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    Carbohydrates's Speed Champions Scale Cars and Mods

    1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. Yeah, not so much of a "speed" car but we bought a used one as a cheap second car a few months ago, so I was inspired to build it so I'm throwing it in here anyway. This is easily the most complex, ridiculous build I've ever done. It has 265 pieces, 117 of which are attached sideways or upside-down.
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    Carbohydrates's Speed Champions Scale Cars and Mods

    Thank you so much for the kind words! Also, I just finished up another car. 1969 AMC Super Stock AMX. Kind of an odd car; a 2-seater steel body muscle car with a short wheelbase. Essentially, a shortened Javelin. I built this in order to use the 2 blue wheel arches that came with the Ferrari Ultimate Garage set.
  3. I've been making a number of Speed Champions-scaled cars lately and I didn't want to spam up the forum with a bunch of threads, so I decided to put 'em all here! They're posted in the approximate order that I built them (many were worked on at the same time). Original Builds: 1. 1972 Datsun 240z. The color scheme is based on the 1972 Ontario Motor Speedway pace car livery. I'm most happy with the angled cabin and the dual exhaust. 2. 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30. The peak performance year for the 442! The ram air scoops are simply represented by 1x4 tiles - an older version of this build had a much more complex build for this section, but it made the car too tall, and the overall silhouette and shaping was more important to me. I'm most happy about the radiator grill and the tail lights. 3. 1968 Oldsmobile 442. I built the '70 first, but my dad's old car was a '68 so I felt like making this one as well. I think it turned out better, even. I do intend to change the vent just in front of the windscreen to make it a little more subtle. My favorite parts of this build are the side stripes and the 1/2 plate-raised portion of the hood. 4. 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS/Z28. I am incredibly honored that this build was featured on The Brothers Brick. I had some custom chromed pieces made by Chrome Block City, which you can see in the third photo. My favorite parts of this build have to be the semi-fastback and the split bumper. 5. 1969 AMC Super Stock AMX. Kind of an odd car; a 2-seater steel body muscle car with a short wheelbase. Essentially, a shortened Javelin. I built this in order to use the 2 blue wheel arches that came with the Ferrari Ultimate Garage set. 6. 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. Yeah, not so much of a "speed" car but we bought a used one as a cheap second car a few months ago, so I was inspired to build it so I'm throwing it in here anyway. This is easily the most complex, ridiculous build I've ever done. It has 265 pieces, 117 of which are attached sideways or upside-down. Mods: 1. 1966 Ford GT40 from 75881. I really love this car! 75881 is my favorite Speed Champions set so I didn't want to change much - I just wanted to lower it, because the original car is legendarily short (the "40" in GT40 refers to a height of 40 inches/102cm). The smaller City-scale wheels I used are extremely uncommon as only 1 was provided in just 1 Architecture set. Oh, and despite being dramatically lowered, it still fits a minifig! 2. 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 from 75888. Very minor mods here: I just enclosed the cabin in glass using 1 x 2 x 3 panels and added spokes to the wheels using the Technic 3L axle with a stud on the end. Enclosing the cabin this way was sort of a proof of concept that I later used on the Olds 442 builds above. 3. 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV by Jonathan Elliott. I love the original model and wanted one of my own, so I reverse engineered it from breakdown photos he'd posted, and then started changing things to suit me better. My modified version fits a minifig and has a tan leather interior, flush rocker panels, new rocker panel intake scoops, chrome exhaust, and some slightly altered connections and structure. Again, all credit to Jonathan Elliott for the original design and for his blessing to show off my modified version. 4. Ford Model A hot rod from 75875. The original had a really ridiculous rake due to the giant rear tires and lowered rear axle. I leveled the axles, chopped/dropped the top, lowered the engine bay, and changed the exhaust to more of an open header design (though with only 2 pipes per side, maybe it's more like two open collectors). I retained the swappable engine feature, and added a third engine with velocity stacks. 5. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 from 75874. The original is my least favorite Speed Champions set by far, so this build has some extensive revisions. Most importantly, I lowered the body, reduced (but retained) the rake, moved the cabin back, and gave it a rear windshield.
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    Favourite Speedchampions Set?

