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1930's convertible sports car
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1930's style sports car; with removable top.
About this creation

(photos at the end for the lazy people... though you might want to read about it, too)

Hi,

Here's a nice little one... hardly the kind of big scale I usually like building in (mostly due to me having used up most of my parts by now) but one I like a lot.

By my other car models you might notice I like quite a range of different cars; but if there's one category I like most it's the big, sleek extravagance of the 1930's. The kind of old cars you'd see at a Pebble Beach concours.

So here's one. A spur of the moment decision to build that I ended up liking more and more as I progressed through the build. It's not supposed to be any specific car, just something out of my imagination, inspired by cars like Delahaye, Bugatti, Mercedes, Bentley etc.

The original idea was to make a mix of past and future, by making a 'speeder for rich people' based on these elegant old cars. Going by the shape, the idea was to then add speeder style engines underneath; though in reality it just ended up looking stupid - so I scrapped that idea and just made it a car.

The scale is 1/21; 14-wide in lego. Somewhere between lego-dude scale and technic-dude scale. That would make a real-life version roughly the size of the Mercedes 500K, but a bit wider.
I liked the look of covered-up wheels; though in this scale it would be literally impossible to have wheels under the arches; so I just built them up solid and added plates underneath to sort-of look like the curves of the bottom of the wheels.

The rear light looks anything but 1930's I know, more 80s/90s but I think it looks awesome :)
The squarish bonnet (hood) and grill are more Rolls-royce inspired to suggest something about price and qality; wheras the placement of the front headlamps comes more from the Bugatti type 57 (I fiddled a while with the front lights - placing them just one or two plates higher made quite a difference on the look; I opted for the lower-own position as it makes it look more sleek). I had to borrow the dishes for the front lamps from my UCS Falcon as that's all I had, and it looked way better than four 1x1 round plates. I'll have to buy a couple more one day...

It was going to be just a coupé, but whilst doing the interior I realized how cool it looked without the roof; so hey, it's a convertible now :)

Now for a bit of a rant to get my thoughts out and put forward an opinion. Most people agree that cars like this look really nice. A mlot of old cars look nice.
A lot of people follow the sheep and agree with the advertisers tat every new car that comes out is really cool, and looks much better than the last.
Come on, open your eyes people - there have been many cars over the ages, some good, many not so good, but generally; things have gone downhill a hell of a lot in quality and design.
OK there's more technology now. true. Often though, that means more to go wrong - and when they do, a lot more expensive to fix.
As for quality, in most cases it's a case of maximising profits and using cheap materials. I was passenger in a new Jeep not long ago. The seats were mostly hard plastic, and the interior virtually nonexistent.
And personally I think a lot of new cars are ugly. Not all, but most. Some, like Porsche still look good... but the older ones, ex. 1980's look even better. Mercedes still look good but quality is nil today. Audi and BMW are still on the right track; though I'm not sure abot the looks of some BMWs. And still, the old ones look better. As for american cars - all american cars - I don't know what went wrong, you guys were amazing up to the 60s... 70s onwards, no offense but it all went wrong. How can you prefer anything new to the amazing machines you made in the 50's ?
Italian stuff always has looked good, mostly though quality doesn't seem to be much of an issue there. England... well TVRs a breed apart, Aston Martin are above things (though the Cygnet is quite a worrying idea). Morgan seem to be the only manufacturer around that still makes cars looking like classics.
Personally I think WWII is responsable for all this - after the war, depression kicked in and everything was made more and more simply and cheaply. I wonder what path car evolution would have taken were the war not to have intervened...

Come on people, don't you agree that these old cars are by far the most interesting and best looking ever made, a time that didn't last long enough? There should be more of them on MOCpages - the only Bugattis I see are a million veyrons (and they're not even real Bugattis, they're Volkswagens)
If you decide to make a lovely classic like this; post a comment on here with a link to the page once it's done to let me know :)

Now for lots of photos, with and without roof; many angles (some probably repeated without realizing) cuz I just love this !

