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  1. Hi Erik, A great question. We had some very difficult constraints on the book, primarily space (page count). This is something I would have like to include more of. There are some specific references explicit and implicit, with an encouragement to do more research on topics of interest (in real cars). In the end I ran out of space, but hopefully the instructions covering so many cars at different scales, and with design solutions to architect the cars that are dissimilar, it will provide a pretty good basis for people to create there own models. Many of the systems in the cars are built as modules, and could be built into different cars. A particularly good example is the Plymouth HEMI Cuda, where the engine and front suspension design, and the rear live axle are easily deploy-able in other cars both larger and smaller. The 'How to' name for the book came from the publisher. My alternative: 'Peter Builds Awesome Lego Cars' was not seen as a the right way to go. :) I also hoped that the book would help open up opportunities to discuss these and other topics in places such as Eurobricks forums (or Flickr, where most of my stuff resides). I am keen to discuss further. If there is an opportunity to do a followup title, I'd like to include more methodology in the content. Peter
  2. I thought my cars were smooth? Just kidding. I am looking forward to seeing the theme, whatever form it takes - and yes, it would be good to have some new wheels. 911
  3. Yes, I have been checking. Part No.15413 - the new realistically treaded technic tire 49.53 * 20/ Fits on the 30 * 20 wheel. 911
  4. Congratulations LasseD. A great job, and the engagement on evolving the build and design was very interesting and insightful. Apologies for posting late, I have had some issues getting my account working properly - all fixed now though (thanks CopMike). I am highly jealous of your visit to Billund. I have wanted to go F O R E V E R, but I am unfortunately on the other side of the world. I will endeavour to keep everyone informed as I modify one of my models to join LasseD's in Miniland. If someone is able to photographs the model(s) in place in Miniland and post, that would be much appreciated. Peter
  5. A model no longer produced by SEAT is the luxury mid-size model, the Exeo. The Exeo was produced from 2008, until very recently (December 2013). The car is heavily based on the Audi B7-generation A4. This occurred as Audi was transitioning to the latest B8 generation A4, so that the entire Audi B7 production line was transferred from Ingolstadt in Germany to the SEAT plant in Martorell in Spain. The key difference between the SEAT Exeo and the other SEAT models is the design of the chassis. The Exeo, in taking the Audi B7 platform, mounts the engine longitudinally, ahead of the front wheels, and driving the front wheels only. Notably, in the Audi, the legendary all-wheel-drive 'Quattro' system was available, but denied to the SEAT model, which was not offered in the colder-clime markets popularly inhabited by the Audi. The Exeo was available in two bodystyles, the Saloon and the Estate model. First shown here is the Saloon model in one of the conservative hues available. And the .lxf files: Exeo_02c.lxf And also the trendier Estate model in a more dynamic hue: And the .lxf file: Estate_03.lxf The Exeo model shown have opening doors, engine compartments and luggage compartments. The cars also feature a very similar suspension systems to the other model, with wishbones and longitudinal torsion bars, Peter (lego911) And lastly, the largest of the current SEAT models, the Alhambra MkII. This model is an MPV that shares its body with the VW Sharan MkII, and shares the PQ46 platform withe the VW Passat mid-size saloon. The PQ46 platform is an enlarged form of the PQ35, used on the smaller Leon MkII model. The Alhambra has 3 rows of seats to carry up to 7 passengers. The car also features sliding rear doors to allow better entry/egress. As the model is based on a version of the PQ35/46 platform, it has the same suspension design of wishbones and longitudinal torsion bars. The model features opening doors (a innovative rear door opening mechanism), engine compartment, and luggage compartment. The cars 2nd and 3rd row seats are adjustable, as well as folding completely flat inside the car. SEAT Alhambra MkII MPV: And the .lxf file: PQ46_01.lxf For all models I have endeavored to check that all parts are available in the colours shown. Any