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  1. I know it’s a bit early But while we wait for the set to be released… I don’t like the cylinder parts much anymore, so I intend to modify the engine. Judging from the photos we’ve seen, the engine is connected through the two connector blocks and apparently nowhere else. I’ve tried to make a new engine of the same size but of the kind I prefer, and with an attempt at a fake split turbo. Assuming there is a bit of space above where one connector block would be, the spinning ‘compressor wheel’ would be visible from the slot in the bodywork. Depending on the clearance beneath the engine, there’s a geared solution that would make the ‘compressor’ spin faster, and a rubber band solution that takes up less space. How bad it it? Suggestions?
  2. After many years of work, I am proud to present my take on the McLaren 720s in 1:10 scale. Lego 1:10 McLaren 720s by @tiledfloor, on Flickr It took 4 different iterations of chassis to get to this final version. I started this project with (almost) no experience in Technic MOCs, so I expected this to be the case. The first version was in 1:10 scale, had an 8-speed gearbox (which couldn't shift reliably), was wobbly as could be, and looked abhorring. The second version was in 1:8, -for some reason I thought that my first technic MOC could be THAT large without encountering many problems- I quickly realized how wrong I was. The building process was infinitely harder than in 1:10 due to the required stability and stiffness and added connections between components. This version had a really unique mechanism that I hadn't seen anywhere else though: adjustable drive modes, thanks to small linear actuators controlling the stiffness and travel of the shock absorbers. (you can find a video of the mechanism in action here:) Suspension with adjustable stiffness by @tiledfloor, on Flickr This version also had remote door controls, but after many problems regarding part count, sturdiness etc. I quickly realized that 1:10 was a better suited building scale for me. And so came the final two iterations, the first was almost a 1:1 copy of Dirk Klijn's mp4-12c, but after completing the chassis, I dismantled it to create one that allowed me to add a couple more functions, but I can safely say Dirk's model was the one that inspired me and taught me the most throughout my journey, along with Bruno Jensen's P1 and Charbel's 720s. And the final one was the one that I was finally satisfied with… Lego 1:10 McLaren 720s by @tiledfloor, on Flickr I wanted it to be completely modular, meaning that every single mechanism could be separated from all of the surrounding components. This was the most difficult part of the building and designing process. To achieve this, I settled on a transverse 4-speed sequential gearbox (IIRC, it was borrowed from Charbel’s 8 speed design), a custom made v8 which would sit as low as possible to allow for some detailing on top. The most difficult part of the chassis was the one-piece carbon monocoque also present in the real deal. Lego 1:10 McLaren 720s by @tiledfloor, on Flickr It had to be stiff, allow for two functions to pass through it (gear shifting and active aerodynamics), and still fbe as close to the real McLaren as possible form-wise. Lego 1:10 McLaren 720s by @tiledfloor, on Flickr The modularity also presented many problems mainly relating to the longitudinal stiffness, and I must admit, I wasn’t able to solve all of them, which resulted in a chassis that bends a bit when the suspensions are activated. Though overall it does generally behave as a single-piece chassis, and driving it around feels stable. Lego 1:10 McLaren 720s by @tiledfloor, on Flickr The rear axle is perhaps the most compact, stable and best looking part of the chassis imo. Lego 1:10 McLaren 720s by @tiledfloor, on Flickr After the chassis came the bodywork. It has many, many, MANY illegal connections that bend and induce torsion in long beams and panels. But overall, I am actually quite happy with the way the body turned out. The lines are as smooth as I find reasonably possible in this scale, and the proportions are mostly accurate. The car sits as low as I wanted it to, and has many of the original curves and lines that make the car recognizable imo. (most importantly, it passes my “squint test”, where if I squint hard enough it is indistinguishable from a photo of a real 720s.) :) Here is a rundown of the functions present in my model: -independent suspension on both axles -steering wheel/HOG with an acceptable turning radius -folding display in front of the steering wheel -adjustable seat recline on both seats -opening hood (half) and doors (though the doors require a bit of a wiggle to get them to sit right) -airbrake connected to steering -fake v8 -4 speed sequential gearbox controlled from the cabin (via turning a knob) -modular chassis -modular bodywork Lego 1:10 McLaren 720s by @tiledfloor, on Flickr The rear was very difficult to recreate due to the many intersecting curves and the large space the active airbrake mechanism takes up, but it’s the part of the body that I’m most happy about. Lego 1:10 McLaren 720s by @tiledfloor, on Flickr here you can see the airbrake in action, notice that the front wheels are in a “steered” position and that the spoiler is raised compared to the previous photos. And a final shot of the rear: Lego 1:10 McLaren 720s by @tiledfloor, on Flickr I am going to upload a video showcasing the functions whenever I can, in the meantime here is my bricksafe for a couple more photos: I eagerly await any and all constructive criticism. With this being my first full technic MOC, as well as my first scale model, there are plenty of things I can learn from you guys. Thanks!
