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Maxi Mini
Small car, big model.
About this creation

A re-creation of my first car, from ever such a long time ago...



This model is 34 studs wide, 73 long and VERY heavy! It's packed with features for me to bore you with...

So let's get started! Lights front and rear...



A 17 year old me very happy with his new toy. A 6'3" beanpole can fold himself up into one of these... Notice the lack of exterior mirrors - it's why the model doesn't have them. The roads weren't any less dangerous in 1987...



A Technic featurefest, this car has a pretty sophisticated engine (more of which later), independent suspension all round, working steering, a forward/reverse transmission, working pneumatic brakes, a fully functioning handbrake, electric lights and a starter motor for the engine, adjustable and tilting front seats, locking doors and bootlid and loadsadetails...





Let's see what's under the bonnet...



Regular visitors might remember the engine - it's 1:6 scale, like the car, and features all the moving parts of the real one. There's a crankshaft in five main bearings, chain driven camshaft, pushrods, rockers and valves: even a distributor drive off the camshaft.



Here it is in action...



Some artsy (!) photography...











Let's go inside!



The brake 'pedal' is the pneumatic switch for the pumps in the rear trailing arms. They push levers into the friction material which is an old space balloon tyre - kind of like an inverted drum brake. Just visible is the 'ignition key' that activates the starter motor.



The seats adjust in the same way as the real car, with a spring-loaded lever locking into place.



The rear seat just kind of sits there...



A dashboard. The switch for the lights is on the centre console, connected to a PF switch behind the dashboard. The 'eyeball' vents are poseable, as are the sliding heater controls and the indicator and wiper stalks.



Sunvisors - I went there!





In the boot, a fuel tank, battery, and enough space left for a telescopic toothbrush...





A very technicky underside! Those grey beams and large springs are for the handbrake mechanism and there's some other stuff too...



Front wheel drive with steering and independent suspension in a confined space gave me a challenge, especially as I didn't use those wishbone pieces... It had to be strong as well.



These two are the best of enemies... In 1966, Minis finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Monte Carlo rally, only to be disqualified by the French authorities for a supposed 'lighting infringement' which also affected the Lotus Cortina that came fourth. Victory was handed to the Citroen DS that finished fifth.

Two years later, a DS was leading on the last leg of the London to Sydney Marathon by a comfortable margin when it was forced off the road by some locals driving a Mini! The result was that the greatest rally the world has ever seen was won by a Hillman Hunter (!)



Time to see if this handbrake'll work...



I've gotta say, I'm slightly surprised...



I loved my first car :-) I've since owned two other classic Minis, and honestly, it is not possible to drive one without a smile on your face. All the same, I wouldn't recommend one for a long motorway journey...



Wheel design courtesy of Senator Chinchilla.

Thanks for dropping by!



