Tag Archives: Land Rover

Both Sides of the Curtain

Lego Land Rover UAZ 4x4

Things were frosty between The Soviet Union and the United Kingdom back in the 1970s. Scary infomercials played on television explaining what to do in the event of a nuclear attack (die screaming we suspect), whilst every Bond Villain was an evil Russian.

However, political and economic differences aside, were West and Eastern Europe really so different? Take their approach to off-road workhorses for example. One is a simple, painfully slow, easily repairable vehicle of suspect build quality, designed for the state military but used the world over, and the other is, well… exactly the same.

We reckon that had the designers of the Land Rover Series 1 and UAZ 469 met they probably would have got along great. Perhaps there’s a lesson there… Anyhoo, these too charming mini-figure scale recreations of the Land Rover and UAZ come from Flickr’s Pixel Fox, and you can see more of each, as well as his other previously blogged off-roaders, via the link above.

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Perfect 10

Lego Town Cars

Awarded a meal-token for every find, one of our Elves is about to get very fat. These ten brilliant Town-scale off-road vehicles are the work of just one builder. Pixel Fox owns the mind (and hands) behind them, and he’s done a simply stupendous job of recreating some of the world’s best known off-roaders in mini-figure scale, as well as building a delightful scene for each one to reside within.

Above, clockwise from top left, are a film-set Hummer H1, South African Volkswagen Syncro, beach-bound Jeep Wrangler TJ and a forestry Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406.

Lego Town Cars

Next are two of the world’s most prolific 4x4s, the iconic Land Cruiser J70 (left) complete with an adorable brick-built rhino, and the legendary Land Rover Defender 90 (right).

Lego Town Cars

The final set of instantly recognisable off-road vehicles is made up of a Mercedes G-Wagon, tragically pictured  on red-carpet duty, a superb Range Rover Series 1 going hunting, a lifted Jeep Cherokee XJ, and a Dakar-spec BMW X5.

Each creation is wonderful in its own right, and you can see more of all ten mini-figure builds at Pixel Fox’s Flickr album by clicking here, whilst we begin feeding a very deserving TLCB Elf!

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Land Rover Defender Camel Trophy – Picture Special

Lego Land Rover Defender 4x4 Remote Control

This incredible replica of Land Rover’s iconic Defender 90, in full Camel Trophy specification, comes from previous bloggee and TLCB legend Sariel, and it’s a very special bit of kit.

Other than the custom decals, all-terrain RC tyres and a suite of LEGO-compatible SBrick bluetooth controllers Sariel’s creation is all LEGO, and it’s one of the most thoroughly engineered and capable machines that we’ve ever come across.

Lego Technic Land Rover Camel Trophy

Beneath the wonderfully accurate bodywork is a full remote control drivetrain, with two XL motors powering all four wheels and Servo controlling the steering. Of course 4-wheel-drive doesn’t necessarily mean ‘good off-road’, as for that you need locking differentials. Sariel’s model has three.

He’s also equipped his Defender with a remotely operated 4-speed gearbox, a front mounted winch (geared to match the gearbox’s lowest ratio), live axle suspension, and working lights.

Lego Land Rover Defender Sariel

To really appreciate this beautiful build you need to see it in action. Luckily Sariel’s got that covered as he’s produced an excellent video to accompany the superb photography. Watch it below, and you can see the Defender’s full gallery of images  via Flickr, MOCpages and Brickshelf, plus you can read all the details of how this model was created at Sariel’s own website here.

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Land Rover Defender Camel Trophy – Picture Special

Lego Land Rover Camel Trophy

We rarely feature modifications of other peoples’ creations here at TLCB, but when a builder as accomplished as RM8 decides to use a design by Master MOCer Sheepo as the basis for a build, we think we can let that rule slide a bit…

Land Rover Defender Camel Trophy Lego Remote Control

This is RM8 (real name Egor Karshiev)’s brilliant Technic Land Rover Defender 90 in full Camel Trophy specification. Based on the original Defender design by Sheepo, Egor has extensively updated the hardware using his own significant Lego off-roading experience.

Power Functions motors control the drive and steering whilst tough all-wheel-drive and suspension systems allow this little Lego Defender to go anywhere the real car can (if it were really small).

Lego Technic Land Rover Defender Camel Trophy Remote Control

Egor’s presentation is top notch stuff too, with both studio and on-location shots taken superbly, and he’s created several excellent videos showing how the Land Rover was built and what it can do outside in the rough stuff.

Lego Technic Land Rover Defender Camel Trophy Sheepo RM8 RC

There’s lots more to see at the Eurobricks discussion forum, Egor’s MOCpages account, and via the YouTube video below, plus you can see more of Egor’s rival in-house designed Technic off-roader (which coincidentally was the real Land Rover’s key rival too) by clicking here.

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Expedition

Lego land Rover Defender

After earlier stating that Land Rover’s iconic Defender is not the world’s best 4×4, we’re now posting one here – #awks…

But – the trusty LR is still a hugely important vehicle, being produced relatively unchanged for an incredible 67 years. That mighty production run ends next year, and to celebrate the life of one of motoring’s most influential cars previous bloggee Miro Dudas has recreated the 4×4 legend in Lego Town form, complete with expedition rack, winch, and assorted adventuring equipment. Join in the journey on Flickr at the link above.

