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Gibbs Quadski (Minifig Scale)
A minifig scale model of the Quadski, Gibbs' first High Speed Amphibian vehicle on the market.
About this creation
MOCtober was busy, but I had to wait until NnoVVember until I got all the parts for some of the models I was building. With all my Vic Vipers posted I'll continue with the famous words by Monty Python:

"And now for something completely different..."

The High Speed Amphibian (HSA) Technology from Gibbs Technology is definitely one of my favourite automotive developments of the last years. They have been struggling for years to get a product ready for the market.

Now they are close to start production of their first HSA vehicle, the Quadski. Three prototipes of the production version have been presented in October and the first units are expected to hit the road early next year. As an Automotive Engineer I'm really excited to see this happening :-))

LEGO Nils is lucky be the first minifig customer of a Gibbs Quadski:
You can see the fun he's having with his new toy :-))

Time for a wheelie!

Oh, there is some water, let's have some more fun!

Now it's time for some magic:

The wheels can be retracted ...

... almost into a horizontal position.

Then the transmission changes from "wheel mode" into "jet mode" and ...

... "Wahooo!" - Now it's a Jet Ski! The math is simple:
Quad (ATV) + Jet Ski = Quadski

Enough fun on the lake, let's leave the water!

Tilting the wheels back down, ...

and there we have the ATV, again.

Back on firm ground!

Time for another wheelie! :-))

A new set of wheels, just for better playability.

The mechanism is the same I used for the hover function on my De Lorean Time Machine.

Yes, it can fly, too! - No, I'm just kidding!
We'll have to wait some more time for that... ;-))

Time for some data of the real model:
The engine is a 1.3l 16 valve DOHC engine from BMW, the same that is used in the BMW K1300 motor bike. With this engine, the Quadski is capable to reach 45 mph (72 kph) both on land and water. The Quadski only needs 4 seconds to change between both modes.

Unfortunately it won't be cheap to buy a Quadski. About $40,000 are announced for the first model. The estimated production for 2013 is 1,000 units. It's rumoured that some people are already modifying their yates to make space for a Quadski ;-))

So this is my minifig scale LEGO Gibbs Quadski. I hope you like it :-))



Comments

 I like it 
  January 10, 2013
Nice build!
  December 23, 2012
Hello Nils O. The Ugly car contest deadline is tomorrow, it is okay if you don't have an entry, but in case you wanted to put in an entry, I'm just letting you know! :-)
 I made it 
  December 13, 2012
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 I fixed all my batman posts, [3] there are no pics missing anymore, I m re-editing all that s been erased, check it out.
Hi Cyberfrank, thanks for the additional like here, but I'm no fan of "ads" posted as a link. I've added you as a favourite, I would have noticed a comment on one of your own creations as well...
 I like it 
  December 12, 2012
I fixed all my batman posts, [3] there are no pics missing anymore, I m re-editing all that s been erased, check it out.
 I made it 
  December 12, 2012
Quoting Debbi Gibbs That's fantastic! Appreciate the homage.
If you are related to Gibbs Technologies feel free to use pictures from this site on the official homepage.
 I like it 
  December 12, 2012
what a funny little machine ! i want one !!!
 I like it 
  December 12, 2012
Very cute! Love the wheels and the minifig compatability :)
 I like it 
  December 10, 2012
That's fantastic! Appreciate the homage.
 I like it 
  December 5, 2012
pretty solid concept!
 I like it 
  December 5, 2012
Great fun! Thank you for sharing the folding wheel technique: it's a very simple but elegant bit of design.
 I like it 
  December 2, 2012
That's definitely something to get excited about... now where's that 40 grand, I'm sure I left it around here somewhere :-)
 I like it 
  December 1, 2012
Awesome!
 I like it 
  December 1, 2012
Very nice truck! :)
 I like it 
  December 1, 2012
Wow Nils, this is a really nice and cool Quadski ;) Very nice design and wheel techniques and also a fantastic idea to make it such a hybrid vehicle. Well done buddy
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
Wowee! This look spiffy!
 I made it 
  November 30, 2012
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Brilliant you have invented a new vehicle. Hope you are well Mr Nils?
I'm fine, thanks, Joe! And it's not my invention, it does really exist! :-)) -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibbs_Quadski
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
Brilliant you have invented a new vehicle. Hope you are well Mr Nils?
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
Fantastic!
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
Very functional and very cool! It makes me want to build one ;)
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
Very good model! I saw a news article about this thing, quite interesting! You are the first person I know that has made a Lego one. Nifty building techniques, great looks = a great model!
 I like it 
  November 30, 2012
Clever I love it.
 I like it 
  November 29, 2012
What a nifty concept! Nice representation of it.
 I like it 
  November 29, 2012
Fun creation, Nils, now I have to try that.
 I like it 
  November 29, 2012
Sweet, looks great, perfect for the Figs! I like the folding wheels. 5 stars. -I.W.
 I like it 
  November 29, 2012
love the folding wheels!
 
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