One brick at a time. It’s the way you doubtless constructed LEGO® fashions once you had been a child, or with your personal youngsters. And it’s precisely how two of the world’s greatest builders had been capable of assemble a life-size model of a Volkswagen Kind 2 camper van from LEGO® bricks in simply six weeks.
Unveiled this week at a journey conference in Munich, the Volkswagen van required about 400,000 items, with a ultimate weight of 1,543 lbs. It makes use of actual wheels from a Kind 2, and like all Volkswagen camper vans has a pop-up roof and sliding door. And the inside is constructed out simply as a camper can be, all the way down to the pair of toothbrushes for in a single day stays.
The van was designed and constructed by Rene Hoffmeister, one among solely 12 formally licensed LEGO® professionals on the earth. Together with colleague Pascal Lenhard, the duo used 3D modeling to assemble a plan for the van, together with a exact determine for the variety of bricks wanted. Past making certain the key versatile items like doorways labored, the pair additionally had to make sure structural rigidity within the facet partitions and different vertical surfaces to maintain all of the bricks from collapsing.
All of these plans practically went out the window after they discovered themselves quick 20,000 clear bricks for the home windows.
“Basically, we’d have wanted a nine-day week,” says Hoffmeister. “Nonetheless, as they don’t exist, the one possibility was night time shifts.”
With a burst of around-the-clock work, the mannequin was accomplished on time. The completed product is a few 16 toes lengthy, greater than 6 toes huge and simply shy of 10 toes tall with the roof popped up.