Tag Archives: Pick-up

Not a Porsche

Lego Technic 42056 B-Model Hot Rod

LEGO’s 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS set… we’re not really fans here at TLCB, and we’re also definitely not fans of the weird part of the online Lego community that seeks to buy sets like this and leave them unopened in a sealed box somewhere. By extension therefore, we are fans of this. Built exclusively from pieces found within the official Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS set, Brickshelf’s marthart has not only opened his 42056 box but he’s used the pieces to not build the Porsche too. The hot rod pick-up he’s created from the Porsche’s parts includes a working piston engine, gearbox, independent suspension and adjustable ground clearance, it was suggested to us by a reader, and it can be found in more detail at the link above.

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Today’s Programme is Brought to You by the Letters ‘T’ and ‘U’

Lego Ford Model T

Some wise words from Sesame Street, which has been playing on the old TV in the Elves’ cage room to help them learn to spell. A human hand hidden inside some fuzzy felt with eyes stuck on top is clearly an effective learning aid, as following Elmo’s alphabetical directive the Elves have returned with two letter-based finds today!

Our ‘T’ creation (above) comes from Flickr’s Jonas Obermaier, a neat 1920s Ford Model T pick-up in mini-figure scale. Mini-figures who are up to no-good we think, as any 1920s vehicle near a ‘Keep Out’ sign usually spells trouble. Find out what they’re up to at the link above.

Today’s ‘U’ creation (below) was also found on Flickr, and comes from Joshua Brooks. It too is mini-figure scale, and it’s apparently a UT-60D U-Wing fighter from one of the many Star Wars battles in which some plucky pilots try to thwart a giant evil space station. It could therefore be from literally any Star Wars story as far as we know, so for a fuller back-story (and to check out what is a really lovely creation) click the link above or wait for it to appear on a blog that’s nerdier than this one.

Lego UT-60D U-Wing Star Wars

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Get Hard

Lego Technic Nissan D21 Hardbody

We’re not quite sure why Nissan’s late ’80s – early ’90s compact pick-up truck was called the ‘Hardbody’. All cars have a hard body. Well, apart from whatever this is. It’s also meant that today’s blog post titles are both a bit ambiguous in nature, so we’ll move on quickly and get to the technical stuff…

Built by previous bloggee Filsawgood of Flickr, this neat Technic Nissan D21 Hardbody is one of our favourite trucks of the year. It’s also one of our favourite trucks in real life, being the total antithesis of the hateful Dodge Ram and its ilk.

Filsawgood’s recreation of the little Nissan looks the part thanks to a few well designed Model Team style details, and it’s packing some decent Technic functionality underneath too, including remote control drive and steering and all-wheel suspension. There’s lots more to see at Filsawgood’s photostream – click the link above to get hard.

Lego Technic Nissan D21 Hardbody

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’48 Ford

Lego Ford F1

This is a 1948 Ford F1, and we know that racing cars were a bit agricultural back then but this is ridiculous.

It’s not really anything to do with the highest tier of motorsport of course, rather it’s the predecessor to America’s best selling truck, the Ford F150. This neat Model Team version has been built by Lego-building legend Firas Abu-Jaber, and unusually for a static display piece it features a few working functions too, including steering, opening doors and hood, and a dropping tailgate.

There’s more to see of Firas’ latest build at his photostream, and you can check out his interview here at The Lego Car Blog by clicking these words.

Lego Ford F1 Truck

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Red Bed

Lego Ford Hot Rod 1932

Now that’s an engine. Visibility may be slightly compromised though. No matter, this ridiculous Ford ’32 hot rod pick-up by Flickr’s Tim Inman is unlikely to be going round many corners. See more at the link above.

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Triton Takeover

Lego Technic RC Mitsubishi L200 Triton

Mitsubishi passenger cars haven’t appeared here at The Lego Car Blog all that often. In fact Mistubishi’s World War 2 fighter plane – the A6M Zero – has made more appearances. This is probably because the Japanese manufacturer’s current product range is a bit… shit, and thus it’s a bit of a bleak place from which to draw inspiration.

Mitsubishi’s woes are larger than a tiny market share cobbled together from a bland line-up of nothingness though. World news has been full of the Volkswagen ‘dieselgate’ scandal, where some crafty engineers (and morally bankrupt management) signed off a ‘cheat’ that means cars are producing up to forty times their stated pollution level, but what you may not know is that Mitsubishi Motors are currently the subject of a criminal investigation in Japan for undertaking similar practices.

In fact it’s been found that Mitsubishi have been falsifying the fuel economy figures of their domestic-market vehicles for twenty five years, with over 620,000 cars affected.

