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originally i wanted to use lego town hot rods and lego town mini-busses (it could be a VW T1, T2 for instance). they seem to match the standard. for heavy trucks and/or campers i wanted to use the new city ones.
i got the cinema and there it was. a 6 stud wide car. my world did fall into pieces!
but i did come up with an explanation in the end to justify all those widths:
4 stud or 5 stud cars could be european cars
6 stud wide cars --> american muscle and/or supercars
4 stud van, camper, mini-bus and so on --> european/asian mini vans (think of an DAIHATSU HIJET for instance)
4 stud cars could also be e-vehicles
6 stud wide trucks could be trucks above 3,5 metric tons
8 stud wide trucks are those super heavy haul trucks for moving bridges, houses, big machinery and so on above 40 metric tons
my plan is to mix everything up:
town era, new city, speed champions, heroes, ninjago.
also want to use speeder bikes, hover crafts and aero flyers in my layout. planning a fire temple moc with parking for all those ninjago hover vehicle, air bikes, whatever.
I'm planning to take some good photos and even write an article, but I'm still missing some parts so I haven't done it yet. But here is a preliminary mugshot to give you an idea how they will look like. The black one is the only one fully completed. The silver filigree on the light-blue one are printed elements from the Friends line. That's my favorite. :)
You're very welcome. I will take better pictures once they are done. I looked at other colors that can be built as well. Of course green (but the green roof is extremely rare and expensive, so would need to be replaced with another color), regular blue, dark-blue, dark-tan, bright-light-orange, red, lime, and yellow can all be done. Colors can also be mixed. Like I think light-tan/dark-tan with a white roof is nice. The roof piece is available in white, black, light-bluish-gray, yellow and red (plus the crazy rare green one). Such a great little car! :)
Those cars look awesome. Are the build instructions for the Comic Con Superman car available online anywhere?
I must build a few of these.
Yes, Allen from the Brickfan has it available at the following link. That's where I got it from. He also included a downloadable PDF version on the same page: http://www.thebrickfan.com/lego-dc-comics-super-heroes-sdcc-2015-exclusive-action-comics-1-superman-building-instructions/
For inspiration, take a look at this guys outstanding vehicles:
As to the OP's question, I don't care about the size of the Lego cars too much. If the set takes my fancy, I will buy, build, and display it along side other Lego sets. Today along one of the canals in Amsterdam where I live, I saw a pristine Oldsmobile Starfire from 1963 parked next to a tiny city car, and a BMW. The Oldsmobile is hardly wider then the BMW, but the German car is so much more compact, mostly due to the length of this American car. I figure three Smarts, or similar tiny cars, take up just as much parking space as that American classic car or others (Cadillac, Dodge, etc.) like it.
Love all those classic 1920s/30s/40s cars other people here mentioned and/or posted pics of. Definitely got to build some of those some time. Thanks @akunthita for all your valuable contributions on this thread, really like all your alternate versions, the article you wrote, etc.
The classic sort of pre-WW2 cars look really well in Lego.
See if you have the parts to build this truck:
I have that set, and I think this truck is well designed. Leave off the police flashing lights, try some different colours, some other minor tweaks, and you have a nice truck that will go along fine with all the classics you build.
(actually if you check out several of the DC-Comics lego sets released the last four or five years you might find some more designs or parts of Lego car design that can serve as inspiration for further MOC'ing)