Milan, on Nov 1 2009, 02:50 PM, said:
I am running out of superlatives when it comes to replying to your car models...
As always, they look magnificent! Pink Cadillac looks very pleasant for eyes, imo. If I had to chose one from these two, I will go with the Pinky!
My advice is to write more about these beauties, both car has steering, openable doors, and detailed interior, as I can see, right?
I see how much attention you pay for aesthetic side of your models, but those technical aspect are also very nice.
Thanks for your comments. I'll try to explain a bit more and add a few pictures showing a few things. Getting the look right is always the main priority, but I indeed always try to have some functionality and there's little fun in building an interior if you can't get into it somehow.
On the Cadillac the interior was obviously in full view, so I had to make it look good. Getting the boot and bonnet (trunk and hood for Americans) to open was a bit tricky because there aren't any hinges in pink (or if there are, I certainly don't have any!). Also, in spite of the width (11 studs) there was little room under the bonnet to add something that looks convincingly like an engine, although I did try.
The picture also shows how I solved the hinge problem. I used old-fashioned finger hinges, but mounted such that the bonnet and the hinges first slide forward a bit (using door rail in this case), creating a gap that allows me to open it.
On the SUV things were a bit simpler and I also had more room in the front for the engine
Its interior can be reached by opening all the doors and the boot
The front doors use plate hinges (which does mean that you force then a bit to open them) and the aft doors simply rotate around the studs they're connected with. This is all fairly simple, although it does mean that since the model doesn't get much strength from the sides, the chassis needs to be fairly sturdy. I tend to do that by adding a fair few longish plates in the lengthwise direction.
The cars don't have really working steering mechanisms, in the sense that the steering wheel isn't connected to the wheels. On this scale there's just not enough room to make that work and look good at the same time. The wheels themselves, however, are interconnected. LEGO used to make fairly compact steering mechanisms using technic elements, but the parts are getting a bit rare and they are hard to build with widths that are an odd number of studs, so instead I normally use a brick-built solution. I don't have any pictures of those on these two cars, but I do have a picture
on brickshelf of an earlier version of the Yukon where you can see the mechanism from below.