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Danish toymeister Lego has unveiled the largest model yet using its eponymous plastic chunks: a 43ft (13.1 meters) X-wing fighter that's a claimed 1:1 scale replica of George Lucas' Death Star destroyer, and is 42 times the size of the same kit that Lego offers to children (old and young). A Lego X-Wing fighter in Times Square …

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Surely there's some armature?

That nose is a 4m cantilever - even if entirely hollow that's still a whump of torque and compression beyond anything I'd expect of boring domestic Lego bricks. Or if it's all Lego then I presume one of the standard bricks now in use is "two metre steel strip covered with Lego nipples"?

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Re: Surely there's some armature?

There's a metal frame in order to meet earthquake resilience code.

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Re: Surely there's some armature?

It's possible. Don't forget the full range of Lego bricks include the Technic Lego bricks with the holes in the size and the black stud pieces for interconnecting them that way. Using those to brace on the flat (between adjacent rows) and vertically (between separate layers) I can well imagine building some incredibly strong load bearing beams with the right engineering principals. Even using standard bricks I remember figuring out how to make a reasonably strong beam as a kid - the trick was to realise that in the usual orientation the studs would naturally pull apart from below but you could work around that by building those parts sideways on, i.e. with the studs pointing horizontally as opposed to vertically.

I don't recall Lego as ever being cheap though, it was always very expensive compared to other toys or even rival brands of the same kind of brick. The key to vast collections was the quality - Lego just doesn't die. I had a large collection but it was built up both of stuff I'd got and hand-me-downs from my brother and sister, elder cousins and even my parents(!). It then went to my nephew whose now 19 and I've no doubt we'll get it back whenever my wife and I start a family since we're naturally the next in line for sprogs within the family.

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Re: Surely there's some armature?

I wish I had one if those steel straps - I remember snapping my very long red-flat (fnarr fnarr) clean in half when convinced myself (about age 6) that I could build a Lego Skateboard. Though it did spur me on to develop more innovative building techniques like The Chap's.

Still, it was unparalleled success compared to my Lego kite....

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Re: Surely there's some armature?

@Mongo - good point

@Don Jefe - Thanks for the info

Though the following article is about compressive strength, so doesn't apply to cantilevered structures, it is still a quick fun read:

http://gizmodo.com/5965451/how-tall-can-a-lego-tower-be-before-it-crushes-itself

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Re: Surely there's some armature?

A bit off topic, but I've never understood why, when there are so many regulations about building in earthquake zones, that Americans still build houses in tornado zones out of toothpicks?

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Re: Surely there's some armature?

I'll agree with the lasting for ever, same thing has happened in our family, even the lego sack it has been passed around in has lasted for god knows how long.

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Re: Surely there's some armature?

I asked a civ engineer years ago about why Americans like wood, seems like there's a few factors, Not everywhere has suitable clay so brick is not always the most easily available material. Theres more people who can build in wood because of this. It has better properties than brick in many way not just insulation wise but it can also be structurally better in a fire. Its easier to work with and more versatile with how you can lay out the building, there were a fair few reasons :)

I figure in a big tornado as well bricks not going to make much difference in resistance.

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Lego nipples?

You have just created an entry in the lexicon of all that is great.

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Re: Surely there's some armature? @ Dave 126

I used to (jointly with others) hold the World Record for the tallest Lego tower ever. The year was 1980 and the height was 13.1m.

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Well

That's my Christmas wish list taken care of.

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Lego Prices...

have been pretty consistent in my memory - @ $0.10 per brick, more expensive for specialist sets (Technics, movie tie-in stuff), less expensive for generic buckets.

Not having seen the X-Wing set, I'd guess it includes somewhere between 1600 to 1900 pieces, given the marketing tie-in. Now to go look it up...

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Re: Lego Prices...

Guess I didn't completely account for the "exclusive" -- 1,559 pieces. Still, if you don't need Red Five specifically, you can always get a generic X-Wing (560 pcs) for $59.99.

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The cheaper model does have Porkins and Luke and it would only take a couple of red tiles to make it more like Red Five....err....or so I have heard.

