Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Fabulous Forties…Roundup

In case you've been keeping track, when we last posted on this fine blog I had said we'd have a roundup for a little challenge we called The Fabulous Forties, all about 40's era cars, bikes and trucks. I had also said that, while I wasn't around in the forties, I just assumed it was all about bra-less-ness and peace, love and understanding between all the nations of the world because…bra-less-ness is just sexy, and Japanese people have such adorable Buddha bellies, German people make great beer and pretzels and…what's not to love about America? I also said I would do some more research on the matter and report back with what I had learned. Well, I watched Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS, starring the buxom pulp movie vixen Dyanne Thorne. It seems I may not have been right about the whole peace, love and understanding thing. You see, it turns out there were these people called Nazis (who knew, right?!) who were not so fond of Jews for some reason. The Nazis, however did enjoy lesbian sex, women soaping each other up in slow motion, and bondage. Also, I was right about the bra-less-ness! I found the 40's to be a sexy, titillating romp and a feast for the senses! I recommend the 40's to everyone, but make sure you're 18 or over. You're welcome. Now that I'm considerably more educated on the matter let's educate the lot of you stupid people about 40's era automobiles! Here we go.

The most educated of us all, Johnni D, kicks us off to prove that any automotive roundup about the 40's would be nothing without cab over trucks. This yellow and black 1947 Ford COE flatbed was inspired by a Jada Toys cast.

1947 Ford COE Flatbed

Johnni comes back later to tell us his second entry is automatic, systematic, it's hyyyydromatic.....Why, It's Greased Lightning! Its the1948 Ford Deluxe! I feel smarter already.

1948 Ford Deluxe "Grease"

With no shortage in the brains department, a kid named John Marshmallow schools us on what its like to be a nine stud wide 1949 Mercury lead sled. Even his own mom recognized the genius that was this little Merc, cuz apparently he has to explain all his other builds to her.

1949 Mercury Lead Sled "Lemon Ice"

For example, this tiny little Crosley Wagon. I'm a self-proclaimed car dude and I was like…huh? Is this one of them Scion XB's or something? Google had to explain it to me. Turns out, just like Nazis, the little Crowley was a real thing in the 40's.

1949 Crosley Crosmobile Wagon(CD)

One of the hilarious things about youth is they live in the now. They always proclaim that their most latest project is the best thing they've ever done in the history of the world ever! No exemption, John claims this Jaguar XK 120 is his best work yet. But yanno, the kid may have a point.

1949 Jaguar XK 120 Chop-Top Coupe "Black Demon"

Later, John cranks up the Ritalin dosage with this Volkswagen Kubelwagen and gives us a long spiel about why he built it and why it was so different from everything else he has built thus far. Isn't there some written rule about short write-ups? No? Well, there should be!

1942 Volkswagen Kubelwagen

I'd tell John to save the book report for English class, but, it turns out, he educated me about the 1949 Crosley Farm-O-Road, which is tinier than its other Crosley counterpart and could go twice as fast as a race horse. See, peeps, that's some book learnin' right there!

1949 Crosley Farm-O-Road

The human Marshmallow starts off his sixth entry with: "This is what they call...insanity. " Indeed, John! Now you know what I feel like three nights into trying to come up with humorous antidotes for all of Peter's entries. There's just not enough $54 whiskey in the world to contain my sanity!

1948 Land Rover Series 1 Truck Dragster "Drag Rover"

Thanks, Lulu, for the Father's Day present, by the way. You're a dog who knows that fathering is so much better when done three sheets to the wind. Food goes in the sharp end, poop comes out the stinky end, and never the other way 'round. OK, got it! See, I'm a good doggy daddy. Not related, but jlegoman4437 (if that's your real name) builds us a Ferrari 166 Inter Stabilimenti Farina Coupé.

Ferrrari 166 Inter Stabilimenti Farina Coupé

Speaking of pseudonyms, our next builder didn't want to give away his real name cuz he's an UndercoverWookiee. But, he did build us a pretty cool 1941 Dodge Pickup Rat Rod. He used a band-aid to wrap around the pipes to create that all important rat-rod look, which is a pretty idea in my book.

