Posts Tagged ‘LUGNuts’

’61 Dodge Polara…Aztec Gold

May 24, 2011

Lino Martins is known as “THE car guy” for two very good reasons:

1. He’s the founder of LUGNuts on Flickr
2. He builds models like this:
'61 Dodge Polara...Aztec Gold

This chopped and lowered custom ’61 Dodge Polara is called Aztec Gold and features a fiery hot lowrider paint job, ruby jeweled grille, classic white interior and shimmering pearl gold accents throughout. The strange engine under the hood is a Long Ram and the spare tire cover on the trunk lid blazes in yellow and gold like the Aztec sun.

This was built for the Plus Or Minus Ten challenge over at LUGNuts where we had to build any vehicle from the year we were born…plus or minus ten years. In this case I went minus ten with this flashy ’61.

'61 Dodge Polara...Aztec Gold

Now even Lino will tell you that I’m not into cars, but when something this snazzy and this plaid comes along, I just have to stop and take note of it. The coolness meter just blew up after seeing this one! 🙂

AFOL A Blocumentary

February 22, 2010

Although I can’t seem to get the video to link directly onto my blog you can watch the video if you click the picture.

This is a nicely in-depth look into the minds and world of the AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) created by Jess Gibson. The half hour video features several of my North West Coast friends including:

Lino Martins
Thomas Rafert
Wayne Hussy
Mark Neumann
Robin Sather
Jordan Schwartz
Jason Ruff

It was filmed at Brickcon 2009 and at a SEALUG meeting. I really enjoyed watching my friends getting a chance to see BrickCon 09. 🙂

A Galaxie of Holiday Cheer!

January 4, 2010

A Galaxie of Holiday Cheer!

Somehow I forgot to post this last month and even though it’s a tad late I couldn’t pass up on Lino Martins’ Christmas Galaxie

You may remember a bike featuring Santa Claus and Natasha, his sexy Russian mail order bride, from last Christmas. Well this year they’ve acquired a new custom ride; a 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible. Close the hood and red lights will illuminate the engine compartment and can be seen through the unique hood window. A spacious trunk and back seat can be loaded with holiday gifts (or mischievous elves) and gold grille and rims, plus a dark red and dark green color configuration makes this Galaxie Christmasy, yet more sophisticated than your usual bright holiday colors. A classic white interior ties the whole Christmas theme together. The top can be used when transporting holiday cheer in the dead of winter…or it can come off when bringing toys to all the good boys and girls living in warmer climates. Either way, this is one classy cool custom ride! This was built for the Galaxie of Possibilities challenge over at LUGNuts.

A Galaxie of Holiday Cheer!

Both the car and the Galaxie of Possibilities challenge were really clever. The car for its simply elegant color scheme and pure awesomeness, the challenge because LUGNuters were restricted to only one type of car — a ’66 Ford Galaxie.

My favorite other entry was Peter Blackert’s Ford Galaxie 1966 Convertible (Modified)

I love the use of the Bionicle blue flame element.

And, if you are interested in it, the 27th Build Challenge…Blockbuster Mission! is currently going on at LUGNuts on Flickr right now. Trust me, its worth a read even if you don’t build cars. 😉

1960 Chevy Apache and the story behind it

October 22, 2009

Lino Martins is a man known for his amazing car building skills. In fact, one of his creations is even pictured in the new The LEGO Book that was just released.

He is also known for his long explanations of why he builds something. Which I find equally as interesting as the creations themselves. 🙂

His latest the Apache, has a very interesting story to go along with it.

So I built an old truck. Big deal, thats what I always do. Maybe the better story here is not what I did but why.

The tune haunted me as long as I could remember. I’d hear snippets of it in my head or it would be playing very softly in some musty antique shop somewhere and just when I’d try to follow it and really understand it, it would be gone in a flash…nothing but a fading ghosted memory, leaving me not even sure if I’ve heard it in the first place. As it was a wordless instrumental tune, it was impossible to research by keywording lyrics…even a mismatched facsimile of lyrics, as what seems to be normal for me. With no lyrics, no name, and no ability to coherently reconstruct the song from memory, my only choice was to wait for the tune to come to me…and it would, but only on certain occasions. Maybe it has to do with its galloping tribal beat or its heavy use of vibrato, but I associate the tune with battle…but only a certain type of battle.

