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1923 Citroen 5cv 'Cloverleaf'
Built for Dan the Man's second contest, one of Andre Citroen's strokes of genius..
About this creation


Andre Citroen was the first European to embrace American style mass production (he visited the Ford plant in 1912) and the first to sell his cars complete and fully equipped with bodywork and fittings. From starting to produce cars in 1919 using his armaments factory in Paris, by the time this was made in 1923 he was outselling his rivals Peugeot and Renault by offering a cheaper mass produced alternative to their coachbuilt cars.



This 5cv Cloverleaf (so called because of it's 2+1 seating arrangement) was the first car to be aimed at the female driver. It had an 850cc engine and a top speed of 40mph and was built at very low cost - there was only one door - and designed to be easy to operate. It also looked cute and they were all painted canary yellow..



My model of it is 10 studs wide with old spoked wheels and classic space dishes for the hubcaps (these should be yellow as well). It features working steering, the door opens and, err... that's it, but it looks pretty ?



Unusually for me, I used a lot of SNOT to achieve the shape of the body sides. The simple grille is the only part on the body with it's bricks the right way up...



If you're British and of a certain age, you may recognize this car from children's TV.. the regular two seater version was used for 'Brum'



Thanks for looking and tell me what you think..





Comments

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  February 9, 2014
I can't look at this with out thinking of "Brum"- the colors and shape are very similar!
Nick Barrett
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White Knight
  July 22, 2012
Beautiful !>.....well done
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  July 18, 2012
nice detail
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  July 18, 2012
Quoting Loek Marcus Wait - Did I missed this? Darn, Darn, Darn how could I? Maybe it's because your brains are totally developed at 24 age... But anyway, I first thought: wow, detailed for a +12 wide, but it isn't +12 wide! Great job as always Nick! :)
Thanks Loek. It's 10 wide :-) You didn't miss it, btw, I built it ages ago.
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  July 18, 2012
Wait - Did I missed this? Darn, Darn, Darn how could I? Maybe it's because your brains are totally developed at 24 age... But anyway, I first thought: wow, detailed for a +12 wide, but it isn't +12 wide! Great job as always Nick! :)
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  July 18, 2012
That's a really sweet little Citroen! Great smooth shaping + great details + great functions = Great job! :-))
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  July 17, 2012
Its Brum! haha you managed to bring back some memories for me, this is a perfect replica!:)
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  January 27, 2012
I knew it was Brum as soon as I saw it, I loved that program! Brilliant build as well
Nick Barrett
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Chris Melby
  January 26, 2012
The tires that you chose made it! NICE
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  January 26, 2012
So cute little car!Looks very accurate!I like the side technique!Keep up the great work!
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  August 1, 2011
Genius build, love the way you made the fenders,the ducky seat and all that. And ofcourse the overall line is very smooth and realistic!
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  July 15, 2011
Awww this is sooo cute :) Some really nice tecniques and touches here! Looks like the Noddymobile lol
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  July 9, 2011
very cool! i love how did you make the wheels arch! you give me inspiration! please can you comment on my lancia delta ecv1 http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/279108 thanks ;) *RICKY*
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  June 8, 2011
I love this one. So real on such a small scale. I want to hug this one. Super.....
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  May 9, 2011
Very nice indeed. I've been thinking about modelling something similar. This sets the standard I'll aim for.
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  May 9, 2011
Bravo bravissimmo!
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  May 1, 2011
Just to let you know that, by quite a bit, you won first place in my second contest :) Very impressive model, and built in a really interesting way - it works thogh as the shape is spot-on ! - Dan
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  April 29, 2011
That is pretty amazing for such a small vehicle. I love the SNOT work on the back, and it gives a nice shape to it. I like the color too. Great job on this.
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  April 21, 2011
Quoting Crimso Giger You're the god of Citroen MOCs ! I didn't even think this particular one could be build in Lego, especially at this size. As cute as the real one, great work !!!
You're too kind.. :-)
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  April 21, 2011
You're the god of Citroen MOCs ! I didn't even think this particular one could be build in Lego, especially at this size. As cute as the real one, great work !!!
Nick Barrett
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Rolling bricks
  April 7, 2011
Love it! really like the details. Good job!
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  March 28, 2011
so well done, classy, elegant, and that piece of history! nick, you ve got it! i love all you ve done here! from start to finish! it reminds me the gaston lagaffe car a little, i m sure it s in the same family. great work!
