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Bluebell
A 1960 Morris Minor 1000, built in 1:7 scale.
About this creation

I'm not usually one for giving cars names...



I was with a then four-year-old Alex (he's 16 now) when I went to view this. It was cheap and looked interesting, and I'd always liked Minors. He loved it on sight; bouncing around in the back pleading with the vendor. "Please, mister, let my daddy buy this car!"

Not the best negotiating tool...



A happy vendor told us it was called Bluebell and the name stuck.

It was the first car he was ferried to school in. We kept it for two years - he wouldn't speak to me for a week when I sold it...



This model is 28 studs wide, with lots of features. The engine has many moving parts, there's a 4-speed transmission, it steers, there's suspension, motorized windscreen wipers, a working handbrake, adjustable seats and a lot of blue plates.



One of my favourite details on the real one is the winking green light on the end of the indicator stalk. That, and the farting noise these make when you change gear...



Dashboard's nice and simple... the two toggles under the speedo operate PF switches for the wipers and starter motor.

Wipers wiping

Engine running



Gloveboxes x 2! It's no good putting anything in there - they're both full of wiper linkage...



Seats adjust fore and aft in the same way as a real one, and tip up to allow access to the fabulously uncomfortable rear seat.



Boot opens... the battery box lives where the spare tyre does in the real car - a thoughtfully convenient feature which means you can take it out without emptying the boot.



Seat folds forward for your longer stuff... another handy feature that few cars had in 1948 when these were first made.





The engine, another BMC A-Series - a 1098 cc powerhouse(!) in this car - features a crank and pistons, as well as a camshaft, pushrods, rockers and valves; all whirring away merrily when you turn on the starter motor. It'll drive the rear wheels at any of the four gearbox speeds, but only if they're off the ground! (A single PF M motor to push this heavy beast is asking a lot...)



Everything opens... so it should at this scale!... The doors will latch closed as well, and they can be opened from inside or out.





That bonnet - quite pleased with how this turned out.



At the rear, a teensy bit gappy but the shape's all there...



The pic below is not a WIP... the bonnet and front bumper/grille assembly are easily removed, and the engine is clamped in place by two axles along each side for easy servicing.

This gives a good view of the front independent suspension. Those yellow toggles are secondary controls for the starter and wipers.



It'll all go back together. Probably.



The Technic fans' money shot - Crankshaft and camshaft alongside each other at the front, steering rack behind the engine, transmission behind that.



At the rear, a live axle on four links for the suspension. The exhaust is also the HOG device for the steering (it's connected to the steering wheel as well). Those strings are the handbrake cables; they pull the technic bricks they're tied to against a rubber wheel on the axle.





Bluebell was a sweet little car.



