Since 1888, crossing Hong Kong’s spectacular Victoria Harbour has been a cheap and wonderful journey, thanks to the delightful Star Ferries. Some of the current ships have been in operation since the 1950s, although since retro-fitted with modern power, and whatever turmoil an increasingly despotic Chinese government inflicts upon the once autonomous region, the Star Ferries have remained a much needed constant.
This beautiful replica of the ‘Solar Star’ – that first sailed in 1958 and is still in use today – comes from Yama Jason, who has captured the iconic Star Ferry shape superbly in brick form. Lovely detailing and some very clever techniques make this worth a closer look, and there’s more of the model to see on Flickr. Click the link above to head from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island for just 20c.
Hong Kong’s Star Ferries are this TLCB writer’s favourite ferries in the world. Which is a niche list, but they’re still at the top. Criss-crossing Victoria Harbour between Hong Kong Island and Mainland Hong Kong, they cost about 20¢ and surely have one of the most stunning urban backdrops of any journey.
If you haven’t travelled on them however, Vincent’s LEGO Creation can offer the experience at a fraction of the scale, thanks to this utterly bewitching replica complete with a beautifully detailed mini-figure interior and full LED lighting.
Vincent has deployed some spectacular building techniques in his quest to create a perfect Star Ferry scale model, making this one of the finest creations of any sort that we featured here this year, and there’s loads more to see at Vincent’s photostream. Click the link above, pay 20¢, and enjoy the best ferry crossing in the world.
Yu Kee Liu, otherwise known as Shineyu, has become a firm favourite here at The Lego Car Blog for his beautifully engineered trucks and heavy machinery. Today we can share two of his latest, a Hong Kong style Scania R490 crane truck and a Volvo FH16 750. Both are developments of previous builds, with the Volvo first appearing here in 8×4 tractor-cab configuration, and the Scania in a 560 specification with a blue and yellow livery.
Each model contains a raft of remote control features, including drive, steering, crane operation, LED lights, and more, all contained within exteriors that blend European truck design with Hong Kong functionality in astonishing detail.
This classic Hong Kong style covered flatbed truck comes form Flickr’s Chak hei Mok, and it has one of the most intricately-built cabs that we’ve ever seen at this scale. It also has a cow standing in the back, and as we really like spicy Honk Kong beef we had to post this (sorry cow, we expect this may be your last truck ride…). Order no. 48 and some noodles with us via the link above.
This slab of cream and brown magnificence is a MAN A95 double decker bus, resplendent in Hong Kong’s KMB livery, and it’s been built by Hong Kong resident and previous bloggee ShineYu.
With eight Power Functions motors hidden inside the huge body, ShineYu’s incredible A95 double decker bus not only looks superb but it functions wonderfully too. Two XL motors drive the MAN, whilst two Servos turn the two steering axles. A further four Medium motors power the automatic doors, all of which are controlled remotely.
There’s lots more to see of this seriously impressive build at the Eurobricks discussion forum, and you can see ShineYu’s KMB MAN A95 in action via the video below.
We don’t feature as many Town scale vehicles as we do large Technic creations here at The Lego Car Blog, as it often takes more to impress at a smaller scale.* This though, is how you do it! Built by Legokinsfolk of Brickshelf this is a Volvo Olympian bus in Hong Kong specification, and it’s wonderful.
At 10 studs wide it’s pushing the limits for a Town creation, but it is mini-figure scale, and can seat 43 of them plus the driver across both decks. The doors and engine cover also open and the interior is quite brilliantly detailed. There’s lots more to see, including interior shots, on Brickshelf – click the link above to buy a ticket.
We’ve heard of the Toyota Hiace here at TLCB (because whilst the Hiace isn’t sold here, they are ubiquitous pretty much everywhere else in the world), but we hadn’t heard of GoGoVan. A straw poll in the office returned some fairly detailed knowledge of another word with ‘GoGo’ in front of it, but we can’t share that here.
Anyway, a bit of research later and it turns out that GoGoVan are an app-driven Hong Kong based logistics company, sort of like Uber for boxes, and their vehicle of choice is of course Toyota’s trusty Hiace.
Previous bloggee Shineyu has recreated the boldly-painted Toyota used by GoGoVan across Hong Kong perfectly in Technic form, and he’s packed it with working functions too. LEGO’s versatile Power Functions components are employed giving the Hiace remote control drive, steering and sliding doors.
There’s more to see at the Eurobricks discussion forum – click the link above to book a delivery.
This spectacular Technic creation is an Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 bus, as used across the Chinese Island of Hong Kong.
Built by a small British company, rear-wheel-drive and with hybrid propulsion, the Envrio 500 is almost exactly the same as the McLaren P1 supercar. Apart from in every other way. This superb recreation comes from previous bloggee shinyu, and it’s packed with brilliant technical functionality. There’s remotely controlled drive and steering, active suspension that can raise and lower the entire bodywork to facilitate boarding, and motorised opening and closing doors.
You can join the discussion and see all the images at the Eurobricks forum – click the link above to buy your ticket.
This little 1970s Hong Kong style truck comes from previous bloggee shineyu of Eurobricks. There’s a remote control drivetrain hidden inside the neat Technic body and you can see more at the Eurobricks discussion forum via the link above.
Hong Kong’s public transport system is awesome. The taxis have self-opening doors, the ferries are wonderfully historic (and ridiculously cheap), and the trams are as beautiful as this. Thank the British Empire for much of that, which is all the more annoying that in actual Britain public transport costs around fifty times as much and is worse in every way.
Back to Hong Kong and this brilliant electric tram comes from Shineyu Yu. Built to Technic figure scale it includes remote control drive, working LED lights, rotating destination board and some beautifully engineered opening doors. Hop on board at either MOCpages or Eurobricks.