Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Food We Eat Round Up

Welcome to the only vehicle challenge round up based on...of all things...The Food We Eat. When considering food from the source, then transport and delivery...not to mention custom cars with food names and you have a wide selection of specialized vehicles to choose from. So sit back, grab a snack and enjoy this array of culinary delights cooked up by our talented automotive chefs and served up hot and smothered in gravy just for you. Lets strap on the feed bag and get it on! Uh, that came out weird. Well, it sets the mood for this challenge, at least. Lets just move on.

First in the chow line, Gambort whips up a neat little David Brown 780 tractor. Stir in some greebles, a hay trailer and a windmill for some Australianized flair, serve hot and you have a decidedly savory appetizer from Down Under and a good start to this challenge!

David Brown 780

Take a classic '68 Dodge Charger chock full of oldschool muscle and attitude, serve icy cool with a twist of lime and you have...Lime Twist, the newest culinary delight cooked up by Legogil. There's just too many flavorful details to name, but be sure not to miss the taillights wrapped in small tires. Great solution to that problem! This is why we build, folks.

Lime Twist

Bill Ward reheats some leftovers from the All But Four build challenge way back in '08 with this delivery truck. Just like the barbecue sauce in my fridge, this truck repeats on ya years past the expiration date, but he does have a point. You can't have a food based challenge without delivery trucks. But delivered so late, I wonder if this means the pizza is free.

Isuzu NPR Delivery Truck

Speaking of delivery trucks, you can't have a food based vehicle challenge without the iconic Divco milk truck. We may as well have just packed up this whole shindig and went home hungry and unsatisfied. Luckily for us, Improbcat delivers the goods with this classy retro ride...pleasing to the palate and it goes down smooth. Like Butter!


Sometimes its not always about the food we eat, but rather the places where we eat. My case in point, Improbcat's second course, this full classic diner being lugged by an equally classic COE truck. COE means Cab Over Engine in case you didn't know. Flo, make mine over easy and throw in a slice of pie while you're at it. And some coffee. Go easy on the spit, this time!

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In case Bill's reheated leftovers doesn't do it for ya, Marioman3138 whips up a newer, more modern version of the quintessential white all purpose delivery truck complete with refrigeration to keep those Coors Lites as cold as the rockies. I used that joke before, didn't I? Oh well, lets move on.

White Van

What's more fun than a shopping cart with a super huge blown V8 in it? Nothing, that's what! No seriously, I want you to try to think up anything more irresponsibly cool and fun than a shopping cart with a blown V8 in just can't do it. Just ask Nathan Proudlove, he knows. This delicious morsel is called Express lane and is based on one of the wildest Hot Wheels cars in existence. We need a clean up in aisle 3...4...5...6...awww crap!

express lane 2

If Nathan is frivolous and irresponsible, then our other admin Ralph Savelsberg is here to knock some sense back into us with this DAF XF105 truck complete with reefer container. Dude, my hand is like totally huge, man! Settle down, Cheech, we're not talking that kind of reefer but the kind that keeps our food cold and fresh while in transport. The truck is chock full of not to be missed details and the excellent Maersk mosaic work on the side reminds us that there isn't anything the mega shipping company can't transport! Even the food we eat.

DAF XF105 (1)

Sangi13 was miffed about a food related challenge at first, but saw good opportunity to build outside of his comfort zones. He reaches for his trusty red and black bricks and this time cooks up a 1976 Peterbilt rig complete with a side dish of real chrome detailing. As my truck driver friend likes to say..."If you've got it, a truck brought it." Truer words were never spoken.

1976 Peterbilt

Dohoon Kim's first tasty morsel is a little big rig. Little big rig...thats sort of an oxymoron. Billy Mays used to endorse Oxy Clean. Does that make him an Oxy Moron? Think about that and get back to me on it, won't you?

Big Rig

For Dohoon's main course he stirred in some neat styling, added a dash of exhaust pipe with a pinch of innovative tire-within bigger tire technique, let cool at room temperature and you have this neat little tractor.


Then for dessert, Dohoon cleanses our palette with this sweet little Toyundra 4x4 pickup...the ultimate farmer's truck for transporting crops and livestock.

