February 21, 2010
This lawnmower alternate model was made using parts from LEGOŽ set 5867 - Super Speedster. The official models for this set include a sports car, an off-road Jeep/Land Rover kind of vehicle and a go-kart. One of the things that I like about this set, and LEGOŽ in general is that it is possible to make models of vastly differing scale using the same parts. This set is a good example of this principle. The scale for each vehicle is really dictated by the wheels/tires. The go-kart is the largest scale model of the three official models. This is because in real life, the go-kart has the smallest wheels/tires. The model maker looked at the size of the wheels/tires included in this set and made a go-kart model the right scale for the them. The same process is used for the smaller scale 4 x 4. In real life, the wheels/tires are much larger than those of a real-life go-kart. Therefore, to make a good looking model of a 4x4 using the same parts as the go-kart, the scale must be smaller.
My starting point for the lawnmower was, not surprisingly, the wheels/tires. I said to myself, what size lawnmower do I have to make so that these wheels/tires look like they are the right scale? Also, what features do I have to include on my model so the finished model is recognizable and looks right? I decided to go to the Honda website to look at some of the lawnmowers that they produce for inspiration.
One of the features that really stood out to me while looking at the lawnmowers on the Honda website was that as you look at the mowers from the top, there is a clear, rounded shape near the base of the mowers that houses the blades. This housing's shape is clearly expressed on the exterior of the model, so I wanted to be sure to include that feature on my model. The engine itself is also very important. It is attached to the base of the lawnmower in the middle and has features all over it for things like the gas tank, air intake/filter, oil reservoir and so forth. More modern lawnmower's engines are often hidden somewhat by a plastic housing that gives them a more sleek appearance than older models.
A final "must have" feature is the push-bar assembly. The Honda lawnmowers that I was using for reference all had an interesting jog at the end of the assembly which, I assume, has been shown to allow a greater level of control on the part of the person who is mowing the lawn than if that jog at the end of the handle was not there.
This was a fun little alternate to build and is my first from this set. I'd like to build an alternate sports car and an alternate 4x4 in the future...we'll see what comes next. What will you build from the pieces in this set?
This is a really accurate mini. It's amazing what you can do with one set. This is just the kind of thing I like and thanks for joining my group. I you know anyone else who might like to join, give em a link. Great Job!