  3. Hi folks, I'm happy to present my 42141 alternate build, which seems to be the first alternate model of McLaren Formula 1 released so far. Instructions can be found as usual on rebrickable. This Crash Team Racer Fun-Kart is an alternate build of set 42141 McLaren Formula 1 from 2022. No other parts are required to build this model. The model uses 3 spare parts that are included in the set 42141, with a total parts count of 1257. Keep in mind that the set 42141 McLaren Formula 1 comes in different versions with different sticker sheets that do not affect the build of this alternate model. If you own any of the set 42141 McLaren Formula 1, you can completely build this Crash Team Racer alternate model without any restriction. What is a Crash Team Racer? This Kart is driven by the character Crash Bandicoot in the 1999 video game Crash Team Racing and Crash Nitro Kart as competitor to the very popular Mario-Kart games. In 2019, the game Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled was released as remastered version for next-gen consoles, where this Kart appears again in better quality. You'll find renderings from the video game at the end of this article. Functions & Features smooth independent suspension in front and back steering with working steering wheel piston engine driven by differential through rear axle custom built engine block detailed design with many fun to play 39cm x 29cm x 19cm Impressions Testdriver Schorch seems very happy with the finished model... The giant exhaust pipes with flames are easy removable for a more common look... Custom built engine Because the standard engine parts won't fit at the scale of this alternate model, the highlight of this build is the custom made engine block, which works pretty well with a nice sound. Instructions The premium instructions for this Crash Team Racer comes with 258 pages of high quality images and steps to ensure a challenging but satisfying building experience with many cool building solutions. Instructions can be found on rebrickable. Following are some example pages of the instructions: Racer from the video game Have fun with this Crash Team Racer alternate build.
  4. Hi folks, I want to present my latest alternate build for 2021 to complete my lineup of 2021 alternates - the McLaren 600LT Spider made from 42123 McLaren Senna GTR. Instructions are available on rebrickable Follow this link for more content and other builds. Rebuild the 42123 McLaren Senna GTR into another McLaren - the McLaren 600LT Spider. As an alternate build, this McLaren 600LT Spider uses only pieces from the 42123 main set (Senna GTR). Other parts or spare parts are not required. Parts with stickers applied can be reused without any problem. The McLaren 600LT Spider uses 754 parts (more than 90%) from the set 42123 McLaren Senna GTR. Functions & Features realistic openable scissor-doors HoG-steering working V8-engine fits on the 42098 Car Transporter Impressions made for 42098 Car Transporter With 15 studs wide, this alternate model fits other mid-sized cars in the Technic-theme since 2019, like 42093 Corvette, the new 42137 Porsche or 42138 Ford Mustang Shelby GT. All these cars can be transported by the 42098 Car Transporter and this McLaren 600LT Spider fits this scale as well. If you're looking for another car to transport by 42098, this McLaren is the right joice. Instructions With 154 pages, the instructions for this McLaren 600LT Spider comes with high quality images and steps that are easy to follow for a satisfying building experience. Here are three example pages of the premium instructions: The real car The McLaren 600LT Spider is more common in lime green or orange and can be build in this color as well. Here is an example of the real car (for the american market) that fits this alternate build most: Have fun with this McLaren 600LT Spider alternate build.
