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Nimbus motorbike.
LEGO version of the Danish Nimbus motorbike, a Technic and System combination model.
About this creation

My latest Lego motorbike, the Danish Nimbus motorbike, has been an even bigger challenge than my other motorbikes. The tricky part, compared to my other motorbikes, is the fact that I couldn`t build it around an actual Technic frame. Because the frame of the real bike, consist of welded flat iron with a strong triangular shape, and I wanted this particular frame-look, I´ve replicated it in plates and hinges, and it`s much more fragile than a Technic frame.
A few Technic beams hides inside the gastank to join the frame and the front wheel fork.
The engine itself is also a vital part of the bikes structural integrity, and is joined with the frame in four points at the oil pan, and with a Technic connector at the rear cylinder. This way everything holds nicely together, and the bike is sturdy enough for handling during the building process. I feared a nightmare where parts kept falling off.
Although a pair of 3D printed, custom made, wheel fenders probably would have looked better, I didn`t fell for the temptation of doing so. Actually I´m quite happy with the way my brickbuilt fenders turned out, especially after I added the bracing. It was a rather fiddly job to add these by use of small transparent silicon rubberbands, but absolutely worth the effort.
Like my previous bikes, this one also contains a number of painted parts; wheels, rear view mirror, brakepedal, headlamp etc.

The Nimbus motorbike:
For anyone interested in the history of this great Danish bike, the www is a great source of information.



Reference picture:
Nimbus
More pictures on my Flickr

Hope you enjoy the pictures.


Nimbus (2B)

Nimbus (3)

Nimbus (4)

Nimbus (6A)

Nimbus (7)

Nimbus (8)

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Nimbus (13)

Edit 28-12-2016:
A nice little exstra Christmas gift, to see my Nimbus blogged by The Lego Car Blog!





