Just a teaser. There is still some work to do…
The station will have a few more modules and I’ll add at least the 2 missing baseplates in the lower left corner. Detail photos will follow…
LL 928-C, my cargo version of the iconic LL 928. It’s able to carry a 8x16x8 “SCU” cargo container/module.
Back in 1978/1979 the LL 928 Galaxy Explorer was the “must have” for all Lego kids. I was lucky to get one for Christmas 1979 and I loved it. So, what’s better than an LL 928? Two ones! :-)) That was my first idea when I thought about expanding my Classic Space fleet a few months ago.
I already had collected a good amount of CS parts, I only needed a second pair of “LL 928” 1×4 bricks to build another LL928. With Bricklink, that wasn’t a problem. But then I thought that just having two identical ships would be quite boring. A new version with new capabilities would be much more exciting and more fun to play with.
One of my ideas was a cargo version of the LL 928, like a modern cargo airplane based on a passenger model. Thinking about that I realized that I still had only one spaceship to transport my new 8x16x8 Space Cargo Units (SCUs), so that would be the purpose of my new LL 928-C (C for cargo).
This time I started the design with real bricks, not with LDD. I started with the wing shape of LL 928, opened on the rear end to have an 8-wide interior cargo area instead of the 6-wide of the original model. The main design idea was an open structure enclosing the cargo like a frame, similar to the 6929 All-Terrain Vehicle or the 6980 Galaxy Commander.
The rear end is an open frame built with four 1y16 Technic beams and some reinforcement between them. The cargo doors are very similar to the original 928. They are only one stud wider (each of them), with a locking mechanism added in the middle. I had to add an extra plate between the 2×2/2×2 brackets and the rocket engines to get the extra space for the mechanism in the middle.
LL 928-C compared to the original LL 928: The cockpit section starts three studs more in the front and is much shorter. The cargo area is much longer and 2 studs wider. The grey 2×3 slopes in the middle are lifted by one plate to add some extra rigidity to the frame below. The additional rocket engines on the side each have 2 post instead of 3.
OK, here is another transporter for my “SCU” Containers.
I think it’s time for some payload…
My 1979 version of the iconic Starfleet Voyager.
The Starfleet Voyager was one of the Lego model I always wanted to have. My cousin had one, one of my friends, too, but I didn’t.
A few years ago I found out that my brother did also “have” one, in a weird kind of way: He had the infamous 1593 “Super Model”, a quite ugly spaceship made with the parts from the Starfleet Voyager and the 6880 Surface Explorer. I didn’t know that before, but back in the early 80s it wasn’t easy to get the building instructions, either.
Now I had three ideas: I could search in my CS boxes for the parts (I’ve traded my Playmobil with my brother’s Lego a few years ago, so his parts are now mine). I could also buy a set on Bricklink. And last, but not least, I could build a modified version of the model using the iconic grey/blue/trans-yellow colour scheme from 1979/1980. As you can see, I chose the third idea.
But I didn’t just want to replace the trans-blue parts with trans-yellow ones and the white parts with blue ones. I tried to modify the design in a way that the Starfleet Voyager looked like a member of the original 1979 space fleet. For that I also eliminated all the parts that were new in 1981 and replaced them with parts available in 1979.
Finally I bought a set of custom printed bricks with “LL 929” Lettering. In fact, the original Starfleet Voyager has the set number 6929. So after the change to 4-digit model numbers and all Space models starting with a six, it is the legitimate “LL 929”.
And now it’s time for some photos:
The cockpit section is new, with one more brick in height above the wings and one less below.
The “backbone” is new, too. I chose to use Technic beams to create a more rigid structure. I also changed the wing shape of the rear part replacing a pair of 4×4 wedge plates with a pair of 4×8 ones.
The cargo area looks quite the same as on the original model. I only changed the inner supports for the cargo box to create room for bigger boxes. Instead of a 4x6x3 box the ship can now carry a 6x6x4 box without changing the exterior shape.
