There is no other possible title for this post... than the well known name!
...Which hard-core Technic fan, doesn't know about his work on amazing cars from these: BS folder and MOCpages?
Nevertheless a big miss here at TBs up to the present day - I should punish myself for not having written about him and his creations before, but I was felling it was somehow a challenge and wanted to spend sometime with it. So it has been something always pushed for the "next" week...
This in fact just made my job harder, as the longer I postpone it, the more will be the cars that I'll have to look in.
So finally here it goes!
Paul Boratko (aka Crowkillers) has been building large LEGO Technic Supercars, for years now.
For many he might be considered like a Master or even God, due to the high number and quality of Technic Supercars he built with LEGO bricks. A largely deserved recognition I'd say.
I always questioned myself where to start and if I should focus on a single model, or give an overview from his extensive work. So I decided to go for both at last.
Recently LEGO have introduced the Lamborghini license in the Racers theme and many of us are guessing, they maybe releasing next a large Lamborghini car to succeed the previous Ferraris (8653 Enzo and 8145 GTB Fiorano) in this theme.
By coincidence or not, in his most recent work, Paul made his own 1:10 scale Lamborghini Gallardo version. Delight yourself!
A red car, which is not a dominant color for this Italian car constructor, but since Paul decided to make extensive use of the new Technic smooth panels, this should have been a "must be" decision. It is the only color for which we have all these panel variants available to the moment.
As for the technical data it includes:
- AWD with 3 differentials
- V-10 engine
- Working HOG steering
- Opening rear engine compartment
- Opening doors
- Completely studless design
- Over 1300 parts were used in this model
At a 1:10 scale with LEGO and functional details, something had to be sacrificed. In the present case it was the gearbox and working suspensions, which remained out of this model.
One common characteristic of some Paul's cars is the extremely high part count and detailed chassis made of bricks. This could sometimes make them to have a bit less Technic look, for some. However the usage of the new Technic panels in this Gallardo model, give it a different look from what's usual in Paul's models.
This is probably the Paul's car which looks closer, to the design style actually in use by official Technic models made from TLG. And also probably one of his lowest part count cars.
Many other photos from this Gallardo model can be seen at Crowkillers' Brickshelf folder.
Inclusive a near stepwise series of photos, with a kind of building instructions or modules, for those who may want to attempt his own replica.
But you don't have too!... Just because Paul is actually auctioning this model at ebay (click on the ebay logo below and get something to dream with...).
One point is that the cars from this segment are all but true LEGO Technic Supercars, like in the old Technic days, for the frustration of many... At least those who have been demanding a new Supercar from TLG, since '99 or '01, if we admit to include the 4x4 Off-Roader (8466) in the same category.
In this segment Paul has an extensive work, of many other amazing cars, he has been building since some years.
All of them in the truly Supercar class segment, with all that's required and optional:
- Up to V12 engines
- Up to 6+R transmissions
- Full working wishbone suspensions
- HoG steering, plus functional steering wheel
- A diverse style of opening doors
- Flip up headlights
- Detachable bodies
- What else?...
There are many magnificent details into Paul's work and it is not easy to select just a few. So let me highlight two of his models, from different enough separated periods in his "career".
Deluxe Supercar buitl in 2006. Completely studless chassis and body, damped shock assisted opening doors, hatch and hood, AWD, 5 speed tranny with reverse, HoG steering and flip up headlights.
Studless Concept from 2009. innovative body can be removed as one separate unit, 5 speed plus reverse, full suspension, HoG steering. Chrome plated wheels by www.chrometechusa.com
...and just remember in images, some of his other admirable cars.
However Paul's work, doesn't resume to the Supercars. There are also many interesting replicas that he made, from motors of famous cars. So I leave you with a few images from them.
Corvette LS6 V8, Lamborghini Diablo V-12, Dodge Viper V-10, Mustang Cobra Supercharged V8, Ferrari F430, one Custom V12 engine and another version for the Corvette engine.
Tremendous work, isn't it?
Enjoy and excel!