Friday, October 27, 2017

Extreme Terrain Adventures...Roundup

You know how we always say we have a little challenge we like to call this and that? The irony was in the word "little" as usually the challenges had a pretty good turn out and there was nothing little about them. Its like ironically calling a big guy "Tiny". Well this time we mean what we say when we have a little challenge we like to call Extreme Terrain Adventures. The irony is, when writing the challenge, I had envisioned an extreme challenge rife with rock climbing Broncos, jet skiing Priuses and rocket powered desert racers. Also explosions. And boobies. Pretty extreme, right? Well instead we got four entries, all by Peter. The challenge with some extreme potential turned out to be the least popular challenge in all of LUGNuts history. What can I say? Not even I could be bothered to build something for this challenge. Instead I preemptively built something for next month during this month, posted it on the first day of next month and everyone was like...whoa, you did all that in one day? So grab yourself a stiff drink, but only a shot and don't kick back and relax or nothing. As the proctologist always says, this will all be over soon.

Perhaps no truck has gone through more abuse on Top Gear than the Toyota Hilux as built by Peter Blackert They drowned one in the English Channel, set it on fire and set it atop a tall building which they proceeded to demolish and it still started. I believe it was a red Hilux like this that they sent to the North Pole. Now that's extreme!

Unbreakable Toyota Hilux - TopGear

Peter could have stopped there and I would have been through with my shot of Woodford Reserve already and writing this roundup would be a distant memory by now. But he went on to present the Landrover DC100 Evolution. It has gullwing doors, ya'll!

Landrover DC100

Peter tells us he's not so into these kind of cars himself, but the custom Ford Bronco V8 has huge wheels and tires, lift kits, winches, weight reduction, roll-over protection, locking axles, and all other equipment that helps you not get stuck in the wilderness. The one drawback, this thing suffers when on normal roads.

Custom Ford Bronco Gen I

Way back in challenge number 77, I made up some bs I can't remember about the Ralston Rhino and Peter, being Peter, still runs with it years later. Here's a Ralston Rhino Mk-I 8R-B39 Closed Coupe Staff Car Half Track which would have been used in Finland in the 40's during the big-ass war.

Ralston Rhino Mk I 8R-B39 Coupe Staff Car

Is that all of them? Seems it is. Told ya this will all be over soon and unlike a visit to the proctologist's office, no one had to wear a glove and there were far fewer Polish jokes. So what does the future hold for this little blog then? In terms of roundups, not much else. We've got our final challenge coming up. Its our 120th and our 10 Anniversary challenge. We like to call it "Happy 10th Anniversary, LUGNuts!" We were out of creative names like 26 challenges ago. Hopefully we can send the LUGNuts challenges off with a bang so, for the love of all that is holy, build something for it, will ya? Until then I'll goad ya to leave unrelated comments about your surefire insurance scheme or gardening supplies you'd like to sell us. Go ahead, leave those comments. We're all ears. I dare ya. I double dog dare ya!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Make it a Theme...Roundup!

Themes are important. They make us feel a certain way. F'instance, you take my humdrum Galaxy S6 phone, give it a Captain America theme and suddenly I'm a mother truckin' superhero! Adversely, you take my tablet, which I mostly use reading books and playing games, give it a creepy Cthulhu feel and instantly I'm entrenched deeply into the astral inter-dimentional horror and mythos of H.P. Lovecraft...which could explain a few things about me. What little boy wouldn't like a spaceship or dinosaur themed room? What little girl wouldn't want to feel like a princess or be surrounded by a magical forest full of cuddly animals? See, we build themes for ourselves, even as children. LEGO knows this. That's why they have so many diverse themes like, Chima, Elves, Ninjago, Power Miners, and Monster Fighters. These themes help us play and sort of shape us into who we become as adults. So what happens when a bunch of car enthusiast adults build cars based on an official LEGO theme? Well, we made that happen and called it Make it a Theme. So sit back in your Mid-Century Modern Chaise Lounge chair or Gothic throne made of human skulls and enjoy our offerings to the LEGO themed gods.

