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


This is my third Lego Nimbus motorbike. The first one, (blue Nimbus), was sold to the Danish Nimbus motorcycle museum in Horsens DK. The second, (black Nimbus), was commissioned by a member of Aarhuus Nimbus Club, and therefore no longer in my possession. This one, with a sidecar, I`m planning to keep for my own collection.

A sidecar for a Nimbus motorbike is built on a standard sidecar frame, which holds the third wheel and suspension, and the sidecar frame is then attached and braced to the motorbike frame. In the early days, the Nimbus motorbike was more a workhorse, than built for pleasure, and many of these were equipped with sidecars for various purposes. The good thing was, that the frame was universal for almost any type of sidecar.

My latest Nimbus model is equipped with the well known ACAP sidecar for an extra passenger or maybe extra luggage. After designing the new sidecar, it came to selecting the color. Lego Dark Red suits nicely for an original Nimbus color, but because there are some limitations regarding the brick palette, I had to paint quite a lot of bricks, mainly hinge plates for the fenders, and frame, but also slopes (1x2 45` with cutout). Bricks in Dark Red varies quite a lot in color intensity, so hopefully my painted bricks aren`t too conspicuous. Building the bike wasn`t too hard, neither was it to build the sidecar, but attaching the sidecar to the bike frame, proved to be a little problematic. Mounting the sidecar frame to the bike (without the sidecar-”boat”) was easy, but with the “boat” in place, it was so heavy, that the entire construction threatened to fall apart. Also the space between the bike and the “boat” is very limited, making things even more complicated. In the end I had to use some extra supports, made in transparent bricks, to support the weight of the sidecar. With the supports in place, the sidecar can stand alone making the attachment of the bike much easier.

I finished building the bike just after Christmas 2017, but due to bad lightconditions I haven`t been able to take decent pictures of the bike before now. The picture on my “2017 LEGO review” are taken in artificial light.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

More pictures on my Flickr



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Edit 15-01-2018:
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Comments

