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Godzilla!

Lego Nissan GTR Nismo

A huge reputation, a legend of the car scene for almost as long as there’s been one, and incredible attention to detail… Firas Abu-Jaber and the Nissan GT-R have much in common.

This, as you may have guessed, is Firas’ latest build; a faithfully recreated replica of Nissan’s 2017 Nismo GT-R. The current GT-R is an old-age pensioner by car design standards, but like that elderly ex-marine at the bus stop, or your Mom in the buffet queue, you wouldn’t mess with it. Launched a decade ago in 2007, Nissan’s replacement for the much-loved R34 Skyline GT-R took the well known all-wheel-drive turbocharged formula and thoroughly Spinal Tapped it.

A hand-built 3.8litre V6 engine fitted with twin parallel Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries turbochargers gave the GT-R just under 500bhp at launch, a figure which when combined with Nissan’s trick all-wheel-drive system allowed the GT-R to obliterate almost any other car off the line and in the corners. Hypercars included.

Lego Nissan GT-R Nismo Firas Abu Jaber

Since its launch the GT-R’s power has steadily increased, with standard models up to 545bhp by 2012 and this, the 2017 Nismo version, reaching almost 600bhp. That extra 50bhp doesn’t come cheap though, as the Nismo GT-R costs around 50% more than the standard model, making it surely one of the worst value-for-money special editions in automotive history.

We’ll stick with the standard car thanks Nissan, which is genuinely still something of a bargain, and we’ll leave the Nismo GT-R, its mad carbon-fibre aero, and its even madder sticker price, to Firas Abu-Jaber’s spectacular Model Team recreation.

Firas has made an extensive gallery of stunning images available, including several showing the interior inside the opening doors, and the realistic twin-turbo V6 engine under the opening hood. See more of the legend for yourself at Firas’ photostream, and you can read our interview with the builder as part of the Master MOCers series by clicking here.

Lego Nissan GT-R Nismo

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Cream of the Crop

Lego International Harvester Metro

The other Lego blogs may have beaten us to this creation, but we’ve got the best title! This International Harvester ice cream truck (see – we’re geniuses!) comes from TLCB favourite, previous Master MOCer, and all-round Lego-building legend Firas Abu-Jaber. Featuring a fully accessible and highly detailed interior, Firas’ Harvester is as cool on the inside as it is on the outside. Give it a lick at the link above.

Lego Ice Cream Truck

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Blue Bug

Lego Volkswagen Beetle 2017

We’re not really fans of VW’s ‘new’ Beetles. Volkswagen are on their second ‘new’ Beetle, yet despite beating both the new Mini and the new Fiat 500 to the market for retro compact cars, the bug seems to lack the charm and fun of either of them.

No matter, because car-building legend Firas Abu-Jaber has brought the fun back with this brilliant GRC-bodykitted 2017 Beetle, made almost entirely from the pieces found within the official 10252 VW Beetle Creator set.

There’s more to see of the 2017 GRC Beetle on both Flickr and MOCpages, and you can read Firas’ interview with us here at TLCB by clicking here.

Lego VW New Beetle

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’48 Ford

Lego Ford F1

This is a 1948 Ford F1, and we know that racing cars were a bit agricultural back then but this is ridiculous.

It’s not really anything to do with the highest tier of motorsport of course, rather it’s the predecessor to America’s best selling truck, the Ford F150. This neat Model Team version has been built by Lego-building legend Firas Abu-Jaber, and unusually for a static display piece it features a few working functions too, including steering, opening doors and hood, and a dropping tailgate.

There’s more to see of Firas’ latest build at his photostream, and you can check out his interview here at The Lego Car Blog by clicking these words.

Lego Ford F1 Truck

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Toro Giallo

Lego Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce

This stunning replica of Lamborghini’s Aventador SuperVeloce could only have come from one builder. Yes, the infamous Firas Abu-Jaber is back, and his latest build (a commission piece) is one of his finest yet. There’s lots more to see of Firas’ newest masterpiece at his Flickr photostream, and you can read our interview with the man himself by clicking here.

