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Vocal Cat test drives the 1/3 Lamborghini Cala (and wheel mockup)
As requested by Chris Phipson, some photos of my cat 'driving' the big lego lamborghini.
About this creation
UPDATE :

Smeagle the Retard, one of my other cats, was also caught red-handed taking out rhe lambo for a spin...







Hi,

First off, sorry to all those who would complain this isn't much of an MOC (sort-of) so to make up for that, I've given some pics as to what the wheels will look like to keep everybody happy :)

OK, so, a looong time ago, back to the 3rd build diary, I wrote this in the description :

"It's 1/3 scale but to translate that into more understandable sizes, my cat's going to fit great as a test driver :D"

Chris Phipson then commented :

"Ok, all I got outta that was that your cat was going to do the test drive... Man I can NOT wait to see those pics! This is impressive already and you're just getting started. High hopes here. Keep us posted. (and I was serious about the shots of the cat...) ~ chris."

In build diary 4, he persisted with this comment :

"I still want to see the cat give it a test drive. ~ Chris."

Well, this morning, I got up early, went down to make a coffee, came back up, felt hungry and realized I'd forgotten to get a couple of biscuits, so went down again... to see my cat, Vocal Cat (nice generic name, huh ? well, it does describe her pretty well... all my cats have generic names, poor things... Vocal Cat, Tabby (cuz she's a tabby...) , Adolf (the most 'pathetic' - in a nice way - male cat you've ever seen, but well that unfortunate black smudge under his nose and 'hairdo' gave him that name) , and Retard. You can guess that one.)
Er where was I ? Oh yeah, I saw Vocal Cat half asleep in the lego car, so I just *had* to take a couple of pictures....






As for the wheels, they'll be 6" wide plus tired (18" in real life so stop saying they look small, they're precisely to scale... besides they do look bigger now that I've added the rims). I re-built all the wheels with black wits on the inside instead of dark bley (wondering why I didn't do black in the first place) so you don't see the inside wheel supports so much, and they look more like 'holes' behind the rims.
A 5-hole 'peppermill' style rim like the real car is impossible out of lego in this scale; and no matter what I tried, I couldn't get 6-hole pepermill style to look good either (in fact it looked very bad) , so I thought "%£@# it, wheels are interchangeable anyway, as long as they look cool..." and came up with this 6-split-spoke design; which of course isn't finished either. To finish it, there'll be one layer of light bley bricks around the black click-hinge perimiter of the wheels (virtually no gaps, I tested a bit, so it looks like a nice roundish rim edge) and then tires 3 brick up from that. Before somebody mentions the fact that the more you build up on the click-hinges, the bigger the gap will be between the bricks; we've found a way around that involving slopes, which greatly reduces this gap :)

Enjoy !






P.S. If you are looking to buy lego for your creations, I would like to recommend the following Bricklink lego shop ; "About Town, Castle & Train" ( http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=stacey_love )
I personally know the shopholders, and they are very nice, devoted people. They are currently sponsoring 100% of my 1/3 Lamborghini project, providing all of the parts; and have made various other donations to other models I have made.
The store has a wide selection of parts (over 600,000!), at good prices, and offer an exceptional, fast service (no tax or dodgy exchange rates, next day postage, etc). you won't be disappointed !



