Last month’s TBB header photo winner Andrea Lattanzio has been posting images of awesome LEGO models in awesome LEGO garages for a while, and his latest is a beautiful 1932 Ford roadster with a really excellent engine hoist. Andrea has used this backdrop before, but if you haven’t spent time yet poring over all the accessories and other details, you owe it to yourself to do so now.
Many of you probably grew up wishing you could own a Porsche 911 or Ferrari Countache. I grew up in Japan in the 70’s and 80’s, so one of the cars my friends and I lusted after was the Nissan Fairlady Z (sold in the States as the Datsun 240Z). Cagerrin has manufactured a highly detailed Fairlady with opening doors and a detailed interior. The gold rims and red seats add pops of color to the gray/silver car, and I love the use of buckets for the rearview mirrors.
Check out Cagerrin’s photoset on Flickr for more views, as well as digital designs.
Some say he wears gloves on his feet instead of socks. And that he once teepee’d Cher’s house. All we know is that he’s called Tim Inman, and that he is a bit of a petrol head. With his latest build, Tim has totally nailed the distinctive lines of the ultra-rare, ultra-classic 1957 Jaguar XK-SS. Why the Mini Cooper was a LEGO set and this Jaaaag wasn’t, we’ll never know. LEGO cars don’t get much more “swooshable” than this (or is it “vroomable”?).
For over a century the name Rolls Royce has been synonymous with extreme automotive luxury. And through its many iterations, the Phantom has been an integral part of that legacy. Martijn Nab clearly did his homework in creating this LEGO version of the 1934 Phantom II Coupe, which is impressively constructed using almost nothing but technic connections (versus the usual bricks and studs):
As well as being picture perfect on the outside, this model is also full of hidden details such as the straight-6 engine, hinged engine hood, and backward-opening “coach doors” – a quirk that lives on in this convertible’s modern descendant, the Drophead. Oh, and it’s fully remote controlled! Check out this charming video:
No, there is no spelling error; it’s the deliberate result of me, a Dutchman, trying to mimic Jeremy Clarkson impersonating a Dutch person speaking English. I know that this is perhaps confusing, but bear with me. It was prompted by the great Donkervoort built by Vinny Turbo.
Donkervoort is a small Dutch manufacturer of sport cars inspired by the classic Lotus Seven, and I’m pretty sure that if Top Gear were to review one, there would be lots of tire smoke and Clarkson would try to speak in a mock Dutch accent. The overall look of the model is somewhat reminiscent of the great Caterhams built by Carl Greatrix, but at a smaller scale.
The recovering industries of post-war Europe produced a number of fascinating micro-cars to operate in the narrow streets of countries like Germany, Italy, and France. Chief among these was the Isetta, a gorgeous little bubble-car that ming1903 has faithfully recreated in LEGO.
I’d challenge builders out there to create a LEGO Isetta that fits a minifig and has a functional pop-open front, but this version beautifully replicates the shape of the real-life car.
Much as I love this rendition, I’m still hoping that <cough> that he is going to produce a modified version featuring revolving license plates, tire slashers, bullet-proof rear screen, front mounted machine guns and – of course – an ejector seat!
Lino M. remains one of my favorite automobile builders, churning large-scale cars each month as part of LUGNuts challenges. For last month’s challenge, Lino built a Rolls-Royce Phantom II from the 1930s. The clean, elegant lines look like they’re ready to carry a Rockefeller or Carnegie to an evening at the Metropolitan Opera.
Getting the proportions of minifig-scale vehicles right can be very challenging, and this builder has accomplished it by going with an odd width — the cab is five studs wide and the narrow hood is only one stud wide (with tiles attached for greater width). The whole thing looks held together with clips.
The LEGO company seems to be onto a good thing putting out sets based on iconic cars from classic movies such as Back to the Future and Ghostbusters. So I think they should make this a series! In which case, they can begin by studying this amazingly accurate Interceptor from the movies Mad Max and The Road Warrior by Marcus Paul…
And after that, they can get to work on an Aston Martin ;-)