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Land Cruiser

Lego Remote Control Land Carrier

But not the usual kind. This is a Khagaan Land Carrier, a vehicle from deep within the mind of Lego-engineering genius Mahjqa, and it is, just like your Mom, ludicrously massive. Constructed from an estimated 25,000 parts, measuring well over a meter long, and weighing 9kg, Mahjqa’s creation was a truly huge undertaking, requiring three months to reach completion and a further two for each of the remote controlled vehicles on the deck.

The whole rig is itself remote controlled, driven by four powered caterpillar tracks mounted on rotating bogies, and is also fitted with a remotely operable crane, full LED lighting, plus a powered lift to enable the vehicles carried by the Khagaan to ascend and descend between the carrier deck and the ground beneath it.

Lego Remote Control Land Carrier

There’s a whole lot more to see of Mahjqa’s incredible build at both Flickr and the Eurobricks discussion forum, but the only way to really appreciate the scale and engineering complexity of this remarkable machine is to watch in action.

Fortunately Mahjqa is one of the most talented Lego movie-makers in the business, and he’s produced a genuinely exceptional video showcasing the Khagaan and its support vehicles, plus some behind-the-scenes footage of how the amazing shoot was put together.

Click the links above to join the discussion on Eurobricks and to see the Khagaan’s full image gallery on Flickr, but don’t leave this page without watching the video below first…

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Indestructible Car

Lego Toyota Hilux

Famously unkillable, Toyota’s Hilux pick-up is now in its eighth generation. This is a fourth gen, pictured here somewhere on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast (probably), and beautifully recreated in Lego form by previous bloggee and Town-scale off-road wizard Pixel Fox. There’s more to see of his excellent 6-wide Hilux on Flickr via the link, where you can also find a wealth of other brilliantly replicated off-roaders.

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4x4x2

Lego Ford F-250 1975

It’s a dirty double today at The Lego Car Blog! First up (above) is TLCB regular _Tiler‘s wonderful 7-wide lifted 1975 Ford F-250, complete with beautifully chromed bumper and grille pieces and some marvellous Technic balloon tyres.

The second model in today’s double-helping of rough-riding fun comes from previous bloggee de-marco, with this supremely neat 5-wide classic Ford Bronco-esque off-roader, which has been cunningly constructed from bricks placed almost entirely sideways.

There’s more to see of each creation on Flickr – check them out via the links above whilst we congratulate ourselves on making it the whole way through this innuendo-strewn post without referencing your Mom.

Lego Off-Roader Bronco

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Technic Toyota

Lego Technic Toyota FJ Cruiser

Modern Toyota 4×4 vehicles are renowned the world over for their reliability, toughness, and go-anywhere ability. But not so much for their soul. Apart from this one that is – the wonderful Toyota FJ Cruiser.

Launched in 2006 and lasting until 2014 the FJ Cruiser brought a bit of style to Toyota’s 4×4 range, whilst maintaining the legendary durability and off-road ability that the brand was famous for. So why wasn’t it sold in TLCB’s home nation Toyota?!

We’ll have to make do with this then, which is no bad thing. Built by Flickr’s _spacehopper_ this Technic recreation of the FJ Cruiser not only looks brilliant (especially for a Technic model), but it’s also packed with working functions, including remote control drive and steering, working suspension, opening doors and a front-mounted winch.

There’s more of the FJ to see at _spacehopper_’s photostream – click the link above to make the jump to Flickr.

Lego Technic Toyota FJ Cruiser

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Mighty Metro

Lego MG Metro 6R4 Group B

The Austin/Rover/MG Metro does not have a good reputation here in TLCB’s home nation. Now almost extinct, most observers would say that’s a good thing. But this staff writer is feeling brave, and he’s going to make a case for the humble British city car…

Launched in 1980 the Austin – and then Rover/MG – Metro was designed to compliment (but eventually replace) the beloved but ageing Mini. Neat packaging, clever hydro-gas suspension, and modern looks earned British Leyland’s new product the What Car? Car of The Year accolade and buyers bought it in their thousands.

However the Metro was born at a tumultuous time for the British car industry, and the reputation of industrial action, striking workers and piss-poor quality still lingered around almost anything that British Leyland made.

