Mercedes G4

WWII was a terrible time in our history, but a lot of pretty cool designs came out of it. Like the stunning B-17, the venerable Willys Jeep and the Spitfire, there’s nothing like a bunch of humans wanting to kill each other to spur some design eh? While the nazis were pretty much the worst thing ever, they managed to bring some pretty amazing vehicles to the battlefield, like the Mercedes G4, wonderfully depicted here by builder red 2. And if it troubles you to see nazis in brick form, try to imagine Indiana Jones just out of frame, ready to punch them in the face.

Kettenkrad

War makes humans do strange things (I mean, besides kill each other for resources or for having the wrong deity). Some time in the late 1930's some Germans were sitting in a room and one of them said something akin to "what if we combined a motorcycle and a tank?" The whole idea might have died right there, but war was eminent, so the world ended up with the Kleines Kettenkraftrad HK 101. Flash forward about 80 years and builder redfern1950s2 said something akin to "what if I combined bricks to build a combination of a motorcycle and a tank?" And I for one am happy that he did.

SdKfz 2 : KettenKrad
SdKfz 2 : KettenKrad

Afrika Korps

I'm not sure what inspired builder Red2 to build this WWII German Prime Mover, but I'm glad he did. Not that I'm a fan of nazis (they were a bunch of mass-murdering buttheads) but they certainly could invade a country in style huh? This is basically a half-track parade vehicle, for when you want to make a big entrance, but might have to do it over sand.

Afrika Korps - Sd Kfz 7.
Afrika Korps - Sd Kfz 7.

P-38

Ah the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, one of my favorite planes to crash...I should probably explain that. When I was a kid I liked to build dioramas, and I built no less than four featuring this aircraft. Something about the double fuselage just made it so much fun to wreck. This version by builder John Lamarck looks ready to take to the air. Hopefully with better landings than mine had so many years ago.

Virginia Marie Margaret
Virginia Marie Margaret

Churchill AVLB

Ground troops need to get where they're going quickly, and pausing to construct a bridge is a good way to not go anywhere quickly. This is the genius of armored vehicle-launched bridges. Just drive up to that creek or ditch, back this baby up and drop a bridge right on it. This LEGO version by Tommy Styrvoky not only looks the part in stunning detail and construction, it's fully functional with remote control. Check out the video to see it in action.

Lego Churchill bridge layer
Lego Churchill bridge layer