1941 Dodge Pickup Rat Rod

PauloD gets right to the point and tells us he's built "a Willys '41. In minifig scale. That's it…" No convoluted diatribe about the evolution of how he thought up the idea, no copy/pasted 3 page long entry from wikipedia, just to the point. John, Peter, you taking notes?

Willys '41

Senator Chinchilla is all about voting important bills into law and chewing on empty cardboard toilet paper tubes. He's also all about building a no frills but still totally sweet 1948 Ford.

1948 Ford Coupe

When thinking in terms of great cars from the 40's, there's bound to be some overlap. Ralph Savelsberg was getting ready to slick back his pompadour and sing us "Grease is the Word" but was beaten to it three weeks ahead by JohnniD. Still a cool car and figure though.

Grease Ford Deluxe

School appointed child psychologists have proven that no one thinks quite like Lino Martins. That is why I was the only one to come up with a slammed International Harvester Metro Delivery Van called Bread Winner. This "bread sled" is as startling and unexpected as the sweaty ball-slapping sex your parents are having right now.

Bread Winner

Now you're going to have to repress that memory until you're at least 40. Good luck with that! No stranger to having to repress horrifying memories well into middle age is Tim Inman with this sleek 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe. The memories are hazy, but at least the car is cool.

1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Coupe

Somehow Peter Blackert is still finishing up projects from the 91st build challenge called Anger Management. Hmmm, maybe I should have called it "Time Management". Anyway his first of many renders shows us some road rage with this 1941 Pontiac Torpedo Eight Coupe.

Pontiac 1941 Torpedo Eight Coupe

Peter tells us that the 1946 Ford V8 Coupe was the first post-war production car after a several year hiatus of building war stuff presumably for Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS. Apparently not a friendly bunch, those Nazis. But they do love bathroom humiliation!

Ford 1946 V8 Coupe

Anyway, Peter admits to not being the first LUGNut to build a 1941 Graham Hollywood Sedan. That distinction went to Tim way back in our 76th Challenge called "Places, Everyone!"

Graham 1941 Hollywood

Y'all gonna make me lose my mind…up in here, up in here! Did I already use that lyric in another roundup? I think I did. Anyway, what else happened in the 40's? Here's a 1949 Hudson Commodore Eight Convertible.

Hudson 1949 Commodore Eight Convertible

Interesting tidbit; on July 30, 2013, DMX filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy citing his obligations to having to pay child support for a whopping 11 children! That's thug life for ya! Here's a Meteor V8 Coupe.

Meteor 1949 V8 Coupe (Canada)

Also, it seems DMX was arrested more times than I can count for felonies including multiple counts of animal cruelty, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, drug possession, and identity falsification. By comparison, here's a rather tame 1948 Maserati A6 1500 (Pininfarina).

Maserati A6 1500 (1948)

Also, he's been checked into a mental institution while in prison. Sort of brings credence to that whole "y'all gonna make me lose my mind" song, doesn't it? Here's a neat pair, a 1940 Mercedes-Benz W150 770 Cabriolet & 1943 Messerschmitt Me410 Heavy Fighter.

Mercedes-Benz W150 770 Grosser Cabriolet (1938 - 1943)

Like most other countries, Australia halted automotive production to instead build supplies to fight Ilsa's wicked sexy bra-less war. But post-war they resumed production with this 1948 Holden 48-215 Sedan.

Holden 48-215 Sedan (1948)

Way back before the dawn of time, I built a rusty old 1949 Buick Roadmaster Sedanette with a tree growing out the hood. Peter has since built (or rendered) several incarnations of this car each with a back story as convoluted as all those Game of Thrones books. I'm not even sure if this particular phase is before the tree grew through its hood or after it was restored.