Toyundra 4x4 Pick-up truck

From one pickup artist to another, Lino Martins stirs up a refreshing low slung 1980 Chevy C10 showtruck called Limelight complete with opening engine cowl and dumping bed. As the name implies, two things had to happen; there had to be some tangy lime green, as evidenced by the flames and accents and a light source, made doable via two red light bricks.

1980 Chevy C10...Limelight!

It seems pickups were all the rage mid-challenge as Dylan Denton serves up a flavorful dish with some Nebraska flair. He tells us this sight is all too common in Nebraska; Farmers selling fresh fruits and veggies from the back of their monstrous custom this case a '79 Ford F-250.

1979 Ford F250 Custom

Scary monsters cooking up stomach wrenching human can expect no less from a guy named lego Monster! It turns out monsters enjoy their meals from traveling food coaches too. Each disgusting detail, from the fried arms and blood-head stew to the candied human heads is chock full of not to be missed dark humor. This is a collaboration project with Mrs. Monster, whom it turns out is quite twisted in her own right. Thatta girl! My fave detail...the pink seats!

Consumin Oomans

Jonathan Derksen shows us the right way to serve up leftovers...completely reworked and revamped! He takes his Blueberry Cheesecake rat rod from last month, cuts out the roof, reworks some details and like magic, fresh Blueberry Cheesecake Delivery Truck! It even tastes good the second time around.

Blueberry Cheesecake Delivery

Later in the challenge, Jonathan stirs up an odd concoction called...what else...Strawberry Banana! This strange concept/ muscle car/ hot rod was inspired by the completely studly work of brickshelf user tabmodels, proving you can still make things look great with all of your studs showing.

Strawberry Banana

What happens when you take Tiny Turbos and make them...even smaller? Why you get Pacific Highway LUG founder Geeky Tom's trio of stubby little racer morsels with flavorful names! First up is Tom's tart little Key Lime Ride.

Key Lime Ride

Followed by his sweet little black and white tidbit called Double Stuff. I'm willing to bet its about the size of an actual Oreo cookie.

Double Stuff

Followed lastly by his refreshing little treat called Creamsicle! Cool Baby! They're part of a neat series of mini advent calendar builds each with less than 20 pieces. Collect them all!


Jason Son takes us to a nostalgic time when nice men in white uniforms and black bow ties delivered fresh milk to your door with this classic American Divco called simply...The Milkman. Unknown to him, this was also a precursor to next month's build challenge where others suggest MOCs to be built. I suggested it, he built it. In my old brickshelf days, I once built a Divco but it didn't look nearly this good.

The Milkman

Ricecracker is a food some of us eat with peanut butter. Its also the name of the builder of this sweet Freightliner FL60 Pepsi Truck. The tricky shapes of the Pepsi logo was masterfully done using some of the trickiest SNOT techniques around, proving once and for all that anything can be built with some patience and know how. It kind of makes all those other guys that whine about not being able to build this or that seem all the more annoying now, doesn't it?

Freightliner FL60 Pepsi Delivery Truck

What does a Rabidnovaracer do when faced with a food inspired challenge? Why he whips up a tasty pimped out Cadillac Escalade called Blue Kamikaze, that's what. This sick custom ride features suicide and Lamborghini style doors, slammed adjustable pneumatic suspension, spinners, and killer sound system that even features TVs in the front headrests. Now that is tricked out!

"Blue Kamikaze" Cadillac Escalade

A guy named glaz pimpur presents to us Old Fergie. What is Old Fergie, you might ask? Why it's a red tractor in the snow with an M-Tron logo and a Mexican wrestler minifig driving it for some reason. I mean...c,mon, what else would it be? Duh! You must feel pretty stupid for asking.


Ever wake up one morning thinking your life was incomplete without a Claas AXOS Compact Tractor with Furrowing Tool? I have. Lucky for me Peter Blackert delivers the goods with this well detailed model in lovely Claas lime green.

Claas AXOS Compact Tractor

Peter then gets into more Claas action (see what I did there?) with this Claas AXION Tractor with Claas QUANTUM Foraging Trailor for all your high tech foraging needs. Look at all those happy foraging cows!