So this is my “LL 929” version of the “Starfleet Voyager” in 1979 design. I hope you like it :-)).
The Volkswagen T1 flatbed “Renntransporter” with longer wheelbase as used by the “Rennstall Bunker” in the late 1950s
I already built the 550 spyder with the T1 Renntransporter in mind. I wanted to build this team in 4-wide scale since I first saw Senator Chinchillas fantastic big version in the Classic Race Teams group.
So this is basically a 4-wide version of his model.
I already had made some 4-wide T1, especially my small version of the 10220 Camper. So the basic design of the T1 was already there.
I wanted to have the Porsche and the T1 as 4-wide models, so I had to leave the idea of hinges for the side panels. Instead of hinges and tiles like on my earlier double cab flatbed Transporter I used three 2×4 tiles on each side. To imitate the opening of the side panels the tiles can be positioned 1 stud lower.
Ah, the cargo has arrived ;-))
Art Bunker (USA) / Charles Wallace (USA) finished the Sebring 12 Hours 1957 (the 2nd race of the 1957 FIA World Sportscar Championship) 8th overall and 1st in the Sport 1500 “Class F”, driving Bunker’s Porsche 550 spyder.
Almost completely new: The 4-wide version of my favourite super car, the Lamborghini Countach LP400
I’ve built the Coutach quite some time ago. Last week I was looking at photos of a real Countach and comparing it to my Lego version I realized that the proportions didn’t really match. The Countach was recognizable, but looked a little strange. So I started to redesign it with LDD. This is the result:
The new side view. The complete roof section is 1 plate flatter and 1 stud shorter, now. I also came back to the rims with smaller diameter and thicker tyres which are closer to the original. Credits again to Rhys for the air intakes on the side panel.
The new front: A slope for the front hood, new wheel arches and a more pointed “nose”. A 2x4x1 slope has replaced the two 1x4x1 slopes after taking the pictures (I just couldn’t wait longer for the Bricklink order…)
Some more pictures…
And a look around on the platform:
Compared to the old version in the bottle. There’s quite a difference.
My 4-wide version of Porsche’s Group B Beast, the 959.
What happens if you give anabolic steroides to a Porsche 911? You get a 959! 4-wheel drive, 6-speed gearbox, the first engine with a sequential twin-turbo and an amazing “bodykit” combined with the classic design of the 911.
The 959 was first built as a Group B Rally car and finished 1st and 2nd in the 1986 Paris-Dakar Rally. The street version was the world fastest production car when it hit the streets (Vmax = 195 mph / 317 kph). It was first beaten by the Ferrari F40.
I wanted to build the 959 quite for a while, but I have to admit that Loek Marcus was faster. He was the first buider I know who made a 4-wide 959. But it was Tom’s (DeTomaso Pantera’s) “fault” that I really started building this one. He wrote a comment for my latest 911 that mentioned the 959.
I started with the 911 and tried to combine it with some details from my Audi Sport quattro S1. It became quite difficult to combine the “3-wide” center section of the S1 with the side panels of the 911. There was always a “half plate offset” in the way. But I finally found a solution.
The rear end with the big wing:
This design was only possible with the new 1×2 “half bows”
Back to 1989:
The Duel – Test Drive II
(If that doesn’t mean anything to you, take a look here)
F40 vs. 959
3, 2, 1 … Go! 🙂
My 4-wide version of the Batmobile as seen in the 1992 Tim Burton Movie “Batman Returns” including some extra functions…
As I had to wait for some parts to arrive, I had some time for a little redesign of my new 4-wide Batmobile after posting my preview. I’ve changed the shape of the roof section and the rear bat wings to get closer to the original.
A completely rebuilt new version of my 4-wide VW T1 Camper Van, getting closer to the big 10220 Camper
After seeing Isaac’s and Hot Rod’s 4-wide VW busses with opening doors I was heavily inspired to add an interior to my Camper, too. I started building an interior with LDD some weeks ago, but I hadn’t found the time to order the missing parts until last week.
