Master supercar builder Firas Abu-Jaber nails it again with his model of the Bugatti Chiron. Firas captured the balance of aggressiveness and beauty of the real thing, both interior and exterior, with the incredible quality building skills he is known for. Even the curved silver trim, constructed from flexible hose pieces combined with minifigure swords, is on point.
Flip through all 15 photos of Firas’s Bugatti Chiron, presented outstandingly with facts about the real supercar throughout, on his Flickr.
This McLaren 12C, by FLAVIO, is a thing of beauty. The lines, the functionality, the details…this build is well-done in all aspects. You have to check out all the photos and see the details for yourself. But what I really love is the presentation in this picture. It shows off the sexy lines so well.
If you were a celebrity in England in the 80’s, you may very well have lived in a chintzy mock Tudor mansion, similar to the one recreated in amazing detail here by Joe Perez. And there would likely have been a supercar of some kind parked outside. Similar to the Ferrari that Joe has parked outside his version.
And being the 80’s, you would have definitely been sporting padded shoulders …Miami Vice style!
And decades later, long after the public has forgotten you, and you are reduced to making occasional appearances on game shows, you would probably get someone to build a complete replica of your entire home out of LEGO. Like someone apparently commissioned Joe to do right here!
Italian tractor manufacturer Ferruccio Lamborghini was a man not to be messed with. When he complained to Enzo Ferrari (of the eponymous sports-car manufacturer) that the busted clutch on his Ferrari was the same one as he used on his company’s tractors and about poor service, Enzo Ferrari famously snubbed him by telling him that, as a tractor manufacturer, Lamborghini couldn’t know anything about sports cars. Lamborghini set out to prove him wrong, by starting a company to build the best Grand Tourer money could buy. He chose a raging bull as the company’s emblem.
Since then Lamborghini has become famous for its supercars and, according to the guys from Top Gear, is the maddest car company of them all. Senator Chinchilla has built an excellent model of one of the fist ones: the Miura Jota
Unlike Ferrari, Lamborghini doesn’t have a racing history, focusing on road cars. The Miura Jota however, was a development of the road car intended for racing. This explains the particularly unadorned look of the car, when compared to the already very clean design of the ‘normal’ Miura. The car never took part in a race, however. In typical Lamborghini fashion it crashed and then burned to a cinder during a test drive.
Most of the car models we feature are basically detailed sculptures, with perhaps a few functions such as steering or opening doors. I don’t tend to blog pure Technic models. This is not because I don’t appreciate the skill involved in building them, but for me it’s about the aesthetic. I prefer the look of system builds. Senator Chinchilla’s Miura has a beautifully sculpted body, with opening doors and an opening clam-shell engine cover. Underneath the voluptuous curves lurks a Technic chassis with steering, working suspension, gearbox and a transversely mounted engine, like the real car. It combines the best of both worlds.
Thanks to Jack Marquez (Ewok in Disguise) for the suggestion.
As a child, back in the Eighties, I had a poster of Lego set 5580 Highway Rig, above my bed and I know I’m not the only LEGO car builder who fancied that particular model. However, if there would have been poster of the Lamborghini Countach built by Rolling Bricks back then, I might have replaced the poster with its image.
The Countach was the maddest supercar of the Eighties. It was super fast and hugely impractical and had a shape that was out of this world. The LEGO version is pretty much super too. Check out the clever half-stud offsets for the front fender and the SNOT work used for the rear one as well. In fact, every time I look at this model I notice some clever combination of parts and it wouldn’t be complete without working scissor doors. It’s hard to imagine this car being done better on this scale.
We don’t often feature Technic models on this blog. The Technic aesthetic is rather different from the ultra-realistic models that I tend to favour. In other words, I like models that look realistic (albeit with just the right sprinkling of studs), but don’t care too much whether or not it functions like the real thing. The subjects also tend to not excite me. I have great admiration for the cleverness that is involved in getting the mechanical bits to work, but the tenth Technic supercar, say, to me, looks just about the same as the first or second: both have got lots of gears and lots of holes in them. That said, sometimes a Technic MOC does hit the spot, like the Mad Monster Masher by Barry Bosman (Barman76).
It is based on the eponymous toy from the eighties, which I thought was pretty cool, and looks great. Like the toy, Barry’s model is remote-controlled. The front and rear wheels are steered using a Power Function M-motor and the vehicle is driven by no fewer than three XL motors. If you’re in the Netherlands, you’ll be able to see it in action at Lego World Utrecht, which is due to take place next weekend.
Looking like it’s straight off the track at Nürburgring, this elegant supercar by flickr user L@go is a wonderful example of the beauty that can be achieved in minifig scale.
The Pagani Zonda is one of Firas Abu-Jaber‘s favorite cars — and it’s right up there for me, too. Fira’s LEGO version of this amazing supercar has all the right curves in all the right places.
Check out detail shots on Flickr or MOCPages.
Guy Himber has been teasing us with Work-In-Progress shots of these two for some time now. Now that they are finally finished, he is showing them off with his standard flair. Check out the Riverside Fire Chief and the Supercar!
Firas Abu-Jaber takes a walk on the wild side with a Volkswagen Hotrod. While I love his modern supercars, this is a refreshing change for a very talented builder…
There are lots more photos to see on MOCPages.
I made an April Fools Day post saying that I was only going to blog cars, because they were the only creations I liked anymore. That wasn’t entirely a fabrication, as I really do like cars.
This red affair by Allister McClaren (Captain_Underpants), for instance, is quite nice. It looks like a cross between a race car from the 60s, like the Chaparral 2J and a modern supercar.