The BMW 5-Series has been the bastion of European executive transport for decades. 520d’s are everywhere, usually in grey, and – despite the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ tagline – they could only be less interesting if they were an X5. Which many now are. Sigh.
This though, is our kind of five. The E28 was the second generation of the 5-Series, produced from 1981-’88, and it was the first to feature both a diesel engine (boo) and an ‘M’ version (woo!).
This neat Speed Champions recreation of the E28 5-Series comes from regular bloggee Jonathan Elliott and it’s instantly recognisable. Head to his photostream to see more, plus his huge back catalogue of other brilliant small-scale replicas.
Following yesterday‘s Mercedes-Benz Unimog here’s another recreation of the iconic off-road truck. If the escalating Coronavirus apocalypse continues vehicles like this could become very in-vogue, so perhaps it’s reaching building habits on a subconscious level?
This one – a much older ‘406’ variant – comes from TLCB regular Jonathan Elliott, is fitted with a ‘canvas’ top, and looks just the thing for raiding the supermarket to stockpile toilet paper. But don’t do that, because you’re not an absolute douchebag.
Head to Flickr via the link above to check it out, whilst we expect a flurry of apocalypse-proof vehicles to appear here over the coming weeks…
LEGO’s new 8-wide Speed Champions sets are generating a lot of interest in the online Lego community. Firstly because they’re rather good, and secondly because of those windscreen pieces. Suitable for all manner of cars, we’ve seen them pop up (and look perfect for) several real-world replicas as yet unlicensed by LEGO, including a Lamborghini Countach and Maserati Boomerang.
Today we have two more classic supercars that look made for the new part, Jonathan Elliott‘s superb DeTomaso Pantera (above) and RGB900‘s angular Lotus Esprit (below). Each captures their real world counterpart brilliantly and there’s more to see of both builds via the links in the text above.
Today’s Lego creation is for those of you convinced that the robot apocalypse / zombie apocalypse / race war is definitely going to happen, but that it’s global warming that’s the hoax. You know who you are!
This Jeep Wrangler ‘Tactical’ has everything the conspiracy theorising nut job could wish for, including window protection, side-mounted gas cans, rock-sliders, many spotlights, and a very un-LEGO looking machine gun attached to a roof-mounted turret. That’ll show those climate protesters!
Built by Christian Cowgill there’s more to see at his photostream, including a standard-spec Wrangler for those of us not hoarding canned food and bottled water in the basement. Head to Flickr via the link above to prepare for the end times!
If there’s one car that encapsulates supercars of the 1970s, it’s this one. The Lamborghini Countach was, well… basically un-drivable. No visibility, the widest tyres ever fitted to a production car, the world’s heaviest clutch, zero thought to driver ergonomics, and less power than a modern Mercedes-Benz A-Class…
And yet… look at it. Designed by Bertone in 1971 the Countach was produced from 1974 all the way until 1990, whereupon it was replaced by the Diablo, with some 1,800 units built over its sixteen year life. Later cars were ‘improved’ with the addition of wide arches, sills, and a mental rear wing (making the Countach as iconic in the ’80s as in the decade of its birth), but we prefer the early ones like this LP400.
Flickr’s Jonathan Elliott is the genius behind this 7-wide Speed Champions version, putting LEGO’s new canopy part to brilliant use here. In fact seeing as LEGO have a licence to make Lamborghini sets we think Jonathan’s LP400 would make an excellent addition to the official Speed Champions line-up from whence the canopy part came.
Head to Jonathan’s photostream via the link above if you like his Lamborghini as much as we do, where you can see more this model and his impressive back-catalogue of Speed Champions builds.
The U.S military operates vehicles in some pretty inhospitable places. Currently most of these places are dust-filled ovens, putting the machinery in use under intense strain. And, let’s face it, they are American vehicles so they will break.
Unfortunately the local recovery services in such places are unlikely to be willing to help out, and – even if they were – an Abrams tank is probably a bit beyond their ability. Fortunately the U.S military has these ready to rescue their broken vehicles; the M936 6×6 Wrecker.
Built by TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg this mini-figure scale replica of the M936 may not be in ‘dust-filled oven’ camouflage but it is mightily accurate in all other respects. A working rotating crane, detachable stabilisers, and wonderful detailing are all included and there’s more to see at Ralph’s M936 Wrecker album on Flickr by clicking here.
Everyone likes a vehicle that goes ‘NEE NAW!’. Here are two, a fire truck and ambulance each built beautifully by Flickr’s Koala Yummies and packed with neat details, from brick-built stripes and pump controls to a fully fitted emergency bay. Head to Koala’s photostream via the link above for all the pics.
The new 42110 Technic Land Rover Defender set has got us all wishing LEGO had made the original Defender instead. Or, better yet, from before the Defender was called the Defender, and simply known as a Land Rover.