Claas AXION Tractor with Claas QUANTUM Foraging Trailer LDD

Just when you think this place could use a little more Claas, Peter broils up the Claas ARION 600 Tractor. Wow, almost no tractors in all of our LUGNuts history now so many in one challenge. They are fun to build.

Claas ARION 600 Tractor

Next on the Lego911 slab is the Claas ELIOS Compact Tractor.

Claas ELIOS Compact Tractor

Followed closely with the Claas AXOS with Digger. I'm digging the red counterweight up front there.

Claas AXOS with Digger tool - LDD

Next is the mean Ford 2011 Global Ranger. This challenge has been all about tractors and pickup trucks, it seems.

Ford Ranger - 2011 Global - LDD

And what farmer would be complete without the 2011 Ford F-350 HD Trayback Pickup?

Ford F350 HD Tray Back Pickup

Finally Peter really Claases up the joint with the entire Claas 2010 line, all of them graduating top in their claas. Are you tired of Claas puns yet?

Claas Tractor Range 2010 - LDD

Good, because Lego Junkie proves he isn't all about Claas with this generic green tractor complete with farmer. Ah thats a tasty little morsel.


Speaking of tasty, get a load of this classic stock 1957 Chevy pickup built by Rolic. I always wonder how he's going to configure his white pieces and this time he's worked his magic with a nostalgic American Chevy. The wheelbarrow, fruit crates and other things give us a clue that he has at least some pieces other than white. Maybe someday he'll totally freak us out with something black.

57 Chevy truck

Just like spoiled milk, Raphy chimes in several days past the due date. I know, I've used that joke twice in a row now but its the second time in a row Raphy clocks in late. I imagine he has the same problems that plague the rest of know, cranky boss, taxes, sore back, credit card companies, hangovers, and always being hassled by The Man. Anyway, you've seen the Pizza Planet truck on Toy Story, you've seen it as an official Lego set, now see it as a Tiny Turbo.

minigarage ~ Pizza Planet truck

Well, I'd say that all went down smooth. So what happens if you're really into say...big rig trucks? Or Italian Supercars? What if you've built nothing but American classics? Or formula 1 racers? Well, too bad! None of that matters in this month's challenge called By Random Appointment. The admins have created random lists of vehicles from all car cultures both in and out of our own comfort zones. We will delegate random assignments to only the brave souls who ask for them. In turn, us admins will put our fate in the hands of the LUGNuts members at large. Will we be cruel and merciless or strive to get you to build the coolest cars on the planet? Stay tuned for what is already shaping up to be a very juicy build challenge. Nothing is predictable when its all done...By Random Appointment!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

LUGNuts Turns Three Roundup

Well, we're finally old enough to use the potty all by ourselves most of the time, which is great! Do you know how expensive it is to keep an entire car club in diapers? Ok, that joke was old when I used it as the challenge header and it sort of loses its hutzpah the second time around. Anyway, unless you've been living under a rock (you know who you are) you'd know that on the birthday months we always do a year in review...sort of a free for all chance to build for your favorite old challenges from the previous year and beyond. lets get this party started, shall we?

Dohoon Kim celebrates our big third birthday with...something small. This tiny Mustang GT500 can fit in the 25th build challenge, I Wannabe Like thois case Raphy, or it can fit in with the 21st Challenge, Millennium Marvels and our 28th, The Animal Kingdom. Clever!

2007 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500

Later Dohoon weighs in heavier with this 1969 Dodge Coronet Superbee and shows the Animal Kingdom some love while doing it. I'm just digging this shape and color scheme. And that odd stripe along the rear section of the car...just brilliant!

1969 Dodge Coronet Superbee

And just when you think its all over, Dohoon shows he's on a big winning streak with this quick Taxi very reminiscent of something The Lego Group would put out. Dohoon jokes that he wants to be just like TLG...but not really!


Next on the slab is a red Kenworth Wrecker denoting the old challenges All But Four and Haulin' Ass.


Followed in hot pursuit by these two little racer trikes for the All But Four Challenge. Zooooom!


