The more astute among you may have noticed that this build is not a car. But it has allowed us to write a post title in a pirate voice and pirates are cool, which is a good enough reason for this TLCB writer. It’s also a properly excellent build, and there’s more to see of ZiO Chao‘s magnificent mini-figure scale ‘Black Queen’ pirate ship on Flickr via the link.
Despite it being on the news every day in TLCB’s home nation for three years, this website has so far managed to avoid taking about Brexit. We’ll segway neatly to it today though, because a) something might actually happen this month (but probably not) and b) this lovely digital French fishing vessel by Flickr’s Edouard Clo provides a neat Brexit metaphor.
OK, first the elephant in the room – yes this is a digital ‘build’ (boo), but it’s also so well rendered that it’s really hard to tell – only an error/glitch in the image below (see if you can spot it!) gives the game away.
The detail is astonishing though, particularly as this is mini-figure scale, with a brilliant hull, a beautifully recreated deck, plentiful equipment, and some French fisherman stationed aboard ready to throw rocks at the English. And on to the segway…
You see one of the reasons the English narrowly voted for Brexit was the EU allows anyone from within it to bid for fishing rights, which means there are parts of the UK where fisherman are not allowed to fish in their own waters because the quota has been given to boats from another country, despite generations of fishing families living and working off those waters for centuries.
However this rule works both ways, with English boats plundering the French coasts of their precious scallops all year, when the French are only allowed to fish for them during certain months. This has caused some annoyance in France to put it mildly.
This one industry sums up both the greatness and folly of the EU; Everyone is in one big happy family, where everyone has access to everything. Except for when people aren’t really happy at all because generations of traditions and livelihoods have been sacrificed for a common objective. And that leads to people sometimes throwing rocks at each other.
Still, the UK and France have a long and noble tradition of antagonising each other so all we need now is for someone to build a mini-figure scale English scallop trawler to enable a fair representation of both sides. Until then grab some rocks and set sail to intercept the thieving English pig-dogs!
Sky-fi is a sub-genre of a sub-genre of which we know absolutely nothing. Like, why do things in the air need hulls? Because clouds are made of water maybe? Whatever the reason it’s still much too complicated for us here at TLCB, but sylon_tw’s ‘skyboat’ is lovely nonetheless. See more of his quirky cloud cruiser on Flickr via the link and we’ll be back tomorrow with some cars.
Blam blam blam blam! You don’t frighten us, English pig-dogs! Go and boil your bottoms, sons of a silly person. I blow my nose at you, so-called Arthur-king, you and all your silly English knnnniggets!* Blam blam blam blam!
This French vs. British battle might not contain a car, but it’s about as good a scene as you’ll even find in Lego. Wesley of Flickr is the man behind it and there’s more to see at his photostream via the link above.
This spectacular creation is a squid fishing boat by Flickr’s Hoang H Dang (aka Know Your Pieces), and it is surely one of the most beautiful ships we’ve ever had the pleasure of publicising. A clever brick-built hull supports a ludicrously detailed cabin, but – very unusually for TLCB – it’s the background that amazes us the most.
The incredible undulating ocean has been painstakingly constructed from 5,000 blue antenna pieces, each capped by a blue technic pin and a translucent 1×1 brick of varying colour, creating the jaw-dropping effect you see here. It’s a technique that would work brilliantly for grass, animal hair, and a hundred other scenarios, but one we think is unlikely to be repeated often!
You can see more of how Hoang’s utterly amazing build at his Flickr photostream by clicking here, where you can also find images showing both the fishing boat and sea under construction.
Fabuland, LEGO’s 1980s range of anthropomorphic animals (and frankly one of the weirder things the company has done) seems to have been hijacked of late, by builders intent on seeing the peaceful critters blow one another’s brains out (see here, here and here).
It’s refreshing therefore to see that there are still harmless, some would say pointless, gentle adventures underway in the Fabuland world, thanks to Pete Strege and his most excellent ‘Billy Goat’s Steam Boat’.
Of course The Lego Car Blog Elves are absolutely incensed by this lack of violence, and have left the office in disgust, so a side benefit is that we can now have harmless gentle adventures too. This TLCB Writer might even read a book.
There’s more to see of Pete’s lovely paddle steamer at his Flickr album by clicking here, and we’ll be back shortly with something far more Elven…
This is the M/Y Scout, a brand new twin-screw ocean going superyacht designed by H2 Yacht Design and built by Hakvoort Shipyard for a discerning billionaire. Measuring 209ft/63m long and with a 1,400 gross tonnage the Scout is only fractionally smaller than TLCB’s own superyacht, the Seabricscuit, paid for via the ads for Disney World, clickbaity fake news sites, and garden decking (at least that’s what we’re currently seeing) that appear here on this website*.
This spectacular 1:53 scale replica of a really quite beautiful ship comes comes from previous bloggee Arjan Oude Kotte (aka Konajra) of Flickr, who has recreated the M/Y Scout from around 14,000 LEGO pieces.
At over 1.2 meters long Arjan has captured every detail of the real vessel in his model, from the intricately layered hull and custom lit decks to the discerning billionaire mini-figure having a drink on the stern! Set sail for Arjan’s M/Y Scout Flickr album to view the incredible gallery of imagery (which also includes a time-lapse video of the build) via the link above.
