Wow. There are lots of ways to breathe life into old things but Builder Thomas Gionfound a new one using some crutches. Inspired while driving down the highway, Thomas decided to try to recreate the shaping of its front grill using that unique crutch piece and the rest was history. Not quite Speed Champions scale with its 5-stud wide cabin, this probably fits more into the midi-scale category. Either way, the parts usage on this build is ingenious. Not only is the detailing on the front of the model amazing, the coloration Thomas achieved in the body is simplistic but effective. He also made use of old trans-clear macaroni bricks for the windscreen which was also neatly sandwiched in with some cheese slopes.
It can be hard to get the shaping right for some of the classic cars. They might be blocky in some ways but they’re also pretty smooth with an artistic flair. Its always nice to see when one is done proper justice.
When LEGO car builders come to mind, Peter Blackert is probably one of the most prolific. Over the past few years, Peter has churned out dozens of high-quality LEGO cars, and it isn’t unusual to see him share four or five new builds in a given week. Peter is well-qualified to be making brick-built cars because he works as an engineer for Ford Motor Company. Last year also witnessed the publication of his book, How to Build Brick Cars. Peter renders his digital models using POV-Ray, and his portfolio of LEGO cars is rich and diverse, consisting of a wide range of makes spanning over 100 years of production. Having looked through his models, we have decided to pick a car for each decade spanning the early 1900s through the 1960s. They look nice individually but, when grouped together, they help tell a story of the motor industry.
1900s – Curved Dash Oldsmobile:
At the turn of the Century, automotive design was still heavily influenced by horse-drawn transportation. This period also represented a mechanical gold rush, with tons of individuals and organizations attempting to make their mark on the industry. One of the most important contributions to the industry during this period was the assembly line, which allowed for cost-cutting mass production. Credit for this development is often given to Henry Ford and the Model T, but the Curved Dash Oldsmobile was America’s first mass production car. Peter’s version of the Curved Dash looks faithful to the original and looks wonderful with its top up or down.