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1/8 scale 1961 Goggomobil TS300 Coupé
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'20-wide' lego model of my dad's Goggo Coupé.
About this creation
Hi all,

Well, I haven't been too busy with lego this summer, haven't I? Truth is I've been very busy playing with real cars, and building up model aeroplanes (lego isn't the only stuff I like making models out of).
But not to disappoint my loyal fanbase's thirst for more Dan the Man models, I've been meaning to make at the very least one big model this summer. The Goggomobils are my second favourite microcars after the Messerschmitts, so it sort of followed on that after building the TG500 I'd make a Goggo. It's not as large, detailed or impressive as the Tiger (to be honest, of all my large cars, only the TVR comes close to the Tiger in terms of complexity) - but it's still 1/8 scale, and only a tad shorter when put next to my Bentley Turbo R, for size comparison.

Anyway - on to the car. It's modelled after my dad's 1961 TS Coupé, same colours and details, etc. It's a fairly simple car in real life, so no big challenge to replicate in lego - especially with my old school techniques (and, er, original building techniques - there were some parts (grille) that just wouldn't have been possible without blue-tack...)
Credit where it's due - this was built together with my little brother, who did parts such as the front and rear bumpers, engine bay, running outside every so often to check and compare accuracy with the real car (because I was quite comfortable just laying there on my floor, building bits for it) and helping find bits, which as you'll see later is no easy task for us.
And now for a guided tour, with commentary where I feel like it...



Nice front 3/4 view of the car.



The indicators - sometimes, when building a model, no matter how much is still left to build, you just already know exactly how you're going to build a certain detail part of it. I knew exactly how these indicators would be made without even needing to look at the car.



The grille, quite like an Alfa Romeo one, isn't actually a radiator grille. The engine is in the back of the car, the aluminium grille on the front is purely for looks. And quite a pain to build out of lego, too, I might add.



It looks a bit odd, Ford Anglia-like here - but I think that, if it were possible to have such a shaped window out of lego, it would look more normal. It's supposed to have a panoramic style rear window.





Engine bay - googling 'goggomobil engine' will give a better quality picture of what amongst owners is often referred to as the African Face Mask.







Rear lights were fun to make. I meant that ironically... but actually they weren't too bad. Once I'd figured out how to make the nearest approximation to such an awkward shape, to this scale.





Suicide doors! This was changed to normal-way-round doors in 1964.





Just like a real Goggo, the rear seats are completely pointless and probably for insurance/advertising reasons only. I was feeling rather cramped up, with my head touching the rear windows, before I was even 10 years old sitting in the back.



Glovebox ought to open. But it doesn't. You try making an opening one this small, bearing in mind that you can only build two blocks deep aswell.



For similar reasons, the light switches (which should be attached to either side of the steering column) have been omitted, due to not finding any way to attach them in the world of lego. Gearstick (which works on an H pattern rotated 90° compared to normal cars) and handbrake made the final cut though.
The steering however was far simpler than expected to make - it worked so well it just sort of 'happened' without any effort needing to be put in.
Where my other big cars have needed complex mechanisms, cogs and universal joints to get the steering wheel to reach the front wheels, this one - just like the real thing - simply has a straight line joining the steering rack to the steering wheel. And when trying to build that, the first attempt just worked and fit right into place straight away. Perfect!









Just for fun, I thought I'd take a picture of how my room often looks when I'm building a lego model. A few of my lego boxes (usually sorted into colours, followed by - if there's enough of a certain colour - categories, such as bricks, plates, wedges etc) are placed/spilled out over the floor and bed, with the amount we've gathered over the years, sometimes the only way to find one part of a certain colour is to spill out the entire box and sift through it all for half an hour... not looking forward to tidying that mess up this evening!






