The ‘LEGO Masters’ TV show is generating some incredible creations wherever it airs around the world. But it’s not just the contestants building amazing models from LEGO bricks, the pros are too; as demonstrated here by Certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught (aka TheBrickMan) who has constructed this enormous RC car track based upon a well-known Australian circuit, in collaboration with Honda.
Using a rare (and largely forgotten) genuine LEGO remote control chassis, Ryan and his team have constructed an impressive homage to the famous Bathurst track, complete with the pit-lane, spectators, start-finish gantry, Goodyear bridge, an array of brilliant Honda machinery, and – of course – Mount ‘Hondarama’ itself.
Two current generation Honda Civic Type R’s can be driven around the circuit thanks to their RC internals, whilst a range of other Honda products line the track, from the first generation Civic to the NSX, with everything from lawnmowers and scooters in-between. There’s loads more of Ryan’s ‘LEGO Masters’ build to see at his ‘Mount Hondarama’ album on Flickr – join the race via the link above!
A film about a flaming motorcycle and little else, Ghost Rider is up there as one of the worst Nicholas Cage films in recent memory. And there are so many. Drive Angry, Outcast, Rage, Season of the Witch, Left Behind… they make us want to push his flaming motorcycle over in disgust at crimes against cinema. Fortunately that’s just what the contestants in the Lego Masters Australia TV show got to do with this incredible life-size motorbike by certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught and his team of builders.
Built from over 75,000 LEGO bricks, and with its hollow interior filled with loads more loose parts like some sort of brick-based piñata, the bike was smashed to provide pieces for an episode in the second season of the Australian version of the Lego Masters show entitled ‘Smash & Grab’. We suspect its destruction took a lot less than the 135 hours it took to build it, but that it made for great TV!
New Zealand doesn’t have much of an indigenous vehicle industry, but it’s a country that does love racing, and in the 1990s a small team from Christchurch formed a company and decided to build their own racing motorcycle. And it was incredible.
The Britten V1000 became one of the greatest racing motorbike designs of all time, pioneering carbon fibre extensively (this is before the McLaren F1), double wishbone front suspension, a frameless chassis, and even engine data logging.
Ten V1000s were produced, with the bike setting multiple speed and race records during the 1990s, including the highest top speed at the Isle of Man TT in 1993 and the fastest standing start mile under 1000cc, at over 200mph.
It’s quite a machine then, and so when certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught and his team of model makers were commissioned to build something for an Aukland-based client they chose to build this Kiwi icon of racing.
An exact 1:1 scale replica of one of the ten real Britten V1000s motorbikes, Ryan (aka The Brickman) and his team have used LEGO pieces to recreate every aspect of the record-setting bike, including the fantastically intricate exhaust and rear shock springs that make our head hurt just looking at them.
This amazing build will go on display at Toyco 2020 in New Zealand, so if you’re reading this from Aukland go and check it out! For the rest of our readers you can head to Ryan McNaught’s ‘Britten V-1000’ Flickr album to see more of this spectacular life-size replica.
Honda Australia are the latest to give it a go, courtesy of LEGO Professional and previous bloggee Ryan McNaught and his team of nine master builders.
320,000 bricks and 1,300 hours later and Honda’s Civic Type R has been perfectly recreated in LEGO bricks, from the badge on the bonnet to the wild floating rear wing, with even the wheels constructed from standard LEGO pieces.
Ryan’s Honda Civic was commissioned to coincide with the launch of the ‘LEGO Masters’ TV series airing later this month, in which teams of builders will compete in various construction challenges in the hope of winning $100,000, and where Ryan is one of the show’s judges.
The life-size Civic will go on tour around Australia over the coming months, and if you’re a little too far from Aus to see the model in person (basically from anywhere that isn’t Australia) click these words to watch a short video of the car courtesy of Honda Australia.
There’s something massive at TLCB Towers today. No, it’s not your Mom (she left this morning), but this, an absolutely gargantuan Caterpillar 797F mining truck built from 61,399 LEGO bricks! Designed by Certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught for the previously featured ‘Brickman Awesome’ show, the Lego 797F utilised Caterpillar’s own 3D modelling tool in its creation and took Ryan and a fellow builder 53 hours to construct. There’s a whole lot more to see of this astonishing build (just look at those brick-built wheels!) at Ryan’s photostream, where you can also see the other models from the Brickman Awesome show, many of which have appeared here. Click the link above to make the jump!
This is the Mil Mi-26 heavy transport helicopter, the most powerful series production helicopter in the world. Built for the previously publicised ‘Brickman Awesome‘ show, Certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught (aka The Brickman) and his team spent 52 hours and 8,302 bricks in the construction of the Mi-26.
Completed in UN-livery, Ryan’s build includes opening clamshell cargo doors and a roller conveyer to enable cargo to be parachuted to the ground, meaning his recreation of the mighty Russian helicopter is depicted doing something that its real-world counterpart – being part of the most ineffectual organisation on earth – probably never will. Prove us wrong United Nations…
Anyhoo, there’s more to see of Ryan’s amazing Mil Mi-26 at his Flickr photostream via the link above, and you can see more of Ryan’s models built for the Brickman Awesome show by clicking here.
This is the new 2018 Toyota Camry. Except this one hasn’t been made on a mind-bendlingly efficient Toyota production line. Nope, this 2018 Camry has been hand-built from around half-a-million LEGO bricks.
