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This 1:20 scale car is built in LEGOLAND's "minland" style. To emphasize the "beauty of the brick", it was built in entirely in the standard "studs up" fashion using only basic LEGO elements.
About this creation
This model is about 11 inches long and is very sturdy due to its basic standard construction. The LEGO Master Builders use this form of construction for models in their theme parks... LEGOLAND Californa's chief model maker Pat DeMaria once said to me "You use very different building techniques when you're building for outdoors versus for a display case."

My inspiration for this model came while I was debating what I could use to contrast my Audi TT. As I was driving through my neighborhood, I passed an immense, shiny, brand-new Chevy Suburban. I'm not a fan of giant gas-guzzing SUVs, and I thought that posing a tiny European sports car with an immense American sport utility vehicle would make an interesting editorial justoposition.

I rushed home and immediately started the Suburban. When it was done later that day, I began work on the Audi TT, and by the end of a long day of building, both models were done.



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   Here is the Suburban with my Audi TT. Both are built to 1:20 scale, which is the scale used in LEGOLAND's "miniland" models.



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   Here is another photo of the Audi and the Suburban. To get specific measurements, I went to Audi's and Chevy's web sites. Did you know that both vehicles have 17 inch wheels? As a result, both of models use the same LEGO wheel element (with different sized tires.)



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   I would have used half-stud offsets to create a gentler slope for the side windows, but I didn't have enough. Note the use of half-stud offsets to create a subtle rounded front bumper and front grille. The entire front overhang (bumper, grille, headlights, etc) is a two-to-three stud deep subassembly that attaches seperately to an otherwise flat-fronted model just in front of the front wheels.



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   The golden Chevrolet logo is actually just a regular tan-colored LEGO plate. This idea was borrowed from LEGOLAND's official models.



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   The back side of the beast. The trailer hitch, the exhaust pipe, door guard, and the rear window are the only LEGO elements in this model that are oriented sideways.



Comments

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  May 22, 2012
Another great creation, you are so talented.
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  May 22, 2011
Great stuff i like all of your stuff
Sean Kenney
sushi monster
  July 9, 2010
i like the chevvy because while the car is very modern, the studs up style gives it a cute retroish look that i never thought would be possible, so ive given it 5 stars, sushi monster age 10
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  April 9, 2010
great i need to know how to make a black version and in minifigure scale for my swat team do you know how i can make a minifig scale one?
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  April 12, 2009
nice how much is it i want to buy my dad one cuz my dad drives one and its he's birthday coming up:)
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  August 29, 2007
Nice model. Miniland cars are actually built in the same way you have done this one. The only difference is that you are not glueing it with MEK or GBL and then Clear coating it with UV resistant paint for exteriors. Nice job.
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  May 6, 2007
High-Five! I think you should make more miniland cars, they're great!
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  May 6, 2007
i thought it was you who picked moc of the day?
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  May 6, 2007
Congrats on MOC of the Day, O Mighty Creator!
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  January 14, 2005
This is awesome. The slant on the side could be a bit better, but other than that it is perfect. I like your door handle idea. This is great.
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  December 22, 2004
Sry Jenkins, i think your wrong about this one.This is a awsome chevy, though i do agree with Wil. The Audi is awsome to.
  September 1, 2004
Its fairly good--but you have much much better stuff. The Audi is great though.
Sean Kenney
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Patrick Ian Garcia
  August 17, 2004
I'd love to pick your brain! Great stuff...
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  August 16, 2004
this is awesome!! i love chevy! but one thing...it looks more like a Tahoe than a Suburban..if it could be a bit longer...but other than that!!! AWESOME!!
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  August 13, 2004
*jaw drops* *falls on floor*
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  August 10, 2004
Glad to see your'e building again. Keep up the cool work!
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  August 9, 2004
Also extremely excellent! You should think about making a Ford Excursion, it'd be even larger than this!
 
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