Comments

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  August 20, 2014
Excellent car! Love the amount of detail put into it, the curves, love all the blue, and most importantly the engine. :)
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  July 26, 2014
So Massive! in size and in quality!!
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  July 8, 2014
Epic! I have to agree with Daniel a couple of comments below, all those functions and details.. Great work on the shape and outside details too, a really well-made model throughout :-)
Nick Barrett
Crown Knight
  May 24, 2014
A Lovely job !>.....well done
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  May 11, 2014
Superb. Your successive cars seem to just include more and more well thought out working features, yet you still manage to keep it all in scale and looking right.
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  May 1, 2014
Quoting Marc dZ I watched some pictures of the real one on the web. I'm impressed by your design and the accuracy of the curves and technical aspects. A pleasure to watch your studs...
Thanks Marc. It's always fun to do a studfest :-)
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  April 30, 2014
I watched some pictures of the real one on the web. I'm impressed by your design and the accuracy of the curves and technical aspects. A pleasure to watch your studs...
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  April 28, 2014
:)
  April 28, 2014
Wow,. the Bluebell is amazing! I like how the steering turned out. It looks like a real Morris.
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  April 28, 2014
Quoting MRgstarx Hillier I love it and that's a working engine right?
Correct. Thanks MRgstarx.
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  April 28, 2014
I love it and that's a working engine right?
  April 22, 2014
Beautiful design and form, 5/5.
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  April 21, 2014
WOW!!! That's AWESOME!!! I love it!
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  April 21, 2014
amazing job!:D
  April 21, 2014
Where did you hide the M-motor? You could use L-motor, only slightly bigger.
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  April 21, 2014
A car with that kind of history DESERVES a name. Excellent! ~ Chris.
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  April 20, 2014
So many wonderful things to mention. The technical functions are brilliant and the sculpting is perfect. I can wait to see this next to your mini. Glad you made it to Milestones :D
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  April 19, 2014
Fantastic! So many functions and details and what a nice shape!
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  April 19, 2014
Great! :) I like the solutions of the body! I can find only a few very little holes on it! Fantastic work! And the removable motor is cool, too! It gives the feeling, that we are the car mechanics! :)
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  April 19, 2014
WOW !
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  April 19, 2014
WOW !
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  April 19, 2014
WOW !
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  April 19, 2014
This leaves the official LEGO group "supercars" behind in the dust.
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  April 19, 2014
Good golly Nick! This is just perfect! As with the Mini, it's beautifully shaped, and full of "wow". The functions are brilliant, and the colour is perfect. Love it!
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  April 19, 2014
Quoting TheLegoNoitAll . Duh, I didn't even consider the fact it may have been meant for a 4wd car XD. I have one of those clutch gears, it would be the first time it would be in use. I would imagine it would slow the car down a little?
It shouldn't; just use it as a normal 24 tooth gear in your transmission. It takes quite a lot of strain before it'll slip - just right to prevent your geartrain eating itself.
  April 19, 2014
Duh, I didn't even consider the fact it may have been meant for a 4wd car XD. I have one of those clutch gears, it would be the first time it would be in use. I would imagine it would slow the car down a little?
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  April 19, 2014
Quoting TheLegoNoitAll . I've been thinking about a technic rc car project. And I have a question. I've see a few LEGO cars having a differential in the gearbox, is that used to reduce the chance of the axles breaking?
I can only assume that would apply to a four wheel drive system (centre differential). It would have little effect on axle torque. You should be OK with a single diff for the driven axle. Only the 12 long axles tend to twist and break in normal use so try to avoid using those. If you use a white clutch gear in the system near the motor that will protect it.
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  April 19, 2014
Quoting Vibor Cavor It reminds me a lot of the VW Beetle set but done significantly better. Beautifully done in every way and I love the way you made it realistic by being able to remove the engine and the bonnet. Without the engine it looks very realistic. The only thing i resent here is the absence of a film demonstrating all the lovely functions. Will you please upload that as well?! :D
Hi Vibor. There are a couple of links in the text to flickr videos of the wipers and engine running. Thanks a lot for stopping by :-)
 I like it 
  April 19, 2014
Sorry I missed this amazing car! I'll give it the 100th like :D
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  April 18, 2014
So cool, studs all over and well sculpted :) Great engine.
  April 18, 2014
I've been thinking about a technic rc car project. And I have a question. I've see a few LEGO cars having a differential in the gearbox, is that used to reduce the chance of the axles breaking?
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  April 18, 2014
It reminds me a lot of the VW Beetle set but done significantly better. Beautifully done in every way and I love the way you made it realistic by being able to remove the engine and the bonnet. Without the engine it looks very realistic. The only thing i resent here is the absence of a film demonstrating all the lovely functions. Will you please upload that as well?! :D
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  April 18, 2014
The shape is perfect! And even without all the technical interior this would be one of my favorite LEGO creations! Wonderful!
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  April 17, 2014
Wow, this is fantastic! The shaping throughout is perfect, especially the front. The rear looks pretty complex. I like the removable bumper and hood feature as well. -LB Jr.
