Gwail

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  1. There was already an american iconic muscle car and a classic roadster, now let me take you to the old continent, to the cradle of sports cars industry :). Here we go in Maranello, Italy, with one of the latest middle-engine cars - Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder. Of course, one look is enough to notice, that it isn't the exact recreation, rather a "heavily inspired" MOC. The original shapes are too tricky, especially at this scale, so I've decided to take different principles - the goal number one was not to make the squary front-end. I've failed to recreate the exact shape of the bonnet and front lights (the huge mudguards didn't help at all ;)), so I've decided to make the car just low-profiled and smooth. The rear part was tricky, too. The car's proportions forced me to make a half-stud offset - I've used over the dozen jumpers to make the rear (engine, axis and bumper) firmly fixed :). As most of my MOCs, it was revised early in 2014, including use of 2x1 curved slopes and new style wheels - the first car I like their look - I've tried it with Cobra too, but it looked just ugly. More photos on my flickr page. My other presentations:
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    MOC - friendly Corvette 1957

    Let Andrea take you today for the little time trip to the classic era, back in America! There are some excellent Vettes' models, but I havent noticed this specific one in this scale - 6-wide Chevrolet Corvette 1957 convertible. This is the first non heavy duty car of my collection, due to the wheels mounting and fragile parts of body, sticked by one stud, like rear fenders. It was tricky to make the openable doors and maintain the thin gap between doors and rear wheels, but the final effect is satisfatory to me. Thanks to Aurie from Chrome Block City the car shines like a christmas tree, but it gives the required look, I think ;). My personal favourite. Of course, there are still some disadvantages: Yellow 1x2 panels with the "foot holder" instead of white ones - quite rare in my country, on BL wanted list, obviously. Central part of front bumpers - the red 2x1 plates with arms up are temporary, I'd like to take a try with the chrome knives in 1x1 horizontal clips, but still failed to hunt them down (there are so many single parts available in separate stores, can't afford to buy them all :)). Wheels! Both look (I don't have experience with custom wheels, I have to take some lessons from the master ER0L ;)) and mounting - sticking via 1x1 round plate to the half-pin isn't too effective, I will have to research the possibility of using bars 3L / wheels on full pin. Rear lights? Whooops... But hell, who needs them, the chrome exhausts look much better ;). More shots on my flick page. My previous presentations:
  3. Here we go today with my younger daughter Alice's favourite car of my collection - Shelby Cobra 427. As many builders I've started with a brilliant model from lichtblau, adapting it to Friends dolls requirements (and adding the doors, of course :)), but I haven't liked its proportions and too vintage look. I wanted something more modern and sporty, so I've started the MOC from the scratch. The car is 6 studs wide, as it fits best to its dimensions in comparision with the previous shown Mustang and other cars, and it's heavy duty construction allows playing for my little daughter. The final effect is presented below, I'm almost pleased with it, besides some minor disadvantages, such as tiled grills on the side instead of the modified bricks (quite hard to get in my country, still on my wanted list). I've spent tons of time looking for optimal look of exhaust pipes, but there went Aurie from Chrome Block City in hand, adding some extra bricks to my order for one of the next creations (coming soon!) - I didn't realise, that the chrome helmet horn will fit so well. Hope you like it :)! More photos on my flickr page. Download a LDD file (not 100% accurate there are some differences). My other presentations:
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    MOC - friendly Shelby Cobra 427

    Glad you enjoyed it, CrazyDalton777! All the chromed parts are custom (wheels and exhaust pipes), bought at Bricklink. I don't know if it's allowed to post such links on this forum, so you have to go BL and look for shops called Chrome Bricks or Chrome Block City.
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    MOC - friendly Shelby Cobra 427

    Sorry I've missed your post and answering so late! Thanks anyway, glad you like it . Thank you, however the 7-wide cars don't fit the Town scale too well :). Luckily my daughters don't mind it . Thanks, pretty distinctive original, isn't it ?
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    MOC: BMW X6