  5. Hi everybody, new guy here! I'll admit, I've been reading and following Eurobricks for years, more years than I can count fingers on my hand. I officially signed up a couple months back, but have yet to post anything until now. I wanted to have something interesting to show you guys before I did, and now I do (hopefully). Allow me to present my custom LEGO Speed Champions MOC's! First of all, I love the Speed Champions sets. As a car guy and a LEGO fan, these are the best of both worlds. That being said, the designs leave a lot to be desired, which is also part of why I love them so much. I see an opportunity to exercise some creativity and do some hands-on building to make them as accurate to their real counterparts as possible. It starts with widening these models to 8-studs. That makes them too large for City-scale, but improves the look dramatically. Plus, with the added dimensions, you can put more detail into the models and get the proportions of auxiliary features (such as lights, exhaust, grille, etc.) correct. Truth be told, many of these had been in the works for almost a year, the first wave, that is. Most of the second wave is still in the works, though the Mustang and Corvette you see above are almost done. I've been constantly tweaking, retweaking, and fine-tuning my designs and I feel like I'm never fully satisfied with any of them. Some of the cars you see above haven't been fully completed. Some of the other Speed Champions are not shown in the photo because they're still half-built. In time, I will eventually show all of them. Today, I'll be showing one that has been completed to my liking: the Porsche 918 Spyder. With these models, I stick to a few rules that I set for myself: One, use as few of the stickers as possible. Stickers can only give so much depth; therefore, brick-built designs will look more authentic. Two, no custom parts or custom stickers. In the occasion that I do use stickers, I only use what's given on the sticker sheet. Three, no illegal building techniques. I want these to resemble a model that LEGO themselves would put out as a set. The common opinion is that the Porsche 918 is the dullest of the first wave of Speed Champions. I quite enjoyed tooling with this one, and it was actually easier than expected. I ditched the stickers for the front and rear intakes. I used stickers for the badges, fuel caps, and headlights. Technically, I could've gone with trans-clear cheese slopes for the headlights, but it didn't look quite right to me. I'm not a fan of the Speed Champions window/cockpit pieces for doing 8-wide builds. This is a Spyder, so it wasn't too hard to come up with a brick-built substitute. Without the window pieces, I'm now able to fit two minifigures side-by-side. It works because the construction of the sides is relatively simple and not very bulky. Being a convertible also helps too. I went with the brown leather plastic interior because I think it looks very classy. I try to recreate the interiors as accurately as possible. Side mirrors are an extra touch for added realism. This model also features a removable front trunk (frunk?) that can fit a couple of the suitcase pieces. You can see it in the short little video I have below! So, that's it for my first post! Let me know what you guys think! I'm always open to constructive criticism and if you have any alternate building techniques in mind, I'd love to hear about them! Also, please let me know if I'm doing something wrong with regards to posting and/or forum conduct. I'm still learning!
  6. Hi everyone, I thought I’d share my first ever speed champion based Moc which is a Mclaren Speedtail. Massive fan of speed champions and I hadn’t considered making my own models but the wait for new sets is taking forever, so I decided to build my own! I chose to do the Speedtail because I think it’s very unique and will pair nicely with the upcoming elva. It has taken me about 2 weeks from planning to completion which is pretty good as that included the wait of 3 bricklink orders. For the colour choice I went with dark blue because a bright colour wouldn’t really suit the model, and I am happy with how it looks currently. I can’t seem to add any more pictures so I would appreciate some help on how I could add more. *don’t know why ones duplicated everytime I try and delete it, it comes back Looking forward to what everyone thinks! image of the back:
  7. Go-kart - McLaren Senna 75892 Alternative Build Free Building Instructions: Lego McLaren Senna 75892 MOC - Go-kart (Free Building Instructions) by makushima
  8. I got the 42123 McLaren and decided to build a rc version of it. Here is my actual step: It has got no suspension but positive caster angle at the front. 😊
  9. Thought I'd collect my growing series of six-wide builds into one place as my feed on Flickr is getting pretty dense. I'd struggled to get the Speed Champions cars proportioned to my liking (I ended up with slightly outrageous 10-wide P1 prototypes), meanwhile my Flickr feed has a continuous drizzle of inspiring builds done around the slightly smaller City Scale fenders and tires. Somehow this scale just works. While there are a good many builders on Flickr working at this scale and all their work inspires in some way, I would like to call out ER0L, Tom Netherton and Adrian Barbour aka BrickMonkey in particular as their approaches, shared designs and instructions went a long way to kick-starting this series of building for me. I've adopted the techniques they honed which has given me a great platform to come up with some of my own tricks. Also, there's sort of an easter-egg in all of them; rather than filling the inner spaces