Buick 1949 Roadmaster Sedanette

Man, I wish Peter's write ups were short and punchy! Be like me; short and punchy. But I guess the same can be held true for this blog. If you were to read this entire blog "cover to cover" it would probably be the equivalent to a 500-ish page novel. Here's a 1946 Austin 16 hp Saloon.
Austin 16 hp (1946)
But, I suppose without all this writing I gotta do, mostly for Peter's entries, you, dear readers, would not get to read the tale of one man's slow but sure foray into madness. Here's a 1949 Packard Custom Eight Limousine for ya.

Packard Custon Eight Limousine (1949)

And if I'm gonna go nuts, I'd rather do it in front of more than nine readers. Can we get into the double digits before next century? And why ain't I making any money for all this writing? Here's an entry I actually really like, a 1946 Chevrolet COE Farm Truck.

Chevrolet 1946 COE Farm Truck

There was a time when Peter was the only builder to have done a LEGO General Motors Futurliner #9 Motorhome Conversion. Now, he's the only builder to have done it at least a half dozen times already. This one has stars and stripes!

General Motors - Futurline 9 - Motorhome Conversion

Each nation has a car known as the 'car that put that nation on wheels' - or something like that. France had the Citroen 2CV and Renault 4CV, Germany the VW Beetle, and the US the Ford Model T. For the UK, that title probably goes to the Morris Minor (MM) 2-Door Saloon.

Morris Minor - 1948 (MM) 2-Door Saloon

Copy/pasting Peter's write-ups is easy, but not always entirely funny. When you copy from wikipedia it seems to lack jokes about ball-slapping sex. Speaking of which, here's something out of France, the 1947 Citroen 11CV Normale (Traction Avant). Pretty cobblestones.

Citroen Traction Avant 11CV Normale - 1947

You might want to keaster your drug stash if you haven't already because here comes the Ford 1949 V8 Tudor Police Cruiser. Although seeing this classic beauty in your rear view mirror would be a sight to behold.

Ford 1949 - V8 Coupe Tudor - Police Cruiser

Possibly the smallest production car ever is this 1947 FIAT 500 Topolino, which means "little mouse" in Italian. Believe it our not its supposed to be a two seater but apparently you can cram more people behind the seats.

FIAT 500 Topolino (1947)

Short guys rejoice! Not so much for this 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan Coupe, but check out the happy couple in front of it. Seems his Mrs. is just a little taller than he is. He's a man after my own heart, cuz my own girlfriend is three inches taller than me. But then again, when you're a short, punchy Portagee, everyone is three inches taller.

Chevrolet 1948 Fleetline Aerosedan Coupe

A guy who likes all three of his names is Emmanuel Spencer Iskandar. Thats so you don't get confused with all the other Emmanuel Iskanars who build with LEGO. Anyway, this Emmanuel built us a toothy SAAB Ursaab, which was the first prototype made by SAAB in 1947.


You goth kids can set your Facebook status to slightly less melancholy because Sam Sir Manperson built us a black and seething, low and slow '49 Merc. He also points out that he spelled convertible wrong in his caption. Let that be a lesson to you kids; always use sunscreen!

More pictures soon....  Custom '49 Mercury Convertible - 16-wide - Lego

You goth kids might also like this black and red 1940 COE Hot Rod Hauler as built by Chrisbuilds. Cuz nothing says gothy like putting on some eyeliner, listening to Bauhaus and cruising down the strip on your custom COE. Hearse optional.

1940 Ford COE Hot Rod Hauler

Well, I think that's everybody. Do you feel more educated about the 40's? No? Neither do I. Seems my research material was lacking in historical truth. Apparently Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS was filmed on the set of Hogan's Heroes. Now there's a show with some historical accuracy! Anyway, if we lacked educational value this time we might be able to redeem ourself next time around. You see we have this challenge coming up called "The Science of it All". Its all about cars, trucks, or bikes with scientific names or purpose. This next roundup should be chock full of brainy scientific facts, so much, in fact, that I'm pretty sure we're going to win a Nobel Prize…or something. You're just going to have to stay tuned to see what its all about. In the meantime, just leave your intelligent, thought provoking, and insightful comments in 3…2…1...

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