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RE: Lego E30 M3 project

Wednesday 17th May

Lego E30 M3 project

We know you like to support a Lego Idea, so here's the latest!



Whether it be a Caterham or a Land Rover, it's clear that there's appetite on PistonHeads for a big Lego project. Indeed we'd like to think that the PH support helped a fair bit with Carl Greartrix's Seven idea, which of course you can now buy in shops. So when there's opportunity to publicise another one...

Black looks especially good...
Black looks especially good...
The E30 BMW M3 is a car every enthusiast knows of, a tremendously successful touring car and an exceptional road car too. Much like the Golf GTI, the name has become synonymous with the sector it occupies - that's how significant it is.

But then you knew all that about the M3. What you might not know is that one eager Lego builder has now constructed his own brick based homage to the legendary BMW. 'Dani87' has created his three M3s - black, red and yellow - on the Lego Ideas page, canvassing support in an attempt to get the kit made. And we would very much like to get behind it!

Let's make it happen!
Let's make it happen!
His Lego M3 features opening doors, bonnet and boot, plus a removable engine and hinged front seats. The dash even has a full set of stickers on it! Now you may remember with Carl Greartrix's Caterham that a few Lego tricks were used to create prototype parts, which were then altered for production. Dani87's three cars differ on more than just colour though, the red car having a "more Lego look" with the studs shown off. It therefore looks like a more straightforward build. Anyone with more Lego knowledge than us, now's the chance to shout about how achievable (or not) this look is!

The project has been running for a little while, meaning there are 213 days left to get behind the Lego M3. At present it has 963 supporters, with 10,000 required before it gets to the Lego Review Board - you know what you need to do!

Pledge your support here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr G

Original Poster:

12,667 posts

159 months

Wednesday 17th May
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Much like the Ideas Golf GTI; it's a great (and marketable) concept with some fantastic details but would benefit further refinement to shape, scale, and look.

Luke.

7,109 posts

167 months

Wednesday 17th May
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Needs more work. The scale's too small, so looks a little clunky.

MorganP104

552 posts

47 months

Wednesday 17th May
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If the E30 M3 can be made to look as good as the existing original Mini model (see picture below), then Lego will be onto a winner.



Scale-wise, I agree with other comments here - the BMW needs to be a little bigger.

J4CKO

20,746 posts

117 months

Wednesday 17th May
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MorganP104 said:
If the E30 M3 can be made to look as good as the existing original Mini model (see picture below), then Lego will be onto a winner.



Scale-wise, I agree with other comments here - the BMW needs to be a little bigger.
but that looks pretty out of proportion really.

xjay1337

7,210 posts

35 months

Wednesday 17th May
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Fair play to the guy, but in terms of a replica kit, they look naff.

If I bought that for £30 from Lego I'd be fuming, but if I'd made it from bits I had lying around in my box I'd be well happy.
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GTEYE

860 posts

127 months

Wednesday 17th May
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xjay1337 said:
Fair play to the guy, but in terms of a replica kit, they look naff.

If I bought that for £30 from Lego I'd be fuming, but if I'd made it from bits I had lying around in my box I'd be well happy.
£30? You might need to re-budget for how much Lego costs these days...



spikyone

75 posts

17 months

Wednesday 17th May
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J4CKO said:
MorganP104 said:
If the E30 M3 can be made to look as good as the existing original Mini model (see picture below), then Lego will be onto a winner.



Scale-wise, I agree with other comments here - the BMW needs to be a little bigger.
but that looks pretty out of proportion really.
Maybe it's a sign of getting old, but to me the worst thing about it is the fact that they slap the word "Creator" on it. With all the custom bricks in that set, the only thing you can "create" is the Mini in the picture! Modern Lego sets seem to be more like a crude Airfix kit; I don't understand the appeal. Much better in my day and all that *grumble grumble*

MBBlat

453 posts

66 months

Wednesday 17th May
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spikyone said:
Maybe it's a sign of getting old, but to me the worst thing about it is the fact that they slap the word "Creator" on it. With all the custom bricks in that set, the only thing you can "create" is the Mini in the picture! Modern Lego sets seem to be more like a crude Airfix kit; I don't understand the appeal. Much better in my day and all that *grumble grumble*
Which is strange as there are actually very few custom blocks in that set - AFAIK the only parts that are unique is the blanket and stickers.

From Rebrickable here are 10 other models you can make just using the parts from this set
https://rebrickable.com/sets/10242-1/mini-cooper/#...
In fact you can use this set to build a pretty convincing F1 car
https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-7708/xx1Andi/1024...

opieoilman

3,970 posts

153 months

Wednesday 17th May
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I'm now thinking they should be making a Volvo 850 T5 model, seems logical with all the straight lines. Might need to get my lego back off my 2 year old.

blinkythefish

850 posts

174 months

Friday 19th May
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spikyone said:
Maybe it's a sign of getting old, but to me the worst thing about it is the fact that they slap the word "Creator" on it. With all the custom bricks in that set, the only thing you can "create" is the Mini in the picture! Modern Lego sets seem to be more like a crude Airfix kit; I don't understand the appeal. Much better in my day and all that *grumble grumble*
I'd be interested to know when you last built a Lego set?

People continually claim that new Lego sets are made of set specific blocks, and it is patently untrue - take a look at an inventory set listing for any set and any one of the parts will probably appear between 50 - 1000 other Lego sets. There are a (very, very) small number of "unique" parts, but generally their uniqueness comes from their coloring/special markings - the same shape will be used in some other set.

What has moved on is the design of sets which now combine smaller parts to create complex assemblies that may look like a unique single part. The traditional rectangular brick is far less prevalent, but sets are still made from generic parts.

spikyone

75 posts

17 months

Friday 19th May
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Fair enough. It's probably been 20 years or more since I last built one, and back then even the Technic sets used mostly square bricks. There seems to be a lot more curved bricks in the newer sets - I look at the front wings on the Mini, or the curved edges of the roof, for instance, and it looks absolutely nothing like something made out of Lego bricks as I knew them. Likewise the wheelarch extensions. The colours are certainly more set-specific than they used to be.
You couldn't have made that Mini, or most of the other sets I see nowadays, from the sort of Lego that I played with as a kid, so it feels like they've introduced a lot of "custom" parts. Maybe that's not strictly true and they are able to use those bricks in a lot of sets, so it might be the case that they've just introduced a lot of new shapes since my youth.

PurpleTurtle

1,979 posts

61 months

Friday 19th May
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+1 as a supporter!

wibble cb

1,375 posts

124 months

This one is more convincing than the official lego model!!



https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-5211/Lucky-Ramses...