I didn't know senior citizens can be such trouble makers, but this 61 year old black on black '49 Custom Mercury Coupe stays up all night and makes trouble with other hot rods denoting the Scuzzy side of The Scuzz and the Fuzz. It also falls into Kickin' It Oldschool, Modified Machines and Fear and Loathing as Melanophobia is the fear of the color black.

1949 Custom Mercury Coupe

Proving he's no slouch, Dohoon chimes in heavily with this larger scale '64 Mustang Convertable denoting The Animal Kingdom, I Wannabe Like You (Thats right, he's talking about you, Dylan!) and Fear and Loathing as Equinophobia is the fear of horses.

1964 Ford Mustang Convertible

You'd think Dohoon Kim wants to be just like our prolific madman Lego911 with all these entries, but he finishes us off with this sleek 60's era Lamborghini 350GT, built once again for the scuzzy side of The Scuzz and the Fuzz. Hmmmm, it would seem Dohoon sides with the bad guys in those police chase adventure movies. There's nothing wrong with that.

Lamborghini 350GT

Wow! What a start to this challenge! The only way we can follow that is with this massive two-toned '66 Galaxie built by our Brazilian friend Legogil. It denotes A Galaxie Of Possibilities, obviously as well as Fire And Ice for its two-tone fiery paint job and its icy cool interior.

Ford Galaxie 1966

Sangi13 shows the '66 Ford Galaxie some love with else would it be?)...'66 Ford Galaxie built for A Galaxie Of Possibilities. The title of that challenge was correct, even though we were forced to build only one car, I can never get tired of all the different colors, customizations and build styles.

1966 Ford Galaxie

Next on the Sangi13 to do list is this 2008 Shelby GT500. He tells us with this tiny build he wants to be just like Raphy and Dohoon Kim. Awww ain't that cute?!

2008 Shelby gt500

What's shakin' in the house of Sangi13, you may ask? Well, I'm glad we asked! Turns out its another tiny 2008 GT500 this time in red and black and built for the 21st challenge; Millennium Marvels.

2008 Shelby gt500 Special Edition

Sangi13 tells us that Mechanophobia is the fear of machines, which is why he built this...Ranchers Ford Excursion. Well, its as good a machine as any to be fearful of, I suppose. I'm sure it would hurt like a bastard if it were to run over my foot!

ranchers ford excursion

Speaking of hurting like a in my typing fingers...Lego911 starts out early with this 1963 Jaguar E-Type Roadster denoting the challenge; God Save The Queen, then doesn't relent throughout the entire month. Sit down, get comfortable...brew some coffee or something. Its going to be a loooong ride!

Jaguar E-Type Roadster

Lego911 wants to be just like Jonathan Derksen, legohaulic, and lichblau with this sweet little 1928 Ford Model AA Farm Truck. Ahh, just look at the happy little Duplo pigs, sheep and cows! The broken old crate and the dark green cab is pretty sweet too.

Ford Model AA Farm Truck

Hot on the farm truck's tail is this sleek little Aston Martin DB9 Coupe built for God Save The Queen. I'll have my drink shaken, not stirred.

Aston Martin DB9

And you can't go wrong with this stunning 1958 Chevy Impala Convertible built for The Animal Kingdom and done up in a striking black and white.

Chevrolet Impala 1958 Convertible

The flashy 1980 Audi UR-Quattro Rally Car tears up the track for the Challenge called At The Races.

Audi Ur-Quattro Rally Car

Next Lego911 gives the Fuzz some love with this Holden Commodore SS Sportwagon Police Vehicle for The Scuzz and the Fuzz.

Holden VE Commodore SS Sports Wagon 2008 - Police

And Atom For lucky dog, you! Lego911 wants to be just like you with this 2010 LF1 Racer. Very nice shape and colors on this one!

LF1 Racer 2010

Color Me Strange...Lego911 does just that with this rocking '71 Plymouth Hemi "Cuda in striking orange and black.

Plymouth Hemi Cuda - 1971 - Fantasia

Size Does proven with this foursome of black and blue Bugatti Veyrons. Just look at them, each car is more detailed than the last!

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 - Group Shot

Once again denoting Color Me Strange is this lime green Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera. Phew, what a long name for a car!

Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera

And finally on the Lego911 slab is a stunning new 2011 Ford Mustang GT CS Convertible done up in black and rare light blue thereby once again satisfying the Color Me Strange build challenge palate.

Ford Mustang GT CS Convertible 2011

Speaking of satisfying the palate, that went down pretty smoothly. Tasting...and smelling a little more like rat is this entry by Tim Inman. Its called the Warcraft Troll Hot Rod and was built for the really old I Smell A Rat challenge. Ahhh, that brings back memories!

Warcraft Troll Hot Rod

"Colour Me Strange and tickle me pink" Tim Gould tells us with this neat little Holden Kingswood Wagon done up in brown it sand red? Either way, there a lot of good techniques going on here.

Holden Kingswood

So the other Holden doesn't feel lonely, Tim whips up three more in odd colors to once again satisfy the Color Me Strange challenge. Ah the Holden...such a neat little Australian car!

Generic Holden

From the Holden to the Henway. What's a Henway? About 10 lbs. Heh! Heh! Get it? Anyway, a guy named oldeconoline takes a break from building Econolines to present us this 1919 Henway for the Kickin' It Oldschool challenge. A Henway, by the way, is not an obscure brand name or anything...just a super chopped and customized one of a kind truck. Pretty cool, huh?

1919 Hennway

Jonathan Derksen kills three birds with one stone...or rather one Blueberry Cheesecake with this chopped and lowered rat rod of the same delicious name. This wafer thin slice of cake is not fattening at all but he wants to be like Lino Martins (aww, thanks, buddy!), he's also Kickin' It Oldschool and Smelling A Rat. No, I'd say this smells like Blueberry Cheesecake. Mmmmmmm, tasty!

Rat Rod: Blueberry Cheesecake

Bill Ward uses some of that Brickpile of his to construct this iconic Glacier National Park tour bus complete with ten doors and an open roof. It fits right in with the Kickin' It Oldschool challenge.

Glacier Bus

And denoting Play That Funky Music Bill builds a Big Yellow Taxi in honor of that Joni Mitchell song that was going through his head. You know the one...that Big Yellow Taxi one. Come on, do I have to link it to youtube or something? You know the one!

Big Yellow Taxi

fe2cruz also shows Play That Funky Music some love with this little '68 GT for Heart's famous Baracuda song. Ahhh, they were so dreamy...A bunch of chicks that really knew how to rock! I don't care if they've since put on weight. I still swoon for them and their music. Does that make me girly? Probably does.

'68 Savage GT

Sprogis Peteris just gets better and better every time he builds something. My case in point, this neat yellow and black VW Beetle denoting The Animal Kingdom challenge. It looks like it packs quite a sting with its bumblebee stripes...which is fitting as this MOC is as sweet as honey!

VW Beetle

Jason son wants to be like somebody with this stunning Peterbilt 379. With its numerous chrome bits, striking colors and masterful model building that somebody can be none other than our own Dennis Bricksonwheels Glaasker. In fact we are told this is more of a collaboration as our resident truck builder offered lots of help, chrome parts and inspiration for this flawless rig. Great job all around!

Peterbilt 379

From modern rigs to something a little older, Jason son later presents this 1922 Ford TT for the Kickin' It Oldschool challenge. From the wooden tan barrel in the bed to the antique taillights to the spoked wheels, this little truck is chock full of old-timey goodness...just like a fine aged cheese.

Ford TT (1922)

Proving he's no slouch, Jason chimes in for a third time but this time with probably the weirdest Lambo I've ever seen, the six wheeled Lamborghini Murciecargo. It was built for "Go Team LUGNuts", sort of a nice free for all challenge to show support in our fine group. And why not? Its all good.

Lamborghini Murciecargo

Lighting strikes three times in one place with this 2003 Fiat Panda built by Ralph Savelsberg. The cute, cuddly panda obviously denotes The Animal Kingdom but as it was manufactured in 2003 it is also a Millennium Marvel. And as the real car was built in Poland, Ralph can say he wants to be just like Raphy. And who doesn't really?

