Chequers in Lego always seem to look the business. And never more so than when in space. We’re not sure why this is, but we don’t make the rules. The Elves found two spacey creations employing chequers this week, and both look, well – the business.
Shannon Sproule‘s survey truck (above) and David Roberts‘ GARC race team (below) both tread the black and yellow chequer plate route and you can see more of both wonderfully inventive creations on Flickr at the links above.
We’ve got a lot of red Smarties to give out today…
The Elves, upon the recent discovery that red Smarties are made from crushed beetles, have gone on a bonanza of frenzied online treasure-hunting not seen since those pictures of Jennifer Lawrence were leaked. As a result we have no less than five(!) red creations to show you, from five disgusting and delighted Elves.
At No.5 is this stupendous remote control Technic Tatra 813 trial truck by Eurobricks’ Madoca 1977. It features 8-wheel-drive via two Power Functions XL motors, RC steering, LED lights, a V12 piston engine, and the obligatory-for-truck-trial awesome suspension. You can see more details of this incredible machine at the Eurobricks forum linked above.
At the other end of the scale, and our red No.4, is this classically-built 1977 Ford LTD. Newcomer FirstInfantry is the builder, and you can see more of his 6-wide classic, and his other beautifully simple vehicles, on Flickr.
In at No.3 we have this lovely little Pilatus PC-7 plane created by one of our favourite aircraft builders; Flickr’s Dornbi. Bedecked in pretty Swiss colours Dornbi’s Pilatus has one of the nicest brick-built canopies we’ve seen. See more of his work via the link above.
For No.2 we head into space. And also into the weird world of SHIPtember. And GARC. And probably some other Lego memes we know little-to-nothing about. Anyway, despite our sci-fi ineptitude, this one-hundred-and-fifteen-stud-long behemoth still looks pretty cool to us. The red giant is entitled ‘Sphyraena’ (we’re glad we’ve just had to type that rather than pronouncing it) and it can be found on F@bz Flickr photostream here.
And finally at No.1 we have this; Lucio Switch aka Ivan Manarin‘s beautiful pneumatic and remote controlled Technic truck. One of the most superbly photographed models of the year, Ivan’s masterclass in Technic features four XL motors for drive, a servo for steering, a M motor for the air suspension pump, another for the fifth wheel, two sets of IR receivers and three Power Functions battery packs. Oh, and eight(!) pneumatic cylinders, plus three valves and two pumps. Have a guess how many shock absorbers each front wheel needs to deal with that lot. Now triple it. It’s the Technic truck of the year.
So there you have it; five happy Elves and five stunning red creations. You can check each model out via the links in the accompanying text – which is your favourite?
The Elves have been thoroughly useless at finding anything remotely Easter-related this weekend. The best they could do was a camper from a year ago. However all is not lost, because it’s a little-known fact that the Easter Bunny, who’s death in the Galactic Asteroid Race Circuit we remember at this time of year, was a highly skilled space pilot. Sylon-tw pays his tributes to the fallen rabbit with this excellent GARC ship. See more and pay your respects too on Flickr via the link above, or you can check out an alternative Easter theory here.
The racing-livery theme of the last few days continues, only this time we’re looking far into the future, where the Galactic Asteroid Rally Circuit (GARC) is the new number one motorsport. First up (above) is 4estFeller‘s Micro GARC, complete with Pirelli decals. No, we don’t know why either, but it looks damn cool! Our second entrant from Flickr’s GARC group is the work of Simon Liu aka Si-MOCs (below), which features some ace-looking day-glo speed lines. See more of both builds and the GARC group that spawned them via the links.