of the chassis with big bricks a la Speed Champions, I like to tuck in plate-built details like engines and chassis structures. These are all up on Flickr > Prototyp with plenty of photos of each if you'd like to check them out more closely. Will update here with new builds from time to time. Hakosuka and McLaren instructions are available at Rebrickable: 1972 Datsun 510 A cooler version of my college car (if I weren't so broke the and had actually hopped up my Dime); fat MiniLites tucked into some flares, front and rear skirt work, and a twin-cam engine swap under the hood. Nissan Skyline KCG10 '72 Early work on the 510 ended up developing into the even cooler, lower, sleeker, meaner Skyline GTR "Hakosuka" McLaren P1 Unrelated in every way to TLG's Speed Champions P1; very long, very low, very curvy... Even the color is opposite. Particularly proud of the trick nose build and that TT wing plate as a rear diffuser (which, interestingly enough the new 720S Speed Champions model also uses) Built up in some colorways. Ferrari 458 Italia Distantly-related to BrickMonkey's 'chibi' style Ferrari 458 caricature. Like the McLaren, this one is also quite long and low. There's a plate-built V8 tucked in the mid-rear, too. (will need to build this one in more colors, too) Honda NSX Type R Adapted from Tom Netherton's Acura NSX with a new nose, new tail, and a v6 under the rear glass. Ford Mustang GT350 Another Tom Netherton-based build. His work on the nose and side panels is fantastic stuff. I reworked chassis to move the whole roof/cockpit area back a stud in order to play up the long-hood coupe proportions. Under the hood is just enough space for a hint of plate-built V8 and the GT's strut-tower cross brace. The tail is extended and incorporates a custom exhaust and diffuser setup. Porsche 935 '77 This MOC started out as a build of a 911 street car but got sidetracked by the desire to make something a little more outrageous (and to use the Speed Champions fender/tire combo). The turbofan wheel covers and front suspension camber are small design and technique triumphs. Some good bones here for a series of stickered replicas. And yes, there's a turbocharged, air-cooled flat 6 engine under the rear hood, too.
  10. I got my 42123 a month or so ago and while it's a very awesome set out of the boy I knew I had to give it a proper differential. Here's how I did it in LDD: In order to preserve the original engine position the differential is moved back one stud: A pair of 8 tooth gears transfer the power from wheels to the differential: And while I was at it, I also made the steering work using 8 and 24 tooth gears: I plan to make a detailed HOW:TO video tomorrow, so stay tuned. Meanwhile you can download the LDD here: Differential and Working Steering Wheel MOD.lxf
  11. This is my first try at making a tread and posting pictures, so I hope I do it right. It all started with me making a very oldschool 2015 Sauber car out of ancient lego I found in a tray in the basement. 20190310_161317 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr Later lego started making real versions of F1 cars and I remade my 2015 Sauber. 20190310_161340 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr 20190310_161434 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr Then during the 2018 season I started making all of the teams cars and I finally finished the project, right in time for the 2019 season to begin next week The cars were made with parts available to me and might not be the perfect match, but they are good enough for me. All 10 cars 20190310_161801 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr Mecedes. I made some changes mainly removing some green, which I feel are not "of the right shade" url=][/url]20190310_161821 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr 20190310_161842 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr Ferrari. Is the official one, I think. 20190310_161900 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr 20190310_161913 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr Red bull 20190310_161944 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr 20190310_161957 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr Renault 20190310_162054 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr 20190310_162104 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr Haas 20190310_162117 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr 20190310_162126 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr Mclaren 20190310_162525 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr 20190310_162536 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr Force India 20190310_162756 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr 20190310_162810 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr Sauber 20190310_162819 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr 20190310_162831 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr Toro rosso 20190310_162851 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr 20190310_162910 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr Williams 20190310_162920 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr 20190310_162928 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr On the grid. 20190310_162039 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr 20190310_162617 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr 20190310_163022 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr All of them 20190310_163203 by Martin Hansen, on Flickr Some cars are a bit dusty, it was a long season and some was done way before others. I hope you will enjoy them.