-Dan































































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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 !
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Comments

 I made it 
  October 29, 2012
Quoting Vinny Turbo Très belle forme !!!
Hahaha merci !
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  October 29, 2012
Très belle forme !!!
  September 3, 2012
Summer Cars 2012 Contest scores: Use of tecnique: 17/20 Exterior detail: 14/15 Interior detail: 12/15 Overall: 43/50 Good luck! -Mitchell
 I made it 
  August 7, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Hey Dan, just thought I'd let you know that this is a superb car, despite what the Halhi said, he didn't seem to like anything unless it didn't show any studs at all and had some groundbreaking feature. I love the style of this, and I totally agree with you about the war changing cars and how newer cars are far less interesting than older ones. Great build! PS I much prefer the way you do your contests, without the public rating and the diminishing marks.
Haha thanks a lot :) I hope I haven't started anything big here lol... I can't help thinking I must have sounded like a big of a bad loser there haha. On the bright side, I've been given some inspiration for a new contest-type-thing of my own, something along the lines of my quoted 'I'd like to see you make a better one' - just not quite that... - Dan
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  August 7, 2012
Quoting Halhi 141 Well, I see that my scores have caused some controversy, so I'll try to explain. @Nick Barett: Your entries got some of the highest scores in the contest. I just don't give out scores that are very high, as I feel that giving everything 40/50 makes the scores too similar. As to deleting the comments: actually, I did that before I saw the comments here. I did it because I wanted to change certain scores. Some were increased quite a bit! And finally, my rubric. 50/50 is perfect. I have never seen a perfect car. 40/50 is very, very good, one of the best cars I've ever seen! 30/50 is still well above average, it means that the car is very good. 20/50 is good. And 10/50 is an average car. So your score means that your car was good!
Haha don't worry about it... I just personally tink, and this is just my opinion, that - if you are going to do a scoring system at all - it's better to give everybody a high score than a low score. It gives people confidence and encourages them to make more models, and participate in more contests - it's nice you explained your reasoning, and it's true - you can't make a perfect model out of lego - but in order for contests to work, you may want to consider the fact that giving everybody low scores, even if logical from a certain point of view, may just drive them away and make them not want to participate in future contests. - Dan
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  August 7, 2012
Hey Dan, just thought I'd let you know that this is a superb car, despite what the Halhi said, he didn't seem to like anything unless it didn't show any studs at all and had some groundbreaking feature. I love the style of this, and I totally agree with you about the war changing cars and how newer cars are far less interesting than older ones. Great build! PS I much prefer the way you do your contests, without the public rating and the diminishing marks.
  August 7, 2012
@H It's fine if you're a tough judge, as long as you're consistent, and can accept different building styles. ;-) -LB Jr.
  August 7, 2012
Well, I see that my scores have caused some controversy, so I'll try to explain. @Nick Barett: Your entries got some of the highest scores in the contest. I just don't give out scores that are very high, as I feel that giving everything 40/50 makes the scores too similar. As to deleting the comments: actually, I did that before I saw the comments here. I did it because I wanted to change certain scores. Some were increased quite a bit! And finally, my rubric. 50/50 is perfect. I have never seen a perfect car. 40/50 is very, very good, one of the best cars I've ever seen! 30/50 is still well above average, it means that the car is very good. 20/50 is good. And 10/50 is an average car. So your score means that your car was good!
 I like it 
  August 7, 2012
I think Halhi 0141 just doesn't like stuff that's different from his... he gave low scores to my entries too. He's since deleted the comments before I could reply to them - maybe he's learning ? :-) Anyway, I love the classic style of this.
 I like it 
  August 7, 2012
I totally agree with you, Joost and Dan. ;-) -LB Jr.
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  August 7, 2012
Quoting Joost Cumps Halhi 0141 is sooo wrong with it's score, this car is much more then 15/50.
Hahaha thanks :) I didn't want to sound a little sore when writing that reply to him, but well... I avoid giving people scores in my contests as instead of discouraging the majority of people that don't make the winners' podium with low scores, I'd rather encourage people by showcasing some runners-up as well - you have to be optimistic and look at the good things :) And in this case yes, I must agree, there isn't a great deal of detail on the inside, or outside of my model car... but it *is* intentional - it's supposed to be simple and smooth. So does that mean that only a car that in real life has lots of detail and greebly bits on it will get a high score for detail in a contest? Just something to think about; and one reason I prefer to take into account accuracy to the original car over level of detail in the model when I'm having the responsibility of being a judge... - Dan
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  August 7, 2012
Halhi 0141 is sooo wrong with it's score, this car is much more then 15/50.
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  August 7, 2012
Summer cars 2012 contest scores Use of technique: 18/20 Exterior detail: 14/15 Interior detail: 9/15 Overall score: 41/50 Good luck! Harry G
 I made it 
