We haven’t seen the ghostly US drama ‘Supernatural’ because, well… it sounds a bit shit. Besides, Buffy did it all 8 years before and she’s really pretty. Anyhoo, whilst we don’t really care much for the show, we do care very much for this, the brilliantly menacing ’67 Chevrolet Impala used throughout the programme.
This stunning Technic replica of the Supernatural Impala comes from car-building legend and TLCB Master MOCer Sheepo, who has returned from the dead after two years away from his bricks.
Powered by two XL motors, with a Servo motor controlling a two-speed semi-automatic gearbox, a medium motor driving the steering, and another the auto-opening trunk lid, Sheepo’s creation is packed with spooky automated functions that bring it to life.
The Impala also features working door locks, a detailed V8 engine, double wishbone front and live-axle rear suspension, and a fully detailed interior.
TLCB favourite, Master MOCer and Technic-building legend Sheepo is back! This is his latest creation, a near-perfect working replica of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
Powered by two XL motors plus a Medium motor for steering Sheepo’s Wrangler is a serious bit of off-road kit. In addition to the three RC drive motors are a further two, one controlling a 5+R gearbox and another the high/low range gearbox and two and four wheel drive selection with the option of locking differentials.
Such clever engineering gives Sheepo’s Wrangler some pretty decent miniaturised off-road hardware, meaning it’s probably nearly as fun to drive as the real thing. And it’ll get better gas mileage. There’s lots more to see at the Eurobricks forum and on Sheepo’s excellent website, plus you can see the Rubicon in action via the video below.
We rarely feature modifications of other peoples’ creations here at TLCB, but when a builder as accomplished as RM8 decides to use a design by Master MOCer Sheepo as the basis for a build, we think we can let that rule slide a bit…
This is RM8 (real name Egor Karshiev)’s brilliant Technic Land Rover Defender 90 in full Camel Trophy specification. Based on the original Defender design by Sheepo, Egor has extensively updated the hardware using his own significant Lego off-roading experience.
Power Functions motors control the drive and steering whilst tough all-wheel-drive and suspension systems allow this little Lego Defender to go anywhere the real car can (if it were really small).
Egor’s presentation is top notch stuff too, with both studio and on-location shots taken superbly, and he’s created several excellent videos showing how the Land Rover was built and what it can do outside in the rough stuff.
There’s a neat packaging theme going on today, and our second post takes this towards Alec Issigonis levels of cleverness. TLCB Master MOCer Sheepo has unveiled his latest model, and it’s probably the most technically brilliant creation you’ll see this year.
Underneath the gorgeous (and complicated) 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing body sits a chassis of mind-bending genius. There’s the usual Power Functions remote control drive and steering of course, plus a remotely operated 4-speed sequential gearbox, all-wheel suspension, all-wheel remotely operated drum brakes and working door locks. All that is squeezed into a model of just 1:11 scale, versus Sheepo’s usual 1:8, and it includes an on-board Li-Po battery, IR receivers and four Power Functions motors.
If you like quality engineering as much as we do then we highly recommend visiting the Eurobricks discussion forum where we found this creation, Sheepo’s own excellent website here, and viewing the delightful video below.
P.S. If you’re reading this Sheepo, surely this is the perfect creation for the LEGO Ideas platform? There’s even a partnership with Mercedes-Benz already in place…
It’s been a while since the last Elf smushing, but today – thanks to Technic legend Sheepo – vehicular violence returned to the halls of TLCB Towers.
Sheepo’s latest build is everything the Elves love in a vehicle, being orange, remote controlled and cartoonishly proportioned. It can also drive down a flight of stairs (literally! – watch the video below), so it had no trouble in running down (and then over) our smelly workforce.
Featuring all-wheel-drive courtesy of four XL motors, servo steering and two third-party SBricks for control Sheepo’s RC buggy is a formidable off-road machine. You can see further details of the build on Eurobricks by clicking here, where you’ll also find a link to free LDD instructions, because Sheepo is awesome.
Earlier today we featured America’s attempt at downsizing, which is definite step in the right direction, but is still – let’s face it – bloody massive. Europe are making things much smaller.
Leading the way are BMW, whose latest supercar is powered by a tiny three-cylinder 1.5 litre turbo engine. And some electric motors. Big electric motors.
