After watching the 'Fully Loaded' Herbie movie, my daughters persuaded me to build a Herbie from Lego. I liked the idea and chose the Nascar race version as a base. I browsed the web for some pictures and used the Exlusives set (10187) as a design base for this moc.
After some research i found out that the Lego Beetle 10187 was not exactly what I needed to make this car work studless the way I had in mind, so I changed the whole thing radically. Roofline, bodywork, arches engine and interior were all radically changed.
To make the race looks complete I added a rollcage, fire extinguishers, special air and fuel tanks and rear spoiler. The special race exhaust is a nice feature too, together with the big racer wheels.
Normally I tend to be very serious on exactly replicating and detailling, but this has been more of a 'loose' build for the fun of it. Still I like the result quite a lot. I hope you do too!
Fantastic Herbie, a real tribute! About studles, the funny thing is if you have a rounded shape it looks less blocky with studs the with tiles! Find some examples and see for yourself. And this is in fact logical cause a plate with studs has 2 different heights and widths on top, and a tile only one, so the rounded shape looks more smooth from a distance! But we all have our own style, thank God. Greetings, Fred.
Reminds me of childhood memories - "Herbie" and "Dudu", aseries of German movies about a yellow beetle with several gadgets... Hm, are these the predecessors of K.I.T.T.? Like it a lot & 10.000 X better than TLC's!
I realy like this one a lot. Quite a difficult model, lot of curves to cover in LEGO...you did an excellent job!!!
One other I like a lot about your skills is the speed you build and display models in...I couldn't do it... :-)
Wow man! Great to see a non-truck MOC from you, and it's so beautiful and accurate, of course it's instantly recognizable from the very first site. Shaping a VW Beetle with LEGO bricks isn't an easy job at all, but you've nailed it, great work on the roll cage, now I have to move on to Flickr to see some high quality photos there, well done mate.