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R is for Revenge

Lego Technic RC Hatchback Type R

With the Elven bodily fluids and most of the bigger body parts cleared away from today’s earlier situation, we were hoping for a quieter remainder to the afternoon. No such luck. Screeching down the corridor came this, one of the fastest remote control Technic vehicles we’ve seen in some time, entitled the ‘Hatchback Type R’, and made by the same bloody builder that caused the earlier incident. Thanks Madoca.

Ergh, we’ll get back to the story above in a bit, but for now, the model; Built by Madoca 1977 (again) it’s a generic hot hatchback (although no prizes for guessing the inspiration behind it) powered by a single L Motor, steered by a Servo, controlled via a third party SBrick, and featuring LED lights too.

That lone drive motor may not seem enough to create one of the quickest models we’ve seen in a while, but Madoca’s Type R is fantastically light, and the Elf guilty of today’s earlier smushing was still eating the rewards of its find when – launched from the other end of the corridor – the Type R shot towards it and slammed it against the wall.

The Elf at the controls, thirst for revenge satisfied, escaped into the street outside, and will no doubt claim its meal token later in the day. It’s unlikely that it was actually a victim of the earlier assault, but ‘revenge’ amongst Elves is a communal thing and it may have been holding a grudge against a totally different Elf from months ago. Either way, we have more clearing up to do, so whilst we get the mop back out you can see more of Madoca’s Type R, as well as his earlier Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck, by visiting the Eurobricks discussion for both models here.

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Civic Duty

Lego Technic Honda Civic EG

Ah, the humble Honda Civic. Built in TLCB’s home nation, and once – even if not any more – the byword for advanced yet reliable hatchbackery.

The Civic has since been overtaken by the Korean brands here in Europe, but early examples are still a reasonably regular sight on the roads due to their legendary reliability. It’s an even more common sight on the banger track, as early Civics are worth about £5 and they can take a serious amount of punishment before heading to the great carpark in the sky.

America is where the Honda Civic was really successful though, where – despite it being basically the same car as the one we have in Europe – the little Japanese hatch has trodden a very different path in the annuls of automotive history.

Today early Stateside Civics seem to all have one thing in common; modifications. Bad modifications. Here at TLCB we’re not really sure why this is, seeing as gas, cars, and insurance are so cheap in the ‘States why not just buy a faster car in the first place?

Lego Honda Civic

The upshot of this is that finding an original unmodified early Civic is like trying to find an educated climate change denier – it’s virtually impossible. Which is a shame, as the late ’80s and early ’90s Civics were great little cars when left as Honda intended.

If you’re reading this in America and have a hankering for an unmolested slice of early ’90s Honda pie, get on Craigslist, find 78 year old Mavis who’s recently given up driving, and buy her Civic. It’ll be a classic one day. Probably.

Alternatively though, you could build your own, which is exactly what TLCB regular Nico71 has done. Based on the ’90s fifth generation (EG) Civic hatch, Nico’s creation is gloriously simple looking. It’s not simple inside though, as a full RC Power Functions drivetrain and rear suspension system have been squeezed in.

It’s quite a feat of packaging and handily Nico has taken photos that show how it’s all been done. You can see all of the images of Nico’s little Technic Honda, inside and out, via Brickshelf – click the link above to make the jump to ’91.

Lego Technic RC Honda Civic

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An Mg Racing Car

honda-f1

Not a product of the Morris Garages car builders but a Formula 1 racing car with a body made from lightweight magnesium. This car is yet another fascinating piece of auto-racing history from Greg_998 on Flickr. In the late 1960s Honda saved 80kg from the weight of their previous F1 car by giving its body a magnesium shell, instead of an aluminium one.

This author fondly remembers setting fire to strips of magnesium in chemistry lessons, something which is now probably banned under Elf & Safety. Magnesium burns at roughly 3,100°C, making it great for things such as distress flares, sparklers on bonfire night and those things that Boy Scouts start fires with. Tragically these properties make it an incredibly dangerous material to have built a car from if it crashes and catches fire. You can see more images of this unusual car and read a full history by following this link to Greg’s Photostream.

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The Killer Years – Historic F1 Picture Special

Lego Lotus Ford 72D JPS

Every so often we receive a suggestion here at TLCB that makes the whole office stop what it’s doing (which today seemed to mostly be Google-imaging attractive Rio Olympics athletes) to gaze in wonder at the creation/s found. This was definitely one of those moments.