Hope you liked it :)

- Dan



Comments

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  October 2, 2013
Quoting Maxime MaxSamAlex Awesome car there, really love its shape, especially the rear. The interior is nice too,thanks for posting! And is it just me, or does this have a little resemblance with the Citroen Ami?
I see what you mean, with the shape of the rear window.. but no, the Goggomobil has a sloping rear window - I simply did not have the means to make it in lego. To me, these always look like little Alfas!
  October 1, 2013
Awesome car there, really love its shape, especially the rear. The interior is nice too,thanks for posting! And is it just me, or does this have a little resemblance with the Citroen Ami?
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  January 29, 2013
salut dan! chouette bagnole, vraiment originale, y en as pas comme ca dans mon coin [quebec] jammais meme vu ca avant, hou, ton systeme de tri-rangement est plutot a revoir...ca n as pas de sens de te taper toutes ces recherches a chaque fois, j ai justement revu le miens en fin de semaine, une journee presque complete, mais la, ca opere! lol, bonne chance vieux!
Dan the Man
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Robbie Trengove
  October 18, 2012
That's a seriously cute little car. If it were a van then Postman Pat would be envious.
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  October 18, 2012
Quoting Robbie Trengove That's a seriously cute little car. If it were a van then Postman Pat would be envious.
Thank you :) ...and they did make vans! Though the style was nearer to the Goggo Saloon than the Coupé (ie. completely different)
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  September 24, 2012
G-O-G,G,O! This is a real stunner mate! The rear is particularly nice! :-)
Dan the Man
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Chris Melby
  August 14, 2012
Great build, and a good link to that "Brick link" store, I am planning a purchase from them soon =D Z
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  August 14, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby Great build, and a good link to that "Brick link" store, I am planning a purchase from them soon =D Z
Thanks, glad you like the model :) I wasn't asked to advertise for my friends' lego store, I'm just doing so as it doesn't cost anything, and they're always good to me - I mean, nobody *has* to buy from them or anything - though I'm sure they'll appreciate it, apparently since christmas, lego sales have slumped down to nearly nothing for many people on bricklink.... hopefully - in general - the economy will get itself back on track soon :) Any hints on what you're planning to build, or is that a secret for now ? - Dan
  July 29, 2012
thankyou Dan. my e-mail is: juergen.boettger "at" t-online.de we only can show 3 photos and it's okay, when I copy these photos from here. But I need your adress to send the magazine to you.
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  July 29, 2012
Quoting Juergen Boet Hi Dan, congratulation for the Goggomobil TS. I am member in the "GLAS Club international" and I would like to show some photos of the Lego Goggo in our magazin. Do you agree?
Hello Juergen, I'm happy you like my Gpoggomobil model. It sounds good to show it to the other members - if you give me your e-mail address I can give you the proper (hi-res) photos of the model. - Dan
  July 28, 2012
Hi Dan, congratulation for the Goggomobil TS. I am member in the "GLAS Club international" and I would like to show some photos of the Lego Goggo in our magazin. Do you agree?
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  July 24, 2012
Quoting Vibor Cavor These sort of creations make my heart warm because they remind me of my childhood days when technics creations looked all similar to this model of yours. Well done on the model by the way. Very good rendition, very well done. I like this style
Thank you for your kind words, I'm glad you like my model. I appreciate newer building parts and techniques, but I do like the old school style as well. It's nice to see others appreciate my model :) - Dan
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  July 24, 2012
These sort of creations make my heart warm because they remind me of my childhood days when technics creations looked all similar to this model of yours. Well done on the model by the way. Very good rendition, very well done. I like this style
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  July 23, 2012
Wow, this is amazing! I haven't even heard of this car but its amazing! please check my Ultima Can am out, it has an opening glovebox (its 1/17th scale) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/331808
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  July 22, 2012
Nice rendition.
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  July 22, 2012
This looks great - a lovely rendition of this appealingly quirky little car.
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  July 22, 2012
Quoting Malte Dorowski ravishingly beautiful!
Thank you! It's not nearly as nice as your cars though... we have such different building styles, but I really admire the way you create such marvelous curves on your models :) - Dan
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  July 22, 2012
Quoting Aaden Hughes Perfect! The shape is great and I really like the grill! Excellent work!
