Tag Archives: Beetle

Pretty Red Dress

Lego Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia

Volkswagen’s Karmann-Ghia (named after the design studios that created it) may have simply been a Beetle in a pretty dress, but what a dress! The Karmann-Ghia is easily one of the most beautiful cars of the 1960s – itself one of the most beautiful eras of car design – and this gorgeous Model Team recreation of the classic coupe captures the Ghia’s curves superbly. Built by Vibor Cavor and suggested by a reader you can see more at both MOCpages and Flickr.

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Buggery

Lego Volkswagen Beetle

The Elves, forced into action by hunger, are back on the hunt for the best Lego creations the web has to offer. Today’s find comes from Flickr’s Peteris Sprogis, who has created this charming Model Team style classic Volkswagen Beetle. There’s more to see of Peteris’ Bug at his photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

Lego VW Beetle

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Smokin’ a Dub

Lego Volksrod Diesel

The diesel car market is a curious thing. It’s been around for ages, was relentlessly mocked by Top Gear and their like until a decade ago, yet now in Europe over half of all cars sold are fuelled from the black pump (and almost every luxury car, SUV or rep-mobile saloon is diesel powered). Even Top Gear now approves.

Currently though, diesel is rapidly falling out of favour for being nowhere near as clean in the real world as the official EU tests suggest, and it’s petrol-hybrid that is seen as the immediate solution to our urban air quality problems. But as hybrid technology is relatively new it’s being relentlessly mocked by Top Gear and their like… Hmm, where have we seen this before?

Anyway, because America is automotively about a decade behind Europe car manufacturers are now shifting their diesel wares stateside – probably in anticipation of the bottom falling out of the EU market at anytime soon. This new wave of diesels is being largely marketed as ‘Clean Diesel’ (because that way no-one will ask any searching questions), and Lino Martins has put this magic new fuel to good use in his wonderful diesel-powered Volksrod rat rod. It looks clean to us!

You can see more of Lino’s diesel monster on Flickr – click the link above to make the trip.

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Bricks in Motion Picture Special

Lego Bricks in Motion

One of The Lego Car Blog’s very favourite builders has taken the brave – and often envied – step into the world of professional Lego model making. Certified LEGO Professionals Bright Bricks can now count the ridiculously talented Nick Barrett amongst their building staff. Nick joined the Bright Bricks team bringing a wealth of vehicular knowledge, which they’ve put to excellent use in their latest commissioned project, ‘Bricks in Motion’.

Bricks in Motion is taking place at the Milestones Museum in Hampshire, UK until the end of April 2015, featuring many creations by Nick, as well as few other builders including regular bloggee Ralph Savelsberg.

Lego Ambulance

Nick’s creations include working vehicles commonly seen in the UK, such as this Mercedes ambulance (above), and JCB (below)…

Lego JCB

 …as well as themed creations from around the world, like these brilliant Lego taxis.

Lego Taxis

There are also a few nods to some of the most important vehicles of history, including famous ships and trains, such as the widely recognised pioneer of steam travel, Stephenson’s Rocket.

Lego Stephenson's Rocket

There’s lots more to see at Nick’s MOCpages account and you can see what’s on at the Bricks in Motion exhibition – including their children’s building activities and Mindstorms robotic workshops – via the link in the text above.

If you think that becoming a professional Lego model maker might be for you, then you can read our interviews with some of those who have gone pro by clicking this link to our Interviews page.

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Das Auto

Lego VW Adverts

MOCpages’ Yann (XY EZ) has been hard at work recreating some of Volkswagen’s classic printed marketing, using the official LEGO camper set as a base. You can see all of Yann’s brilliant brick-built versions of the 1960s advertisements via the link above, including comparisons with the lovely original artwork.

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The Peoples’ Surface Hopper…

Gerald F

…or Herbie goes to Classic Space.