*To see where our advertising revenue really goes click here.
Deep sea submarines may be unusual fodder for Lego builders and this site alike, but they’re amazing machines. Designed to travel through an environment even more hostile than space, they’re at the very limit of what mankind can achieve. This small scale Lego version comes from Flickr’s Faber Mandragore, and whilst it might not be able to go to the bottom of the ocean it’ll look really cool in the bath. It’s apparently based upon the ‘Cab 1’ submarine from the movie ‘Abyss’, which… er, we haven’t seen, but no matter because we’ll enjoy it in the bath* nonetheless. Dive in via the link above.
The Royal Yacht Skytanic is steaming through the skies en-route to Belleville. Soon she will reach the Northern Floating Icefield and the welcome sight of ‘Trusty Rusty’, the twenty-year old floating lightship and its accompanying beacons, stationed to guide air travellers through the perilous sykcicles.
The four-man crew of Trusty Rusty spend over a year on board at a time, facing huge winds and temperatures that drop below -40° in order to keep the sky traffic traversing the route safe.
Flickr’s Markus Ronge has photographed the old lightship beautifully and you can see more of his stunning imagery via Flickr, plus you can remind yourself of the Skytanic’s grand departure from the Maersk Pier and the other boats from the ‘Full Steam’ universe previously featured by clicking here.
As has been documented on these pages before, we don’t really understand the whole flying boat thing going on in the steampunk world. Nevertheless, the creations it produces are often spellbinding.
Markus Ronge‘s clever ‘Netbrix’ original series offers the hope that we’ll finally learn what this is all about, but if not we’re still going to see some magnificent creations, not least the incredible flying liner teased below.
There’s more to see of Markus’ beautiful Netbrix Original Series ‘Full Steam’ preview posters on Flickr via the link above, where you can follow Markus to ‘subscribe’ to Netbrix.
We’re not sure what’s got into the Elves but they seem to like boats at the moment. No matter, because this medieval ship by Flickr’s Gabriel Thomson is gorgeous, especially the clever brick-built hull. See more at Gabriel’s photostream by clicking here, whilst we issue a ‘find a bloody car you idiots’ directive…
The Lego Car Blog’s offices don’t have a classy desk area with those little brass plaques and fancy green desk lights. We do have a mostly-stocked beer fridge and a shrine to Megan Fox behind the photocopier though, and not many workplaces can say that.
However, if we did have a fancy desk area we’d love to place this in it. This beautiful creation is a mini-figure scale replica of the Sirius ship used by Tintin in the search for Red Rackham’s treasure, and it’s ludicrously pretty. Built by previous bloggee Stefan Johansson there are gorgeous details and ingenious building techniques in abundance, and there’s much more of Stefan’s wonderfully photographed vessel to see on Flickr. Click the link above to hoist anchor.
OK, this is clearly not a car. But it is gorgeous, and contains so many wonderful Town scale vehicles it’s sure worth publicising here at The Lego Car Blog. Built by previous bloggee Konajra this is ‘Finnians Shipyard’ that forms part of a much larger – and ridiculously impressive – ‘Brickton Harbour‘ build, which contains even more brilliant boats, buildings and vehicles.
Back to Finnians and underneath that utterly brilliant roof is a beautiful ship under construction, whilst outside are a neat forklift, a superbly detailed electrician’s truck and a magnificent beam crane. Inside the ship-builder is fully detailed and includes some excellent highly realistic lighting thanks to the guys at Brickstuff.
There’s much more to see of Konajra’s spellbinding creation on Flickr here and you can see more the wider build via the first link.
Britain in the Second World War was under siege. V1 flying bombs dropped out of the skies, the Luftwaffe bombed cities relentlessly, and a deadly terror lurked unseen under the waves offshore…
Germany’s U-Boat, shorthand for Unterseeboot (which literally meant ‘under sea boat’ – the allies were definitely better at naming things) was a stroke of genius. Able to destroy a military ship (plus a few civilian ones too…) almost undetected, it must have been a terrifying time to navigate the cold waters of Northern Europe.
Awfully effective though the U-Boat was, it’s not often we see one in Lego form. Discovered by one of our Elves today, this superb mini-figure recreation of U-Boat VIIc comes from Luis Peña of Flickr. Beautifully constructed inside and out Luis’ model features a wonderfully detailed interior underneath the cleverly sculpted hull, including a submariner using a torpedo for weights training, the captain manning the periscope, and a fully stocked galley complete with rat (aka tomorrow’s dinner).
It’s a stunning build and we highly recommend visiting Luis’ photostream to see the complete gallery of images. Get ready to dive via the link to Flickr in the text above.
Well, actually, yes it is a car. Confusingly, most people in TLCB’s home country call kayaks “canoes” and canoes “kayaks”. Even more confusingly, this kayak is actually a car. Yet more perplexingly, this combination of boat and car isn’t amphibious. We are now highly befuddled and are going to lie down in a dark room.
If you’re not feeling too confused, go and view images of this monocoque machine on Jme Wheeler’s Photostream.