Comments

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  July 28, 2014
Wow, nice Mini model! I drive a Mini Cooper every day on Need For Madness, a computer game. All I can say is that it's impossible to drive the Nimi, even against 7 pro wasters, with a smile on your face. I may not win many races in it, it may not be fast, but beating the others in their fancy-schmancy Radical One, Mighty Eights, and DR Monstaas sure is cool. And I don't care what people on that game think of it. It's a grand car, with more history behind it than nearly any other. ~Jacob Hampton
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  April 4, 2014
That's brilliant! Great MOC :)
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  March 11, 2014
Cool Mini! Now I really want an old Mini.
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  February 28, 2014
WOW! This is amazing - Truly a masterpiece!! Great work Nick!
  February 23, 2014
Hi Nick, I need to talk to you about a certain LEGO project concerning your model. Can you please contact me at sarielpl@gmail.com ? Thanks!
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  January 14, 2014
Saw it yesterday and was speechless and fainted! Now that I recovered: I took my driving license driving a Mini but had no clue about the engine and all other technicalities. Thanks to you I'm now much more knowledgeable ! Impressive build, as usual.
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  January 13, 2014
Very nice
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  January 13, 2014
Wow! The Mr. Bean car!
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  January 13, 2014
In every way perfect !! 5/5 8-D
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  January 5, 2014
wish I had a parts list and model plan. i'd love to make this.
  January 1, 2014
this is the king of all lego vehicles
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  November 21, 2013
love it u couldnt try building a hillman imp could ya?
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  November 5, 2013
with skills like yours, you do of course realize that your killing us all with jealousy, right?
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  October 24, 2013
great job at a classic,i wouldnt know were to start,like to see a 1994 st205 black celica gt4 in your collection,
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  October 11, 2013
Great looking car! I love the classic Mini and this has such a great amount of detail. Very nice!
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  September 8, 2013
So cool!
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  September 8, 2013
ok. this is rediculous. who new plate on plate could create suck an incredible rounded shape? sublime.
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  August 21, 2013
Pretty neat!
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  August 12, 2013
Quoting sam the first how did you make those wheels ? my dad has a 1985 mini , in beige . surprisingly , beige works on a mini !
Thanks Sam - the wheels are from the 8110 Unimog with trims made from perforated white 6x6 dishes topped with plain grey 4x4's
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  August 12, 2013
how did you make those wheels ? my dad has a 1985 mini , in beige . surprisingly , beige works on a mini !
  May 31, 2013
This actually looks to be far better quality than any actual Mini that I remember - it might actually keep its shape if turned on its top ! joking aside - this looks brilliant. Love the attention to detail in the styling alone, especially the bonnet and front face of the car, to have fit all the Technic functions underneath is very impressive. Must mention the rear brakes - look much better than my attempt !
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  May 30, 2013
WOW! master of the masters!
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  May 19, 2013
The size is really striking! Great engineering overall and you nailed the body shape obviously. Keep motorizing your cars! ;)
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  May 18, 2013
This is superb!
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  April 12, 2013
Über-mega-super good. You clever, clever man...
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  April 2, 2013
Oh yes, this masterpiece is still on my to do list... Sorry, but our "9 months family project" is nearly complete and keeping me busy ;-) This Mini is a dream of a model. The Technic functions are awesome as always, but it's the little details that are make me freak out ;-) Take the welding flanges, for example. A real masterpiece, Nick! Great job! :-))
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  March 25, 2013
Sorry for the lateness of my comment (darn, can't go anywhere in time), I will say what I wanted to say now. Bigness, detailness, AWESOMENESS!! Serious, this car is too awesome too put in words. And it seems to be big! The well remembered spare wheel on your 2CV Charleston is the steering wheel? And the engine... Plot: Best and most functional LEGO® car ever, and it's amazing. If it was possible 15/5, but it can't. So a well deserved 96th 5/5 :)
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  March 24, 2013
Unbelievably accurate! I love this one. Those wheels also make it as authentic as can be. Beautiful to the very last detail. I've noticed that even dashboard is pretty accurate compared to the real thing. The only thing here that really bugs me is the steering wheel. Couldn't you possibly put something smaller? You could've just made it of hoses and connecting parts. Nevertheless if there was 10 as a grade here you'd get 10! ;))
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  March 22, 2013
ravishingly beautiful!
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  March 20, 2013
Huge! I really like your techniques. Could you please give me some ideas to a supercar? Answer me to technicman97@gmail.com Thanks! Oh! And I have to give your creation a 5/5
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  March 19, 2013
Mmm this one caught my eye.. Great work on the shape, the grill looks just right - as does the rest of the car :-) I like all the functions and details too, those turn signals on the front is a very nice touch.
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  March 17, 2013
Looks amazing cool, i like the engine functions and the body. Great job
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  March 11, 2013
