too digitalised to these eyes, but other than that Tiny Lego Wonders might be the perfect MOCer’s book. Which gives us a bit of a dilemma in giving a rating because, despite the general ineptitude in TLCB office, there are some talented builders here who would have limited use for such a book. However, Tiny Lego Wonders isn’t aimed at the microscopic demographic of ‘Lego Blogger’, and thus we can ignore our usage and rate it accordingly;
Buy this book! Even at just £13 / $17 for the hardcover on Amazon, Tiny Lego Wonders is as beautifully produced as all No Starch Press publications, but for it to remain pristine on a bookshelf or coffee table would be a great shame. Tiny Lego Wonders needs to look dog-eared, shabby and worn out, because the value of this book is in its use; Tiny Lego Wonders could be the launchpad you need to start your MOCing journey.
From now on when anyone asks us ‘How do I build it?’ we’re going to give the same answer; You start here.
Much like shampoo & conditioner, some things are better when they’re two-in-one. And just like your Mom, Angka Utama’s tidy Dakar rally truck always has something inside it.
Secreted underneath the neat 4-wide truck bodywork is another Dakar racer, and the two vehicles fit together so beautifully you’d never know unless you saw the image below. You can see more of Angka’s truck, buggy, and the ingenious way they combine at both Flickr and MOCpages – click the links for double the action.
Unlike last night’s Oscars (props to Leonardo DiCaprio for his climate change winners speech), this lovely little rat rod by TLCB favourite _Tiler includes every colour, and just look at how excellent it is as a result! Something of a metaphor for cohesive society…
You can see more of _Tiler’s wonderfully diverse and beautifully photographed rat rod on Flickr – click the link above to make the jump.
TLCB Elves love yellow. We’re not sure Smarties are identifiable by taste (apart from the orange ones of course) but our Elves seem to favour the citrous hue. This beautifully smooth Volksrod by Flickr’s _Tyler meets their colour preference, and it’s a cracking build too. There’s more to see on Flickr – click the link above to visit _Tyler’s photostream.
It’s a been a while since we’ve featured anything railway related here at The Lego Car Blog and this pair of locomotives from Bangoo H were too good to miss. Click the link to see the details of the Maersk freight hauler and the GWR style Pacific loco, complete with a clerestory passenger coach. As well as this display stand, Bangoo H has also built a rather nice engine shed for his locomotives to live in.