Peter Blackert shows us how its done right off the bat with the most nostalgic theme ever; Classic Space, and the pinnacle of awesomeness, the LL928 Galactic Explorer set reconfigured as this '78 Porsche 928 S. We have reached LEGO theme nirvana right there. No need to go further. Thanks for reading everyone and join us next month for...oh wait, there's more.

LL928 - Porsche 928 (1978) - Classic Space

Peter wouldn't be Peter without several examples of the same theme. Here is the Classic Space LL924 Space Cruiser repurposed into a '79 Porsche 924 Turbo (same as the set number)...the other example of perfect LEGO nostalgia. There's really nothing else to see here, folks. Thanks for reading and next month we have...oh, wait...

LL924 Porsche 924 (1978) - Classic Space

Seems way back in '86 LEGO had Unicef trucks in their City theme. Set number 106 was one such model and once again Peter cleverly incorporates the set number with its real live car counterpart as evidenced by this 1991 Peugeot 106 UNICEF Van.

Peugeot 106 Van (Lego 106 UNICEF Delivery)

Back in '77 LEGO had what was called "Universal Sets", like set number 404, a way to build something not as specific as the Space Cruiser but more of a hodge-podge of mostly yellow and black pieces that encouraged you to build cars, boats, planes, houses, whatever. Once again matching the set number, is this '69 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet Pininfarina.

Peugeot 404 Cabriolet

Fast forward 35 years and you have tubby, middle-aged men reminiscing about how awesome classic space really was the shiznit! Here Peter takes us back to classic space again with the LL918 set and its designated car number, the 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder. Blue, gray, trans-yellow; red space-suited minifigs...that's the magic right there!

LL-918 Porsche 918 Spyder (Classic Space)

The LEGO 605 set was a simple black taxicab set that came out in '71. Fast-forward 46 years later and you have a grown-ass middle-aged family man named Peter recreating its magic with the 1995 Peugeot 605 Berline Taxi. This car was also prominently featured in the film "Taxi" but not the "Taxi Driver" film, which is probably for the best, really.

Peugeot 605 Berline Taxi

Years after Classic Space came Blacktron, with their striking black and yellow color scheme. No one knows what business they had in space really but, like snakes and hornets, we knew the color scheme meant unspecified danger. Peter pounds out a Blacktron '66 Batmobile with the LEGO likenesses of Nathan and Lino. I'm the short, tubby one.

Blacktron Batmobile

1978 saw the introduction of the posable minifig (Booyeah!!) but it didn't nessecarily mean this newly posable fig could sit in a car, as evidenced by the LEGO 604 wagon set. Maybe the minifig just ran alongside the car? Anyway, solves this issue with the '75 Peugeot 604 Break in a Shell color scheme.

Peugeot 604 Break

In 2009 came a short-lived theme called Power Miners where guys in blue jumpsuits drove rugged lime and orange vehicles and would mine colorful transparent minerals out of rock monsters for some reason. Here's an equally rugged 2015 Ford Ranger Mining Pickup in that striking Power Miners color scheme.

PowerMiners - Ford Ranger Mining Pickup (P375ICA - 2015)

There's only two things toddlers love; that being Duplo and leaving number 2 wherever they can. That's why it makes sense that Peter pounds out the 1979 BMW E12 533i Saloon inspired by the insipid Duplo 533 set. Can't you just smell the toddler puke? This is why toddlers and their parents can't have nice things.

BMW E12 533i Sport (1979)

Speaking of nice things that toddlers can't have, Loek M does sort of a Creator themed homage to...well...Creator sets with this all white Nissan Kei Car. He even rendered up a box for it and, like all Creator sets, illustrates that you can also build an alternate model, in this case, a three-wheeler.

LEGO Creator: Nissan Clipper

Loek comes back later for an encore performance, this time inspired by the badass Agents theme with their badass spy headquarters housed in the back of a semi-truck. I was fully a grown-ass man when that came out, but it didn't stop me from pretending I was a mother trucking secret agent! I'll have that beer, shaken, not stirred.

