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Lino M PRO 6:04am, 1 April 2013
It’s been said that we haven’t had a regional challenge in a while and…well…gosh its true! So here’s a unique challenge that encompasses many nations and it’s called Behind The Iron Curtain… all about vehicles manufactured in or associated with Communist countries. What does this mean? Well, glad you asked.

There are only five Communist counties left today: Cuba, Laos, Vietnam, North Korea and The People’s Republic of China. There’s very little going on in the automotive world in Laos, Vietnam and North Korea, but let’s talk about China. Even though I’ve never seen or heard of the Dongfeng Succe or the Haima Freema, they are among the world’s top selling vehicles. China is, in fact, the world’s leading automobile manufacturer and has taken that title from Japan in 2009…and they are leading by a longshot! In a time when the rest of the planet is struggling, China’s economy is thriving. Mao Zedong wanted China to become a superpower and he got it in spades. They also did it with cheap labor, and little regard for the environment and human value. Will this business model implode on itself or skyrocket China as a world leader well into the future? Only time will tell.

Cuba is like no other nation on Earth. A trade embargo imposed in 1959 made it difficult for any vehicles to be imported into Cuba, the result; an abundance of aging classic American cars in use today. The Cubans have become ever so resourceful in keeping these relics running, including making brake shoes out of asbestos, and turning some classics into electric hybrids long before the Prius made it popular.

It would be a short challenge indeed if we only considered current Communist countries, so I’m happy to open up the possibilities for former Communist regimes as well. About 25 countries make up this list, but most interesting among them in terms of automotive possibilities would be, of course, the USSR (Lada anyone?), East Germany, (Trabant!)Yugoslavia (the Yugo!) and Poland. (Yes, Raphy, Poland!) Furthermore, you may build any modern vehicle from a former Communist country even if they are no longer considered Communist.

Oh, and one more thing. Just in case you don’t find inspiration from any of the nations mentioned, you may build any “Communist Inspired” hot rods or custom vehicles. So if you’re itching to build a hot rod and want to call it “Comrade Boris” or “Red China”, then by all means, please do. Sound good? I think so!

Today is April 1st, you have until May 1st…one month to come up with your Communist rides. As always build one or build many in any scale you wish. This thread is for your photo entries and short write ups while the accompanying discussion thread is for your questions, comments, inspiration, praise, gripes, and other chatter. Happy building, everyone! Oh and… Удачи!
Dohoon Kim 5 years ago
Stratopolonez by Dohoon Kim


A Polish rally driver crashed his Stratos into a tree, the car body was totalled but the engine wasn't damaged... So he got an FSO Polonez and put the Stratos V6 (Ferrari engine) in the car.
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lego911 PRO 5 years ago
Dacia 1300 - 1969 - Romania

Dacia 1300 - 1969 - Romania

A Renault 12 built under licence 1969 - 2004.

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lego911 PRO 5 years ago
Tatra T2-603 - Czechoslovakia

Tatra T2-603 - 1968 - Czechoslovakia

Here shown in Prague Taxi livery.

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Mad physicist PRO 5 years ago
Here is my entry: a Moscow traffic Police Lada 110.

Moscow traffic police Lada 110 (1) by Mad physicist


Dreadful, isn't it?
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Lino M PRO 5 years ago
Russian Ural 2

Order up! Russian Ural with a side of car.

You're welcome, comrades.
Ciezarowkaz 5 years ago
FSR Tarpan 239D - Poland

FSR Tarpan 239D by Ciezarowkaz


Okay, and here's my entry. FSR Tarpan is a Polish pickup/van built between 1972-1991. My model shows a very late version (1986-1991), which was fitted with a 2,4L diesel engine from a... tractor. These cars were very popular in the 80s and 90s, but now there are completely extinct, due to poor quality and rust.
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rabidnovaracer 5 years ago
My turn!

ZIS 110

ZIS 110
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lego911 PRO 5 years ago
China 2013 - Communist, but with everybody else's good cars.

Ford Escort Shanghai Concept - 2013

Ford Escort - Shanghai Concept - 2013

Sounds like a plan for a hook-up with a Chineses shady-lady though., methinks.

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Dornbi PRO 5 years ago
Hi Guys, I am actively following the best car LEGO group all over the net, but did not post much yet. I did not think about building anything so far, but this month's challenge made me change my mind :)

Trabant 601S (1) by Dornbi


This is not an entirely fresh build, but I never took any photos of the one built from real bricks. I also had to change it to have the correct proportions. Hope you like it!
Dornbi PRO 5 years ago
Ok, since the Trabi was not an entirely new build, here is one more. It's a city bus, but it has wheels, so loosely speaking it fits into the group profile :)

Ikarus buses were one of the most well-known export products of Hungary during the 80s. This is virtual build of an Ikarus 260:

Ikarus 260 (1) by Dornbi
Bad furday PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Bad furday (member) 5 years ago
Just sneaking in here with this, a FAW CA1010 mini truck - China
FAW CA1010 Mini Truck by Bad furday
Rolic PRO 5 years ago
As a proud Latvian I present to you.. Latvia
RAF-2203
These minibuses were mostly called Latvias, however their real name is RAF-2203
r a p h y Posted 5 years ago. Edited by r a p h y (member) 5 years ago
Three for Poland!

I should thank Peter Blackert aka. Lego911 for the great buddy challenge. He built this. I just modded it into a station wagon with what we in Poland call the cultstyle modification, complete with roofrack and stickerbombing.

Fiat 125P Kombi cultstyle by r a p h y


The Fiat 125P was what the wealthier Poles schlepped themselves around in the PRP, but soon after the end of the Soviet Union in 1991, everyone could buy them and they became a common piece of junk, albeit a universally loved one.

We've had two in the family, though I can hardly remember them. As the story goes, we were once pulled over by the cops. One of the cops leans against the B-pillar, which abruptly caves in and makes him fall into the car, much to my then-toddler brother's amusement.
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lego911 PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by lego911 (moderator) 5 years ago
FSO 125P - Poland

The Polish FIAT

FSO 125P - 1980

Buddy challenge entry with Raphy (see above).

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lego911 PRO 5 years ago
Trabant 601 Limosuine - German Democratic Republic (East Germany).

Trabant 601 - 9 Novembre, 1989

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lego911 PRO 5 years ago
Skoda Felicia Convertible - 1959 - Czechoslovakia

Skoda Felicia - 1959 - Czechoslovakia

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lego911 PRO 5 years ago
Lada Niva - U.S.S.R.

Lada Niva - U.S.S.R.

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Proudlove 5 years ago
After attempting to decode the mess that is new Flickr, I've finished the code for this month's round-up. Enjoy.

lugnuts-cars.blogspot.ca/2013/05/behind-iron-curtainround...
r a p h y 5 years ago
I didn't dig the Czechoslovakian greasy hair joke, but this was an excellent round-up - to what was probably the best challenge ever. It's too bad I had so much schoolwork or I would have entered something more.
Rolic PRO 5 years ago
Yea... flicker is really user-unfriendly now. This is the worst UI they could possibly choose. If honestly - LUGNuts is the only thing keeping me here, unless... is there a way to be LUGNuts member without staying at flicker?
r a p h y 5 years ago
I'll stay on flickr until I die.
LegoNoitAllMocs 5 years ago
Great roundup! :D
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