    I'm glad to present you another MOC in my garage! Today the model based on the mid-size luxury crossover - BMW X6, called by the manufacturer Sports Activity Coupé (SAC). It's not a recreation of a factory stock car, the inspiration was the model tuned by the german company Lumma Design. The car is adapted as 2-seated coupe (a bit shorter than an original), both for minifigs and Friends minidolls. This time the doors don't open in the primary configuration (unless you dismount the mirror clips), but there is still a posibility to use the alternative door design (however, they don't look well). Forgive my little deviation - I don't know why, but I always put the white rims to black cars . The last pic is a little joke - you can see the original here. More pics in my flickr album. My other presentations:
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    MOC: BMW X6

    Thanks a lot for all the c&c, it's always warmly welcomed! The car I've chosen to recreate is quite controversial in real, so are your posts. However, I wish the criticism was a bit more constructive :). Thanks a lot, however I can't agree that the significant details are captured perfectly - the main detail, a kidney shaped grille (the main and most distinguishing detail of BMW) is a bit simplified, but the model in this scale didn't left any more place to move (perhaps a matter of gaining some more experience). There is so many excellent Dodge Monaco models at this scale available across the websites, that I don't see the sense to make another one, unless there is something new to show... so far I haven't found it. But for sure you won't be disappointed, there some classics in my mind :). Well, pity you're disappointed, guys! Perhaps you can help me a bit to improve my MOC and point the parts you don't find as "enough bmwish" :)? Here, take a look at the comparision picture I've found - very similiar to the model I referred to, at the similiar angle. I'll appreciate any help :)! Thank you! There is so few models of comtemporary modern cars at the Lego City scale, so I've decided to take the challenge ;). The chosen car wasn't easy, but well, you can only die once! I can't disagree with you :)! The other cars I've decided to make were more iconic, classic or just popular. The BMW X6 is just a common car you can meet in the neighborhood... almost like Emmet . Well, honestly - IMHO - the overall shape isn't worse that my other cars, such as Vette or Gallardo, and even better than Mustang or Cobra. The main problem of the X6 is the grille (and front lights) - simplified at this scale. If you can go over it, you may like the model, if not - well, happily we differ from each other, otherwise there wouldn't be sense of existence for such great places as this forum. There is always a chance to exchange the points of view and learning something new . Thanks, Player! I was writing the reply so long, that I've missed your post. Glas you like the model, but it's almost impossible to make such car in that scale using 100% "legal" connections. In the X6 you won't recreate the windscreen.
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    friendly Lamborghini Gallardo

    Here we are with Emma again in sunny Italy, Sant'Agata Bolognese, at the Lamborghini headquarters! This is a good time to present the main italian rival of my Ferrari Italia - Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder [WIP]. Just like with Ferrari Italia, I didn't try to recreate the exact shapes of the front bonnet, for the same reasons, just wanted to make it enough "lamborghinable". Additionaly, the driver's chamber in Gallardo is moved forward a bit, I had some riddles to solve, how to arrange it with the doors system. The effects? Judge by yourself :). Wait a minute... Something's wrong. Where are the mirrors, must-be lifted doors, where is the "WIP" status? Right, it isn't finished project. I didn't want another generic 3 x 6 slope windscreen, time to make it custom - classical, with hose and hands. There are some reasons - better look first of all, the second - no room for lifted doors and mirrors. The MOC could be finished, but I've just screwed up last BLinking, and ordered riggid hose instead of pneumatic :). Take a look, how it looks now. More shots on my flick page. And this is my last presented MOC for now, I won't bother you anymore for a while . Thanks for stopping by and commenting, have a good time and stay tuned! My previous presentations:
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    [MOC] White coupe

    A lovely coupe. It reminds me the polish "highway queen" - FSO Syrena .
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    friendly Lamborghini Gallardo

    Thank you! Well, I haven't considered any minivan so far (except the remade minvan from the Friends Summer Riding Camp for my daughter), but how about some SUV Coupé (or SAC - Sports Activity Coupé, as it's called by manufacturer) ? Well, yes, fresh file, still hot: gwl Gallardo LDD file. The LDD model is prepared for custom windscreen (made of riggid hose and minifig hands) - the original MOC is ready, waiting for the normal camera to make some good shots. Thanks a lot ! Well, I'm considering making a Porsche, but I was thinking about 911 Turbo (the first version didn't survive interior quality tests ;)), however it's very difficult to make something looking good at least a half as the excellent model from Zeto Vince . Your Boxster S is a nice challenge, who knows, perhaps I'll take it - there are already some nifty solutions in my mind to check out. But rather don't count on such exotic color . Many thanks, Behemoth .
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    MOCs: Sports cars, muscle cars, pony cars