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  April 17, 2014
Quoting Nils O. Wow, what a monster! As always, it's a very detailed masterpiece and it deserves the blogpost on TLCB (http://thelegocarblog.com/2014/04/16/minor-marvel/) very well. Great job, Nick! :-)) P.S.:
Thanks Nils :-) That did stroke my ego, just a tiny bit.
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  April 17, 2014
Wow, what a monster! As always, it's a very detailed masterpiece and it deserves the blogpost on TLCB (http://thelegocarblog.com/2014/04/16/minor-marvel/) very well. Great job, Nick! :-)) P.S.:
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  April 17, 2014
Incredibly accurate and so many features. Epic build as per usual! Well done! :)
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  April 17, 2014
Outstanding as usual. A masterpiece. Well done Nick.
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  April 17, 2014
Impressive! What more can i say....
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  April 16, 2014
Remarkable, what a work of art with all the details and functions. I really love the steering wheel. It's really thin, just like most steering wheels back then.
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  April 16, 2014
She's a beauty! I'm getting more and more fond of studs on every side! Another perfect build...
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  April 16, 2014
Yet another master piece by Nick Barret. I just can,t put on words how amazing this car is. But let's give it a try: beautiful full-stud building , full functions, models that you don,t see often on large scale technic cars and superior building skills....you are one of a kind and that is very impressive. Congratulations Nick :)
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Harry Gravett Well, what can I say Nick, other then the usual beautiful work all around, your builds are honestly on another level compared to what most of us car builders build! As usual, the function is crazy, yet there are no compromises made in the styling to fit the function in, I really hope one day I have the skill you have. The anecdote was pretty nice too, fits the car well! Regarding your comment on my MOciversary, thanks, I have a four hour art exam tomorrow :S anyways, I'm sure it comes as no surprise 5/5
I think it's very likely you'll exceed my skill in the future. The stuff I built as a teenager was nowhere near as good as yours. Thanks Harry :-)
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  April 16, 2014
This is a masterpiece. The motor is probably the best I have ever seen. Seeing a MOC built to this level of quality is really inspiring. Fabulous job Nick.
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  April 16, 2014
Fantastic!
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  April 16, 2014
This is so amazing, love the inner mechanisms inside!
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  April 16, 2014
Impressive work!
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  April 16, 2014
Truely amazing work Nick, a work of art! I trust you won't let this one go too easily!
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  April 16, 2014
This car is amazing! It must have taken hours to build. I have tried building cars to scale in the past, but none of them turned out even half this good! I would have loved owning a car like that in real life.
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  April 16, 2014
Amazing! Beautiful, realistic and with great functions - League for itself!
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Okay, so I get home from a brutal day at work, pop a Newcastle, plop in front of the compooter, and what do I behold? Bluebell has made life right again! A masterpiece Nick technically and aesthetically. Just astoundingly perfect in every way. The only thing missing is a grand piano on top of it. (Don't let Top Gear see this.) I can't get over the shaping, it is truly phenomenal. I would love to see a vid of the engine in motion, did you say that it had a cam and push rods? Mind blown! Unfreakinbelievably awesome! EDIT: Never mind, found the link. It really was a brutal day. ;)
Hope tomorrow's better; the Top Gear pianos are reserved for the later Morris Marina - the fairly terrible replacement for this Minor. Thanks matt!
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  April 16, 2014
Masterpiece!
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  April 16, 2014
Wonderful studdedness!
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  April 16, 2014
Tremendous level of accurac and detail as usual. Now that you're getting stuck into the Austin/Morris stable, how about a tan Allegro (hides)???
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  April 16, 2014
As always, extremely impressive!!! Keep it up, but I am sure you will :-)
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Tom Simon Fantastic job. Why did you have to let the real one go after just two years?
It was terminally rusty - I knew this when I viewed it, and would have walked away if it hadn't been for a bouncy, excited four year old... Still, it was cheap, charming and fun. Glad it was in our lives :-)
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  April 16, 2014
beautiful lines on the front end start this MOC off very nicely! your scale here and everything from the engine to the door handle latches to the suspension is inspiring! great color scheme too!
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  April 15, 2014
So beautiful!!
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  April 15, 2014
Man, Nick. The shaping on this is so perfect. You amaze me with your ability to leave all those studs uncovered and yet somehow force me to completely ignore them. Love the coloring and the interior work looks great. What really grabbed my attention on this is the engine and the underbody. Perfectly crafted. Another win for you, good sir.
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  April 15, 2014
Fantastic job. Why did you have to let the real one go after just two years?
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  April 15, 2014
Beauty!
  April 15, 2014
Okay, so I get home from a brutal day at work, pop a Newcastle, plop in front of the compooter, and what do I behold? Bluebell has made life right again! A masterpiece Nick technically and aesthetically. Just astoundingly perfect in every way. The only thing missing is a grand piano on top of it. (Don't let Top Gear see this.) I can't get over the shaping, it is truly phenomenal. I would love to see a vid of the engine in motion, did you say that it had a cam and push rods? Mind blown! Unfreakinbelievably awesome! EDIT: Never mind, found the link. It really was a brutal day. ;)
