This was done as an experiment to see if I could pull off the same level of detail I make in 8 wide in a smaller scale. Its not quite as good, but still has opening doors, hood, tailgate, and a nice engine (though not as good as the 8 wide's engine)
About this creation
"Ahh, its all wrong!" I say holding up a ruler (Why I built this):
I have been building 8 wide cars (approximately 1/28 scale) since about 2005. I originally started because I wanted to be able to fit two Minifigs side by side in a car, the only way I could figure out how to do that was by building 8 wide cars.
*So in a nutshell, my cars are based around the width of a Minifig, rather then the height.
Starting a few months ago I started taking a tape-measurer to all my MOCs. My cars were about 1/28 scale compared to there real world counterparts but my aircraft and train were 1/36 scale. That left me with two options, make everything else bigger (too many parts) or make the cars smaller. Another problem was it was also really hard to do group displays with my local LUG, my cars really don't "fit" in a layout with 4 and 6 wide vehicles.
*Long story short I determined that 6 wide would be the most accurate for a LEGO car (1/36 scale).
Thus began my grand experiment into building 6 wides, and it really was an experiment since I have almost never done it. I jumped from 4 wide cars built one 6 wide (sorry no pics), and then moved right on to building 8 wides.
The smaller Assembly line (how it was built):
It took about 6 hours to build the car, nearly half of that time was spent on the front. It was really hard to get the front bullet nose and still make the hood open and close. I eventually just forgot about the hing altogether. The hood isn't actually attached when open, it just balances there (don't bump the table!) I also made the doors and tailgate all open, just like the bigger model. Then came the problem of fitting four people in it. I started by off by making the seats 5 wide, but the problem was this interfered with the door design I wanted. I tried and tried, but just could not fit two people side by side and still make opening doors.
All and all I think it came out pretty well, just not as good as its 8 wide counterpart. I also couldn't get the double headlights (could only fit one on each side), but there are more important things.
Behind the wheel (about the car):
Despite its smaller size, this car still has most the features of its big brother. It has opening doors, hood, and two part tailgate. The engine is only a V6, and isn't as good looking (to be far it is almost half the size). I even went as far as too add the exhaust pipes. The only problem is, it's a two seater!
As you can see, I didn't have room for the hing. When the hood is open it is just sitting there.
The two Retro Wagons side by side. As you can see, the smaller one looks really close to the bigger model.
Hey, another car has joined the party, its a 2 wide version!
2 wide Retro Wagon: "The Micro Wagon" lol!
As you can see, the car really can't fit two people side by side. They are "in there" but the figs aren't actually attached to the seats.
This car is done, I don't plan on making any changes. The real thing is what to do with my other cars from this point on. Should I try and build some of my other cars in 6 wide? Or should I keep building 8 wides? The latter would mean it will be harder to do group displays, but the former means my cars would be less detailed.
I really don't know what to do, so I am open to suggestions.
Quoting Aaden Hughes
Fantastic work! The shape and detail is great! Why not just build both 6 and 8-wide cars? Either way, your cars are awesome!
That would be my ideal solution. Build 8 wide cars as "show models" and 6 wides for use in displays. I might do that someday, but right now I don't have the parts or storage space to build that many cars. If I did then I would make duplicates of my cars in other colors.
Quoting Christo Tracey
Well, I think you've made an awesome attack on the 6 wides. You earlier comment implies you'd like more 6 widers in your layouts, so I'd say crack on, improve your own skills and enjoy it!
Currently I have no layout, I don't have the parts to build many buildings, and even if I did, lack the space to store them. I was mainly thinking of building 6 wides for displays with other people. Maybe I will try and build another 6 wide sometime, if I can get 4 headlights on the front of a 6 wide then I'd stop building 8's entirely!
Quoting clayton Marchetti
Awesome experiment! I feel your pain. I to build 8 wide but they are big on a layout. It's fantastic how you scaled down your 8 wide wagon to 6 and retained so much detail.
The only real problem I'd have with building 6 wides is that I can't do double headlights, you can only fit one on each side. This means most of my favorite cars, such as the '64 Impala and '58 coupe deville would be imposable to make.