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Floating Bricks 2017 | Hamburg – Reader Report

Lego Konajra Kustwacht + Pump Dredger

TLCB staff don’t often get out to LEGO shows. Partly because our mysterious identities may be revealed, but mostly because the Elves have a habit of sneaking into our luggage, and our insurance is nowhere near that comprehensive.

Luckily our readers can be more mobile than us, and one such reader contacted us with an offer to cover a LEGO event. Over to today’s Guest Blogger, Jan Mueller…

On the 18th and 19th of March 2017 the exhibition “Floating Bricks – The maritime World of LEGO Bricks“ was held in Hamburg. It took place, appropriately, at a retired ferry terminal in the Altona district of the city.

Up to 1863, Altona was a harbour town which belonged to Denmark, and the Danish influence is partly still present until today. That weekend there were a lot of ships in town, made of Danish LEGO elements.

The fair was organized by the city event guide Hamburg-Führer and powered by the North-German RLUG Stein Hanse (recognized LEGO User Group). The Stein Hanse has organised several well-received exhibitions before and this was their first one in Hamburg. Members of the Stein Hanse had built a detailed oil platform, part of the Hamburg Airport, the Hamburg tube (which mostly goes overground) and many other models, which were put on display for the two-day event.

Lego Floating Bricks Hamburg 2017

The RLUG, founded by Martin and Lutz in 2013 has more than 150 LEGO fans as members. One of the invited exhibitors was Brynjar Karl with his 6.5m model of the Titanic to Hamburg. The LEGO Titanic was on its way to New York, but was damaged on the way. Not kidding! Now the Titanic was undergoing some dock-time for repairs in Altona and Brynjar Karl was on-site for live building, supported by some of the other builders present at the show.

Two further additional LEGO artists were also invited: Arjen Oude Kotte (aka Konajra) and Edwin Korstanje from the Netherlands, who are both specialised in large highly detailed ship models.

The location of the exhibition, the old ferry terminal, offered a wonderful view of the Hamburg harbour with its container vessels and cruise ships and made it the perfect place to present maritime LEGO models. There was a fine collection of food trucks present to cater for the 6,000+ visitors, and the attendees also had the chance to build a huge mosaic of Hamburg’s newest landmark: the Elbphilharmonie, a new concert house on the river Elbe.

Many thanks to Jan for joining us here at TLCB with his summary of the Floating Bricks exhibition in Hamburg! If you’d like to report on a LEGO event as Jan has then we’d love to hear from you – simply get in touch via the usual channels and your words and pictures could appear here too.

Lego Terminal at the Evening courtesy of Hamburg-Führer

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Bulldog

Lego Lanz Bulldog

This weird agricultural oddity is a Lanz Bulldog tractor. 220,000 of these were built in Germany from the early 1920s up until 1960, making it one of the most popular European tractors of all time. Many Germans still use the word ‘bulldog’ as a generic name for tractors today.

The Bulldog’s popularity was down to its incredibly crude single cylinder hot bulb engine. Yup, just one cylinder, which came in a capacity of up to 10 litres, but which could run on just about anything – crucial in war-torn and then recovering (and then war-torn again) Europe.

This Town-style recreation of the vintage tractor comes from previous bloggee Peter Schmid on Flickr, and you can see more of his Lanz Bulldog build at his photostream by clicking here.

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Super Ford

Lego Ford Super Deluxe 1946

This neat 6-wide recreation of the ’46 classic comes from Flickr’s Nik J Dort., and he’s recreated the Ford Super Delux’s curves brilliantly. We’d be tempted to take the roof off, build a manure truck, and pretend we’re in the first Back to the Future movie, but Nik’s stuck with the coupe version of the Super and the results are lovely – just look at the sloping rear 3/4 panel! Check out the build at Nik’ photostream via the link above.

Lego Ford Super Deluxe 1946

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Tintank

Lego Tintin Moon Tank

Because who doesn’t like a big blue lunar tank? Stefan Johansson is the builder and you can see more of his lovely Moon Tank from the iconic Tintin comic by clicking here.

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Brick Built Brabham

Lego Brabham BT24

This is a Brabham BT24, and it won the 1967 Formula 1 Constructor’s Championship. However, it was not the fastest car of the season – that honour went to Lotus – but it was much more reliable, and thus its consistency meant that it took the overall championship ahead of the faster Lotus design.

