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I Built a Lego Model of a Quirky Soviet Limousine! [morning repost]

Morning repost, y‘all.

I am quite annoyed my finger is in this one because it is now too dark to take photos
I am quite annoyed my finger is in this one because it is now too dark to take photos
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Can you tell what it is? It probably looks vaguely familiar to you but it is only heavily inspired by a specific car. Yes, the inspiration was the Tatra 603.

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So, with the real car in mind, here is what I came up with:

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“But wait a minute,” you might ask, “your model appears not to have a roof. Or four doors.”

You are perfectly right to bring this up. I didn’t make the base long enough for four doors and realized I didn’t have enough pieces anyways. As for the roof, I couldn’t for the life of me create a convincing one that didn’t look cartoonish and misfitted. I’ll include my shoddy attempt at the end.

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Turns out, someone made a sketch with that same idea. I wasn’t aware of it while building, but here it is. Very similar ideas here.

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I was using what I had and quickly realized this would be an alternate universe version of a car that already felt like it was from an alternate universe. Hence, I felt free to put the chrome, mirrors, and other details wherever they looked best. I’m quite proud of the finished result, given that I have never attempted anything of the kind before. Let’s take a closer look at my finished product.

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The side profile was tricky. The real car has these bulging air ducts for the engine that I approximated using the step up in the belt line and the sideways tapered piece. The covered wheel arch isn’t exact either but gets the idea across.

The tapered front was also quite challenging. The recessed triple headlights had to make the scale a little off everywhere else unfortunately.

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I am quite annoyed my finger is in this one because it is now too dark to take photos
I am quite annoyed my finger is in this one because it is now too dark to take photos
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As for the rear?

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The trunk lid had to be a little weird for it to move up and reveal the glorious air cooled hemispherical combustion chambered rear mounted V8.

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I think it is worth it though because it reveals the car’s real inner quirkiness.

But how are the Communist Party officials treated inside?

No bourgeoisie here. Only fine wine
No bourgeoisie here. Only fine wine
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They are treated to glorious red “Corinthian” leather and a finely aged spirit in the back seat. I promise the leather is not made from whale penis.

Ok, I promised to show you my attempt at creating a roof for this crazy bourgeoisie-mobile.

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Illustration for article titled I Built a Lego Model of a Quirky Soviet Limousine! [morning repost]
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Yeaaaaaaah, a little sloppy there. I simply didn’t have the ricks to make it not be tall and goofy looking. Ultimately this attempt might have worked if the model was about an inch longer but as is it just looks cartoonishly top heavy.

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Now seems a suitable time to bring up what the Tatra 603 actually was. This period commercial is the best representation of it in all of its opulent glory that can be found anywhere. Stastnou Cestu is a classic.

So, any thoughts on this rough edged attempt at a Soviet Bloc rear engined hemi V8 limousine?

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