1/9 TVR Cerbera Speed 12 . 1/9 scale TVR Cerbera Speed 12, the most insane lego model built of the most insane car ever built. .
Well... here it is.
A full year and a half after the first WIP page was posted on here (OK, admittedly only a few days worth of work, and about a year and a half of patience) , I'm finally both home, and have the last parts needed for the car at the same time. Don't ask why it took so long for me to order a couple of dozen parts on bricklink, the point is it's done now. At last.
Although not the biggest (the 1/8 deco-ride) , or most accurate (in my opinion, the 1/10 Bugatti), I would say that this is my best-made lego car. I mean come on, look up the TVR Cerbera Speed 12. That is one awkward shape, with curves and cuts all over the place - I don't think the car has one straight edge... yet somehow I've surprised myself by somehow representing it fairly well in lego.
This car is so cool I had just had to immortalise it in big model form. I'll avoid a history lesson and just say that if you're unaware of this car, or want to learn more - just google it. The wikipedia article is pretty good and there's enough info elsewhere. Unfortunately not many videos of the car in action - only showing it at a fraction of its potential... but still awe-inspring nonetheless.
For all you 12-year-olds who think that whatever lamborghini and ferrari is the newest, and the bugatti veyron are the three coolest cars on earth (until the next model comes out) I'll just point out that this car has a power-to-weigt ratio double that of the Volkswagen Veyron. It's the only car that was considered 'too powerful to sell' ... and tat was coming from the head of TVR - the one company that makes cars that are insanely fast at a low price, regardless off safety and all that boring stuff. If *they* say that the car is insane, then it really is.
Anyway - on to the lego model. The scale, 1/9, was judged by the scale of the wheels compared to the real thing, as it is in all my other big-scale cars. The rest of the car was then built around it to fit within scale.
It has a fully removable bonnet, like the real car, where you can see the plastic counterpart of the car's speed 12 engine, a mad fusion of two of the speed 6 engines found in cars such as the tuscan, sagaris, t350, cerbera and others.
The doors open, and I'm happy with home the doorline/window shape came out so close to the original. Inside is the black interior, passenger side with fire extinguisher and glovebox; driver side full of various gizmos and something-ometers (the curvy, sloping shape of TVR interior was quite hard to reproduce with lego).
Not many functions as, like usual, I concentrate more on making the car look accurate, and then functions are secondary - if there's space to fix the workings for moving parts and stuff, then I'll add them; if not, tough luck. This car just had the removable bonnet, opening doors and working steering.
As for the bodywork though... I'm quite happy with the result. The hard shape of the car was quite a challenge (an enjoyable one though) and certain angles look really good in my opinion. The only bit I couldn't copy were on the bonnet, there are two rows of slits on either side - the inner row being horizontal (which I did add) and the outer row diagonal, which just couldn't be done in lego... I'm not going to be pedantic about it; after all, the real car has undergone lots of various bodywork changes over the years anyway.
So there we go. An unexpected change of plan meaning I'm spending christmas at home and not in UK mean you don't have to wait til the summer to see this finished... consider it a little christmas present from me to you.... now where's my gift ??? haha... I hope you like it :)
P.S. Thanks a lot to Stacey, who owns the Bricklink store "about town, castle and train" for helping me get some of the bits I needed to finish this - I recommend you check out his excellent stock if you're in need of anything yourself :)
P.P.S. Due to the constant needing big (expensive...) wheels and steering wheels; and the amount of parts that these big cars are taking (and thus parts I can't use for other things since I like these cars too much to break them) I think i'll give the cars a bit of a break for a while and concentrate on my Black Sun Empire and Star Wars efforts for a while. This is going to be the last big car in a while; cherish it :)