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1/8 scale 1961 Goggomobil TS300 Coupé . '20-wide' lego model of my dad's Goggo Coupé. . Hi all, Well, I haven't been too busy with lego this summer, haven't I? Truth is I've been very busy playing with real cars, and building up model aeroplanes (lego isn't the only stuff I like making models out of). But not to disappoint my loyal fanbase's thirst for more Dan the Man models, I've been meaning to make at the very least one big model this summer. The Goggomobils are my second favourite microcars after the Messerschmitts, so it sort of followed on that after building the TG500 I'd make a Goggo. It's not as large, detailed or impressive as the Tiger (to be honest, of all my large cars, only the TVR comes close to the Tiger in terms of complexity) - but it's still 1/8 scale, and only a tad shorter when put next to my Bentley Turbo R, for size comparison. Anyway - on to the car. It's modelled after my dad's 1961 TS Coupé, same colours and details, etc. It's a fairly simple car in real life, so no big challenge to replicate in lego - especially with my old school techniques (and, er, original building techniques - there were some parts (grille) that just wouldn't have been possible without blue-tack...) Credit where it's due - this was built together with my little brother, who did parts such as the front and rear bumpers, engine bay, running outside every so often to check and compare accuracy with the real car (because I was quite comfortable just laying there on my floor, building bits for it) and helping find bits, which as you'll see later is no easy task for us. And now for a guided tour, with commentary where I feel like it... Nice front 3/4 view of the car. The indicators - sometimes, when building a model, no matter how much is still left to build, you just already know exactly how you're going to build a certain detail part of it. I knew exactly how these indicators would be made without even needing to look at the car. The grille, quite like an Alfa Romeo one, isn't actually a radiator grille. The engine is in the back of the car, the aluminium grille on the front is purely for looks. And quite a pain to build out of lego, too, I might add. It looks a bit odd, Ford Anglia-like here - but I think that, if it were possible to have such a shaped window out of lego, it would look more normal. It's supposed to have a panoramic style rear window. Engine bay - googling 'goggomobil engine' will give a better quality picture of what amongst owners is often referred to as the African Face Mask. Rear lights were fun to make. I meant that ironically... but actually they weren't too bad. Once I'd figured out how to make the nearest approximation to such an awkward shape, to this scale. Suicide doors! This was changed to normal-way-round doors in 1964. Just like a real Goggo, the rear seats are completely pointless and probably for insurance/advertising reasons only. I was feeling rather cramped up, with my head touching the rear windows, before I was even 10 years old sitting in the back. Glovebox ought to open. But it doesn't. You try making an opening one this small, bearing in mind that you can only build two blocks deep aswell. For similar reasons, the light switches (which should be attached to either side of the steering column) have been omitted, due to not finding any way to attach them in the world of lego. Gearstick (which works on an H pattern rotated 90° compared to normal cars) and handbrake made the final cut though. The steering however was far simpler than expected to make - it worked so well it just sort of 'happened' without any effort needing to be put in. Where my other big cars have needed complex mechanisms, cogs and universal joints to get the steering wheel to reach the front wheels, this one - just like the real thing - simply has a straight line joining the steering rack to the steering wheel. And when trying to build that, the first attempt just worked and fit right into place straight away. Perfect! Just for fun, I thought I'd take a picture of how my room often looks when I'm building a lego model. A few of my lego boxes (usually sorted into colours, followed by - if there's enough of a certain colour - categories, such as bricks, plates, wedges etc) are placed/spilled out over the floor and bed, with the amount we've gathered over the years, sometimes the only way to find one part of a certain colour is to spill out the entire box and sift through it all for half an hour... not looking forward to tidying that mess up this evening! Hope you liked it :) - Dan


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