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Plenty More Fish

Lego Jeep CJ

It’s Valentines Day here at The Lego Car Blog, and what better way to commemorate it than with an illegal fishing trip! The park ranger doesn’t look particularly impressed with this chap’s fishing success, but there are plenty more fish in the sea! See Laura, this writer has like, totally moved on. And he was just about to call it off anyway, so you did him a favour really. Anyway, there are plenty more fish and you can go fishing too thanks to Pixel Fox and this brilliant mini-figure scale Jeep CJ-7. See more on Flickr at the link.

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Cat’s Claw

Lego CAT 434E Remote Control Backhoe

Digging cats. It normally means they’re doing something horrible in your garden. Not today though, because this CAT 434E backhoe is something rather wonderful.

Built by Zbiczasty of Brickshelf it’s near a perfect functioning replica of Caterpillar’s real 4×4 backhoe, complete with no less than fourteen working functions.

The all-wheel-drive is remotely controlled, including remotely operable pneumatic differential locks, pendular front suspension, and three steering modes (front, all, and crab), exactly as per LEGO’s own brilliant 42054 Claas Xerion 5000 tractor set.

Lego CAT 434E Remote Control Backhoe

Of course there’s a working front loader – also powered by remotely controlled pneumatics – with both bucket and boom movement, and a fiendishly complicated pneumatic backhoe with five different movements from elevation to slewing.

Finally there are pneumatic stabiliser legs mounted at the rear and a suite of LED lights. It’s a remarkable machine and one of the most realistically engineered Lego creations that we’ve ever come across.

There’s a whole lot more to see of Zbiczasty’s Caterpillar 434E backhoe at the Brickshelf gallery via the link above, but the only way to really appreciate how well this model works is to watch it in action – check out the video below to see just how good it is.

YouTube Video

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The Yellow Brick Road

Lego Technic ZIL 4327 Trial Truck

We’re not going to post a link that that hateful song* here, but it does make for a suitably tenuous title. This is a ZIL 4327 trial truck, designed to go anywhere. Truck trial motorsport is similar to motorcycle trials riding, in that a motorised vehicle must get as far along a fiendishly difficult obstacle course as possible with the fewest faults. Only in truck trial the competitors are trying to do it in a vehicle that weighs tons.

Lego truck trial miniaturises this unusual form of motorsport and sends its tiny competitors out into the forests of Europe armed only with a remote control and a battery pack. You could do worse than follow this bright yellow ZIL 4327 by ArsMan064 though, which like its full-size counterparts can go almost anywhere the road ends.

Drive comes from an XL Motor whilst three Medium Motors power the steering, winch and two-speed gearbox. With all-wheel-drive and huge ground clearance thanks to its long-travel suspension ArsMan’s ZIL is a wonderfully capable machine.

Click the link above to follow the yellow bricks off-road (see what we did there!) via the Eurobricks forum.

*Oh go on then. Click at your peril.

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Bug-Eye

Lego Subaru WRX STI

Some cars wow the motoring world upon their release, causing a ripple of appreciation for their design, engineering progress and beauty.

This is not one of those cars.

The second generation Subaru Impreza had a lot to live up to. The original was the WRC poster car for a generation, and whilst it may have been a fairly boring Japanese box underneath, turbo-charged engines and all-wheel-drive turned the first generation Impreza (in WRX/STI form at least) into a cult car overnight.

By 2000 though it was time for the difficult sequel, and with the motoring world eagerly expecting something spectacular Subaru launched…. this.

It’s safe to say that the second generation Impreza was not positively received. It was a slightly better car in every respect than the original though, and it still found buyers thanks to its rally pedigree. A much needed facelift in 2004 and again in 2006 lessened the aesthetic stupidity, but the damage was done, ushering in a long decline in Europe that sadly for Subaru shows no sign of abating.

Lego Subaru WRX STI

As a result the second generation Impreza is now worth about £50, meaning you can pick up a car with genuine rally pedigree that will beat pretty much anything away from the lights for next-to-nothing. Unfortunately this means the WRX has become the favoured tool of the Donuts-in-a-Parking-Lot-Pikey, ruining Cars & Coffee meets for everyone else the world over.

Which is a shame, because catastrophically ugly though the second generation Impreza WRX is, it’s still a fantastic performance car. It’s just you can’t drive one without wearing a paper bag over your head.

