V-LV-39A to V-LV-39D
Thanks for the welcome.
Simon, I know your brickshelf folder. Great stuff, especially your Thunderbird. I have also known Johannes for quite a while because of our shared interest.
I have many more cars, busses, fire engines and trucks (about 50 in total). Most can be found in my brickshelf folder (the link is in my signature). I actually have a subfolder there that has a pictures of almost all of the models that I currently have in it:
It has two pages, BTW and includes my aircraft and helicopters. Those are probably better-known than my cars (some have been in brickjournal and on the Brothers brick for instance), but since the hot rod contest brought me here, I decided not to post any pictures of the aircraft or helicopters here yet. I'll probably post some of those separately some other time.
My cars are not all American, although the majority is. The Cobra is actually a combination of an English car (the AC Ace) with an American engine.
A few examples of my other non-American cars, from my Flickr wheels set
VW Beetles (German)
Mazda RX-8 (Japanese)
Lamborghini Gallardo (Italian)
I currently don't have any concrete plans for any new cars or trucks except for a new fire engine. A Dusenburg might be interesting.
The scale came about years ago. I wanted a scale that allowed me to build both regular cars and trucks with the wheels that I had available at the time. You can see what I use for my cars and I use model team wheels for trucks. Obviously it's impossible to be exact when it comes to the scale and I'm not even going to try building a car that's eigth and a half studs wide on a 1/22 scale, for instance. If I try to build one of those, my model will be either eight or nine studs wide. Generally all of this works out to my trucks being 14 studs wide, pickup trucks 11 studs, regular cars 10 and small cars (such as the Beetle) 9 studs wide. I usually use the wheelbase and the overall length of the real car to work out the other dimensions in bricks. For many American cars, such as the ones Johannes builds, 10 studs wide equates to a scale of roughly 1/24, because the real cars tend to be rather wide.
I have to tell you, they really do look a lot simpler than they are. I do tend to go for perhaps somewhat old-fashioned studs up building most of the time, mainly for structural reasons. What makes them complicated are the working features. If you browse through my flickr set you'll see that almost all of them have doors, engine and luggage compartments that open and they all have fairly detailed interiors. The same applies to Johannes' cars. They typically have very detailed engines and drive trains -more detailed than mine.
The windows are non-lego. It's something I started doing for my aircraft out of necessity and then carried over to my cars.
Edited by Phred, 15 November 2011 - 05:06 PM.