The ultimate Chav-car, this is a (very) pimped out hatchback. It has a full interior, a V8 under the hood, proper steering and a loutish look. Result: nice car! It is loosely based on the AMC Gremlin.
About this creation
On a side note, this is my first ever large scale car (or car for that matter) - I hope this doesn't show! Right, on to the moc:
So, here is my take on the AMC Gremlin, a hatchback built by American Motors. This is the 5.0L V8 variant, and has been pimped. For starters, the non-standard paint job. Yes, it is trying to look like a Dodge Viper. No, it isn't one.
The Gremlin was supposed to be a 3 door, but I missed one out due to the design - a boot would have been hideously bulky. Instead, it's two doors, but the bonnet opens too. Before you ask, it was REALLY hard making a front end with enough structural integrity to hold together, and still look reasonable. Ah well, maybe I'm just not used to this yet. This also shows a bit of the V8 engine. Better pics of that further down.
This is the best view of the car, IMHO. This angle is quite cool, because it seems to be a very "hatchback" sort of angle, it seems to fit. Plus, it flatters the car! In aid of playabilty, the radio antennae can be used to steer the car. Shame it's there really, it messes up the look.
Here is one of the nicest bits of the car: The front bumper. This bit is nice because the orange starts the red stripe,the blue lights set the pimped out look, and the rounded edges smooth it all out. The bumper is actually pretty stock, it's mostly taken from the Lego "Nitro Race Team", set 8473. And whilst I have my soapbox - the truck was ALWAYS nicer than that car. Moving on...
But this bit was my own design. The front and rear bumpers are very similar, looking almost identical - I'm talking design here, not colour, obviously. It rounds the car off nicely, and it's shape, inspired by the front gives a sense of circularity to the moc. No that you would want a circular car. Unless you are blue, go "Bleep!" and live on a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse.
The interior. I may spend some time here. Opening the right hand door reveals the mirror, dash and sporty steering wheel. The wheel is used to steer the car, as well as the antennae. But the roof got in the way of the wheel, hence the second steering position. You can also spot the radio,lurking behind the wheel. As one would expect on a pimped-out car, the sound system is good. Radio tuner on the bottom, cassette player on top (this IS a car from the '70s!)
This shot shows a better view of the seat, as well as showing the gear knob (which is twiddle-able! :-D) and the handbrake. The handbrake goes up and down, as in real life. Unlike real life, it has no effect whatsoever, and is more likely to fall off. Then again, in consideration of some cars, maybe that IS life-like!
Another view of the interior, this time with the roof removed. As you can see, it's almost a fully SNOT interior. Almost. This also shows off the seats nicely.
A better picture of a seat. These are quite good, I'm quite please with the way these turned out. The stripe is quite cool because it opposes the car's stripe. Another way of saying that is that I didn't have two red hinges, and grey was just too boring to cope. Plus, the red seats give it the sporty look the pimp-out is striving towards.
A better view of the engine. Here, you can see the steering mechanism (for the antennae)lurking under the engine. You also see the radiator at the front, with the freely-turning fan.
Here, we see the steering system for the wheel. Once again, it lurks under the engine, disguising itself as part of it. However, as is visible, it connects to the wheel via a couple of universal joints.
Another view of the steering for the antennae. Th reason for this extra pic is that it shows off the "gearbox". As already stated, I disguised the steering as part of the engine, and the gears for it are disguised as the gearbox. The connection to the upright post at the back is disguised as drive shaft and differential.
When I built the car, authenticity was a big one on the list. Being car like in construction rated above looking like its parent. Hence the chassis construction, the engine, the steering's disguise, and (as seen above) the exhaust pipe.
But what car would be any good without fuel? Here, we see the fuel line, as well as a bare bones (or nearly) view of the chassis.
The chassis from underneath, emphasising its car-like design. The car is basically built around the framework, putting the emphasis on design rather than look. But it's difficult way to build, so I'm not sure I'll repeat this style. You can also spot the "differential" and "drive shaft".
Link to the original: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMC_Gremlin
NOTE: Before I finish, I think some credit is in order. Before building this, I spent about half a day looking at various mocs on this site, trying to draw some ideas from other builders. Although I drew inspiration from many, and may have copied from some, plagiarism is not my intent. Then again, I have no idea whose mocs I did look at, nor whose ideas I may have nicked (I'm afraid I'm pretty shambolic like that). So if you feel I have copied you, please say so in a comment below.
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