MAN TGX Euro 6 || Agents Style Mobile Headquarter

Lino Martins gives us a dose of that unspecified bad guy-ness with this striking black and yellow Blacktron Gremlin with Lambo doors and louvers. Ah, nothing says unspecified space bad guy mischief like Blacktron!

Blacktron Gremlin

Several years ago, LEGO had the insight to invent their own Octan fuel company with its own striking white green and red color scheme. Here Sam Sir Manperson pounds out the dress of every LEGO car guy with this Octan Time Attack Polenez.

Octan FSO Polonez Time Attack - 12-wide - Lego

That's all of them, isn't it? I think it is. This was a good little challenge. It went down smooth and easy and left us with a satisfying aftertaste that was middlingly aggressive in nature, but without any alcohol burn. It was also full of sweet oak, fruit and accompanied by a nice floral compliment.

Matching the reluctant, long slow legs, there was a nice creamy mouthfeel with a subtle to medium intensity on the palate. The flavors were a warm honey, oak and faint spiciness with light smoke. The finish was medium to long and continued with a sweet malt presence while transitioning to a soft pepper and slight smoke even out to the front of the mouth including the lips. Yep, pretty much. I'm going with that. So what flavors do we have in store for you in the future? Well, we have a challenge called Extreme Terrain Adventures and so far the amount of entries have been pretty extreme. Yep, extreme. I'm going with that. See ya all next time!

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Cult Following!...Roundup

Something with a cult following is a little hard to define. Sometimes its a movie, book, or band that is so odd, that it'll garner a following despite mediocre sales or reviews. Sometimes it'll lead to 909 people willingly offing themselves via ingesting tainted kool-aid in hopes for passage into heaven. Some cars have a cult following but luckily they tend not to influence mass suicides. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the best, coolest, fastest, biggest, best selling, or prettiest but they accumulate a fanatical fanbase that are highly passionate in regard to their loyalty to the brand. A car with a cult following somehow speaks to their fanbase on an emotional level. There is just a certain indescribable…feeling that a cult car can manifest. A cult following is reserved only for cars such as the Buick Grand National, the BMW M3 the Fiat 500, the Shelby Cobra, the Porsche 911 Turbo, the DeLorean DMC-12 and the Mazda Miata. That' what this month's challenge is all about. Care to see how we've done? Then sit back, grab yourself a drink (but not tainted Kool-aid cuz we ain't that kind of cult) and read on.

Senator Chinchilla tells us that the new Jeep Wranglers are as comfy as all get out, but the older Jeeps, just say this yellow Jeep CJ were not as comfy but still garnered a cult following.

Jeep CJ5

NKubate likes the Shelby Cobra and built us something that is kinda-sorta reminiscent of it. This 31070 alternative model is a mixture of the classic one and the concept model from 2004. Perhaps it has some correlation with a classic Corvette as well.

31070 Retro Roadster open

First on the Peter Blackert slab, he presents both a cult car and a cult movie. The classic Mini Cooper S was cool long before The Italian Job came out, but the movie sort of sealed the deal, so much so that they had to make a remake of the movie when the newer model Mini Cooper came out in 2003.

Mini Cooper S - 1969 - The Italian Job

The Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS is arguably the most recognizable of all sports cars. Clearly this has had a huge impact on Peter "Lego911" Blackert. I'm pretty sure he didn't name himself after the number you call when you get your fist stuck in a can of Pringles.

Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS

Turns out when you do something rock stupid in Australia, like say jumping on a trampoline with a bowling ball, you'd dial 000 instead. Good to know as there are no less than 4156 deadly animals out to kill you in Australia, including the insidious bowling ball. Here's a '72 Holden HQ SS V8 Sedan.

Holden HQ SS V8 - 1972

When you take an economy car chassis, give it a two door body, beef up the engine and give it some racing stripes, you have the formula for mid-sixties success in the form of this Ford 1965 Mustang GT Convertible. Its not the best car, Peter tells us but we already knew that. It still counts as a cult classic.

Ford Mustang GT Convertible - 1965

Some people are fanatical about how an engine works. Some wanker in Germany invented the Wankel-rotary engine, which has been described as a triangle spinning around inside a figure-8 - but the triangle is also simultaneously rotating eccentrically around a different circle inside the triangle - crazy! This '78 RX7 SA22C Coupe has such an engine.

