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    [MOC] KMP's Vehicle MOCS

    Hey, I sent this to a buddy of mine on another forum and he loves it. He's started tweaking it a bit with pieces from his collection, of course, but said your B model is really impressive. Just wanted to pass along some positive feedback.
  2. Oh, sure! https://www.instagram.com/brickening/ https://flickr.com/photos/tomgion/
  3. Yikes, been neglecting this thread for... almost a year, since I switched mainly over to Flickr/Insta. All right, here's an enormous update of what I've been up to in late 2021 and most of 2022! 1990 Geo Tracker Designed for the Bricknerd / TLCB "Festival Of Mundanity." It's 4-wide, so scales about right with the 6-wide stuff. I'm quite pleased with this tiny thing and all its angles. 1956 Ford Thunderbird When the UK-exclusive Fiat 500 came out in bright light blue / light royal blue, I immediately knew I wanted to take advantage of all the new pieces in that color to build a SC-scale car. I chose the T-bird after I saw one in the wild. It's such a simple feature, but I'm very happy with the Technic bricks as porthole windows in the rear pillars. 2000 Plymouth Prowler I tried building this car before but considered it to be impractical in 6-wide. I was inspired to try again when the new-for-2022 2 x 3 curved slope wedges came out, which I used to shape the nose. I'm actually really happy with this one now! It still fits a minifig, but just barely. 1968 Dodge Dart Hemi Super Stock The new DB5 set brought us light bluish gray mudguard/fender pieces, at long last! I immediately knew what I wanted to build with mine: the legendary Hemi Dart, in its iconic factory primer/gelcoat color scheme. This one has some truly strange geometry and a nifty new C pillar design. My favorite detail is the paint rollers used for the short exhaust up front. 1969 "Ferrari" Dino 246 GT This is one of my favorite cars I have ever built and I am immensely proud of it. It's very stable and super small. It's shorter in height than a minifig, but still fits a driver inside! I replicated the yellow Dino logo in the center of the wheels and steering wheel, and emulated the super interesting rear window that curves into the insides of the C pillars. 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Drag Racer I originally designed this as a regular, factory stock Road Runner, but the hood was kind of plain and I had all that extra space, so I decided to hot rod this one with a giant exposed engine. I also gave it some aftermarket short exhaust and aero (spoiler and air dam). There are two really unique things on this build: the rubber bands, used for redline tires and spark plug wires, and the slightly angled rear deck, which I have attempted less successfully in the past. The stickers are all from set 42037. I've also now done my first two 8-wide builds. I don't think I'll do many of these in the future, since I really do prefer how 6-wide scales to minifigures, City displays, and LUG layouts, but I can't deny it's fun having a little more room for detail. 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally I actually tried building this one in 6-wide first, but there wasn't enough space to shape the front fascia properly. I did take advantage of all this extra room to give it an immensely detailed interior, though, featuring a properly shaped dash, steering wheel with "logo", shifter, pedals, sculpted seats, and a fire extinguisher. 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix This was a commission for a coworker who wanted me to build his dad's old car, a metallic copper Grand Prix. If he wasn't bankrolling this project, it would not have gotten built in this color, because some of these dark orange parts are very rare and expensive! The cabin is gently raked to achieve the right roofline, which limits interior detailing a little, but it still has the usual features. I'm very pleased with the tail.
  4. As I mentioned on Flickr, this is absolutely fantastic and I adore it. Great work. Can you tell me more about the rims? I tried checking out the maker, but their Instagram link doesn't work and I don't use Facebook. Would love to see what kind of options they have. But to reiterate: great work. I can see the places you had to make choices and compromises, and I agree with the decisions you made. Excellent job translating this to LEGO.
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    New LEGO Speed Champions 2022 Rumors, Speculation

    That's what I use for my MOCs - or, if I must use Technic bricks, I finish the undersides with boat studs to lower their visual profile a bit. I totally understand using those giant axle pieces for stability, but I have always disliked their visual mass, too.
  6. I agree entirely with your opinions on this one. The Valkyrie is fascinating and well-built, and I like its proportions relative to the source material (the prototype, specifically) a lot - it SHOULD be longer than the others. The Vantage is okay. It has some nice techniques with the taillights and the grill, but I'm reeeeaaallly missing that roundness. The real car is all curves, while the LEGO model is all angles. I understand the limitations of the medium, but other LEGO models have done a better job of realizing that curvature. It's especially noticeable on the rear quarter, from the C pillars to the rear fenders. This transition is fully smooth curvature on the real car, and a stepped series of hard angles on the model. I'd put the Valkyrie near the very top of this wave, and the Vantage might be at the very bottom - not as harsh a condemnation as it sounds since all the models this year are SO good. It's just got really tough competition, and I think it fails to stand out.
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    New LEGO Speed Champions 2022 Rumors, Speculation

    I am extremely excited about the 2022 wave. Looks like the best one yet. The Ferrari and Lambo will be day 1 purchases for sure, and I will at least re-create the others in Stud.io to learn how they're put together. The prototype presentation/interview video RacingBricks did was wonderful, too. Love seeing the design decisions behind certain choices, like eliminating stickered headlights for 2022 (the Countach may be a slight exception, but it seems you can leave the indicator stickers off and have very little impact on the look of the finished model). I also love knowing that Chris Stamp created the older 917K in 2016 (one of the worst SC cars ever, in my opinion) as well as this new Ferrari, which looks incredible, which really shows how far they've come.
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    [MOC] Gibson Les Paul Junior & Fender Telecaster