  12. Hello everyone, I want to introduce the new project I have been working on for about the past month, a manual 1:10 scale McLaren MP4-12C Spider. I plan for the finished model to be white, but I do not have most of my collection with me in lockdown so there are a lot of working colors still. The features will be: -Independent suspension -Steering with HOG and working steering wheel -Fake V8 engine connected through rear wheels -Butterfly doors -Convertible roof -Raised and lowered rear wing I am attempting to make a semi-modular chassis. Removing 8 pins and 2 axles allows the cabin + roof mechanism to detach from the rolling chassis. Convertible roof: This is only the folding roof and does not include the deck lid yet. Roof mechanism Butterfly doors: The doors are operated through the same HOG as the steering by utilizing a distribution-type gearbox ahead of the front axle. Butterfly doors I would appreciate people's opinions on whether this gearbox function is worthwhile keeping, or should I simply run the doors to individual gears that will be located under the hood. Using the transmission gears does introduce significant backlash into the system, but I do like the simplicity of one external gear for all three functions, which was the original goal. Additionally do people have ideas on where the best place is to put the control gear for the roof? Somewhere on the rear of the car? If I remove the gearbox at the front I would probably be able to place that gear under the hood as well. I have also gone back and forth on the door design. I'm very happy with the function and range of motion, but the looks don't really match the real car yet so that might require some further work. Other comments and questions are always appreciated too! Thanks!
  13. Hi all, Here is my mod of 75892 so that its 8 studs wide. I think it definitely looks better like this compare to the set. Here are some pictures! I couldn't figure out how to attach the window piece so I left it out, and there are supposed to be 1 x 1 tiles as rear view mirrors. I hope you like it! Now on rebrickable:
  14. _TLG_

    [MOC] Hypercar Concept 1

    Hello, feel the speed! It is my own hypercar concept inspired by real hyper and supercars. It is a 6 studs wide, studless model built from standard LEGO elements. The overall size is similar to the Speed Champions sets, but the wheels are from City sets as I wanted to keep the height to length ratio closer to the real sports cars. It can be combined with my other MOC Hybrid Truck which will be available on LEGO IDEAS soon too. If you like this car, please share and support the it on LEGO IDEAS: Many thanks! LEGO Hypercar concept1-02 by László Torma, on Flickr LEGO Hypercar concept1-01 by László Torma, on Flickr LEGO Hypercar concept1-03 by László Torma, on Flickr
  15. [MOC] Formula 1 (Lego McLaren Senna 75892) Lego McLaren Senna 75892 MOC - Formula 1
  16. Hey! I have to say that this is my first lego supercar, as i'm more used to trial trucks and trophy trucks. I worked on this one for about three months and the goal was to get a supercar over 1kg, wich I barely passed. First, some overall pictures of the car. Yea, I know, i've got some pretty bad panel gaps around the rear wheels and the whole back of the car isn't too great but it actually was built for the functions. Moving on to the manual functions the car has: Opening hood revealing the RTC system (locking) Opening butterfly doors Opening engine bay cover (locking) +the whole rear lifting in 2 sections to provide access to the BuWizz (large one is also locking) One huge challenge was to get a curved roof at such a small scale, wich you can see in more detail here: It's also fully suspended, front is independent with MacPherson and rear is pendular. I guess I could've squeezed something independent in the rear too but it was too little space and I was running out of time. Functions powered by BuWizz (wich is located behind the rear axle) Drive with an L motor, working V8 engine Steering with an M motor, working steering wheel Linear 2-speed gearbox integrated in the chassis powered by an M motor Here's a little game: Try to find all the motors in the car. Also, I would like to know what do you think about it.
  17. After three months of iterating upon its design in LDD, 111.34 Australian dollars and half an hour of building, my McLaren F1 is complete! The total number of parts is approximately individual 165 pieces (this includes wheels and tyres being counted as separate parts), and two of the main body pieces (leading up to the rear wheel arches) come from a 130 dollar LEGO set. There is not an angle that the McLaren F1 has that isn't iconic. From its rounded, short rear-end and taillights to its slim front nose, the car's entire design philosophy was based solely on how light its designers could get it to be - and even then, they weren't happy. What supercar is complete without some rich guy in his freshly-pressed (and very plasticy, in this case) suit and suitcase? It fits a minifigure! Barely. LDD likes to assume you can phase parts together, so while I was able to add a minifigure and let it sit comfortably in LDD, I'm forced to remove the minifigure's hair/hat/etc for it to fit in real life. To say it's a tight squeeze is an understatement. I saved the best for last, so, of course, what McLaren F1 would be complete without a "Longtail"? Images are hosted on MOC-Pages, and will be used in my page when it goes live: http://www.moc-pages.../moc.php/429852 Stores pilfered to construct this MOC: SwissBrickPlanet 2AM Brick Store BrickComplete AFOL Supply WLWYB Thanks for the excellent prices & parts!