Comments

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  October 29, 2013
Quoting sam the first i wish you were still active... love to see this finished!
So would I... but as I've said to the last few people - unless this is going to become some group-sourced project, there's no way it'll ever get finished on my own - I simply don't have enough parts, or enough money to buy what's needed, unfortunately.
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  October 29, 2013
i wish you were still active... love to see this finished!
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  April 20, 2012
wow that is one big build well done
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  July 31, 2011
Wow! Ton chat est tres intelligent! Et plus serieusement, jolie caisse, toujours plus impressionante!
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  March 19, 2011
Quoting Technic Titan This car is really good but is it ever going to be finished? this was posted one and a half years ago, whats happened? I'd really like to see it finished :D
Hey, I'm sure I've mentioned this somewhere; but the funding for this sort of stopped... meaning no more parts were coming in... meaning I couldn't do any more. Then shortly after I left france to start studying at edinburgh university, where I am now. Being the kind of person who doesn't like to leave things unfinished; though there will surely be quite a wait, once I get my degree and settle down somewhere with a job, though at first this won't be the priority of where money goes, I'll be getting back to it. One day. In the meantime if anybody knows any lego shops shpo want to sponsor, or anyone that can donate old parts it wouldn't go unthanked. I go home every so often and could work on it if I had the parts needed. - Dan
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  March 19, 2011
This car is really good but is it ever going to be finished? this was posted one and a half years ago, whats happened? I'd really like to see it finished :D
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  March 6, 2011
What a jaw-dropper!!! It's so huge, there's excellent scope for adding a few electric bits - light-up dash, motorised seats, steering wheel tilt, etc. I really like the creative way you've built the wheels. BTW, that's the flashest cat I've ever seen, with his own Lambo!!!
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  February 19, 2011
When are you going to finish it? The store owner is really nice… I wish someone would supply pieces for me. Because there's a lot of stuff I would like to build but I don't have enough pieces. But that probably would never happen. Please comment on my MOCs. Thanks!
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  November 9, 2010
ha ha ha!! nice
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  October 31, 2010
a lego car that fits a car, that's sooo awesome, really cool, I hope you finish it soon, a 1/3 scale lamborghini truly would be a unique piece
  August 6, 2010
No worries! A project of this scale does require a lot of parts and you can't have parts without funds so I completely understand. That you've gotten this far is still impressive by my view point. Regardless of the Cala status, I'll be checking back for future creations for sure. As always, good luck. Peace ~ Packie
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  August 6, 2010
Quoting Patrick »Packie« Chambers Still great work thus far! This is by far my most anticipated creation here on MOC Pages. I really like how the wheels are turning out, that spoke design looks great! I'm really starting to get a sense of how the front end is coming together with the inclusion of the headlight wells. For the headlights themselves, I understand that you intend to use working lights. Will you use gray pieces for the reflectors (? Not sure what the mirrored things that direct the light are called) or will you try to use chrome bits? Looks great so far! Good luck on the rest of the build. Peace ~ Packie
Hey ! ... Sorry, and sorry everyone - I feel real guilty about this. So many people seem interested in knowing how this is going on, yet nothing's happened :( It's not my fault - the guy funding it decided his 'money to spend on lego' was getting a bit low so we've halted this for now... not cancelled, just halted until one day where it'll pick up. Even though it's not my fault, I still feel guilty... Unfortunately nothing's new, nothing at all. The only extra bit I've added was a blanket on top so it doesn't have an inch thick layer of dust whenever I finally get back to it... As for headlights reflectors... haven't thought too much but chrome will probably end up way too expensive, so probably grey. It also doesn't help that the car is at home (in france), and I'm currently at university in UK... I can assure you though, that the only things that are going to make this project's status turn to "cancelled" would be a house fire that destroys it or something that destroys me. It *will be finished - whether in 5 years or 50, it's just one of those that I'm bent on doing before I die. I don't like to start something and leave it unfinished. Even if my friend's 'burning money' doesn't get any better, I'll fund it out of my own wages one day. Sorry to disappoint you all (for now) but thinking realistically I can't this going much further in the next 4 years at least (despite the slim possibility of progress during summer holidays) In the meantime I am working on plenty of solo projects - limited not by money but by the amount of my limited used lego supply - such as some roughly 1:10 scale cars, the ever-growing Imperial Forest Base, and various other things... though of course they can only happen at summer holidays, while I'm home, aswell... So sorry, but no Cala for the immediate future, and nothing else for most of the year except summer holidays... though if you're reading this around the time I'm writing it, keep a look out on my page every so often... I've got something big coming... something quite different;, but just as big as the Cala :) ~Dan
 I like it 
  August 5, 2010
Still great work thus far! This is by far my most anticipated creation here on MOC Pages. I really like how the wheels are turning out, that spoke design looks great! I'm really starting to get a sense of how the front end is coming together with the inclusion of the headlight wells. For the headlights themselves, I understand that you intend to use working lights. Will you use gray pieces for the reflectors (? Not sure what the mirrored things that direct the light are called) or will you try to use chrome bits? Looks great so far! Good luck on the rest of the build. Peace ~ Packie
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  March 14, 2010
'TAIN !!!!! ça avance ça avance !!!!! mais tu vas la mettre ou après ????? T'es un peu en train de pourrir ton salon là ?..... quel travail !!!!
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  March 14, 2010
Quoting Indra Samala by looking the front part of the car, i thought it was a lambo gallardo! it look like gallardo than a calla. but, you did great!
Well, most lamborghinis have th same general shape - and obviously it's far from finished. The bonnet does have a very similar shape to that of the gallardo, yes, but once the front bumpers and lights are in place it should be very cala-like.
  March 14, 2010
by looking the front part of the car, i thought it was a lambo gallardo! it look like gallardo than a calla. but, you did great!
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  January 22, 2010
I realized that your cats are not going to fit if u add "seats" to the car....
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  December 6, 2009