The striking looking i8 uses a combination of these power sources to deliver incredible performance and incredible fuel economy, deciding how much of each source is best to use at any given time. Clever stuff, although sometimes we don’t think the humble Toyota Prius gets enough credit…
TLCB Master MOCer Sheepo has decided to recreate this technical tour-de-force in Lego Technic, and his stunning replica i8 is very nearly as advanced as the real car. Power Functions RC drive and steering are included, as are an electrically operated retractable roof and opening scissor doors, plus the BMW’s dinky three-cylinder engine.
And then it’s gets really interesting. Sheepo has recreated (sort of) the BMW’s ingenious Hybrid system, with an electrically powered front axel, plus two more motors on the rear axel that are activated on the selection of Sport Mode, to give the car all-wheel-drive. The gearbox mounted in the middle equalises these motors to ensure smooth drive to each wheel, as well as upping the drive ratio when Sport Mode is engaged.
You can see how it all works at Sheepo’s website here (at the time of writing the i8 is yet to be published on the usual image-sharing platforms), or via the excellent video below.
This may look like a tenuous attempt to link today’s post to the spooky festival in which we’re blogging it, but it was planned all along. Definitely.
Anyway, this gorgeous Type 2 Volkswagen Transporter Bus is the work of Master MOCer Sheepo, who has (much like Volkswagen themselves) repurposed his previous Beetle chassis for a whole new job. Underneath the wonderfully recreated Technic bodywork there’s a choice of remote control drive or a ‘manual’ variation with working drum brakes, steering, 4+R gearbox, suspension and the famous flat-4 engine.
So what’s so spooky about it? Well firstly, any car that can drive itself is up to no good, and secondly, would you ever get in one of these if it stopped to pick you up after your car had broken down at the side of the road? Exactly. Sheepo’s Lego version even has doors that lock too…
You can see more of the Volkswagen Bus on Eurobricks, at Sheepo’s own website, or via the YouTube video below.
Welcome to The Lego Car Blog’s new series! Today marks the start of our collaboration with one of the top Lego Vehicle groups on Flickr, the superb Head Turnerz.
Head Turnerz’ members have supplied our Elves with a wealth of blog-worthy vehicles since the group’s inception in late 2013. We’ve decided to extend the mini-figure grab-hand of partnership to the group administrators in order to bring you the Top 5 creations in a variety of categories over the coming months.
First up we’ve decided to tackle the Big One – the Top 5 Technic Supercars ever built! Over to Head Turnerz to count down the list…
Jorgeopesi’s Pagani Huayra is not just as visually stunning as the real thing, but with a working 7-speed manual gearbox, remote controlled drive, and a huge list of other amazing features, this Pagani is our favourite Technic Supercar ever. Congratulations to Jorgeopesi, and you can click here to see more of the world’s current best Technic Supercar.
The incredible Crowkillers takes a close second place with his amazing 997 Porsche GT3. Porsche’s 911 is very difficult to replicate in Lego, but Crowkillers has built the most accurate 911 we have ever seen – and it’s not just the body that’s accurate, there’s even a working 6-speed transmission hooked-up to the famous flat-6 engine. To see more details of this supercar make sure you visit Crowkiller’s brilliant website, you can even buy the instructions so that you can build it yourself!
Dirk Klijn’s McLaren MP4-12C has a 3+Reverse gearbox and is one of the most visually appealing Technic Supercars on the web. But that’s not all. It’s also fully modular – meaning that the body can be completely separated from the chassis and each component removed, replaced and upgraded with ease – exactly how LEGO themselves design their products. To see the full gallery of number three in our list click here to visit Flickr.
It wouldn’t be a Technic Supercar Top 5 without one of Sheepo‘s incredible models, and what’s better than a Volkswagen Beetle?! Sheepo’s VW Bug is not your typical ‘supercar’, but it is a technical masterpiece featuring everything that a real Beetle does, and it’s exceptionally detailed inside and out. Sheepo’s brilliant bug can be found on Flickr here, plus on his own website via www.sheepo.es.
Sariel’s incredible Enzo Ferrari comes in at number 5 with beautiful body lines and more functions than you can believe! With full independent suspension, a manual 4-speed gearbox, V12 piston engine, pneumatically opened doors, moving accelerator pedal, electrically adjustable seats, automated rear wing and much more, the only way to see it all is to take a visit to Sariel’s excellent website.
