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1/5.5 scale 1957 FMR / Messerschmitt TG500 'Tiger'
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Finally finished: my biggest, most detailed and accurate model car to date !
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Hi all,

Well, here it is, the finished item: my 1:5.5 scale FMR TG500, in my opinion the coolest microcar ever made, and one of my favourite cars in general. There's no way I'll ever be able to afford a real one seeing what they're fetching now, so I'll have to make do with the next best thing and settle with making a lego model of one.

OK, truth be told - it's not actually 100% complete. I couldn't finish the model during the summer as I was short of over 100 parts for it; coming back home for the christmas holidays I've sifted through some more lego that my brother had acquired since then, and that combined with breaking up a couple of my old models had to my surprise resulted in finding nearly all of the parts I needed to finish the Tiger. What's still needed is hardly noticeable, and in most cases (parts of the window frame) I've just used the same part, but in a different colour - I thought it'd be better to get the model up to share with you all now, instead of making you wait until next summer.
Also, many thanks to Nick Barrett for the parts swap we did earlier in the year - it was nice to see the bits I gave you go on your magnificent 2CV model, and I'm sure you might recognise some of your old parts around the bumpers and window frame on my model.

It's the biggest scale lego model I've made yet (for those wondering about the lamborghini, I mean that it's the biggest scale model that I've actually finished), however in terms of actual size it's about the same as my 1/8 scale 1932s roadster (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/222549) - just a little wider and taller, but a tad shorter.

Unlike the other cars I've built out of lego, being the son of somebody who restores Messerschmitts for a living, and having grown up around these cars and seen them not only complete but in parts, and in the various stages of being built - I've been able to make quite a detailed, accurate model inside an out - as much as I could, anyway; taking into account of course the limitations of building with lego bricks.

For those interested in finding out more about the actual car, there are lots of good photos and information of a very similar real one, also white with bmlack interior (bubble top, not cabrio) here: http://microcarmuseum.com/tour/messerschmitt-tiger-white.html . It only occurs to me a little too late, now that the model is finished, that these would have made some good reference photos during building...

Anyway, enough blabber - here's 60-odd photos with occasional commentary showing the car inside and out, hood up, hood down, engine, and a quivering bloke with a funny hat. You can click on the pictures to make them bigger.



Quivering bloke with a funny hat just about fits inside (with the door open).











Merry christmas from the quivering bloke with a funny hat.































I've made the interior as complete as I could. In order to keep the car to scale, it wasn't possible, with lego, to build both the outer bodywork *and* interior panels or it would have been way too thick on the sides - so I've simply missed out the interior panels and only done the seats.



Pedal assembly, with handbrake on the left. There's a dummy steering mechanism - it moves side to side, but the wheels don't actually turn - it wasn't possible at this scale to make front wheels with suspension, steering, and fit under the wings. Pick two out of the three: I thought missing out the steering functionality end up best.



Dashboard full of gizmos and cool steering bar.





The seat moves up and back to allow easy access for fat guys, also the backrest is adjustable.



front seat back in normal driving position.







Back seats can lift up individually, and rear panel is removable. Also notice the storage space in the top of the boot, above and behind the rear seats.



















Boot flap opens, like the real thing.



And now to bask in the awesomeness of the intricate engine bay... the most challenging part of this model was the whole rear end - making the engine not only functional (as in when the wheels turn, the pistons move up and down and the fans go round on either side) and look true to the original; but also making the boot look accurate, and fit over the engine. By some minor miracle, I actually managed to make it all fit together quite nicely.







Perhaps one of the most obvious differences to the real car is in the different suspension - the model has two springs on either side, this is another limitation of using lego and building on a smaller scale - this was done to simply make the whole thing actually work and fit under the wings; and the extra springs to support the weight of the model.















Play this picture and the next over and over in a slideshow, with a bit of an imagination, for a crappy stop-motion showing the pistons moving up and down. Again, different to the real car in that there aren't any cylinder heads on the model; so you can see the movement.





It's a cabriolet, so here are a few photos of it with the hood down, and the hood cover on.















And now for some photos of it next to my Messerschmitt - sadly not a Tiger, but still a nice car which I am very happy to own - not many people of my age can say that in this day and age.