We’ll settle for this one then, a rather delightful Model Team style replica from previous bloggee Alexander Paschoaletto. Alex has captured the second-gen Impreza’s, er… ‘unique’ look brilliantly, and he’s included a detailed engine and interior accessible via an opening hood and four opening doors.

There are lots more images of Alexander’s 2001 Subaru Impreza WRX STI to see on both Flickr and MOCpages – Click the links above to do some donuts in a McDonald’s car park.

Lego Subaru WRX STI

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Toyota Hilux – Picture Special

Lego Toyota Hilux 4x4

Toyota’s legendary Hilux is now in its eighth generation, and it’s more impressive than ever. But we’d rather have this one, a glorious mid-’80s fourth gen. Still seen all around the world in the most inhospitable climates, the ’80s Hilux has become something of a cult car, helped no doubt by BBC Top Gear’s unsuccessful attempts to destroy one.

Lego Technic Toyota Hilux 4x4

Which makes it a little strange that we don’t see more Hiluxes recreated in LEGO form. However today, after three years of engineering, we do have a LEGO Hilux to share, courtesy of Technic wizard Egor Karshiev (aka rm8).

Egor’s N40 series Toyota Hilux looks absolutely spot-on, even including the famous ‘TOYOTA’ script on the tailgate. Underneath the accurate Technic bodywork Egor has installed a wealth of superb off-roading goodies, allowing his model Hilux to do everything the real one can. Only in miniature obviously…

Lego Technic Toyota Hilux 4x4 RC

An XL motor provides power to all four wheels via differentials on each axle, both of which are solid and fitted with three or four link suspension. Remotely controlled steering is provided by a Servo motor, LEDs illuminate the headlights, and a third-party SBrick bluetooth receiver allows the model to be controlled via a mobile phone.

Finally the entire pick-up bed is removable, and the doors, hood and tailgate all open, revealing an engine bay and a detailed five-seat interior.

Lego Technic Toyota Hilux 4x4 RC

Egor has built both stock and ‘adventure’ versions of his remote control Hilux and has photographed them brilliantly both in-studio and in some awesome outdoor shots. There are lots more images available of both the stock and adventure versions on Flickr via the links above, you can read full build details at Egor’s MOCpage, and you can join in the discussion at the Eurobricks forum by clicking here.

Finally of course, no Technic model can be considered a proper remote control off-roader without a suitably cool video. Take at look at the Hilux in action below…

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Monster Bug

Lego Monster Bug 4x4 Crawler

We’re going to need a bigger slipper…

Sariel’s latest creation sure looks tough to squash. Not so our Elves, who are famously easy to smush into the office carpet. It’s been a while since the last Elven flattening, but fear not readers – today Elf-on-Elf violence returned in a big way.

With all-wheel-drive powered by two XL Motors geared for rock-crawling Sariel’s latest build wouldn’t normally be fast enough to claim any victims. Add in a third-party BuWizz battery and bluetooth receiver combo though, and up to eight times more power than LEGO’s own system can be delivered to the motors.

The aggressively low gearing still caps the top speed at a lowly figure mind, but if an Elf were to quietly sneak out of the cage room while its colleagues were seated around the old TV watching Transformers cartoons, and return at the controls of this, there really wouldn’t be much chance of escape.

Sigh. We now have some clearing up to do and a jubilant Elf needs a meal token reward (not for the smushing, just the find), so we’ll hand you over to Sariel’s photostream for all the photos. Click the link to take a look at his monster bug.

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Acceptable in the ’80s*

Lego Lancia Delta Peugeot 205 T16 Group B

We’re back in the 1980s today, and one of the greatest battles in rallying history. The Group B rally era from 1982 to ’86 created some of the wildest (and most dangerous) racing cars ever seen. Minimal regulations and the arrival of turbo-charging and all-wheel-drive led to huge speed, and the cars – whilst outwardly similar – had almost nothing in common with their road-going counterparts.

By the mid-’80s engines were mounted in the middle and surrounded by space-framed shells of composite and magnesium. Peugeot’s ridiculous 205 Turbo 16 took power to well over 400bhp from just 1.8 litres and won the final two Group B Championships in ’85 and ’86. Previous champions Lancia come in second with their carbon-composite Delta S4, the first car to be both turbo and super-charged (known as twin-charging). It was tragically this car that led to the cessation of Group B, when in 1986 Henri Toivonen and Sergio Cresto’s S4 left the road on the Tour de Course and burst into flames, killing both men. The FIA had to act and Group B, rallying’s maddest era, was banned.