Comments

 I made it 
  May 4, 2017
Quoting Jacob F Hej Henrik, fantastisk arbejde! Min svigerfar har selv en nimbus og jeg kunne godt tænke mig at bygge din model til ham. Vil du kunne overtales til at dele en byggevejledning, eller en del-liste. Med venlig hilsen Jacob
Hej Jacob F! Tak for kommentarerne, og undskyld min sene reaktion. Jeg må desværre skuffe dig. I forbindelse med overdragelsen af min model til Nimbus museet, afslog jeg at seriefremstille den med salg for øje, da det er ret omfattende og tidskrævende at skaffe dele til sådan en model. Jeg deler heller kke byggevejledninger, da der i den seneste tid er dukket piratkopier af andre modlbyggeres værker op, uden deres tilladelse. Disse modeller sælges på nettet uden anerkendelse eller udbytte til modelbyggeren.
 I like it 
  April 30, 2017
Hej Henrik, fantastisk arbejde! Min svigerfar har selv en nimbus og jeg kunne godt tænke mig at bygge din model til ham. Vil du kunne overtales til at dele en byggevejledning, eller en del-liste. Med venlig hilsen Jacob
 I like it 
  April 29, 2017
Hej Henrik, fantastisk arbejde. Min svigerfar har en Nimbus og jeg kunne godt tænke at give mig din LEGO Nimbus i gave. Vil du være villig til at dele en samlevejleding, part liste eller lignende? Mvh, Jacob
 I made it 
  April 11, 2017
Quoting Scott Bertaut Insane! My brain can't really comprehend how awesome this is to say more then that, too much detail. Epic job!
Thanks again Scott, it`s very much appreciated!
 I made it 
  April 11, 2017
Quoting Malte Dorowski ravishingly beautiful!
Thank you Malte!
 I like it 
  April 10, 2017
Insane! My brain can't really comprehend how awesome this is to say more then that, too much detail. Epic job!
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  March 2, 2017
ravishingly beautiful!
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  February 2, 2017
Quoting ole kristensen Jeg skriver dette på vegne af Danmarks Nimbus Tourings motorecyklemuseum, der er beliggende i en bygning på Danmarks Industrimuseum i Horsens. Nimbusmuseet er ejet af medlemmerne motorcykelklubben Danmarks Nimbus Touring, og på museet viser vi naturligvis historien bag den danske motorcykel Nimbus, ser blev skabt af Peder Andersen Fisker, der også stod bag støvsugeren Nilfisk. Ud over den permanente udstilling, har vi også temaudstillinger, der bliver normelt udskiftet en gang om året. I dette år er vores temaudstilling det danske politis brug af Nimbus motorcykler, og den udstilling fortsætter dog også i sæsonen 2017. Den anden temaudstilling i 2017 kalder vi for “Nimbus legetøj”, og her viser vi eksempler på, hvordan Nimbus motorcyklen har inspireret ikke bare professionelle legetøjsproducenter, men også eksempler på ting, fremstillet at folk med hænderne rigtigt skruet på. På Share yourLego hjemmeside, har vi set din flotte Nimbus og vi vil spørge, om der eventuelt er en mulighed for, at vi kan låne eller købe den til vores temaudstilling til næste år. Den vil naturligvis blive opbevaret under tyverisikring, ligesom der tegnes en særlig forsikring på den. På vegne af Nimbusmuseet ole kristensen MAil: olenkristensen@gmail.com
Hej Ole! Tak for henvendelsen, Jeg har først set din kommentar i dag. Det lyder meget interessant. Jeg sender dig en mail senere!
 I like it 
  January 29, 2017
Jeg skriver dette på vegne af Danmarks Nimbus Tourings motorecyklemuseum, der er beliggende i en bygning på Danmarks Industrimuseum i Horsens. Nimbusmuseet er ejet af medlemmerne motorcykelklubben Danmarks Nimbus Touring, og på museet viser vi naturligvis historien bag den danske motorcykel Nimbus, ser blev skabt af Peder Andersen Fisker, der også stod bag støvsugeren Nilfisk. Ud over den permanente udstilling, har vi også temaudstillinger, der bliver normelt udskiftet en gang om året. I dette år er vores temaudstilling det danske politis brug af Nimbus motorcykler, og den udstilling fortsætter dog også i sæsonen 2017. Den anden temaudstilling i 2017 kalder vi for “Nimbus legetøj”, og her viser vi eksempler på, hvordan Nimbus motorcyklen har inspireret ikke bare professionelle legetøjsproducenter, men også eksempler på ting, fremstillet at folk med hænderne rigtigt skruet på. På Share yourLego hjemmeside, har vi set din flotte Nimbus og vi vil spørge, om der eventuelt er en mulighed for, at vi kan låne eller købe den til vores temaudstilling til næste år. Den vil naturligvis blive opbevaret under tyverisikring, ligesom der tegnes en særlig forsikring på den. På vegne af Nimbusmuseet ole kristensen MAil: olenkristensen@gmail.com
 I made it 
  January 19, 2017
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Wow! This is positively beautiful! A real masterpiece!
Thank you very much Clayton, and pardon me for the late response!
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  January 17, 2017
Wow! This is positively beautiful! A real masterpiece!
 I made it 
  January 2, 2017
Quoting C.K. Yee Happy new year for my lego friend, the past few months i was really busy of work until i had no time to build any of my new model. I really impress of your new motorbike and the best is you capture every part nice details. It really well build.
