Soundling a bit like a British pub or a Simpsons episode, Sydag’s latest build pairs an F8F-2 Bearcat with a ’28 Ford pick-up rat rod, making the pilot/driver probably the coolest mini-figure in the world. See more on Flickr.
Previous bloggee Versteinert MOC has earned one of our Elves two meal tokens in one go today, as it returned to TLCB Towers with both of these neat Town-scale rat rods. Will it save a meal for another day or binge on both in one go? I think we can all guess the answer. See more of each creation at the link above.
Renault’s 1957 Dauphine was not a fast car. Powered by a 845cc inline-4 producing a meagre 32bhp, the Dauphine took 32 seconds to reach 60mph and topped out at just 8mph more. But it looked so pretty whilst doing it.
Described by motoring journalists at the time as “The prettiest four-seater in the world” the Dauphine was an enormous success, being manufactured in twelve different countries and selling over two million units in its 10 year production run – a huge figure for the 50s and 60s. And to be honest it wasn’t even that slow when compared to rivals of the time.
However by modern standards Renault’s little family car is almost dangerously lethargic. French tuner Adrien Faure thought so too, and decided his little Dauphine could do with a bit more power. Four times as much in fact, thanks to a 1200cc Yamaha motorbike engine that he’s fitted beautifully in place of the original ‘Ventoux’ unit.
It’s this car that serial bloggee Senator Chinchilla has chosen to recreate, complete with scraped paint and rust, with this lovely Model Team creation. There’s more to see of the Senator’s replica on Flickr by clicking here, and you can read more about the Yamaha-powered Dauphine on which his model is based visiting the Speedhunters website. It may no longer be all that pretty, but this Dauphine is quick!
BMWs in TLCB’s home nation are everywhere. Whilst we appreciate that to much of our readership they’re seen as a slightly unusual luxury car, to this writer they are the epitome of the boring rep-mobile, driven by boring people on boring roads to impress their boring friends who also drive boring BMWs.
Not so this one though.
This slice of brown Bavarian brilliance is _Tyler‘s Lego reincarnation of Mike Burroughs’ fantastic BMW E28 rat rod. The polar opposite of every dull grey diesel on the roads here, Mike’s E28 reminds us of a time when BMWs were slightly unusual luxury cars. That his ratty coupe would also cause the Residents Association to call an emergency meeting to discuss its effect on their property prices is an added bonus.
There’s more to see of both the real car and _Tyler’s superb 7-wide Lego version via the links in the text above – click on each to make a jump.
Another day, another Elf returns to TLCB Towers in the hope of a meal token. A token said Elf was duly granted, because this Ford Model-A ‘five window’ hot rod is right up our alley.
Featuring a wealth of Technic functionality Jonathan Elliott‘s hot rod is definitely worthy of the Technic category, but to be honest we’re not really looking at the working functions because the outside is Just. So. Damn. Cool.
There’s only one image available at present, but nevertheless you can still check it out at Jonathan’s Flickr photostream by clicking the link in the text above.
*That’s in your internet history now. Heh heh heh.
Dutch builder Johnni D’s Photostream is home to some great, small Lego cars. Recently it’s been filling up with comic style, 4-wide hot rods of all sorts of shapes. There are over 120 at the time of writing. They range from rat-rods (above) to custom Transit vans (below), via hatchbacks, campers and pick-ups. It’s well worth clicking this link to enjoy the variety of these builds.
The tiny minds of The Lego Car Blog Elves are often attracted to tiny things. Today they’ve returned with two vehicles. First up is a Micro Scale Rat Rod from Primoz Mlakar. The car has been photographed on a neat, forced perspective background. Second is an even tinier motorbike. The Velocitech Vortex has been built by Dylan Denton and features a minifgure hand kick stand.
Remember, you don’t need loads of Technic and expensive Power Functions motors to be featured here. Think about what components you have in your collection and how you might use them creatively and you never know, our Elves might pay you visit.*
*Please note that TLCB declines responsibility for damages caused by Elves attempting to breach any security measures that you might use to protect your Lego.
Kia had taken their brave pills when they decided to name their new small car the ‘Soul’. Korean cars had a come a long way in the run up to the Soul’s release, but the one thing they were still lacking was the exact thing they were naming their new car after.
Kia got it right though, and their quirky small SUV thing has done rather well. In fact Kia’s entire range is now more than a match for the established Japanese, American and European brands. However, this new found competence had yet to be appreciated by the Lego Community, as a quick search through our Archives here at TLCB revealed that not one Kia had ever appeared here.
Today Flickr’s Tim Inman has righted that oversight, with this; his ‘Overbite’ Kia Soul rat rod. With a roof chop, rusted paintwork and stripy seats, Tim’s Soul ticks all the rat rod boxes, and being based on a modern Korean hatchback somehow makes it all the cooler.
There’s more of Tim’s Soul rat to see on Flickr – click the link above to make the jump.
The world is full of wonderful forgotten cars. From middle eastern ‘princes’ abandoning their supercars in desert parking lots to the little old lady whose late husband’s classic Jaguar has been decomposing silently in her unopened garage for decades, all petrolheads dream of discovering a long-lost automotive relic.
Kosmas Santosa has recreated that moment when the door onto something special is opened with this beautifully shot garage scene, and you can see more of his ‘Abandoned Beauty’ on Flickr here.
Unlike last night’s Oscars (props to Leonardo DiCaprio for his climate change winners speech), this lovely little rat rod by TLCB favourite _Tiler includes every colour, and just look at how excellent it is as a result! Something of a metaphor for cohesive society…
You can see more of _Tiler’s wonderfully diverse and beautifully photographed rat rod on Flickr – click the link above to make the jump.
No, not that Black Friday. Our Elves are feeling quite sinister today (which means they might be plotting something), and thus we have a few dark and moody creations to share.
First up is TLCB regular piratecox‘s superb hot rod hearse, giving mini-figures the chance to go out in style. It looks the perfect funeral vehicle for a chap like the one below, who mixes driving his brutal-looking rat rod pick-up with piloting a jet-black Corsair fighter plane. Sydag is the builder and you can see more of his stunning build on Flickr at the link above, whilst we try to work out what the Elves are up to…