I really liked the Indiana Jones LEGO sets. The attention to detail in all
of them was amazing. The only poorly-designed ones were the Kingdom of
the Crystal Skull sets, which makes me like the whole line even better.
One scene I've been wanting to see a set of is the tank fight in The Last
Crusade, but since they haven't made one yet...
I actually made most of this about, say, 6 or more months ago, but I lost
inspiration (something that happens far too often) and didn't finish the
tank until about, say, 4 or so months ago. Then I finally got around to
taking pictures just a couple of months ago. Now you're seeing it here,
after LEGO has already released minifigs of Elsa and the Cruciform Sword guy
that I could have used. Bah! It's so hard to rush art. :-P
Due to my attention to detail on the tank in trying to make it match the
official sets, I managed to muck up the overall proportions of the vehicle.
It should be a bit longer and thinner than this, but I wanted to make it
have a usable interior, which is difficult with our lovable but somewhat
broad little LEGO men.
Note the blown-out side-cannon, as seen in the above photo. Yes, blatant part
mutilation... but I just couldn't resist.
This is my first creation to use entirely flesh-toned minifigs. I decided it
would simply be too much work to create yellow-skinned replicas of all the
official minifigs. It's hard using my great collection of flesh-toned figs
exclusively for vampires and aliens... even if I do resent their entire
These are actually very unflattering photos, now that I think about it. I would
promise to take better ones at a later date, but we both know better than
that. Well, maybe someday. I like to cling to futile hopes.
"Why are all of you German soldiers wearing differently-colored uniforms?"
"Yeah, uh.... it's laundry day."
Please pay no attention to this horrid little car. The idea of custom-making
some old-fashioned little car for the characters to sit in was so dreadfully
boring that I nearly lapsed into a boredom-induced coma after merely picking
up the little piece they're sitting in. So I just kind of stuck it on the
back of the car from another set and said the heck with it.
"I can't see out of these ridiculous things, sir..."
"Just drife! Unt be glad ve didn't make you vear a Stormtrooper helmet."
Interesting fact: according to my research (which consisted of Googling
around the web), the tank used for these scenes did not actually possess a
turret on top. I guess Spielberg/Lucas decided to install one because
it just wouldn't look right. I mean, it can't be a tank
without a turret, now can it?! Be serious.
It's no AT-AT, but it'll do. At least it isn't a ridiculous saw-machine
cutting down a rainforest just to be evil, or a stubby AT-AT with six legs
just to be ridiculous.
Detail of the other side of the tank.
The one minifig LEGO has not yet made, which would have been the third one I
ever did (after Indy and Henry), is Sallah. He did appear plenty of times in
the LEGO Indiana Jones video game though, so hopefully they'll make one
eventually. The one above was made before LEGO came out with the dark red
fez pieces in the boat chase set. The above attempt at a "fez" is a top hat
with the rim cut off and painted red.
"What happened, Dad?"
"Well, my boy, it was your fourth movie. First I retired from acting, so they killed off my character,
along with Marcus, whose statue they beheaded for comic relief. Then they
decided not to even approach John Rhys-Davies here for some idiotic reason,
thus removing any familiar characters at all, except Marion, whose
reappearance was... unfortunate, to say the least."
"Oh... Well, at least it was better than the Star Wars prequels, right?"
(patting his son on the back) "Yes, Junior... Yes, at least it was better
than the Star Wars prequels."
The character minifigs
shown on this page were made using custom decals (or "stickers" or
"labels" if you prefer) that I designed myself.
Quite honestly this is in my top ten favorite MOCs of all time. There is just so much detail and accuracy in this MOC. The way you built the tank is truly flawless. I really love the exploded barrel effect on the side turret. The decals, too are just incredible! Totally awesome scene captured in LEGO and made even more awesome! I really admire your building skills! Super-excellent work! 1,000,000/5! :-)
Oh, btw, when I decided I wanted to do this, the first thing I did was plug in the DVD to my PC and attempt to pause and use paint to save a still, couldn't do it, I thought it had to do with a code of sorts, love to know how you did it, because the pic I first tryed to copy was the same one you have, thanks for that, that's the one I wanted with the tank coming around the corner.