This really is one of the best models i've seen in a very long time, lego or otherwise, I had difficulty working out the scale I was seeing because it was so realistic, it really looks asif I could climb in and drive it, stunning. Oh and it has sun visors:)
Nick Barrett
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kenneth rattledge
  March 10, 2013
fantastic, great car, full of well executed details.
Nick Barrett
Emerald Knight
  March 5, 2013
A true SuperCar, the seams, the doors, the framing, and all, so good ! The A series power unit with its twin SUs is in its self a lego marvel. A great model in every detail !>.....very well done
  March 3, 2013
theres a contest at lego.com.whoever has the best lego car they will make it a lego product.i think yours will win if you enter.
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  March 3, 2013
WWWWWOOOOOWWWWW ITS REALLY GOOD I WOULD HAVE IT IN A INSTANCE
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  March 3, 2013
Really top-notch reproduction!!
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  March 2, 2013
It is very cool Nick! I like all detailes and the whol car, too! The handle of the boot is fantastic! :)
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  March 2, 2013
Just realized, I don't think I have commented on this! Its amazing, the detail is simply immense! I love the wheels, and the sunvisors :) 100000/5 if it were possible
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Top of the tree - just where it belongs.
:-))) Thanks Joe!
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  March 2, 2013
Top of the tree - just where it belongs.
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  March 2, 2013
Excellent, awesome, fantastic, amazing and so on!
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  March 2, 2013
Very, very nice... :)
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  March 1, 2013
Such a cute car. -LB Jr.
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  March 1, 2013
I love how you've captured the curves of this classic car with angular lego bricks, plus that seam that goes down the side of the windscreen and doors. The Lego motor in the boot reminds me of the extra-large fule tank in out second Mini, which filled the boot in a similar way.
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  February 26, 2013
This is absolutely magnificent. My first car was a 1974 British leyland mini 1000 and I must say your lego one looks better built than my real one. Those drum brakes were terrible, the rubbers went all the time. I cannot believe how many working features you manage to cram in on each of your builds. This has to be my favourite of yours.
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  February 25, 2013
Quoting Francisco Hartley Uffff.....I just don't know what to say. Clearly you have earned your place among the crowkillers and the sheepos. You are very talented. One of the best.
High praise indeed. Thanks Francisco, and thankyou to everyone for your kind comments.
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  February 25, 2013
Quoting Tris B I drove a friends' elderly (even then) Mini to London once, parked up near the national gallery and went a visiting. Glancing by chance from the flat window I noticed the metropoliton bomb squad, taking more than a passing interest in said vehicle. I had to rush down and spend a good few minutes protesting terrorism innocence to prevent them blowing it up. It isn't an overly relevant yarn to this fantastic and extremely detailed model but I reckon most people do have a Mini saga to tell.
Too true! Most of mine involve brakes, or a lack thereof... thanks for sharing.
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  February 25, 2013
Excellent Mini Nick! Crammed with brilliant details :)
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  February 25, 2013
My new favourite MOC ever!
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  February 25, 2013
Five smiley heads don't cover it. Outstanding in every respect.
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  February 25, 2013
Uffff.....I just don't know what to say. Clearly you have earned your place among the crowkillers and the sheepos. You are very talented. One of the best.
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  February 25, 2013
Nick, you've outdone yourself!! This is an outstanding creation. You succeeded so well to replicate the subtle curves of this little queen. I do not know what amazed me most: suspension and breaking system? Movable seats ou gears? I think your engine knocked me down: I watched the little movie ten times yet. Absolutly brilliant. This Mini is geniously made.
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  February 25, 2013
I drove a friends' elderly (even then) Mini to London once, parked up near the national gallery and went a visiting. Glancing by chance from the flat window I noticed the metropoliton bomb squad, taking more than a passing interest in said vehicle. I had to rush down and spend a good few minutes protesting terrorism innocence to prevent them blowing it up. It isn't an overly relevant yarn to this fantastic and extremely detailed model but I reckon most people do have a Mini saga to tell.
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  February 25, 2013
Holt ...., what a beauty. Such a great overall shape with awesome details.
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  February 25, 2013
wow, this is soo cool. The reason I like your creations are because they are not just huge but full of functions and details, as this is! :) Small car, big model, I like that sentence:)
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  February 24, 2013
Splendid stuff, Nick! This Mini is mega! The lights are very nice, the bodywork is spot on and excellent, and there are so many cool details on the inside! That engine, too. It's like it should be a MOC in it's own right. =] And so many linkages and doodads on the chassis I can't even figure them all out. And brakes! Parking AND pneumatic! Properly spiffy. Worthy of a 5 star rating, at least. Should get more like 20. Million. Thousand. And a half.
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  February 24, 2013
Amazing - perfect shape and full of functions!
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  February 24, 2013