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  April 15, 2014
I feel like there's not much left to say that hasn't been said already, but I just have to repeat the praise of others: Fantastic Job Nick! The car is beautifully shaped and loaded with functions that I would have no idea how to construct. You've created a fully realized masterpiece of an equally amazing car. Good show!
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  April 15, 2014
Absolutely completely totaly fantastic!
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  April 15, 2014
I've really been looking forward to you presented your Morris Minor. And I must say that it really is in class of its own. The design of the body is just perfect. And the engine with camshaft and rocker arms is a small piece of engineering art. Excellent!
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  April 15, 2014
Quoting David Roberts If you build a Traveller, please could it have working "Trafficators" (or were those on my Mum's A40 van?) and the obligatory moss on the woodwork ;)
Bluebell had trafficators, now I come to think of it... do'h! Moss on the woodwork is structural surely ? :-)
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  April 15, 2014
WOW! Nick this is positively Beautiful! I think this is my new favorite from you. You can really see the care that went into crafting this piece of art. I just love the video of the wipers! That's just too cool. The front grill is just fantastic and I like those mirrors. The interior is brilliant. Given how awesome this looks I think you got off lucky with the silent treatment :-)
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  April 15, 2014
Wow! That is one fantastic car! Brilliant work all around!
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  April 15, 2014
Oh Nick. I'm speechless. You are precise on every build. WOW.
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  April 15, 2014
Extremely well done! Great shaping! Awesome!
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  April 15, 2014
Excellent
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  April 15, 2014
great model! well worth the wait, superbly done Nick!
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  April 15, 2014
Amazing work! Love all the studdy shaping! :D
  April 15, 2014
She's a beauty! Love the elaborate detailing and mechanism. Great job Nick
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  April 15, 2014
Absolute bombshell, Nick. The shaping is beautiful, the suspension properly technical, and the engine... an engine. With moving kit! And the working wiper blades, and the folding seats, and the engine removal system... I'm at a loss for words. If you don't mind I'm just going to sit back and bask in the sunny magnificent of the Bluebell.
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  April 15, 2014
Well, what can I say Nick, other then the usual beautiful work all around, your builds are honestly on another level compared to what most of us car builders build! As usual, the function is crazy, yet there are no compromises made in the styling to fit the function in, I really hope one day I have the skill you have. The anecdote was pretty nice too, fits the car well! Regarding your comment on my MOciversary, thanks, I have a four hour art exam tomorrow :S anyways, I'm sure it comes as no surprise 5/5
  April 15, 2014
If you build a Traveller, please could it have working "Trafficators" (or were those on my Mum's A40 van?) and the obligatory moss on the woodwork ;)
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  April 15, 2014
You are truly master of the angles! Superb!
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  April 15, 2014
Quoting David Roberts Both an aesthetic and engineering marvel. The studded, smooth contours with integrated Technic functions are breathtaking. Wonderful. I like the details such as the big speedo too. My dad owned the Traveller, station wagon, version in the 1960s. How about one of those, with its half-timbered body work?
Travellers are great, and that would look good in Lego. Hmmm.... Thanks David!
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  April 15, 2014
Nick, I can easily see this was build with love and the fondest of memories... your technical skills certainly played a part too! So charming in every way and detail! :)
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  April 15, 2014
You're the best Nick. This is just out of this world! The interior is superb, and as I mentioned on Flickr the studded look suits the minor so perfectly. Then there's the technic features I don't really understand but appreciate nonetheless. Just brilliant.
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  April 15, 2014
Stunning! The sculpting is fantastic! Amazing work!
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  April 15, 2014
Classic Nick design and engineering! It's always those under-the-hood shots that get me. Well done, Dude!
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  April 15, 2014
Both an aesthetic and engineering marvel. The studded, smooth contours with integrated Technic functions are breathtaking. Wonderful. I like the details such as the big speedo too. My dad owned the Traveller, station wagon, version in the 1960s. How about one of those, with its half-timbered body work?
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  April 15, 2014
Quoting Ape Fight The new best car on MOCpages, replacing your own stupendous Mini. I can't even begin to describe how wonderful this creation is : ) It's taken you a long time to build and now I can see why, the technical functionality is the best I've ever seen! Amazing amazing amazing 10/10
This was a long time coming, but it was worth it! Thanks a lot Ape :-)
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  April 15, 2014
The new best car on MOCpages, replacing your own stupendous Mini. I can't even begin to describe how wonderful this creation is : ) It's taken you a long time to build and now I can see why, the technical functionality is the best I've ever seen! Amazing amazing amazing 10/10
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  April 15, 2014
i really love your study works on these cars! stunning again!
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  April 15, 2014
Quoting Alex Wright I was amazed when I first saw this page, not only because of the build (which is excellent, I must say), but also because of the car and the name! My dad owns a Morris Minor, and a Morris 8, and the 8 is called Bluebell! I thought that this was just such an amazing coincidence. Must be a good name for Morris-'s!
That's really cool - you've got the right name as well! Thanks Alex.
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  April 15, 2014
