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Countach in a Bottle (4-Wide)

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.


This one is modular, as the whole model doesn’t go through the bottleneck. So, these are the modules which had to go though the bottleneck one by one.


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 first three modules mounted together. Up to this point the building was quite easy.


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.


Yes, it’s done. Poooh, that was tough!


A look through the bottleneck.


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.


Side view: You can see that the Lambo just fits into the bottle. There’s no big gap in the length.


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 :-))


The seperated twins…


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.


If you think building in a bag is difficult, try it in a bottle ;-). Or don’t, believe me, it’s nerve-wracking :-/ OK, it was a lot of fun, too :-))

Well this is my 4-wide LEGO Lamborghini Countach LP400 built in a bottle. I hope you like it :-))

Lotus Seven (4-Wide)

My 4-wide version of one of the most minimalist roadsters ever built, the Lotus Seven

The Lotus seven was such a simple car: Four wheels, an engine, a cigar shaped body which just covered the chassis, two seats and a steering wheel. The result was a very light car which didn’t need a big engine to have fun, fun and more fun (when the weather was fine).

The inspiration for this model was the big Lego Ideas model of the Caterham Super Seven (21307). I wanted to build my own 4-wide version quite for a while, but I had no idea for the mudguards. I wanted to use the smallest ones which made the original car look almost like an open wheeler. After all, the solution was simple: I had to use really old parts – the mudguards from the first 2- and 4-wide Lego cars from the late 1970s / early 1980s. I was lucky to find some in my old Lego boxes in the basement.

The yellow of the Ideas model wasn’t my favourite colour at all. I’d loved to make a dark green one, but the mudguards didn’t exist in that color. So black was my favourite among the available colours.

The rest of the car is mainly a (more or less) 2-wide cigar shaped body with some chrome parts, a simple interior and two white side pipes:

So this is it, my 4 wide Lego Lotus Super Seven.
I hope you like it :-))

Lotus Seven (4-Wide)
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Porsche 911 GT3 hybrid (4-Wide)

My 4-wide version of the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 (997) hybrid.

It has been a while that I haven’t posted a 4-wide car. The reason wasn’t that I didn’t build them anymore. I was just busy with other projects and forgot to take decent pictures of the 4-wides I had built.

When the 75912 Speed Champions set with the 911 GT3 hybrid was launched I knew I had to build my 4-wide version of it, too. Then Malte Dorowski posted his pictures of his two versions in different scales (next to the SC model) and they gave me the final kick to start building.

That was more ore less two years ago, so you see that this one has been waiting on the shelf quite for a while…

The base is my 4-wide 911. Only the “paint job” and the rear end are new for the GT3 hybrid, but I really like the result:

Rear view: The new rear end with the big wing and the diffusor.

So this is my 4-wide Lego Porsche 911 (997) GT3 hybrid.
I hope you like it :-))

Porsche 911 GT3 hybrid (4-Wide)
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