Tag Archives: Japan

Having a Wankel

Lego Mazda RX-7 FD

This beautifully-constructed creation is the work of serial bloggee Senator Chinchilla and it is, as any fan of ’90s Japanese cars will know, Mazda’s legendary final-generation RX-7.

Powered by a Wankel rotary engine the RX-7 was just 1.3 litres in capacity, yet with twin turbo chargers the tiny unit made well over 250bhp. And this was back in the early 1990s too.

Production of the RX-7 ended in Japan in 2002 as Mazda geared up for the more usable RX-8 which followed it, and – fingers crossed – Mazda is readying the RX-8’s rotary-engined successor as we type. In the meantime you can check out this brilliant recreation of RX-8’s predecessor by visiting Senator Chinchilla’s photostream – click here to make the jump.

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Not a Car…

Lego Mitsubishi Zero

…but probably the most popular plane to appear here at The Lego Car Blog. Lego builders love the Mitsubishi Zero, and they keep finding new ways to recreate Japan’s most famous fighter. This version comes from MOCpages’ James C, and he’s captured the Zero’s iconic shape beautifully. There’s more to see at his MOCpage – click the link above to fly over.

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Black Plastic

Lego Mitsubishi Pajero

If there’s one defining characteristic of Japanese cars from the 1990s it’s Black Plastic. Lots of Black Plastic. Despite this affliction the ’90s were something of a golden age for Japanese manufacturers, when Toyota, Mitsubishi and Subaru all ruled the WRC, Mazda won at Le Mans, and Honda were Formula 1 World Champions.

However, unlike today’s other ’90s Japanese post, this car isn’t one of the era’s highlights. The Mitsubishi Shogun / Pajero was quite a successful 4×4 (long before the term ‘SUV’ came into being), but it came from a time when all 4x4s were, frankly, a bit crap. This one is the three-door Pajero, which makes it particularly pointless. Oddly though, with the rise of the increasingly unnecessary small-SUV, it’d probably be quite popular these days.

This excellent Model Team replica of the Mitsubishi Pajero has been built by TLCB regular Senator Chinchilla, and he’s absolutely nailed the ’90s Black Plastic. There’s more to see at his photostream – click the link above to make the trip.

Lego Mitsubishi Shogun Pajero

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Asian Delivery

Lego Technic Isuzu Truck

Considering they are so numerous in the real world we see surprisingly few Isuzu trucks recreated in Lego form. Isuzu are the backbone of the Asian heavy commercial vehicle market, and even if a truck doesn’t say ‘ISUZU’ on the front, it’s probably got an Isuzu diesel engine powering it.

This lovely Technic version of the prolific commercial workhorse comes from previous bloggee Shineyu and it’s packed with functions, including working steering, opening doors and an operational tail-lift. There’s more to see on MOCpages – click the link above to make the jump.

Lego Isuzu Box Truck

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Zero

Lego A6M Zero

The Lego Car Blog has featured numerous Mitsubishi A6M Zeros over the years, and Flick’s Daniel Siskind has been refining his mini-figure scale version of the famous fighter aircraft for almost as long. This is his latest version, and it’s pretty much perfect. See more at his photostream via the link above.

Lego Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter Plane

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V-Sign

Lego Mitsubishi Evo V

Good things come in fives. We tried to think of some examples to prove this but we got stuck after Oceans, Fingers and Toes, so we’ll move straight onto this; Senator Chinchilla‘s lovely Model Team replica of Mitsubishi’s Evolution V. The fifth in Mitsubishi’s now-discontinued line of four-wheel-drive rally weaponry, the Evo V was the performance car to have in the mid 1990s. Unless you were a Subaru fan of course. You can see more of this ace example on Flickr – click the link above to make the jump.

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Not an Evo

Mitsubishi A6M Zero Lego

Mitsubishi might be best known for the Lancer Evolution (although we’re not sure if anyone’s actually buying them anymore), but it wasn’t a car that put the Japanese company on the map. It was this, the deadly A6M Zero fighter. This lovely recreation of the classic warplane has been built by Flickr’s LegoUli and you can see more at his photostream by clicking here.

