This is one of the more unusual vehicles to appear here at TLCB this year, but it’s one of our absolute favourites!
This gorgeous 1971 Jelcz Mielec television truck has been constructed by TLCB regular Karwik. At 9 studs wide it’s one of the largest mini-figure scale vehicles we’ve featured here, and it’s also one of the most intricate.
Every detail of the real truck – which you can find online by searching for ‘Jelcz Mielec’ – has been captured beautifully (unlike a 1970s Polish TV camera) and the build has been completed with the addition of some brilliant custom decals and professionally chromed pieces by Chrome Block City.
We highly recommend viewing Karwik’s excellent gallery on Flickr – click the link above to switch channels.
This 1919 Kresowiec ‘armoured car’, based on a tractor plough chassis, is the absolute last place we would want to be in war-time. Horrendously slow, hugely unreliable, and a great big (and interesting) target for everyone to hit, we can’t image it was fun to be inside one bit. We’d have rather had a horse. Or this.
Anyway, the Kresowiec does make for an intriguing Lego model, especially when constructed by TLCB favourite Karwik. You can see more of this unusual vintage contraption at Karwik’s Flickr photostream via the link above.
This is, apparently, a 1963 T-100 Сталинец bulldozer. No, us neither, but as it’s been built by the wonderful Karwik we can assume it’s as close to the real vehicle as Lego bricks allow. You can see more of Karwik’s beautifully detailed machine on Flickr here.
We love everything that Flickr’s Karwik builds, and this beautiful Škoda 706 RTTN with Orličan N7CH refrigerated trailer is no different.
Despite our seeming boundless automotive knowledge (yeah right!) we weren’t actually aware that Skoda ever built articulated truck tractors. Apparently they produced such trucks until the early noughties, at which point they were probably competing with parent company Volkswagen’s own MAN truck brand a little too closely, and production was quietly ended.
Karwik’s Lego version of the classic Skoda 706 features some of the best SNOT (Studs Not On Top) techniques we’ve ever seen; our highlights include the genius truck grill and wonderful trailer lettering. In fact the whole trailer – which is built completely SNOT – is a work of Lego art. See how Karwik has done it on Flickr via the link above.
Flickr’s Karwik is a regular here at The Lego Car Blog, with over a dozen of his beautiful Town vehicles featured here since our inception. Today he adds no less than six more creations to his blog-count with this simply wonderful Star C-28 Car Transporter complete with Polski-Fiat load.
Five Polski-Fiat 125ps feature, with three sedans, one station wagon and even a pick-up loaded onto the ZBNS D-91 trailer. All variants were, er… rubbish, but that doesn’t stop them looking spectacular in Lego form with Karwik’s huge attention to detail evident on each one.
We highly recommend a visit to Karwik’s photostream to see more of the Star C-28 truck, ZBNS trailer, and its Fiat 125p load. You can also view all of Karwik’s other incredible blogged creations by typing his name into the search box at the foot of this page (or at the top right for those viewing on mobile devices). Now, time for us to give a very lucky Elf six Smarties (and possibly diabetes).
Welcome dear Lego Car Blog reader, to our 4th July Blockbuster Special!
In celebration of the independence of the United States of America this 4th July we thought we’d bring you a selection of models linked (one a little tenuously) to some of the biggest American blockbuster films of recent times. So grab some popcorn and enjoy the ride…
No Independence Day list would be complete without the 1996 film epic of the same name. There were no real star cars in the movie, that role was very much fulfilled by the alien spaceships, so instead we have Lino M‘s superb 4th July themed Divco van. Lino is one of the car-building heroes of the Lego Community, and you can check out both him and his van on Flickr.
Next up come two of the star vehicles from one of the biggest films of the nineties, Steven Spielberg’s incredible 1993 tale of the world’s most dangerous theme park. Legohaulic‘s two SUVs played a pivotal role in the story, one suffering a painful trip through a tree, whilst the driver of the other came to unfortunate end via the teeth of some prehistoric lizards. See more of Legohaulic’s creations on Flickr via the link above.
Third in our Independence Day Special is both a builder and movie that have appeared on these pages before, but when a model’s this good we don’t mind. Duel was one of Spielberg’s earlier works and was deliciously simple in its format; a sales rep being chased by an aggrieved trucker across the desert. TLCB favourite Karwik recreates the famous Peterbilt tanker from the 1971 classic in fantastic detail. See more at his page via the link.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our 4th July Special. As always, let us know your thoughts, suggestions and abuse via the Feedback page, and we’ll see you tomorrow. That’s all folks!
Well, apart from this. Suggested to us by a reader, it’s not really TLCB fodder, but a cowboy firing two pistols in the air is about as American as you can get, so it fits beautifully in today’s Special. We do also feature the occasional weapon of mass destruction here at TLCB, and Nick Barrett’s Yosemite S.A.M is more than just a cartoon character… Find out why on MOCpages.
Whilst not quite as glitzy as the Coca Cola trucks on the Christmas commercial, Karwik’s Star 28 Coca Cola delivery truck is one of the most charming vehicles we’ve seen this year. See the creation’s full gallery on Flickr here.
N.B. If you’ve seen the current ‘Share a Coke with…’ advert and you’re inclined to share a Coke with one of our Elves, please make sure it’s ‘Diet’. Giving them sugar is a serious mistake.