Hope you enjoyed it. Let me know if you want one - I'll make you any car, so long as you pay for it haha :)

- Dan



Comments

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  October 2, 2013
Quoting Maxime MaxSamAlex This car is probably your best; I really like its shape, as it is very nicely and creatively made. Really love the mechanics too, and congrats for owning such an awesome car!
Thank you very much! I am (at LONG LAST!) planning on making another large-scale Lego car soon... My dad's (real) Tiger is now painted and part-assembled, we hope to get more of it done during the winter months.
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  October 1, 2013
This car is probably your best; I really like its shape, as it is very nicely and creatively made. Really love the mechanics too, and congrats for owning such an awesome car!
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  July 22, 2012
Quoting Loek Marcus Hi Dan! I think this is one of the best cars on MOCpages! I have a question: is one of your contest Korean/eastern cars or will it come? Because I have a entry for it ;)
Hi, Thanks - I'm glad you like it :) I must admit, this is my favourite, and I think the best, of all my lego models so far. As for the contest, I decided at the time I started this year's ones that they would be themed for cars from the six biggest car-producing countries: USA, Japan, UK, Germany, France and Italy. ...So sadly not Korea this time. However, I have no idea what theme to do for next year - I'm thinking maybe types of vehicle (sports coupé, SUV, trucks and vans, etc) so surely your model will find a place then :) - Dan
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  July 21, 2012
Hi Dan! I think this is one of the best cars on MOCpages! I have a question: is one of your contest Korean/eastern cars or will it come? Because I have a entry for it ;)
 I made it 
  July 13, 2012
Quoting DJ Sober78 What does it cost to have one made?
If you're actually serious and want me to make you one (or any other car for that matter) I would happily work out what it would cost, my e-mail is ibeatgodzilla@gmail.com. If you're just curious, I'll say that seeing how big it is, there are hundreds, if not thousands, if parts in the model - all the cost is in buying the lego pieces, not the actual building; but in my case it only cost time, as I already had all the parts in my collection. - Dan
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  July 11, 2012
What does it cost to have one made?
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  April 11, 2012
originale, massive, et pleine de fonctions! super!
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  January 8, 2012
Super brilliant, and all these details. Excellent work...
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  January 7, 2012
Quoting Nils O. Wow, it's finally finished. You did it! What a great model of this tiny classic car. The shaping is great and you added so many details of the original, even the convertible mode. The interior is very detailed and the engine room, too. And nice work on the suspension! Great job! :-))
Thank you very much :) I did try to make it as accurate as possible, I wanted this to be my most detailed, accurate and functional car so far - and in that, I think I have succeeded. I chose to make the convertible roof, as doing a bubble top would look horrible with transparent bricks (of which I don't have enough anyway), and would look wrong if I just left it empty; the roadster top looks nice on the real car; but again I would have any way here of showing where the window would be (there is only one type of window lego make which would be near-ish, but it's very expensive on bricklink - so no); the sport top only has a small perspex screen, so the same problem - the cabriolet roof is the only way I could make a good-looking roof that shows the shape of the top of the car. Making the open version was just a few more minutes of playing with bricks :)
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  January 7, 2012
This is a feast of studs, that's it! :-)
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  January 7, 2012
Quoting brick ster It is nice to see that it is finally done. It is a great car and I love how it looks like the real one. I would say almost an exact copy of the real one! 5/5
Thanks very much for the nice comment :) It's great to see how many people like this and appreciate the time and effort I put into this one; I wanted to make it as accurate as I can, so it's nice to see others are complimenting me on that.
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  January 7, 2012
Quoting luke shepherd brilliant model, iv tryed to make a large kr200 but dint have the patients, ended up making a foot long one, whatever scale that is, i like your dads real schmitt next to your model, so does your dad, buy and sell these or just restores?
Thanks very much :) I've seen your model KR200 on here before, it looks a similar scale to the two my brother made on here. Haha the red car is mine, not my dad's :) He has enough of his own lol, he gave me this one just over a year ago, which made me very happy. He's lucky enough to have a real TG500, which is being restored at the moment. If it was finished, I would have a taken the photo next to that one, as of course it's the same car; but at the moment it's half complete in the garage. He doesn't buy and sell them himself, he just restores them for other people, which I help out with sometimes when I'm over.
 I made it 
  January 7, 2012