One of the Elves is the happy recipient of a red Smartie today, having returned from MOCpages with a happy red spaceman and this Lunar Surface Hopper. Its creator, Gerald F, has made our job easier by including his name and the MOC’s title on his photo. Anything that can help with our confusion over sci-fi posts is very welcome, especially as it’s just a couple of weeks away from the ever perplexing Ma.Ktober. Hop on over to see more of this little Classic Space vehicle by clicking this link to MOCpages.

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Baja Bug

Lego Baja Bug

The builder of this Baja Bug, Piterx, says he doesn’t like it very much! He has set the bar very high with his previous builds (use the Search function at the foot of this page to see his previous work), but we like it a lot. It’s controlled via Lego Power Functions motors and it looks a blast to drive. You can let Piterx know whether you like it or not on Eurobricks.

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The Love Bug

Lego Herbie Beetle

Following much Elf grumbling due to today’s earlier digital creation, we’ve decided to treat them to a movie afternoon. See, we are nice occasionally! Plus they’ve found some good creations today. The first of their finds is this, probably the most famous (and loved) movie car ever, ‘Herbie’, a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle with a personality.

Star of the 1968 movie ‘The Love Bug’, in which a struggling race driver is given a helping hand by the conscious Volkswagen, Herbie went on to star in many sequels, including the recent atrocity featuring a pre-breakdown Lindsay Lohan.

TLCB favourite Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist is the builder of this brilliant Miniland scale version of Volkswagen’s most popular car, and you can see more his Lego Herbie by clicking the link above. We also highly recommend a watch of The Love Bug for those that haven’t seen it. Judging by the elated noises coming from around the TV in the Elves’ cage room, they agree too…

Lego The Love Bug

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A Bug’s Life

Lego Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen’s humble Beetle may not have been a technologically advanced car when it was rescued from the ashes of World War II by the British Army, but recreating every working function of the real car from Lego Technic is far far beyond the understanding of TLCB office.

Spanish builder Sheepo however, has a mind of extraordinary ability, and his builds go way beyond what most think is possible from plastic bricks. His latest work may be of a simple car, but what lies within is anything but. His 1:8 scale 1967 Volkswagen Beetle features five motors, (controlling the drive, ackerman steering, brakes and gearbox), a working flat four engine, opening and locking doors, independent front suspension with swing axel rear, plus folding seats, a working steering wheel and a working brake pedal.

The Beetle is the latest in a long line of spectacular Technic Supercars from Sheepo and is available in further detail on either Eurobricks, or via his own website Sheepo’s Garage.

Interview! We’re delighted to announce that Sheepo has entered The Lego Car Blog’s Master MOCers Hall of Fame, and becomes the tenth (and final) builder in our incredible series, joining nine other of the very best Lego vehicle builders from around the world. To find out more about how Sheepo started building, what inspires him, and how he creates his Technic masterpieces simply click on the link below, or visit the Interviews page in the main menu at the top of the page.

Read Sheepo’s Master MOCers interview here!

Lego VW Beetle

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Red Baron

Lego Red Baron Hot Rod

Another day, another Elf returns to the office to be rewarded with a meal and a (red) Smartie. Today’s lucky worker uncovered this cool-looking Technic Volksrod on both MOCpages and Flickr. Built by newcomer sm 01 it’s entitled ‘Red Baron’ and it’s fully remote controlled. You can see more pictures and a video of it in action via the links.

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Dubstep

Lego Technic VolksrodThis mean looking VeeDub Volksrod was suggested to us via the Feedback and Submission Suggestions page. Built by MOCpager sm 01 it features Power Functions remote control, opening doors, and the most important feature of all – an opening glovebox. See all the photos and a video of it in action at the link above.

 

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Dub Club

Lego Volkswagen Beetle and CamperThere’s not much cooler than a pair of air-cooled Volkswagens in summer. Legopard builds both Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle and Camper on MOCpages and Flickr. Like, dude.

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