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#1 Sheepo

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 11:41 PM

After spending a year and a half creating my Porsche 911, I decided to make a smaller and simpler car, but keeping some of the complexity of my previous creations.

But at the same time I wanted to follow the line to create all my cars on a scale between 1/7.5 and 1/8.5. So if I wanted to make a small car, I had to choose a very small car, a mini car we ... doing a MINI!!

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The final scale is 1/7.8, which is exactly the same as the Bugatti Veyron, and the final dimensions are only 23 studs wide, 49 long and 22.5 high. Looking this size I created a big scale car, but in mid-size :).

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It has a 4-cylinder transverse front fake engine, and as a curiosity the order of the cylinders follows the same order as a real, not like 99% of MOCs and technic sets.
Of course it is front wheel drive like the Mini and steering with functional steering wheel.

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And the best for the end, this little car has a secret under that little hood, it has 4-speed sequential gearbox. The size is only 11x10x8 studs.
With this gearbox I close the discussion about the sequential gearboxes are too big for use in medium-sized cars.
The sequencing mechanism is one of the many versions of the Porsche's gearbox discarded.

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As you can see in this last picture all electrical components are in the bottom of the car under the seats to maximize interior space.

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I hope you like it!!

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#2 timslegos

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 11:49 PM

Wow, yet another masterpiece!! Well done.  How did you even manage to fit that gearbox in?!?

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#3 trekman

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 11:57 PM

Lovely lines, instantly recognizable. Well done.  So is this a sneek preview of TLGs Flagship for 2H 2012????

#4 Darth Dino

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 01:20 AM

Hi

man, is that a great build of a iconic car. Especially the small wheels fits extremely well to the whole design and makes it easy to recognize. If others are mostly likesnyour technical skills with that model i am most impressed by the design. I was not sure if that  degree of detail and preciseness is possible just with technic parts.

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#5 DLuders

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 01:30 AM

By golly, I think you've captured the bloomin' "moustache grille" quite well!   :grin:

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#6 davidmull

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 01:33 AM

Very nice well done sheepo!

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 02:12 AM

Great job. It is instantly recognizable as a MINI.   :thumbup:

#8 dcups

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 02:42 AM

Fantastic build! really well done.

#9 Gryphon Ink

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 02:48 AM

Wow. You really nailed it with this design.  I am in awe of not only the technical aspect (which in all seriousness might as well be black magic to me, as an absolute beginner in Technic) but the design.  There's no mistaking that for any other car in the world.  So, if the 911 took you a year and half, how long did this one take?
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#10 dhc6twinotter

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 05:28 AM

I like it!  The transverse drive-train is really great.

#11 JunkstyleGio

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 06:31 AM

Very well done indeed!
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#12 le60head

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 08:06 AM

Great model! I need to spend some time trying to understand how you built it!
Would you like to put it in LEGO Cuusoo?

#13 Zblj

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 08:08 AM

Awesome small, instantly recognisable and fun model. Juts one critique. I think softer springs would work better!
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#14 Jurgen Krooshoop

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 09:49 AM

My personal Supercar top 3:
1. Bugatti Veyron, by Sheepo
2. Porsche 911, by Sheepo
3. Mini Cooper, by Sheepo
In other words: I think Sheepo is one of the best Technic builders around at this moment.

#15 Sheepo

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 10:20 AM

 Zblj, on 12 November 2011 - 08:08 AM, said:

Awesome small, instantly recognisable and fun model. Juts one critique. I think softer springs would work better!
Completely agree with you!!, but unfortunately a softer springs can not support the car corretly :(
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#16 Jim

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 12:51 PM

Wow, it's almost the size of a real one :wink:

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#17 blakeatron

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 01:15 PM

Absolutley fantastic! Inspiration to all us other builders.

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 03:14 PM

In addition to the fantastic gearbox, engine and motor placement, and overall styling of this Mini, I like that the steering wheel is on the right, and that it has Ackermann steering.  Nice work   :thumbup:

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#19 Alasdair Ryan

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 03:41 PM

Nice job.:classic:
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#20 Sheepo

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 03:59 PM

 Gryphon Ink, on 12 November 2011 - 02:48 AM, said:

[...]So, if the 911 took you a year and half, how long did this one take?
Only a few weeks. ;)
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#21 Dutch_EE

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 04:21 PM

@Sheepo,

I wonder if it is possible to build this model with 8070 and 8258 parts. Off course you would need extra PF-parts.

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#22 Sheepo

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 04:43 PM

I don't know... :pir-cry_sad: :pir-cry_sad:   I used spare parts.
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#23 Meatman

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 05:13 PM

 Jurgen Krooshoop, on 12 November 2011 - 09:49 AM, said:

My personal Supercar top 3:
1. Bugatti Veyron, by Sheepo
2. Porsche 911, by Sheepo
3. Mini Cooper, by Sheepo
In other words: I think Sheepo is one of the best Technic builders around at this moment.

Sheepo's models are fantastic, he is truly in a class all his own. :thumbup:

Jurgen, I think your models are quite innovative and beautifully constructed as well.  :classic:

#24 allanp

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 09:10 PM

This is just fantastic! Love it!  :thumbup:  :thumbup:  :thumbup:
Even the best can be made better, but most important is to be excellent to each other and party on dudes!!!!!!

#25 RacingFreak

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 04:47 PM

Make two more of it in blue and white and you will get The Italian Job Mini Coopers :)



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