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This is the best car I have ever built up to this point. Most my cars are detailed, but I went crazy with this one. Everything from the exhaust manifold to the folding rear seats is there. It is also one of my longest builds ever.
About this creation



Building the car (sorry, no clever name this time):
     I have been wanting to build this car for a long time for a few reasons. We used to have a ’90 Volvo Wagon and there are very few LEGO Volvos of any type out there. I had one more reason as well, but you will have to wait for that one (I have plans for this car, Mwa-ha-ha-ha!)
     It took me quite a while just to get the front grill and bumper design, I knew it had to have that trademark Volvo line, and using a sticker would have just been cheating. The bumper itself is actually from a 1985 Volvo 240, I wanted to make it like the 1990, but the ’85 bumper looks better and was actually easier to make then the “simpler” (in real life) ’90 bumper. The biggest problem I had with the front was the turn signals. The whole problem was caused by me overthinking things, trying to use cheese slopes that weren’t actually attached but held in by other parts, all I really needed was some 1x1 tiles, but it was days before I figured that out.
     The rest of the car got put off for about a month until I got around to ordering a bunch of brown parts for it. Getting to the inside of the car, I started out using standard LEGO seats, I ripped those out pretty quickly and put in some custom built ones. The rear was also a challenge, I had some trouble getting the taillights to look right, but the main problem came in trying to get the shape I wanted but still making the car structurally sound.
     The roof was the next step. The Volvo 740 is mostly a big box with wheels, but it does slope up ever so slightly along the roof line. I managed to pull off this look by using a bunch of jumper plates, much like the rear of the car, it was really hard to make it look good but also stay together. A few bricklink orders and about 25 hours in total build time later the car was finished.

Why I built this car:
     This car is based on one my family used to own. It is the first car I ever drove. Well not exactly drove, steered would be more accurate. It didn’t have a passenger airbag, so at 8 years old I could sit in the front seat. My dad would work the gas and brake and I would reach over and steer the car. The actual car we had was more of a greenish red, but reddish brown was as close as I could get.
     I also built this car for a new comic I plan to make staring Samantha Woodburg and James Farmer. It is going to be Samantha’s car in the comic. What is the comic and what role is the car going to play? Well you will just have to wait and see…

Details, details, and yes, more details! (about the car):
     This is my most detailed car ever, in fact, it is probably one of the most detailed 8 wide cars built by anyone ever. The engine is really impressive, my best motor to date. It is only a 113hp straight 4, but I tried to make it just like the real thing. I went as far as to add the exhaust manifold, fan belt, and even the oil cap. For the interior, I tried to replicate the real car as accurately as possible. From the aftermarket radio to the cup holders on the middle console, I tried to make it just like the real car. I even went as far as to make the rear seats fold down to create more cargo space! – You can bet I will be adding that to my Retro Wagon at some point. The trunk has a removable cover to get out the spare tire. If you look at the underside of the roof, I added in the interior lights and made the inside of the roof match the interior colors. You can even pop open the sunroof!

Pictures:






James Farmer and Samantha Woodburg:
Samantha Woodburg - 16 – student
  • Blond long hair, Blue eyes, very smart
  • Owns a 1990 Volvo 740GL station wagon
  • Interest: Building things, flying RC planes, watching horror movies ('Blood Thrasher 7' being her favorite)

James Farmer – 15 – student
  • Black hair medium length, brown eyes, funny.
  • Interests: Playing racing games ('1970's Movie Car Chase the Videogame' being his favorite), cracking jokes, collecting TireFlame cars.

One thing I will tell you about the comic, things will have different names to make fun of all the stupid copyright laws. The Volvo is one of the few things I plan on calling by its real name. (Blood Thrasher=Saw, 1970's MCCV=Driver, TireFlame=HotWheels)






The engine:
Despite the fact that it is my smallest engine to date (only a 4 cylinder) it is by far my most detailed.



The seats flip down independently of each other, this allows you to have one side of the rear seats flipped down, but still have someone sitting on the other side.

