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Scania R730 'The Dragon'
Scania R730 'The Dragon' 1:16 PF driven Scandinavian style truck.
About this creation


For a long time I have had a wish of building a custom truck like you see often on truck shows and festivals across Europe, and to be more precise Scandinavia. In Sweden and Finland trucks are allowed to have a total length of 25.25 meters, and there are some companies who drive really beautifully airbrushed and customized trucks, like Ristimaa, Auvinen and Valkonen. The problem to build a thing like this in Lego is the massive airbrush work on the sides of those trucks. I never really had an idea how to deal with those.



Meanwhile I taught myself more and more Photoshop skills, and when i came across the Lego color compositions on the web, the idea grew to convert some fancy pictures into graphics compatible with Lego colors. Custom trucks often have fantasy, or warrior like themes, so I choose fantasy and dragons as a starting point. While surfing the web for some high resolution inspirational pictures I came across some of this ‘Magic; The Gathering’ card play, which I had never heard of before, but I liked what I saw on some high rez wallpapers I found. Now I needed to test if I could do what I had in mind. I starting editing the pictures and created an overflow to Lego red and black. I must say I learned more and more about editing in Photoshop on the way and the pictures came out nicely. But a nice looking RGB picture is not the same as a CMYK 4 color printed version so I needed to test first. Luckily I have a buddy who owns an advertising company and he was really kind and printed for me. They looked exactly how I hoped they would do.



Now I needed to finish the Scania in 1:16 scale I already started working on. PF driven, and fully detailed with lots of chrome as usual. It all fitted the picture and come out nicely. I know a next build can see improvement but I am very happy with this first total custom. It is not as much what you can do with Lego, although everything is 100% genuine, but more a blast of creativity to make something new for me and combine my hobbies of photography and model building.



Many people contributed to make this truck happen. I want to specially thank my wife Esther for applying the sticker foils with extreme patience and precision.


















Comments

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  September 30, 2012
Excellent truck! Good job...
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  June 30, 2012
Beautiful truck! Love the chrome parts and stickers :)
Bricksonwheels MOC
Brian Daniels
  June 28, 2012
i looked at this and thought it was a real truck truly amazing work with the stickers and chrome work :D
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Brian Daniels
  June 28, 2012
i looked at this and thought it was a real truck truly amazing work with the stickers and chrome work :D
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  June 26, 2012
Nice job, really nice job! I love the graphics, so far, the few stickers I have tried on my stuff hasn't come out too well, but this looks really good. All the Chrome is cool. Is all that LEGO made, or do you have to paint some elements silver? Great truck, reminds me of playing the first "Hard Truck" game, I'm still said that that broke. Keep up the good work!
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  June 25, 2012
absolutely outstanding!
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  June 24, 2012
This is really quite something, very nice work!
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  June 21, 2012
Again a wonderful creation from you.
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  June 19, 2012
This is an unbelievably awesome creation, one of, if not your best work. Those graphics add so much realism and the chrome sets it off perfectly. Well done.
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  June 18, 2012
One could wonder if it's still Lego since it is so amazingly built. there is no praise high enough and the stickers add a great value. Beautiful!
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  June 18, 2012
Sweet! This is so detailed and looks so real- 500/5!
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  June 17, 2012
Thank you all for the nice comments!
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  June 17, 2012
They do airbrush paintings on US truck trailers and on trucks, too. Anyway, your friend did an excellent job with the stickers and you did an excellent job with the build.
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  June 17, 2012
o_O WOW
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  June 17, 2012
stunner!
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  June 16, 2012
Dude! That's awesome! Your wife did a great job with the stickers, too. Congrats!
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  June 16, 2012
Truly beautiful!
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  June 16, 2012
awesome rig
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  June 16, 2012
Wooow this is spectacular
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  June 16, 2012
Terrific building to begin with, but the sticker work just sends this over the top! Love it!
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  June 16, 2012
Wow! I my opinion this is your best truck so far! All the chrome looks good and the color scheme with the stickers is awesome. 5/5
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  June 16, 2012
Fantastic.
Bricksonwheels MOC
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kenneth rattledge
  June 15, 2012
excellent attention to details, great decals too, well done.
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  June 15, 2012
Now that is just so EPIC! At first i thought it was a reference photo but no.. You actually took whatever time you needed to build this brilliant piece of art. Fantastic, all those details are extremely well done! You should make the trailer & dolly for it next :-D
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  June 15, 2012
WOW that's sooooo awesome!
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  June 15, 2012
Great,unreal, love your work cant wait to see what you come up with next.
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  June 15, 2012
Masterpiece!
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  June 15, 2012
Amazing build; I love the stickers on the side! -LB Jr.
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  June 15, 2012
excellent work, the art work is fantastic.
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  June 15, 2012
Piece of art.
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  June 15, 2012
So much awesome! Great mosaic, and epic quantities of chrome to go with it. And of course, all the functionality underneath.
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  June 15, 2012
I thought it was real... Very cool truck!
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  June 15, 2012
Great work! Fantastic use of the decals, Congratulations!
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  June 15, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  June 15, 2012
Fantastic stuff. The details are exquisite and the decals finish it perfectly.
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  June 15, 2012
beautiful well done
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  June 15, 2012
You.... you.... I hate how beautiful this truck is and how beautiful that airbrush area is. You build mostly Scanias, but you somehow manage to turn them into different personalities. Amazing... your best so far IMHO.
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  June 15, 2012
Hi The beautiful airbrush are fantastic,colors are fabulous! Compliments another masterpiece!!!
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  June 15, 2012
Excellent work. Very realistic. I love all the chrome. The graphic work is impressive.
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  June 15, 2012
Awesome work - those stickers are beautiful! So is the rest of it - well done!
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  June 15, 2012
This is an absolutely impressive Truck!! Looks really great in every lovely detail. Fantastic work man. The Airbrush design rocks ;)
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  June 15, 2012
That is a awesome custom truck, I am seriously jealous of it.
 I like it 
  June 15, 2012
Excellent work, outstanding graphics!
 
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