    Another bunch of Lego town car mastery ;). Charger is the unbeatable numero uno, and the tricky curves in the Fastback make it looking well, indeed.
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    friendly Lamborghini Gallardo

    Thanks, Yooha! The scissor doors arouse many controversies with this MOC, but hell, I had to make them . Many thanks, I'm glad you like it! Thank you. However, it contains too few lime and violet pieces to fit the Friends line, I suspect . I've just published the LDD file for Mustang GT-500. Let me know how is it going with Cobra. I'm still thinking about the update, including adaptation to the standard city minifigs .
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    MOC - friendly Mustang GT-500

    Hello there! After some time of loyal lurking I've decided to share some of my creations :). Let me introduce myself first, as this is my first post here - I'm a typical AFOL, thanks to having own children in proper age (pre- and primary school), I've managed to get back to old hobby. As both of my children are girls, so the field of construction is quite obvious - Friends serie ;). I've decided to improve the standard garage, supplied by the Lego Group, so you can expect some 4-wheeled creations, 6- or 7-wide. The first choice is one of my first creations, the 7w car inspired by the iconic muscle car - Ford / Shelby Mustang GT-500 - not a specific model, rather the mix of 2010 - 2013. As most of my MOCs, it's designed to be playable by 3-years old kid - heavy duty construction, and the obligatory openable doors (I even can't think about the car without such feature ;)). So, the requirements are quite hard, but the results are quite good, I hope :). Sorry for the mediorce photo quality (terrible focus depth), but didn't have too much time to play with the friends' camera, borrowed for short time :). So, let Olivia to introduce one of her cars: More photos on my flickr page. Downlolad LDD file. My other presentations:
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    MOC - friendly Mustang GT-500

    CRookie28, thanks :)! I've managed to find some free time and made the brand new, 100% accurate LDD file (except the illegal connections of mirrors, of course ). What a shame I can't add attachments to the posts anymore, dunno why, so I've added the dropbox link to the file in the first post of the topic.
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    MOC - friendly Corvette 1957

    Indeed, the car looks beautifully. Thanks, I've seen many solutions and I wanted to make something fresh. Thanks, I've seen this solution, too, I will try it if others fail. I'd prefer something with pinned wheel hubs, it won't force me to rebuild the chassis.
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    friendly Lamborghini Gallardo

    Jody Meyer, I've just posted the Shelby Cobra LDD file in its topic, if you're still interested. I've checked the Mustang file, too, but it's too old and messy, have to rework it, but not earlier than in 2-3 weeks. Thanks! Indeed they do, luckily my younger daughter loves to play with them, so my wife tolerates the hobby ;). Well, I'm not sure, matter of free time and the funds, haven't building for few months. I'm thinking about something german :). Thank you! Have you seen the other cars? Links below:
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    MOC - friendly Shelby Cobra 427

    Wookie, rogul, thanks! I'm attaching the LDD file - it isn't exactly replica of the presented version - there are slight differences in the in the front lower part and the rear is still one plate higher, but it looks ok, I think (I go for holidays next week and have too many work to finish). But thanks to ER0L's notice about the blue 1x2 curved slope I think I'll be revising the MOC again (the whole rear will be rebuild), so I'll try to find enough time to update the LDD file, too. gwl_shelby_cobra_427_v3.zip
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    friendly Lamborghini Gallardo

