Tag Archives: Off-Road

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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SpacexEight

Lego Space 8x8 Truck

Oh great… another sci-fi build. We’re so bad at these. OK, this large space 8×8 truck comes from the mind of Andrew Somers, and it looks the perfect mobile laboratory for some scientific planetary exploration. Twin axle steering allows the truck to turn tightly and a large crane and grab mechanism allows samples to be gathered from inside the truck if it’s looking a bit dicey outside. Probably anyway, we’ve literally made all that up. Whatever, there’s more to see at Andrew photostream at the link above – click his name to make the jump.

Lego Space 8x8 Truck

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KRAZY

Lego KrAZ 255 Truck Remote Control

This is a Ukrainian KrAz 255 6×6 off-road truck, launched in the late 1960s by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The KrAZ factory actually started out making bridges, then combine harvesters, before moving on to military trucks. Communism meant you built what you were told to…

KrAZ were good at trucks though, and in 1971 they were awarded the Order of Lenin (the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union) for their successes, and their products were exported to several countries around the world.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union KrAZ are no longer under the control of the state, and – a little weirdly – are supplying vehicles to the Ukrainian army to defend Ukraine from invasion by their old masters Russia.

This superb Model Team style recreation of the Soviet-era KrAZ 255 is the work of xxtruck of Brickshelf, making his TLCB debut. Underneath the realistic exterior is a remotely controlled 6×6 drivetrain, working suspension on all wheels, a detailed engine and interior, and functioning head and tail lights.

There’s lots more of the KrAZ 255 to see via xxtruck’s Brickshelf Gallery – take a look via the link above.

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Just a Jeep

Lego Jeep CJ5

This is a Jeep CJ5. It has no bluetooth, no parking assist, no duel zone air conditioning, no lane departure warning system, and no electronic terrain response system. But it’s a million times better than any of the SUVs and Crossovers that drive past the TLCB office in their hundreds, and we want one. Luckily TLCB regular Senator Chinchilla can give us our CJ fix, and there’s more to see of his Model Team version of the little Jeep at his photostream. Click the link above to make the jump for all the photos.

Lego Jeep CJ5

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Wremotely Wrangling

Lego Technic Jeep Wrangler

This spellbinding creation comes from one of The Lego Car Blog’s very favourite builders. Madoca1977 has appeared here numerous times over the years with his stunning Technic vehicles. His latest is one of the best loved 4x4s on the planet (and one of the most realistic Lego recreations of it we’ve ever seen); the glorious Jeep Wrangler.

Lego Jeep Wrangler 4x4

Powered by two L Motors with a Medium motor driving the steering, Madoca’s Jeep is fully remote controlled, and it features a unique shock-less pendular suspension set-up to give it genuine off-road ability, despite both front and rear axles having an open differential.

Lego Technic Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler also features LED lights, opening doors, hood and tailgate, and a detachable hardtop, and there’s loads more to see courtesy of the discussion forum at the Eurobricks portal, where there are also images of a black version of the model available to view, plus a link to building instructions. Tempted?… See what Madoca’s Jeep Wrangler can do via the video below…

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Terrorist’s Friend

Lego Terrorist Pick-Up

The humble Japanese pick-up truck, almost always a Toyota Hilux, is the backbone of the terrorist transportation market. Tough, easily repaired, and able to withstand a machine gun being mounted in the bed, they’re seen in almost every conflict zone on the planet. Despite the Disneyfication of the world’s troubles by Fox (where there must always be ‘Goodies’ and ‘Baddies’), many such vehicles are used to fight one-another too, such is the complicated and tribal nature of war at the moment.

BrickMonkey’s creation comes right out of the U.S media’s ‘Terrorist Baddie’ playbook. White pick-up truck? Check. Dark-skinned occupants? Check. Machine gun in the back? Check. Definitely a ‘Baddie’…

Except we’re smarter than that here at TLCB, so we’re not going to adopt a lazy stereotype (except about the U.S media. Prove us wrong Fox News). Thus this particular pick-up truck is being driven by members of the Kurdistan Pershmerga, fighting to drive Islamic State from their territory and liberate the Kurds suffering under their oppression. So it’s a ‘Goodie’. Except in Turkey where the Kurds are fighting for independence and are the ‘Baddies’, even though Turkey are also themselves fighting Islamic State. See, war is complicated…

Decide who you think is driving BrickMonkey’s pick-up truck at his photostream by clicking here, and if you get stuck you can always do the secret signal.

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Independence Day

Lego Technic RC Nimr Ajban SOV

It’s the fourth of July! Which means America is celebrating the day when Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum implanted a virus in the alien mothership intent on invading Earth. Or something. Anyway, to celebrate here’s probably the most American vehicle we could find, a huge gas-guzzling military off-road behemoth!

Except this huge gas-guzzling military off-road behemoth isn’t American at all. In fact it’s called the Nimr Ajban SOV (a name alone which probably irritates some members of the NRA), and it comes from the United Arab Emirates.

This giant 1:8 scale Technic recreation of Abu Dhabi’s finest military hardware is the work of Samolot, and it’s packed with Technic goodness. Four Power Functions L motors offer direct drive to each wheel, a fifth L motor powers the steering, there’s all-wheel independent suspension, and it sits on massive third party 130mm tyres.

If you’d like to see more of Samolot’s Nimr Ajban head on over to either MOCpages or Eurobricks where the full gallery of images – plus some videos of the model in action – are available to view.

Lego Technic RC Nimr Ajban SOV

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Supermarket Special Stage

Lego Technic Rally Car

The World Rally Championship has a long association with humble hatchbacks. This is probably because of the sport’s grass-roots origins, when cars really were just road-going shopping appliances, and where the tightness of the rural European roads on which the stages were held favoured the small and nimble.