Lego Technic Mitsubishi L200 Pick-Up

All of this has resulted in a company that’s now in a precarious position, but luckily for fans of the brand (and their thousands of employees), the Renault-Nissan Alliance has stepped in. No doubt helped Mitsubishi Motor’s falling share price, the French-Japanese partnership recently completed a $2.2Billion purchase of a controlling stake in the company, and simultaneously turned Renault-Nissan into the fourth largest automotive group in the world.

With both Nissan and Renault now on a roll after years in the automotive doldrums it can only be a good thing for Mitsubishi’s products, which will be able to share the platforms, engines and electrics of their parent brands. That’ll make things interesting for the bright spot in Mitsubishi’s current range, their highly successful L200 ‘Triton’ pick-up truck. With Nissan’s own Navara spawning a new pick-up for Renault (and one for Mercedes-Benz soon too), should the L200 end up platform-sharing as well there’ll be four pick-ups all spun from the same design.

Until then though, the current L200 remains a stand-alone* product (and quite a good one too), and TLCB favourite paave has recreated the popular pick-up superbly in Technic form. With remote control drive and steering, accurate independent front and leaf spring rear suspension, and opening (and locking) doors, hood and tailgate, paave’s double-cab Triton is packed with features too. Head over to MOCpages for all the images, plus a video of the model in action.

Lego Mitsubishi L200 Triton Double-Cab

*Er… sort of. This is complicated. Nissan make the Navara, and are in partnership with Renault. Renault will re-badge the Navara themselves to create the Renault Alaskan next year. This platform has also been shared with Mercedes-Benz, who will make their first commercial pick-up truck, the X-Class, next year too.

Mitsubishi, now owned by Renault-Nissan, make their own truck, the L200 pictured here. This will likely also become a Navara clone when the current generation is replaced, but for now it’s a separate entity. Except the L200 platform has been sold to Fiat so that they can re-badge it to create their own pick-up, called the Fullback, which launched last month…

But none of these are a Toyota Hilux.

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Octan Offroad

Lego Ford F150 Raptor

LEGO’s fictional petroleum company, Octan, have been around since 1992, with their ‘sponsorship’ appearing on all sorts of vehicles over that time. This Ford F150 Raptor in full off-road spec by Flickr’s Peter Blackert (aka Lego911) is one of our favourites to appear in a while, and the Octan sponsorship looks very at home. There’s more to see, including a few images of the Raptor in a brick-built desert landscape, via Peter’s photostream.

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Model A Rat Rod

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This year’s Creations for Charity event continues apace. It’s a great opportunity to help do some good via the hobby of Lego building (like reading this blog). It’s also a great opportunity to buy some brilliant models, designed by some of the top Lego builders from around the world. One example is this Ford Model-A pick-up hot rod from TLCB regular Tim Henderson, one of two vehicles he has donated to year’s fundraiser. Click the links in the text to view them and buy them.

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Pass the Pigs

Lego Farm Pick-Up Truck

This neat little farmer’s pick-up truck comes from Сергей Антохин of Flickr. It’s only 6-studs wide but some clever construction means that two mini-figures can fit inside the cabin, whilst their three pet pigs ride in the back.

Lego Pick-Up Truck

As well as featuring opening doors, the tailgate and sides of the load bed can drop to enable the pigs to be unloaded when they get to their destination, as you can see here. We wonder where they’re going?

Lego Farm Truck

The pigs have disappeared, probably to happily root around in a field just out of shot, and Сергей has attached this superbly proportioned wood chip/meat mincing device to the rear of the truck. You can see more of Сергей’s lovely Town-scale truck at his photostream via the link above, whilst we put the sausages on for lunch.

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To Protect and Serve…

Lego Technic Trophy Truck Police

Mr. Airhorn has done sterling work over the years*. Much feared by our Elven workforce, this humble combination of plastic trumpet and compressed gas has been the dominating force in restoring order and emptying TLCB Towers of Elves when needed.

Now, thanks to a reader, we think we can add another tool to our armoury. This gloriously insane Technic trophy truck comes from 1711902090 of Brickshelf, and it’s everything an Elf would look for in a vehicle with which to cause wanton destruction. Remote control, large-travel suspension, monster V6 engine with supercharger… But this creation isn’t for the Elves, thanks to what’s printed on each side;

POLICE.

The Elves fear any authority, and that six-letter words gives us all the excuses we need to commandeer this machine for our own purposes. Namely chasing our smelly little workforce out of the office when we’ve had enough of them.

We’re pretty sure that the Elves can’t read, so there’s little danger of them learning about our new weapon here at thelegocarblog.com. Whilst we give it a go this afternoon you can check out all of the images of 1711902090’s magnificent model on Brickshelf via the link above.

