MOC/MOD: Fifteen New Vehicles!
Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:41 AM
after coming out of my dark ages a few years ago (mainly thanks to the modular buildings), I've built a few modulars, bought a heap of sets, acquired a (very expensive) Statue of Liberty... but what I've mainly been up to with our favourite bricks is building cars. I've always been very fond of cars, and back when I played with Lego as a kid, building cars was what I was mainly up to.
I've presented some MOCs, and some modified versions of other people's designs, earlier - here (four), here (eight), here (five) and here (eight vehicles) - but this time, I've been building for a while, and work and stuff has kept me from taking pictures of my new builds and editing them properly. You may have seem them leak onto Flickr over time, but here they are all at once - all fifteen of them.
So, let's get started!
1) The Modern 6651.
Let me begin with the continuation of a project I started off with a modern-scaled version of the classic set #6624, the red delivery van. Here's another variation on the same theme, a modern version of set #6651, the mail van.
I've stayed true to the original yellow and red colour scheme, and also kept the proportions - the old one was 4 by 10 studs, so the new one is 6 by 14 studs.
The original had two rear doors, so I knew this one needed to have the same, and I found the solution in some very old doors from the '70s. I've also given it a modernised mailman and plenty of room for letters and parcels in the back.
Also worth mentioning: I was astonished to find an original, unused sticker sheet from this set for sale on BrickLink. So I ordered it, all the way from New Zealand, and applied the stickers. The glue is still just as good as when it was new - 30 years ago, in 1982!
2) The Modern 6632.
This is my modern version of set #6632, the police pickup truck. I've added some blue details to make it fit better with the police cars Lego makes these days. The stickers I've used also helps in that respect - they're from set #4440, the forest police station.
On the cargo bed there's a crate with handcuffs, plus some riot gear from BrickForge. I've also included the walkie-talkie and the signal paddle from the original set (I've later replaced the light bluish grey one with the proper red one...).
3) The Police Command Car.
Moving on to another police car, which I did mention in another one of my threads, about my modular bank, but I thought I'd present it properly here, as I haven't before.
It's inspired by the Volvo XC70 and cars like it, with slightly higher ground clearance.
4) The Tine Truck.
I guess you could see this as a modern version of set #1029, the milk delivery truck, but I built it just because I had some original stickers from that set floating around. And as I'm Norwegian - like Tine - it made sense to try my hand at something like this, so I got some inspiration from a real Tine truck that I found online, and mixed that together with a cabin heavily inspired by Thomas Selander's wonderful Mercedes trucks (there are some great pictures in this Flickr album):
The reverse engineering process to get the front just right was a lot of fun. For the beauty shot, I added a BrickForge cow:
5) The Speedster.
This is really a lower, sleeker version of my earlier Targa - obviously inspired by a certain German sports car. The front end utilises the new 2x4x2 curved slope.
For the rear end, I used four of the new curved double slopes. I chose grey as it's the closest I could get to silver - which is the proper colour for German sports cars. The hair piece from the CMF sleepyhead seemed like a perfect choice to show what driving a convertible will do to your hair (I used to own one)... :)
6) The Bumble Bee.
I'm quite happy with this one - it's nothing special, really, but I really like the yellow/black colour scheme. I also like the front indicator lights.
The stickers on the doors reveal the fact that the car belongs to the owner of Brick Street Customs - who doesn't really seem to be too happy with it.
7) The Interceptor.
The inspiration for this came after seeing Flickr user DoktorZapp's police Interceptor, which he posted for a LUGNuts challenge in November - I thought I'd have a go at interpreting the classic Jensen Interceptor myself:
I knew I'd need some chrome details for this, so I ordered a few custom-made pieces from BL stores ChromeBricks and Chrome Block City. I think it worked out alright, especially with a bit of SNOTwork for the rear section. And yes, I know I'm two headlights short, but there's really no way to put four headlamps on a four-wide car... :)
8) Baby Blue.
I originally wanted to build something like a modern pink Cadillac (not a real Caddy, but something like a Caddy - big, glitzy, a bit over-the-top), but I ran out of options with the limited parts selection. So it ended up being medium blue instead, which works almost as well.
My favourite feature here is the use of BrickForge's Signal Light pieces as taillights, coupled with a pair of chromed 1x1 tooth plates. I also took a pair of scissors to some official Lego chrome stickers, to extend the chrome silver stripe all along the side of the car.
9) The World Rally Car.
This is a modern interpretation of set #6634, hence the colour scheme. All stickers are original Lego stickers.
I was also inspired by Flickr user .Tromas' wonderful rally cars - this folder is really worth a look!
10) The Ute.
An attempt to build an Australian-style sporty pickup, which turned into a roadster as I went along. I like the colour scheme for this one - blue and orange go very well together.
Using this ute like this may produce unwanted results, though - I'm not sure those sheep will still be there when the farmer arrives back home.
11) The Ace of Spades.
From one pickup to another, and the next four vehicles are all hot rods.
This particular one was built for LUGNuts' "52 Pick Up" challenge on Flickr, where all builds had to have something to do with card games - my take on that is that this is a) a pickup, and...
b) the guy who owns it is called the Ace of Spades, because that's what he sells. Ha ha ha. I know it's dry. Joking aside, though, in my opinion this is probably one of the best cars I've built thus far. Very happy with it.
