The Lego Wonder
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Recently, I built a model of the Disney Wonder, in Lego. It's displayed at work, where I'm known for building Lego things, see "Shawn Dropped the Space Needle". It's been displayed at BrickCon 2012 and is currently at work in Building 85.
There's also a YouTube video with my Lego at Lego Disney Wonder. I've gotten a lot of questions, so here goes:
|Lego Disney Wonder|
The Lego Wonder is as accurate as I could make it, which took about 4500 pieces. The stats: it's about 4 feet / 1.2 meters long. It took about 6 days (Lara says 60 hours) to build, as we were interrupted by shows on the ship, ports of call, etc. As there are few Lego stores in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, we spent a couple weeks planning before the trip.
It Just Happened One Day
With that conversation in mind, a few weeks before the cruise I noticed that our Lego store had a sale, and so I grabbed some bulk bricks.
Of course when I got home and tried to do some research, and discovered that all my guesses were all wrong. (I usually underestimate how many pieces I'll need for these things). In the store there were 1x3 yellow bricks that I thought might work for life boats. I also guessed that 16 studs wide would be about wide enough for the detail, and figured it'd be maybe 2 or 3 feet long. Once I got the dimensions of the real ship I found how long and skinny cruise ships really are.
My width, and the structure of the balconies also sort of forced the scale. If I wanted it 16 studs wide and ledges for the balconies, then it was going to have to be 150 or so studs long....
All Those Little Details
|Figuring out Lifeboats|
My biggest problem is that I remembered the hull being blue, but that didn't work in the rough mockup of part of the hull. I went back to the store and got black, which worked a lot better (the hull looks black in a lot of photos of the real ship), but I still wanted better. Unfortunately the right color was very rare and difficult to find.
I managed to order some at the last minute, but it didn't seem like it would arrive in time. I gathered some black just in case. On the last day before we left I checked the mailbox, not really expecting anything. There were some letters, so the mail had come, but no bricks :( Not terribly surprised that they hadn't come, I walked up to the door, and there was a small package. The missing bricks had arrived!
Ironically, later, on the ship, after that work on the colors, one of the other guests asked why it wasn't black, and I had to point out that the real ship wasn't black!
- YouTube - Lego Disney Wonder
- Page 1 - The Lego Wonder
- Page 2 - Like, What Do You Mean There Aren't Any Instructions
- Page 3 - Building the Lego Wonder
- Page 4 - Land Ho!
- Page 5 - All Done with the Lego Wonder