This meant that the Metro was a rare success story, but whilst other good products would arrive in the 1990s cash would become increasingly tight, and the Metro would be forced to carry on for eighteen years. Over that time of course, a good car designed in the late 1970s became no longer a good car at all.

That meant the end of the Metro and – ultimately – the end of Rover too, and the Metro is now almost completely gone from European roads, despite over 2 million being sold.

Lego Remote Control Metro 6R4

However, one variant of British Leyland’s little hatchback can still be found. A version from a time when the company was optimistic about its future, and adventurous in its marketing too. The amazing MG Metro 6R4.

Built for the monstrous Group B rally era, and then becoming a dominant force in rallycross, the Metro 6R4 squeezed a 400+bhp Cosworth-derived V6 and a permanent all-wheel drive system into a space-framed version of the Metro shell, and the engine later went on to be developed for the Jaguar XJ200 supercar – which became the fastest production car in the world.

This wonderful fully remote controlled recreation of British Leyland’s most spectacular car comes from newcomer All_About_Lego, and it’s packed with working functions. Alongside the remote control all-wheel drive and steering are working front and rear lights, all-wheel suspension, and opening doors and rear clamshell. The exterior is accurately stickered in the 6R4’s period mid-80s livery, whilst the inside contains a fully detailed (and roll-caged) interior too.

A full gallery of images is available to view on Flickr, you can read more about the build and watch a video of the model in action via the Eurobricks forum by clicking here, and if you’re wondering quite why this writer thinks the MG Metro 6R4 is so cool, click this link…

Lego MG Metro 6R4 Group B

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Mighty Mercedes

Lego Technic Mercedes-Benz Zetros Truck RC

This stunning looking Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6×6 crane truck is the work of newcomer JRX, and it’s might just be the most technology and feature packed model of the year so far.

Underneath the realistic exterior are fourteen Power Functions motors, fifteen pneumatic cylinders and ten pairs of LED lights. Oh, and a third-party BuWizz brick to provide the power required and control the working functions. Now concentrate, here comes the science part…

Lego Technic Mercedes Zetros 6x6

All six wheels of JRX’s Zetros are independently suspended and powered by four LEGO Buggy Motors, with the three differential locks activated by a Servo motor and four pneumatic cylinders. These pneumatics are powered by an on-board compressor consisting of a Large motor and four pneumatic pumps, which also drive the crane extension and boom lift via a further five pneumatic cylinders.

A Medium motor and a further three Servo motors power the crane winch, rotation and elevation, whilst another Servo, Medium motor and two more pneumatic cylinders drive the outriggers. One final Medium motor powers the front winch and ten pairs of LEDs light the headlights, tail-lights, floodlights, warning lights and flashing turn signals.

JRX’s Mercedes-Benz Zetros has more squeezed inside it than your Mom’s corset, and just like your Mom there’s a video of it action available to view online. You can watch the Zeros is action via the video below, and you can see all of the photos and read further build information at both JRX’s Flickr photostream and via the Eurobricks discussion forum.

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Like a Wheel Within a Wheel

Lego Sci-Fi VW

Round
Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever-spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning
Running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

A couple of Elves got into a supply closet today and knocked over some ultra-strong floor cleaner, so things have got a bit trippy. We’ll open a few windows so that normal service can resume, but in the meantime you can check out Robert Heim‘s ‘VW Kübelkäfer’ on Flickr via the link above. Oh, and here’s today’s title track

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Crushing Cars

Lego Bigfoot Monster Truck

Never has a vehicle found by one of Elves been more… Elven. Well, maybe if paave‘s Technic Bigfoot monster truck was remote controlled, but weary of past smushings we’re rather thankful that it isn’t.

Based on a 1974 Ford F-250 pick-up truck, the original ‘Bigfoot’ was, like all the best inventions, built by a man in his shed.  After a motorsports promotor saw a video of the truck crushing some old cars in a field he asked Bigfoot’s creator, Bob Chandler, if he wouldn’t mind repeating the stunt in front of a paying audience. Bob tentatively agreed and the rest is history, with Ford even sponsoring the truck from the early ’80s.

