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I know TC18 is behind. But it left me with kind of a bitter taste, so I wanted to build some more. I had very few car-specific parts at the time, namely no wheel arches and only one 4-studs wide differential.
I got 42098 very late in the contest, a bit too late to start over, so I submitted my little Hot Rod as is. And it ended up not getting the love it deserved. So I took apart 42098's blue car and started a new TC18 build, just for fun.

I wanted at least the same features; steering, full suspension, fake engine, gearbox, doors, etc. this time with more realistic looks. This is what I ended up with:

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I'm really happy with how all features work; the wheels never get to touch the arches, there's still a bit of ground clearance when the suspensions are all the way down, everything moves easily yet the structure is quite sturdy.
It's not designed after an actual model, but the inspiration is 70's Japanese rally cars, hence the consequent suspension travel.
Bonus; it even fits the lower deck of 42098!

Thanks for watching!

 

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Looks very good, I like the oldschool design. :thumbup: The only thing I would improve is the rear lights - I believe putting them on the corner edges would be more authentic and would add to the vintage spirit.

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This model is very cleverly designed! You found an elegant way to implement steering and suspension! I hope you can post instructions/tear downs of the chassis someday.

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I love it! My favorite little detail is how you used a half pin to force the long thin panels (#5 & #6) to snugly close the gap (at the rear corners of the car).

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4 hours ago, Jurss said:

Looks good, also functions are OK.

Thanks!

57 minutes ago, agrof said:

Looks very good, I like the oldschool design. :thumbup: The only thing I would improve is the rear lights - I believe putting them on the corner edges would be more authentic and would add to the vintage spirit.

Thank you! Yes, totally agree. I guess now that I'm happy enough to post about it, I can bricklink a few parts to improve on the details.. I've been doing with what I have, which is limited. The essential comes from 42098's blue car itself..

31 minutes ago, TechnicRCRacer said:

This model is very cleverly designed! You found an elegant way to implement steering and suspension! I hope you can post instructions/tear downs of the chassis someday.

Thanks! Well, the geometry of the front axle is not perfect, but it works and is robust. I may take the time to model it since you're interested!

24 minutes ago, astyanax said:

I love it! My favorite little detail is how you used a half pin to force the long thin panels (#5 & #6) to snugly close the gap (at the rear corners of the car).

My favourite twist also! It's bad; the part is under constraint. Yet it flows so much better like that! And honestly, it's quite a light flex: the original shape should not be altered unless they remain like this for years. The triangles supporting them are strong: the panels do not pop out easily: the car can be manipulated without having to take care bout that detail, so I deemed it acceptable. Plus it shows I'm a rebel. Which is kinda part of the fun too. :pir-huzzah2:

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@agrof I updated the rear end.
I figured those 11477.png existed in trans red, but they don't. So I went for an event more retro look with round lights and moved them down. I also added a license plate in the process; I figured I had this unused sticker... Good news is I didn't have to order parts!

Was:
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Now:
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I think it better matches the rest of the car now.

I also added an exhaust pipe. Not only does it look good, but it strengthens the structure too!

Was:
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Now:
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On 6/29/2020 at 2:29 PM, Void_S said:

"Incredible!" - that is the only word I can say :thumbup:

 

On 6/29/2020 at 5:06 PM, Teo LEGO Technic said:

Looks great! Very well designed little car!

Thank you very much! I like it a lot; it's simple yet not simplistic. It's realistic, yet still a toy that I feel safe letting my 3yo play with: nothing should be too easy to break or take apart.
It may be my favourite MOC so far. It rocks!

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On 7/2/2020 at 8:26 PM, Mechbuilds said:

I really love this solution you figured out

That's brilliant!

Thank you! Took me some time and a lot of tinkering to find a way to bring that steering around the engine. But I'm happy with that solution: simple, compact, easy Pythagorean triangle; it also gears the steering a bit down. Does the job nicely!
Still, the angle of the steering column is a bit too vertical. And also a bit too much off center, but so are the seats because of the gearbox, so it's fine, I guess. :blush:

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