*Like here. And here. And here, here, here, here and here. And here.

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Dropped D21

Lego Technic Nissan D21 Remote Control

No sooner had we published a reader review of LEGO’s infamous buggy motor than two Elves returned to TLCB Towers with a Buggy Motor powered creation. Maybe they can read after all? The first of their Buggy Motor propelled finds you can view below, the second is this; Filsawgood’s brilliant 1991 Nissan D21 Hardbody pick-up.

Like today’s other blogged model Filsawgood’s D21 uses the combination of a Buggy Motor driving the rear wheels, a Servo for steering, and a third-party SBrick for control via bluetooth device, plus there’s all-wheel suspension and custom stickers.

The D21 hardbody is also a damn cool antidote for our deep-rooted loathing of the pick-up truck genre at the hands of hateful crap like the Dodge Ram. You can see more of Filsawgood’s glorious early ’90s Nissan at both Flickr and Eurobricks – click the links for the full gallery, build details, and a video of the truck in action.

Lego Datsun Nissan D21 Hardbody Pick-Up

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Simplify, Then Add Lightness

Lego Technic Remote Control Trophy Truck

Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s philosophy is more true today than it has ever been. Excess weight in car design is a very bad thing, and it’s something that has got out of hand in recent times. It ruins handling, acceleration, braking, and fuel consumption, yet auto manufacturers seem to have shown little concern for it over the last two decades.

Finally however, after cars becoming increasingly heavy with each successive generation, emissions and fuel consumption concerns have forced manufacturers to rethink the way that their products are designed. For the first time in, well… ever, the next generation of a car is usually lighter than the model it replaces.

The problem of excess weight is much the same with powered Lego creations, blighting performance and – just like real cars – requiring more and more power to overcome it. It’s therefore a refreshing change to find a builder who has focussed on stripping as much weight out of their creation as possible, all in the name of performance.

This wonderfully minimalist remote control 4×4 trophy truck is the work of previous bloggee paave, and it only requires one motor for drive and another for steering to give it remarkable off-road ability. You can see paave’s truck in action on both Eurobricks and MOCpages, whilst we congratulate ourselves on writing a whole post about excess weight without mentioning your Mom. Damn…

Lego Technic RC Off-Road Truck

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Remote Control Raptor

Lego Technic Ford Raptor Remote Control

Ford’s Raptor is arguably the most hardcore production off-road pick-up truck on sale. For 2017 Ford are preparing  a new version, ditching the old V8 and replacing it with their new twin-turbo V6 as found in the Ford GT. No doubt some backwards-thinking rednecks will lament this update, but we’re all for it here at TLCB. Previous bloggee Rage Hobbit of MOCpages seems to be too, and he’s recreated the upcoming Raptor in monster RC Technic form.

With twin buggy motors driving a selectable 4×4 system through a 4-speed sequential gearbox, working steering, independent front and 4-link live axle rear suspension, opening (and locking) doors, hood and tailgate, plus a the 2017 Raptor’s Ecoboost V6 up front, Rage’s Raptor replica is one of the best off-roading Lego creations we’ve seen this year.

There’s lots more to see at Rage Hobbit’s MOCpage, including an extensive image gallery, full technical details and a video of model in action – click the link above to make the jump.

Lego Technic Ford SVT Raptor 2017

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Back Once Again With The Ill Behaviour

Lego Technic RC Trophy Truck

It’s been a while since the last Elf Squashing (at the hands of a remote control Lego creation anyway – we may have stepped on a few…). Today though normal service was resumed as several of our Elven workforce were mown down in the corridors of TLCB Towers by this; paave‘s brilliant remote control trophy truck.

Lego Remote Control Truck

With front and rear suspension, steering by M motor and power delivered to the rear wheels by a LEGO Buggy Motor, paave’s lightweight racer is a properly quick bit of kit. See just how quick via the video below, and you can see more images on MOCpages at the link above or at the Eurobricks forum here.

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Put a Tiger in Your Tank

Lego VW Transporter Esso

This gorgeous replica of Volkswagen’s classic T1 Transporter comes from TLCB favourite and previous bloggee Andrea Lattanzio aka Norton74. The latest version in his line of classic Volkwagens, Andrea’s newest build depicts the iconic van in an unusual 1950s canvas pick-up specification, and it looks absolutely wonderful. Complete with an Esso oil barrel load and some superb exterior decals it’s one of the most realistic models that we’ve found this year. We highly recommend further viewing via Andrea’s Flickr photostream – put a tiger in your tank at the link above.

Lego VW Type 2 Transporter

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