After the four MOCs in February, and the eight additional ones about a month ago, the time has come for another batch of city vehicles from me. I've tinkered around a bit in MLCad, like I normally do, drawing inspiration from different sources, in this case a couple of well-documented ones, as well as building stuff I've just dreamt up myself.
I've uploaded them gradually to Flickr, and you may have seen them pop up there from time to time over the past week or so. But here they are all together, in my usual building style, most of them with hinges for rear-view mirrors and NXT tiles for rear numberplates (where there's room). I hope you'll find them inspiring!
1) The Sean Kenney SUV.
Not really much to say about this one - it's just my own slightly different version of Mr. Kenney's little SUV from his book "Cool Cars and Trucks". There wasn't a green version of this exact model in the book, so I thought I'd see how that looked - and it turned out quite well. I also added a steering wheel, naturally, and changed the rear end a tiny little bit.
I'm really enjoying putting together the minifigs for these vehicles. This one I'm particularly happy with.
2) The Sean Kenney Pickup.
Again, more or less the same design as in the book, but I made room for a minifig inside (that's somehow quite important to me). Also, I was intrigued by the idea of making a medium blue car, and this colour really stands out.
In this case, I tried to make the owner look American - as this kind of car is a huge favourite across the pond.
3) The Streamliner.
Now, the front 2/3 of this next design is pretty much a shameless rip-off of fellow Eurobricker snaillad's Art Deco van, which I fell totally in love with. You can see the original here (on Flickr) or here, in his Modular Art Deco Department Store thread. And yes, I did ask him for permission to post this.
What I wanted to add to the design, though, was an even more streamlined rear end, something like this:
I also wanted to change the windscreen and use a split train screen instead, which left didn't leave me with a whole lot of colour options. I ended up with black, and then I wanted a dark colour for the rest of the van, to match it - a dark one, blue, green, or red - and ultimately went with dark red because it was the one with the most available bricks that I needed. This is what came out of it:
Going with dark red did pose one problem: I needed some 1x1 bricks with stud on one side to attach the rounded SNOT parts to the rear, but they're not available in that colour. So I extended the black from the cabin backwards, which isn't perfect, but works in a way. For the upper attachment, I used a 1x1 brick with studs on four sides, camouflaging the three sides not in used with a) a grille tile, b) an interior light, and c) a 1x1x1 corner panel...
I'm very happy with the design, and reasonably happy with the colours. And I'm proud of the SNOTwork on that tailgate. It took a bit of thinking to find a solution, but this one works really well and is very sturdy:
4) The Shooting Brake.
This is me on my own again - and it might look pretty strange at first. But the idea was to make a daily driver for Roger the millionaire - you can meet him here - to go with his massive Lime Light steam engine. So, to match the long boiler of the engine, I made the bonnet (hood) very long.
The result is a bit unusual, I admit. But hey, that was how Roger wanted it :) I changed the roof colour from lime to black during the transition from MLCad to real bricks to better match the locomotive:
5) The Targa(s).
This, I think, is the pièce de résistance of this batch of cars. Obviously, my aim was to recreate the iconic sports cars of a certain German manufacturer, and although the inspiration came from this MOC by AFOLEGODT, it evolved quite a lot from there. I think I've succeeded quite well in my quest to make these Porsche-like, although I did take a bit of artistic liberty. This is probably the one I'm most satisfied with of all the designs I've done so far after my dark ages.
I'm happy with the drivers here, as well :)
I experimented a while with colour combinations, and regret not building a grey one, maybe with a dark grey center stripe. Time will tell - maybe I'll reserve that colour for a Speedster. Anyway, I also found that this was the perfect place to use BrickForge's new lens pieces.
So there you have it: Another batch of vehicles. I've got some more in the pipeline, some big and some smaller, some inspired by other MOCs, some by real vehicles, and some that don't look like anything I've seen on the road. We'll see if you like them. I hope you've enjoyed the show, and please feel free to comment - it's what makes me better!
More pictures can be found in the Vehicles set in my Flickr.
Edited by Phred, 12 July 2012 - 04:22 PM.