Tough and mean and olive green! Hoorah!

The reason the original castle set from 1978 was yellow and not gray is that LEGO didn’t want to encourage kids to build military stuff. All that changed with the abundance of gray in the Star Wars sets. Still they had similar hesitancy with olive green. It took the Pixar Cars line in 2011 to introduce the color and military builders rejoiced. So there, the joke is on you, LEGO! (That was much funnier when I thought of it earlier today.) While this particular shade of green is now available in many sets, it’s still a difficult color to amass in large quantities. That is just one of many reasons why this rough and tumble Soviet Ural-375D by Rolands Kirpis is so impressive. Another reason is each axle and the steering functions are run by Power Functions motors. It took a year to collect all the right parts to build this model but the end result is as mighty as the Ural mountains.

URAL 375D

5 comments on “Tough and mean and olive green! Hoorah!

  1. Lauris

    FYI: Rolands is a Latvian builder from Latvia, one of the founders of LatLUG.
    Proud to know him.

  2. Rolands (author :) )

    Hi! Appreciated. But could you please replace, or at least add tags #Latvia and/or #LatLUG. I know the model is Russian, but the MOC is Latvian :)

  3. Lino Post author

    We usually don’t tag where the builder is from but for you, Rolands, I went ahead and added the Latvia tag for this one. Great job on this!

  4. Håkan

    Basic gray bricks appeared already in the late 70’s- early 80’s though, mostly in Classic Space and Technic sets. And from the mid-80’s on, they were abundant in Castle sets…

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