MOCpages’ Fabrice Larcheveque remembers the fastest rally cars ever seen with his 6-wide replicas of both the Peugeot Turbo 16 and and Lancia Delta S4. Each includes a detailed engine and interior under removable bodywork, but our favourite elements are the stunning liveries, recreating those seen on the real cars brilliantly in miniature. There’s more to see of Fabrice’s Speed Champions-style Group B racers on MOCpages – click the link above to head back to 1986.

Lego Lancia Delta Peugeot 205 T16 Group B

*Today’s title song (and the only decent Calvin Harris song) can be found here.

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Yule Mog

Lego Technic Unimog 406 Remote Control

As you may be able to tell from the falling snow on this page (if you’re visiting at the time of writing), winter has arrived here at TLCB Towers.

This means our microwave will do double duty, both as the sole provider of nourishment for the TLCB Team and as an Elf-defroster, and TLCB vehicle fleet will likely rust even closer to a final drive to the scrapyard. What we need is one of these, a mighty Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406, built from the 1960s all the way up until 1989.

Suggested by a reader (so no Elf smushings today), this spectacular Model Team / Technic replica of the classic ‘mog by Functional Technic packs in just as much winter-beating tech as the real truck, including live-axle suspension, remote control all-wheel-drive courtesy of two XL Motors, steering via a Servo, a Medium Motor powered remotely operable diff-lock controlled by on-board pneumatic valve, a working Medium Motor powered gearbox, and five sets of LED lights.

All that lot is hidden within a wonderfully realistic Model Team-style body and mounted atop four of the huge wheels found within the 42052 Claas Xerion set, giving Functional Technic’s model genuine off-road ability (which you can watch below).

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There’s lots more to see of Functional Technic’s remote control Mercredes-Benz Unimog 406 at his website, including some superb on-location photos plus detailed images of the chassis construction.

There are also downloadable instructions available for some of the mechanisms used within both the Unimog build and Functional Technic’s other creations, including the remotely operable valve, all-wheel-drive system and functioning diff-lock. Head over to www.functionaltechnic.com to see more of the ‘mog and the builder’s other designs.

Lego Technic Unimog 406 Remote Control

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Toyota Land Cruiser 80 | Picture Special

Lego Toyota Land Cruiser 80 RC

The Toyota Land Cruiser. In production since the early 1950s it’s Toyota’s longest running nameplate and it shows no signs of stopping. The best selling body-on-frame 4×4 in most of the world, the Land Cruiser has a reputation for being simply unbreakable, favoured by Australian farmers, the UN, middle eastern families and, er… ISIS.

Lego Technic Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series

However, undeniably good though the latest iteration of the Land Cruiser is, it’s so capable off road thanks to a wealth of electronic wizardry that it doesn’t really need any driver skill at all (in fact we’re guessing the next generation of Land Cruiser will actually be able to drive itself off-road automatously).

We prefer this one then, the iconic 80-Series built from 1990 to 1997. Formidable off-road, but only if you have the skill to match it, the Land Cruiser 80-Series is still found in the world’s harshest environments, unbreakingly reliable some 30 years after it was first produced.

Lego Technic Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series Remote Control

These absolutely superb Technic replicas of the 80-Series come from previous bloggee Madoca 1977 and they feature everything that the real Land Cruiser does that makes it so epic off-road. A four-wheel-drive system is powered by an XL motor, whilst a Servo takes care of the steering. A Medium motor allows the models to switch between high and low range, and it can also lock the centre and rear differentials for serious off-roading, and if that’s not enough there’s a powered winch to get you out of trouble. There are also LED lights front and rear, accurate suspension with mega wheel articulation, and there’s a third-party SBrick installed to allow for remote control via bluetooth devices.

Lego Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series Remote Control

There’s lots more to see of Madoca’s stunning fully-loaded black Land Cruiser 80-Series and his simplified grey version at the Eurobricks discussion forum, including videos of the models in action and detailed chassis build images – Click the link above to head off-road.

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Spring Loaded

Lego 4x4

The prolific de-marco is back, with very probably the coolest 4×4 a mini-figure could own. LEGO’s ace spring-suspension from the late ’80s – early ’90s jacks the truck up, and a host of neat details including a bull-bar, light-bar and side exit exhaust are all included. See more on Flickr via the link above.