Phenomenal build! O_o Everything functions! Great work Nick.
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  April 15, 2014
I was amazed when I first saw this page, not only because of the build (which is excellent, I must say), but also because of the car and the name! My dad owns a Morris Minor, and a Morris 8, and the 8 is called Bluebell! I thought that this was just such an amazing coincidence. Must be a good name for Morris-'s!
  April 15, 2014
Bluebell is fantastic. Great shaping and details. Love those rear view mirrors.
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  April 15, 2014
Fantastically complex - gorgeous build Nick. I absolutely love the shaping of the bonnet, and the whole thing looks very realistic. Sounds like a great car, with a lot of character.
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  April 15, 2014
Very lovely car. The engine lokks amazing as well as the shaping. A true masterpiece. Weeell done!!!
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  April 15, 2014
Quoting Dallas Bovair Cars are so much better with a story attached aren't they? Also my parents always tell me never let the seller know you want something if they are willing to bargain. This is an awesome build!
Very true, on both counts :-) Thanks Dallas.
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  April 15, 2014
Cars are so much better with a story attached aren't they? Also my parents always tell me never let the seller know you want something if they are willing to bargain. This is an awesome build!
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  April 15, 2014
Absolutely the best in terms of accuracy what I know. On the motor everything is right where it should be, of the V-belt to the spark plug cap. The interior is built just as lovingly. I have such a car already seen live but in black. And I must say I'm blown away. An absolute masterpiece.
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  April 15, 2014
Quoting Alex Sonny You, Sir, are a Lego magician.
You're very kind, although it took a bit more than an 'Abracadabra' to put this one together! Thanks Alex :-)
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  April 15, 2014
Woahh this is excellent! The realism is mind blowing! It is really really great!!! I love all the functions! Good job nick!! 8-) 5/5
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  April 15, 2014
Quoting Loek Marcus Beautiful car Nick. Nice story behind it as well. The big clock, does that have something to do with the big revcounter in the Mini Cooper of nowadays? I like the gloveboxes aswell. And the wipers and other technical stuffies are awesome aswell, but I don't understand how you ever done that :) Great work again, top notch work!
Early Minis had a similar big single speedo in the centre as well, which the modern ones reference; somewhat cartoonishly... Thanks Loek!
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  April 15, 2014
This is truly awesome. Your best one yet and my favorite for sure. I can't stop watching this. Stunning work!
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  April 15, 2014
Quoting David Alexander Smith I can see a real love affair with your subject. Strange how inanimate things come to mean so much to us, and our children. As I build more automata, I take increasingly greater interest in those technic skills; they look fantastic on this. The interior is amazingly well realised too. Hail to Nick, a true Lego car nut.
I was always going to build one of these sooner or later... Thanks David :-)
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  April 15, 2014
Brilliant build! The functions are excellent and the shaping is ace :)
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  April 15, 2014
Quoting Jan Nordelius lovely indeed...abit bigger in scale than the official lego vw beatle I take it?....which scale IS it by the way?....1:8?.....I noticed the big wheels from the unimog.....how many pieces?...will there be any building instructions available? regards Jan
Scale is 1:7 - much bigger than lego's VW. Those are Unimog wheels, it's around 6,000 pieces and instructions don't exist. Thanks Jan :-)
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  April 15, 2014
It is fantastic! Excellent shape. This car is such detailed as it is possible. Great build! One of Your the best!
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  April 15, 2014
Wow this is a very beautiful Lego version of this classic car. Absolute fantastic work Nick. Love it!
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  April 15, 2014
Wow! Amazing detail both inside and out!
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  April 15, 2014
Great stuff!
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  April 15, 2014
Beautiful car Nick. Nice story behind it as well. The big clock, does that have something to do with the big revcounter in the Mini Cooper of nowadays? I like the gloveboxes aswell. And the wipers and other technical stuffies are awesome aswell, but I don't understand how you ever done that :) Great work again, top notch work!
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  April 15, 2014
I can see a real love affair with your subject. Strange how inanimate things come to mean so much to us, and our children. As I build more automata, I take increasingly greater interest in those technic skills; they look fantastic on this. The interior is amazingly well realised too. Hail to Nick, a true Lego car nut.
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  April 15, 2014
lovely indeed...abit bigger in scale than the official lego vw beatle I take it?....which scale IS it by the way?....1:8?.....I noticed the big wheels from the unimog.....how many pieces?...will there be any building instructions available? regards Jan
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  April 15, 2014
Wow! This would be an amazing build even without all of the functional features. The way you have duplicated all of the curved surfaces is outstanding. The working wipers are great and the engine, with its working mini-pistons is just ingenious. Another top-notch build to add to your "garage".
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  April 15, 2014
Sweet Mother of Great Britain! This is glorious! The name sure is fitting with that nice colour scheme, and the amount of details surpasses that of any previous model of yours. they say it's the small things are the ones that matter, and you obviously stuck to that, the mirrors and badge on the bonnet are really nice, as is the gauge in the middle and the steering-wheel mounted gearstick. And under the studded exterior lies a fully functional technic interior that I have no idea how you made. You, Sir, are a Lego magician.
 
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