Sunday, January 16, 2011

Week TechVideo, 2011 #02 - Black Dragon Supercar

John Vlemmix (Jovel, Jovlem), another member from LOWLUG, published a gorgeous video from his not less awesome latest supercar. The Black Dragon.

The Black Dragon is a sports car or a roadster with:
  • V8 engine
  • Hood opening
  • Scissor doors with dumped shocks.
    Unlike Johnl, I see them closer to Butterfly doors, because they also move outwards, unlike Scissor doors, which only move up
  • Convertible rooftop (incredibly realistic mechanism)
  • 5+R gearbox
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • HOG and realistic steering wheel

This is a totally unconventional LEGO Technic car, which exploits some different approaches to achieve the body form. Namely the extensive use of angle-connectors which confer its very unique forms.
Realize this car uses the old Technic black panels in a way, we probably haven't imagined possible anymore. The red contour line is also very eye-catching and distinctive, but this car has lot of other supreme design details: curved windshield topline, distinct and innovative gearbox lever design, incredibly achieved doors design and also very well done tail lights (color, form and tilt), just to mention a few.

You may find a few other images from John's BS folder, inclusive some renders with the chassis building steps.

But as you may expect, also Blakbird didn't resist to build, model, render and do some animations from another unofficial LEGO Technic Supercar!...

For the case you want to build this model, Blakbird may share his CAD model from the Black Dragon, if this is also the will of Jovel.


blakbird said...

I've uploaded the LDraw file to my Brickshelf folder. It is tricky to build from the CAD file, but it can be done. That's how I built my copy.

This is an amazing model. I've built a lot of LEGO cars, and this one is totally different.

Vitor said...

Model is ok. Be much better to upgrade from old style transmission changeover and seats. Wheelbase seem very short like Volkswagon Beetle. Moving rooftop is great!

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