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6698 Redux

Lego Land Rover Boat Tow

One of this writer’s very favourite sets is 6698, released before he was born, and featuring what was quite clearly a Land Rover Series 3 towing nifty little speedboat. Must trawl eBay…

Anyway, TLCB favourite Pixel Fox has decided to build his own, thoroughly rebooted for the modern age. At 6-studs wide Pixel’s Land Rover is 50% larger than the ’80s original, and bang on the right size to be a current City set. The speed boat and trailer take advantage of their increased scale too, packing in some lovely detailing.

Pixel has presented his latest build in his trademark vignette style and you can see the scene in more detail by visiting his photostream – click the link above to head to the seaside.

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Box Fresh

Lego Land Rover

No matter where you are in the world certain things are guaranteed. The elderly are (and always will be) in charge, Donald Trump will say something inappropriate on Twitter, and you’ll absolutely definitely be out when the delivery company attempt to deliver your package.

Today we have two extremes of the logistics spectrum, from a Land Rover Series 1 delivering where the roads are made of sand, to a sliding-door delivery van navigating city streets. Neither will arrive at a time conducive to actually dropping off your parcel though.

Both vehicles are the work of TLCB regular de-marco and there’s more to see, including building instructions for each model, at his Flickr photostream. Click the link above to take delivery.

Lego Town Delivery Van

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Gymkhana 7

Lego Ken Block Ford Mustang

Ken Block’s Gymkhana series is a YouTube phenomenon. A series of expertly choreographed driving stunts seamlessly sewed together, Ken’s online exploits have created a worldwide army of fans. TLCB Elves are included in this, and each new Gymkhana video release is followed by days of Elves riding anything with wheels (and a few things that don’t) around the office, annoying everybody.

Gymkhana 7, published three years ago, has racked up over 43 million views on YouTube alone, and stars an 800+ bhp all-wheel-drive 1965 Ford Mustang and some enticingly deserted Los Angeles streets.

It’s this video that builder Primoz Mlaker has chosen to recreate in Lego form, building both part of the Los Angeles set and Block’s ferocious classic Mustang. But it’s not just a static diorama…

Lego Ken Block Mustang

Yup, thanks to some hidden Power Functions motors Primoz’s Mustang can throw down the moves from the film, including the obligatory Gymkhana donuts and also the opening seen from the video involving the Mustang’s unique all-wheel-drive system and a very strong chain…

You can see all the images and videos of Primoz’s brilliant moving diorama on Flickr by clicking here, plus you watch the original Gymkhana 7 film on which this creation its based by clicking the link above.

Lego Gymkhana 7

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Sit and Swivel

Lego Dodge Power Wagon

Launched in the 1940s the Dodge Power Wagon was a robust if unremarkable truck, with all-wheel-drive, a ladder chassis and a choice of inline-6 or V8 engines. It was produced up until the ’80s when the model was superseded by the Dodge Ram, however in the 1950s the Power Wagon was available with probably the weirdest, and coolest, optional extra ever fitted to a vehicle.

The Willock Chassis Swivel may sound like an old-timey dance (or something much ruder…) but it was in fact an articulated joint that allowed the front and back half of the truck to rotate independently, twisting the chassis to keep all four wheels on the ground no matter the terrain. Under 100 Willcock Chassis Swivel Power Wagons were produced between 1952 to 1958, and whilst the Willcock company no longer exists the swivel technology is available to buy today. You know what to spec on your next Camry!

Oh the model! This excellent recreation of one of America’s more unusual trucks comes from previous bloggee Pixel Fox, and there’s more to see of his wonderful mini-figure scale Dodge Power Wagon W300 with Willcock Chassis Swivel on Flickr – click the link above to take a look!

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The Other Jeep

Lego Technic Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Wranglers and CJs appear regularly here at The Lego Car Blog in Technic form, yet oddly the brand’s most popular model, the Cherokee, has appeared just once (in Grand form, when we mocked it). This is probably because the Cherokee is seen as a bit of a Soccer Mom’s car in the U.S, used exclusively for taking Ethan Jr. to football practice and picking Alicia up from the mall.

However despite the Cherokee’s usual life of suburban drudgery it’s actually a very capable ‘proper’ off-roader. Which of course makes it horrible for use on the road where Soccer Mom’s spend all of their time. The American consumer makes zero sense. Anyway, damianple of Brickshelf has not only built a Lego Jeep Cherokee, he’s got it doing the things it was meant to do. Remote control steering, all-wheel-drive and an operable winch all feature, as do opening doors, a raising hood and an opening tailgate.

There’s more to see of Damian’s off-road ready Jeep on Brickshelf where it’s been photographed on-location (and not at the mall) – click the link above to check it out.

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