Mega Bloks McLaren-Mercedes GP Car Build

Seeing others produce timelapse videos of them constructing something has always made me wish to do the same thing, except I never build anything so I’ve not had the chance. Additionally, I’ve never had a video camera worth a damn before September of last year. Here’s my first attempt, constructing a Formula 1 car produced by Mega Bloks, knock off Lego essentially.

The kit consists of 514 pieces, though appeared to be missing one part as well as providing an extra 25 pieces that don’t appear to go anywhere. I used some of these pieces to strengthen some rather weak components around the rear wheels, you may notice that I keep fiddling with them near the end of the video. This is because when you applied any pressure to the car, the “suspension” would come disconnected. I hadn’t built anything Lego-related for years and thanks to a good friend who always purchases the best gifts, I received this kit for my birthday a while back. As this friend lives far away now I wanted to build it on camera so I had something to show him, as a side benefit it also works as a post.

Took a little bit of reworking my tripod to fit the task, and the purchase of an HDMI cable so I could check the picture as well as monitor recording. One of the unfortunate things of many (all?) dSLRs is their limited record times. For my D7000 I’m limited to ~20 minutes, some of this limit is to be sure the camera doesn’t exceed the 4 GB file size limit for FAT32, another part heat relating to the sensor which might cause hot pixels to appear, and lastly an imposed limit by Nikon to make you purchase something more expensive. Here’s a photo of the setup, those lights sure made it hot.

Through little projects like this I’m slowly learning how to use Adobe Premiere Pro. Some aspects of the software are obtuse and difficult to understand, but for simple stuff such as this it’s fairly straight forward if you understand some of the basic concepts. However I really REALLY wish it would use multiple cores when rendering h.264 video, having three sit idle and 40-130 minute render times for a 5 minute video was a bit excessive. I suppose another option in the future would be the purchase of an nVidia based GPU as Adobe uses them and only them for rendering acceleration in both Premiere and Photoshop. Well anyway, the process was pretty fun and makes me want to do something like this again in the future. Perhaps something a little more relevant to the site’s general content, but no guarantees. Any suggestions for improvements on the video? It’s a pretty new medium to me so (constructive) comments and criticisms are very much appreciated.


PS: Hopefully I don’t get sued for the music. I tried to find something Creative Commons but was underwhelmed at anything that was long enough for the video…. And I really like this track, credits in the video.


  1. Tenkaminari says:

    Nice. I haven’t play Lego for ages too, I never know that they have such complicate ones too.
    How do you fix the missing part problem? Is the missing one visible or critical?

    P.S. I don’t think you’ll get sued for using the music, judging on amount of AMVs and clips with music on Youtube. But I think it would be better if you add credit (Song name, artist etc.) on the video too.

    • Aka says:

      It’s visible from one side only, and very minor. Nothing integral to the overall construction of the car.

      The song is credited at the end of the video. As for AMVs and YouTube, YouTube tends to have licenses with many labels, you’ll see links to purchase songs under videos that have identified music. Vimeo doesn’t offer this, they do offer Creative Commons music, but I couldn’t find anything I like… In any case, I’ve credited them in the Video.

      There’s far more complicated Lego sets than this one, There’s a Lego Super Star Destroyer from Star Wars that’s over 3,000 pieces, 125 cm long and weighs 3.5 kg for example. They also had a Millennium Falcon that was 5,195 pieces. The largest I’m aware of however is the Taj Mahal, which has 5,922 pieces. Those would be fun to make a video like this for, except they wouldn’t fit on my desk and would take multiple sessions.

  2. Rajura says:

    I wonder… how would one go about making a life-size lego Horo?

    Any thoughts about getting them to send the missing piece… seeing as how you did pay good money.
    I don’t think 25 do-nothing pieces make up for a missing piece that matters.

    • Aka says:

      I’ll probably email them requesting the missing part, I just haven’t done so yet.

      There’s a Lego Digital Designer one might use to build her in virtual space, then request the parts from Lego. I wouldn’t know how to go about doing so though, I’ve never used the software nor tried to design a life-sized anything with Lego. Seems like a neat project for someone to tackle though.

      Have you seen this chainsaw carving of Horo by “Jason” before?

      • Rajura says:

        Oh yes… yes I have. He is quite good.

        And, I made sure to let him know that I thought so.