The single most Italian thing possible is a pretty girl on a Vespa (you’re welcome). Cue the brand new LEGO 10298 Vespa 125 set, the latest officially-licensed vehicle to join LEGO’s 18+ range. And it looks gorgeous.
Constructed from 1,106 pieces, most of which are the lovely light blue used to such great effect with the limited edition 77942 Fiat 500 set, 10298 measures around 35cm long and features working handlebar steering, a folding kick stand, removable engine cover, and even a brick-built helmet and bunch of flowers.
Available from March 1st, 10298 will cost around $99 / €99 / £89, and we love it. You’ll have to build your own pretty girl for authentic Italian completeness though.
…is all you need to move yourself about. And – as anyone that’s familiar with transport methods in many Asian countries will know – not just yourself, but your spouse, children, family dog, and shop. All at once.
The Yamaha 70cc scooter is one of millions and millions that form the backbone of much of the world’s travel, and this 1974 example perfectly captures the simplicity of the real thing.
Built by Marco Gan of Flickr, just a handful of carefully chosen pieces have been used, some of which might be held together by magic.
Climb on board (along with three others, a box of live geese, and shop selling delicious snacks) via the link above, whilst we ready a rather marvellous building competition that celebrates vehicles just like this one…
Square, slow, and frankly a little odd-looking, your Mom and the Honda Motocompo scooter have much in common. Apart from size that is, as this miniature motorcycle could fit inside even the trunk of Honda’s smallest car.
Built by TLCB regular ianying616, this neat (and wonderfully presented) Model Team recreation of the Motocompo almost perfectly captures the original bike, assisted by accurate decals and a few ingenious building techniques.
Take a closer look at ianying’s ‘Honda Motocompo’ album on Flickr via the link above.
The most important vehicle ever produced is not a Bugatti Veyron. Nor a Volkswagen Beetle, nor a Ford Model T, nor even the Benz Patent Motor Car. It’s this, the humble Honda Super Cub 50. Because well over 100million of them have been made since 1958, making it the greatest mover of the people in history.
This beautiful Technic recreation of Honda’s four-stroke underbone motorcycle comes from Khang Huynh of Flickr and features a working kick-stand, steering, and rear suspension, making it very nearly as well-equipped as the real thing.
Khang’s Super Cub is superbly presented too, and there’s more to see of his wonderful creation at his photostream – join 100million riders via the link above.
Roadworks seem to take forever. Perhaps because half the time there doesn’t appear to be anyone working. Flickr’s Edward Lawrence is here to help expedite the repairs, by equipping his construction workers with this delightful ‘Construction Moped’ hover-bike. With construction worker Geoff now able to float above the roadway there should be nothing slowing the construction team down! Of course if vehicles can hover there is probably no need for a roadway at all, but we’ll ignore that… See more at Edward’s photostream via the link!
Things always sound cooler in Italian. This glorious 1960s gas station comes from Master MOCer Andrea Lattanzio aka Norton74. It’s a mini-figure scale replica of one of AGIP’s modernist gas stations that were built across Italy, with curved glass walls, sloping roofs, and a six-legged dog on a stick in the forecourt. Andrea has recreated the structure beautifully, including all the paraphernalia to be found in at Italian gas station in the ’60s, plus a superb period-correct OM Leoncino tanker. There’s a whole lot more of the build to see at Andrea’s Flickr album by clicking this link, plus you can read his interview here at TLCB as part of the Master MOCer series via the link in the text above.
This might be the most Italian thing we’ve ever seen. This beautiful scene complete with two of Italy’s most iconic vehicles, the Vespa scooter and the Fiat 500, comes from the very Italian-sounding Gabriele Zannotti and the, er… Greek-sounding Zeto Vince. Whatever, this could only be more Italian with the addition of a pretty girl, and there’s more to see of this excellent collaboration at Gabriele Zannotti’s photostream – click here to take a look.
This beautifully messy street scene entitled ‘Street corner of Saigon’ comes from Flickr’s Know Your Pieces, and it perfectly captures the jumble of detritus found on any number of East Asian street corners, with plastic stools, a broken moped, and a compressor all expertly recreated in Lego form. One fixture of Saigon’s street corners is notably absent, but seeing as the metropolis, now know as Ho Chi Minh City, is today a throughly modern and advanced megacity we won’t give credence to that old stereotype. See more of the way things used to be at Know Your Pieces’ photostream via the link above.
Is there anything prettier than a girl on a Vespa?* Nope. Not unless you’re the new White House Press Secretary (whereby the prettiest thing ever witnessed is President Donald Trump, period). Previous bloggee ZetoVince may not have built a girl to accompany his Vespa, but his Lego recreation of the iconic Italian scooter is absolutely gorgeous. There’s more to see of this beautiful model on Flickr, where you can also vote for it to become an official LEGO set via LEGO Ideas – click the link above to go for a ride.
*We’ve done the research, see here. And here. And here. Blogging is tough sometimes.
After appearing here numerous times over the years with his large scale workshop scenes, Flickr’s Norton74 has decided to build a little smaller with this charming mini-figure scale Vespa workshop, complete with some beautifully detailed tooling. We don’t know much about Italian motorcycles, but if they’re anything like Italian cars those mini-figure mechanics are going to be kept busy. There’s more to see of Norton’s workshop at his photostream – click the link above to book a service.
We have a penchant for fast and loud vehicles here at The Lego Car Blog, but we do also like more humble transportation. The motorcycle is the world’s most popular powered vehicle and Italian manufacturer Vespa are one of the most famous and iconic brands in the marketplace. This wonderful replica of their little P200 scooter comes from Lego-building masterminds Avro Brothers, and it could only be more beautiful if there were an attractive Italian girl riding it. There’s more to see on Flickr at the link above, ciao!
Scooters are not our usual fare at The Lego Car Blog, but as there are far more on the roads worldwide than cars they should probably appear here more often. This neat Model Team scooter has been built by MOCpages’ Zhan James, and there’s more to see here.
We’re basically larger, hairier children here at TLCB Towers, and as such we usually post vehicles with a million horsepower, or guns, or racing stripes. And if possible with all three. Today though we’re posting something surprisingly small*, and possibly even a little elegant – the infamous classic Vespa scooter.
Flickr’s Norton74 has appeared here several times before, more recently with his beautiful Volkswagen garage. He’s now re-purposed this previous build to replicate his own Officina Super Sprint Vespa Workshop that he owns in real-life, and it’s possibly even more lovely than before. One of his Volkswagen Transporters even makes a re-appearance too.
There’s a whole gallery to enjoy on at Norton74’s photostream, click the link above to take the trip.