Friday Night Fights [Round 7]

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another sucker-punch  edition of Friday Night Fights!   “Well, I hear it’s fine…If you got the time“…for this week’s battle of the bands.  It’s going down in Texas, with exclusive access “to that shack outside La Grange” on the line.  Without further preamble, let’s go to the tale of the tape.

Fighting out of the red corner, from parts unknown, it’s  j-p-30 and his “Eliminator”.


And fighting out of the blue corner, from Joe’s Garage, it’s -derjoe- and his “Eliminator”.  PURISTS: please note the stickers on the side panels ARE official Lego stickers, cut for use.


As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pugilistic endeavor and determine who will receive a week’s worth of bragging rights.  Simply leave a comment below and vote for the model that best suits your individual taste. I will tally up the votes next Friday and declare a winner before announcing the next bout.

Last Week, on Friday Night Fights….

It was a rumble in the rail-yard, between two engines hell bent on being king o’ the tracks.  The bout had the closest margin of victory in the brief history of Friday Night Fights on the Manifesto.  In the end,  Monstrophonic and his “DB steamer“ scored a 6-4 victory over Omega3108 and his “Steam locomotive type BR23“.  Monstrophonic records his first win and improves his record to (1-0) while Omega3108 falls to (0-1).


12 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights [Round 7]

  1. Got to be derjoe’s for me. The slope of the windscreen, the curve of the fenders, the stickers, the DOF, the overall presentation. I used to have that album on a cassette tape. It probably got chewed up by my cheapo twin-deck ghetto blaster. Going on a long drive tomorrow… Might just download it anew.


  2. Derjoe’s sticker work is something to be admired, but I’m a sucker for telephone dial wheels and they look great on American hot rod.So, I give my nod to j-p-30.


  3. Derjoe’s is driving me crazy. I hate those wheels and more importantly, I hate that Frank Beard fig. The wheels, like Angka pointed out, need to be like j-p-30’s. It’s a 33 Ford, not an 84 BMX Mongoose. They need to be more rim than spoke. And Frank…Wow, that could not be any worse; wrong face, wrong hair, wrong shirt especially from the Eliminator era. Is it just a roadie photobomb? Although the car, scale, and stickers are MUCH better on derjoe’s, I’ll vote for j-p-30 if just for the proper Frank. Give the drummer some love!


  4. j-p-30 shows impressive attention to angles. He achieved a non-rectangular angle for almost every curve of the car, even that front bumper! But the windscreen, missed opportunity there. derjoe’s model has a killer shape, but everything feels a little more prefab and, while iconic, the stickers seem to stand out more than they should.

    I had to google search to find j-p-30, but this picture of the car from the side reveals that he too used stickerwork: . That’s unfortunate, because he was already a winner in my mind for a stickerless model. But his does have a working door, where the presence of such on derjoe’s model is ambiguous.

    In the end, I cast my vote to j-p-30. A difficult battle, with disappointments and surprises from both builders. And Keith, you practically dug these out of the grave for out viewing pleasure! I like to see that.


  5. I gotta go with Derjoe.
    His build is more compact than J-P-30’s, and uses more innovation IMO.
    Although, I really don’t like the wheels on Derjoe’s car.
    But like VAkk said, J-P-30’s model is closer to the subject materiel.
    In the end though, I have to vote for Derjoe.


  6. I vote: j-p-30 “Eliminator.”

    His attempts to grapple with the challenges of this topic are more aggressive and less compromising.

    Where derjoe cuts stickers to suit his needs, j-p-30 cuts nothing, opting instead for a yellow rubber band over silver grill tiles. It’s a slightly awkward look, but I see and understand, the colors, lines, and shapes. Obviously, derjoe achieves a higher level of image fidelity, but only at the cost of Lego fidelity. Cutting Lego stickers is like dropping mice into a blender. You can send a sample to the lab… and they will tell you that at the genetic level, it’s “100% mouse”. But that red mass that you poor out of the blender? That aint mice!

    And again, we see the builders respective “codes” or “values” in the scale of the cars. A harsh reality of cars for minifigs is that, save for certain classes of vehicle, they are never going to be proportioned well. This is the inescapable result of the fact that the figs themselves are proportioned so strangely. derjoe has build a vehicle that is very well proportioned and place it in the back ground. By showing the car separate from the minifigs, he escapes the visual fact that the car is one scale, and the band is another. It’s a little bit of forced perspective, and I dig it. But once again, j-p-30 shows us that compromise is not his (or her?) strong suit. 30 just guts it out, and builds a car around a hotty. The inclusion of the hotty is crucial when building … in that it invokes (for me) a much stronger resonance of the whole ZZ Top feel. Car, babe, beards, sun glasses… but no babe? No dice!

    Keith, as usual, you have provided us with a genuine dilemma. Not right vs wrong, but rather, right vs right… a really tough choice. I applaud the efforts of both builders!



    1. Ouch! I just looked at the other photos of j-p-30s car! I have to retract all my comments regarding his use of what I thought was a rubber band. His home made stickers are “muy yucko!”…

      but still… Hotty = Mo-bettah. Vote not changed. Endorsement of vehicle color and adornment publically retracted!



  7. derjoe for me. Closer to minifig scale. Stickerwork is better. The back is rounded off. In the real thing, the front fender is one smooth continuous piece, with a black cladding for the step. j-p-30s has a discontinuity that the hinge that I cannot unsee. derjoe’s is a little cleaner.

    My favorite hot rod used a Fabuland piece as the roof for full effect. I would have loved to see it used here:


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