This trio of pre-Defender Land Rovers comes from previous bloggee Vibor Cavor who has constructed his models in a delightfully simple style that befits a delightfully simple vehicle. They also hark back to when LEGO sets were a whole lot more simple too, and – sometimes – all the better for it. Which reminds us of a certain new Land Rover again…
There’s more to see of Vibor’s lovely classic Land Rovers in 110 pick-up, 90 Red Cross, and expedition specifications at his photostream. Click the link above to see more.
This wonderful little Ford Transit Mk1 camper van was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr today. Being old, slow, and without a single racing stripe or gun anywhere to be seen we don’t think the Elf in question really appreciated it, but nevertheless they thought it would earn them a meal token and thus they returned it to TLCB Towers. Which was a good thing, because we do appreciate vehicles like this, especially when they’ve been recreated in miniature as perfectly as this one has. It’s the work of previous bloggee ER0L and you can see more of his lovely 7-wide classic Transit at photostream via the link.
After years watching from afar we’ve finally got the Ford Mustang in Europe. This is – on the one hand – quite cool, however on the other we’re wondering how long before we copy America completely and European Mustangs start doing things like this. And this. And this. And this…
It’s probably better if we stick to a classic Mustang, which – thanks to Eric Teo of Flickr and his excellent 7-wide Speed Champions-esque creation – we can. Eric’s ‘stang is a 1965 convertible with enough room for three mini-figures and, being a classic, it probably won’t do this.
See more by heading over to Eric’s photostream via the link above. Carefully…
*The words uttered by every bro moments before they inevitably do this.
Contrary to the opinions of that weirdo on the outskirts of your town addicted to Call of Duty and who’s hoarding tins and ammo, war is not cool. However, often the vehicles used to wage it really are. Inspired by the multitude of armoured trucks in use around the world, Flickr’s Andrew Somers has designed his own and it’s just as cool as many of its real-world counterparts. It’s also beautifully built and photographed, and absolutely packed with ingenious building techniques, including four opening doors, working steering, and a few non-LEGO accessories courtesy of third-party mini-figure arms-dealers Brickarms. Head to Andrew’s photostream via the link above to see more. And stop hoarding cans.
Every year gadgets get smaller. Well, apart from when Apple – being the innovators that they are – decided that their iPhones should get progressively larger until they resembled televisions, and charge people a premium for doing so.
Anyway, enough about the geniuses in Apple’s phone department, everything else is getting smaller. The first computer filled a whole office, early mobile phones were the size of a suitcase, and the ancient photocopier here in TLCB Towers has an entire room to itself.
The same is true of LEGO’s new 10262 Aston Martin DB5 ‘007’ set. Packed with gadgets and looking mostly like a DB5, 10262 is 1,295 pieces of 007-inspired excellence, yet even it is subject to the rule of technological shrinkage.
Flickr’s Gerald Cacas is the man doing the shrinking as he’s captured the world’s most famous movie car in a model that’s just seven studs wide, and there’s a even a gadget or two included. There’s more to see of Gerald’s 007-in-minitaure at his photostream – click the link above and think small!
We’re not sure what was going on in the ’90s, but TV theme tunes seemed to focus on simply turning up, Friends and Baywatch being prime examples. This writer was much too young to appreciate Baywatch at the time and thought it was actually serious rescue drama, rather than light pornography for Dads, but nevertheless they did occasionally save people from the dangers of two feet of salt water.
One of the tools at their disposal to accomplish this was a fleet of bright yellow pick-up trucks, such as this Dodge Ram by Flickr’s ER0L. ER0L has recreated the ageing Dodge brilliantly in 7-wide Speed Champions style, and he’s thrown in a plethora of rescue apparatus for when the Baywatch lifeguards do finally actually rescue someone. See more of the classic Ram at ER0L’s photostream by clicking here.
This is a late ’90s Jeep Grand Cherokee, and we hate it. Well not this one obviously, as we’ve blogged it, but the real car. Shoddily built, boringly styled, and with an enormous wheezy V8 making about 8bhp, the Grand Cherokee is everything we dislike in a car all rolled into one. The only grand thing about it was the name.
Still, the fact it was crap didn’t stop it selling in the hundreds of thousands, as families across America clamoured for a car essential for taking little Cody to school. One such owner is Flickr’s Thomas Gion (sorry about all the above Thomas…) who owns a grey ’99 Laredo edition, which he has recreated brilliantly in Lego form.
Constructed from 265 pieces, almost half of which are mounted sideways or upside-down, Thomas’ 7-wide model features more ingenious build techniques than many models five times the size. There’s more to see of his mini-figure scale Jeep at his album on Flickr – click the link above for a closer look.
LEGO’s new 10262 Aston martin DB5 ‘Goldfinger’ set is making all the headlines in the Lego Community, but there’s still room for a few home-built versions of one of the world’s most famous cars. This is Er0l‘s, an utterly brilliant 7-wide Speed Champions recreation of the iconic British GT that first appeared here back in 2014.
Er0L has recently uploaded a new image of his stunning DB5 design to Flickr, which we think is better looking than the official set, although this model doesn’t have any ‘interesting modifications’. Nevertheless it’s well worth a click – take a look on Flickr via the link above.