The original no-excessive-frills Bertone Countach design by Marcello Gandini.
About this creation
Back on the Lego track thanks to our kids' fruitful attempts to fill up the house with bricks, beams, axles, and gears. The Countach will serve as a venerable counterweight to the more recent Ferrari Enzo, Lego Supercar, or forthcoming Lamborghini Gallardo models already crowding us.
This model is done in approx. 1:9 scale due to the fact that the wheels are a given. I wanted to get the Countach's look as right as I possibly could so I chose the scale according to the wheel size. My Countach, like the real one, has rear wheel drive, a V12 engine, independent suspension on all wheels, and spring-loaded scissor doors. Unlike the real one mine has hand-of-god steering located at the bottom end - accessibility is limited, but it's there, it works, and as a bonus the actual steering wheel will turn along, connected through a number of gears that won't take the strain of using the wheel to steer but are quite enough to make it follow.
Other than that there are no technical specialties, the focus being on the optical impression and fidelity to the original, even to the car's interior including the chunky dashboard box that's so very 1970's...
Update 2018: Found some time to work on improvements of some of the model's more obvious weaknesses. Its doors now have a realistic shape and size and a less obvious trigger in front of an also revisited rear wheel enclosure. The roof was too short which gave the car a slightly 'balding' appearance - now corrected. The rear lights have a new design but I'm still not quite sure if I like them better than before. Now what's left to do is a full update of the pictures.
Ready to go
V12 mounted in Lamborghinis name-giving "Longitudinale Posteriore" position
Hop (or crawl?) right in
The famous air intakes that weren't part of the prototype design but needed to be added because the prototype burst into flame due to insufficient engine cooling. Note the double liftarm sticking out of the bodywork between door and rear wheel: Pressing this will pop open the door.
As a compensation for the lack of an opening front, the engine cover is spring-loaded, too. The rearmost flap is held up by pin friction only.
One of my favorite views
Now with improved door shape, smoother sides, and corrected roof length...
...as well as new tail lights...
...and a less obtrusive trigger to open the door
I know no words good enough for this. all i come up with is WOW! This is the best LEGO Countach i've seen so far, all the details and shaping couldn't be any better! You couldn't have had a better first MOC on MOCpages. Welcome to the pages! I look forward to more MOCs from you!
Fantastic work especially the doors and overall shape. One of my favourite cars very well made. Hurrah for kids getting us adults back into Lego. Welcome to MocPages, really looking forward to your future mocs