THE ICONIC TRANSPORTER T2 IN 400,000 LEGO BRICKS
Model builders Rene and Pascal have built the largest camper van in LEGO bricks in the world. They used 400,000 bricks! This unique Volkswagen Transporter T2 in full size can be admired from today on the travel and leisure fair f.r.e.e. in Munich. The vehicle that served as a blueprint for the LEGO motorhome was the iconic T2a motor home, which was built from 1967 to 1971. This LEGO T2a is presented a day before the new facelifted T6 is presented.
Only six weeks ago, Rene Hoffmeister, one of only twelve officially certified LEGO model builders in the world, and his colleague model builder Pascal Lenhard received the ambitious world record attempt to make a T2 camper including a foldable roof in the real size of LEGO bricks. With the aid of 3D programs, the pair prepared a complete building plan in advance. On the basis of this they could, for example, calculate the exact number and type of stones that they would need: 400,000 pieces. The stiffness of the side walls and windows was another aspect that had to be accurately determined to give the LEGO motorhome a long-term stability.
During the construction of the LEGO motorhome, the duo did not take half measures, as they also created the distinctive folding Westfalia roof, the well-known sliding door and the distinctive interiors of LEGO bricks. The dimensions are also impressive: the LEGO motorhome is more than 5 meters long, 1.9 meters wide and almost 2 meters high: the folding roof rises no less than 3 meters high into the air. The whole weighs about 700 kilos.
The f.r.e.e. in Munich can be visited from 20 to 24 February, from 10 am to 6 pm. More information about f.re.e can be found at www.free-muenchen.de.