The past was very futuristic. This is a CF-104 Starfighter, essentially a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter built under license by Canadair for the Royal Canadian Air Force, and exported to several NATO allies during the 1960s. And it’s very shiny indeed.
The Elves are rather transfixed by it, as – honestly speaking – are we. Perhaps we’re not so different…
There’s more to see of this artfully recreated replica of the ’60s supersonic fighter courtesy of Ryan Harris, and you can join us staring in wonder at his ‘CF-104 Starfighter’ album by clicking here.
The Lego Car Blog Elves have not found many cars of late. None in fact. Although that might be because many of them were squashed by the last creation they found. Thus today we’re changing gear – if spaceships have gears – and featuring a slew of, well… spaceships. ‘Swooosh!’, ‘Pew-Pew-Pew!’, and suchlike and soforth.
Each spaceship comes via a seven-part collaboration between a team of Flickr builders, who have used the concept art of ‘Spacegoose’ (no, us neither) to inspire their brick-built designs. Also, each is flown by a cat for some reason, and we have previous history with cats in space…
So without further obvious avoidance of our least competent topic, here are five fantastic space-based builds, each packed with complicated angles, ingenious building techniques, superb presentation, and at least one cat.
There’s more to see of each build, plus the other spaceships in the collaboration, via the links above, and hopefully we’ll be back soon with a car, or otherwise you’ll have to read more of our struggle to understand anything to do with space…
We’re stretching the Christmas metaphors already, and there are still nine days of Christmas to go! This tenuously linked post comes courtesy of Ted Andes, and his marvellous ‘Corsair Parallax’ starfighter, which appears here thanks to some of the coolest stripe work we’ve ever seen. Head to Ted’s photostream to see more.
We’re sure the proper Lego blogs will pick this up soon, but until then this is Nick Trotta (aka tardisblue)‘s ‘Heavenly Strike’, which sounds like a church bowling team. We know nothing about sci-fi, so we’ll have to leave the description there, but what we can say is that Nick’s starfighter contains one of the most fiendishly intricate structures that we have ever seen. Head to Flickr to see more, including the amazing images that show how such complex angles were created.
The Lego Car Blog Elves have been remarkably on-point lately, bringing back actual cars and trucks for around the last fifty posts! We’re not sure any of this newfound laser-focus is of their own doing though, with the current Eurobricks Small Car Contest and our own Lock-Down B-Model Competition supplying them with plenty of wheeled creations. Not that you can’t build a B-Model spaceship of course.
Anyway, not entered in either of those contests, and also not a car, is this ‘BT-87 Allied Avenger’ Blacktron starfighter by Flickr’s The Brick Artisan. Not only is the build really rather excellent, the presentation is stellar too, and there’s more to see at The Artisan’s photostream. Click the link above to jump to hyperspace.
Regular readers of this dilapidated little corner of the internet will know that here at The Lego Car Blog we do not have an unconditional love for Star Wars. In fact, in a couple of ways (primarily any form of dialogue whatsoever), George Lucas’s most famous movie franchise is so awful it’s almost a parody of itself.
However, in plenty of other regards the Star Wars movies are an absolute triumph, one example being the incredible attention to detail paid to the vehicles in the Star Wars universe. This is one of the most famous, the Koensayr Manufacturing BTL-S3, or ‘Y-Wing’ as it is commonly known.
A multi-role starfighter/bomber, the Y-Wing could serve in both atmospheric conditions – where it could hit 1000km/h – as well as in space, and was in use within the Republic Navy as early as 22 BBY. No, we don’t know when that is either, we pulled it from ‘Wookiepedia’, so best direct any follow up questions there…
This jaw-dropping recreation of the famous Star Wars spaceship comes from Jerac of Flickr, who has recreated the Y-Wing in unbelievable detail. The build is made all the more impressive when you consider that whilst it may not look it, Jerac’s model is only mini-figure scale.
There’s much more to see of Jerac’s incredible creation at his photostream via the link above, which includes the Y-Wing in both its movie and original specifications (which might just be the nerdiest thing we’ve ever written), and if you’d like to learn more about the ‘real’ spaceship (and to see where we plagiarised the stats from) you can visit Wookiepedia here or wait for one of the proper blogs to find this creation too…
This is the ‘G-Wing’, so called because female pilots experienced unexplained sensations when piloting it. Or because it’s in the shape of a giant ‘G’. Whatever the reason, you can see more courtesy of Flickr’s Dave Kaleta who has been working his way through the alphabet for his three year old son, which might mean that we should reconsider this post’s title. Moving on!…
Today’s second creation is another space-based mini-figure scale vehicle, the ‘Centauri Industries Crater Maker 5000’, a vehicle so dangerous that flying it on Earth is apparently prohibited. This makes it the the sci-fi equivalent of the English Electric Lightning, which really is banned from flying for the same reason. Or this, which should be. If you’re feeling brave Flickr’s Blake Foster might be able to let you have a go – take a look via the link!