    1. 75881 2016 Ford GT & 1966 Ford GT40. A fantastic pair, but especially the GT40, which has a really clever and unusual build for the nose and spoiler shaping, plus it even has a functional rear window! 2. 75888 Porsche 911 RSR and 911 Turbo 3.0. Another killer pair, with clever builds for the 3.0's headlights and the RSR's cabin and spoiler. I bought this for the Turbo, but the RSR almost steals the show! 3. 75877 Mercedes-AMG GT3. Really great sleek shaping and amazingly low ground clearance, interesting technique for the angled taillights, and the side build is actually useful and a great addition to the set. Plus, it looks solid without stickers. 4. 75884 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback. A standalone classic car set! This one grew on me a lot. Stud free construction, lovely taillights, and a printed Mustang badge! The Nexo Knights shield tile as a shaker hood is perfect. The new wheelwells are gorgeous. It also looks arguably better without the stickers. The proportions are just a little off. 5. It's really hard to pick a #5. I want to say maybe 75880 McLaren 720S, but it's not particularly special; or 75889 Ferrari Ultimate Garage for the excellent 312 T4 and 250 GTO, but it's a poor value and the 488 GTE is basically redundant.
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    [MOC] 5th Generation Ford Mustang GT

    Here you go! My first crack at making instructions for something. Let me know if it's unclear: Parts list in .CSV format: Lime green just represents a part that can be in any color, since it'll be hidden in the final build.
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    Wild West Minifigs

    I've had a lot of fun over the years finding ways to populate my Western setup better. After a point, it became more about seeing what themes and figs had parts that I could adapt to fit the Wild West aesthetic. I figured I'd post my current population, and I would absolutely love to see yours! I'll sort of list these from most obviously Wild West related to least. 1. Official Western minifigs. I still love these guys, especially the green-suited gambler. Those heads are great, too. I've left these guys unmodified. 2. The Lone Ranger. Easily the most significant source of cowboy figs in a long time. I'm missing one or two torsos still, and I've swapped a lot of parts around on these guys to customize them. 3. Collectible Minifigs. There have been several directly and tangentially Cowboy-related figs over the years. Like the Western figs, I've left these guys unmodified. There are a couple more that could be used, too, like Abraham Lincoln or the Waiter torso. 4. The LEGO Movie. Due to its Western sequence, we got a fair number of new figs to use here, too. I'm not satisfied with the middle guy's head here and am looking for a suitable replacement. I'm also noticeably missing Rootbeer Belle. 5. Adventurers (and subthemes: Orient Expedition, Pharaoh's Quest, etc). Before the Lone Ranger sets and the LEGO Movie existed, these themes were probably the best source of sufficiently rugged Western-ish attire. I'm not sure how well the guy on the far left fits in and may have to get rid of him. Also, the middle one has Johnny Thunder's torso under his poncho, because I love the handle of the revolver just peeking out. 6. Harry Potter. Now we're getting a little more... resourceful. A lot of these torsos work very nicely IMO, and there are even a couple more I don't have yet such as the sand red Lockhart vest torso. 7. Speed Racer. There were just a few torsos with vests over shirts that I quite like. The guy on the left in blue is one of my very favorite figs. 8. Castle. Decent source of corsets and dresses. They may not be entirely era-appropriate, but they appear close enough to me. 9. Monster Fighters. The theme leaned more Victorian, but a corset's a corset and a vest is a vest. The lady on the left is another of my favorite figs. 10. The LEGO Batman Movie. I dig the torso on Red Hood. 11. Indiana Jones. Just a couple here, but Indy's holster is a great approximation of a cavalry holster and I've used it on several other figs. 12. Star Wars. The Tusken Raider's bandoleers look decent for this bandit, and I used a couple of the different Han Solo pistol holsters on some other figs. 13. Indiana Jones again, whoops. Makes for a decent wealthy villain type character here. 14. Town, City, Studios, etc. It's kinda slim pickings here IMO as most of the vests and suits are very anachronistic, but I sprinkled a few in here and there to round out the townsfolk. Definitely the weakest figs here, though - they look far too contemporary and I may remove them entirely.
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    [MOC] 5th Generation Ford Mustang GT

    Tough crowd! No worries, I'm happy enough with it. Here are some comparison pics between the official Speed Champions Mustang (blue), my new MOC (orange), and the first time I attempted a 5th gen Mustang over 8 years ago (yellow):
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    [MOC] 5th Generation Ford Mustang GT

    This is my first MOC in about 5 years. It's a 5th generation Ford Mustang GT - I specifically modeled it after a 2008. It uses a lot of Speed Champions elements and shares some design traits with that series as well, such as the SNOT side panel and bumper body work. It was designed in Mecabricks and ordered via Bricklink - the orange 1 x 1 corner panels were the most difficult part to track down, since they only appeared in 2 fairly unpopular sets in 2004.
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    REVIEW: 21108 Ghostbusters