Quoting luke shepherd brilliant model, iv tryed to make a large kr200 but dint have the patients, ended up making a foot long one, whatever scale that is, i like your dads real schmitt next to your model, so does your dad, buy and sell these or just restores?
Thanks very much :) I've seen your model KR200 on here before, it looks a similar scale to the two my brother made on here. Haha the red car is mine, not my dad's :) He has enough of his own lol, he gave me this one just over a year ago, which made me very happy. He's lucky enough to have a real TG500, which is being restored at the moment. If it was finished, I would have a taken the photo next to that one, as of course it's the same car; but at the moment it's half complete in the garage. He doesn't buy and sell them himself, he just restores them for other people, which I help out with sometimes when I'm over.
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  January 7, 2012
Quoting james airey your parents boasted of your feat and rightfully so...excellent!!!!
Thanks a lot! It's great to see how many people like this, I wasn't expecting such a positive reaction :)
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  January 7, 2012
Quoting Chop Wales Hey Dan, That's amazing! I'm also amazed that the Messerschmitt Owners Club have special pages for lego! LOL! Blwyddyn Newydd DDa! ;o)
Thanks very much, and happy new year to you too ! Haha I had noticed the 'MOC' bit before - I think it's quite a fitting coincidence in this case :)
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  January 7, 2012
Quoting Ape Fight Did you know you're on the Lego Car Blog?! http://www.thelegocarblog.wordpress.com
Woo ! I hadn't heard of that blog before, I see that it looks fairly new - and has some good content. It's great to be featured on there already ! I wonder who the lego car blogger is... I wouldn't be surprised if it's one of us here on MOCpages - he seems to know who a lot of the popular builders are.
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  January 7, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett Totally brilliant in every possible way... an awesome model full of detail and delight. The rear end is especially neat. Happy New Year Dan :-)
Thanks very much, happy new year to you too ! And thank you again for the parts swap we did earlier in the year - I doubt I would have gotten this finished at christmas otherwise :)
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  January 7, 2012
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Impressive! I can't imagine the difficulty of building all the working parts, that must have taken ages. The whole thing looks great, and all the angles are amazing. Truly a masterpiece!
Thanks a lot ! Nice to see people appreciate my work :) It did take a lot of time and patience, but I think being very familiar with the cars inside and out did help me a great deal, I didn't even always need a picture or model for reference, as some bits, I just knew by heart.
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  January 7, 2012
Quoting Hmm....I forgot My Name =P Merry Christmas, person I don't know. this should really be on the front page, the MOTD. This i amazing beyond words!!! totally EPIC!!!!
Thank you very much, that's quite a compliment ! It sure would be a nice surprise to see this on the front page !
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  January 7, 2012
Quoting Ape Fight Worth the wait - an awesome build, and one of the best car MOCs of 2011. The bodywork is beautiful, and matched only by the brilliance of that engine (surely the slowest car ever to get 4 exhuast pipes?). 10/10 - I think it's your best MOC so far
Thanks very much, that's quite a compliment ! Ah well, it looks like four exhaust pipes, but there are only two main exhausts coming out from the engine. These are then split into two each, which looks a lot cooler, on the end of the mufflers. Some didn't split into four and only had two pots coming out at the back, but I prefer the look of this one. Whilst it may well be the slowest car with four pots (Despite my car geekiness I can't think of a slower example off the top of my head - most slowish cars don't have four pots) it is actually a very nimble car. First, let's not forget that this was 50 years ago, so general performance figures weren't anything like they are nowadays. The car is thin, lightweight, has excellent handling, and though by no means was a record breaker in terms of top speed and acceleration, it would outperform any other car in its category - it only has a 500cc engine. I heard that it was even banned from racing in some places as they soon got bored of seeing the same cars come first all the time lol
 I made it 
  January 7, 2012
Quoting Ryan Link Wow! So it's finally finished...and it was worth the wait! Looks fantastic from all angles, inside and out. I especially like the engine bay, that definitely looks like it took some work. It was a very ambitious project; I'm glad you were able to finish it because it turned out great. Congrats, and happy holidays to you!
Thank you, and happy holidays to you too (if I'm not a little late here!) Yes, the engine bay was one of the challenges - at first I thought I'd never manage too get an accurate, somewhat functional engine and suspension in there, and be able to build the boot and rear wheel arches accurately and have them actually fit nicely over it... though I was determined to at least try, and after a fair bit of patience and fiddling I surprised myself by actually managing to. It's always worth trying :)