Paave’s Technic recreation of Bob’s F-250 probably won’t be crushing any cars, but it is just as technically capable, with accurate four-wheel steering, four-wheel drive, and four-link axles with enormous suspension travel. Head over to MOCpages with a warm beer and a footlong hot-dog to see more of paave’s creation.

 

Lego Bigfoot Monster Truck

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Hard Trucking

Lego 8x8 Truck Remote Control

After a productive day here in TLCB Towers – with several Elves successful and fed – this rumbled into the office. Powered by two Power Functions XL motors, with eight wheel drive, four wheel steering, a straight six engine, a two speed gearbox, and some of the tricksiest suspension we’ve ever seen, pipasseyoyo‘s 8×8 military truck had the potential to undo the peace in a big way.

Lego Technic Truck 8x8 Remote Control

Fortunately for us, both of the truck’s two speeds are slow, meaning a mass Elven smushing was never on the cards. However the model’s enormous load bed and high torque makes it the perfect vehicle for transporting a collection of whooping Elves around the office. Whilst we do that (we are nice sometimes) you can see more of pipasseyoy’s hugely impressive creation on Brickshelf via the link above, and you can watch it in action with some suitably hardcore music courtesy of the video below.

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The People Eater’s Limousine

Lego Mad Max Fury Road People Eater's Limousine

It’s been a while since we featured a vehicle from Mad Max – Fury Road, but thanks to a reader we’re back in the apocalyptic wastelands of George Miller’s 2015 epic. The Elves – despite not finding this creation themselves – are watching a screening of the movie in their cage room, so we can probably expect extreme violence from them tomorrow. In the meantime let’s take a closer look at today’s build.

Based on an AM General M814 military truck with a Mercedes-Benz W123 limousine body mounted atop it, this is the ‘People Eater’s Limousine’. Like all the vehicles from the movie the truck/limo hybrid was built for real, using two salvaged Mercedes-Benz limousines due to be scrapped by a wedding car company.

In the film the truck is used by the Mayor of Gastown as his own personal transportation and can also refine oil on the move, allowing his business to continue earning revenue even while he traverses the desert between Gastown and the Citadel. A smart man then, but he also wears nipple-clamps at all times, so that probably cancels out.

Nipple-clamp wearing businessman aside, this Lego recreation of the People Eater’s Limousine is about an accurate a replica of a Mad Max – Fury Road vehicle as we’ve seen yet, and includes a highly detailed engine, a perfectly replicated interior, and the two oil-refining trailers in tow.

It’s the work of Scott of Flickr and there’s a huge gallery of images available to view at his photostream, which also includes some of the other vehicles from the Mad Max – Fury Road film. Click on the link above to make the jump to Scott’s photostream, and if you want to see what happened to the real vehicle (clue: fire and explosions!) then click here!

Lego Mad Max Fury Road People Eater's Limousine

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Technic Expedition

Lego Technic Jeep Wrangler 4x4 Remote Control Truck Trial

If you were surprised that yesterday’s find resulted in no Elven carnage, so were we. Fast, nimble and easily controllable from a bluetooth device, Anto’s remote control Citroen World Rally Car would have been the perfect tool to – if not drive over Elves – at least splat them against the corridor walls. But fear not readers, the Elves are back on form today.

This brutal-looking Jeep Wrangler Expedition is neither fast nor nimble, but it is a hugely capable machine. Powered by an on-board LiPo battery, two XL motors drive all four wheels whilst two L motors power the steering and a front-mounted winch. Working lights and monster suspension complete the list of functions, equipping the Jeep for the tough off-road competition for which it was built.

We don’t know how the Jeep fared in the aforementioned event, but if  the carnage here at TLCB Towers is anything to go buy, we suspect it did quite well.

Lego Technic Jeep Wrangler 4x4 Remote Control Truck Trial

Knowing it isn’t the fastest creation, the discoverer Elf waited until nightfall to unleash the Jeep on its unsuspecting colleagues. Many of TLCB Elves sleep in their cages. A sign of their oppression they may be, but a cage-based Elf is usually a safe Elf. However, some of the Elves had taken their chances, simply falling asleep in various poses on the cage room floor. These Elves were not safe. Not safe at all.

