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The Wanderer ('57 Chevy Nomad & instructions)
I've wanted to do a classic Chevy for some time now & of course it has to be a '57 Bel Air. I've always had a soft spot for the Nomads (especially after some guy in my neighbourhood finished restoring his) and I thought a '57 Nomad would be a good idea... at the time XD. This is the largest build I've ever undertaken, the final dimensions are: 60L, 26W, 14H and 2371 pieces! This is part of my "Open 57 Project", that means you can download the LDD instructions for this Moc FOR FREE. Eventually I'll add a '57 Bel Air Convertible, '57 Bel Air coupe, and a '57 Bel Air Gasser. Using the Nomad as the base for each of these and (if you've got the pieces) it's your's to build! I've probably used more pieces then what was needed to achieve the aesthetics (looks) but I wanted this to be a stable and solidly made model.
About this creation


With most of the car hidden, you can see the bench seats in the back, I like these, but if you want to install a rollcage and not add them to your '57 Nomad, that's cool too



I decided on a 5.7L LS2 V8 with Twin Throttle Bodies for an engine. This is the most detailed engine I could build at this scale. It has all the pulleys and I was even able to squeeze in a radiator fan.



See... radiator fan :)



More shots of the engine bay



From here you can see the moving pedals, the tilt-adjustable steering wheel, the dash and the detailing on the inside of the door



Even the glove-box opens and I've included a fire extinguisher in the front passenger foot-well... just in-case



I've put two tanks of Go Go Juice (N2O) in the back, I used the same design as the fire extinguisher. You can also see that the tailgate and rear window opens as well.



I'm very very pleased with the overall shape of the car. From the profile, you can see that it is unmistakably a '57 Nomad


The "spikes" on the bonnet took a while to get right, as did the bumper, the seats... pretty much the whole car took a while to get right. You can see in this pic the side and rear-view mirrors are missing, that's because this is an older pic than the main one.









Another part of the Open 57 Project, is that if you want, you can put in your own designed seats, the wheels that you want, change the colour too. I've also made these large spaces in the back and in the engine bay. This is so someone can install a differential connected to a Technic engine (it should fit) and steering if they wanted. I tried to install a Technic engine myself but LDD started to hate me and then I called it a bastard, then it crashed on me and now we don't talk to each other anymore :(



I gave it a custom front-opening bonnet, I saw a photo of a Nomad with one and thought it looked good










I'm please with how the fins turned out. If I got them wrong, the look would've been ruined. I'm also very happy with the rear bumper



Top shot of the interior (roof hidden)



The racing buckets were tricky because of the dimensions. The base is 7W x 5L. But I'm happy with them and the colour scheme of the interior as a whole. I even put in some holes for a 5 point harness!


I understand that having my design open for everyone to download leaves it open to criticism, but, I've put a lot of time and effort into this so you don't have to.

Please rate and comment.


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  July 25, 2014
great job!:D
 I like it 
  July 25, 2014
This is a great work of Lego creationism! Well done!
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  March 14, 2014
WOW your model is amazing!!! I just finished Sheepo's Land Rover and now I'm planning to build your convertible. Now I just wanted to tell you that 2339 that you used for the front of both rear wheel arches were removed by LDD version 4.3 I figured out that they were needed by looking at this Nomad. It too had the same error but for some reason on one of the sides it removed 6060 instead. Now my question is will I actually be able to nest these two pieces in reality? Thanks again!!
 I made it 
  December 22, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Looks fantastic! Its a shame these beauties are stuck in the virtual world, but hopefully someday we'll see them in real ;)
That's why I put the instructions online
 I like it 
  December 19, 2012
Looks fantastic! Its a shame these beauties are stuck in the virtual world, but hopefully someday we'll see them in real ;)
 I made it 
  December 19, 2012
Quoting Aaden Hughes WOW! I love '57 Chevy's, they are my favourite cars in the world, and you've built one of the best '57's I've ever seen! The detail is superb and the shape is perfect! That engine is a real stand out, it looks awesome and the front tilting hood is a fantastic idea! Awesome work and I hope to see a coupe and a convertible version soon! ;)
Convertible will be up soon :) And I'm thinking about making the forward-opening bonnet my signature mod for this car
 I made it 
  December 19, 2012
Quoting Hot Rod Excellent! The only thnig I don't like is the golden wheels, but it can easly be fix! ; ) So: 5/5 Great LDD MOC!
I thought the gold contrasted well with the blue of the bodywork
 I made it 
  December 19, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett What a beauty! I like the close attention you've paid to things like window trims and the fins etc. It makes this really stand out. And bravo for making it open-source.
Just spreading the love :)
 I like it 
  December 18, 2012
Very nice. Especially in the back and on the inside of the doors.
 I like it 
  December 17, 2012
Great job on this, the shaping is fantastic!
 I like it 
  December 17, 2012
Quite the impressively spiffy build! To bad it cost you your relations with LDD. =P I really like all the details and goodies around the interior.
 I made it 
  December 17, 2012
Quoting Jak TheMad Fantastic! But I can't help thinking those wheels are too small. =
When I build a car, I use the wheels as the point of scale, so a car can be 11 wheels long for example. Using that guide, I'm able to accurately scale my builds to the size of the wheels (incl tyres). They might look small but the maths is accurate and I'm still happy with the final look of the build
  December 17, 2012
Fantastic! But I can't help thinking those wheels are too small. =
 I like it 
  December 17, 2012
WOW! I love '57 Chevy's, they are my favourite cars in the world, and you've built one of the best '57's I've ever seen! The detail is superb and the shape is perfect! That engine is a real stand out, it looks awesome and the front tilting hood is a fantastic idea! Awesome work and I hope to see a coupe and a convertible version soon! ;)
 I like it 
  December 17, 2012
What a beauty! I like the close attention you've paid to things like window trims and the fins etc. It makes this really stand out. And bravo for making it open-source.
 I like it 
  December 17, 2012
Excellent! The only thnig I don't like is the golden wheels, but it can easly be fix! ; ) So: 5/5 Great LDD MOC!
 I like it 
  December 17, 2012
Looks awesome, great job!
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  December 17, 2012
Great MOC!
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
What a gorgeous car! I also love to see new and quality applications of ldd. I'm not sure if I've seen ldd used to build big highly detailed scale models like that.
 
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