  March 27, 2011
Clap clap clap clap clap. Awesome,just epic. Try making a citroen acidyane(i don't know the spelling but its a dyane van).
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  March 21, 2011
Great style! And a history lesson, too. Well built!
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  March 19, 2011
Excellent job !!! Very very nice shape. And original car.
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  March 18, 2011
You are a natural! Great work!
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  March 17, 2011
This car has a great overall look and design, I like how not one stud is showing. The wheels are creative, and the wheel covers(or whatever they are called)look realistic. Have you considered making a Renault R5? It would be easy to make, for it is quite square and block-ish.
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  March 15, 2011
A different style - this does not show as many studs as your other cars. I like the shape very much. Just looked up the prototype - perfect build!
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  March 15, 2011
You made a great job here on shaping this great model, the wheels are nice too. Great work all around.
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  March 14, 2011
Wow, great building techniques, I really like the style!
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  March 14, 2011
I don't know about Andre Citroen, but this is one of your strokes of genius! Keep it up, -matthew-
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  March 14, 2011
Quoting Polomoche Mann How did you build the sides along the bonnet?
Thanks Polomoche. These are hinged from the main body sides, which are attached to the chassis with headlight bricks.
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  March 14, 2011
Brum!!! It's Brilliant! I love the way you used dishes on the wheels as hubs - it looks magnificent! How did you build the sides along the bonnet?
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  March 14, 2011
Gorgeous little car, the boat tail design is well built.
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  March 13, 2011
Hahaha I used to watch Brum when I was younger, but never knew what kind of car it was. Great job though, I really like the SNOT work
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  March 13, 2011
just gorgeous!
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  March 13, 2011
Nice! The yellow paint goes nicely with the black and red accents.
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  March 13, 2011
Nice! The yellow paint goes nicely with the black and red accents.
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  March 13, 2011
Nice!
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  March 13, 2011
Well, this is certainly a change of style from you, I think. It looks good, but I dont know the prototype -will have to look it up. Good to see you back with new stuff!
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  March 13, 2011
Quoting Tom Simon I was actually thinking recently that we have not heard from you for a while. This is cute as a bug (the animal kind), and the SNOT you are using is very effective. No reason not to make that a regular part of your repertoire.
Hi Tom. Still alive and building (occasionally..). Now that I've just had a fix, I feel much better :-)
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  March 13, 2011
I was actually thinking recently that we have not heard from you for a while. This is cute as a bug (the animal kind), and the SNOT you are using is very effective. No reason not to make that a regular part of your repertoire.
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  March 13, 2011
Love it! And the fact that you packed working steering into a design that compact is quite impressive. Good job!
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  March 13, 2011
This is fantastic Nick. I love the steering using the old school black wheel blocks and turntables. The way you've re-created the shape of the car is brilliant. I also like the old school red spoked wheels with the grey hubcaps, really makes good looking wheels. Lovely work as always, Regards Andy
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  March 13, 2011
Yes, she does look pretty! Nice work!!
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  March 13, 2011
very unique, great build.
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  March 13, 2011
Itīs so nice, I love it. Great!
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  March 13, 2011
Quoting Lola TruckDriver Schweet; a true 'citron' fan, I can tell. Awaitin' the 15/6 familiale, complete with fold-in jump-seats, please :)
I'll get my black bricks (all of them..)
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  March 13, 2011
nice angles!
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  March 13, 2011
Awesome! I like the SNOT work on it.
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  March 13, 2011
hey its BRUM
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  March 13, 2011
Schweet; a true 'citron' fan, I can tell. Awaitin' the 15/6 familiale, complete with fold-in jump-seats, please :)
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  March 13, 2011
Recognized it as Brum the second I saw it! It's beautiful!
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  March 13, 2011
Beautiful in its simplicity. The rear, er, whatever they call that tail shape, looks superb! More simple goodness from you, you're making a habit of this : ) 5 stars
 
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