Although he wasn’t seeking out new life and new civilizations, LEGO enthusiast Chris Melby was indeed on a mission: to build a replica of the U.S.S. Enterprise from J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek franchise.
Eight months, 18,000 bricks and “tons of coin” later, he accomplished just that, with a starship that measures 68 inches long, 29 inches wide, and stands about 32 inches tall on its wooden base. More impressive still, Melby found a way to do it while hiding all of the signature LEGO studs. (The solution? Layers.)
“The build was stubborn right to the end, as I had to wait for the mail, a last minute Brick Link order, to put the finishing touches on the nacelles,” he writes. “Was it worth it? 8 months, tons of coin, tons of bricks, a few major headaches, more than a few internal explosions … Yeah it was. It was the build of a lifetime. It was one for my ‘bucket list.'”
See some of the details below, and many more photos at ZMasterBrick.
(via The Escapist)
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