Unable to wake and run fast enough, the Jeep made easy work of the snoozing Elves. By the time we reached the cage room at least a dozen had been flattened and one was still desperately clinging the the bumper in a bid to avoid the Jeep’s balloon tyres before Mr. Airhorn put an end to the rampage.

Delighted with its success the lucky Elf at the controls bounded off into the night, leaving us to tidy up the mess. We have Horcik Designs to thank for our troubles, and you can see further images and details of his remote control Jeep Wrangler Expedition at both the Eurobricks forum and Horcik’s Flickr album.

Click the links above to take a look, and you can watch the Jeep in action off-road via the video below.

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Sliding Citroen

Lego Remote Control Citroen DS3 WRC

Dogs on hardwood floors. The masters of indoor drifting. Until now.

This angry-looking creation is a Citroen DS3 World Rally Car, as driven by nine time World Champion Sébastien Loeb, who has now switched to the World Rallycross series.

Underneath the shopping-car-on-steroids bodywork would normally be a trick all-wheel-drive system powered by a monster turbo engine. However builder Anto has taken a different route…

Lego Remote Control Citroen DS3 WRC

Driving the rear wheels only are two Large Power Functions motors, whilst a servo takes care of the steering. The steering has a clever caster angle built in, meaning that when it’s turned the stiff chassis unloads a rear wheel. In principle this means Anto’s Citroen could drift, if only LEGO motors had a bit more power…

With the addition of a third-party BuWizz bluetooth battery brick however, they do. A lot more. The BuWizz system delivers up to eight times more power than normal to the LEGO motors, and that is easily enough to spin the rear wheels on a not just a hardwood floor, but pretty much anything.

There’s more to see of Anto’s drifting DS3 WRC on Eurobricks, where there are also instructions available so you can build it yourself, and you can watch what the car can do courtesy of the brilliant video below…

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Writer’s Revenge

Lego Volvo FH16 750 Truck

Today, this TLCB Writer snapped. Enough Elven droppings on the office floor. Enough Elven fighting in the corridor. Enough Elven surgery following the Elven fighting in the corridor.

Luckily one of the Elves found a creation perfect for rehabilitating a TLCB Writer post breakdown. This huge Volvo 8×4 FH16 truck, trailer and A60H dump truck combo comes from previous bloggee Shineyu, and it’s a truly incredible feat of Lego engineering.

Underneath the wonderfully realistic exteriors of each model are a host of Technic Power Functions motors, powering the drive, steering and – in the A60H’s case – the giant dumping bucket.

Lego Volvo A60H Dump Truck

You can squeeze a lot of Elves in said bucket, and Shineyu’s A60H is powerful enough to carry them all down the corridor, (whooping with delight), towards the office entrance (still whooping), through the doors (whooping subsiding), into the car park (whooping ceased), and towards the pond (whooping replaced by panic).

The Lego Car Blog Office is a much quieter place now, and this writer can confirm that the Volvo A60H’s dumping mechanism works wonderfully. Whilst he enjoys a peaceful day at TLCB Towers you can check out our favourite creation for some time courtesy of the Eurobricks discussion forum here, and you can watch both Volvo trucks in action thanks to the video below.

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In Space, No-One Can Hear You Pollute

Lego Octan Sci-Fi Desert Bug

With the news that TLCB’s home nation is to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol powered cars by 2040, following France, Norway and others, the writing is on the wall for petrol companies. Not that you’d know it though. Are they, aware of the impending death of the one product they sell, championing the roll-out of hydrogen fuelling and electricity fast-chargers? Are they balls.

Which makes this six-wheeled Octan, er… whatever this is by Flickr’s BobDeQuatre even more perplexing that it otherwise would be. Are Octan still selling fossil fuels in the distant future? And how can an internal combustion engine even work in an environment without oxygen? We’ll put on our ‘Oil Executive Hat’ and say that’s a problem for another generation, let’s just keep that black gold flowing!* See more of Bob’s Octan Space Thingy at his photostream via the link above.

*We imagine the results of said hat look a little like the Simpsons’ Rich Texan.

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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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