    Thank you for so many comments, glad you like such version of Lambo! Well, maybe because the rear is less fancy curved and complicated ;). In fact, I spend much more time trying to make the good looking front (over 10 combinations for every MOC, especially Ferrari and Lambo), the rear is made very quick, sometimes I have only to figure how to stick smoothly the exhaust. There were less problems with roadsters, though. Sure, got 2 LDD files - for Mustang and Cobra (the second needs some update), will make it and share in respective topics. Well, the Friends dolls always make some troubles, due to longer legs when sitting - they take so much space... but I like the challenge, as you've said, no compromises ;). Speaking of photography, I know a bit about it, so I know my pics "ain't bad", but there are some mistakes, the main was too small depth of field - happily I was able to make again some shots, so the final effect is satisfactory :). Oh, and please don't mind about "bothering", it wasn't serious (that joking emoticon at the end... :)). Thanks, LT, I see I can always count on you ! Thanks, ER0L. I'm rather sure I've seen that MOC before, same about this Ford GT. I've even made the version similiar to the Reventon you've pointed (no tilting, only the surface solution, I've even hunted down pretty rare 2x2 transparent plates), but I wasn't satisfied with effects. It's clear I have to practise more. The new wheels are tricky, they don't fit every MOC, you have to know when to use it. I wish TLG would release the reinforced wheel holder 2x2 plate, one-sided. Glad you like them and good luck :)! Thanks Nigthfall, I know it (now), I wanted to make a scissor doors car so badly, that I haven't even noticed it. I'll carry on with it, all in all, you can always customize them ;).
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    MOC - friendly Corvette 1957

    Thanks, ER0L, your constructive notes always have a great value. Right, exactly :). Can you help me a bit? I was thinking about something similiar to your Impala solution: The white wheels are #3139, right? And how about #132 put on it, will it be suitable? I'd like to maintain the 21 mm diameter of my #50861 tire, I've been already forced to make some room for the front rear (that's why my Vette seems to be lowered at the end).
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    Brickwater Fire & Emergency Services

    A really lovely collection of Fire Dept. vehicles! I love the Rescue Squad Truck and the Ladder Truck. More Seagraves, plz !
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    MOC - friendly Corvette 1957

    Thanks for your comments, guys, glad you like it!
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    Runway lights

    I don't know, how much detailed lights do you want to do, but I can point you some source documents for real runway layout: Federal Aviation Administration (USA): Advisory Circular 150-5340-30e International Civil Aviation Organization: ICAO annex 14 vol. 1 - Aerodrome Design and Operations, ch. 5. Visual Aids for Navigation The documents are big, but there are some pics that show every part of the airport layout. Hope it will help .
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    MOC - friendly Ferrari Italia Spyder

    Thanks again for all the comments, they're always warmly welcome ! Thanks, LT, perhaps I'll order such room from my kids, I'd rather stick with car building ;). Yup, you're quite right (1984 Testarossa is my first Ferrari I felt in love ;)), I can even point you why you've got such feeling - straight front line of the car side view (no curve over the front wheel) and the 1x2 brick with grille behind the door, used irrationally ;). Thank you, Tenor Penny! Glad you like it, thanks! I've got many ideas of different cars, praying for enough funds and free time. I was considering Viper, too, but it's tricky to do it well in such scale. Thanks, that is always my goal, make the MOC eye-catching :). Thanks, ER0L, I'm really content with the rear, too, the front is only "acceptable" (tried dozens solutions and combinations). In the very early version there was the 1x1 red plate on front, but in real Italia there is only a silver mark on the black background, so I've decided to make it black, too - the round shape is enough accent, IMO. Thanks for the BBCode tip, I even didn't realize the forum script made the links from the images, I will fix it.
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    MOC - friendly Shelby Cobra 427

    Thanks, 'Man with a hat', glad you like it!
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    MOC - friendly Shelby Cobra 427

    Thanks for all you comments, guys! If you wish, there is no problem to spare the LDD file. It requires only some fix-ups, I didn't "computerize" last batch of changes (mostly lowering the rear part, mentioned below). Thanks, although I don't like chromes too much, such car just need it ;). Good! That were the intentions . Absolutely. Definitely. I do love the new 2x1 curved slope, it's a heavens' gift! The point is when I was BLinking last time (about 4 months ago) there weren't such color at stock (however, I bought then at once 20-30 pieces of each available colors, most of my cars were revised then, one of them was just scrapped for thorough redesign). Another must-have on next wanted list. Yup, you've pointed another of noticed disadvantages - previously the rear was one plate higher, and it were 1x2 bricks with curved top (#6091) used, but I wasn't satisfied, the car was too high for me. However, lowering the rear brought some difficulties, lack of this Cobra's characteristic curve of rear fenders is one of these - now there is the 1x2 plate under the 1x1 tile you've pointed, and it holds these parts sticked with the mudguard. I'd hade to revise the seats system, but maybe some day I'll do it, matter of free time ;).