Thank you so much my friend, for this delightful New Year comment! Too bad when work steals your precious spare-time, but of course we have to earn more money to bye more LEGO :-) I`m really glad you like my Nimbus motorbike, I wish you all the best for the New Year!
 I like it 
  January 1, 2017
Happy new year for my lego friend, the past few months i was really busy of work until i had no time to build any of my new model. I really impress of your new motorbike and the best is you capture every part nice details. It really well build.
 I made it 
  January 1, 2017
Quoting James Dart Excellent job. I really like this build.
Thank you very much James!
 I made it 
  January 1, 2017
Quoting Digital Dreams Very nice. Nearly missed this due to xmas, so good job you posted that yearly review :)
Thank you D.D.! I`m glad you like it
 I like it 
  December 31, 2016
Excellent job. I really like this build.
 I like it 
  December 31, 2016
Very nice. Nearly missed this due to xmas, so good job you posted that yearly review :)
 I made it 
  December 29, 2016
Quoting Sven ;o) Yes my friend, agree ;o) Like I said before, do the same from time to time. Congrats on beeing blogged.
Thanks Sven, much appreciated!
  December 29, 2016
Yes my friend, agree ;o) Like I said before, do the same from time to time. Congrats on beeing blogged.
 I made it 
  December 29, 2016
Quoting Andrea Lattanzio Really amazing! Congrats on The LEGO Car Blog ;)
Thank you very much Andrea, I`m glad you like it!
 I made it 
  December 29, 2016
Quoting Nick Barrett This is just amazing - so beautiful, and I'm glad you went with brick-built fenders. Perfect in every little detail, I can stare at this for hours!
Thank you very much Nick, it was definitely the right decision to make the brick-built fenders, and I´m glad I did. Sounds like you also have a soft spot for vintage motorbikes, so please go ahead, and stare as much as you like!
 I like it 
  December 29, 2016
Really amazing! Congrats on The LEGO Car Blog ;)
 I like it 
  December 29, 2016
This is just amazing - so beautiful, and I'm glad you went with brick-built fenders. Perfect in every little detail, I can stare at this for hours!
 I made it 
  December 28, 2016
Quoting Oran Cruzen Congratulations Henrik, this jewel vroom'd to number one on Most Discussed!
That`s great, thanks for letting me know Oran!
 I made it 
  December 28, 2016
Quoting Oliver Becker Wonderful old bike, Henrik! And so lovingly detailed: This should be a set! :)
Thank you very much Oliver! I don`t think it would ever work as a set. It`s way too fragile to give a great building experience. This build calls for patience and velvet gloves ;-)
  December 28, 2016
Congratulations Henrik, this jewel vroom'd to number one on Most Discussed!
 I like it 
  December 27, 2016
Wonderful old bike, Henrik! And so lovingly detailed: This should be a set! :)
 I made it 
  December 27, 2016
Quoting Ape Fight This is BEAUTIFUL! One of the best bikes on all of MOCpages, love the detailing : ) 10/10
Thank you VERY much, Ape Fight! I`m very pleased to hear that!
 I made it 
  December 27, 2016
Quoting David Roberts I love how delicate the detailing on this quite large model is. I also like the neat touch of the fan as the flared end of the exhaust pipe.
Thank you very much David, the fan at the end of the exhaustpipe is also one of my own favorite details!
 I like it 
  December 27, 2016
This is BEAUTIFUL! One of the best bikes on all of MOCpages, love the detailing : ) 10/10
 I like it 
  December 27, 2016
I love how delicate the detailing on this quite large model is. I also like the neat touch of the fan as the flared end of the exhaust pipe.
 I made it 
  December 26, 2016
Quoting Elk Guard Great job!
Thank you very much Elk!
 I made it 
  December 26, 2016
Quoting gene 3S Beautiful! Chrome parts and the extended mirror are very cool! Merry Christmas!
Thank you Gene, and Merry Christmas to you too!
 I like it 
  December 26, 2016
Great job!
  December 25, 2016
Beautiful! Chrome parts and the extended mirror are very cool! Merry Christmas!
 I made it 
  December 25, 2016
Quoting jim mcdonough very interesting techniques incorporated into this.never heard or seen one of these before,def one of a kind with that frame.must have been very uncomfy back in the day with no rear suspension. very well put together with the way you have to allow for the curves and shaping and comparing to the real bike very very accurate,if anything yours looks so much better than the real one. painting pieces is sometimes the only option(or wait a long time for lego to make certain pieces in the colour you need)cant really fault this just like your other bikes its purely an excellent example of what a master builder can do happy christmas to you and your family
Thank you so much Jim! It`s always pure delight to read your comments, and it makes me feel quite proud. So now you know, Denmark did produce a motorbike, and actually many of those are still running today. You may be right, the driving experience may rely heavily on the quality of the saddle springs :-). Thanks again for stopping by, and happy holidays to you and your family too!
 I like it 
  December 25, 2016
