In the thirties, before WW2, many aircraft were biplanes, powered by propellers and built using wood and canvas seemingly held together with bits of string. Not long after the war, all-metal jet- and rocket-powered planes were flying near the speed of sound. These rapid developments did not happen without a lot of experimentation. Some of those experiments produced decidedly odd-looking aircraft. Lino Martins (Lino M) is mostly known for building slightly wacky cars, but he has now built one of those wacky experimental aircraft instead.
The aircraft in question is the Vought V-173, popularly known as the Flying Pancake. It was built to test the viability of building a fighter aircraft using a low-aspect wing. This was expected to deliver relatively low aerodynamic drag, but with good low-speed handling. The concept worked, but the fighter that it was to lead to, known as the XF5U-1 Flying Flapjack (I kid you not), was overtaken (literally) by more modern jet aircraft. The idea may not have been a success, but as far as I am concerned, Lino’s model is.
When Andrea Lattanzio (Norton74) posted his Volkswagen Transporter more than a week ago, I decided to pass blogging it. I liked it, but it is a modified set.
However, the Transporter was merely a prop for this fantastically detailed garage scene.
Some cars are just iconic. Karwik, who is better know for his incredibly detailed trucks, turns back the clock with this rendition of first production car – which I believe predates Ford’s Model T by roughly 300,000 years.
This car is fantastic for taking the family to the drive in…. they sure don’t make cars like this anymore…
James Bond is well known for his often slightly wacky gadgets. The gyrocopter used in You only Live Twice, recreated in minifig scale by Brian Williams (BMW_Indy), is a prime example. This odd little contraption was nicknamed Little Nellie and in the flying scenes in the movie, it was piloted by its designer, Ken Wallis, who was a former RAF WW2 bomber pilot turned inventor. He died last year, aged 97, and was tinkering with and flying gyrocopters until shortly before his death.
Brian’s model uses a fair few BrickArms parts, which may upset LEGO purists, but in my opinion they are a great addition to the model. It just wouldn’t look complete without its rocket pods. The model is also complemented by some really nice custom stickers.
These six-wide buses by Jason Allemann (JK Brickworks) are clean, nicely constructed and elegant models.
But that’s only half the build. Jason has come up with a fiendishly clever solution to the problem of integrating self-driving vehicles into Lego displays. While others have used magnets for this type of implementation, his solution is the most subtle and straightforward I’ve seen. I’m very much looking forward to seeing this put into practice.
Farm vehicles may not be the most exciting subject imaginable, but I think it is hard to deny that the Polish Ursus tractor built by Michał Skorupka (Erix Trax) is very well done indeed.
Not only does it look the part, it can also be driven using power functions remote control.
Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada, USA for another round of Friday Night Fights! Tonight we head down to the streets for some good old fashioned cyber-racing with speed bikes! Let’s go to the tale of the tape.
In the black corner we have F@bz with his Honda RZR:
In the red corner we have Devid and his Akira bike:
As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this bout by way of comment. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, Yellow Brick Road edition, Team Mayo wins 7-5 ! Tune in next week for another action packed edition of Friday Night Fights!
Tonight we’re going to witness automotive history … Powerful like a Gorilla … yet soft and yielding like a NERF-ball.
Introducing The Homer:
- Two bubble domes – a second sound proof dome for kids (comes with optional restraints and muzzles).
- Three horns – to play the song “La Cucaracha.” – as you can never find a horn when you’re mad.
- Extremely large beverage holders.
- Tail fins
- Shag Carpeting!
All this can be yours for the $140,000 USD (inflation adjusted).
I hope everyone enjoyed the last night’s LEGO Simpson’s episode last night. And I’m glad that Brian Williams built this amazing version of the classic car Homer designed way back in season 2!
Carl Greatrix (Brictrix) is mostly and rightfully known for his excellent minifig scale train models. However, the train layouts he brings to shows also often feature beautifully constructed buildings and classic cars. It is no surprise to me then that, now he has turned his attention to building a scale model of a car, the end result is superb. The car in question is a seventies motorsport icon: the Ferrari 312T4 Formula One racer. The model was inspired by the highly detailed plastic scale models in old catalogues by the Japanese Tamiya brand. I used to have one of those too, as a teenager, and spent many hours pouring over it looking for inspiration for my models.
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Ferrari Formula One cars. Some of them are beautiful. Others, not so much, although I suppose that on a race car, “form follows function” has a certain attractiveness on its own. As far as I am concerned, the 312T4 isn’t particularly pretty either, but Carl’s rendition is definitely spot-on.
“Whose chopper is this?”
“Zed’s dead baby, Zed’s dead.”
Mind you this Blue Angel – Soft Tail Chopper isn’t Zed’s, it is lego_jonsson’s…and he isn’t dead like Zed. But check out, the full photoset for all the goodies nonetheless.