Mazda RX7 Coupe SA22C - 1978

Peter tells us the Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione is good in the sense that you can play SEGA Rally at the arcade, then jump into a similar car on the way home. The only problem with Peter's theory is anyone coming home from a hard day at the arcade is usually on foot, bus, or skateboard.

Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione - 1991

You'd be hard pressed to find an Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti Typ-901now, but between 35 to 45 years ago they were all the rage amongst Italian guys in tight jeans. Mama Mia!

Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti Typ-901

What are German guys in tight jeans into? Germans, by in large, are notoriously more restrained and less emotional than their Italian counterparts so it makes sense the 1992 BMW E36 M3 Coupe would be all the rage and quite the cult car.

BMW E36 M3 Coupe - 1992

Americans are a different breed altogether. Not as calculated and logical as the Germans, not as fiery as the Italians, but with a flare for showmanship and flamboyance. Hence the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster is the embodiment of the American Dream.

Chevrolet Corvette Roadster (C1 - 1957)

The nation that created Anime, drift racing and pixelated pubes has also concocted the Toyota Corolla Sprinter Trueno Liftback - AE86 4A-GE. Just like Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend, it has quite a cult following.

Toyota Corolla Sprinter Trueno Liftback - AE86 - 4A-GE

There are fast Ferraris and there are beautiful Ferraris. You combine them both and you get the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder. It doesn't hurt that it was also in a cult film. No, not Urotsukidoji, but rather Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In the movie, the car suffered a fate almost as horrific as inching in Urotsukidoji.

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder (1960)

You like a hot hatch? Sure. You like a fast Ford? Heck yes! What could be better? Give it a railcar turbo engine and a huge rear wing and you have yourself the 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth. This had such a cult following amongst thieves on joyrides that there was a time it costed nearly as much to insure a three year old Cosworth as it was to buy one.

Ford Escort RS Cosworth (1992)

Peter and I are both old. Same age, pretty much. When I was a kid, all the cool kids (which I wasn't) had the '69 Chevelle. It was a car guaranteed to get you laid in high school. The cool kids in Australia, however, had the Datsun Bluebird 1600 Sedan 510 Series.

Datsun Bluebird 1600 Sedan - 510

But what if you were a cool British kid and wanted to get laid while the wind blew through your long, luxurious Beatles era hair? I presume you'd do it in a 1962 MG MGB Roadster. This served as the inexpensive roadster right up until theMazda MX5 Miata showed up in 1989.

MG MGB Roadster (1962)

Ralph "Mad Physicist" Savelsberg is all about getting laid while the wind blows through his long luxurious Beatles era hair. I know this because I met him in person about a month ago and he said, "Hi, I'm Ralph "Mad Physicist" Savelsberg and I'm all about getting laid while the wind blows through my long, luxurious Beatles era hair." I have very little hair to deal with so I just had to take his word for it. Here's a VW T3 Camper van.

Volkswagen T3 Westfalia camper van

I don't know much about what the cool kids do, or what it's like to have the wind blow through long, luxurious Beatles era hair, but I do know what the 70's were all about. Orange and brown, it turns out. That's why I, aka Lino Martins, built a '78 El Camino in super 70's orange and brown.

'78 El Camino

Jonathan Elliott builds us a couple versions of the Citroen DS. He tells us the beloved Citroen helped Charles de Gaulle survive an assassination attempt when it's unique suspension system allowed it to drive away at high speed after two of its tires were punctured by gunshots.

Citroen ID19 16

Lego Small Scale Citroen DS - How To 09

Alexander Paschoaletto shows us that the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS indeed has a cult following and reminds us that 911 is the number you call if you get your nuts caught between a fence post and a charging steer. (Not applicable in Australia or anywhere outside of Texas.)

