Indiana Jones takes on the Nazi Hovercraft of Bulkiness... with a crocodile no less!
About this creation
A while back I was coming up with ideas for Indy stories (struggling with the weird machine action scene in particular)and one day, I happened to be looking at Discovery Channel or something, on which was a show about hovercrafts. I immediately thought that a hovercraft would make an awesome addition to the line of strange/slightly unusual Indy vehicles we saw in the movies, so I did some research and developed the idea a bit further.
Soon, the idea for a showcase action scene with a group of Nazi's on a prototype hovercraft (hovercrafts were still somewhat of a rarity in the 1930's/1940's, and weren't used for any kind of military use whatsoever, at least, not to my knowledge) was born, which fitted perfectly into the story I was and still am writing. However, since I'm not just writing the story, but I also want to illustrate it with Lego Indy photographs, I decided to dust off my Lego boxes and started to build.
The first attempt was a big failure; I obviously lost the trained builder's eye I had when I was a kid, so I looked on Brickshelf for inspiration on how to make the perfect hovercraft. I found a cool example which had a very good and solid base shape, but it didn't look even remotely like it could have come from an Indiana Jones adventure. In my idea, it had to look bulkier and heavier; a bit like having a floating tank. Also, I didn't have the bricks to copy it, so I decided to take apart my Star Wars Lego's for all the parts I was going to need and used the above image as a liberal example and starting point for the second attempt.
This time around, things went better, even though it took me a while to get back into Lego-mode. I started out with the front part first, which didn't want to work out in one go, then left it alone and started working on the back. The engine block and the giant propellors were the first good things I managed to finalize; after that I directed my attention to the front again. Once I got the idea to make the front act as a loading/motorcycle bay things came together rapidly and I managed to finish the whole thing in two days :)
Driver with helmet and protective goggles!
Mandatory explosive fuel barrels and cargo bay hatch!
Mean looking Nazi with rifle!
Plain scary looking Nazi with rifle!
Unfolded cargo bay ramp!
Motorcycle scout mechanic oils his machine!
Motorcycle scout in action!
New motorcycle scout wanted!
Magically appearing Indy, the crocodile tamer!
Hi-Ho Silver, Awaaaay! (it gets pretty rediculous from this point on :p)
Invading the hovercraft!
Resistance is futile!
Best friends for life!
INGREDIENTS: Star Wars - Imperial Star Destroyer (6211) Star Wars - Jabba's Sail Barge (6210) Star Wars - AT-ST (7657) Star Wars - X-Wing Fighter (6212) City - Fire Hovercraft (7944) A few loose bricks
Thanks to all for the lovely comments! My future plan is to incorporate this vehicle beast into an Lego Indy photo story. Not going to tell you much else about it at the moment though, but it should be just as crazy as some of the other "Indy vs. Bizarre Machine" scenes :)
Superb! Outstanding! i love the many details and overall structure of the model, plus something like this can add to the list of jungle sequences you can make Indy do. I would like to see something like this in KOTCS to be honest...