  August 7, 2012
Quoting Halhi 141 Summer cars 2012 contest scores Use of technique: 8/20 Exterior detail: 5/15 Interior detail: 2/15 Overall score: 15/50. The front shaping is good, but the rest lacks detail and is rather bland. Also, it's not especially realistic. The curves are attempted, but not too well made. It seems overall blocky, and lacks much functionality or interior.
Well that's good coming from you :P I challenge you to make a copy of this car, at the same scale (14 studs wide by 30 long) with more realistic curves, functionality, interior and detail. ...Keeping in mind that the simple interior and lack of detail on the bodywork are completely intentional as that is how many cars of this era were. - Dan
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  April 11, 2012
looks like it was designed by Al Capone
 I like it 
  October 5, 2011
Hi Dan, I went looking on google on the references you mentionned in your post. Indeed, The design of your moc is not Donckerwolcke. :-) Murcielago was brilliant, and after that nothing has changed. Anyway, the looks of your moc really inspire me of doing a Technic approach. If I find the time to do so, I will certainly make a link to this page. Keep on Moccing!!!
 I made it 
  September 26, 2011
Quoting Joost Cumps What a fantastic car, what a style... Is your real name Luc Donckerwolke or so?
Thanks very much :) Haha I'd rather be likened to Figoni & Falaschi... my modern designs are either neo-classic, or more like TVRs - I'm not so much of a fan of all of today's angled cars. I like old lambos (in fact I'm doing a drawing of one right now; the Marzal) , the Murcielago was cool... but everything after that to me just seems uninspired - every car they've released since the murcielago looks just like ... the murcielago. Just with a different name and some minor difference. They've been milking the same design for too long... time to change... - Dan
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  September 26, 2011
What a fantastic car, what a style... Is your real name Luc Donckerwolke or so?
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  December 27, 2010
awesome
 I made it 
  March 20, 2010
Quoting boris bishoff does it have weels?
No :) Just plates underneath to make it look like it does. There was no way to ohysoically fit any lego wheels under the wheel arches built like that - which is one of the downsides of building in a smaller scale. One day I might make a bigger version of this - once I finish my TVR Speed 12 and Bugatti Type 46 I'll surely start a couple more 1/10 - 1/9 scale cars - possible this one, and another TVR. Then it'll have much more detail :)
  March 20, 2010
does it have weels?
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  March 12, 2010
Great work Dan! i will agree aswell car designs went downhill after the 70's. if you could check out some of my cars they are mostly muscle from the late 60's thanks
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  February 16, 2010
Very nice. I agree that there's not enough older cars on here. You might enjoy my 1912 Mercer Raceabout.
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  January 15, 2010
Dude, this thing is beast! :D It looks so smooth, even with all the studs. =) Nice job!
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  January 14, 2010
Cool! It reminds me of the Morgan aeromax...
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  January 14, 2010
Quoting Fred Ottens Very nice model Dan. I like it better with the roof on, the shape seems sleeker. I totally agree with you, there are not many recent cars I like, even the old Lamborghini's like the Countach are much more elegant. I'm now working on a Cadillac Eldorado 1959, not very original :-)But it's gonna be big and beautiful, altough it's gonna take a while.
I can't wait :) I absolutely love the big old american cars from the 50's, especially those more 'space age' unfluenced, with the big fins etc - and the 59' Eldorado is one of my favourites ! Be sure to let me know when you've posted it :) -Dan
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  January 14, 2010
AWSOME, LOOKS LIKE AN OLD BUGGATI I SAW AT THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED!
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  January 14, 2010
Very nice model Dan. I like it better with the roof on, the shape seems sleeker. I totally agree with you, there are not many recent cars I like, even the old Lamborghini's like the Countach are much more elegant. I'm now working on a Cadillac Eldorado 1959, not very original :-)But it's gonna be big and beautiful, altough it's gonna take a while.
 I like it 
  January 14, 2010
Nice work! It does appear to draw a lot of inspiration from the Morgan Aeromax. Personally, I would like to see more of the wheels, but at this scale you don't have a lot of room to work with. The taillight looks great! I must agree with most of your theory about the decline of automotive quality. American cars (for the most part) just got boring after the 70's and while I don't prefer the styling of the 30's & 40's, there was a much higher regard for detail and quality in those days. On a side note, I hope things come together for SAAB. Again, nice work and here's to better days with better cars! Peace - Packie
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  January 13, 2010
Trés joli ! J'ignore pourquoi exactement mais j'ai avant tout penser à la Peugeot 601, et evidemment à Bugatti. Pas sur que le design des voitures actuelles soit réellement "decadent", méme si personnellement j'ai un faible pour les années 60-70 et méme 80 - En tout cas beau MOC !
  January 13, 2010
Y'know I can see Cary grant and Kate Hepburn tooling down the highway in this. I like the long slow silhouette, and the choice of color is perfect. You're definitely right about quality and style. It's corporate business at its worst. There's no sense of commitment to the company or the product, not anymore.
 I like it 
  January 13, 2010
Sweet shaping on the front.
 
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