  18. Hey, here are some awesome alternate builds I've created with the 2017 LEGO Speed Champions 75880 McLaren 720s set! pick up futuristic truck sportscar Thanks for watching!
  19. Hi, I would like to present my latest MOC: The McLaren 675 LT Spider It is a full RC model with the following functions: - independent suspension on all wheels - butterfly doors - RC drive (2x L-motor) - RC steering (1x servo motor) - RC spoiler (1x M-motor) - RC convertible roof (1x M-motor) A video of the model can be found on Youtube: Instructions for both the red and a white version are available from my website: This model was built in commission, which I have to thank my client for, because I otherwise I would have dismissed this challenge as too ambitious. I always had the ambition of making a car with a convertible roof, but I always shied away from it since I had no idea how to make such a feature. Then to make a convertible roof that is remote controlled and has a an extra pivotpoint in the roof itself I would never have tried. I am quite pleased to see that the old adagium still holds: 'You can build anything from Lego' Comments and questions are welcome as usual, Leg godt, Jeroen
  20. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    [MOC] City-scale GT3 Racers

    Initially posted here as LDraw renders, here are my completed city-scale McLaren F1 GTR and Ferrari 458 GT3. I started by heavily modifying Henrik Hoexbroe's McLaren model to fit a minifigure driver, and then modified the same base frame to produce the 458 Italia. The models feature Speed Champion rims on regular city wheels and fenders, and detachable engine covers and rear wings. Click through for the full Flickr album. As always, feedback is welcome.
  21. Marco qm

    McLaren P1 Hypercar

    Hello! I'm new on Eurobricks, so I wanted to show you what I do, LEGO cars, Specially my Mclaren P1. :wink:For more (and better) pictures, you can go to: http://www.moc-pages.../moc.php/432020
  22. More cars here: http://bricksetforum...custom-stickers McLAREN HONDA MP4/5 (1990) McLAREN HONDA MP4/31 (2016) Cheers by Jenson and "Magic"
  23. Werlu Ulcur

    F1 cars

    IMHO the Speed Champions line is one of the best lines Lego has created in a long time. I've always been a gearhead, and seeing nice race cars in minifig scale was maybe the best thing that came came from TLG in 2015. I got the whole line, and despite I would have a really hard time to say which is the best (though the F14 T & Scuderia Ferrari Truck set is a top contender), one "theme" that caught my eye were the F1 cars. Both the Ferrari F14 T and the McLaren MP4-29 are gorgeous, so I started thinking about expanding my fleet. First I looked at previous Lego offerings, and was fortunate to find a pristine 2009 Ferrari Truck (#8185). The truck is great but those huge knobby tires on the F1 were an eye sore. Without much trouble I was able to mod it to "proper" slick tires, and IMO it looks much better now: With that done, I got tempted to make more cars. Not actual representations of current F1 cars but models that could pass as a decent Lego F1 cars in minifig scale. After a few orders from BL for the parts needed, this is what I came up with: I tried to make them in scale to the official Lego models and after an evening of building I think they came out half decent. Here's the whole fleet: Of course some stickers would make a world of difference, and I do fancy the idea of making a custom set. However, I bet that those who assembled the Speed Racers sets will agree with me that making a whole sticker sheet would NOT be something easy to do. Maybe the alternative would be to make stickers for "test cars", which would have a lot less logos to apply, but I would like to see proper race cars, in all their racing colors glory. So I'll have to think about this some more. Still, I can say that we have a lot to build in terms of F1 cars. I was a bit disappointed that there won't be more official F1 cars in 2016, but since we'll have a 917K (already en route ) Lego is forgiven.
