Back in 2017 I built the iconic M👀NEYES headquarters plus the well known MQQN pick-up and a cute Hot Rod both Minifig scaled. I also built the pick-up in a bigger scale never shown and totally forgotten. Now you can see the MOONEYES line-up completed with the 1/24 scale Ford F-100.
This little truck was one of the most widespread in Italy back in the sixties. It was well known and appreciated for his strenght and versatility. It’s part of my previous AGIP Gas Station diorama and now I share more detailed pictures.
Manufactured by OM – Officine Meccaniche – the Leoncino (literally little lion) was produced from 1950 to 1968 in many different series. The one below is an early series decked out in a bright AGIP-Supercortemaggiore livery.
Back in the sixties AGIP was the most important Italian gas company. Its logo was the well known six-legged dog still used today by the company and the petrol was called Supercortemaggiore. Most of you probably remember the odd dog as Ferrari F1 sponsor back in the seventies and eighties.I remember as a child the delicious Agip station marked by modernist design and with that bizarre dog positioned everywhere. My build is a little AGIP gas station you could easily find along the state highway of my country back then. The building is marked out by rounded corner and glass walls. A sloped roof completes the period design.
On the left you can see a classic Italian light truck from the sixties, the OM Leoncino decked out in AGIP-Supercortemaggiore livery. A just fueled up Vespa completes this classic Italian scene. Don’t forget to take a look at the back side where old signs and used parts are lying all around.
This big, bad and totally black armoured personnel carrier is based on U-59 Explosive Truck from Joe 90, a 1960s British science-fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (the same producers of U.F.O.).
It’s called B-59 where B stands for Blacktron, in fact this six-wheel APC is the new and lethal groud vehicle of Blacktron*.
The B-59 presents many features, among others:
1) rotating turret equipped with two middle-range guns;
2) a little gun machine located on top;
3) fully detailed interior;
4) two hatches on the top of the driving cab;
5) an hatch on the top;
7) video-audio atmospheric sensors;
8) front winch;
9) back entrance (I really like the use of garage roller doors) .
The little ATV on the right is based on the Amphicat, a six-wheel-drive, skid steer amphibious all-terrain vehicle manufactured in the ’60s by Mobility Unlimited Inc. of Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Amphicat was also used by Moonbase Alpha personnel in the television series Space: 1999.
*Blacktron was a subtheme of LEGO Space introduced in 1987. Blacktron is considered to be the “bad guys” of the LEGO space theme.
B-59 Blacktron | presentation video
Click below to watch the dark and dramatic video about the B-59 produced in cooperation with Motorcycle Filmmakers.
As a petrolhead I’ve always dreamed about finding a classic car hidden for years in an old barn or shed. And that is what is called “Barn find”. My latest build showcases two car-hunters discovering a classic Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix in a barn. Close to the blue machine you can see the old farmer with his dog showing the treasure, even if he doesn’t know its real value. And the french beauty looks really in shape.
The Bugatti Type 35 was the most successful of the Bugatti racing models, the famous “pur sang”. Introduced at the Grand Prix of Lyon on August 3, 1924 the Type 35 was phenomenally successful, winning over 1,000 races in its time. You can easily build your Bugatti Type 35 following the instructions below.
In November 2017 a 1925 model has been sold for over €1.4 million at the Artcurial auction in Paris.
Fill ‘er up!
This build is a jump into the glory days of gas stations, when full service and free oil changes were the rule and the local station was a gathering place for neighbors.
My brick-built gas station is inspired to the Shell one located in Tucson (Arizona) and it’s packed with every details you’d expect to find.
It showcases an elegant Art Déco architecture completed with curved corners, a tower in the middle, a red outline all around the station and the inevitable Shell writing on top.
The build is three in one: the diner on the left, the garage/workshop on the right and the fully-equipped store located in the middle of the building.
A look at the back of the station reveals the three locations with many details and the different characters.
Outside there are two period gas pump with a beautiful Lego shell on top under a curved canopy. All around you can find tanks, signs, tyres and other stuff.
To complete the work I’ve built a red stepside pick-up truck, a tan Hot Rod and a reddish-brown roadster with some troubles (it’s housed in the garage indeed).
It was on my wishlist long since and finally I’ve found the time to built it as I had in my mind.