By RiotBananas 22 Comments
As you're probably all aware, Tested.com are doing that crazy thing over on their website and it got me back into my Lego habit. I bought a few pieces of Star Wars Lego but it just wasn't enough. Soon I started scouring Brickipedia for just straight up Lego statistics, trivia and whatever else I could sink my teeth into. For example, did you know there are two Lego building strategies called SNOT and PISS? Well now you do.
So here we are, in a blog. I've always wanted my own blog project and now I totally have one. I discovered the wonder of MOC's or "My Own Creations" and saw a few people had made the Delorean time machine from Back To The Future and I just had to have one. The problem is, none of the creators were kind enough to share instructions or parts lists so that budding MOC'ers could recreate their fantastic designs. This didn't stop me wanting a Lego Delorean though, oh no.
Without further ado I bring you "Where We're Going We Don't Need Roads" Chapter one. I am going to fucking build a Lego Delorean whether it's the last thing I do. No one will share their instructions or parts so I'll work it out on my god-damn own. From pictures of their builds I will try my hardest to make my own Delorean on the Lego Digital Designer and then buy all the parts and build it in real life, for reals.
So here goes...
Stage One: The chassis
Here's the basic layout of the chassis/base of the car, all that's missing is the rear bumper base. I think (hope) the chassis is 16 blocks wide. It should be anyway. Again, this is build by eyeing up pictures of other people's builds. I resent them for not including instructions. So much. As of the above image the build is totalling 53 bricks.
The only worries I had here were structural integrity. Essentially this part of the build is the most important and will determine whether the car will support itself or flop around like Doc on top of the clock tower.
Stage Two: The front end
The guys who I'm basing my Delorean off made multiple versions of their builds each with slight differences which make recreating it from just pictures ever harder.
Here you can see the first steps I took to building up the bumper of the car, those front facing studs are going to prove crazy useful later when it comes to adding lights and bumper details. Atleast that's what I assume.
In the photo to the right I've made some real progress and it sorta actually looks like a Delorean now, the little clips on the bumper will hold the Flux cooling tube stuff and carry it over the wheel arches. I was pretty pleased with this until I realised I made the bumper 2 studs thinner than the main chassis so I had to re do it from the ground up. One hours work wasted! I guess I learnt from my mistakes though.
The front end: Second attempt
Here's my final saved build for the night, I'm working on this as much as possible now, in the above picture the brick count was 180, with this new redesigned bumper and wheel arches I'm at 259 bricks. Those higher slopes towards the back of the wheel arches are because I'm planning on having some sort of hinged bonnet (hood) to create the sloped look of the actual car. I'll either be doing that next or concentrating on the rear bumper. I'm incredibly scared to try that though.
So there we have it. That's two nights of work so far and I've put about 4-5 hours into it if I had to estimate. I'd certainly not want to officially keep track. If people are interested in this I might keep it a regular thing and continue it in to the real life phase when I get there. I've been so bored recently so I wanna thank Will, Norm, Gary and to a lesser extent with his sweet, sweet "Podracer" Jeff for getting me back into Lego and giving me something to do with all my spare time.
Stay tuned guys, you're gonna see some serious shit!