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Racing in style

The latest model by Nick Barrett (technicnick) shows a scene from 1956. That year, the Ecurie Ecosse (which is French for Team Scotland) with Ivor Bueb and Ninian Sanderson and their glorious Jaguar D-type racing car won the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, beating drivers such as the legendary Stirling Moss.

There’s a lot more to like about this diorama. The two race cars have beautifully sculpted bodies, that in defiance of what most of the ‘cool’ people do, boldly show lots of studs. Kudos to Nick! The reproduction of the team’s custom-built transporter has elegant brick-built letters and nice chrome frames around the windows. At a first glance, the lovely canopy looks as though it could be made out of cloth, but it is actually built largely using 1×2 bricks. Finally, the brick-built figures seem to have character somehow.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing the model at the Great Western LEGO Show (aka. Steam) in Swindon (UK) on October 5th and 6th.

Neon Monday

For your viewing pleasure on this Wednesday morning, Pēteris Sprogis brings us the Neon Monday. This is quite a cool little car model. I could believe that it’s meant to be a car of the future, or that it’s a model of a concept car from the 60s. Either way, this thing has vision. While the model is great, the builder has taken things up a notch with an abstract background, all brick-built. It makes of a very eye-catching presentation!

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“When you’re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.”

I think this is the first appearance by Lego Builders on the Brothership, but the screen name defies and befuddles our humble search engine so let us proceed as if he’s a new guy and act accordingly. Feast your eyes on this automotive eye-candy, the Toyota TSO30 with photography good enough to grace the covers of those slick dealership brochures. The rear engine cover of this Le Mans racer opens to reveal an engine that, in the builders own words “is completely made up”. For some reason, that admission makes the model all the more awesome.

Toyota TSO30 (1)

At the garage

This is one of the coolest scenes I’ve come across in a long time. The build is clever the minifigs are perfect and the presentation is impeccable. The builder of this slick diorama is -derjoe-, and he has a new book for sale called Joe’s Garage that highlights his meticulous work.

At the garage

For the record, -derjoe- did not ask me to promote his book, TBB does not specifically endorse it and I’m not providing a direct link. Savvy consumers will find their way to the book if they are motivated.

EDIT (AB): Actually, it took me a bit of poking around to find it, so I’ll make things a bit easier for our readers who are interested — LEGO: Joe’s Garage is available from third-party sellers on Amazon.com.

Ford Escort Mk1

Here is a vehicle that is sure to please both the hot-weather crowd and studs-out advocates like TBB’s own Wreck-it-Ralph. The builder is Joe Perez, better known as MortalSwordsman, and the car is part of his ongoing Alan Mann Racing Team project. The excellent roll-cage is just one of many details which include the kind of boilerplate car functionality you’ve come to expect and enjoy. If you’re interested in a more detailed inspection and you can put up with the frequent service outages, head over to MOCpages to get your fill.

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1957 Ford Taunus 17M P2 deLuxe by mijasper

Most of the LEGO models by Michael Jasper (mijasper) that we’ve featured here over the years have highlighted minifigs with perfectly scaled tools, furniture, and other brick-built accessories — every one featuring Michael’s brilliant parts usage (far and above merely “nice“). It’s still wonderful to see Michael build something a bit bigger, if only just. This model of a 1957 Ford Taunus certainly doesn’t suffer from immensity, but Michael still manages to pack it full of detail.

Ford Taunus 17M deLuxe (P2)

The black-and-white color scheme on the car contrasts beautifully with the elderly minifig Michael has included for scale. Of course, no model he builds would be free of NPU — note the brackets in the wheel well and tan windows as seat backs inside the car.

Citroen 2CV Charleston

Making his third appearance on this blog of blogs is Nick Barrett (TechnicNick) who would like to show you his fine new automobile. From Wikipedia: “The Charleston was technologically advanced and innovative, but with uncompromisingly utilitarian unconventional looks, and deceptively simple Bauhaus inspired bodywork. All this simpleton knows is that I love dark red, and that curving pin-stripe is pretty slick. The builder thoughtfully included a grandfather-clock, at no extra charge to you, the viewing public.

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Mad Misterzumbi

LEGO designer Adam Grabowski (Misterzumbi) is obsessed with cars. Adam has taken a break from posting photos of beat-up Fords to post some rather excellent custom LEGO cars from the Mad Max series of movies.

Adam isn’t afraid to sticker the heck out of his builds, nor to paint a brick here and there if it isn’t available in the correct color. The end result is gorgeous — Max’s Interceptor.

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The Ford Landau from The Road Warrior is covered in paint, about which Adam says, “The paint will never come off. Those bricks are ruined.”

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“I’m a driver, I’m a winner; things are gonna change I can feel it.”

Kristof A. (legoalbert) claims he was inspired by the Beatnik car designs and the Wacky Racers cartoon. The first thing that came to my mind was the Beatnick Bandit, one of the famous original “Sweet 16″ Hotwheels. Kristof calls his ride an “h.rr Ikûso concept,“, I call it one sweet ride.

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Riding in Style: ZIS 110

Tim Inman‘s (rabidnovaracer) gorgeous little beauty just screams class. Or rather, quietly informs you that certain decorum is required and screaming is unbecoming of those who ride in this particular vehicle.

Either way, he presents this ZIS-110 limousine, from 1946, which really is just a fabulous way to travel.