These days, Lego versions of real cars are like Nurburgring lap records – there seems to be a new one every week. But that doesn’t mean we’ll ever stop greeting announcements of new creations with child-like excitement.
Experienced modelmakers Rene Hoffmeister (great name) and Pascal Lenhard had just six weeks to create a life-size Volkswagen T2 camper, with the clock ticking ahead of the f.re.e trade fair in Munich.
In our heads, the pair had a Lego clock hanging on the wall, with the Countdown music on a constant loop, but this might be stretching the realms of reality.
I’ve got 20,000 problems but a brick ain’t one
Unfortunately for the block-building duo, Denmark’s most famous brick company hasn’t produced a step-by-step guide to creating a full-size T2 camper, so with the help of 3D images, the pair formulated a construction plan of their own.
From that, they were able to calculate the precise number of bricks required, along with the rigidity of the side walls and windows. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans?
It soon became apparent that the pair were missing one or two transparent bricks for the T2 windows. And when we say ‘one or two’, we mean 20,000. That’s right, twenty thousand…
You can’t just nip to the toy shop when you’re 20,000 bricks short. As a result, the T2 project was in danger of missing its Munich deadline. There was a kink in the timeline.
“Essentially, we would have needed a nine-day week,” said Hoffmeister. “However, as they don’t exist, the only option was night shifts.”
As the images highlight, Hoffmeister and Lenhard did manage to complete the T2 in time for the f.re.e trade fair, with the finished Lego camper measuring over five metres in length and standing two metres tall. This height extends by a metre with the Westfalia pop-up roof popped up.
The interior features everything from a floor-mounted heater to a transistor radio, along with toothbrushes, toothpaste and spare batteries. There are plenty of seats, although we think some non-Lego cushions might be required if you fancy getting comfortable.
It’s a very, very cool creation, and according to Volkswagen, it’s probably the world’s biggest camper built using Lego bricks. It’s also the reason why your son or daughter may have struggled to find any transparent bricks.