omissions to this rule are non-intentional. I have tried to make some of the models more amenable to being produced in the more interesting colours (rather than red/yellow/white/blue), by omitting some of the parts that are available in a limited colour palette. The .lxf files have been made available according to the competition rules, and I ask that their artistic copyright be respected. I welcome other lego modelers exploring the model files for ideas or out of curiosity regarding some of the more complex chassis features. And lastly, as posted further up, a mini electric motor would be an awesome addition to be able to power miniland-scale lego cars. PS. I think that I have managed to fix all the .lxf files links now. PPS. I have also uploaded the 'scene' files with the characters and so on: Scene files Peter Blackert (lego911)
  6. Alongside the MkII Leon, a few other variations of the VW Group PQ35 platform, notably new to the SEAT marque was the Altea MAV. This is a tall hatchback-style body shape first popularised in this size segment by the Renault Scenic. The Altea was available a few different configurations: The standard car, a longer-tailed version with greater luggage space called the Altea XL, and an off-roady-type spcification of the XL, the Altea Freetrack. All the Altea models shown here have opening doors, engine compartments and luggage compartments, along with the same suspension type featured in the MkII Leon, above, with which it shares a platform. Firstly, the standard SEAT Altea MAV: And the .lxf file: Altea_02a.lxf Next up, the SEAT Altea XL, with a longer rear overhang for more luggage, and the addition of roof rails to attach luggage boxes, or 'lifestyle' attachment structures. And the .lxf file: XL_03.lxf And lastly, the Altea Freetrack. This shared the fundamental body shape with the Altea XL, but had a raised suspension height for additional ground clearance, along with additional body cladding (nominally for offroad protection), that distinguishes it from the more prosaic XL. An additional feature found on nearly all Freetack models was the VW group Haldex all-wheel-drive system. This was an option on some of the other Altea models, though in the Freetrack, this provided the offroad traction to go along with the off-roady-type looks. SEAT Altea Freetrack AWD MAV: And the .lxf file: As with the Leon MkII above, there are adjustable seats, removable parcel shelves, and fold down rear seats for added versatility. Peter (lego911) The SEAT Leon has undergone a recent update (2012) to the MkIII model. This features the new VW Group MQB platform, which has a longer wheelbase and greater architectural flexibility than the PQ35/46 platforms that it replaces. The MkII Leon is available in three bodystyles: the standard 5-door Hatchback, and new, sport 3-door hatchback, and the resurgence of compact stations wagons, the Leon ST Estate. The SEAT Leon MkIII models shown here each have opening doors, engine compartments and luggage compartments. The cars also have an adaptation of the Leon MkII wishbone suspension, sprung by longitudinal torsion bars. The cars also feature adjustable front seats, and folding rear seats with luggage covers for load-are flexibility. Firstly, the SEAT Leon MkIII 5-door hatchback. And the .lxf file: MQB_02.lxf Next up, the sporty 3-door hatchback style, in the newly release SEAT Leon MkIII Cupra model. Note the orange features of the Cupra model (substituted with gold for the wheels in the Lego model). Here's the .lxf file: MQB_05.lxf And lastly, a more family or lifestyle activity biased model, the SEAT Leon MkIII ST Estate. And the .lxf file: MQB_04.lxf Peter (lego911)
  7. Moving up a class to C-Segment cars brings the Leon model. The MkII Leon, shown here, was built on the VW PQ35 platform, shared with the Golf Mk V and VI, along with the Audi A3 and TT. For the MkII, the Leon was offered in one body style only, a 5-Door Hatchback. Shown here, the Leon MkII as a Spanish Police car, and the standard hatchback model. And the .lxf file for each of the models: The Leon model here has opeing doors, engine compartment and luggage compartment. The model also features adjustable front seats, and a fold down rear seat (and foldable, removable parcel shelf) to allow additional luggage space. The model also features a similar design of wishbone and longitudinal torsion bar suspension. Peter (lego911)