    I made another guitar to go with my Telecaster build! I wanted another guitar that features a rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and no binding and a slab-style body, so the Gibson Les Paul Junior was an easy choice. My first prototype was red, but I decided to go with bright light yellow in the end to represent the classic "TV Yellow" color, essentially a limed mahogany finish, that is the most iconic look for this guitar. This added some complication, as there are far fewer brackets and SNOT elements in this color than there are in red. The next issue was the 3 x 3 headstock. I'll try to explain the problem as simply as I can for the non-guitar-playing crowd: The Fender Strat and Tele feature a headstock with a straight string pull, meaning the strings are already aligned correctly over the nut by the placement of the tuning machines. On the official Stratocaster set, the slotted nut (which is used to align the strings) is represented by a print on a 2 x 6 tile, so it is not a physical object. This is totally fine and not a problem, because of the headstock's straight string pull arrangement. The strings are aligned just fine even without the use of a nut. On a Gibson head, you do not have a straight string pull because the tuners do not align with the nut slots. A slotted nut is actually NEEDED to align the strings correctly over the fretboard. I used a pair of 1 x 1 tile clips to sort of fashion my own string guides, which do an imperfect but pretty good job of lining everything up correctly. Here are some more pictures, including one with my real LP Junior. You can see that bright light yellow is an extremely inconsistent color, as several shades of it are visible all over the guitar, giving it a somewhat mottled appearance. There's nothing I can do about that! I don't mind it in this context because the guitar finish it's replicating is a semi-transparent one, so color and texture variation happens in reality, too.
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    [MOC] KMP's Vehicle MOCS

    Having absolutely no familiarity or frame of reference for this car, I wondered if maybe the use of the spoiler piece for the front fascia was a bit "plain" or "under detailed?" (not trying to insult, just explaining my thought process) But then I looked up the rear car, and yeah, okay. That's actually a wonderful part choice there. I did not realize how simplified and streamlined the color grouping on the real car is! I totally get it now. Great job.
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    [MOC] Las Fuentes - Mexican Modular Building

    The shell fountains and dome roof are indeed just fabulous. The density of detail in general is outstanding: not too cluttered, but enough to fool the eye on the scale of the build at a glance. It commands much more of a presence than its size alone would suggest! I also have used those green gears as cactus! I used them on an older / first draft version of this build from 11 years ago (the version I linked is a redesign I did last year), and I can tell you they were still rare, but much cheaper back then. I seem to recall paying a couple bucks each for mine.
  11. Been a minute since I posted anything here! All right, here's a couple: one I finished months ago, and one I finished a few days ago! 1977 Ford Falcon Sedan This is, surprisingly, the first sedan I've built, so I made sure it fits a passenger in the back seat, too. This uses a more refined version of the technique I found for the Challenger's headlights, and I'm pleased with how clean this build is. It's based on a friend's specific car, in case any diehard Falcon fans are wondering why it has a non-factory spoiler on it. 1970 AMC Gremlin I wanted to build this the moment I saw the new mudguards and color scheme on the van from the Avengers: Endgame Final Battle set. I'm pleased with how the angles came together on the rear, and "reddish brown" is yet another color I can tick off the list!
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    New LEGO Speed Champions 2022 Rumors, Speculation

    A lot of the car choices have to do with influence from the manufacturers, too. I think this is why we won't see, for instance, a Pontiac, because Chevrolet likely has no interest in marketing a dead brand.
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    [MOC] Gibson Les Paul Junior & Fender Telecaster

    Right? Building a Tele was absolutely priority #1! Thanks so much! Very kind coming from you. I love your work. Hey, my #1 is a Les Paul! I think the carved top, edge binding, and differing colors on the top and back are gonna make that not quite feasible for now, though. Luckily, a Les Paul Junior is entirely possible... (a not-so-subtle hint of what my next guitar model will be). Thanks, that means a lot!
  14. 13 Nov 2021 Update: I built a Gibson Les Paul Junior to go with the Telecaster! Full post for this one a little farther down. Original post follows: 21329: Fender Stratocaster was released yesterday and, you know, it's cool and all, but Strats just aren't my thing. Honestly, I'm much more of a Telecaster kind of guy. Of course, my first thought was to attempt this as a B-model or alternate build, but there's just nothing that could possibly represent the "ashtray" bridge and control plate that comes on the stock guitar. So, freed of the shackles of parts limitations, I had some fun with it! Fitting the control plate and jack meant I couldn't use the same nestled curved slope and arch combo that I could on the other side. I'm pretty sure this is just about the tightest, least gappy fit I could achieve here for a relatively seamless body. The selector is a box wrench between 4 sideways rail plates. I had to compress the string assembly quite a bit to fit it here. On the Strat, the pickguard covers the assembly up top and a back plate covers it from behind, leaving 5 plates' worth of vertical height to fit the string/guide assembly into. The Tele has a smaller pickguard and no back plate, so I only had 3 plates' worth of height to fit the same basic thing. This required the most iteration and revision, but we got there! The headstock, of course, is far narrower and more curvy than the 70's profile Strat headstock LEGO modeled the official set on. A fun comparison to my own Telecaster! Hope you enjoy!
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    [MOC] Corvette C4 - Skull edition

    Absolutely adore this. It's spectacular! Well done! Love the shaping, especially around the taillights. It does make me sad to see a C4 with gauges, though. It's all about that digital dash for me.