Lego Ferrari 640 Formula 1

These incredible Model Team classic Formula 1 replicas have all been built by newcomer Idihnab Szalab from Hungary, and he’s uploaded all four to MOCpages in one go. Each is an exquisitely detailed creation that perfectly captures one of the Formula 1’s most famous and iconic cars in Lego form.

Lego Williams-Honda FW11

From top to bottom Idihnab has built; the dominant 1972-75 Lotus-Ford 72D in John Player Special livery, Ferrari’s 1989 640, the double World Championship-winning 1986-87 Williams-Honda FW11, and lastly the beautiful Lotus-Ford 72C from 1970-71 in magnificent Gold Leaf livery.

Lego Lotus Ford 72C Gold Leaf

We can’t recommend paying Idihnab’s MOCpage a visit enough – click here to view all four incredible creations and to step back in time to Formula 1’s greatest era.

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Mechasport

Honda Racing Mecha

Uh oh… The Lego Car Blog is venturing into yet another subject of which we know nothing (apologies in advance). This blue contraption is, apparently, an All Terrain Speed Racing Mech, powered by two Honda plasma engines and piloted by a Stark Industries hardsuit-wearing mini-fig (off of Iron Man? Score one to TLCB for an accurate sci-fi reference!).

Rumour has it that the Mercedes-powered racers in the Mecha Racing League have around 50bhp more than this Honda mech though, and are almost certain to take the championship title. However their two drivers are starting to loath one-another and a big team shake up could be coming… (ha! We got this post back to a topic we know!).

You can see more of the Honda-powered All Terrain Racing Mech above courtesy of Marco Marozzi of Flickr – click the link to jump in.

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The Power of Dreams

Lego Technic Honda RA300 Formula 1 Grand Prix Car

The 2015 Formula 1 Championship kicked off in Australia last week, and with a long-absent name back on the grid. Or should we say back of the grid? Honda’s F1 return with McLaren has not been an easy one, and due to ever more ridiculous FIA rules restricting development, innovation, and fun, the once mighty engine supplier will probably be at the back for some time yet. But we like Honda here at TLCB, so we’re going to take a trip back to when they were allowed to do what they do best – innovate.

1967 Honda RA300 Formula 1 Lego Technic

This gorgeous 1967 Honda RA300 is the work of previous bloggee Nico71, and not only does his Technic recreation of one of Honda’s finest moments look completely beautiful, it works too. There’s Power Functions controlled steering and drive, functioning suspension, and of course, a replica of Honda’s masterpiece V12 engine which powered the car to victory in its first ever race.

There’s lots more to see of Nico’s RA300 Formula 1 car on the image sharing platform Brickshelf – click here to make the jump.

Lego Honda RA300 V12 Formula 1 Grand Prix Racer

 

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The Rain Man

Lego Ayrton Senna McLaren

This summer marks twenty years since the passing of one of sport’s greatest men, the legendary Ayrton Senna.

Born to wealthy Brazilian landowners in 1960, Senna started racing go-karts in his native Brazil, before moving on to Formula 3 in the UK and then rising to become one of the greatest talents that the sporting world has ever seen, winning three Formula 1 World Championships in ’88, ’90 and ’91.

This McLaren-Honda MP4/6 was the car in which Senna won his last World Championship, after which he departed McLaren at the end of the 1993 season to drive for Williams.

Senna was tragically killed the next year, when his Williams FW16 left the track at Imola’s Tamburello corner, hitting the concrete wall at 145mph. Brazil lost its hero, and Formula 1 lost probably its greatest ever talent.

Senna’s McLaren MP4/6 pictured here is the work of the brilliant Nathanael L, and was suggested to us via the Feedback Page by a reader. Nathanael’s work has featured here numerous times, and you can see more of his McLaren as well as all of his other wonderful vehicles through his Flickr photostream at the link above.

Twenty years on from that awful weekend in 1994, in which Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger also perished, Ayrton Senna’s legacy continues. Following the implementation of significant safety changes after the events at Imola, no driver has since died in a Formula 1 car, making Senna the last driver fatality in the sport.

It’s also been discovered that Senna secretly donated $millions to the children living in poverty in his native Brazil. He never told anyone, because that’s the kind of man he was.

 

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Black Bike

Black Bike

French builder F@bz has become something of a TLCB regular, with his futuristic builds that include spacecraft, cars and motorbikes. His latest creation is the Honda RZR, the mount of the bounty hunter Shen X. The bike features a variety of interesting parts usage and connections, jammed into a very small space. You can see more photos of the bike and its rider by clicking this link to F@bz’s Flickr Photostream.

