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Finished at last, is a replica of my favourite car, the Citroen DS. The front wings I have left bare, partly because I have run out of red but also I wanted to convey those swooping curves, without hardening it with blocks. Thanks to Nick Barrett for initial inspiration and subsequent help. Likewise Joost Cumps, Henrik Hexbroe and Nils O for encouragement and for persuading me to put on doors.
About this creation


A whopping 7 kilos, mostly because of that stupidly overbig battery box for power functions. Here's the boring tech list. Non nerds with a life, look away;
4 cylinder in line engine, linked to 3 speed and reverse (in real life should be 4 or 5 speed). Gear shift is entirely pneumatically operated from dashboard lever.
Front wheel drive with independent suspension, pneumatically controlled and hight adjustable.

Rack and pinion steering with very good turning circle, linked to set of front lights which turn with the front wheels.

Working lights front and rear, operated from dash mounted switch. Battery box under rear bench seat.

Opening doors (with handle mechanism), bonnet and spring mounted boot lid.

rear wheel panels remove.

Fully sliding and reclining front seats (raising up in hight as they slide forward) with removeable arm rest. Rear bench seat has folding arm rest. Glove compartment.








Turning circle is really good with new overhauled suspension. Aside from heavy gear change and sheer weight, this is a good car for driving on the carpet. Steering is really light, although suspension needs a repump after every couple of circuits of the living room



Engine bay with spare wheel



Lots of pumps. One for each wheel (with large spring for overcoming sheer weight), a hand pump on the left for suspension, then 2 dual pipe pumps for the closed gear system. One under the dashboard leading to one moving the actual gears.





Under that maze of wires is a close up of swivel system for the lights. Also, like real car, I have put in a white door in the light assembly, for one to use when washing the inside of the headlamp lens. God, I'm such a nerd!



Close up of pneumatic gear selector, and also the famous green reservoir for hydraulic fluid. I wish it was real.





Car at normal ride hight.







The sump, with view of gearbox; basically just that of the 1988 Lego test car, with added reverse gear. Running off the steering is the swivel mechanism for the lights. As you can see the turning circle of wheels is great but they travel in a rather unrealistic arch, going into each wheel arch. Another reason I couldn't do front wings.



Underneath the beast. A rudimentary exhaust system but mainly a flat floorpan, like the real car. Battery box tucked away with access to main switch.



On highest setting with rear panel off.





The boot.



The lights in all their glory. They are operated with a dash mounted switch.





Driver's door. Suspension switches, like on real DS, are bottom left of steering wheel. Black button represents the mad, hypersensitive brake pedal that hydraulic Citroen's had.



Rear seats with folding arm rest.





Interior.



Close up of rear trailing arm suspension, with spring for bolstering. Before it got too heavy this car could do the trick of the real DS and drive around on 3 wheels on its highest, pumped up setting. Now, it sinks, resentfully without 4 wheels. Shame, but I really wanted those lights.









On lowest ride setting.



Normal ride hight.





Dashboard



Close up showing the switches. Shamefully I have to confess to the very bad act of botching Lego to get what I want. Using a soldering iron and stanley knife, I made a single spoke steering wheel, so much part of a Citroen's aesthetic. (the other botch is cutting a slot in a grey technic part on the swivel lights, to fit the LED in deeper otherwise the reflector couldn't stay on.) I am not a perfect builder, I'm afraid. To the right is the gear selector and the dark grey switch operates the lights.



Under the glove compartment, you can see the pile of power functions connectors, for the lights, coming off the switch.



Like real car, seats recline into huge bed.









Swivel lights working in each direction. Other headlamps adjust for hight. They did adjust automatically using a counterweight, but the electrics put a stop to that.





Close up of front suspension, if you want to copy. Very strong and far superior to Lego's awful recent specialised parts and, unlike the lovely system on Lego's 8880 set, this fits every wheel. I wish I could claim it was my design, but I saw something either her on Moc or elsewhere, and tweaked it.







Resting on shelf in my study. Above is Alfa Romeo 156, another beauty that I'd love to do in Lego.



As you can tell, I quite like Citroen DSs, whatever the size. If my girlfriend would let me, I would remortgage the flat and get a 1/1 scale, rustbucket or not.







Here's to car designs that are brought out of artistic and technical curiosity, NOT what a financial committee thinks it can get away with. I'll put my more modest LEGO car up soon.