 I made it 
  January 7, 2012
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Merry Christmas Dan :) Hope your studies are going well. This is wonderful and Iooks very accurate. The shapes and curves are spot on. I will come back later for a closer look.
Thanks very much, I hope you had a nice christmas and have a happy new year too !
 I like it 
  January 5, 2012
It is nice to see that it is finally done. It is a great car and I love how it looks like the real one. I would say almost an exact copy of the real one! 5/5
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  January 5, 2012
It is nice to see that it is finally done. It is a great car and I love how it looks like the real one. I would say almost an exact copy of the real one! 5/5
 I like it 
  January 5, 2012
brilliant model, iv tryed to make a large kr200 but dint have the patients, ended up making a foot long one, whatever scale that is, i like your dads real schmitt next to your model, so does your dad, buy and sell these or just restores?
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  January 4, 2012
Salut l'ami, et bonne année! J'espère que tes études se déroulent bien! Je ne suis pas un grand fan de ce design, mais il faut reconnaitre que tu as su la reproduire à l'aide de nos briques préférées avec beaucoup de brio! A plus tard! Jérôme ;-)
  December 30, 2011
the last picture with the lego model and the real thing is just straight EPIC /
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  December 27, 2011
This is insane! The amount of detail is awesome:P Great job 5/5!
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  December 27, 2011
Great details + cool functions! This is awesome!
  December 27, 2011
your parents boasted of your feat and rightfully so...excellent!!!!
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  December 27, 2011
Hey Dan, That's amazing! I'm also amazed that the Messerschmitt Owners Club have special pages for lego! LOL! Blwyddyn Newydd DDa! ;o)
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  December 27, 2011
Did you know you're on the Lego Car Blog?! http://www.thelegocarblog.wordpress.com
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  December 26, 2011
Totally brilliant in every possible way... an awesome model full of detail and delight. The rear end is especially neat. Happy New Year Dan :-)
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  December 26, 2011
Wow, it's finally finished. You did it! What a great model of this tiny classic car. The shaping is great and you added so many details of the original, even the convertible mode. The interior is very detailed and the engine room, too. And nice work on the suspension! Great job! :-))
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  December 26, 2011
Impressive! I can't imagine the difficulty of building all the working parts, that must have taken ages. The whole thing looks great, and all the angles are amazing. Truly a masterpiece!
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  December 26, 2011
Tough subject, but it turned out great! Especially those curved fenders, not that different from aspects of the Galactica. Well done, Dude!
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  December 26, 2011
Merry Christmas, person I don't know. this should really be on the front page, the MOTD. This i amazing beyond words!!! totally EPIC!!!!
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  December 25, 2011
Spiffy ultra turnips! I like all the details you put into it, and all the working functions. Very nice MOC indeed!
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  December 25, 2011
Excellent work!
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  December 25, 2011
I love it! Merry Christmas :)
  December 25, 2011
Great moch!=0
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  December 25, 2011
OMG, this thig is huge !!
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  December 25, 2011
OMG, this thig is huge !!
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  December 25, 2011
ravishingly beautiful!
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  December 25, 2011
Wow what a nice Christmas present for all us Lego lovers! A very large and accurate build. I will have to swing by another time to have a closer look. Have you seen my 917 to go with my Merc transporter? Happy Christmas DTM!!
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  December 25, 2011
You did it!!! Very well congratulated, this is a very nice christmas, I hope you enjoy as well as I enjoy this model
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  December 25, 2011
Worth the wait - an awesome build, and one of the best car MOCs of 2011. The bodywork is beautiful, and matched only by the brilliance of that engine (surely the slowest car ever to get 4 exhuast pipes?). 10/10 - I think it's your best MOC so far
 I like it 
  December 25, 2011
Wow! So it's finally finished...and it was worth the wait! Looks fantastic from all angles, inside and out. I especially like the engine bay, that definitely looks like it took some work. It was a very ambitious project; I'm glad you were able to finish it because it turned out great. Congrats, and happy holidays to you!
 I like it 
  December 25, 2011
Merry Christmas Dan :) Hope your studies are going well. This is wonderful and Iooks very accurate. The shapes and curves are spot on. I will come back later for a closer look.
 
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