Commissioned by Toyota Australia, certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught (aka The Brickman) and his team have recreated an exact life-size replica of the new Camry sedan, complete with working headlights, brake lights and turn signals. Weighing in at over two tons Ryan’s Lego replica costs more than the real car in bricks alone, is significantly heavier, and at 900 hours took fifty times longer to build than those clever Japanese robots take to make the real thing.
Ryan’s incredible life-size Toyota Camry can be seen in-person at the Brickman Awesome show (currently in Melbourne, Australia) and you can see more of this amazing build courtesy of the Toyota Australia video below.
Certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught (aka The Brickman) is back! The Brickman Awesome event is touring Australia and New Zealand throughout 2018, having taken over 4,500 hours to create and built from a whopping 1.5million LEGO bricks! 290 of those hours and over 65,000 pieces belong to this, Ryan’s incredible replica of Doc Brown’s Delorean DMC-12 time machine from the Back to the Future movie franchise.
Created in conjunction with Universal Pictures the DeLorean took a team of seven people to design and build, and includes lighting and in-built smoke machine hidden underneath one of the largest plate-built exteriors that Ryan’s team has ever built.
There’s a whole lot more to see of Ryan’s unbelievable Back to the Future time machine replica at his photostream via the link above, and you can also check out some of the other models built for the Brickman Awesome exhibitions – including a 460,000 piece, 7.5 meter tall, half a ton replica of NASA’s SLS rocket – by clicking here.
Certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught (aka TheBrickMan) is back, and with one hell of a ride! This is a 2018 Harley Davidson 48 motorcycle, and it’s life-size! Built in a perfect 1:1 scale Ryan’s build uses over 64,000 LEGO pieces and took a team of three builders over 200 hours to create.
The motorcycle is 100% LEGO aside from a metal frame inside to allow for easier transportation (meaning this model can be ridden!) and working lights front and rear, and is part of the Brickman Awesome Lego show that is touring Australia and New Zealand this year.
Certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught is a veteran of these pages with his incredible (and massive) commissioned creations. This is his latest, designed and built by a team of three builders and containing almost 24,000 LEGO pieces, Ryan’s Volkswagen Beetle (complete with a brick-built oil leak!) took nearly 100 hours to construct.
The build pays homage not only to Volkswagen’s iconic People’s Car (the most produced car in automotive history with over 21 million made) but also to the official LEGO Volkswagen Beetle set of 2008, a product which paved the way for the hugely successful authorised manufacturer partnerships that LEGO fans are benefitting from today.
There’s more of this spectacularly impressive build to see at Ryan’s Flickr photostream, where you can also find a link to his website and previous works.
Hitting over 100mph in 1934, the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive is one of the world’s greatest trains. This outstanding Lego replica is the work of Certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught (aka TheBrickMan), and it’s built from over 165,000 LEGO bricks, measuring over 10ft in length. There’s more to see at Ryan’s Flickr photostream – click the link above to climb on board.
Yaarr! What better t’celebrate the return of pirates than with a 48,000 brick pirate ship!*
Certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught aka TheBrickMan has welcomed the LEGO Pirates line back into stores in 2015 in a huge way. At 2 meters long and taking 120 hours to build, Ryan’s ‘Brickman’s Bounty’ is the pride of the Brickvention 2015 Lego Show.
The ship is constructed as a cut-away so you can can see interior too – Click the link above to visit Ryan’s photostream to see all the details of the Brickman’s Bounty, and you can see all of Ryan’s other works that have featured here by clicking this link and scrolling down.
This, ladies and gentleman, is the best creation you will see in 2014. It’s the best creation we have ever publicised. It’s probably the best Lego vehicle in the world. This is a Ferrari 250GT California built by Certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught aka ‘thebrickman’.
The Ferrari 250GT California is one of the world’s most sought after cars. Appearing in the 1980s cult film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (sort of – the movie’s most famous scene actually used a disguised MGB) did 250GT values plenty of favours, but it was already world-famous long before its starring role.
In the early ’60s Ferrari 250s were driven by Steve McQueen and James Coburn amongst others, and it’s Coburn’s own vehicle that holds the record for the highest price ever paid for a car at auction; $10.7million by British radio and television host Chris Evans in 2008.
Ryan’s astonishing recreation of the 1961 masterpiece contains an estimated 50,000 LEGO bricks – making it almost 1:4 scale – and took him almost four weeks to build.
The beautiful photos shown here come from Ryan’s Flickr photostream, and you can view the complete gallery via the link at the top of this post.
We also highly recommend a visit to Ryan’s website www.thebrickman.com where you can see more of his commission pieces, and you can read about life as one of only thirteen Certified LEGO Professionals in the world.
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This enormous orange behemoth is an Erickson Air-crane, nicknamed ‘Elvis’. At over 4m long and 1m high it contains over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Pro builder Ryan McNaught, aka TheBrickMan, spent one month designing and building this creation for the Brickvention 2013 show. You can see more of Elvis at Ryan’s Flickr photostream here. Uhuhuh.
Yes, that really is a mini-fig scale Saturn 5 rocket
Ever wondered what mankind’s largest vehicle would look like if it were mini-fig scale? Ryan McNaught, a certified LEGO professional, shows us just how massive the Saturn Space Programme rockets were with his 19ft Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket. 120,000 LEGO bricks went into this astonishing creation, which you can view in glorious detail by clicking his name above.