This creation is, clearly, not a car. However it does sport a classic Honda racing livery, however unintentionally, and that’s good enough to grab our attention! Blake Foster is the builder behind this ‘Pegasus Class Anti-Frigate Attack Fighter’ and there’s more to see of his superbly executed design on Flickr.
It’s the Friday before Christmas here at The Lego Car Blog, and our Elves are starting to get all twitchy. This might be because they’re potentially a (very) distant cousin of those employed by Santa, but more likely it’s because they know that they’ll soon be shut in their cages for the Christmas break.
Whatever it is, they’re a bit off-message when it comes to cars at the moment, but no matter, because the two creations in today’s post are rather excellent.
First up (above) is Oscar Cederwall‘s ‘Vanguard Planetary Defender’, a ‘bulk fighter of the Confederacy Navy, designed to operate from both space carriers and ground bases’. It also features ‘dual tungsten rail-guns’, and whilst we don’t know what those are, we do know that if you press the lever on the back of Oscar’s spaceship some guns really do fire!
Today’s second sci-fi creation (below) forgoes real firing guns for a plethora of brick-built weaponry, which are mounted under the wings of Red Spacecat‘s ‘A-32 RAVEN Light Attack Aircraft’. In fact the rockets and missiles you see here are just a fraction of those that Red Spacecat has built for the RAVEN, which has an array of weaponry so vast it nearly matches an average Texan Republican.
There’s more to see of both builds on Flickr – head skywards via the links in the text above.
As has been well documented here over the years, we know nothing about sci-fi. Nothing. But we (and the Elves) do like racing stripes, and this inventive starfighter by Andreas Lenander of Flickr has some of the coolest we’ve seen in ages. You can check them out (and the spacecraft to which they’re attached) via the link, and we’ll be back with a proper vehicle tomorrow. And what a vehicle….
Looking like a cross between Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the symbols that weird kid used to draw on his exercise books at school, Karf Oohlu‘s starfighter certainly seems to have something of the occult about it. Head over to Karf’s photostream to chant some spacey incantations and sacrifice a chicken.
Damn those Elves! They know we’re useless at sci-fi. Sigh, OK, here goes…
This is, apparently, a Molniya – I, an EMP Starfighter used by the Russian Space Corps, capable of… er, frankly, we have no idea. But what we do know is that the building techniques used to create it are absolutely terrific. The unique design comes from the mind of Flickr’s Legohaulic and you can see more, as well as read details of what this ship is actually for, at his photostream.
Click the link above to jump to hyperspace (or something), and we’ll return with a shedload of actual proper cars shortly. We promise.
Previous bloggee Crimso Giger has started something rather cool on Flickr, by challenging several of his sci-fi building compatriots to construct their own versions of his ‘RMX Starfigher’, each using their own style and to fulfil their own chosen purpose.
The resultant spacecraft all share Crimso’s primary-colour paint scheme and primary-school shape designation, but vary beautifully with the each builders’ own construction style.
The version pictured above comes from TLCB regular F@bz, who has chosen to build a sleek and smooth interpretation of Crimso’s original, whilst fellow challenger and TLCB debutant lokiloki29 has taken a compact and upright route with his RMX variant below.
You can see more of the two entries so far by clicking on the links in the text above, where you can also see Crimso Giger’s original spacecraft (pictured below) and find links to further interpretations of his design from some of Flickr’s other sci-fi builders.
“Variety is spice of life“, and here at The Lego Car Blog we like to add flavour to our diet of automotive builds with the occasional aeroplane, train, ship or spacecraft. Our Elvish workers hate variety. They much prefer a predictable diet of Lego, Smarties and violence: sometimes varying it in the form of violence, Smarties and Lego; or just violence served on its own.
First on today’s menu is Damien Labrousse’s “Space Wulf 190”. This sleek machine features a ventral fin almost as large as the one on top. Fortunately it folds neatly out of the way when the undercarriage deploys, allowing the ship to land safely.
Featured below is Chris Perron’s aggressively agile “Kronos” fighter. This features smoothly brick-built wings and some great trans-fluorescent details, which add some zing to the subtle, grey colours. You can see more of each ship by clicking the links in the text.