Friday, November 11, 2011

MINI Cooper Mark I

After spending a year and a half creating my Porsche 911, I decided to make a smaller and simpler car, but keeping some of the complexity of my previous creations.

But at the same time I wanted to follow the line to create all my cars on a scale between 1/7.5 and 1/8.5. So if I wanted to make a small car, I had to choose a very small car, a mini car we ... doing a MINI!!
The choice of the first version (Mark I) was only to seek a taste of the purest classic.


The final scale is 1/7.8, which is exactly the same as the Bugatti Veyron, and the final dimensions are only 23 studs wide, 49 long and 22.5 high. Looking this size I created a big scale car, but in mid-size :).



It has all the typical feautres of all Technic MOCs as functionals doors, hood and trunk. Also I have added folding front seats for access to the rear seat(this is my first car with two rows of seats haha)
It has a 4-cylinder transverse front fake engine, and as a curiosity the order of the cylinders follows the same order as a real, not like 99% of MOCs and technic sets.



Logically it has independent suspension on all wheels, and also it is the same type used in the real Mini, double wishbone front and longitudinal single-arm back.
Of course it is front wheel drive like the Mini and steering with functional steering wheel.


And the best for the end, this little car has a secret under that little hood, it has 4-speed sequential gearbox. The size is only 11x10x8 studs.

With this gearbox I close the discussion about the sequential gearboxes are too big for use in medium-sized cars.

The sequencing mechanism is one of the many versions of the Porsche's gearbox discarded.


It has no clutch but the car's relatively low weight (1.8kg) together with a good set-up result that does not need to switch brands correctly, as you can see in the video below.


It should be remembered that in that under that little nose, the car has: a drive axle with steering, a transverse 4-cylinder engine and sequential gearbox with all his mechanism. Maximum compaction.

As you can see in this last picture all electrical components are in the bottom of the car under the seats to maximize interior space.


And finally, as always a little video!!!


More pictures here:

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=488596

I hope you like it!!

36 comments:

Dberaha said...

Can you put instructions for the gearbox? I'd like to try it myself. Nice car by the way.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic work, as usual!

Anonymous said...

Awesome car! Indeed, maybe you can publish instructions for the gearbox?

Anonymous said...

Your gearbox was a technical surprise, I look forward to more details; your ability to push the bar of excellence is noted. You inpire us to ask 'how far' can the lego technic system can promote innovation in our teaching of design.

Anonymous said...

The accuracy of the styling and the realistic layout (front engine+gearbox, suspension etc) are amazing. This is the first Lego car ive seen where the engine looks like the real thing in terms of layout and relative size to the model. Amazing work... hope to hear more about the technic side of this beauty!

Anonymous said...

Could you please publish the instructions of the gearbox? It would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks anyway

concord said...

Instructions please? Good job!!!!

Blastem said...

I Love your work Fernando!
An awesome Sheepo-Style 4 speed Gearbox (reaching the edge of gear friction :D) and before all an incredible body construction.
Anxiuos about trying it at 5th Hispalug Event ;)

Anonymous said...

1. You are my hero!
2. Love your creations!!
3. I hope I can be as good as you some day!!!

Sheepo said...

This is easy!!, you only need:
1. Patience
2. More patience
3. Much more patience
;)

Anonymous said...

4. and lego, of course!!

love this very much, maybe it would be better if it was a bit faster, but who cares!

greetings from the north of the Netherlands,
mark4lego

Anonymous said...

love it

Anonymous said...

instructions im dying to build one



help

alfie

tuur said...

downloaded instructions but for wath is the loose part with the elastics

Zobnob said...

unbelievably impressive!!!

Rikus said...

There are no words to describe your work...
Unbelivable.

I think it wuold be a dream come true for anybody to see the instructions published... Hope you'll find a way (and the time) to do them... Even only as a picture sequence + part list...!

Anonymous said...

Man, you. are. the. best. You should be hired by LEGO !!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing stuff. Inspiring to say the least

Anonymous said...

well done

Anonymous said...

As an owner of a classic Mini this is simply amazing and incredibly detailed. Outstanding job!

Anonymous said...

Please could you post or sell the instructions I would love to be able to build it

Anonymous said...

Which sets do I have to buy to get such a large assortment of red panels ???
I'm very curious to know .

Sheepo said...

None, I buy spare parts in bricklink.com, it is easier and cheaper

Anonymous said...

Can you recommend any seller from BrickLink.com ?
I am very curious to know
Thanks, Sheepo

Sheepo said...

This is your choice... but usually I buy in MagicMagnus or Chromebricks, good prices and a lot of technic parts

Juanjo said...

You lack Mr Bean.

Anonymous said...

Can you put instructions for the Mini Cooper mark1

Anonymous said...

you should make a mini or volkswagen beetle with the unimog wheels and make them bigger

Anonymous said...

Hello, There is possibility of having the assembly plan of the Mini? I like very much your model but I do not manage to realize it the same model. I am a fan of Mini and of lego too, and it would be very great to collect both. I am sorry from my English. Thanks

Tony Jennings said...

I must say that, you are just amazing. Imagine, you've managed to create a remote-controlled cooper by using pieces of Lego. Should I say, you are certainly good at it and if ever, the Lego decided to adapt this idea, they must give you credit for this.

Anonymous said...

Can you please make the instructions?

Tim Johnson said...

My son would go crazy over this! He is into cars and Lego so I'm sure this will be a hit to him.

Joseph Chambers said...

Wow! Just wow! I can't say anything more because by just thinking about how you manage to build and assemble this kind of complicated and intricately-designed mini is just unimaginable. I mean, creating a perfect replica of the real one by using lego pieces and then making it move is just amazing.

Paul said...

I would really love to purchase these instructions! Please let me know if you have plans to do this in the near future. I have voted for it on Cuusoo. You are very talented. I will try my best to build it without instructions... I don't like my chances though.

Matthew Hughes said...

when are the instructions going to be made?

Kimmo Lindholm said...

How easy change steering left side? can you show how?

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