hey are u interested on my new contest? Make a custom rig?
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  October 23, 2009
When will it be ready?:D
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  September 6, 2009
hey if there is a will there is a way to make that thing move try out like 3 motors on 1 wheel and just a suggestion.
  August 6, 2009
Wow! That will be fascinating! Although are you planning on using non-NXT light? Just curious. I cannot wait until it's finished!
 I made it 
  August 6, 2009
Quoting Heather LEGOgirl Chris has some really strange requests when it comes to photos. This one is pretty tame. ;) Love your cat names by the way. "Vocal Cat", how perfect. Do you know how hard it was for me not do write "purr-fect" there? And I did it anyhow...dangit. Great car, can't wait to see the finished product! :)
Thanks ! I've got four cats, all with funny names... I decided that, if I ever see any more f them in the lego car, without putting them there myself of course, I'd photograph them as well and put them online one day... So far, I've got pictures of two more; Tabby (only cat with a normal name but still has some sort of mental problem...all my cats do...Tabby is paranoid for no reason) and Smeagle the Retard, which is retarded. Literally. As for Tanner's question, we'll be adding as much functionality as we can. Something this big can't be motorized by lego; even a big pneumatic engine would break under the strain; so we decided that the main goal is looks; to make the model look as accurate and near to the real car as possible; with functionality coming second. It would have been nice to add steering, but that greatly compromised the strength in the front half, and put simply, wouldn't have worked; so there's no steering... seeing as there's no working motor, we thought a gearbox would be a waste of tiime too; especially because you won't even see it, and that the undercarriage space was best sued to make a strong frame to support the rest of the car with. The engine will be for looks, which means you won't see any moving pistons as you don't on the real car. OK, as for what we *will* have : -4 wheel suspension -front, back and interior lights -(hopefully) doors that open like real ones, with the same type of lock mechanism -bonnet (hood) and boot that open and cllose, possible with a locking system controlled by something on the dashboard -an idea I just thought of wilst writing this is movable chaiirs, like a real car - hopefully everything else moving like a real car : indicator swithces, gear stick, handbrake, pedals, mirrors... thinking of it, I've already come up with ways that all of that last lot can be made 'movable', like the real thing. - I'll probbaly want to have fun with a radio, and, though the aim's to make the car 100% lego, I might cheat and add a couple of speakers; to scale, and an foldaway ipod in the dashboard or something silly like that... Not sure what else, we'll see :) hopefully as much as possible ! Dan
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  August 6, 2009
This car is absolutely amazing, Dan! I haven't really looked closely at it, until I looked at all of the build diaries. This will be in incredible model! The wheels are great as well! They look much better than what is generally placed on Lego cars anywhere near this size, or a size with no adequate wheels. A couple of questions though, what all moves and functions like a real car here, such as steering or piston movement?
Dan the Man
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Heather LEGOgirl
  August 5, 2009
Chris has some really strange requests when it comes to photos. This one is pretty tame. ;) Love your cat names by the way. "Vocal Cat", how perfect. Do you know how hard it was for me not do write "purr-fect" there? And I did it anyhow...dangit. Great car, can't wait to see the finished product! :)
 I like it 
  August 5, 2009
nice one! chris is kinda weird like that, isn't he? the car looks great though, can't wait to see the finished product!
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  July 25, 2009
Yeap... that comment's getting moderated. Oh well, it was something about getting some "kitty" in your car. Sorry it took so long to get here, the MocOlympics is melting my brain! ~ Chris.
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  July 18, 2009
man you are crazy! that is gonna look amazing when finished, and i think you get the award for biggest car MOC.
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  July 17, 2009
Great,but have your cat a driver license?Can not wait you ve finish it.
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  July 14, 2009
The finished thing will be awesome. your cat sitting in the car really shows just how massive it is.
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  July 13, 2009
Really excellent! By looking your cat lying on your car, it shows that your chassis is well built! It can support the weight! Another thing is the rims looks really impressive! I love the 6-spokes rims!
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  July 13, 2009
really nice car. but one little misspell, "To finish it, there'll be one layer of light bley bricks around the black click-hinge..." hah bley is one of my favorite colors though
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  July 13, 2009
The car looks amazing still man! Keep up the phenomenal work! :D
Dan the Man
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Darcy Guerin Hanlon
  July 12, 2009
great cat great moc, so how's the instructions coming?
Dan the Man
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Darcy Guerin Hanlon
  July 12, 2009
i've seen lpe there expensive its in english pounds
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  July 12, 2009
Still looks astounding. I must say the wheels (although they're without tires) look great : ) Someone mentioned powering this in another installment of your build diary. Obviously no Lego electric motor will have anywhere near the power to shift this.... but have you considered LPE? LPE - a Lego Pneumatic Engine, may be able to shift this (although you'd have to design a very sturdy drivetrain). You can buy them pre-made, but you could get in touch with the guys that make them and see if your car could be test mule. They currently use a large scale Mustang but I think this will end up being considerably more impressive. Check out www.lpepower.com, or you could design your own LPE engine (but it involves boring out cylinders and modifying a few parts). It would be so great to see this thing move!
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  July 12, 2009
The cat is very well built mwahaha !
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  July 12, 2009
Hahaha! Cool!
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  July 12, 2009
Couldn't resist the opportunity huh, lol :) Your cats not that bad a driver lol! Really like the spoke design too. Sorry I haven't got any recent updates on the project. My pc's being repaired, so I have to use my wii as a makeshift computer. Good news though, I finished the front and the engine is on it's way! Anyway, good luck on the rest of the cala, it's looking real good!
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  July 12, 2009
You have a siamese cat too!Nice car too.
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  July 12, 2009
cool!
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  July 12, 2009
This is Crank :D Its soooo big that must been great.
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  July 12, 2009
perfect lamborghini and realy big your best
 
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