    Got mine today and I have some additional thoughts about the build! First off, my instruction booklet didn't have any issues with loose/falling out pages, something I feared since all of the pre-release reviews I read mentioned issues. The minifig stand employs a neat trick to hold the Ghostbusters logo in place. At the top, it's held by two headlight bricks, and at the bottom, the new 1x2 upward bracket. It employs vertical and horizontal 1/2 plate offsets and is fairly clever, as well as entirely gratuitous: a 2 stud connection would have been fine, and white headlight bricks aren't even used anywhere else in the set. It's just a neat way to show how headlight bricks and the new 1x2 upward bracket can work with each other. LEGO was very generous with the silver parts. They're all over the front and rear bumpers, but are also employed on the roof and a couple random places. There are 38 silver pieces in the set (mostly cheese slopes, 1x1 round plates, and 1x2 grille tiles), and I received 2 more as extra pieces. As an aside: although the set uses a number of light gray 1x2 cheese slopes, there are no light gray 1x1 cheese slopes. There is a point in the build where they would appear necessary, and silver ones are used instead. It's not important, just interesting. Other thoughts: - The angled windows work great and are very stable. - The two blue tubes at the side are accomplished by using one length of hydraulic tubing looped back on itself and hidden under the roof detail - this allows the roof to detach without having to remove the tubing that's "connected". - The wheels are perfect. Excellent use of the barbell weights piece. - This thing is built like a tank. It's stable and easy to manipulate, unlike the Delorean with its fiddly bits and unstable doors. - In the review photos, the antenna is actually attached incorrectly. It's intended to sit atop the 1x1 light gray plate there! - I hope you like boat studs. There are 10 on the underside of the car and 4 on the underside of the removable roof, plus the 4 printed ones used on the proton packs for 18 total. - Odd that the trans-clear light on the roof is wedged between the 4 studs of a regular 2x2 plate. Normally, LEGO would employ the 2x2 'jumper' with one stud to make this connection. - Two white 4x4 corner plates are well utilized in this build. I'm usually not a fan of the part since it feels like a 2x4 and a 2x2 would usually accomplish the same task just as well, but the corner plates definitely add needed stability. - The set includes a minifig stand from the CMF series in light gray, but for no particular reason. It's buried in the chassis build and could easily have just been two 2x3 plates. Its inclusion is nice, but completely unnecessary. Thanks though, LEGO! - I like that LEGO used the trick of fitting two same-side 2x3 wing plates against each other to form the fins. It's not a new trick by any means, but it's cool to see in an official set. - These 1x1 tiles with clip on top are ridiculously strong. Like, they're far grippier than I remember previous molds of the piece being. They have a ton of strength both in the clip and the bottom, and there are 7 points in the build where a 1x1 round plate is attached to the bottom of one. It's overly difficult to get them back apart again. This has always been an annoying connection to undo, but it's particularly egregious here.
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    Winter Village 10229 Winter Village Cottage

    Come again? Afraid I'm not seeing that!
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    Modular Madness: Police Station

    You know, one thing I really like about this is it matches the official LEGO modular buildings' "flexible setting" as far as mixing early 1900s with modern details. I always found that particularly charming about them.
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    Modular Madness: Bookshop

    Love the shelves! May I ask what technique you used to keep the 'books' in place?
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    Winter Village 10229 Winter Village Cottage

    I'm not sure I'm thrilled with how the ceiling was handled (kind of ugly over the upstairs bed, plus the dormer is fake), but the rest of it looks very nice!
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    Modular Madness : Perfume shop

    My goodness this is beautiful. I absolutely love the color choices, letting most of the actual color come from the glass and adding just a splash of brightness to draw the eye. The upside-down Persian half arches at the very top of the building are very striking. The overall proportions are just perfect. I'm not actually a fan of the whips used to visually support the glass on the ground floor - just my opinion, but they feel out of place. It really doesn't detract, and this is just a fantastic build. I love it.
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    MOC: Spite House

    B-RM-09A A spite house is a building made to, well, spite somebody. They were built to obstruct paths and roads, block peoples' views, and otherwise bother people. Since they were mostly built as obstructions and space-occupiers and not actually as liveable residences, they tend to have bizarre shapes as they were designed to fit into various alleys and oddly sized or placed patches of land. My personal favorite is this one, a 7 foot wide 'house' built to keep traffic out of an alley next to the owner's larger neighboring home. You can read more about spite houses here. This is an 8 stud-wide house built to modular standards. It is fully furnished and absolutely ridiculous: from a minifig's perspective, this house is about 2 meters wide on the inside. It's three stories tall and features staircases, a fully furnished bedroom, kitchen, and living room; wooden siding on the front, and a lovely slate roof and dormer. Front entry. This is my favorite image of the bunch, since this part of the house has all of my favorite details: the slate roof, the sided front, and the door! The roof, complete with furnace and sewer vent caps and an encased central air unit. Rear patio and flower bed. The first floor contains the living room, which is furnished with a couch, end table with lamp, wooden shelf, and large TV. The kitchen sports a counter with a sink, stove, and microwave; a fridge, a table and chair, and some shelves for cups and glasses. The top floor bedroom has a nice bed, a nightstand with a lamp, and a dresser. It's hard to see in the image but the bed's headboard is actually dark gray bordered with dark tan. Totally compatible with modular buildings! Laughably tiny! It's the spite house! This was a really fun "build" once I got past the siding / front door, which I had to re-do two or three times to make it all work. The spite house contains 1,065 pieces (1,067 incl. technic pins to connect it to other modulars).