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MCC Smart Car
Built by Mercedes, MCC Smart makes 2-seater city cars in Europe. This 1:20 scale model was first built in 2003 as a personal challenge. In Dec 2004 I was commissioned to build a second one.
About this creation


See the 2008 Smart ForTwo, an update to this older 2003 design.




December 2004
I have always loved the way the Smart cars look, and I thought it would be an interesting challenge to try and build one. The completed model is 10-studs wide and 17 studs long, matching the real car's 1.5 x 2.5 meter measurements.

The blue and grey Smart was built in 2003. In December 2004, I was commissioned by a gentleman in the UK and built the orange and black car. The client wanted me to reproduce his girlfriend's car; he gave it to her as a Christmas present.

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   The orange-and-black car was built as a duplicate of the client's girlfriend's car. He took photos of her car so that I could get every detail correct, from the rear license plate (which is yellow), to the grey wheels, and other specific accent colors.



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   The orange car, by request, is left-hand-drive. (Odd, though, since the client lives in the UK.) The blue car, my original, is right-hand-drive.



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   The orange car was easier to build than the blue one because it is only two colors, instead of 3. The blue car has a lot of areas with thin black trim; this results in a lot more smaller pieces, and an overall more complicated construction.



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   I'm particularly happy with the design I used for the tail lights... It fits just perfectly and really helps give the car some of it's signiature personality.



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   This view shows a slight bulge in the hood, as well as the grey "swish" shape unique to the Smart. I also realized after I took all these photos that the front fender is hinged askew. Doh!



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   I had made several versions of the front skirt; It was tough trying to illustrate the curvature of the nose and the bulge of the front fenders while still getting in the air scoop on the bottom.



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   I added a front license plate to the second model, since it wasn't present on the blue one. I like the way it turned out, even though it should probably be a little wider.



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   The grille was tricky because it is curved in real life. I simulated this with half-stud offsets just behind it, to make it look like it curves off toward the fenders.



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   Here is a picture of a real Smart Car, for those that haven't seen one before. You can see more at http://www.thesmart.co.uk



Comments

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  February 10, 2012
Nice!
  August 5, 2009
The look better when you slam them into eachother head-on!
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  April 27, 2009
I like cars, I also like legos, combined is breath-taking, nice job!
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  April 20, 2009
Looks so real!
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  April 19, 2009
can you please put up the LDD plans! i want to make it
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  April 19, 2009
I've been wanting to build something and now I know what to build
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  April 16, 2009
This ROCKS, sean
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  January 6, 2009
smart design!
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  September 19, 2007
Very much like a real smart car!GOOOOOD JOB!
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  November 2, 2006
Well i like this!
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  October 23, 2006
These are great little cars, london is crawling with them, but i could instantly recognise the car, even without reading the title! great job!
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  June 26, 2006
love smart cars, they look so...cute, i guess. i spent two months in Ireland and became very accustomed to the cars there, including the smart. exellent creation!
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  December 9, 2004
your work is amazing
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  August 4, 2004
Wow! That thing is great! Much better than the official LEGO one. It captures most of the shape quite well. Just a suggestion, what if you used more hinges on the grill to make it curved? Or would that make the grill to big? Of course you could stack one side of two, then put 1x2 plates to make it even. Of course, that might make it to bulky...
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  April 24, 2004
love it, love it, love it!
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  July 8, 2003
Great job with that! Instantly recognisable. I don't really like the real car that much but I like it a little more now that I've seen your rendition of it :) Again, excellent work!
 
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