  24. FINALLY after 16 months have I been able to finish my McLaren MP4-12C. For now this was my most challenging project ever. Technical it was a piece of cake, just a 3+R gearbox, but to get the whole thing modular and to get the body look like the real thing was really troublesome. The Functions: Steering, 3+R gearbox, Butterfly wing doors, Fully modular. The complete album can be found HERE MOVIE! :D 15 Dollars at mocplans
  25. Some of you avid Top Gear fans out there may remember the episode in which Jeremy Clarkson tested the Alfa Romeo 8C while answering the question “Can a car ever be considered art?”His definition of art was that it must serve no other purpose other than to look good. He ended the episode by saying that yes a car can be art as the Alfa Romeo 8C looks absolutely stunning, yet it isn’t the best car out there. So the question is, can a Lego Technic car be considered art? Yes, it can. Meet Dirk Klijn’s Mclaren MP4 12C, a model designed with looks as a priority over functions. (larger versions of pictures can be found on my Bricksafe) When I first saw this car I was immediately amazed by it. All the gaps were filled in and the model looked incredibly realistic. As soon as the instructions were released I had to start gathering parts. It took me several months to gather all the parts, but I finally finished it and decided to write a review of this amazing model. The Build An interesting feature of this model is that it is built in a modular fashion. This means the model is built in sections and in theory should be easy to put together and take apart. More about that later. The build starts, as with most models, with the chassis. The chassis is one of the best I have seen. It is built starting with the middle section and then moves onto the axles. Other details are added and you have a complete chassis. Honestly I think I could just display the chassis by itself, as it looks stellar with a lot of details such as the engine bay and exhaust system. The model has working suspension, steering, and a working 4 speed gearbox with a linkage system. The gear box doesn’t work a lot of the time as the linkages cannot transfer enough force to engage a gear. I also had to add a half stud of length to one of my linkages in order for it to reach the gearbox lever properly. It’s a 3+R gearbox, but it’s not of much use in this model as the view to the engine pistons is obscured and the aforementioned linkage problems make it difficult to shift. Aside from that, the steering and suspension work flawlessly. Steering is transferred by CV joints to the dashboard, where a 14T gear connects to it and is geared to the steering wheel. The steering module is an absolute pain to connect to the front axle as one has to connect the CV joints to the dashboard while mounting it at the same time. It took me a good 20 minutes along with a few select words, for this module to finally get attached properly. I recommend partially disassembling the dashboard and attaching it to the chassis one part at a time as it makes it easier for the axles to connect to the dashboard. Also off topic, but check if your CV joints have a strong connection. Mine had weakened over time, and once I finally attached the dashboard, I tried to steer and the light gray part of the joint completely popped out of the model, and I had to replace it. The model’s suspension requires you to disassemble some 7.5L hard shock absorbers, which can be a bit difficult at first. Along with the shock absorbers, the model uses many other illegal techniques, which I will also cover later. Overall, one of the best chassis designs that I’ve seen in terms of looks, but a few parts can be a bit tricky, the shock absorbers must be disassembled, and the gearbox is not very good due to the linkage system. The build then moves onto the body, which is far more difficult compared to the chassis due to it not being fully strengthened until the whole module is almost done. I personally recommend adding a couple beams here and there to keep it stable while building, and then take them off when you’re finished. The body starts with the rear end and moves to the front. I won’t spoil too much about the building process, but there are some very interesting connections used to get all these angles. Many parts are mounted on only one pin or stud, which sacrifices rigidity for a better angle. The doors are opened using ball joints, which I always considered Bionicle type pieces, but it is quite a nice mechanism ; however, they don’t sit perfectly flush with the body unless they are forced a bit. Also they are quite heavy and are prone to breaking if not opened properly. Once the main body is finished the build moves on to the front fascia. This is possibly the most delicate area of the model and many illegal and weak connections are used to keep it together. The front grille is entirely made up of tiles attached to clips. This technique is now legal only with 1x1 tiles, but with other parts it doesn’t work. One of my 1x1 clip pieces actually broke after repeatedly reattaching the tile to it. Despite all this, I think the front looks absolutely beautiful. The grille is one of my favorite parts of this car and it really just looks absolutely fantastic. The rest of the front looks great and I especially like the panels behind the headlights as they are slightly angled outwards. Finally, the front is attached to the chassis and with a few more pieces here and there, the car is complete; however, when