very interesting techniques incorporated into this.never heard or seen one of these before,def one of a kind with that frame.must have been very uncomfy back in the day with no rear suspension. very well put together with the way you have to allow for the curves and shaping and comparing to the real bike very very accurate,if anything yours looks so much better than the real one. painting pieces is sometimes the only option(or wait a long time for lego to make certain pieces in the colour you need)cant really fault this just like your other bikes its purely an excellent example of what a master builder can do happy christmas to you and your family
 I made it 
  December 25, 2016
Quoting adam thelegofan rutland awesome!:D merry christmas!:D
Thank you very much Adam! Merry Christmas to you too!
 I made it 
  December 25, 2016
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Spectacular, Henrik -- especially the fenders! (You made the right decision there.) Happy Holidays!
Thank you very much Jeremy! The fenders is probably the hardest thing to make look like the real ones. I think this solution, although the rubberbands are not Lego, is eatable to most Lego-fans. Happy holidays to you too!
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  December 25, 2016
Quoting Gabor Pauler Mindblasting styling solutions, great work!
Thank you very much Gabor, it`s very much appreciated!
 I made it 
  December 25, 2016
Quoting Per Bonde Hi Henrik. You have done it again! Just love it. In my childhood I lived next to the Post Museum in Vesterbro, Copenhagen. They had a yellow Nimbus as part of the exhibition. First thing to go through my mind when i saw this. Thank you for another interesting LEGO-year. Merry christmas and a happy new year to you and your family.
Thank you very much Per! As we both are Danes the Nimbus will always mean something special to us. I did consider building a Postal-version with sidecar, but didn`t, because the yellow Lego color isn`t right for it. Thanks again for the comment, and I also wish you and your family Happy Holidays!
 I made it 
  December 25, 2016
Quoting Seaman SPb Excellent motorbike! Merry Christmas!
Thank you very much Seaman, much appreciated! Merry Christmas to you too!
 I made it 
  December 25, 2016
Quoting Sven ;o) Henrik my friend, this is a beautiful bike with lots of awesome details. Not a big fan of but do it sometimes too if I have no other choice: Painting the lego parts. Did that with some rims of my firetrucks. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! :)
Thank you very much Sven! I always try to avoid painting or modifying any LEGO part, but sometimes it`s the only way to a particular look. I don`t think it`s wrong to do so, because that`s exactly the same thing TLG does, when they don`t find a specific part in the existing LEGO palette, they just design a new element! Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
 I made it 
  December 25, 2016
Quoting Oran Cruzen Excellent! Sorry but I cannot give you a higher rating! Oh, wait a moment, I can! EXCELLENT+ There, a higher rating! LOL Lots and lots and lots, did I say lots?, of great detail! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Now I´ll be there Oran, seems like you`re very eager to have my response to your comment :-) Thank you so much dear LEGO-friend, I`m really glad to please you with my latest build. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and your family too!
 I like it 
  December 25, 2016
Excellent! Sorry but I cannot give you a higher rating! Oh, wait a moment, I can! EXCELLENT+ There, a higher rating! LOL Lots and lots and lots, did I say lots?, of great detail! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
 I made it 
  December 25, 2016
Quoting 2LegoOrNot2Lego Ingmar Spijkhoven Love it! This build is so cool...thanks for building this master piece and for sharing it with us... :-)
Thank you Ingmar, very much appreciated!
 I made it 
  December 25, 2016
Quoting A Taylor Superb work. It's very detailed and well done.
Thank you very much!
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  December 25, 2016
awesome!:D merry christmas!:D
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  December 24, 2016
Spectacular, Henrik -- especially the fenders! (You made the right decision there.) Happy Holidays!
 I like it 
  December 24, 2016
Mindblasting styling solutions, great work!
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  December 24, 2016
Hi Henrik. You have done it again! Just love it. In my childhood I lived next to the Post Museum in Vesterbro, Copenhagen. They had a yellow Nimbus as part of the exhibition. First thing to go through my mind when i saw this. Thank you for another interesting LEGO-year. Merry christmas and a happy new year to you and your family.
 I like it 
  December 24, 2016
Excellent motorbike! Merry Christmas!
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  December 24, 2016
Henrik my friend, this is a beautiful bike with lots of awesome details. Not a big fan of but do it sometimes too if I have no other choice: Painting the lego parts. Did that with some rims of my firetrucks. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! :)
 I like it 
  December 24, 2016
Love it! This build is so cool...thanks for building this master piece and for sharing it with us... :-)
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  December 24, 2016
Superb work. It's very detailed and well done.
 
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