Lego Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce

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Bugatti Chiron – Exclusive Picture Special

Lego Bugatti Chiron Firas Abu-Jaber

Bugatti’s long-awaited successor to Veyron hypercar was probably the star of a packed 2016 Geneva Motorshow. Costing almost $2million the new Bugatti Chiron is set to be the fastest and most expensive car in the world. And it’s also gorgeous, which is perhaps something the Veyron could never be called.

No sooner had the new Chiron been revealed under the spotlights in Geneva than supercar-building legend Firas Abu-Jaber started work on an incredible LEGO version. Two weeks later his Chrion replica is complete, and we have the very first pictures exclusively to share here.

Lego Bugatti Chiron Firas Abu Jaber

The Chiron’s full gallery of images will be available to view on the 18th March 2016 via Firas’ Flickr and MOCpages accounts, and until then you can remind yourself of some of his greatest hits, and his Master MOCer interview via the links above.

A special thanks to Firas Abu-Jaber for these exclusive images of his new Bugatti Chiron, and we’ll see you on his Flickr and MOCpages galleries for the full reveal on the 18th!

Lego Bugatti Chiron Firas Abu Jaber

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High Roller

Lego Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

This beautiful creation is the latest work of vehicle building legend, TLCB Master MOCer, and all-round excellent human being Firas Abu-Jaber. It is of course a Rolls Royce, in this case their spectacular 1926 Silver Ghost Springfield ‘Playboy’ Roadster, and it’s been built for LUGNut’s 100th Challenge. Firas has recreated the vintage Roller down to the last detail, including a stunning interior, fold-out ‘dickie’ seat, and an external rear-mounted luggage trunk. There’s a huge range of excellent images available on both MOCpages and Flickr – click the links to see all the details.

Lego Vintage Rolls Royce Playboy Roadster

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Ferrari Testarossa – Picture Special

Lego Ferrari Testarossa 512 Firas Abu Jaber

This incredible creation comes from car-building legend, TLCB Master MOCer, and all-round nice guy Firas Abu-Jaber. It is of course the bewitching Ferrari Testarossa.

Firas makes his return to TLCB with several versions of the iconic Italian super car, including the original 1980s incarnation, the later 512 TR, and a spider variant.

Lego Ferrari Testarossa

The Testarossa launched in the mid-80s with a mid-mounted 4.9 litre flat-12 engine (necessitating the car’s enormous signature side vents), and over 10,000 were built across all variants until production ceased around a decade later, making it one of Ferrari’s all-time best selling models.

Lego Ferrari Firas Abu Jaber

Fires Abu-Jaber’s stunning replicas of the quintessential Ferrari recreate every detail in breathtaking realism, and he’s thrown in some unique building techniques too, including the ingenious use of LEGO magnets to attach the rear bodywork and engine – a technique we expect to see used throughout the online community before long.

There’s a huge gallery of images available to view, including ‘how-to’ shots of that cunning magnetism, on both MOCpages and Flickr – click the links to see all the photos, plus you can read Firas’ interview here at TLCB by clicking here.

Lego Ferrari Testarossa 512

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Raging Bull

Lego Lamborghini Veneno

It seems like just the other day that we posted an incredible creation from car building legend and TLCB Master MOCer Firas Abu-Jaber. And that’s because it was. But he’s been busy, and just a few short days later this arrived at TLCB Towers courtesy of an excited TLCB Elf.

It’s Lamborghini’s 2014 Veneno coupe, following on from Firas’ own roadster roadster version publicised here earlier in the year, and it is – as you can see – quite spectacular. There’s more to see at Firas’ MOCpages and Flickr accounts, plus you can read his Lego story via the Interviews tab in the main menu.

Lego Lamborghini Veneno Firas Abu Jaber

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Ford GT – Picture Special

Lego Ford GT

We have no clever title and there are few words in this post to describe TLCB Master MOCer Firas Abu-Jaber’s astonishing Ford GT replica. Because all you need to do it look at it.