Wow Nick, this is such a wonderful piece of work, Im so amazed by your talent and style with the bricks. Love all the great details you put in this creation and the brilliant sculpting makes it a work of art. So beautiful.
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  February 24, 2013
Fab work Nick, some splendid shaping techniques employed as usual, and so packed with features. Great stuff :)
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  February 24, 2013
Awesome job Nick! The body looks absolutely amazing, and then the amount of technical functions complements the body perfectly! Even though I have to admit it would be nice to see a video showing all of the functions, I hope that you have one planned. --John
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  February 24, 2013
This model belongs to a museum, any museum.
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  February 24, 2013
Excellent! The size is impressive, but the implemented details and functions fills it up beautifully. But what I most like is the accuracy of the shape and design. Probably your most impressive job so far. I particulary like the hubcaps/rims. I think I can do these too, so now I just need to think of what to do with the rest of the car... (=you´ve inspired me)
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  February 24, 2013
Quoting Yaser Ali Wow, absolutely amazing! You got the shape, the angles, the curvature perfect. I just ordered the Lego Technic supercar (8070). I'm 31 and married...first set I've bought since I was 18!! Had the Test car for my 9th Bday
Thanks Yaser, and enjoy your 8070 :-) Welcome to the world of the AFOL. Have fun!
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  February 24, 2013
This might just be your best yet mate, wonderfully sculpted!
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  February 24, 2013
This is Epic!The amount of technic features and details is huge,and its so BIG!Excellent stuff man! 10/10
Nick Barrett
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Robbie Trengove
  February 23, 2013
Wow! That looks just like the real deal. Amazing!
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  February 23, 2013
Your models are unique. The angle, the curves simply unbelievable. Anopther great creation
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  February 23, 2013
Excellent work! It looks just like the real thing, and a whole bunch of details and features thrown in.
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  February 23, 2013
Wow, absolutely amazing! You got the shape, the angles, the curvature perfect. I just ordered the Lego Technic supercar (8070). I'm 31 and married...first set I've bought since I was 18!! Had the Test car for my 9th Bday
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  February 23, 2013
I am absolutely speechless!!! I think we are all in the presence of a true master! Phenominal in every detail.
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  February 23, 2013
So many details! You really nailed the look of it the real-thing!
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  February 23, 2013
Nick I am not really sure what to say, this is absolute perfection.
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  February 23, 2013
Wow! This turned out great, Dude! Gotta love that steering wheel especially.
  February 23, 2013
Next is the modern mini copper! ;)
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  February 23, 2013
Quoting Joost Cumps Nick, never in my dreams I was expecting this kind of result when you posted the engine pics... Now you really have outdone yourself, incredible! I admire the looks, the work you commited on the right angle in the hood, the welding-lines (or how does one call those extended raingutters?), the use of a quarter round piece on the doors, it is simply, and utterly amazing! Can anyone talk you into an amazing pile of lime, a bit of black, and recreate the one from Mr. Bean? :-)
Thanks Joost - That would take an amazing pile of lime! Those 'welding lines' are in fact external body seams; done to save internal space.
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  February 23, 2013
Outstanding work Nick. You never cease to amaze me with the alchemy you create making curvaceous bodywork from entirely flat plates, but this time it's done to perfection. Little details like the tapered sills, bootlid corners and exposed seams on the rear quarters really make this an exemplary piece of work. The engine and other technical details are excellent as we've come to expect from you also. A really splendid piece of work. Congratulations.
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  February 23, 2013
Nick, never in my dreams I was expecting this kind of result when you posted the engine pics... Now you really have outdone yourself, incredible! I admire the looks, the work you commited on the right angle in the hood, the welding-lines (or how does one call those extended raingutters?), the use of a quarter round piece on the doors, it is simply, and utterly amazing! Can anyone talk you into an amazing pile of lime, a bit of black, and recreate the one from Mr. Bean? :-)
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  February 23, 2013
Nick, I was smiling the whole time that I was looking... FANTASTIC! :)
  February 23, 2013
IN-CRE-DI-BLE !!!!! One of the greatest lego car ever seen!
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  February 23, 2013
WOW! It's sooooo big!!! I love everything about this Mini, it's perfect! Awesome work Nick, your best so far in my opinion!
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  February 23, 2013
the car looks fab, but, you get my undying respect for pushing these further then I ve ever seen technicaly, it s amazing! pneumatics? functionning brakes and hand brake...it blows my mind! nick...you re the man!
  February 23, 2013
34 studs wide?! That's about the same as the real Mini isn't it? ;) This build is seriously impressive, fantastic work!
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  February 23, 2013
Quoting TheLegoNoitAll . have you considered putting this in the lugnuts challenge?
A good idea, but the engine and car are not so easy to seperate...
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  February 23, 2013
Nice build. I'd love to see a Mr. Bean version of this car.
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  February 23, 2013
Phenomenal work! The shaping is spot on, thanks for posting a reference pic. Incredible job on all the features as well, you never cease to amaze with what you can do with LEGO.