Thanks a lot :) I don't consider this up to my 'usual' standard, comparing it to things like my TVR, Bugatti, Messerschmitt etc, so it's great to see people are reacting so positively to this - thank you ! - Dan
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  July 22, 2012
Quoting ape the monkey Nice one!.....but where is the Lamborghini Cala? XD
I wish I could show you more of that, I really do... right now, it's sitting on a desk in the spare room, covered in a couple of blankets. I'm a student, with hardly enough money for food, let alone buying thousands of lego bricks... if I had the money to spare - or if I simply had the parts to build it, I would love to finish it - or at least get another portion done and give you guys and update. I was thinking of setting up some sort of donation pool where people could pitch in either money or, more usefully, donate used parts they no longer need; but I haven't done so as it feels like I'm asking others to pay for the project, and I don't want to do that, I'd feel guilty. So, sadly, for now, still nothing... :( - Dan
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  July 22, 2012
Quoting Rolands Kirpis What a mess...!!! I mean, your room... the model is fine, but your room... oh man, I'd kill my daughter if she had this kind of mess in her room. :D
Hahaha poor her! She must live in fear of playing with lego :) Funnily enough, I'm the clean, organised one of the house. I do make a mess sometimes when it makes life easier (like here) though it usually gets cleaned up quickly enough. Waking up in the dark and trodding on lego is never fun... - Dan
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  July 22, 2012
Quoting Thomas Graafland Great build! Good shaping and color scheme. The rear is very good! I'm very happy to see that I'm not the only one whose room is a mess. ;-) 5/5
Haha I'm sure it happens to us all... it's not exactly easy building a model, and having a clean room at the same time. - Dan
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  July 21, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  July 21, 2012
This is pretty cool...
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  July 20, 2012
Great, it just looks like it!
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  July 20, 2012
Nice one!.....but where is the Lamborghini Cala? XD
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  July 20, 2012
Nice one!.....but where is the Lamborghini Cala? XD
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  July 20, 2012
What a mess...!!! I mean, your room... the model is fine, but your room... oh man, I'd kill my daughter if she had this kind of mess in her room. :D
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  July 20, 2012
Great build! Good shaping and color scheme. The rear is very good! I'm very happy to see that I'm not the only one whose room is a mess. ;-) 5/5
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  July 19, 2012
Spectacular!
  July 19, 2012
Wow, I didn't notice at all that the "Tiger" was a replica. It was really very well made! I didn't hear the engine, though. Anyway, the car was great!
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  July 19, 2012
Incredible!
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  July 19, 2012
Perfect! The shape is great and I really like the grill! Excellent work!
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  July 19, 2012
Quoting Nils O. The Tiger is a red one, the license plate is PE-DE 1. And it's definitely a Tiger, not a Kabinenroller. The Goggo Coupés are dark green and bright red, both with the top section painted in light beige colour.
Aaah, interesting... that car is actually not a 'real' TG500, but a Trabant replica. But by replica I don't mean a completely remade car (though in this case I don't know) - many people use original parts, and use replica parts to make up what is missing. The engine for the TG500 is so rare (and not as reliable as the engine for the KR200) that a Trabant engine is often used when an alternative is the only choice (though one crazy man put a porsche 911 engine in one!). The car is so rare, and they cost so much money to buy, that to be honest, I think that replicas are a good thing - so what if it's not 100% genuine - the more are on the road, the better! Hopeflly next year my dad will finish restoration of his (original) Tiger :) The car you mention is at the very end of this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyFd_xn5HCc) - I can tell it has a trabant engine by the sound. Usually the TG makes a higher pitch sound, and often a whistling noise when running - you can see the difference here if you're curious (not very often you get to see a few Tigers racing!) . The silver one with the number '28' on it is also a Trabant engine, with the deeper sound. ...Still - they're all lovely !
  July 19, 2012
The Tiger is a red one, the license plate is PE-DE 1. And it's definitely a Tiger, not a Kabinenroller. The Goggo Coupés are dark green and bright red, both with the top section painted in light beige colour.
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  July 19, 2012
Quoting Nils O. Oh, I just found a photo I've taken on a vintage car convention five years ago. There are Goggo Coupés on the photo. And I have a Tiger on another photo :-))
Nice ! Now the Tiger is rare! They made over 65,000 goggo coupés, but only 320 tigers... and of course not nearly that many still remain. I've seen quite a few over the years, I wonder if I know the one you've seen... - Dan
