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A pair of minifig-scale top fuel dragsters, waiting at the starting line.
About this creation
"I don't often build in this scale, but when I do, I like to build something fast." -- The Most Interesting Builder in the World.

There have been numerous LEGO sets that have featured dragsters, but none of them have looked vey convincing. Usually, the dimensions of the dragster are distorted in an attempt to get a badly-proportioned minifig into the very narrow cockpit. So I have dispensed with the idea of trying to accommodate minifigs in my dragsters and have instead tried to get the proportions to match those of the real life versions as much as possible. Even with the minifigs out of the picture, obstacles like a limited selection of tires and wheels still hampered the design somewhat.

Unless you count something like the ThrustSSC, these bad boys are pretty much at the top of the food chain as far as race cars go. The power output on most top fuel dragsters is well over 8,000 HP, which means that they are literally more powerful than a diesel locomotive. To put it another way, each of a dragster's eight cylinders makes significantly more power than an entire NASCAR, Formula 1, or Indy car. Their engines run so hot that they often burn away most of their spark plugs during a sub-4-second run -- some of the cylinders are firing due to compression alone during the last second or so of the race. The clutch, which controls slippage during the early part of the race, must be replaced after every race, since two or more of the clutch plates have typically welded together by midway through the race.








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 I made it 
  August 11, 2014
Quoting Jimmie Martinez Amazing build in the smaller scale. Attention to detail is fantastic . I'm a fan of your builds now. Keep up the amazing work. Have you seen my 1/64th scale Battalion One FDNY. I am almost 90% complete with Station 51 KMG 365. I will post it as soon as I figure out my roof Issues. Stay safe and hope that you are well.
Thanks! I have seen your Battalion One MOC -- Good Stuff! I definitely do intend to do a few more builds at the roughly 1:75 (4-wide vehicle) scale that I have frequently used, so stay tuned...
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  August 9, 2014
Amazing build in the smaller scale. Attention to detail is fantastic . I'm a fan of your builds now. Keep up the amazing work. Have you seen my 1/64th scale Battalion One FDNY. I am almost 90% complete with Station 51 KMG 365. I will post it as soon as I figure out my roof Issues. Stay safe and hope that you are well.
 I made it 
  August 7, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Awesome! Those dragsters look amazing! I love how you made the Christmas tree very clever. Excellent work Matt!
Thanks! Yeah, when you aren't trying to fit a minifig inside, it's a lot easier to the lines to look right. I was sort of lucky with the Christmas tree lights -- the simple solution that I tried out first worked out just fine.
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  August 7, 2014
Awesome! Those dragsters look amazing! I love how you made the Christmas tree very clever. Excellent work Matt!
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  August 6, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Cool scene. I love the dragsters and the Christmas tree looks great too.
Thanks! Other than the dragsters, the Christmas tree lights are probably the most important part of the build, so I wanted to make sure they at least looked somewhat like the real thing. The technique I settled on for building them is simple, but effective.
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  August 6, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee THANK YOU! Dispensing with the minifigs made the proportions perfect. Nothing like the smell of nitro and burnt clutch in the morning. These are just perfect. Although, that track looks wickedly green, need to lay down some rubber and get some heat in those tires or else all those ponies will go atmosphere. ;) Fantastic!
Thanks! You are right about the track. I toyed with the idea of trying to lay down some burnt rubber, but just putting down some black tiles didn't look quite right -- too smooth. Maybe I'll eventually figure out a good way to do it and update the diorama. It would be a good chance to throw in some funny cars as well.
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  August 6, 2014
Cool scene. I love the dragsters and the Christmas tree looks great too.
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  August 6, 2014
THANK YOU! Dispensing with the minifigs made the proportions perfect. Nothing like the smell of nitro and burnt clutch in the morning. These are just perfect. Although, that track looks wickedly green, need to lay down some rubber and get some heat in those tires or else all those ponies will go atmosphere. ;) Fantastic!
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  August 6, 2014
Quoting Dennis B Absolutely cool and amazing. The proportions are spot on!
Thanks! Getting the proportions roughly correct was one of my main motivations here, since I haven't seen too many dragster builds that look right.
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  August 6, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Wonderful representation of these awesome machines.
Thanks! I agree -- these machines are pretty awesome, and they seem to keep pushing the envelope further and further. It seems like it wasn't that long ago that the power output was half of what it is today.
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  August 6, 2014
Quoting Stephan N it Looks fantastic
Thanks!
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  August 6, 2014
Quoting Kevin Michaels Looks great! I'm not a fan of Drag racing that much, But this looks awesome!
Thanks! To be honest, I'm not a huge drag racing fan myself, but I still think they are awesome machines and make a pretty good subject for a MOC.
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  August 6, 2014
Quoting Elk Guard Cool!
Thanks!
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  August 6, 2014
Absolutely cool and amazing. The proportions are spot on!
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  August 6, 2014
Wonderful representation of these awesome machines.
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  August 6, 2014
it Looks fantastic
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  August 5, 2014
Looks great! I'm not a fan of Drag racing that much, But this looks awesome!
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  August 5, 2014
Cool!
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  August 5, 2014
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe Very nice...
Thanks!
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  August 5, 2014
Quoting Mariner 1000 Nice job, Matt!
Thanks!
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  August 5, 2014
Quoting Jet Best Absolutely awesome!
Thanks!
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  August 5, 2014
Quoting Yann (XY EZ) It is so cool Matt!! I like it a lot!! 5/5
Thanks! I'm glad you like it.
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  August 5, 2014
Quoting Sven Jagdmann Wow Matt this is a great looking drag strip! Cool dragster design too. Very nice job and great detail :)
Thanks! I used a few pictures of the start lines of real drag strips as a guide. Other than the Christmas tree lights, most of them are pretty simple -- just a few barricades to protect the race officials.
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  August 5, 2014
Quoting T.J. Brammer Cool drag strip! I agree with Tom also.
Thanks!
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  August 5, 2014
Quoting Tom Simon But the female figure dropping the flag will be at large scale. Right?
Haha, we'll see about that. Maybe the subject of another build.
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  August 5, 2014
Very nice...
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  August 5, 2014
Nice job, Matt!
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  August 5, 2014
Absolutely awesome!
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  August 5, 2014
It is so cool Matt!! I like it a lot!! 5/5
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  August 5, 2014
Wow Matt this is a great looking drag strip! Cool dragster design too. Very nice job and great detail :)
 I like it 
  August 5, 2014
Cool drag strip! I agree with Tom also.
 I like it 
  August 5, 2014
But the female figure dropping the flag will be at large scale. Right?
 
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