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Saturday, June 06, 2009

LEGO model of the Yamato

Nearly six and a half years in the making. 22 feet from bow to stern. Measuring a meter across at its widest point. 1/40th the scale of the real thing. Nearly a quarter-million individual LEGO pieces. And the whole thing weighs 330 pounds.

Behold the achievement of Jumpei Mitsui, who has faithfully rendered the World War II Japanese battleship Yamato in LEGO...

If this is not the biggest LEGO model of all time, it is certainly the largest one that I know of.

Mash here for more about this incredible model. And thanks to Shane Thacker for the great find!


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what it says about my personality, but I take one look at that beautiful piece of Lego artistry and can only imagine breaking it to pieces. How much fun would that be? :evilgrin:

Geoff Gentry (aka xforce11) said...

Now you've got me singing the theme song to Starblazers!

Chris Knight said...

Y'know Geoff, with some modifications, that would be a PERFECT minifig-scale Argo/Yamato! :-)

bmovies said...

The building of that thing just might be a violation of the surrender agreement of 1945. :-)

Anyhow, when I think of Lego blocks, I think of the usual things: blocks. I cant see how these Lego artists build these things that arent so, well, blocky. I mean, I look at this battleship and I see rounded curves, and round, gun barrels, round pipes, and thin layers upon thin layers. And I'm trying to figure out how one makes those things out of squarish or rectangular blocks.

(Mind you, I'm not really familiar with what shapes and sizes all Lego "blocks" comes in these days)

I also wonder how much money it cost him to build this in Lego blocks alone.

Anonymous said...

My father was with a US Navy occupation team on Okinawa in 1945 when the Yamato made its last fatal voyage...it had enough fuel oil for a one way trip to Okinawa where the Captain planned to open the seacocks and settle her in the mud on the north end of the island and use those monster 18 inch guns to pound hell out of the entire island...and with an effective range of well over 25 miles it could have done so...they got word that Yamato had weighed anchor in Kure harbor and was en route and needless to say were very concerned....fortunately Naval aviators made quick work of her and sent her to the bottom before she got clear of the Bungo Straits...the smoke was visible for 100 miles and towered upwards of 20,000 ft