Winter has arrived. Days are getting shorter. It’s raining, and it’s too cold to work in the garage. Perfect conditions to pause for a moment on the Mini and to make a trip to the local model car show. It took, however, just a few minutes until I was back on track. Between all these impressive models of ships, trains, and airplanes, I found an awesome collection of Lego cars.
Honestly, I just glimpsed at the cars, but I was about to go the next booth, as I got into a conservation with Eugen, the guy who made the cars. He drew my attention to the details, and this was the moment I got electrified.
His cars are made in the spirit of the Model-Team theme of Lego. This theme was introduced in 1986 and it clearly focused on cars. The cars are made in a slightly larger scale and priority is laid on realism. Eugen chose this format to pursue his passion on cars ranging from the early 70’s to something around 2000.
BMW M3 GTR
First, he showed his model of the BMW M3 GTR. He used the color scheme of the “NFS-Most Wanted” edition of this car. It’s just impressive how he manged to model the decals based on nothing else than boxy bricks.
As realism is one of the main goals, Eugen paid a lot of attention to the technical details. The mirrors are made of round pieces to indicate the streamlined shape of the full-grown copies. The lake pipes do not have one tail pipe, but two – just as it’s the case in the original setup. Even the kidney grill is properly represented. A simply fantastic model.
The next thing he showed me was one of the first cars he made. A Mitsubishi Eclipse from 1995, not just any Eclipse of course, but the one driven by Paul Walker in ‘The Fast and The Furious’.
The stickers on the side and the bonnet are in good agreement with the screen hero, and the front bumper with the two separate lips is nicely shown. However, what knocks your socks off is the engine bay. As with most of his models, you can lift the bonnet. What you’ll find is a firework of obsession for details. A lot of the bricks are in a blue color that fits the tone of the original wiring. The headers on the front of the 16V-engine are clearly visible, and the massive plenum of the intake manifold is quite well represented in the back of the engine bay. If you flip over the model you can even see the routing of the exhaust towards the rear.
A car that always stirs my blood is a Subaru Impreza. The model of Eugen is the Impreza WRC #3 driven by Colin McRae at the 1998 championship with co-driver Nicky Grist. The collection of Eugen is supplemented by another rally hero, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV.
There’s not enough space to elaborate on all of the fantastic models, but one last exemplar should be mentioned: the 1986 Nissan Datsun Pickup in a tri-colors livery. I cannot say whether it’s the colors, or the massive bar of headlights on top of the cabin – but this pickup is definitively one of my absolute favorites.
Thanks to Eugen, and thanks for reading. Stay tuned and share if you like!