Put a tiger in your tank!
If you think about retro gas station you probably think about something really cool and stylish: modernist architecture, art deco gas pumps and other outstanding car stuff displayed outside the station.
You can find all this in the elegant gas station designed in 1953 by the Dutch architect Willem Marinus Dudok. Here made of LEGO bricks.
The design of Dudok was simple and brilliant simultaneously. According to the mission he received from ESSO Netherlands, the station had to be functional and inexpensive to produce. It was just after World War II and raw materials were scarce. At the same time the road network grew and pumping stations had to be placed anywhere.
112 Dudok Esso stations were placed along the Dutch highways.
My LEGO Dudok Esso gas station has the same features of the real one: an elegant design, a v-shaped roof on both sides, two gas pumps on a dark grey platform, different advertising signs and other stuff.
The shop is on the front of the station; a detailed service garage is located at the back (you probably find out something familiar with my previous garage and workshop). There are a lot of details both outside and inside the building, let’s take a look.
In the shop you can find a big desk with a vintage phone, a cash register and a architect lamp. A big clock is positioned on the wall close to the shelves where you can see the oil cans and an old radio. Two neon lights and a fan are hung on the ceiling support.
The garage at the back features a lot of utensils, advertising signs and other stuff. Take a look at the Michelin Man (Bibendum).
My VW Type 2 T1 decked up in Esso livery fits perfectly in this scene.
You can see the real Esso station looking at pictures below, photographed at the National Automobile Museum Collection Louwman (The Netherlands) where was placed in 2004.
Officina Super Sprint turns twenty in 2015 and to pay tribute for this important anniversary I built the LEGO model of the shop.
Officina Super Sprint is a Vespa specialized workshop. It was founded in 1995 by two friends, one of them is also an AFOL (Adult Fan Of LEGO) known as Norton74…yes, that’s me. This MOC is called “Dream Garage” and follows “Garage Life”, the oldtimer Volkswagen workshop I built and presented in 2014.
“Dream Garage” features many tools and details. Let’s take a look. A wooden workbench, with wrenches and vise, is positioned at the center of the workshop. On the left of the workbench is positioned the sandblaster. There’re two wide windows and two big sliding doors. Details are everywhere: checkered flags, advertising signs, trophies, extension cords and more…
There are also a mobile roller cabinet with four drawers, the air compressor (a little bit hidden, behind the right lift), the oxy-acetylene welder, the electric welder and the column drill press.
In the middle there are two hydraulic scissor lifts to easily work on the Vespas. Last but not least the Garage features three Vespas: two Vespa PX and one Vespa T5 (the one with the square front light).
Besides my passion for LEGO bricks I’ve always been involved in vintage car and motorcycle issues and I have always been fascinated by “garage life”. So after having built the last few years almost exclusively 1/13 scale trucks I devoted myself to a new project: a workshop for vintage VW Transporter (especially T1 and T2).
The idea comes out from LEGO set #10220 which I bought in 2011 and has remained MISB (Mint In Sealed Box) until a few months ago. Then I built it transformig it in a canvas pickup. In order to build the internal of the workshop I watched my real garage where I used to spend a lot of time restoring and repairing old motorcycles and bicycles.
There are many tools and details in the workshop. Let’s take a look. A workbench, with wrenches and vise, is positioned at the center of the workshop. There are also a mobile roller cabinet with four drawers and the air compressor. Beside the workbench is positioned a column drill press (is one of the pieces that I prefer in this doc). Close to the right door there is the oxy-acetylene welder. There is also the folding engine crane. There are others little details in this garage which I like very much.
Below a selection of press features about the VW workshop (take a look also at the “press” page)