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  February 23, 2013
I'm speechless. One of the best I've seen (including your others). Great job again!
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  February 23, 2013
Masterful. Form and function. Interesting cultural differences between our two countries. Here, someone like you might have been routed to basketball. You found your way to the culinary world. I wonder how many NBA players might have been great chefs instead?
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  February 23, 2013
Quoting Nate Andrews And nobody has pointed out your clever hubcap (wheel trim?) design yet. Buy they're probably just distracted with your usual AMAZING technical work with the rest of the car. I knew right away who built this when I saw it on the homepage!
Thanks Nate - although I should point out that Senator Chinchilla used something very similar on his Datsun 240Z.
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  February 23, 2013
And nobody has pointed out your clever hubcap (wheel trim?) design yet. Buy they're probably just distracted with your usual AMAZING technical work with the rest of the car. I knew right away who built this when I saw it on the homepage!
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  February 23, 2013
oh my word what a fantastic creation this is excellent put it on cuusoo .top marks for yet again an outstanding build
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  February 23, 2013
No doubt your best creation yet! Love the oldskool look and technic features in there. 5 smilies! BTW, SC is probably gonna love this!
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  February 23, 2013
Wow! an epic moc! i thought it would take you much longer to get the car with the engine! 1:6 scale! you make me jealous. show a video with all the car functions, doors, handbrakes, etc congrats on completing the biggest lego mini i (and many others) have ever seen! have you considered putting this in the lugnuts challenge?
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  February 23, 2013
Seriously, you have just blown me away! This has to be on e of the best cars on MOCpages ever, if not one of the best builds period. Instantly, I can see amazing shaping all over this thing. From the mudguards, to the bonnet and the grill. And then you look into the mechanics, amazing. I'm in love with this one.
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  February 23, 2013
When I saw the thumbnail on the homepage, I instantly said, "that's gotta be Nick."
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  February 23, 2013
awesome mini 10/10 could you build a mk2 scirocco please :D
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  February 23, 2013
Quoting Sebeus I I love this car, nice job on the engine and handbrake, on top of the great looks I'd say it's perfect. I haven't completely figured out how the handbrake works, you use the pneumatic cilinders to brake and the springs to return them ?
Thanks Sebeus. The pneumatics are for the footbrake. The springs return the handbrake, which is held by a ratchet mechanism on the handle. This is released when you push the button on the end - it works exactly like the handbrake in your car.
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  February 23, 2013
I love this car, nice job on the engine and handbrake, on top of the great looks I'd say it's perfect. I haven't completely figured out how the handbrake works, you use the pneumatic cilinders to brake and the springs to return them ?
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  February 23, 2013
beautiful done in every way!
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  February 23, 2013
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera What a "little" Beauty! I love this Nick, so accurate on so many levels. A truly wonderful creation and one of my favourites of your builds so far. On another note, I am considering selling my "as new" Unimog for a good price if you are interested? I don't think I'll ever get round to building it, or using the pieces. Let me know if interested. Cheers Nick and very well done with this it's stunning! Maybe you could modify it now and make it a Monte Carlo Cooper ;-)
Hmmm.... do I need two Unimogs ? Give me a call :-)
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  February 23, 2013
amazing, beautiful, so detailed! good job!
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  February 23, 2013
What a "little" Beauty! I love this Nick, so accurate on so many levels. A truly wonderful creation and one of my favourites of your builds so far. On another note, I am considering selling my "as new" Unimog for a good price if you are interested? I don't think I'll ever get round to building it, or using the pieces. Let me know if interested. Cheers Nick and very well done with this it's stunning! Maybe you could modify it now and make it a Monte Carlo Cooper ;-)
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  February 23, 2013
Awesome!
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  February 23, 2013
spot on!
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  February 23, 2013
Quoting Barney R Genius. How much does it weigh. The detailing, especially engine, is incredible. Amazing stuff.
Thanks Barney. The bathroom scales say 6kg.
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  February 23, 2013
Genius. How much does it weigh. The detailing, especially engine, is incredible. Amazing stuff.
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  February 23, 2013
Oh wow. This is huge! Look at you in that little cooper! This really is a technical masterpiece! So many real life functions put into this never before seen in Lego! Awesome job.
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  February 23, 2013
It's finished! I'm so glad I happened to be on MOCpages when you uploaded this : ) Probably the best car we've ever seen (surpassing your own MGB). Before I even get on to the technical brilliance of the engines, suspension, handbrake etc etc I've got to mention the bodywork; the bonnet and boot lid especially are absolute art, seriously tricky and subtle curves replicated beautifully in plates. And the seams on the doors, oh my gosh! As always, the technical engineering is second-to-none too. And here endeth the longest comment ever, with a 10/10. As if it could be anything else : )
 
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