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The cheaper X-Wing is also Red 5, but unlike the collector's model is scaled appropriately for Lego Minifigures.

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I wonder if any of those exceptionally patient staffers were called Leia

As in brick...

Yeah, I'll see myself out.

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I wonder why they didn't build it with the wings open?

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Landing configuration. Will the s-foils be open while on display?

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The wings are only open in flight; I don't think it's physically possible for them to be open in a landing position...

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Now let's see

a 1:1 scale Death Star.

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Re: Now let's see

Speaking of the Imperial Forces, RIP to the actor Darth Vader choked:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/richard-leparmentier-admiral-motti-in-star-wars-8590594.html

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Re: Now let's see

"The Emperor asks the impossible!....I need more gray blocks"

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Please let it not be strong enough for California law....

So Legoland Florida gets it instead (maybe) and I actually get a chance to see it.

Joking aside though, Its pretty cool (and honestly shocking as hell to a Central Florida native like myself) to see that Disney's being flexible with something of their IP that's going to go into another company's theme park. They sure as hell wouldn't be that cool to the Busch owned parks in the area or to NBC Universal.

Then again, Lego had the Star Wars license long before Disney owned it. Kind of makes you wonder how many of their other competitors are producing Star Wars tat.

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Re: Please let it not be strong enough for California law....

>to see that Disney's being flexible with something of their IP that's going to go into another company's theme park.

The original Legoland in Billund, Denmark has had a Star Wars section for three years now. No life-size X-wings, but pretty neat and partly animated miniature scenes. I wish they made a copy of that big X-wing for the BIllund site as well (visiting it from Finland is much more reasonable). Shortage of bricks should not be a problem, the Lego factory is right next door.

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Re: Please let it not be strong enough for California law....

"Joking aside though, Its pretty cool (and honestly shocking as hell to a Central Florida native like myself) to see that Disney's being flexible with something of their IP that's going to go into another company's theme park. They sure as hell wouldn't be that cool to the Busch owned parks in the area or to NBC Universal."

You forget that Universal Islands of Adventure use Marvel characters at the park. When Disney bought Marvel my co-workers brought up the issue of Universal keeping the characters and I pointed out that whatever licensing contract they had probably went with it. Four years later and I still haven't seen a change.

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Playmo...

...re-enactment or it didnt happen!

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"Larger than life size"

Quoth the Legoid Marketing Brick :"larger-than-life sized creations"

Errr...no. It can't be both "Larger than life size" and "1:1" scale.

Pffft...marketing types - they never actually understand what they are saying.

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Oh great, first a 3D gun and now this. I hope the authorities will take down any websites hosting X-wing blueprints.

What's with these people always making weapons? they never use their technology to build something useful like a cure for cancer or a space elevator.

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Just give me enough bricks and I promise...

...I'll try making a space elevator from Lego (*). What else is a Sunday arvo for?

(*) but bottom up or top down? if the latter then I'll need to build the X-wing first to get the skyhooks attached

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"...after being certified as strong enough under the state's seismic requirements..."

Yes, because if it were to convert itself into a large pile of lego bricks due to an earthquake that would be, er, mildly inconvenient.

I sometimes wonder if anyone ever looks at some of the things their well-meaning legislation gets applied to and thinks; "This is actually very silly."

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"A Lego droid is also included"

but not the one I was looking for....

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Looked good

Just happened to be in NYC at the time, was a case of, "WTF! That wasn't there yesterday?!" initially, till you realised what was going on.

Looked quite cool, although shame it kept raining :-/

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"..freestanding model 42 times the size of one of our retail sets..."

Okay, so 5,335,200 bricks divided by the meaning of life is 127,028. I don't think I've seen a lego set with 127,208 bricks in it. The biggest lego set produced was the Taj Mahal with 5922 pieces. Which would make this thing 890 times bigger than any retail set they have produced.... Me thinks someone needs to take some basic math classes.

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Me thinks someone needs to take some basic math classes.

Yes, someone obviously does. This is a three-dimensional structure so you need to divide by 42³. 5,335,200/74,088 = 72.0116. Seems about the right sort of number to me.

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