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Eastern Exception

Lego Technic Tatra 603

Cars from behind the Iron Curtain were almost universally crap. Cars like this, this, this, and this for instance.

But there was one exception. A glorious, wonderful, magnificent oasis hidden in the vast automotive wastelands of Communist Europe. Tatra.

Now famed for their indestructible off-road trucks, Tatra used to produce cars too, and what cars they were. This is their incredible 603, powered by a 100bhp air-cooled V8 mounted in the rear, and with an amazing aerodynamic body that was extensively wind-tunnel tested way back in the 1950s.

This stunning Lego replica of the 603 is the work of Horcik Designs of Flickr, and it faithfully recreates the T2 version of Tatra’s masterpiece. Working steering, suspension, V8 engine, opening doors, hood and engine cover, and a six-seat interior are all included, but Horcik’s real party-price is surely that spectacular bodywork.

There’s a whole lot more of the Tatra 603 to see on Flickr – click here to see the full photo album at Horcik’s photostream.

Lego Technic Tatra 603

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Holden HJ

Lego Holden HJ Ute

Being unfamiliar with Australia’s (now deceased) domestic car market, at first glance we thought this was a bastardised Volvo. It turns out that it is in fact a Holden HJ ute (sorry Australian readers!), built from the early to the mid ’70s, and available with a huge 5 litre V8 engine. It’s about as Australian as a hat with corks on it, and this delightfully studdy Lego version has been constructed by serial bloggee Senator Chinchilla.

There’s opening doors, a dropping tailgate and an opening hood – underneath which is a working V8 mounted to a functioning gearbox. There’s more to see on Flickr at Senator’s photostream – click the link above to make the jump down under.

Lego Holden HJ Ute

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Galaxie 500

Lego 1966 Ford Galaxie 500

This gorgeous 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 comes from Jonathan Derksen of Flickr and MOCpages, and whilst this blog has been known to slate enormous American barges, there will be no such commentary today. That’s because the Galaxie, fitted here with the 428 V8 from the Thunderbird, was rather wonderful. It even found fame on the racetracks of Britain (despite never being sold in the UK), where it went up against the Jaguars, European Fords, and Minis that raced side-by-side in the British Touring Car Championship.

Lego 1966 Ford Galaxie 500

Jonathan’s beautiful Model Team replica of the classic ’60s Ford is packed with detail, including opening doors, hood and truck, a superbly recreated 428 V8 engine, and a stunning interior. There’s loads more to see at Jonathan’s Flickr album and MOCpages account – click the links in the text above to make a visit.

Lego 1966 Ford Galaxie 500

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Dodge Challenger R/T – Picture Special

Lego Dodge Challenger R/T

This utterly glorious creation is a near perfect scale replica of the mighty Dodge Challenger R/T, very probably the definitive muscle car of the early 1970s.

Lego Dodge Challenger R/T

It’s been built by previous bloggee Havoc, and it is an absolute work of Lego art. Fully detailed from the radiator hose in the engine bay right down to the ‘wood’ trim on the door cards, Havoc’s build is one of the most brilliant Lego cars that we’ve ever had the pleasure of publishing.

Lego Dodge Challenger R/T

A huge gallery of stunning imagery is available to view on Flickr by clicking here, which is where you’ll find us for the next while, gazing in wonder and wishing we were as talented with a LEGO brick.

Lego Dodge Challenger R/T

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Bullitt in Brick

Lego Bullitt Ford Mustang

TLCB Master MOCer and car-building legend Ralph Savelsberg has returned with another glorious movie car. Actually this dark green ’68 Ford Mustang GT Fastback isn’t just another movie car. It’s very probably the greatest movie car in cinematic history, and stars in one of the most influential car chases of all time.

You can see more of Ralph’s superb recreation of Bullitt’s iconic Mustang at the link above, and if you haven’t seen the chase scene in which it stars, we highly recommend taking 10 minutes to enjoy it here. Just don’t count the lost hubcaps…

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Christmas Orange

Lego Technic Scorpion Supercar Crowkillers

We’re not really sure why you always get an orange at the bottom of your Christmas stocking. This TLCB writer usually gives his to the Elves, who – having been caged over Christmas – are usually pretty hungry and devour the fruit – skin, pith and all.