Comments

 I like it 
  November 7, 2014
Really cool! The roof might be a little high, but all the functions and the perfectly covered rear wheels make this a true 5/5 build :D
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  December 5, 2013
Great car! This is the perfect replica of her majesty the ds!! 5/5
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  July 26, 2013
It was good but had a few minor mistakes! For example: 1 - A hand pump was not electric! 2 - It was a poor chassis! 3 - was lacking active suspension, pneumatic! And ... I am an Iranian living in Iran and I can not speak English! Sorry if some sentences are incomprehensible!
 I like it 
  July 3, 2012
Epic! If only it was blue... Or green.
  May 2, 2012
I know someone who owns this car in black, very detailed, as I can see everything as in the real car!
Barney R
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kenneth rattledge
  January 4, 2012
i am very impressed, a hugh model of a french classic. :)
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  December 18, 2011
Vive la France! Very nice use of Lego Pneumatics. If you ever want to brighten-up those faded blue interior parts, you can safely soak them in Oxyclean: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=30285&st=0 .
 I made it 
  December 18, 2011
Quoting Malte Dorowski ravishingly beautiful!
Thank you so much. Still not as beautiful as the real one, but at least it doesn't rust or leak hydraulic fluid on me.
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  December 18, 2011
Quoting Nils O. Oh, I forgot: Nice idea for the single spoke steering wheel, but it could use some fine tuning. Right now, it looks like bitten by a mouse ;-)) Some grinding with a file and/or sand paper would be nice. Usually, I'm no fan of LEGO part modification, but this one really works well for a CitroŽn.
Yeah, another go with the file will smooth it. I hated doing it but it was the only way to do a single spoke.
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  December 17, 2011
ravishingly beautiful!
  December 14, 2011
Oh, I forgot: Nice idea for the single spoke steering wheel, but it could use some fine tuning. Right now, it looks like bitten by a mouse ;-)) Some grinding with a file and/or sand paper would be nice. Usually, I'm no fan of LEGO part modification, but this one really works well for a CitroŽn.
 I like it 
  December 14, 2011
Right now, I'm doing a Jaguar D-Type, which won't come close to the sophistication of this. It's smaller, too - to fit my transporter.
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  December 14, 2011
Quoting Milos Jovanovic Anything bellow 5/5 stars is a crime! Amazing work! As for the "hypersensitive brake pedal" I owned a Citroen BX for a couple of years so I know exactly what you are talking about. Keep up the good work and try to find a way to put front wings on.
Thanks a lot. I keep thinking of doing a BX as they are so straight edged and perfect for Lego. Yes the BX is the only hydraulic Citroen I drove. Great car but everything is so assisted and sensitive, it was like driving on ice.
 I made it 
  December 14, 2011
Quoting Cody G Excellent functionality! The aesthetics could use some work though. I would invest in some curved slopes and tiles to get that sleek look just right.
Thanks so much. I agree with trying out some curved bits, especially round the back, which I'm not entirely satisfied with. Tiles would look great on the seats, giving a leather look, but the hundreds I'd need for the body, would create their own problems I think.
 I made it 
  December 14, 2011
Quoting Ape Fight Awesome work. Nick B set the bar incredibly high with his 1/8th DS, and whilst I think his edges yours for looks, the Technical features you've crammed in are a) superb and b) really original. Nice work, and can't wait to see more from you. 5/5
Thank you so much. This DS has depleted my Lego drawers so much I doubt I have anything much I can now build. Still, there's a bit more to come.
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  December 14, 2011
Quoting Nick Barrett I'm so glad you completed this. It's a technical marvel - just like a real one! I've a feeling my model's even heavier, which may explain why I couldn't get the pneumatic suspension to work; that and I don't have that many pumps! This is awesome work and clearly a labour of love. Here's to car companies with the courage to go ahead and make the very best thing they can, and Lego builders who do the same.
A vote of confidence from the Jedi Master. Thank you. Yeah, weight is the only problem of 1/8 Lego cars. Although it does work, pneumatics I reckon can only take 5 kilos before they need help with a spring. I might buy 4 more pumps and double up. What are you working on now?
 I like it 
  December 14, 2011
WOW, Barney, you did it! That's a great model of the goddess! I love the many, many details you put into this model. My absolute No.1 are the turning headlights, just like the original. Great work on the suspension and on many other Technic details. The shaping is very nice, too. Great job! :-)
 I like it 
  December 13, 2011
Excellent functionality! The aesthetics could use some work though. I would invest in some curved slopes and tiles to get that sleek look just right.
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  December 13, 2011
Wonderful technical bits, especially the pnuematic suspension and lights.
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  December 13, 2011
Anything bellow 5/5 stars is a crime! Amazing work! As for the "hypersensitive brake pedal" I owned a Citroen BX for a couple of years so I know exactly what you are talking about. Keep up the good work and try to find a way to put front wings on.
 I like it 
  December 13, 2011
Bravo!! This turned out a magnificent piece of work!!!. I really like the doors you did, Studs up, and a great style gives a great result. Fantastic!!!
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  December 13, 2011
Awesome work. Nick B set the bar incredibly high with his 1/8th DS, and whilst I think his edges yours for looks, the Technical features you've crammed in are a) superb and b) really original. Nice work, and can't wait to see more from you. 5/5
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  December 13, 2011
Wow what a beauty. The amount of technical goodies is staggering. I also love the oldschool studs up look. Congrats on this wonderful moc. :)
 I like it 
  December 13, 2011
I'm so glad you completed this. It's a technical marvel - just like a real one! I've a feeling my model's even heavier, which may explain why I couldn't get the pneumatic suspension to work; that and I don't have that many pumps! This is awesome work and clearly a labour of love. Here's to car companies with the courage to go ahead and make the very best thing they can, and Lego builders who do the same.
 
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