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Marco qm proves that when it comes to guzzling the automotive cultish Kool-aid, Porsche can't be beat. He also asked timidly if he could still post this when it was still the 31st in his timezone. Apparently he hasn't followed Peter's work or thinks someone would be tentatively keeping track of deadlines. Nah, that ship sailed right around the time I became too old to stay up past midnight. Here's a Porsche 993 and a 991 GT2.

LugNuts Challenge-A cult Following

Paulo D submits a model of the Lamborghini Contact, rendered by Alice Dee. (not sure if they're related or not.) No matter which member of the Dee family did this, one thing for sure is this is a fave car amongst strip club owners around the world.

Lamborghini Countach LP400

Is that all of them? I think it is. Just like every other roundup, this one started with a Jonestown massacre reference and ended with a D rendering a Lambo for strip club owners. In between there were jokes about bouncing on a trampoline with a bowling ball and not outrunning a steer, both can be hazardous to your nuts, it turns out. Hopefully next month's challenge will be a little less hazardous to our tender reproductive bits. It'll be called Make It A Theme, all about cars, trucks, and bikes with an official LEGO theme. Whether yours be an Octan F1 racer or a Blacktron Baja racer, I literally can't figure out a way to integrate jokes that somehow involve harming nuts into a LEGO theme so I think we're safe.Give it a try, won't you? What's the worst that can happen?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Pickups and Vans!...Roundup

Hola. How's it going? I'm doing fine, thanks for asking. You wanna see my guns? I got two tickets to the gun show right here! Ka-pow! That's what I'd say if I owned a pickup truck. Also I'd be flexing my biceps, giving you an ample view of my sweet, sweet "guns". Hey kids, do you like Ninja Turtles, Zima, and human liver? That's what I'd say if I owned a van. Luckily, I own neither vehicle, so the world is a better place for it. But, you know, we've been doing these monthly build challenges for pert near ten years now so all the clever names and concepts are already taken up. It's inevitable, really that we'd eventually do a challenge that simply mixes two diverse vehicles together, so welcome to the favorite build challenge for redneck yokels and depraved pervs alike. It's called Pickups and Vans. So it's either tickets to the gun show or a ride on Uncle Touchy's lap. As for my vehicle, its hard to pull off redneck or pervy in a Fiat 500. I'm wanna see two tickets to the gun show? Damn it, I messed it up! I know what, never mind. I'm going to get a coconut milk caramel macchiato in my urban hipster doofus-mobile.

But first I'll leave my entry for this challenge right here. Lino Martins goes with an early 70's phenomenon called a Zinger, where you take a toy car and outfit it with outsized engines and tires. If you know how my minds works, this would have been a completely obvious choice. If you don't, then's a blue zinger.

Zinger Van

Peter Blackert goes with the completely obvious route, and by obvious, I mean he submits a slew of entries, just like every other month. If you do know how Peter's mind works, you'd know he'd come up with a1972 Ford Ranchero as he does engineer Ford Pickups in real life.

Ford Ranchero 1972

I never would have expected the Nissan S-Cargo, however. We have no such car here in 'Murica. They have plenty in Australia, apparently. They make perfect city delivery vehicles.

Nissan S-Cargo

The car-truck is a phenomenon that existed well into modern times in Australia, in fact its production will finally halt this coming October. Most famous of the "Utes" is the Ford Falcon XW GT Ute...this one a 1972 and came in lovely purple for the missus, cuz apparently only girls and Prince like purple.

Ford Falcon XA GT Ute (1972)

Here in the states a large pickup similar to this 2007 Toyota Tundra Double-Cab Pickup would be a common sight. These, as well as Ford F-150's, Dodge Rams and Toyota Tacoma are all the rage in the somewhat regressed town I live in.

Toyota Tundra 2007 - Double Cab Pickup

No pickup challenge would be complete without the Ford Ranchero, this one from 1967. While the American Ranchero used the Fairlane body, the Australian Ute took design cues from the Falcon.

Ford Ranchero Pickup - 1967

One thing I didn't expect and likely have never seen in real life is a 61-83 Mini Pickup. That is because, according to Peter, I live in a country where roads are huge and gas is cheap. That means all my crap has been brought in big trucks. Not so much the case in the UK. Little winding roads and expensive gas means little deliveries.