Recently, we tuned to a streaming surf rock station on my girlfriend’s laptop. Surf rock is, by in large, wordless and nice to have in the background while doing other things…cool, even badass without being overly distracting. It isn’t overly distracting…unless, of course…that certain song comes on. I’m sure you can imagine my reaction when thirty or so seconds into it, I caught on to what I was hearing. With a racing heart and shaking hands, I scrambled to the laptop to see the name of the song and artist before it was gone…gone for good. I felt an eerie shiver up my spine as I read the title. The song that haunted me…the one that came to me in times of distress, in fight or flight situations and in dreams…the one that occasionally came into mind as a fleeting, ghostlike snippet finally had a name! Apache.

Now that it had a name, I vowed to learn as much about it as possible. It was originally recorded in 1960. In name and in sound, the piece conjures up imagery of the American Old West but it was written by members of a British band called The Shadows.

So what does this all have to do with the Lego truck? Its a 1960 Chevy Apache panel truck and shares the same name and year as the song.

Among some very tricky build techniques, it also features a fully detailed engine, spring suspension, opening rear delivery style doors, an accurate looking gas can, Native feathers hanging from the rear view mirror, specially designed suicide doors and a tricky diamond patterned interior reminiscent of diamondback rattlesnakes.

This was built for the LUGNuts 2nd Anniversary Challenge that gave us the freedom to build from any challenge of the previous year. Conveniently, this fit within the “Play That Funky Music” build challenge based on songs. So there you have it…a cool new truck to look at and hopefully a newly rediscovered old song for your playlist. Thanks for reading.

I cropped it a tad (yes, it’s longer than this even) and you can read the full description when you click the pictures. Warning, there is some language kids.

Here is the Diamond interior:

Let’s pop the hood:

And here’s the song that haunted Lino for so long:

You’ll have to look at the full set of images to really appreciate all the details. Great job Lino! 🙂

Fellow LUGNut goes worldwide

May 27, 2009

Firas Abu-Jaber’s vehicles are truly works of art. Although he has long been known in the LEGO community, he is starting to get know to the rest of the world. Not only were his creations highlighted on he was also featured on a whole slew of blogs. One even commented:

Firas Abu-Jaber, a member of, a community for LEGO enthusiasts, is much better at building LEGO cars than I ever was. He’s built LEGO versions of the Lamborghini Reventon, Ford GT, Dodge Tomahawk, Shelby Supersnake and even K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider. Basically all the cars I would have posters of on my wall if my girlfriend wasn’t such a fuddy-duddy.

One of my favorites is Shelby GT500 Super Snake

Although I have to admit its more for the snake than the car. 😀 Check out his full Photostream to see all his creations. Great job Firas!

This one’s definitely a Junker!

May 20, 2009

Hidden Treasure...'49 Buick Fastback

Okay, I know I’m a little late on the blogging bandwagon for this one but I just had to talk about Lino’s latest creation the Hidden Treasure…’49 Buick Fastback. Made for his Lugnuts challenge Junkers And Clunkers I can certainly say that this qualifies. 😀

I love all the intricate details — the rust, the plants, and the frogs (there’s three by the way 😉 ).

Miniland Scale Segway

December 20, 2008

LUGNuts’ “All But Four” Challenge is the best one yet! There are over 100 responses to the thread. I thought I’d take another crack and came up with this:

Despite rumors to the contrary Miniland Stan, former LEGOLAND California mascot, is alive and well.

Despite rumors to the contrary Miniland Stan, former LEGOLAND California mascot, is alive and well.

I had Miniland Stan take it out for a test drive. 😉

“All But Four”

December 1, 2008

Okay, so I’m in a group called LUGNuts on Flickr that is devoted to all things automotive. Each month they have a different building challenge that has to do with building some kind of vehicle. This month’s challenge “All But Four . . .” is a fun and unusual challenge, it asks us to make a vehicle of some sort, but it can’t have four wheels. Any other configuration is fine, just not four. I immediately thought that this was a cool idea and threw the Trio 1 together.

Trio 1

I look forward to see what other cool concepts will come out of this.