A couple of years ago, I found the model tucked away in a display cabinet in a museum. After several hours of photographing the model, I decided I would attempt to build one myself.
Working off of the photos, here is the finished product. Approximately 80cm (32 inches) long, at the time it was the biggest model I had attempted.
Since completing the model I have shown it at several Lego shows and car shows in Australia, and now I want to share it with all of you.
Enjoy building this model and most of all have fun playing with Lego!
Step 1: The Original Model
I was unable to get the model out of the display case, so I had no reference images for the chassis or the interior. This made for many annoying moments throughout the build.
Step 2: The Build - Part 1
Moving on from the wheels, I tried to figure out the front grille and bumper bar area. Keeping the same colours as the original model, The first pieces were 'laid down' just after christmas in 2011.
As there were no plans or parts listing for me to reference, I assumed I would have enough parts in my collection. How wrong could I have been. As I worked forward on the model, I found that my collection of red pieces of Lego plate was no where near large enough.
The main parts I kept running out of is the basic 1x2 studded plate. I could not believe how many I had to use. And I had to keep telling myself that the original model was built back in the mid 1980's when part designs were a lot less diverse as it is now.
The other problem I was finding was structural. Because I could only photo the outside of the original model, who knows what lurked underneath. This meant the as I built the top of the bonnet many times over, I found bracing to be a necessity.
At the end of each nights work, working through and Australian summer means 30+ degress C for most of the time, I would take a photo, just incase.
Step 3: The Build Continues
'Red' - as it become affectionately known - travelled to several different Lego shows and even a car cruise. Meanwhile back in the build room, a second version was being built, a flat bed ute (pick up truck for those north of the equator).
Step 4: The Plans
Rather than showing each step of building, there are over 4600 pieces in total, I have attached Lego Digital Designer plans of all the different sections.
The main thing that I can say is . . . . . . Be patient when building this model. It is a hollow model and does take some careful balancing, especially when building the roof and bonnet.
Step 5: So What Happened to 'Red'?
Did he live on, tucked away on the shelf?
Nope. He was parted out. Destroyed, Dropped, Smashed and all other words to describe being destroyed.
And that's the fun of Lego. You build something. Show it. Then pull it apart and start something new.
So now I pass on 'Red's' soul to you. Bring him back to life in whatever colours and styles you want. I look forward to seeing Fj Holden's popping up everywhere.
Step 6: Appendix A
Same size as 'Red' but now with racing stripes and an updated interior.
Luckily the Australian National Motor Museum is about 30km's away, so I took it across for a quick photo shoot with the real thing - an original 1950's FJ Holden.