12) The TinyRod.
This isn't my design, I picked it up from Flickr user NaNeto, and built my own version because I thought it was cute.
I've changed the colour, added a couple of stickers, rearranged the rear end a bit, and given it a proper name *snigger*...
13) The WoodRod.
Another funny name... the brown parts on this one are supposed to be wooden, so that's where the name comes from. The general idea was to use that new mudguard, but I needed two attempts before I managed to get the front end right. Now it's aggressive enough, with thouse tilted slopes, and works quite well.
I was more happy with the rear. The taillights are hidden behind horizontal slats.
14) Blue Fury.
Another one I'm very happy with - this is an attempt at building a minifig-scale version of a classic set that sits proudly on my shelf, #5541 (or #10151). The proportions are slightly off - it's a bit too long and low - but the general idea is still the same:
I added some chrome and a couple of stickers, and ended up with this. And I thought it'd be nice to give it a female driver - a female mechanic, really, one who's not afraid to get her hands (or face) dirty:
15) Venom GT-E.
Finally, here's a duo that I built to go along with my earlier Supercar, which I was lucky enough to have picked up by The Brothers Brick. The idea is that these two are plug-in hybrid supercars (that's where the E in GT-E comes from).
The drivers are the Stig's two environmentally friendly cousins. They were persuaded into opening their visors for this photoshoot, but they weren't very happy about it:
And there you go! You can find a whole lot more pictures in these two folders on Flickr: Cars and Trucks and vans.
I hope you've liked what you've seen - but some constructive criticism is always welcome :)
Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:18 AM
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:17 PM
Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:31 PM
Edited by L@go, 16 March 2012 - 06:31 PM.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:39 PM
I love the small one. The recreation of the Tine truck is also very cool.
All in all, great mocs, all 15 of them.
Edited by The Blue Brick, 16 March 2012 - 06:39 PM.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:24 PM
Edited by meyerc13, 16 March 2012 - 08:24 PM.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 02:36 AM
Nice to know that I'm the cause for a clarification note!
These are all amazing L@go! If only I had the (slightly) deep pockets like you, I might be able to do more automotive MOCs. I love all of these, especially the GT-E's, the blue hot rod (Reminds me of a Bugatti type-33), and the Post and Police trucks! Could we get some breakdown shots of how you did the front of your Tine truck? I personally am stumped!
Great work, and keep em' coming!
Just had a brilliant idea! You should make a MGA or MGB next! Go for a british speedster!
Edited by Dakar A, 17 March 2012 - 02:38 AM.
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Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:26 AM
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Posted 17 March 2012 - 04:14 AM
Now, some people have asked for instructions for my cars before (it seems it's an inevitable question once you build something that people enjoy, but I guess it's really a kind of compliment). Making instructions is a difficult process, or at least time-consuming, but I thought I'd have a go at finding out just how time-consuming. So I broke down one of my simplest models in MLCad and created step-by-step images. This took me an hour, give or take, and the more intricate the model is, the longer it's going to take...
I don't even know if this is of interest, but my Bumble Bee instructions are hereby public - free of charge. I'd just like a mention if you replicate it (hopefully in different colours).
Picture is link to the whole set on Flickr.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 02:21 PM
Let me say first that IMHO this assortment and presentation of vehicles is top-notch at this scale in all aspects you can imagine - design (especially color design), building techniques and, not least, photography and lighting.
Since there are so many it's impossible to comment on all of them so I'd like to choose three vehicles which are probably my fav favs here.
1) Jensen Interceptor
A real big like, I especially love its silhouette. It's beefy and elegant at the same time. In spite of all those different angles and slopes and all the SNOT-work the overall shape is fantastic. The color combination between the two different shades of blue works very well IMHO, same for the chrome.
2) Blue Fury
Another blue one. I like it even better than the original - it's very sleek and low. The grille sits nicely behind the front axle which adds to the impression of the vehicle as something very dynamic, same for the broader rear end.
3) Tine Truck
In spite of its being a truck it's very elegant, too. The color design is fantastic IMHO - if this was a set I'd instantly buy it. I also like the way you work with Thomas Selander's cab design and integrate it into something new and very stylish. Why not use an already existing design that can't be improved (or at least I can't think of it, too)? Concerning the box one might think of it as 7 studs wide - but I am sure there is a reason why you kept it this way. It's great anyway.
Looking forward to the next batch of fantastic cars!
Posted 18 March 2012 - 03:17 AM
Posted 18 March 2012 - 03:43 PM
I keep wondering which two different shades of blue it is you're seeing? Because the whole car is regular blue :)
Just blinded by all this shininess No, I was talking about the blue and the trans blue parts. I thought this was rather an unusual combination (but maybe only because I know so few sets). Of course there are the cop cars, but then there's always some white in it, too.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 03:18 PM
They were a pleasure to index.
I think my favorite of these vehicles is the Blue Fury. That is a great idea to create a MF version of a wonderful set.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:37 PM
The chrome pieces add a some vintage appeal. I miss chrome bumpers, you could ram things and not take any damage, now everything is designed to crumple up, blegh. What's the point in having a bumper if you can't bump anything!?
(And I guess now we know what two vehicles you'll be modernizing next )
Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:12 PM
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