Technic car building legend and TLCB Master MOCer Paul Boratko (aka Crowkillers) has returned with his Christmas orange, and it’s far more exciting than a loose piece of citrusy fruit. Even if you’re an Elf.

Featuring a 4-speed sequential gearbox, working steering, a mid-mounted V8 engine, all-wheel drive and all-wheel suspension, Crowkiller’s ‘Scorpion’ is a proper mechanical Technic supercar, and we love it.

There’s a huge gallery of the build available to view on Brickshelf, which includes detailed chassis imagery as well as further photos of the complete car. Click the link above to start peeling!

Lego Technic Scorpion Supercar Crowkilers

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Heresy

Lego Technic Hennessey Venom GT

We don’t particularly like the Hennessey Venom GT. There, we said it. Cue the wrath of the internet. OK, we’ll explain. The Venom GT is a Lotus Exige with a GM V8 shoved in it. There’s nothing wrong with a Lotus Exige with a GM V8 shoved in it, but it’s a long way from being the greatest car ever made ever, which is how much of the internet views the Venom.

In fact we get the feeling that the Venom was built purely to satisfy the aforementioned keyboard warriors who only look at the stats of a car to judge how good it is. If the Venom is the fastest ‘production’ car in the world it must, therefore, be the best. Which it isn’t. At all.

Anyhoo, this Technic recreation of a car we don’t particularly like is a model that we do like rather a lot. Built by Lachlan Cameron it’s packed with working features, and it looks spectacular too.

Underneath the wonderfully replicated Exige-on-steriods bodywork is a full Power Functions remote control drivetrain, electronically deployable rear wing, working V8 engine, all-wheel suspension, and opening doors, engine cover and roof.

There’s more to see of Lachlan’s Venom GT at both his Flickr photostream and the Eurobricks forum – click the links to join the discussion.

Lego Technic Hennessey Venom GT RC

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Scorpion Supercar

Lego Technic Crowkillers Scorpion Supercar

We round off a busy day here at TLCB Towers with this, Crowkillers‘ stunning new supercar. Built from the pieces of the 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Technic set, Crowkillers’ latest creation goes back to the roots of the Technic Supercar franchise, without Power Functions, pneumatics, or a limited edition book.

Lego Technic Crowkillers Scorpion Supercar

Instead Crowkillers has focussed on mechanical functionality, and in doing so he’s created a wonderfully functional model. Suspension is independent on all wheels with an in-board pushrod set-up, there’s a mid-mounted V8 engine connected to a sequential 4-speed gearbox driving all four wheels, plus working steering, opening doors, engine cover and luggage space.

Lego Technic Crowkillers Scorpion Supercar

There’s more to see of Crowkillers’ ‘Scorpion’ Supercar via his Brickshelf gallery and the Eurobricks discussion forum, plus you can read our interview with Crowkillers as part of the Master MOCers series by clicking here.

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Get Your Kicks…

Lego Ford Model-T Hot Rod Route 66

This absolutely gorgeous Ford Model-T hot rod was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr. It comes from TLCB favourite and Master MOCer Andrea Lattanzio (aka Norton 74), and it’s based on a real world hot rod that was constructed from various bits of ’20s-30s Fords (plus an engine from a ’53 Dodge) in the late 1950s. Sadly though, by 1965 the car was sitting in storage, and it didn’t re-emerge until 2014 when it was sold to a buyer in Norway.

Lego Ford Model-T Hot Rod

The hot rod might now be a long way from its place of origin, but we’re always excited when cars such as these are returned to the road. Norton74 has recreated the ‘T’ beautifully, and he’s also remembered the culture that created the original with a wonderful tribute to Route 66. You can see more Norton’s stunning Model T, plus the diorama that accompanies it, via Flickr – click here to Get Your Kicks on Route 66.