  8. Related to the Ibiza and built on a longer-wheel-base derivative of the platform (PQ25 - shared with the Skoda Rapid and the VW-China Jetta and Santana), is the Toledo. The Toledo has existed over a number of generations. In each case, the car is configured to look like a 4-door saloon, when in fact, the car has a 5-door liftback function. Shown here is the latest PQ25 Toledo MkIV 5-door liftback. And the .lxf: MkIV_02a.lxf Peter (lego911)
  9. Next up is a series of SEAT Ibiza models. All the Ibizas use the current VW PQ24 platform shared with the VW Polo and Audi A1. The models are split pre and post 2012 Facelift. The models all have opening doors, engine cover and luggage cover (however you call them: bonnet, hood, boot and trunk). The models also share the same design for independent rear suspension with wishbone and longitudinal torsion bars, and a similar design at the front. First of the Ibiza models is the most exciting - the pre-facelift SEAT Ibiza Bocanegra. Identified by the all-black frontal treatment, reminiscent of an early sporting SEAT which also boasted a matte-black front. With the .lxf file: Peter (lego911) Next of the Ibiza models is the standard edition pre-facelift 3-door hatchback. And the .lxf file: Peter (lego911) Next up is the pre-facelift 5-door hatchback model. And the .lxf file: Peter (lego911) In 2012, the Ibiza received a facelift to bring it in line with the other models in the SEAT range. The facelift was focused on the front of the car for a smooth, but somewhat anonymous style. Shown here is the post-facelift 3Door. And the .lxf file: Update_06a.lxf Peter (lego911). And the post-facelift 5-door hatchback: And the .lxf file: Update_07a.lxf Peter (lego911) Sharing the compact PQ24 platform with the other hatchback models, was the compact SEAT Ibiza ST Estate model. A compact wagon with lots of space in the luggage area. And the .lxf model file: Update_09.lxf Peter (lego911)
  10. Next up is another SEAT Mii model. Shown here as the 5-door Hatchback model in red. I forgot to add that the models also have working suspension: Trailing arms with transverse torsion bar at the rear, and a simple wishbone with longitudinal torsion bar at the front. and the lxf file: Peter (lego911)
  11. Hi All. Long-time lurker, first time poster. This is my first time at entering anything here on Eurobricks, and it might take me a bit to get it all to work. First up is the smallest of the current SEAT models, the Mii. Shown here as the 3-door Hatchback model in yellow. And the .lxf file (to come). Mii 3Dr_02.lxf Regards, Peter (lego911)
  12. ^^ Dude! You can't say that (SEATs are boring) - they won't let you win. P
  13. Hi. I was wondering if there was a limit to the number of (different) entries one was allowed? Not that there seems to be very much activity at present. Peter
  14. Hi, I too have just joined on word of this LDD Challenge. A great idea! I most definitely understand the no voting policy. Its great to see other's work too. There have been some fantastic late-timing entries too. I hope to contribute more in the future. lego911
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    Hi. My name is lego911 and I am new here, so I might have some trouble getting this to work properly. I was told that I should join Eurobricks and submit something for this Challenge. I would like to introduce my first upload to the Eurobricks forum in the form of 'Bugatti Bloodlines' - Bugatti Veyron and Type 35B Racer. This is in the category of both bricks and LDD. The Bugatti Veyron features: Mid-mounted W8 piston engine driving all four wheels Independent front and rear suspension Modularised vehicle systems allow quick assembly/disassembly Open doors Height and pitch adjustable rear wing The Bugatti Type 35 Racer features Front mounter inline four cylinder piston engine driving the rear wheels Live front and rear axles sprung by quarter-elliptic springs Opening engine cover Separate Chassis construction with separate body modules Front wheel steering. Both models are built to 1:15 scale, similar to the Lego Ferrari and Lamborghini models. Bugatti Veyron and Type 35 brick built. And again, from another angle Bugatti Veyron and Type 35 modelled in LDD and again, and once more . . It doesn't like my files from brickshelf for some reason. Can anyone help me out? There are many more images of the models individually and with DETAIL PARTS on my flickr site, updated and expanded once I get some more sleep: lego911 on flickr Mmm, not doing so well at getting images. All sorted now. :) This is where they are on Brickshelf: lego911 Eurobricks entry on Brickshelf