Anyways thanks again, I'll post here when mines done.
I recently decided to build the MK VIII myself, imagine my surprise when I googled and found a fellow MOCeer and Lego lover. Your stuff is awesome buddy, and your site for stickers and stuff is pretty cool to, perhaps I'll be placing an order sometime in the future.
I've done some pretty cool Tamiya model war dioramas in the past, but my modeling focus is pretty much Lego now.
Awesome Diorama, you're very talented. I'm still gonna build mine with variations, hope it doesn't look to much like yours, I may use some of your ideas, rest assured that where ever I post, here or Lego.com or MLNO, I'll tell everyone you were one my inspirations and post the your creation as well as your website where allowed of course.
Awesome model, you truly are a Master Builder
Fricken love it! I love all things Indiana Jones, so this is a natural favorite. The only suggestion I have is maybe make the black Mercedes that Elsa and the good doctor were traveling in instead of the jeep from the Raider's set. But overall awesome and worthy of five heads.
You are very right, these type of tanks used had only guns on the sides, the tank looks like a MK1V Male Battle Tank. And they probobly put a turret on because like you saaid, it not a tank if the turrets not on top :p. And nice models you built. Like the scene you made to go with it.
Nice! You've really captured the chaos of the scene. Your tank is pretty darn good looking, but I think the figs would be better off relocated to the rear of the trucks. They look a little odd standing on the tops like that. Other than that, this is great! Merry ChristMOCs!
Im guessing that the germans never used this tank in battle, heh. It looks too huge to go as fast as it did in the movie... oh well. Epic tank, figures, and jokes! I liked the tank driver joke... it was good. I wish I had enough parts to build such a beast, heh.
Yeah, it was a modified British MK IV Male tank, wasn't it? (Male meaning it had cannon, Female tanks had machine guns; go figure...) Anyhow, great job! I've been waiting for lego to come out with this set. Excellent interpretation!
Lego should really made a set from that scene- i am waiting that- and i do disagree about your opinions about Sw-Prequels and Kotcs (hey that is not "simply a truth" that old sw-trilogy is good and new one is not- it is just the sad truth that Lucas is better as a storyteller than a director -new sw trilogy is great but acting is wooden- old one is great as well but effects are funny though acting is great- what comes to Kotcs i was disappointed- great action- new ideas- using aliens was nice but it actually would have been a bit better if they would have been just aliens from space- not from a mystic "kitchen blender- universe" (????) i dunno- but "metallic gunpowder" was so big epic fail that actually i rate Kotcs under the sw-prequels...)
Cool!!!, just please go easy on the German accent, I am German, And we don't speak like that.
I like it
December 10, 2009
You said this was posted 7/29/2009 but wouldn't that be when you posted on your website not here. But none the less this still cool and at least in the new SW no one hides from a nuke in a fridge but I think temple of doom is the worst but I still do not like the new SW just the origanles. Back on topic the decals are also amazing. A few closing notes that will likly be uniportant, When are you going to finish SYWBAA (speaking of wich part one of the battle won't load and i think thats it.
Well Justin, someone is been busy. Well worth it too. Great vehicles, Outstanding figs, and good story line. What's not to love? The mountains or dirt clumps or whatever they are. Too square and plain for this set. Everything else covers that up though, so a great overall job here with this one. -Dylan
Another great build Scorp with great decals (even if they are peachies <_< :P )
Well, by a source on the internet called IMDB, I have discovered there will be another Indiana Jones movie, unfortunately
I seen this on youre site , BTW I have a Starwars Version of me to, I am a gray Jedi mandalorian Bounty hunter, and I have a droid partner named A79(he is the A-series assassin droid), I stole the blueprints of that droid series for the republic, and they made A79 as payment.
Really cool! Nice job on the tank, and interesting fact on the turret, wouldn't have known that otherwise. Nice figs, and I noticed you used brickarms. I wish I had brickarms, but my parents probably wouldn't let me get them... Anyways, back to the comment. Good idea for the fez cap (or whatever it't called). And for once I am the almost first comment on one of your creations! Go me!