 I like it 
  April 8, 2018
True beauty!
 I made it 
  March 27, 2018
Quoting Daniel H. This is utterly astounding! You truly work magic with these bricks!
Quoting Petr Chval Incredible. The machinery is so accurate.
Thank you very much, It`s a pleasure to get so many great comments!
 I like it 
  March 27, 2018
Incredible. The machinery is so accurate.
 I like it 
  March 26, 2018
This is utterly astounding! You truly work magic with these bricks!
 I made it 
  March 14, 2018
Quoting Peter Hurry Absolutely perfect Henric!
Thank you very much Peter!
 I like it 
  March 13, 2018
Absolutely perfect Henric!
 I made it 
  January 26, 2018
Quoting Nick Barrett Gorgeous, a real classical beauty among motorcycles.
Thank you very much Nick, glad you like it!
 I like it 
  January 25, 2018
Gorgeous, a real classical beauty among motorcycles.
 I made it 
  January 23, 2018
Quoting Florent Legopassion This Nimbus side car is very beautiful ! I did not know before the Nimbus motorcycles.Thank you.
Thank you very much Florent! Not so many, beside the Danes, knows about the Nimbus motorcycle, but it has proven to be a very durable bike, and a lot of them are still fully functional!
 I made it 
  January 23, 2018
Quoting AL X So elegant, so beautiful!
Thank you very much AL X!
 I like it 
  January 23, 2018
This Nimbus side car is very beautiful ! I did not know before the Nimbus motorcycles.Thank you.
 I like it 
  January 22, 2018
So elegant, so beautiful!
 I made it 
  January 21, 2018
Quoting adam thelegofan rutland amazing job!:D
Thank you Adam!
 I like it 
  January 21, 2018
amazing job!:D
 I made it 
  January 20, 2018
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Wow! Another positively beautiful motorcycle! I love the sidecar! The piece for the windshield is perfect. This is a true masterpiece!
Thank you very much Clayton, this is such a nice comment!
 I like it 
  January 20, 2018
Wow! Another positively beautiful motorcycle! I love the sidecar! The piece for the windshield is perfect. This is a true masterpiece!
 I made it 
  January 19, 2018
Quoting Parrington Levens Great build!
Thank you very much P. Levens !
 I made it 
  January 19, 2018
Quoting Oliver Becker This needs no aureole, but a laurel wreath! Beautiful done my friend! So good to see you've managed to get this engine ready finding all the right pieces in dark red... ! ;) ( I know this obstacle, 'cause I also like to create my MOCs in a main- color from time to time...)
What a great comment my friend, it`s very much appreciated! You can find a lot of different parts in New Dark Red but a few key-elements were still missing so it was impossible to avoid the paintjob!
 I like it 
  January 17, 2018
Great build!
 I like it 
  January 17, 2018
This needs no aureole, but a laurel wreath! Beautiful done my friend! So good to see you've managed to get this engine ready finding all the right pieces in dark red... ! ;) ( I know this obstacle, 'cause I also like to create my MOCs in a main- color from time to time...)
 I made it 
  January 17, 2018
Quoting Grim Block WOW! Outstanding!
Thank you very much G.B.!
 I made it 
  January 17, 2018
Quoting Jon Blackford That's a lovely build!
Thank you very much Jon!
 I made it 
  January 17, 2018
Quoting Per Bonde Hi Henrik. This is so beautiful. I really like your choise of colors. The degree of details are amazing. Very well done. You deserve to keep this one!
Thank you very much Per, I`m really glad you like my new Nimbus, and I certainly hope to keep it!
 I made it 
  January 17, 2018
Quoting El Barto ! Excellent!
Thank you very much for the "Excellent", El Barto!
 I made it 
  January 17, 2018
Quoting jim mcdonough what can you say except its hard to tell at first glance its actually made of lego,looked hard at this trying to find which pieces you painted but i cant find any LOL.the bike itself is faultless esp in that colour it just looks so right. shaping on the frame pieces you have used is amazing.even the sidecar again the shape is really good,not easy with the curves great build Henrik
Thank you very much Jim! Once again a delightful comment from you, and I`m really glad you think my paint work is so successful.
 I made it 
  January 17, 2018
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Your Nimbus models are all superb, Henrik, but this is my favorite. The color scheme is just gorgeous, and shapes and finishes are as close as LEGO will ever get to the real thing at this or even twice the size. I'm glad you went into the engineering challenges posed by the sidecar attachment. Solving the problem without marring the looks, as you did, couldn't have been easy. I've seen many a spectacular digital MOC, but you still get extra credit for success in real brick. (Sparing use of critical non-LEGO parts is legit in my book.) I get an admittedly sadistic kick out of the struggle to get gravity, play stresses, and LEGO elements and bonds to play well together with the desired look. The LDD builder isn't just free to ignore all that. He or she no choice, as LDD gives no mechanical feedback. Optimizing structure and performance almost always comes down to trial and error with real brick. Good thing LEGO makes that so practical.
