All of my Lego Duplo creations are primarily built with as few bricks as possible while preserving the initial shape. Some of them are so basic that at first you might find it difficult to recognise. This time around I’ll show you how to build a micro scaled road vehicles, ranging from fire trucks to tractors. I’ll avoid alphabetical order and start with creations with fewest number of bricks.
I’ll admit it – it’s really, really hard to build creations out of 5 single colored or single sized bricks, but it’s really surprising how many creations can be made out of 5 multi-colored ones. As you’ll see I managed to build 2 very significant vehicles out of them. I opted to use some special bricks to make creations as life-like as possible.
Concrete mixer truck
The first one from my miniature Lego Duplo truck series is a very significant concrete mixer truck. For a super simple build like this, you’ll need a little imagination to picture wheels and cabin. Since wheels are dark colored and the cabin and a rear discharge drum is in classic yellow, a lot of toddlers will recognise it at the moment. A discharge drum piece is a special one, however it is often included in many different Lego Duplo boxes. To make some color progression I added grey fenders.
Simple dump truck
Here I got another classic. A must-have vehicle for every construction site is quite the same thing as my previous build. It incorporates the same base with an upper dump instead of mixer’s drum. I used an animal feeding box for a dump and a red cabin.
Road emergency truck
It took me some time but I figured it out. Here’s my first vehicle built out of 6 bricks, a road emergency truck with a heavy rear hook. It is scaled the same as my other miniscale creations due to the same wheel sizes.
I did many different styles of this one before opting for the simplest one at the end. I did try to avoid the blue fenders, but it looked more like an ambulance car that way. I even tried of getting rid of lighting brick and ended up with a race car… Nope, I guess I’m stuck at 7 with this one.
No country-side view is perfect without one. Despite lot’s of noise and smoke, those classic, old tractors have their charm. Mine is not that old either – it even has a glass cabin! You’ll notice different dimensions on front and rear wheels. How cool is that?
Structure wise this one is tougher to build than it looks. The magic hides in a rare 2×3 brick. If you have one, use it! Otherwise, take a look at my next creation.
John Deere tractor
Many will agree with company’s slogan – “Nothing Runs Like a Deere”. I did some alteration to my previous build at the front end. A rare 2×3 brick is replaced with a curved one.
Forest patrol jeep
A must for patroling in hard to reach forest zones, a forest patrol jeep (Land Rover Discovery derivate). For the roof I used an ambulance carrier brick. This makes it look much like some sort of roof racks.
More bricks, more details. Some distinctive vehicles require more bricks than other. Let’s take a look.
Fire brigade truck
Built on the same scale as my other miniscale trucks, this one is a must have for your town. Red 2×3 brick might be a struggle to get, however, you can use a 2×2 as well. Use of correct colors is crucial here – the white brick bellow ladder makes up for a storage box for rescue accessories.
This is an interesting one. I took an old train chassis brick that I used very rarely before, as new motorized Duplo trains use different chassis. There were two things that forced me towards this concept – wheels wideness is the same as a single Duplo stub and their diameter is pretty much the same as 2 studs. The are no 2×1 Duplo bricks available in a standard stud height (at least not in regular sets) so I had to stick with a double one. These ones are commonly used for different signs in random Duplo sets. I like the way that tyres stick out on the front and rear – it makes it look a lot more like a jeep. There is even a trailer connection in the rear. The front connection piece makes out for a lack of bonnet in this design.
There’s quite a few models made out of 10+ bricks. Creations are presented in ascending order of number of bricks used.
Here is a microscale version of a massive construction truck, used for heavy duties on a variety of fields. As a general rule for heavy machinery I opted for a yellow color too. Many might not know that bright and eye-catching yellow is used to show caution.
So far the only vehicle with a trailer in my arsenal is this one trailer truck. Truck itself is super simple, made out of only 5 bricks, while trailer consists out of 7. To make it nicer I used a tiny green line brick. Feel free to make your own selection of colors while making this one.
Fire brigade truck with functional ladder
This is one of my favourite miniscale builds. Grey angled brick in the middle has two functions. Visually, it makes out for a storage box and physically for an angled ladder base. Check out the gif picture where I showed the ladder at work.
Although mini builds look great, I love to try different approaches too. The next two builds might attract adult audiences atention more than toddlers.
Despite its great looks, this model is not very playable as it is very fragile. Red helmet really stands out, but I think that selling point on this one is front spoiler and engine behind the helmet. Flat tyres make it look very low and fast.
how to fulfill a classic father’s dream and incorporate some real badassness into your toddler’s play? I believe a tipical american muscle car out of basic Duplo bricks and a little imagination should do it. I had in mind a Mustang’s GTO, but a silhouette let’s you opt for a different one too.
Tyre-wise I had to use simple black bricks, as Duplo doesn’t have any standard useful bricks, but uses a complete chassis (sort of a brick with supported tyres that do not come off). Engine brick looks as thought it was made for this model and really nails it down, doesn’t it?
Front loader truck
Here’s my basic front loader truck concept with a working loader. It is structured in a way that when you press on its rear end, the front loader lifts up. Pretty neat, right? For a loader I used pretty rare brick that came with our train set, anyhow, I’m pretty sure you can find a similar one among your bricks in no time. I To keep it as tiny as possible, I used four tall 2×1 bricks and a few slim 2×4 ones.
I added some more pics to help you out with this one, but I promise I’l make a video for this one soon.