  July 19, 2012
Oh, I just found a photo I've taken on a vintage car convention five years ago. There are Goggo Coupés on the photo. And I have a Tiger on another photo :-))
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  July 19, 2012
Quoting Nils O. That's awesome, a little Goggo Coupé! There are not many left of them, not even here in Germany. From time to time you get to see one on a vintage car convention. Your dad must be happy to have one! Great shaping, it looks just like the original. Great job! :-))
Thank you! Yes, he is - like me, he thinks they are one of the nicest looking microcars. Are they really that rare? Maybe people just never take them out of the garage - we know quite a few people in germany who have them. They are also very poplar in america, too. Though I guess I would know of quite a few, as I have grown up in the world of microcars... I'd love to have one of these myself one day :) - Dan
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  July 19, 2012
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera Nice work and an interesting choice of car. Personally I would have liked to have seen a white roof to just liven it up a little. The back is incredibly well built and very accurate, the front however needs a little work. It looks a bit square and I'm in agreement with Ape 'tac is a bit of a cop out. Take a look at the grille on my Mercedes Transporter http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/296314. It took ages to work out how to do it but I was so satisfied with the result. Anyhow I'm sure you're happy with it which is what is important, otherwise you wouldn't have posted it. I don't know how you can cope with sifting through all that LEGO, I have meticulously sorted mine so I can find that piece in a matter of seconds but I suppose you're used to it. Anyway all the best DTM!
Thanks for the inspiration - of course, more heads are better than one, and the way you built your Mercedes grille isn't something that would have occured to me. I'll have to keep it in mind for the next time such a problem arises, it does look better... I was considering a white roof... but then chose red, seeing as I was using my dad's car for reference. He used to have a turquoise one with a white roof, too - but my turquoise lego is veeeery limited... - Dan
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  July 19, 2012
That's awesome, a little Goggo Coupé! There are not many left of them, not even here in Germany. From time to time you get to see one on a vintage car convention. Your dad must be happy to have one! Great shaping, it looks just like the original. Great job! :-))
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  July 19, 2012
Nice work and an interesting choice of car. Personally I would have liked to have seen a white roof to just liven it up a little. The back is incredibly well built and very accurate, the front however needs a little work. It looks a bit square and I'm in agreement with Ape 'tac is a bit of a cop out. Take a look at the grille on my Mercedes Transporter http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/296314. It took ages to work out how to do it but I was so satisfied with the result. Anyhow I'm sure you're happy with it which is what is important, otherwise you wouldn't have posted it. I don't know how you can cope with sifting through all that LEGO, I have meticulously sorted mine so I can find that piece in a matter of seconds but I suppose you're used to it. Anyway all the best DTM!
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  July 19, 2012
Nicely done, although perhaps you could have moved the sticky tac a bit farther back to make it less visible. Still, the car looks great, good to see that you're still building during the period that most builders experience a dark age.
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  July 19, 2012
Quoting Ape Fight Another great job, and in old-skool studs up style too. The interior is the best bit; really nicely built. 5 stars, BUT that grill IS possible (1-stud thick bricks for the front, hinges hidden behind to attach to the second stud of the 2-stud smooth tiles) - bit disappointed 'tac was resorted to - there is always a way!
Thanks :) I'll be honest, I'm not entirely sure I get how you mean... in the model, the front 'wall' is one stud deep, mostly empty behind that; but directly behind the grill are some grill bricks. I couldn't actually think of any other way to attach the tiles (or any completely different way to make the grill) - though I know it must be possible. There is always a way - just in this case I didn't find it. I don't like resorting to blue tack, I must admit... - Dan
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  July 19, 2012
Quoting SiD STELLARNESS 5/5--- i love the detail of the car! but i do have a question concerning your lego collection: do you buy them in bulk or do you buy individual sets and just take the pieces and sort them out? b/c i'm trying to build up my lego collection the least expensive way possible.
