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