Fiat Panda (1)

Lino Martins once again takes after the dark side with sultry bad girl Roxy, her disobedient pooch Cupadogra and their murdered out '87 El Camino with racing seats and blood red interior and truck bed. This suped-up ride denotes the scuzzy side of The Scuzz and the Fuzz.

A Girl, a dog, and their '87 El Camino

As for the Fuzz, three time buddy challenge champion Nathan Proudlove once again collaborates with Lino to present the law abiding side of the challenge, this time a supercharged '88 Camaro IROC-Z Police Interceptor driven by Constable Sharon and her faithful dog Max. Sharon and Roxy were BFF's in high school but nowadays the only time the friends get to reminisce anymore is when Constable Sharon has to arrest Roxy...usually for speeding, illegal street racing and driving recklessly.

RCMP Camaro

CJay weighs in heavily with a big industrial Izuzu Dump Truck thereby satisfying three challenges at once. The first being I Wannabe Like You, in this case everyonesgrudge1812 and Bricksonwheels. He also gives his support for Team LUGNuts and nothing is bigger in Japan than a dump truck like this one. Unless we're talking about Godzilla...then yeah, he's much bigger.

ISUZU Dump Truck

When it comes to working big industrial machines, CJay is the force to be reckoned with. This time a new forklift looks a lot like his photo icon and has all the power functions to make this one truly epic hard working loader. Built once again in support of Go Team LUGNuts.

Forklift 3.0

Chuachic shows his age with this 5-wide 1986 Ford RS200. Lets see, that makes him...1986 into 2010...carry the one, take into account for time of year and wind velocity...not quite old enough to rent a car in the United States. Too bad, as he says the '86 Ford RS200 is his absolute fave, he'd probably rent that one. Next year, buddy. Next year.

Ford RS200

Proving CJay isn't the only one doing all the dumping around here, Chuachic denotes All But Four with an 8-wide Merstudes 6x6 Heavy-Duty Tipper heavily based on the Scania 3 Series. Shows you how much I know about the subject. I had this pegged for the Scania 2 Series inspiration. Frankly I don't really know what I'm talking about. He could have told us it was a concept Mercedes truck and I would have believed him. Its well done though.

Merstudes 6x6 Heavy-Duty Tipper

Another vehicle I had no idea existed but glad it does is this Honda RA272 built by Biczzz. It's not often Ricardo graces us with his work, but when he does, the Lego world is a better place for it. I mean, this thing doesn't even look like Lego from the thumbnail. Driven by Richie Ginther, it was the first japanese car to win a Grand Prix at the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix. Big In Japan indeed!

Honda RA272

If its curvy, white and on a reflective gray background it must be a new creation by Rolic. This time the maestro of odd angles and rolling curves brings us the Mitsuoka Himiko thereby being something Big In Japan. Rolic tells us that he feels cursed for wanting to work in every detail. Yeah, Michelangelo felt the same way when he painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Its just the cross talented artists have to bear.

Mitsuoka Himiko

Just like spoiled milk, Raphy checks in a few days past the due date with this black and white '83 Toyota Corolla AE86, making this tiny turbo somehow Big In Japan. Or Little In Japan. Or something. Well, at least its fuel efficient. Being a Lego model it uses no fuel at all. Now that is just good for the environment right there!


Lastly, Raphy presents this skull-riddled gray '97 Mazda RX-7 for guessed it...Show Your Age build challenge. Cripes, in '97 I was a junior in college and already five years older than the average student. Ah those were the days...all-nighters, beer benders and hanky-panky with random strangers. Not much has changed since but nowadays the random strangers are older and I'm telling more kids to get the hell off my lawn!


Oh that note, lets get the hell off this lawn and onto something a little inspired. This month's challenge is called The Food We Eat and its all about food inspired vehicles. If you take into consideration food at its source, you can concoct an array of tractors, harvesters and other farming machinery. Once processed, big rig trucks transports your food to the supermarket. In the olden days specialty trucks brought milk and bread straight to your door...or you can build any custom car that has a food inspired name, like Pie Wagon or just make up your own custom and give it a delicious Lemon Twist or Black And Tan. So be sure to make your reservations soon to see what we cook up in this month's delicious food inspired challenge! Bon appetit, everyone. Now get the hell off my lawn!