I loved it as a kid too, and i will claim to not be to bothered about lego now. Until the next time I click 2 little blocks together and then go missing for 4hrs making anything i can out of my mates sons tub of lego. I couldnt possibly buy any because it would be a very slippery slope.
In fact, we went to Legoland this summer, ostensibly for the kids. It was awesomes. I always loved building models and Lego was the ultimate way of expressing this creativity without having to follow instructions, but I never even came close to being able to envisage achieving something like this
Anyway, I had to buy the kids souvenir kits, obviously, but I felt it might lessen the pain if I got myself one too. Purely for scientific research purposes, obviously.... Ahem. I was sorely tempted by the GT3RS Porsche but haven't yet made the quantum leap where I'm willing to spend 230 quid on a Lego kit. So instead I went for something rather more humble from Herr Doktor Porsche's ouvre
And over a few nights after work, with the kids in bed, Nick Drake or the new Roger Waters CD playing (he's still really angry, y'know, but in a sorta gentle way ), a pint of cider (no, it's not curse word le cidre, we had brexit to get away from toss like that, thankyou very much) I had some of the most relaxing moments in my recently otherwise rather dismal and stressful life
If I'd thought about it at the time, I should have raided the kids' stores of bricks and two-toned this to look like my actual Beetle. I did effect a LHD to RHD conversion though. Errrrr... it really wasn't too difficult, lol, it just meant sticking the wheel on the opposite end of the dash
The only thing is that with the roofrack and stuff in place, it hides the fact that the roof is a bit too flat side-to-side to really look properly Beetle-ish, but that's my one moan about it. And after all, it is "only" Lego.
The recent re-issue of Street Machine reminded me that I built a lego chassis version of Henry Hirise around the time of the launch of the original. My version only had the standard 4 cube engine but did have sidepipes ! I do like the look of some of the larger size models but they aren't cheap are they. My sons Birthday is coming up soon though.
Didn't you have the big Technic car chassis from the early eighties?
Yes, well it might have been late 70's as it was the first one they did, my parents bought it when we were on holiday in Devon. Think it rained all the time we were there so they bought it to make up for having a bad week I think. I bought one of the later ones more recently so if I get round to building a modified version of the first chassis I will finally have proper wide wheels on the back, I will have to pinch a pair from the later car though.
I remember my cousin having that years ago. I was mega jealous and made my feelings quite clear to anyone who would listen. It sort of worked because soon after that I got the go cart A chap at work is into his lego and has a room full of it. Ive seen pictures of his stash. He started when Starwars stuff started comming out, sometimes hed make one, then buy another and not open it. That soon snowballed into buying 2 of quite afew sets, making one and then selling it, and stashing the unopened one.
I had this car chassis (think I still have most of the bits to build it ...well, the Boy inherited them but I'm sure I could steal them back )
It was clearly based on some kind of Beetle buggy; rear-engined flat four (which actually worked. Well, the pistons went in and out), twin seats, heat exchangers (yellow to represent rust cos orange Lego hadn't been invented then), terrible steering. As I recall, the pinion gear was only held down by a single 2x1 hole-brick so regularly used to pop off the rack, leaving you with no steering