Thank you very much for this great feedback Jeremy! As you point out, the LDD medium is defying gravity and that`s really great in the design process, but building for real is a complete different story. For the same reason I only have very few digital builders as "favorite builder"
 I made it 
  January 17, 2018
Quoting Mark B. Absolutely stellar. The minute details you've included, and the shaping of the fenders, tank, and sidecar are all extremely well-done. The chrome parts really add the realism as well.
Thank you very much Mark! The hollow shape of fenders is impossible to recreate perfect in LEGO form, but I`m quite happy the way they did turn out on my Nimbus.
 I like it 
  January 17, 2018
WOW! Outstanding!
 I like it 
  January 17, 2018
That's a lovely build!
 I like it 
  January 17, 2018
Hi Henrik. This is so beautiful. I really like your choise of colors. The degree of details are amazing. Very well done. You deserve to keep this one!
 I like it 
  January 16, 2018
Excellent!
 I like it 
  January 16, 2018
what can you say except its hard to tell at first glance its actually made of lego,looked hard at this trying to find which pieces you painted but i cant find any LOL.the bike itself is faultless esp in that colour it just looks so right. shaping on the frame pieces you have used is amazing.even the sidecar again the shape is really good,not easy with the curves great build Henrik
 I like it 
  January 16, 2018
Your Nimbus models are all superb, Henrik, but this is my favorite. The color scheme is just gorgeous, and shapes and finishes are as close as LEGO will ever get to the real thing at this or even twice the size. I'm glad you went into the engineering challenges posed by the sidecar attachment. Solving the problem without marring the looks, as you did, couldn't have been easy. I've seen many a spectacular digital MOC, but you still get extra credit for success in real brick. (Sparing use of critical non-LEGO parts is legit in my book.) I get an admittedly sadistic kick out of the struggle to get gravity, play stresses, and LEGO elements and bonds to play well together with the desired look. The LDD builder isn't just free to ignore all that. He or she no choice, as LDD gives no mechanical feedback. Optimizing structure and performance almost always comes down to trial and error with real brick. Good thing LEGO makes that so practical.
 I like it 
  January 16, 2018
Absolutely stellar. The minute details you've included, and the shaping of the fenders, tank, and sidecar are all extremely well-done. The chrome parts really add the realism as well.
 I made it 
  January 16, 2018
Quoting C.K. Yee Excellent and very perfect model. A fine details and beautiful shape that look outstanding.
Thank you very much C.K. Yee!
 I made it 
  January 16, 2018
Quoting Allan Hall outstanding job, another beautiful build.
Thank you very much Allan!
 I like it 
  January 16, 2018
Excellent and very perfect model. A fine details and beautiful shape that look outstanding.
 I like it 
  January 15, 2018
outstanding job, another beautiful build.
 I made it 
  January 15, 2018
Quoting Sven ;o) Again an absolutely marvelous job my friend. Spotted this one on your year 2017 collage and was very curious. It's a beautiful bike my friend.
Thank you very much my friend! You`re one of the few that actually noticed it from the 2017 review. I`m glad I finally managed to do a photo session which actually resulted in useable pictures.
 I made it 
  January 15, 2018
Quoting Digital Dreams Outstanding. It's pleasing to see LEGO being used to build proper MOCs like this.
Thank you very much D.D., glad you find, that this is a proper MOC !
 I made it 
  January 15, 2018
Quoting Gabor Pauler Mindblasting styling, Henrik!
Thank you very much Gabor, glad you like it!
 I made it 
  January 15, 2018
Quoting 2LegoOrNot2Lego Ingmar Spijkhoven Again I think you did a marvelous job! You have a weak heart for Nimbus we already new that :-) Nice idea to keep it yourself...however I'm pretty sure it will be hard to refuse some offers... ;-) The color choice is outstanding, really love it together with all the details. Excellent bro, excellent!!!
Thank very much Ingmar, very nice to hear from you again my friend. You`re right, if it`s a generous offer it will be hard to refuse, but the price will be sky-high!
 I made it 
  January 15, 2018
Quoting Seaman SPb Very beautiful work!
Thank you very much Seaman, again the first to leave a comment, it`s very much appreciated!
 I like it 
  January 15, 2018
Again an absolutely marvelous job my friend. Spotted this one on your year 2017 collage and was very curious. It's a beautiful bike my friend.
 I like it 
  January 15, 2018
Outstanding. It's pleasing to see LEGO being used to build proper MOCs like this.
 I like it 
  January 14, 2018
Mindblasting styling, Henrik!
 I like it 
  January 14, 2018
Again I think you did a marvelous job! You have a weak heart for Nimbus we already new that :-) Nice idea to keep it yourself...however I'm pretty sure it will be hard to refuse some offers... ;-) The color choice is outstanding, really love it together with all the details. Excellent bro, excellent!!!
 I like it 
  January 14, 2018
Very beautiful work!
 
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