With both seats flipped down, you can easily fit large items, such as a LEGO bicycle, in the rear.














Final Picture:

My dad working gas and brake with me (a much younger version of me) steering the car. In real life we never did it on roads with a double yellow line on them, he only let me do it on quite neighborhood roads.

The future:
Stay tuned for more info on my new comic! Also, what did you guys think of my new brick built roads, are they nice or what! Most regular LEGO road plates feel cramped for 6 wide cars, I decided to start building my own roads for 8 and 10 wide vehicles!



Comments

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  July 19, 2014
It looks great! The volvo brand is fantastic on the front!
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  July 5, 2014
Brilliant! Excellent recreation of an otherwise rather overlooked, but very iconic car. Awesome work on the details. The front, the lights and the overall shape is extremely accurate and all the working details and engine/spare tire compartment makes the overall result even better. Great work :-)
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  June 3, 2014
Hey Scott, I have a new A.I.L.C. Out! If you want to check it out click my name! Thanks! :)
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  May 16, 2014
Wow! Fantastic car! Very realistic and very detailed. Good work!
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  May 11, 2014
You really did go to town with the details! Very nice build.
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  May 11, 2014
Hey Scott I just made another A.I.L.C. Now! I just forgot to add the links on the episode you just read!
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  May 10, 2014
Great work of Lego creationism!
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  May 10, 2014
Quoting Cheryl P Terrific car. Just love the fact that minifigs are shown in this. If my eyes serve me correctly, you can actually fit four figs in the Volvo. So I can imagine back in the day when my Dad and Mom took Me and Sis on a road trip to visit relatives in Ohio. I really like the fold down seat.
Yes, that is one of the main reasons I started building 8 wides. It can actually fit 5 Figs, but you have to kind of cram 'em in there (3 in the back).
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  May 9, 2014
Terrific car. Just love the fact that minifigs are shown in this. If my eyes serve me correctly, you can actually fit four figs in the Volvo. So I can imagine back in the day when my Dad and Mom took Me and Sis on a road trip to visit relatives in Ohio. I really like the fold down seat.
  May 9, 2014
Great build! Love the grille -- how you got the trademark slash. Our family has a 1998 Volvo sedan, and it looks very similar to this. Great detail, especially on the engine there!
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  May 9, 2014
Very Nice - 10/10 - Keep up the good work! :)
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  May 8, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 the car is great, and the presentation is top notch! it really look like a car rolling in some neighborhood, my uncle let me drive on his lap while I was a kid, but, the go-karts where my fav!
Go-Karts are great, I used to go on those a lot as a kid too. Now the real-estate prices are too high near the city so most of them have closed up, you have to drive several hours to find one now.
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  May 8, 2014
Nice work Scott! The Volvo grill is a nice touch, but also the interior with folding seats are excellent.
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  May 8, 2014
Very well done. Awesome details. The big trunk is great.
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  May 8, 2014
Cool features and I love the brown paint job. The grille is a perfect detail. Great MOC.
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  May 8, 2014
Wow, amazing work, instantly recognisable!
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  May 8, 2014
Great details and well done shape. 5/5
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  May 7, 2014
the car is great, and the presentation is top notch! it really look like a car rolling in some neighborhood, my uncle let me drive on his lap while I was a kid, but, the go-karts where my fav!
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  May 7, 2014
Wowhoho! This is amazing Scott! When I first saw the main photo I thought it was a reall car! Very well done!
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  May 7, 2014
Excellent car! This grill is spot on! 8-) 5/5
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  May 7, 2014
Fantastic! Great shaping! I love the front grill/ logo. Cool background story and I like the builders notes. The pics showing the antenna going up and down made me chuckle . Awesome engine detail and the cup holders rock! The comic strip sounds interesting . Excellent work!
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  May 7, 2014
nice job!:D
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  May 7, 2014
Great Job! I like the story, the shape, the color, many details and this old style wheels!
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  May 7, 2014
Lovely, I really like the grille. Great colour too. Excellent work!
 
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