Thank you :) Haha if you're wanting to find a way to do something cheaply, I sure am the guy to ask! Being a university student, you soon find many ways to save money... Firstly, I never actually got rid of any lego - all the lego I had as a kid from the very first set is still in my collection today. I have only very rarely bought it new myself as it is a very expensive toy to buy really - and now sets are getting so expensive, for so few parts; it'd cost thousands to build up a collection the size I currently have. Once I stopped buying/being given lego for christmas, I have bought it as and when I've seen bulk lots for sale at car boot sales, most of my collection has come from them For example, I've paid €20 for literally about a cubic metre of assorted lego once. There was no doubt that whatever was in that would be worth more, and that I was getting a huge amount of building material for the money. That was probably the best deal I've had, but similar big boxes have been found - not frequently though - for small money. If you're just wanting second hand cheap bricks to build models with, I'd say that's the cheapest way. Lego cleans up great in the dishwasher, apparently, too - though I haven't tried myself yet. I even bagged the 8880 supercar and the pneumatic truck (amongst other old technic sets) for €10 too - that was a good day :) - Dan
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  July 19, 2012
Quoting Lego Builders Nice one, Dan! I really like he rear SNOT work...looked fun to build too! My, your room is a mess! Have you ever thought of storing them like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73032062@N08/7077924803/in/set-72157628967672131 It's a lot of work but it's time well spent. Thanks for your opinion on my Fiat 500 Abarth. It's much appreciated! -LB Jr.
Thank you :) I don't actually think about SNOT or not when building... personally I don't mind if there are studs (and it shows lol), any studless parts are usually just where I feel that slopes or other parts would better make the shape desired. My brother made similar bumpers for one of my other models, so I let him to do them on this one too. As for the room - it usually is much more sorted. The spare room in the house has become a storage room, one wall reserved for our lego boxes. There are many boxes, firstly everything is sorted by colour, and for the colours we have lots of parts of, it's further sorted into types of parts. As there's no floor space, and bad lighting in the spare room, I just take out whatever boxes I need at the time and do the actual building in my room. Then once the model is finished, it all goes back. I still haven't cleaned up... better get that done once I'm finished on here :) - Dan
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  July 19, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave I'll be honest, I had to google this car to find out what it looked like. Turns out the top results were your model haha:) Your creation is very close to the real car, I especially like the front. Great build!
Thank you :) I just googled it myself... it may be fairly obscure to the general public, but the goggomobils, after the messerschmitts and isettas, are fairly well known compared to other microcars - so I was surprised to see that my photos, though only a few hours old, already made the start page - wow!
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  July 19, 2012
Awesome! Looks fantastic and the details and accuracy is great!
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  July 19, 2012
5/5--- i love the detail of the car! but i do have a question concerning your lego collection: do you buy them in bulk or do you buy individual sets and just take the pieces and sort them out? b/c i'm trying to build up my lego collection the least expensive way possible.
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  July 19, 2012
Another great job, and in old-skool studs up style too. The interior is the best bit; really nicely built. 5 stars, BUT that grill IS possible (1-stud thick bricks for the front, hinges hidden behind to attach to the second stud of the 2-stud smooth tiles) - bit disappointed 'tac was resorted to - there is always a way!
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  July 19, 2012
Nice one, Dan!
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  July 19, 2012
Really good car man! Welcome back!
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  July 19, 2012
Nice grill work.
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  July 19, 2012
Excellent model!I love the details.Well done!
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  July 19, 2012
Nice one, Dan! I really like he rear SNOT work...looked fun to build too! My, your room is a mess! Have you ever thought of storing them like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73032062@N08/7077924803/in/set-72157628967672131 It's a lot of work but it's time well spent. Thanks for your opinion on my Fiat 500 Abarth. It's much appreciated! -LB Jr.
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  July 19, 2012
I'll be honest, I had to google this car to find out what it looked like. Turns out the top results were your model haha:) Your creation is very close to the real car, I especially like the front. Great build!
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  July 19, 2012
Very unique car to build, and very well done! Once I looked up the original yours looked very similar to it. I like all the interior details and those taillights and great!
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  July 19, 2012
Fantastic Dan, full of character and style. I will be back later for a closer look.
 
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