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1/3 Lego lamborghini Cala Build Diary 6 - Crash! ...& Frame
In the 6th build journal of the 1/3 scale Lamborghini Cala; the car has a crash before even being roadworthy; and most of the frame goes on. Please rate it if you like it :) Thanks, Dan
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Hi,

OK, it's been a while since the last journal entry; but hey- you got the last two within the same day so don't complain :)

There are over 20 photos in this build log as quite a lot has happened; I got photos of all the different parts and places that have been added and changed - but then again, having so many photos means I'll just stick them all together in one go, and put this boring description afterwards for those who don't want to have to read through stuff.
You'll have to use your imagination for the last photo lol... I just went over one of the other photos in Paint to show you how the fi sihed car should 'overap' the shape of the frame...

OK, so what's new ?

Well, in a nutshell; I built most of the frame, and the car had a crash - and it isn't even on the road yet !

OK, the crash is more interesting, isn't it ? :) I thought so ...
Well; there are a couple pf photos showing the damage; basically I was turning it around to work on the other side, and it sort-of slipped and the stilts collapsed.
There's probably some ancient chinese kung-fu wise master proverb that says "He who builds huge-ass lego models on weak stilts is a fool" .
Well I'm now building it straight onto the table, no stilts.
The damage actually looks worse in the phots than it really is; part of the rubbish on the floor is the bits from the broken stilts; the wheels and a few 'marker' pieces of lego that were just hanging loosely on the car as mockups fell off; but they weren't fixed on properly anyway; and the rest is a pile of pieces I kept handy under the car aroudn the stilts; that all came off. Surprisingly, the only part of the actual car that broke was a corner of the flooring, but that'll all back to normal and happy now.

For those who are more interested in the actual progress of the building, and not just things going wrong; you'll notice a significant change - most of the frame is now in place.
We received a huuuuuuge box of technic the other day, and there's about ... er ... none left now ; but you can see how much has been added.
My idea was to build a very strong frame on the car that would go pretty much everywhere on the car just under where the bodywork would be attached to. not only does this mean it's easier to fit the body panels at the end, but it also considerably strengthens (and weighs down...) the car. So, the car should start to be taking a bit more shape now; as the frame follows the rough shape of the finished car. There is more to do for the frame; i.e. doors and roof; but since I've used a few thousand bits of lego in two days I'll have to restock again before doing them. (In the meantime we should be getting *very* shortly our orders with the bits for the wheel arches and other stuff)

What has been done to the frame :
- rear bumper
- big squarish arches (above what will be the wheel arch) over back wheels; connected to engine bay for extra strength
- side bars at the botom; to attach body side skirts and to give the doors something to rest on when closed
- front wedge-shape with cross-bars for strength (but also to build upon, as the dashboard goes around them)
- door pillars and hinges

What's been changed :
- took off the wheels, door mockups and other mockup 'marker' bits as they were just in the way... reasons being: I'll fix the wheels on properly when they're finished, not half finished; door mockups weren't rght anyway, and I needed the technic bits that made them up; other marker bits were just in the way and I didn't need them anymore anyway...

Another thing I noticed as - you'll think I'm mad now, if you don't already - I was building the UCS falcon about a week ago, and noticed just how similar it was to the lamborghini...
No, I don't mean in looks; *obviously* , but he frames on both have similar constructions; and though I haven't yet done the bodywork on the Cala, the panels on the falcon are built in a way similar to the way I planned on doing them on the lambo...

OK I'll stop rambling on, this is getting way too long - I congratulate anyone who's actually read this all the way through lol :)

Hope you like it ! Please rate it if you do :)

Dan


P.S. If you are looking to buy lego for your creations, I would like to recommend the following Bricklink lego shop ; "About Town, Castle & Train" ( http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=stacey_love )
I personally know the shopholders, and they are very nice, devoted people. They are currently sponsoring 100% of my 1/3 Lamborghini project, providing all of the parts; and have made various other donations to other models I have made.
The store has a wide selection of parts (over 600,000!), at good prices, and offer an exceptional, fast service (no tax or dodgy exchange rates, next day postage, etc). you won't be disappointed !



