“Red Five, Standing By” Largest Lego Model Ever Built Debuts in NYC

“Red Five, Standing By” Largest Lego Model Ever Built Debuts in NYC

May 25, 2013 0 By Steph Mernagh

It’s 45,000 pounds, 11 feet tall, 43 feet front to back, and has a 44-foot wingspan. But how many pieces of Lego did it take to build this massive craft?

Built in Kladno, Czech Republic, it took a team of 32 people and 17,000 man hours to assemble 5.3 million pieces of Lego into what it is now — a full scale replica of Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing starfighter that he flew in the original Star Wars film. The project has broken the record for the largest Lego model, a title previously held by a robot at Minnesota’s Mall of America.

“It has a steel infrastructure that’s built to the seismic code for Carlsbad,” master builder Erik Varszegi told Businessweek. “It’s really the same design as the retail set, but at 42 times the scale.”

The model will remain in Times Square through Saturday before it is packed up and shipped off to Legoland in Carlsbad, California where it will be put on display.

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