Mini Pickup (1961-1983)

But on the continent that invented Mad Max and all those glorious vehicles I don't think they have that problem. You wouldn't guess that by this cute little 1963 Holden EH Ute though.

Holden EH Ute - 1963

The US president currently goes through Directors of Communication almost weekly. I miss Scaramucci already. He was comedic gold! The next logical choice to be Trump's mouthpiece should be none other than the dim-witted Mater the Towtruck from Disney/Pixar Cars.

Disney Pixar Cars - Mater (Redo)

But after Mater's short stint as Communications Director, he'd likely be replaced by Ted Nugent, then "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, then that one dude from Duck Dynasty, then Mama June, then Cthulhu who will then devour the world. Here's a Volkswagen T1 Transporter Single-Cab Fire Ladder.

Volkswagen T1 Transporter Single Cab Fire Ladder

How 'bout that Scaramucci though? If you bought milk when he was hired, it would still be fresh when he was fired. The sad part is he doesn't even get to go to Communications Director reunions, which I hear are totally off the hook! Here's a Volkswagen T1 Transporter Dual Cabin Roadside Mechanic.

Volkswagen T1 Transporter Dual Cabin Roadside Mechanic - 1962

No amount of cocaine and hookers can wipe that ten day blemish off Scaramucci's resume. You see how hard this is? I write jokes and along comes this gangster stereotype scumbag who looks like he owns a couple of strip clubs and he goes and gets himself fired before me or anyone else can write any more jokes. Here's a Holden VFII Commodore SS Ute.

Holden VFII Commodore SS Ute

Satisfying the van spectrum of our Pickups and Vans challenge is this 1982 Mercedes-Benz T1N 307 D Van. Its like a big blue box that seems bigger on the inside but it's decidedly not a Tardis.

Mercedes-Benz T1N 307 D Van (1982)

This '58 International Harvester A180 Pickup is a truck for mature, responsible adults. Today I figured out how to fix the dishwasher. I was marveling at what a mature, responsible adult I was right up until, while showering, I slid a thin sliver of soap between my butt crack and pretended it was a credit card reader.

International Harvester A180 Pickup (1958)

At least I didn't pretend it had a chip reader, huh? That would have been awful. But if my thin bar of soap did indeed have a chip in it, that transaction would have been approved as having impeccable credit is the mark of a mature and responsible adult. Here's a 2017 Ford P552 F150 Raptor.

2017 Ford F150 SVT Raptor (P552)

If there is just one lesson you could learn from this roundup, it's the value of having good credit. And don't stick soap up your bum. Also important. Anything you stick in there should have a flared bottom. Otherwise you could end up taking a ride in this '62 FIAT Multipla Hearse Conversion a lot sooner than you'd hope.

FIAT Multipla Hearse Conversion - 1962

If I'm anything in this world, I am a caring individual. That's why I offer up so much sage advice. Like a doting Jewish mother, I care and worry for you people, forever thinking you may, at any moment, be trapped under something heavy. Hopefully Peter and his friend Look aren't trapped under something heavy. They teamed up and submitted this Ford Falcon XA GT Ute & Ford Falcon FG FPV Pursuit Ute pair.

Ford Falcon XA Ute - Ford Falcon FG FPV Pursuit Ute

What would I do if I didn't worry myself sick over you people? Why assume you're safely living your lives when instead I could worry about you all being sodomized by maniacs! Speaking of maniacs, we have a challenge this month called A Cult Following all about cars, trucks, and bikes with...well... a cult following. So chug down the LUGNuts Kool-Aid and build something for us, will ya? That way I don't worry about you and assume you've been abducted by aliens or torn to shreds by a Rougarou. That's a French werewolf, in case you were wondering. When I get to worrying myself sick about you, anything is possible, really. In the meantime, let me know you little darlings are OK by leaving a comment here. Maybe you'd like to leave us a vague comment about your home inspection business? Maybe you'd like to sell us some boat shoes? Or better yet, provide us a link to your blog about hot sorority girls gone completely bonkers. Go ahead, leave it. We like your comments. The more irrelevant the better.