The “Paddy Wagon” is a Show Rod designed in 1968 by Tom Daniel, probably the most talented and popular fantasy-car designer of all time. Tom worked many years for GM and in his spare time he created new “Off the Sketchpad” articles for Rod & Custom magazine. This caught the attention of Monogram’s model shop supervisor, Roger Harney, who got approval to have Daniel create new model designs.
Then, from 1967 through 1975, Tom designed over 75 plastic model kit designs that Monogram manufactured, many of which enjoyed multi-million unit sales.
Among these the “Paddy Wagon” that I recreated via LEGO bricks. Old-time police wagons were called “Paddy Wagons”, probably because most cops in those days were Irish. “Paddy” is slang for “Irish”.
Main “Paddy Wagon” features:
- “muscular” chromed blown small-block V-8;
- a “C” cab;
- double windshield (glass for Window 1x6x5);
- chrome gold side horns;
- Good Year drag slicks;
- custom silver stickers;
- older-style drum headlights;
- oval side windows barred;
- a Motometer radiator cap.
This is my third Show Rod, the first I built was the Beer Wagon (from the same designer) and then the Fire Truck (by Chuck Miller).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARRACUDA!
1989-2019: 30th anniversary
Back in 1989 a legend was born: LEGO released one of the most iconic set ever the no. 6285 also known worldwide as Black Seas Barracuda. With this adorable Windjammer TLG introduced its brand new pirate theme.
Batten down the hatches and set sail for a tour around the Caribbean!
One of the most vivid traditions of Mexico is surely the Mariachi culture. I’ve been always intrigued by Mariachi musicians and when LEGO released the Mariachi in Series 16 Collectible Minifigures I thought it was really cute and perfect for a Mexican themed MOC.
My latest creation represents a classic Mexican scene: the Mariachi Wagon with the musicians on board ready to play the serenade to the beautiful girl on the terrace. On the right her father with his eyes well opened.
The house boasts a multi-level terrace structure, a couple of arbors covered by flowers and a large patio. Cactus and plants of all kind are all around.
In addition to the Mariachi, I also included in the diorama the Maraca Man (Series 2), Flamenco Dancer (Series 6) and the Taco Tuesday Guy (the LEGO Movie).
It’s that time of the year when we all want to be on the beach possibly with a windsurfing board and a cold beer.
And that’s what’s happening to the bearded hypster/hippy in my latest creation.
I can’t explain why, but it seems to me like a scene from the eighties: a classic van with a vivid livery, the Hawaiian shirt of the guy, a pink windsurfing from Paradisa series, the boombox…
The little Chevy van has been used before with different livery and in different creations. Top to bottom, left to right: Life’s a beach; Stranger Things; Andy’s Haburger Stand; Santa needs a bigger van.
Enjoy the summer guys!
The brand new Norton74 Minifig is right here! Produced in only 50 numbered pieces and 4 different color combo it comes with an exclusive de-luxe clamshell blister packaging.
- designed in cooperation with the well known graphic artist Sidney Show;
- hand-marked serial number.
The Norton74 Minifig will be issued mainly during the LEGO show Norton74 will attend. Anyway if you are interested please send me a PM.
Enjoy your Minifig and build happily!
This July marks half a century since the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander touched down on the moon when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took man’s first steps on to its surface.
To celebrate the anniversary I go back to 1975 when LEGO released the first Lunar Lander, the “Moon Landing” – set No. 367.
Despite its simplicity, this set has something special and I’m happy to have it in my collection.
The set does not represent the Apollo 11 program because there is the Moon Rover. It probably depicts the scene on the moon during one of the last three missions of the Apollo program (15, 16, and 17) during 1971 and 1972 when the Moon Rover was actually used to move acroos the surface of the moon.
“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”