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The Last of the LR Defenders

Lego Land Rover Defender

Land Rover’s brilliant Defender dies next year, after more than 50 years of continual production. In celebration of this amazing vehicle MOCpage’s Nick Barrett has recreated the iconic off-roader in its final 2015 specification. His long-wheelbase 110 Station Wagon includes the four-cylinder turbo-diesel powering the last generation of cars, opening doors, hood and tailgate, plus folding seats working steering and working suspension. There’s lots more to see at Nick’s MOCpage – click the link to take a look.

Lego Land Rover Defender

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Little Landie

Lego Land Rover Series II

You don’t need a million bricks to appear here. Galaktek‘s classic Land Rover (Series II we think?) uses only a handful of pieces and is still wonderfully recognisable. See more via the link above.

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Seeing Red

Lego technic Land Rover Defender

Today we saw the return of two Elves, both clutching things of much redness. The first red thing turned out to be this, Rabbitdesign‘s superb Technic Land Rover Defender 110, which has one of the most thoroughly engineered chassis we’ve ever seen (a trip to MOCpages via the link above is highly recommended to see how he’s done it).

Coincidentally this year will be the Defender’s last. Emissions and safety laws have finally caught up with the 1940s design, signalling an end to more than 60 years of continual production.

Lego German Tug Aircraft

Elf No.2’s red thing was discovered on Flickr. It’s a German target tug by Sydag, used for towing things into the sky to be shot at, and it’s a wonderfully smooth build. There’s more to see at the link above.

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Sand Rover

Lego Land Rover

This lovely sand coloured Land Rover Series II was discovered on Flickr. Arctic Fox is the builder and you can see more here.

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Landbulance

Lego Land Rover Ambulance

Because it’s a Land Rover Ambulance! Yup, we’re a clever bunch here in TLCB office. Anyhoo, you can see more of this lovely Land Rover Series III at previous bloggee Joao Campos’ MOCpage – click here for the full gallery.

Lego Land Rover Series III Ambulance

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The Best 4x4xFar

Lego Land Rover

Suggested to us by a reader we round off today’s Technic-biased musings with this superb Land Rover Defender. It was found on Image Shack and has been built by the previously unknown-to-us dirtzone.

The Defender features Power Functions drive and steering, opening doors, and a truly fantastic suspension set-up. Dirtzone has made a large gallery of images available to view at the aforementioned link, which includes chassis and component photographs. Check it out and be inspired!

Lego Land Rover

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FebRovery’s Finishing Flourish

CS Landrover

Apologies for the unimaginative title but we’ve been a bit pre-occupied dealing with a combined Elf and Mini-Fig uprising here at TLCB Towers. Now the that airhorn is recharged, we’ve time to bring you this rather charming creation from Miro Dudas, on Flickr. Possibly the most normal looking car in the FebRovery group, the Lunar Rover 90 is standard Land Rover, which has been modified for use in space. Apparently this was done to save money on developing a new moon buggy. You can see the complete range of weird and wonderful vehicles which were created last month by following this link to the FebRovery Group.

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Saving Lives at Sea

Lego RNLI Land Rover

The Lego Car Blog’s home nation has a close relationship with the sea. An island dependent upon the dangerous waters surrounding it for trade, Britain has pioneered sea travel for hundreds of years.

Sadly this means that countless lives have been lost over the centuries to the waters, piracy and the cold. In 1824 an organisation was established to save those in peril. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has operated in the waters around Great Britain since its creation almost 200 years ago and today has over 400 boats stationed in over 200 rescue centres. An average of 22 people are rescued every day, with over 140,000 lives saved since the charity’s foundation.

Ralph Savelsberg has built one of their most recognisable tools in Lego, the Land Rover Defender tow car and mobile RIB rescue boat. You can see all his photos on Flickr here, and read more about the work of the RNLI at their website.

Lego RNLI Life Boat

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Range Rover Sport

Lego Range Rover SportA very familiar sight in UK roads (usually in the ‘Audi’ position; three feet from your rear bumper on the motorway), the Range Rover Sport has been a huge success for Land Rover. Ralph Savelsberg recreates the modern icon in its popular ‘drug-dealer’ white. You can see the full gallery on Flickr, and you can see it in the brick – along with many of Ralph’s other vehicles – at the Great Western Lego Show this October.

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Welcome to the Jungle

Lego Land Rover Defender Camel TrophyWe don’t often post two vehicles from the same builder in one week, but after discovering Paliason‘s recent uploads to Brickshelf we decided to make an exception for his superb Camel Trophy spec Land Rover Defender from the early 1990s.

The Camel Trophy was a worldwide exploration challenge that visited the world’s most inhospitable places, running 20 years from 1980 to 2000. Named after the cigarette-making sponsor company (because nothing says outdoor adventure like lung cancer) the challenge used Land Rover vehicles throughout its 20 year history, which were all painted Camel’s iconic sand yellow colour. Following the demise of the Trophy in 2000 Land Rover restarted the event under its own sponsorship, renaming it the Land Rover G4 challenge and switching the famous cigarette-yellow paintwork for bright orange.

Sadly the global economic crisis in 2008/9 put an end to the G4, but you can still sometimes see ex-Camel and ex-G4 Land Rovers on the roads as they were sold after the completing the event. One careful owner, never used off-road…

Camel Trophy Land Rover

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