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Zonker's LEGO (*) Zamboni Page

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Navigation MenuLet me tell you about my Zamboni project. It was originally modeled after the bright yellow Zamboni in service at the San Jose (California) Arena, home of the San Jose Sharks (NHL ice hockey team) in 1995. It was one of a pair (one black, one yellow) with the Miller Genuine Draft (beer) paint jobs. What makes these two zambonis more notable is that they both sported black shark fins.

In 1997-98, the sponsors of the Zamboni's changed, and so did the paint jobs. Comerica Bank sponsors a blue one ("Driver carries no cash" emblazoned on one side), and Yahoo Sports sponsors a purple one, with their Internet logo in yellow paint.

I decided to build the yellow zamboni in 1995, while the Sharks were having their outstanding year. We had high hopes of getting into the playoffs, but I didn't have enough yellow parts. This need helped drive my future LEGO purchases for a while, looking for models with plenty of useful yellow parts.

I tried to make one that was the 'normal' 4-studs-wide, but it lacked the details that I wanted to see. As I looked more at the zamboni, while attending games and watching on TV, I realized that my scale needed to change. (I have actually driven a zamboni once. Yes, on an Ice Rink! It was an indescribable experience for me. :-) After all, the zambonis are taller, and longer and wider than most small autos. I started with 6-studs width, and this started to look much better.

The model began to take shape. Using larger wheels allowed me to change the scale, to add more detail, without appearing too large. This let me use a medium-sized wing element as the fin.

I call this the "bad luck charm", because, by the time I had finished the model, the Sharks had made it into the first round of the playoffs. And, on the night I presented it to our group of hockey-loving friends, the Sharks never won another game in the playoffs. :-(

So, with the playoff bid behind us, I built a small diorama of the zamboni in front of a crowd of fans. You can see those pictures by clicking the URLs below.

I also brought the model to an ice rink, placed the model on the railing of the players bench, and took a low-angle photo looking over the rink. In the second shot, I built a LEGO arena for the Zamboni, and populated the seats with minifigs. I like these shots, even though they don't have the fin.

My wife started to play ice hockey with the Northern California Women's Hockey League in 2000, and I brought the Zamboni to the rinks a few times. It was such a hit that I made a small diorama for the Zamboni, and brought it to the end-of-the-season party. You can see the pictures on my NCWHL Ice Rink page.


Disclaimer:
These pages are NOT sponsored or endorsed by the LEGO companies.
They are the creation of an enthusiast of LEGO bricks.
The official LEGO home page is www.lego.com.
(The LEGO companies have their own pages. This page is mine. :-)


Copyright 1996-99, David K. Z. Harris, N6UOW
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