Most of what’s around you (unless you’re reading this on your phone in a field) got to where it is via a shipping container. They might just be big metal boxes, but the entire global economy hinges on their transportation (cue headlines when said transportation stops). This Detroit Diesel-powered Skoda Xena is pulling two such monuments to global capitalism, which Martin Nespor has recreated brilliantly in brick form. A neat three-axle trailer with lifting axles and an extending rear overhand follows the Skoda, which itself features Power Functions and SBrick bluetooth remote control. Excellent custom decals complete the build and there’s more to see at Martin’s ‘Container Semi-Trailer’ album on Flickr; click here to take a look.
It wasn’t the British or the Americans that sacrificed the most in the Second World War, but Russia, with more lives lost than almost every other country put together. It was fitting then that it was Stalin’s army that victoriously made it to Berlin first to end the war in Europe.
Things quickly changed once the common enemy was defeated though, with Stalin killing millions of his own people to add to the wartime total, and the Soviet Union developing nuclear weapons to match the U.S, ushering in a decades-long Cold War.
Stalin’s wartime victory (and totalitarian regime) led to everything being called something with ‘Stalin’ in it, including the vehicle in this post. Built in Stalingrad, the Stalinec T130 bulldozer was actually an American Caterpillar manufactured under licence, despite the fact the two countries were on the verge of annihilating one another.
We’re not sure if Joseph Stalin ever drove a Stalinec, but he was probably pleased it – like everything else – was named after him, even if underneath it was actually designed by evil capitalist Americans. This lovely Lego recreation of the Stalinec T130 comes from Flickr’s martin nespor, who has also built an impressive Skoda Xena / LIAZ 400 Series truck and low-loader trailer to transport it.
All three models are beautifully constructed and detailed, with both the Skoda Xena and Stalinec T130 featuring remote control drive and steering via bluetooth. The Skoda also includes integrated LED lighting and authentic stickerage to add to the realism, whilst the Stalinec T130’s blade can raise and lower via Power Functions too.
A wealth of imagery is available via Martin’s ‘Stalinec T130’ album on Flickr – click the link above to make the jump to check out the complete gallery of Stalin’s Cat, and here to see more of the more modern Skoda Xena transporting it.
We’re often asked why we don’t publicise more digital creations. The answer is most of them don’t look like this. Well, we don’t mean they’re not a Škoda 14TrM trollybus (although it is lovely), but this is the quality we need to be able to blog a rendered model. It comes from aaref1ev of Flickr who lives near to where these buses were built by Škoda under license during the late ’90s. Superbly well detailed, aaref1ev’s Škoda 14TrM has been rendered beautifully by liz_dewitt and there’s more to see of this digital delight at aaref1ev’s photostream via the link above.
The current Skoda Rapid is one of the most boring cars ever made. Back in the 1980s though, before the company became yet another subsidiary of the Volkswagen empire, the little Skoda was much more interesting. Much worse too, but we’d take ‘interesting’ over ‘competent’ any day.
Whilst the Rapid only had 60bhp (at most) from its 1300cc engine, that engine was mounted in the rear, driving the rear wheels via a transaxle – just like a Porsche 911! Only worse.
We might be being unfair on the Rapid though, as whilst Skoda rightly had a rubbish reputation for quality in the 1980s (even compared to its British, French and Italian rivals) the Rapid was actually quite well made, being tough and reliable – even to the point of becoming a (moderately) successful rally car and being converted into a (moderately) stylish cabriolet by a UK-based specialist.
The excellent recreation of the ’80s Skoda Rapid pictured here comes from PsychoWard666 of Eurobricks, who’s taken some time away from terrorising the nurses to construct this wonderfully accurate Model Team replica of the classic rear-engined Czech coupe. With opening doors, trunk, and a brilliantly detailed interior Psyco’s Rapid is definitely worth a closer look – click on the link above to visit the Eurobricks forum and take it in the rear.
…with a long aerial? A bumper car! Europe was full of Škoda jokes back in the 1980s and 1990s, partly because the cars were crap, but probably mostly because of communistic xenophobia. Before the poison of Communism took hold though, Škoda built perfectly reasonable vehicles. This is one of them, from their electric truck division, a glorious 1951 7Tr2 trolleybus.
This brilliant Model Team recreation of the 7Tr2 has been built Flickr’s Vilém Šustr for display at the Museum of South Moravia in Zlín, and it’s a wonderfully accurate replica of the real trolleybus. Hop on board at Vilém’s photostream via the link above.
Škoda, now successfully part of the Volkswagen empire, are making excellent – if painfully boring – cars. Prior to Volkswagen’s ownership though, they were an automotive joke in Europe, ranked alongside Lada at the bottom of the motoring barrel, a constant reminder of the folly of Communism.
Prior to Communisms’s vice-like grip however, Škoda were actually a thoroughly respectable forward-thinking vehicle manufacturer. This is one of their cars from that time, the absolutely beautiful Škoda 1100 OHC, which is probably as close to a real life version of ‘Speed Racer‘ that we’ll ever see.
This gorgeous mini-figure scale recreation of one of Eastern Europe’s most wonderful automotive efforts comes from previous bloggee František Hajdekr, and not only is there an extensive gallery of images available, František has also included building instructions and a ‘how to’ video so that you can build your very own 1100 OHC too. You can find all of the above at František’s photostream – click the link in the text to check it out.
It’s mid-winter here at TLCB Towers, and whilst those from warmer climes are probably picturing piles fluffy white snow, the reality is at the moment everything is an unremitting sea of Grey.
So in recognition of the boring palette at work outside, here are two decidedly grey Lego creations*. First up is MortalSwordman’s brilliant little Volkswagen Golf GTI. The design of the first generation of Wolfsburg’s ‘Peoples’ Hatchback’ was so successful it is still defining the styling direction of the entire Volkswagen range today. You can see more of MortalSwordman’s near-perfect Lego recreation of the Mark 1 GTI on MOCpages here.
Today’s second grey creation was suggested to us by a reader. It comes from Brickshelf’s myszomor, and it’s a World War 2 Skoda RSO truck.
Skoda built the RSO under force from the occupying Nazi’s, who wanted it for their war effort. Luckily the RSO had a few design flaws that were never rectified, so the truck wasn’t as useful as the Nazi’s wanted it to be. Good. You can see more of myszomor’s intriguing Town-style version of the wartime Skoda on Brickshelf via the link above.
*Smarties don’t come in grey for today’s successful Elf, so one of the office staff sucked a red one until the colour had come off…
We love everything that Flickr’s Karwik builds, and this beautiful Škoda 706 RTTN with Orličan N7CH refrigerated trailer is no different.
Despite our seeming boundless automotive knowledge (yeah right!) we weren’t actually aware that Skoda ever built articulated truck tractors. Apparently they produced such trucks until the early noughties, at which point they were probably competing with parent company Volkswagen’s own MAN truck brand a little too closely, and production was quietly ended.
Karwik’s Lego version of the classic Skoda 706 features some of the best SNOT (Studs Not On Top) techniques we’ve ever seen; our highlights include the genius truck grill and wonderful trailer lettering. In fact the whole trailer – which is built completely SNOT – is a work of Lego art. See how Karwik has done it on Flickr via the link above.
Today’s post comes from TLCB regular Karwik, who returns with another stunning Town-scale truck. This time it’s an unusual Skoda 706, a truck that was made for nearly 30 years in Eastern Europe. Kawrik’s superb attention to detail abounds on this model, and you can see more high quality images via his photostream here.