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And Now for Something…

Lego Sci-Fi Airport Service

Completely Different. We’re not sure what’s got into The Lego Car Blog Elves today, but they’ve brought back some properly weird creations over the weekend. Of course we’re a car blog, so we’ll only be blogging those that closely match our title subject. First up, here’s a giant hovering airport tug thingumy!

Built by Flickr’s Vince Toulouse, this ‘Airport Service’ is constructed from a variety of unusual pieces that originated in some of LEGO’s weirdest (and long-forgotten) themes. A Fabuland caravan, rubber Technic bumpers, and a gate from LEGO’s Track System (which we have zero memory of ever existing) all make appearances, and there’s more to see of how they all fit together via the link above.

Lego MaK Camel

OK, so we’re wildly off-topic today. We may as well continue with this, a bi-pedal walking tank arrangement by Flickr’s Chris Perron. Named the CAMEL, Chris’ creation also features some ingenious parts usage including pieces from Bionicle, Technic steering racks, and of course that biosphere cockpit. See more at the link!

Lego Speeder Bike

Next up we have a huge engine with a mini-figure perched on top. Built by previous bloggee David Roberts it’s apparently a ‘Proboscis’ speeder bike, and a championship-winning one at that. We have no idea what championship that may be, but we’re betting it would be fun to watch. Head to Flickr via the link above to see more.

Lego Sky-Fi Aircraft

The final creation of today’s four mini-figure scale oddities is an aircraft called the ‘F11-Locust’ built by Sylon-tw of Flickr. Designed in the ‘Sky-Fi’ genre, a sub-theme of a sub-theme of which we know absolutely nothing, it’s a fine way to wrap up today’s four-part special.

There’s more to see of Sylon’s Locust at his photostream via the link above, you can check out each of today’s creations via their respective links in the text, and we’ll be back soon – hopefully when someone somewhere builds a bloody car.

Until next time…

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Sky Boats

Lego Sky-Fi Airship

Markus Ronge‘s spectacular sky-fi world ‘Full Steam’ continues here at TLCB. Following the epic Maersk Pier featured earlier in the week Markus has now released individual images of some of the weird and whimsical sky boats that accompany it, including the Cargo Transport above and the Hercules Airtug below.

Head to the skies via the link above for the complete (and expanding) ‘Full Steam’ Flickr album to see more of these builds and the incredible world in which they inhabit.

Lego Sky-Fi Airship

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Last of the Steam Tugs

Lego Saturn Steam Tug

This is the ‘Saturn’, a 1908 German steam tug which saw active duty right up until 1979. That made it the very last serving steam tug in Germany and earned it a place in the Rostock Shipping Museum, where it still resides today. This gorgeous 1:40-scale replica of the last steam tug comes from Flickr’s koffiemoc who has recreated the little ship beautifully in Lego form. There are lots more images to see – including highlights of the brilliant detailing and ‘how to’ pictures of the hull construction – at koffiemoc’s photostream. Steam ahead via the link above.

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Havin’ a Tug

Lego technic Airport Tug

This enormous airport tug has been built by filsawgood of Eurobricks, and it’s something pretty special. Not only does it look – for a tug at least – rather good, it features a wealth of ingenious Technic engineering underneath, all operated by LEGO’s excellent Power Functions remote control system.

Lego Technic Remote Control Chassis

There’s all-wheel-drive powered by two XL motors, independent all-wheel-steering controlled by two servos, a motorised elevating cabin, powered chassis jacks, a mid-mounted V10 piston engine, three IR receivers and two battery boxes. It’s an awesome bit of kit well worth your click, and you can see all the images and read the full details of the build at the Eurobricks discussion forum via the link above.

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Tug Twins

Lego Tug Boat

Master MOCer VFracingteam returns to The Lego Car Blog today with a truly spectacular pair of tug boats. Each is a near-perfect replica of a real ship in the Iskes fleet, and they are unbelievably well detailed. You can see more photos, including some superb close-ups, on Flickr at the link above.

Lego Ship

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Big Tug

Lego Tug Boat

This incredible recreation of a 1960s tug boat, the ‘Smit Steenbank’, comes from nautical extraordinaire Konajra. Featuring some of the best detailing that you will ever see in Lego form and measuring 80cm long, Konajra’s latest ship shows just how far Lego can be taken as a modelling medium. We highly recommend visiting Konajra’s Flickr account to see all of the spectacular images – click the link to join us in astonishement.

Lego Konajra Tug Boat

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Tugs in Space

Lego Space Tug

If you have a spaceship like this one, parking it might be tricky. Luckily Billyburg‘s classic space heavy lifting tug is here to help. You can see more of his beautifully creative ‘4 K-Lifter’ at the link above.

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Swiss Army Knife

Lego Airport Truck

With the Elves still moping at the cancelation of the Top Gear TV show we’re turning to you for Lego models to feature. This one was suggested by a reader, and it’s a bit of an odd creation. At first glance it looks like a neat, but straightforward, airport tug. It’s got Power Functions remote control of course, but then so do half of the Technic creations we feature these days. But it’s far more than meets the eye.

There are three XL motors for drive, plus another two servos for the front and rear steering. And then things start to get nuts:

There are eight pneumatic cylinders – powered by compressor – that extend stabilising jacks under the chassis. Why? Because this is also a crane. And a snow plough. And a bull-dozer.

Lego Technic Airport Tug

Additional motors are used for power-take-offs (PTOs) at the front and rear, allowing a variety of different attachments to be connected using Thunderbirds-esque genius. Then there are another two pneumatic cylinders (taking the total to ten) that lift the two independent cabs up on arms so the driver/s can see over whatever it is they’ve attached to the front PTO. Oh, and twelve pairs of LED lights and another two motors for the winches.

We’re not sure that such an incredibly able vehicle exists in real life, but if it did it would probably be the only vehicle that would ever be needed. For anything. Ever. It’s all been brilliantly engineered by previous bloggee Desert752, and you can see more details of how it all works on MOCpages.

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In the Tub…

Lego Tug Boat

Giant rubber duck just out of shot

We all had a few bath toys when we were little. A rubber duck. A soap-carrying hippo. A submarine. But best of all were the tug boats.

This stupendous example by VFracingteam might require a slightly bigger bath though. At a meter long and 28cm wide it’s absolutely packed with details, and possibly caused a brief world-wide shortage of Technic lift-arms. We’ve featured a few ships like this one here on The Lego Car Blog, as the technique of building watercraft from smooth Technic becomes more commonplace, and this is perhaps the best yet. To see more visit the discussion on Eurobricks, or visit VFracingteam’s Brickshelf gallery.

Now that reminds us, time to catch the Elves for their monthly dip.

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The Vikings Are Coming!

Lego tug boat

Not a car. But easily the most detailed model we have ever featured.

This is the Tyr Viking. And it’s awesome. At over 1.25 meters long and 70 cm high, we really don’t have a sufficient enough vocabulary to describe it properly. So instead, we suggest you take some time to visit Konajra‘s photostream, and let the incredible pictures do the talking.

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