Lego Ford GT 2017

And click here of course. It’s the car of the summer so far. See more on Flickr via the link, and you can read our interview with the builder by clicking the link below the first image.

Lego Ford GT Firas Abu Jaber

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Veneno

Lego Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

This amazing looking vehicle is a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster – an ultra high-tech concept/limited-run hypercar created to celebrate the marque’s 50th anniversary. Lego car-building legend Firas Abu-Jaber has recreated the extraordinary supercar from what appears to be a bucket filled entirely with red sloped pieces. You can see how he’s replicated the Venero’s incredible aero by visiting his accounts on either MOCpages or Flickr, plus you can read his Master MOCers interview by clicking here.

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Trailer Park

Lego Corvette Stingray

Caravans don’t usually feature highly on our blog list, but today we made an exception, as not only is this one rather pretty, it’s got one hell of a tow car. The gorgeous mid-’60s Corvette Stingray, complete with roof-mounted surfboard, is the work of car building legend – and TLCB Master MOCer – Firas Abu Jaber.

Lego Corvette Stingray

Firas’ beautiful build features some stellar detailing, including all the assorted camping paraphernalia you might expect to see in a 1960s caravan. There’s lots more to see on both MOCpages and Flickr – click the links to take a trip.

Lego Corvette Stingray Firas Abu Jaber

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This is Spinal Tap

Firas Abu Jaber Lego

TLCB has reached one and half million views, and in celebration we’re going all Spinal Tap! Yes, we’re cranking our previously-deceased Master MOCers Series up to eleven.

And who better to be that No. 11 than probably the most famous LEGO vehicle builder in the world, the brilliant Mr. Firas Abu-Jaber.

Read Firas Abu-Jaber’s Master MOCers Interview here!

Smell the Glove.

 

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Blue Wonder

Lego Mercedes-Benz Rennwagen Schnelltransporter

Mercedes-Benz are the racing team to beat at the moment, and back in the 1950s it was a similar story. Teams were run a bit differently half a century ago, with budgets very much smaller than they are today. Racing cars would turn up on the back of a transporter, go racing, and then go home again – there were no fancy mobile workshops, catering trucks or hospitality suites.

We quite like this approach, but the downside was that if one of your racing cars broke, there were few spare parts, and certainly no spare car, with which to fix it. To get around this Mercedes came up with a genius solution; they built a vehicle capable of racing across Europe at high speed to get back to the factory to collect another car – the amazing Rennwagen Schnelltransporter nicknamed ‘Blue Wonder’.

Underneath the weird car-transporting bodywork the Schnelltransporter was a 300SL Gullwing supercar, complete with its three-litre straight-six petrol engine, the first engine ever fitted with direct-injection. And that made it the fastest car transporter in the world.

A vehicle as legendary as that needs a legendary builder, and they don’t come much more so than Firas Abu-Jaber. Firas’ beautiful Model Team recreation of the famous Mercedes even features a stunning 300SL Gullwing to transport. There’s loads more to see on both MOCpages and Flickr – click the links for all the details.

Lego Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

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Porsche Plus

Lego Porsche RUF CTR3 Clubsport

Here at The Lego Car Blog we’re not usually fans of German tuning houses. This is because for the most part they seem to take some really good cars, ruin them, and then charge twice the price for the resultant mess. One of the exceptions though is Ruf, who have been building ultra high performance cars since the 1970s.

Ruf base their designs on Porsche chassis, but all the fabrication is done by themselves (rather than simply bolting on ‘uprated’ parts), so their products have Ruf VINs and thus Ruf are classified as a car manufacturer in their own right. Which does mean that our title is factually incorrect.

Anyway, this incredible Model Team recreation of Ruf’s monster CTR3 Clubsport shows that Lego builders can show the same attention to detail in their work as Ruf themselves. It also continues the recent return of one of the Lego community’s most revered builders, Firas Abu-Jaber. Firas’ beautiful CTR3 is available to view on both MOCpages and Flickr, and you can see Firas’ Top 5 creations according to Headturnerz by clicking here.

Lego Ruf CTR3 Firas Abu-Jaber

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