I got the last missing parts last week and immediately started building the new version.
I almost had to rebuild it completely to make place for the interior, so this is my version 3.0:
And then, even before I got time to post the photos, I made V3.1. I realized that the colour scheme looked better on the previous model. So I changed the plates under the side windows back from white to red.
As I didn’t have the red hinge plate for the table I had to think about how to replace it. What I had was a double “open O” holder in red and a rigid 3mm tube in black. I think it looks even better than the other version.
Credits: Please take a look at the 4-wide T1 models built by Isaac, Hot Rod, Dylan, Klingus and Ben and you’ll find one or another detail I used on this model.
So this is V3.1 of my 4-wide VW T1 Camper Van. I hope you like it :-))
A 4-wide Lamborghini Countach LP400 built in a bottle
I got the inspiration for this when I saw the Ship-in-a-bottle built by Jeremy Moody and I thought: “I have to build a car in a bottle”. That was about 2 1/2 months ago and this was my secret project for this time. I wanted to be the first one to do this 😉
I didn’t change the exterior design of the LP400, only the colour and the “underware”. Yellow was an official colour for the LP400, some of the first models were painted yellow. So I chose this colour. I’d like to build a white one, but one of the main parts, the 1×2 “cheese wedge” with grill doesn’t exist in white, yet.
Meanwhile I was looking for the right bottle. It had to have the right size, not too small and not too big. And it had to have a (more ore less) square cross section. And the bottleneck had to be big enough to get at least the wheels through it.
The rear end and rear axle mounted. On this photo you can see the biggest difficulty during the building: The “dimples” on the sides of the bottle make the interior almost round. It was almost impossible to fix the model to connect some of the modules.
I thought the side panels would be difficult to mount, but these just snapped into their place, to my great delight, I have to say. The front end instead, was like a pain in the $%& to mount. Everytime I wanted to fix it, something flipped away and it didn’t connect. I tried that for more than two hours until I came up with the idea to build a special tool for it. I’ll show that one on one of the following photos.
If you think, that opening is big, here’s LEGO Nils crawling through it :-)) I still have to admit, that the bottleneck for Jeremy’s Ship-in-a-bottle was a lot smaller. So if you like this model, please take a look at his one, too. It’s just amzing.
Rear view: You can see it’s a 0,35 litre bottle, half of the content of a whine bottle. I don’t know how much this is in anglo-american units. I only know a pint is more ore less 0,5 litres and I think that’s all I need to know :-))
And these are the tools I used to build this one: A pair of chopsticks, some long plates mounted as a stick and the special tool I mentioned earlier: Two joined Technic beams with a connector peg. The knob of the connector peg connected to the front end and made it possible to locate the front end exactly where it had to go. Meanwhile I used one of the chopsticks to fix the model. So this tool saved me from going mad.
An update for my 4-wide tumbler with a new front, new flaps on the rear end and a camouflage version.
After some other projects now it’s time for a 4-wide, again. I already finished an intermediate version in MOCtober but then I was busy with NnoVVember, the CS Pocket Money Contest and some more models that had been waiting to be posted…
It was very hard to find all the needed parts in tan or reddish brown. I made seven (!) BrickLink orders until I had all of the parts I needed. The most difficult parts to get were the tan side panels. I could have bought a small LEGO set for the money I paid for these. But they look so cool! ;-))
Some changes on the front: The Tumbler now has the double front windows and the “nose” section looking a lot more like the original. I had the idea to use the large tile from Chris Rogers’ Tumbler. His Tumbler is bigger, but the look is very similar.
And a little change on the rear end: The hinge plates I used for the 1×2 flaps on the previous versions didn’t exist in tan or brown, so I looked for a new way to build them. The new ones are even more flexible, they now can tilt and turn a few degrees.