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Featured TFOL: Alex B

Lego Honda Civic

It’s back! The Lego Car Blog’s ‘Featured Teen Fan Of LEGO’ hasn’t appeared on these pages for a few months now because we, er… forgot about it. But good news! Today we resuscitated the dying beast and it’s awoken with a bang.

The Featured TFOL category is reserved for builders between the ages of 13 and 19 who, whilst they may not be the best on the net yet, show all the signs of becoming a top class builder as they progress. This TFOL-built creation though, qualified to be publicised here regardless of the age of the builder, because it’s ace.

Alex B has eschewed from building the usual super cars that frequent the Featured TFOL category and chosen to recreate something far more mundane; the humble late ’80s Honda Civic hatch. In Lego terms this actually makes his creation a rare exotic, as super cars outnumber family hatchbacks about ten to one.

Alex’s work features opening doors, hood and trunk and includes a detailed engine and interior. Photographed brilliantly, you can see full details of the Civic on both MOCpages or Flickr. Congratulations to Alex from TLCB Team, the Elves are watching!

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JapFest

Lego Honda S2000

Today’s Japanese double features two of the best sports cars of the last decade, the brilliant Honda S2000 and Mazda RX-7. These cars are now stars of the tuning scene, and the builders of both today’s models have included popular real-world modifications to their Lego versions of the famous sports cars.

First up (above) is Aaden H‘s early S2000, suggested to us via the Feedback and Submission Suggestions page. Aaden has ‘stanced’ his model to replicate the common tuning trend that, er… thoroughly ruins the ride and handling. It looks cool though…

Second (below) is another yellow Japanese legend, and one we’ve actually featured here before. So what is Rhys’ Pieces’ RX-7 doing here again? Well, much like the owner of a real modified car, Rhys can’t resist tinkering with his pride an joy, and he’s added a crate-load of further modifications to his original creation. He was also one of the readers that suggested Aaden H’s S2000 above, so his own model featuring too is a bit of good karma!

You can check out each model on Flickr at the links above.

Lego Mazda RX-7

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Groovy Little Motorbike

Lego Honda MotorbikeHonda’s Marc Marquez claimed victory at the German MotoGP over the weekend, so we’ve decided to take TLCB on two wheels for this post with a Honda from a different era (and budget!). The excellent Honda CB400 motorbike above comes courtesy of OzBen on Brickshelf. Check it out at the link and join the discussion on Eurobricks.

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Just A Groovy Little Motorbike

Honda CB1100 Lego Motorbike

More fun than a barrel of monkeys!

It climbs the hills like a Matchless, ‘Cause my Honda’s built really light.
When I go into the turns, Lean with me and hang on tight
I better turn on the lights, So we can ride my Honda tonight

Well said Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame. And well built by Zoltan Precsenyi on MOCpages, who’s done a superb job of recreating the Honda CB1100 in Lego. See more of this groovy little motorbike here.

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Green Future

Honda Concept

Ironsniper’s Honda Concept

This green machine was uncovered by one of our Elves on Flickr. Ironsniper uses some rather genius angles in his futuristic Honda Concept. See more at his photostream.

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Clockwork Orange

Lego Space Racer

Orange No.1

A double post today, with a decidedly orange theme. Above we have Tromas’s very cool Honda Hoshi Sci-Fi Racer, looking like an offshore powerboat racer for the skies, whilst below we have Heiwa71’s superb Orange Fleet. We think the Elves must’ve been watching an orange-orientated Sesame Street yesterday…

Lego Space Fleet

Orange No.s 2, 3 and 4

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Civic Duty

Technic Supercar Honda Civic

Cookin’ Rice

The Honda Civic, sold new to grannies to go to the shops in once a week, then bought second hand by boy racers due to its high power / low insurance combination, is probably the street car of the ’90s. The remaining ’80s and ’90s Civics on the road today all tend to look like this one; big exhaust, induction kit, big bumper bodykit and phat alloys. Ruined handling and refinement too, but that’s not important when you’re 18. This awesome Technic Supercar incarnation of the Ricer’s favourite is the work of LegoMarat on Flickr. It features a working 4-cylinder turbo engine, FWD, suspension, steering, and folding seats.

Lego Technic Honda Civic

Phaaaaarp!

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