Lego Ford Model-T Hot Rod Route 66

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Seventies Scania

Lego Scania LBS141

This stunning model is a near perfect replica of one of the most powerful trucks of the 1970s, the 375bhp V8-powered Scania LBS141.

Built by Master MOCer Dennis Bosman aka LegoTrucks it’s very probably one of the most accurate recreations of a real-world vehicle that this site has ever featured; there are even parts of this build where offsets are less than half-a-stud in width. Much like a bumblebee shouldn’t – by all mathematic calculations – be able to fly, we’re pretty sure that an offset of less than half-a-stud is an impossibility too, but nevertheless Dennis has confounded the maths.

There’s lots more to see of this incredible creation at Dennis’ photostream, which is packed full of exquisite models such as this. Click the link above to gaze in wonder, and you can read more about the builder via Season 1 of our Master MOCer series here.

Lego Scania Truck Dennis Bosman

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Brute of a Ute

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The LUGNuts group on Flickr is currently holding a dragster contest and Lino Martins has produced a souped-up ute in response. The “ute” is a classic vehicle of the Australian outback, like the pick-up in North America or the camionetta in South America. Holden still produce utes, despite having been subsumed into the General Motors empire. With an engine of 6.2l available as standard, we don’t think that you’d need to do much to make a great drag-racer of this car. It’s also the only car manufacturer’s website that we’ve visited with a button to press just listen to the engine noise. Click here to see Lino’s ute at full size and click here to hear the roar of its modern counterpart.

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Sunshine Scania

Lego Technic RC Scania Truck

Another day and another Elf returns to TLCB Towers in the hope of receiving a meal token and a Smartie. A hope realised, as this remote control Technic Scania truck is just the sort of model that this blog was created for. Built by newcomer Fig850 it features RC drive, steering and tilting cab (powered by an L motor each), a remotely operated three-speed gearbox, a V8 piston engine and working front and rear suspension. You can see more via Eurobricks at the link above whilst we dispense a yellow Smartie to a happy Elf.

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’63 Sting Ray – Picture Special

Lego Technic Corvette C2 Stingray 1963

This brilliant blue beauty comes from James Tillson of Flickr and Eurobricks. It is of course a C2 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, which James has recreated superbly in Technic form. He’s built both the convertible and the coupe versions, but it’s the coupe that we’re concentrating on here, because it’s probably the most beautiful American car ever designed.

And this is why – what a rear window! The C2’s split rear screen only lasted for one year (1963) because – with a massive blind-spot right in the middle – it wasn’t the safest design. But it did look gorgeous.

Lego Technic Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

James’ Sting Ray coupe is the 1963 version and thus includes that wonderful rear, and there’s a lots going on underneath too. With working steering, a miniature functioning V8 engine, semi-independent front and trailing-arm rear suspension with floating differential, opening doors and hood and the Corvette’s neat rotating pop-up lights all included, James’ build fully qualifies as Technic Supercar. There’s lots more to see on both Flickr and Eurobricks – click the links above to make like a banana and split.

Lego Technic Corvette Sting Ray 1963

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Top of the Line

Lego Scania R730 V8 Topline remote control truck

This magnificent Scania R730 V8 Topline comes from TLCB favourite Shineyu of Eurobricks. Brilliantly blending Technic and Model Team style construction, Shineyu’s Scania looks superbly accurate and yet also manages to include good functionality, with remote control drive courtesy of two XL motors and a Medium motor for the steering. There’s more to see at the Eurobricks discussion forum – click the link above to make the jump.

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Sports Luxury

Lego Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz’s SL63 AMG is a bit brash for our tastes here at TLCB, but it’s got one hell of an engine. The latest iteration of Mercedes’ long-standing range-topper makes over 500bhp from its bi-turbo V8, and it isn’t even the most powerful version available (that honour belongs to the SL65, with a turbocharged V12 making over 600bhp). This excellent Model Team recreation of the mighty Merc comes from previous bloggee Lennart C, and you can see more of his Model Team recreation of the SL63 AMG on Flickr at the link above.

Lego Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG Model Team

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