Using 400,000 LEGO® bricks, two experienced LEGO® model makers have built probably the world's biggest camper from LEGO® bricks. The full-size T2 was revealed at the f.re.e leisure and travel fair in Munich. Measuring over 5 metres in length, 1.9 metres wide and close to 2 metres in height; or 3 metres with the roof popped up, visitors young and old will be able to admire the 700 kg Bulli up close.
Are we going to manage it – or are we going to run out of bricks or time? This anxious question posed by Rene Hoffmeister, one of only twelve officially certified LEGO® model makers in the world, was definitely justified. For, together with colleague Pascal Lenhard, he had a period of only six weeks for the ambitious world record attempt to make a T2 camper van, including pop-up roof. Using 3D images, the duo had produced a construction plan in advance. From that they were able to calculate the precise number of bricks required.
When, having begun without a hitch, they suddenly found they were missing 20,000 transparent bricks for the T2's windows, the deadline did then cause the model-making experts some stress. “Essentially, we would have needed a nine-day week,” recalls Hoffmeister. “However, as they don't exist, the only option was night shifts.” The finished article includes the Westfalia pop-up roof, the sliding door, which was technically very challenging to create, and the interior fittings.
Meanwhile, at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show this week at the NEC in Birmingham, the Grand California, the latest Volkswagen campervan to join this iconic family will make its UK debut.