This month's challenge on LUGNuts -the group for LEGO car lovers on flickr- is called Everything under the sun]. This was aimed at building a convertible car. I used to have a LEGO model of a Lamborghini Gallardo until a few years ago and for this challenge I decided to rebuild it as a convertible, or Spyder as Lamborghini call it.
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
I had a few false starts building this one. At first I decided to build a VW Golf convertible, but halfway through the build I realised that it wasn't going to come out right. Then I decided to go for the Gallardo. The first version I built was very close to my original version. I actually finished it yesterday, but it suffered from a few issues that the original had, and they bugged me. It was 10 studs wide, the wheelbase was too large, the front overhang to short and the front and back didn't taper properly. Today I rebuilt it almost from scratch, 11 studs wide and improving it a great deal.
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder (2) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
This picture shows the real trickery and one major improvement over my original Gallardo: the luggage compartment in the front can actually open. On the regular Gallardo the engine cover opens towards the front. On the Spyder it opens towards the rear and even when open, much of the engine is covered by the folded roof. I briefly considered adding a working folding roof to mine, but there simply isn't enough space.
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder (7) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
Edited by Rufus, 12 August 2011 - 05:28 PM.