Comments

 I like it 
  June 27, 2009
This is such a cool car! i want to see it when it is done also:)
 I made it 
  May 9, 2009
Quoting Jeroen Van Hove impressive ambition, i've been checking this model regularly the last months and i'm glad to see you made some progress. If i may make a suggestion: first chance you get, put the model down on it's wheels, so that they support the weight... you might be in for a surprise considering the suspension and the strenght of the axles...
hi, thanks for the advice , but I'm already a step ahead :) I decided it would be best, since I was building upstairs next to my bedroom, to bring he car downstairs while it was still possible and carry on buidling there. Whilst doing that, we found a table a perfect size for the car - just slightly larger, and longer, so now it is resting on all 4 wheels. Though I have not updated MCOPages yet, as I don't judge it's quite worth a new build diary yet, there has been some progress : - front and back light 'shells' or 'casings' (no electric lamps yet) - front bonnet and storage place (this will be used to puit the battery boxes for the elctrics, as it's the best place for them) - frame for roof and targa top - just a few bits and bobs here and there, like the number plate. I'd love to adda new build diary, but I'd like to do so when we have done just a little more, like when the frame is finished (back boot and door frames stilleed to be made, but I've run out of technic so more is on order) , and when the lights are finished (mostly the electrics). Dan
  May 8, 2009
impressive ambition, i've been checking this model regularly the last months and i'm glad to see you made some progress. If i may make a suggestion: first chance you get, put the model down on it's wheels, so that they support the weight... you might be in for a surprise considering the suspension and the strenght of the axles...
 I like it 
  April 13, 2009
To detail the bottom of my Home One I had to use thin stilt-like boards for supports. There were a few tense moments when I bumped the ship and saw it sway back and forth, but luckily it never fell off. If it had fallen the 70 cm to the floor, lets just say I would have to rename the MOC: "Home One - After Being Destroyed By The Death Star II's Superlaser." Luckily your project didn't take much damage. Continue the great work!
 I like it 
  March 27, 2009
Ming, dude, wow!!!! Really amazing model! The most impressive part of it was definitely the scale and the detail which is just staggering. I have not posted anything on the net about my lego creations yet but i build lego trucks and all kind of vehicles. Now i want to make a lego trial truck and i have some great fresh ideas but the problem is i am short a few parts and i can not buy them over the internet because i live in Serbia and it is impossible to make any transactions over the internet here. I saw that you order parts for your huge lambo and I would like to ask you if you could order and send me these parts. In return I will send you a battery box(with batteries), an extension cable, a lego motor,a 40 tooth gear and 10 euros or just 50 euros. My address is Justina Popovica 23d. The post code is 11283 and the place is Altina, Belgrade, Serbia. The parts i need are: 1x technic differential with one gear 28 tooth bevel, 20x technic pin with friction with towball, 2x technic steering CV joint, 4x technic link 6L, 6x technic link 9L, 4x shock absorber 6.5L complete assembly (soft spring), 2x technic universal joint 3L(complete assembly shortcut). My mail is milosbb@yahoo.com. Please do me this favor, because I wanted since forever to build a lego trial truck in 1:13 scale. Until now i was building only 12 studs wide. Please write your answer to my mail soon. Happy building!!
 I like it 
  March 25, 2009
Avec ces pieces tu pourrais aussi faire un mega-vaisseau ! Merci pour tes commentaires et bonne continuation pour la Lambo - on pourrait creer un nouveau mot d'ailleurs pour ce projet : MEGA-SCALE ! :)
 I like it 
  March 18, 2009
wow thats really cool! ive been watching this creation grow and ive gotta say your doing an amazing job =D + could you put some pictures with you compared to it?
 I like it 
  March 14, 2009
looks like you need a bigger table :D
 I like it 
  March 14, 2009
Wow, keep it up. This thing still puts me in awe...
 I like it 
  March 14, 2009
Just to tell you Midnight Club's first contest is coming up.Please enter
 I like it 
  March 14, 2009
Ok, someone has too much lego to play with!! Looking pretty cool. I would not like to follow build instructions for this model!!!
 I like it 
  March 14, 2009
This is good
 I made it 
  March 13, 2009
Quoting Mario neeger i like it very much how many parts are in the lamborghini and how many parts will be in this project?:D i am a huge lambo fan and u have worked good on this project ;)
Hi ! Thanks for adding me as a favourite builder :) Hmm... so far , I'm not sure how many parts are in the car; I haven't counted, and seeing as it's my friend, not me, who does the orders he probably has a better idea than me... so far, at a rough guess, I'd say maybe 10,000 -15,000 parts so far ; though that could be out...usually we need a few hundred of a certain part, so numbers go up quickly... I know much of it so far is big technic parts, but that also means millions of pins, and I have also used many 1x4, 1x6 and 1x8 plates to help reinforce the frame; also the wheels take hundreds of parts each and they're only half done right now... when it's finished ? I have no idea... the interior will take a lot; not to mention the bodywork... I'd guess maybe 50,000+ , but that's a complete random guess and nothing solid to go by. Thanks again for your interest :) Dan
 I like it 
  March 13, 2009
i like it very much how many parts are in the lamborghini and how many parts will be in this project?:D i am a huge lambo fan and u have worked good on this project ;)
 I like it 
  March 12, 2009
This project is totally wicked. Very very nice !!
 I made it 
  March 10, 2009
Quoting Tony Dunne I've been checking in on this car , and it is looking great. How much does this beast weigh so far? Good work! Keep Building! Check out some of my creations.
Thanks :) So far ... well I'm not certain as I don't have any big scales handy; but I lifted it up and on a rough guess I'd say it weighs roughly 20 kilos so far (not sure how that equates in Imperial measures...) ; it goes without saying that the final thing will weigh much more ... In the meantime I've had some crazy ideas for other big lego models I could build alongside this; I won't start saying what or when or how big as I have no idea if I'll even be able to... but if so, then you're all in for some more nice surprises on top of this car :) Dan
 I like it 
  March 10, 2009
I've been checking in on this car , and it is looking great. How much does this beast weigh so far? Good work! Keep Building! Check out some of my creations.
 I like it 
  March 9, 2009
Again, great work so far! Don't you hate it when your building something and you drop it or something? Mine always manage to find their way down a staircase. Nice work and good luck. Hopefully you're free from and more gravity storms. Peace - Patrick
 I made it 
  March 9, 2009
Quoting Mark Kelso You were close on that ancient Chinese proverb...It's "He who builds a huge-@*& lego model is a fool." The stilts part is irrelevant. I'm speaking from experience here, so trust me. Okay... joking aside, I'm impressed with your ambition (and your financial dedication!). It's looking terrific so far. I'll look forward to seeing it non-crashed and completed. Best of luck!
Thanks haha:) In fact, the ambition do make such a big lego model is partly inspired by you and Erik Varszegi, and both of your huge star wars ships - they're amazing ! I'm hoping that this will end up of a similar quality :) Dan
 I like it 
  March 9, 2009
You were close on that ancient Chinese proverb...It's "He who builds a huge-@*& lego model is a fool." The stilts part is irrelevant. I'm speaking from experience here, so trust me. Okay... joking aside, I'm impressed with your ambition (and your financial dedication!). It's looking terrific so far. I'll look forward to seeing it non-crashed and completed. Best of luck!
 
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