I attached the front of the car, the front suspension promptly collapsed. Dirk recommended adding a half bush to it to make it stiffer, but I didn’t implement this change as I didn’t want to disassemble part of the model; however, I recommend that anyone building this model implement this change while building the front axle in order to avoid this problem later. Also my doors collided with the front area, so I moved a couple pieces back one stud. Final Model After 3 days of building I was finally done. At this point I’ll let the pictures do the talking. This car's looks never cease to amaze me . I gotta say, Dirk absolutely nailed the looks on this model, especially the rear area Impressions (taking a leaf out of Sariel's reviews here, all credit for this idea goes to him) The model is a little bigger than a 1:10 Technic supercar, due to its body shape and building style. The model itself is absolutely stunning, but the illegal and weak connections quickly catch up as it is one of the most delicate models I've ever built. You think UCS, sculptures, and other display models are delicate? Forget them all. If you hold this model the wrong way, a few pieces are guaranteed to fall off. It took me a few tries and many pieces falling to find the right way to hold this model. Another problem is that you have to be very careful reassembling it as a little too much force and bam another piece from somewhere else falls out. Heck just during my photoshoot, I tried to shift the model around, and this happened I already discussed the door problems, but the wheels on this model are a massive problem. Here's the problem: Every single wheel is connected with a 3 axle connected to a Technic disc. The disc is connected to the wheel with a couple pins. The main problem is that the 3 axle simply cannot support the weight this wheel very well. Most Technic models use 8070 or 42000 hubs so this isn't really a problem for them. When you hold this model in the air, the wheels actually sag downward like this (its a bit exaggerated, but this is the best pic I could find) But that's ok as this model should not be held in the air, its a car not a plane. The problem with the wheel is that since the connection is so weak if you shift the models weight to the side to fix something, the wheels will slightly bend and can easily pop off. These are a pain to fix. Because of its delicacy I'm afraid to use the technical features of this model as I'm afraid I'll break something. Instead I leave it on my shelf and simply admire it like it is a fine piece of art. To answer our earlier question, yes a Technic car can be art as evidenced by this model. It looks wonderful, yet should be admired from a distance due to its fragility. Thus it only serves the purpose of looking good and I am absolutely ok with that Conclusion Build- 9.5/10 Very entertaining/frustrating build, and it is definitely not for a novice builder or for the faint of heart due to its illegal connections and fragility. Also the spring disassembly might be frowned upon by other builders Looks- 10/10 This car honestly looks like nothing else I've ever seen. I've been on this forum for almost 3 years and this car has to be one of the best looking creations that I've ever seen. Even the chassis has amazing attention to detail and looks just like the real thing. Parts Availability- 8.5/10 This MOC has about 2550 pieces and most are relatively easy to get; however, there are a few that are a bit of a pain and I'll list them for any other builders wanting to build this car: 3 16L red flex axles, 2 11L red flex axles(These aren't visible so could be replaced), 2 toggle joint connectors in red(Not rare but very uncommon nowadays), Steering rack(This isn't visible so could be replaced), Steering arms(These aren't visible so could be replaced I used light grey instead of black), and wheel covers( i replaced mine with brickbuilt ones and those look fine to me). I started off with 800 of the pieces and it cost me a little under $200 so not bad for a MOC of this size. Playability- 5/10 Sorry,but this has to be the weakest point of this MOC. Illegal and weak connections make this a very delicate model and I'm honestly afraid to touch it. The doors work well mostly, the steering feels very nice, it has a nice engine access hatch, and if you're daring you can try disassembling it into its modular components. Due to its delicacy I'm very afraid to even try disassembling it, and even though the modularity is nice, it isn't that easy to disassemble it. The gearbox linkages also aren't the best Instructions- 10/10 The instructions look great and are very well done. The steps are clear and some text reminders are given along the way to help you out. $15 is also a reasonable price Overall 43/50 It lost points for rigidity and parts availability, but it is honestly one of the best things I've ever seen and built. Honestly after i built it I was considering disassembling it and building some other supercar as I didn't like the spring dis-assembly and weakness, but every time I looked at it..... I forgave it for all its flaws. Its as good as any real piece of art out there IMO and is definitely going to be a permanent member of my collection. I highly recommend all of you build this model or just look through the instructions as it is so interesting. I would also like to nominate this MOC for the Hall of Fame as it truly deserves it Thanks for reading this review and please give me feedback so I can improve for my next review