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My Fairlady

Lego Datsun Fairlady Z

This gorgeous Datsun Fairlady / 240Z was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr. It’s the work of Cagerrin and we love absolutely everything about it. There’s a whole host of images available to view on Flickr – click the link above to see more.

Lego Datsun 240Z

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Hoonivan

Lego Bosozoku Toyota Hiace Van

Toyota’s Hiace van wouldn’t be high on our list of the best vehicles to modify, but the world’s car tuners do seem to make odd choices sometimes. In Europe the Volkswagen Beetle and Transporter are perhaps the most inappropriate, whilst the Japanese modifying scene has gone a similarly daft route with ‘Bosozoku’ – the style in which builder filsawgood has created his splendidly ridiculous Toyota Hiace drift van.

Underneath the be-stickered Technic bodywork is a Technic buggy motor powering the rear wheels and a Power Functions servo motor which steers the fronts. These are linked to the previously featured third-party SBrick which enables control via a tablet or other mobile device.

For more details on the Hiace Hoonivan and to see a full gallery of images head over to Eurobricks via the link above.

Lego Technic RC Van

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Turbo Triple

Lego Technic Super Car

Turbocharged three-cylinder engines are all the rage at the moment, thanks to tightening emissions regulations, high fuel prices, and the advancement of forced induction technology. Ford, Volkswagen, Peugeot, BMW and many more have recently downsized by a cylinder, but it was the Japanese who first explored the idea of a small capacity turbo triple as early as the 1980s.

TLCB regular Horcik Designs has paid homage to the forced-induction pioneers with his generic small Japanese coupe. There’s a three-cylinder turbocharged engine mounted transversely up front, independent and live-axle suspension, working steering, opening and locking doors, and lots more besides. You can see all of Horcik’s photos on Flickr – click the link above to make some boost.

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Cute Cops

Lego Daihatsu Mira Gino

We love Japan. It’s home to the newest technology, some of the world’s greatest cars, Takeshi’s Castle, and even a giant city-destroying lizard.

But for every amazing thing to come from Japan’s industrious population something completely perplexing will emerge too. Pokemon, used underwear vending machines (yes, really), and the Daihatsu Mira Gino all probably fit into this category. It’s the Gino we’re featuring here today, looking like a sort of tragic copy of an original Mini, and… er, resplendent in Japanese Police livery.

We Googled the Mira Gino and luckily for the Japanese cops we didn’t find one image of it in crime-fighting form, so Seiji N‘s Lego recreation is hopefully only a work of fiction. But it does look kinda cute…

You can see more of Seiji N’s Daihatsu Mira Gino police car at his Flickr photostream – click the link above to make the trip.

Lego Mira Gino

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Two Hundred and Forty Winks

Lego Datsun 240Z

This bewitchingly beautiful creation comes from TLCB favourite _Tiler. A lesson in both brilliant Lego building and exceptional photography, _Tiler’s gorgeous Datsun 240Z is surely one of the mini-figure scale highlights of the year so far.

You can see all the images of _Tiler’s recreation of Japan’s best known classic sports car on Flickr – click the link above to make the jump.

Lego Datsun Fairlady 240Z

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AKIRA

Lego Akira Kaneda's Bike

Sariel is back, and with something that at first glance looks a bit simple when compared to his usual builds. But the beauty of his recreation of Kaneda’s Bike from AKIRA is more than its stunning appearance – remarkably this model is fully RC drivable! You can see how Sariel has done it via MOCpages, you can watch his bike in action below, and you can read our interview with man himself here.

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Modded Mazda

Lego Mazda RX3

Mazda’s RX-8 and RX-7 are something of a cult motoring institution, and long before either of them Mazda had this; the RX-3 coupe. This lovely Lego recreation of the little RX is the work of TLCB regular Senator Chinchilla and, as is often the way with old Japanese cars, the Senator has added a few mods to his whip. You can see more of them and the car on Flickr at the link above.

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Fast and Furious

Lego Nissan Silvia S14

’80s-’90s Nissans may be named after old ladies, but that hasn’t stopped them becoming very cool in the hands of street racers, drifters and tuners. This one is a Silvia S14, it was suggested to us by a reader, and it’s been built by Davanchi M. There’s more too see on MOCpages at the link above.

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