There you have it; the Top 5 Technic Supercars ever! Do you agree with the Head Turnerz choices, or has someone been missed who really should have made it onto this list? And is the Top 5 simply too red?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments or via the Feedback page, and you can let the Head Turnerz administrators know your opinion on their Top 5 by joining the discussion at the Head Turnerz Group – just click the link above to join.
We’ll see you soon for our next Top 5. Watch this space!
Volkswagen’s humble Beetle may not have been a technologically advanced car when it was rescued from the ashes of World War II by the British Army, but recreating every working function of the real car from Lego Technic is far far beyond the understanding of TLCB office.
Spanish builder Sheepo however, has a mind of extraordinary ability, and his builds go way beyond what most think is possible from plastic bricks. His latest work may be of a simple car, but what lies within is anything but. His 1:8 scale 1967 Volkswagen Beetle features five motors, (controlling the drive, ackerman steering, brakes and gearbox), a working flat four engine, opening and locking doors, independent front suspension with swing axel rear, plus folding seats, a working steering wheel and a working brake pedal.
The Beetle is the latest in a long line of spectacular Technic Supercars from Sheepo and is available in further detail on either Eurobricks, or via his own website Sheepo’s Garage.
Interview! We’re delighted to announce that Sheepo has entered The Lego Car Blog’s Master MOCers Hall of Fame, and becomes the tenth (and final) builder in our incredible series, joining nine other of the very best Lego vehicle builders from around the world. To find out more about how Sheepo started building, what inspires him, and how he creates his Technic masterpieces simply click on the link below, or visit the Interviews page in the main menu at the top of the page.
It’s a supercar double today here at The Lego Car Blog. And this one is really super. Built by Technic legend Sheepo, this Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 is the pinnacle of what can be achieved from LEGO bricks technically. The well-known Lego blogs are often not interested in the technical realism of Lego models. Here though, whilst we may not feature an expertly landscaped castle, we do love to see what Lego can be used to do technically. With Sheepo’s talent and engineering prowess it can be used to do a lot.
This astonishing Shelby Mustang GT500 features the usual Technic supercar requirements (steering, suspension, engine and gearbox) and adds remote control drive via LEGO’s versatile Power Functions system. But Sheepo doesn’t stop there. Not only does his Mustang drive and steer remotely, it features a remotely operated sequential 5+R gearbox with an automatically triggered clutch, and remotely operated disc brakes that can also be engaged from a working pedal in the cabin. If it was any more realistic this car would be for sale in a Ford dealership.
See all of the photos and join in the discussion on Eurobricks, and you can check out the full technical specifications and builder commentary of the GT500 on Sheepo’s website here.
Sheepo, probably the best Lego Technic vehicle builder in the world right now, is back with a bang. This incredible Caterham 7 is his latest work. The remarkably accurate bodywork is constructed almost entirely from studless beams, but it’s what’s underneath that really impresses.
Featuring an inline 4-cylinder engine, working remote control drive, steering, all-round brakes, suspension and a remotely operated sequential 5+R gearbox with automated clutch, Sheepo’s model ‘7 is more technologically advanced than the real car.
To see the full details of how Sheepo created his Caterham visit his brilliant Blog, see the gallery on Brickshelf, or watch the video below. We’re going to do all three…
Looks good, if a little plain, on the outside. But wait until you see what’s underneath!
This fairly normal looking Peterbilt truck hides a big secret. Well, actually about 58 big secrets. Because this truck is built by Sheepo, who is without doubt the most technically capable MOCer working right now. His previous works have astounded the Lego Community, and his latest takes Technic to an entirely new plain. As well as the usual RC drive and steering it features a replica inline-6 Cat diesel engine, a full 20-speed double gearbox and, most incredible of all, a complete pneumatic brake and suspension system. We’re not able to convey just how marvelous this creation is, so sit down and watch in awe as Sheepo explains…
The very talented Sheepo has been building some of the most impressive Technic Supercars for a while now. We’re talking the sort of model with as many functions, gears and motors as some real cars we can think of…. This one even has a motor to control its brakes, among an amazing array of features to be found by clicking this http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/323339. You’ll be very glad you did.