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. .
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.