These days the WRC is used primarily as an advertising tool for mass-market products. If a car can deal with a Swedish forest, it’ll probably be alright in the supermarket carpark. The current crop of works WRC cars include the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia, Hyundai i20, Citroen C3, and Toyota Yaris, and they are becoming increasingly (and gloriously) nuts.

Lego Technic Rally Car

Previous bloggee Horcik Designs has decided to construct his very own WRC contender to join in the fun, and it’s a beautifully packaged bit of kit. A three-cylinder piston engine is mounted transversely under the hood, delivering the power to the independently-sprung wheels via a four-speed gearbox. Working steering, opening doors, hood and trunk, and a roll cage all feature too, and the body panels can be easily removed to reveal the internal construction.

A full gallery of images is available at Horcik’s Flickr photostream – click the link above to the make the jump.

Lego Technic Rally Car

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Towing on Tour

Lego Technic Military Tow Truck

When you’re in middle of an Iraqi desert with mechanical trouble you can’t just call the AA. Luckily Ivan M has just the tool to help. Built to recover seriously heavy military hardware, Ivan’s military heavy duty tow truck features a V8 engine, working steering, all-wheel suspension, a rotating and raising crane, and a functioning winch. If your armoured car has broken down give him a call on either Flickr or Eurobricks.

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Rapid Raptor

Lego RC Ford Raptor Sariel

If you were wondering where we were before today’s posts, seeing as things had gone very quiet here at TLCB, let us explain. It’s all Sariel‘s fault.

This is his awesome remote control Ford Raptor Trophy Truck; a twin buggy Motor propelled, long-travel suspension Technic monster, with a 15km/h top speed.

A typical TLCB Elf cannot run at 15km/h. At least not for a sustained period. And thus, as has become standard practice in TLCB Towers, our Elves were duly mown down in the corridors by the delighted Elven pilot of Sariel’s machine.

Lego RC Ford Raptor Sariel

So fast, nimble and tough is Sariel’s Raptor that almost every Elf in the office at the time became a road traffic accident statistic (if we ever bothered to record the casualties), before the driver finally lost control and crashed the Ford into the water cooler and alerted staff to the carnage.

With the victims mostly patched up and all the errant Elven body parts put into the food recycling tub we’ve been able to return to blogging today, so whilst we go through our mailbox and award Smarties to successful Elves (including the one responsible for today’s smushing), you can check out Sariel’s brilliant Ford Raptor Trophy Truck by clicking here, plus you can watch it in action courtesy of the excellent video below.

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But It’s All Right Now, In Fact It’s a GAZ

Lego Technic RC GAZ 3351 Sariel

This Thunderbirds-looking thing is actually a GAZ 3351, a real all-terrain transport vehicle with its roots in the Soviet Union. Well, this one’s made of LEGO, but you could buy a real one if you wanted to.

Which is what we suspect the Elves, if they had any money or concept of money, would do – such was the joy (and carnage) amongst them when this powered into the office this morning.

Lego Technic RC GAZ 3351 Sariel

Driven by an XL Motor inside each section and steered via a linear actuator powered articulated pivot, Sariel‘s GAZ 3351 can go almost anywhere, and over almost anything – TLCB Elves included.

The four tracks providing this go-anywhere, smush-anything ability are suspended via oscillating bogies, and are constructed from 560 individual rubber axle-joiners.

This gives the GAZ incredible traction, but the design wasn’t without its teething problems, which you can watch in Sariel’s excellent development and demonstration video below. There are more images to see of Sariel’s GAZ 3351 at his photostream too – click here to take a look.

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Grand Canyon

Lego M-Tron

Your Mom sent us a picture of her grand canyon a while back but we can’t post that here, so instead here’s Mark of Falworth‘s version, complete with three neat M-Tron surveillance vehicles deep within it. There’s more to see on Flickr – click the link to take a look.

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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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Sci-Friday

Lego Flying Boat

The Lego Car Blog Elves are clearly in a spacey mood today, as we have no less than three sci-fi creations to share. This gives us a headache because, as regular readers will know, we’re useless with anything science-fictiony. Oh well, here goes…

First up, pictured above, is perig perig‘s ‘The Tiny Whale’, which looks like a boat, an airship and tow truck have been involved in a forceful accident. Still, it is, even to us here at TLCB, a deeply cool build, and you can see more at the link above.

Lego Tesla Mech

Next up is this mean looking tri-pedal mech from Flickr’s Sunder_59. This TLCB writer’s Better Half has informed him that pastel colours are in, which explains why Sunder’s creation looks so good. There’s more to see at the builder’s photostream – click the link above to take a look.

Lego Troop Support Vehicle

And finally, something with wheels! We still don’t really know it’s for though, seeing as it’s also a sci-fi build, but if we were a mini-figure we’d love to drive it to the shops. Volker Brodkorb is the builder behind it, it’s called a ‘DooM Inc. Troop Support Vehicle’, and there’s lot more to see on Flickr via the link above.

You can see more of all three builds via the links in the text above, and normal car-related service will resume here at TLCB shortly…

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Death on Wheels

Lego Yamaha YFM 700 Quad Bike

Today’s news is full of the story of America dropping its largest ever non-nuclear bomb on some unsuspecting militants in Afghanistan. Weighing 9,800kgs and at over 3oft in length, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb sure is a devastatingly deadly bit of kit. But we suspect it’s not half as deadly as this, Yamaha’s YFM 700 quad bike.

Designed to roll over on top of you if you so much as look at it, the YFM 700 is the sort of machine that is way, way too fast for almost everyone that will ever climb atop it. But it sure is a cool way to go. This Lego recreation of the lethal Yamaha comes from Flickr’s André Pinto, and thankfully it’s much safer than its full size counterpart. See more at André’s photostream via the link above.

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