Even though many say that the future of the auto industry is self driving cars, I’d prefer the future as envisaged by gray mini — with smooth massive powerful cars.
Behind this unique design hides the car we all dreamt about as children. Huge wheels, low cockpit and the largest windscreen you can imagine — this was the recipe for the coolest car when I was a kid. And now here it is with such a pretty pilot. If I had built a car like this then I would have kept it assembled for a few weeks to show off to all my friends!
This ’32 Ford Roadster by Austrian builder Sanellukovic is a fun little build. I especially like the stripes and the use of the custom-cut rubber hose. But what really grabbed my attention was the backdrop. Even though it’s just a simple tiled road with a street lamp and some simple landscaping, it really makes the build pop. Much more so than if the builder had simply photographed the car against the dark background. I love it when a builder goes the extra mile and takes pics of their build “in situ”.
The X-Wing has been the subject of several great LEGO builds and official sets over the years. Add to the line-up this minifigure-scaled version built by Inthert, which is not just highly detailed on the exterior paneling. Hiding underneath this paneling are various wires, hoses, and other detail bits throughout the fuselage, cockpit, and one engine and laser in a sectioned view.
Built in black and very, very dark grey, Haeundaddy, whose Kaneda’s bike from Akira we featured a couple days ago, has created a version of the UCS Batpod that will definitely please the Dark Knight. The Batpod is Batman’s escape vehicle integrated into the Tumbler — highly manoeuvrable, but leaves Batman somewhat exposed without the Tumbler’s armour.
Haeundaddy has included the important weaponry with dual front-mounted cannons, machine guns and grappling hooks. The Batpod is all about manoeuvrability so check out that steering mechanism, apparently all under the control of Batman’s broad shoulders. That’s real power steering!
Mr T is looking suitably pleased with himself in this great little scene by Calin. I’m not surprised that he has caught the eye of a fair lady who happens to be strolling nearby. His shiny Model T Ford is a lovely build with some fab parts usage.
I love the little details that Calin always brings to his builds, in this case, the rubber band across the windscreen is a lovely touch. Also, in case you haven’t realised, the wheel base is the Fabuland car chasis. What a great way to turn a comedy Fabuland car into a classy classic car.
This LEGO Jurassic Park tour car by Seattle area builders Taylor Walker and Brandon Walker is instantly recognizable, thanks in part to its brick-built paint job (minus the Jurassic Park graphics). Their detailed model of the modified ’92 Ford Explorer XLT was first constructed digitally, and it’s great to see their digital model finally come to life with real bricks.
While LEGO had its try at creating a brick version of a Corvette in 75870: Chevrolet Corvette Z06, it was hampered by a small (minifig) scale and the need to make a sturdy set that kids could be play with.
Not affected by either of these constraints, Dave Slater has created a huge version of the 2015 Stingray Corvette Z51. If you need an idea of scale, LEGO’s minifig scale version is pictured right next to it.
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red brings us a beautiful of a 1930s racing car. This is one of those creations you have to look at twice to be sure it really is LEGO. Everywhere you look you’re rewarded with brilliant building or nice parts usage — from the gorgeous shaping, through to the touches of detail like the brown rims on the wheels (built with chain links) and the excellent tiara-based hood ornament.
A view from the rear highlights more of the fabulous detail in this model. Just look at the wonderful dashboard and all the mechanical gubbins around the gearstick and rear axle.
The car also has a detailed engine lurking beneath its bonnet. All-in-all this is an excellent model, one I’d happily put in a display case and stare at for hours.
You don’t always have to increase a LEGO model’s scale to create more detail — some creations show off how we can be tricked into thinking pieces are something they’re not. Take this ’67 Mustang Fastback by George Panteleon for example…
The lights are actually empty Technic pin holes, the side mirrors are old trailer hitch pieces, and the exhausts are one piece – the classic 1X2 plate with handles on each side. How many more clever parts usages can you find?
More than ten years ago, we featured a LEGO model inspired by the Pejite gunship from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Well, here’s another one. Proving once again that inspiration is a close cousin of creative innovation, Nate Rehm-Daly takes us even further from the original source material. Now, instead of being dark red, it’s a combination of blue and neutral tones. And the sleek anime space style has been replaced by something more akin to dieselpulp. But the result stands on its own. That canopy combination is outstanding, and the poseable blue parts are sweet play features. I’d love to see a swarm of these dive down from the clouds.
Lino Martins never fails to deliver when it comes to LEGO vehicles, and his 1971 Holden Ute is no exception. This orange-striped wonder looks ready to tackle whatever obstacles you put in its path.
Lino has added a roll cage, wheelie bars, and other fun little surprises. The steering on the right side is a tad weird for my sensibilities.
Check under the hood for an extra level of detail!
Since the 2004-2009 Battlestar Galactica television series is easily one of my favorite shows of all time, I immediately fell in love with Bart Larrow‘s recent build, the Battlestar Chelone. Even if you haven’t seen the TV show yourself, there’s a lot to love about this LEGO ship.
Just check out those greebly little turrets and the fantastic hanger bays that light up. Best of all, Bart’s ship is an ugly, almost blocky hunk of a ship, which is simply perfect for the Battlestar Galactica universe. According to the builder, the name Chelone is Greek for “turtle” and obviously refers to the ship’s armored hull. I know that if I’m ever forced to live out the rest of my life in a battleship, I’d be lucky to call this baby home.