Indy Car in Lego

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This year marked the 100th anniversary of the first running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (not the 100th running, that’s still a few years away). If you’re a motorsports fanatic, that great race every Memorial Day weekend is one of the highlights of your year. If you’re a geek, Lego are the ultimate medium with which to create art. This set on Flickr (here) of the Indy 500 championship cars all made in Lego, then, ought to cause nerdgasms the world over.

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  • skitter

    I'm really, really impressed that these are done on the scale of the "regular" Lego persons.

  • Alff

    It would be appropriate to make a Lego Tony George. He is, after all, a blockhead.

    • dmilligan

      Well said. If there is a hell, there's a special place waiting for Tony.

  • B72

    I don't understand new legos. They have all of these pre-made shapes. Back when I was a kid, Legos were rectangular, with the exception of wheels, windshields, and the occasional roofing tile. And we liked it!

    \Damn kids. Get off my playmat.

    • You had wheels, windshields, and roofing tiles?!?

      I'm not just saying that to be difficult. Lego versions of those apparently existed when I was a kid in the early '70s, but all I ever had were the bricks that looked like, well, bricks.

      In a completely unrelated side note, I went on to become a mineralogist.

      • dmilligan

        I understand that they have 12 step programs now for people suffering from mineralogy addictions and perversions. They may be able to help you.

        • Yeah, I tried one of those programs:

          Step one: Complete a year of grad school.
          Step two: Complete a year of grad school.
          Step three: Complete a year of grad school.
          Step four….

          Despite completing all twelve steps I still have a house, yard, and office full of rocks, and shelves groaning under the load of my back issues of "American Mineralogist." I'm not buying it.

          • dmilligan

            Oh dear, I had no idea. Well, you can say that you fought the good fight. Being a grad student for an extended period is a terrible thing to happen to a person.

    • dmilligan

      Bah, who had legos? In my day, erector sets were king, and if your folks couldn't afford them, tinkertoys. You youngsters have it so good, you have no idea.

      Playmat? What a pansy.

      • B72

        We used to make bubble machines out of erector sets. Build a nice platform, bolt the motor to it, bolt some wands to the output shaft, cut moms dishsoap bottle in half the long way, bolt it to the platform under the motor so the wands dip, fill with soap solution, place in front of a fan, turn everything on, and you've got a bubble machine. It generates lots of bubbles and coats everything in the general area with soap scum. Works best with the fan on low.

        • dmilligan

          Excellent creative thinking and building! That's what you're supposed to do with those kind of toys: build things that aren't in the book, but in your head.
          The most impressive piece I constructed when I was a tyke was when I attempted to build a linear motor that would move a bar magnet. I was somewhat successful, but it ended in disaster, resulting in two broken windows, a blown mains fuse and my erector set confiscated.

        • FЯeeMan

          About the fanciest thing I ever made from my Erector set was a landing pad that I used in the middle of the night the first night my parents pulled the safety rail from the top bunk of my bunk beds.

          That night taught me the finer points of cleaning up after myself, and to never leave hard, sharp objects where they might be encountered in the middle of the night.

      • Mr_Biggles

        This might seem like an obvious question to some, but is an erector set more or less the same as a Meccano set? We had a huge Meccano set in the 70's. It was quite old and on it's second or third round of being handed down at the time. I have called dibs on it for my kids. I can't believe how much Meccano is worth these days.

        We had Tinkertoy at the cottage but it seemed kind of primitive.

        • dmilligan

          I just did a quick google to refresh my memory as to what the Meccano set are/were. From I can see, they're extremely similar, to the point where the current erector sets are made by Meccano, according to wiki:
          Looking at the pictures for the early Meccano sets, they seem to have a lot more specialized parts than I remember the erector sets having, like tires, track pieces, curved metal panel and other neat little things I would have killed for when I was a kid. Good for you for keeping that old set in the family, your grandkids will love you for it.
          Tinkertoys are a long way down the ladder from meccano/erector, and they're more suited for younger kids that don't yet have the manual dexterity for the screws and nuts. I had a big set of tinkertoys, and being wood, they constantly broke, seized together, holes wormed out to where parts wouldn't hold, etc. My kids hated the set we bought them and demanded legos and Kinex.

      • Alff

        Tinkertoys!? I always suspected you were of the privileged class. I had a bag of sticks that my dad insisted were valuable antique Lincoln Logs.