This neat mini-figure scale recreation of the championship-winning Brabham is the work of Pixel Junkie of Flickr, and it contains some wonderfully inventive parts usage. See more at Pixel’s photostream via the link above.

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Mooneyes

Lego Mooneyes Hot Rod Garage

This wonderful scene comes from TLCB favourite and Master MOCer Andrea Lattanzio aka Norton74, and it’s got the hot rodding fraternity here at TLCB Towers very excited.

Mooneyes are one of the most famous hod rod garages in the world, and have been operating out of their Santa Fe Springs workshop since 1962.

Lego Mooneyes Hot Rod Garage

Andrea has recreated the iconic Mooneyes building in glorious detail, and has included a ’68 Ford F100 pick-up and ’32 Ford Model-B hot rod for good measure.

There’s lots more to see at Andrea’s photostream – click the link to view all the images and read the full build details.

Lego Mooneyes Hot Rod Garage

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Big Yellow Beaver

Lego Komatsu

This Komatsu PC210LL-10 loves munching on wood.* With a 365 harvester head it can strip a tree of its branches in seconds, enabling the trunk to be neatly stacked on the back of a waiting truck. Flickr’s Mathijs Bongers is the builder and he’s replicated the tracked forest harvester brilliantly in mini-figure scale. See more on Flickr via the link.

*Just like your Mom.

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Chicken Coop

Lego Hot Rod

We’re not really sure why this ’34 Ford Coupe hot rod is called the Chicken Coupe, but we do know that we love it. TLCB regular _Tiler is the builder, and as always it’s both beautifully built and photographed. See more at the link.

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I Believe I Can Fly

Lego Hover Car

We’re longing for the day when the hover car is a reality. Better yet, for when a normal car can be retro-fitted with a hover function. It happened in Back to the Future Part II, which whilst set in the future is now of course in the past, and they accurately predicted the flat screen TV, video calling, and gesture control, so there’s hope!

Lego Hover Car

In the meantime we’ll turn to Flickr’s Tim Henderson, who has retro-fitted some of his lovely Town-scale vehicles with their own hover function by replacing their wheels with a variety of futuristic hovering paraphernalia .

Lego Hover Car

Each vehicle’s hovering facility is unique and all can be viewed in more detail at Tim’s photostream by clicking here. If you’re reading this and work for a tech or car company, take a look and get to work!

Lego Hover Car

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Submarover

Lego Submarover

We thought that Febrovery had every possible base covered by now, but Flickr’s Galaktek has managed to find a roving niche as yet unfilled. And now we think about it, it’s an obvious one too. Any planet worth inhabiting must have water, but until now the liquid surface of space has been completely ignored by the rover designers of the internet. However, with niftily retractable wheels and a suite of propellors, Galaktek‘s Beatles-esque ‘Submarover’ can explore the oceans and land in equal measure, all whilst singing an irritating tune. Set sail via the link above.

Lego Submarover

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Complex Simplicity

Lego Porsche 911

The Porsche 911 was not a complicated car when it launched in the 1960s, and some would argue it still isn’t today. It is however, fiendishly difficult to built accurately from LEGO, as every single panel seems to have three different curves on it. Flickr’s Michael Jasper has nailed it though, with some ingenious building techniques that have bricks facing in all six possible directions. See how Michael has done it, thanks to a handy cut-away image, at his photostream here.

Lego Porsche 911

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Barn Stormer

Lego Plane Barn

A seemingly inevitable fixture in old-timey race movies, a car or plane will crash through a barn and emerge out the other side covered in hay and miraculously unharmed chickens, and followed by a wildly gesticulating farmer. Exactly as per this glorious action-shot by Flickr’s PigletCiamek, who has absolutely nailed it! Click the link above to follow the aeronautical shenanigans!

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Bat Rod

Lego Bat Man Hot Rod

Of course LEGO Batman drives a hot rod. He has impeccable taste. This one is the work of TLCB regular Andrea Lattanzio and there’s more to see here.

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Mr. Plow

Lego Snow Plow Train

Your Mom likes a good plow, so today we’ve got one. This is a replica of a PKP 411S-121, and it’s been recreated beautifully by Maciej Drwięga of Flickr. Exquisite detail abounds, and you can see all of the superb photos of Maciej’s build at his photostream via the link above.

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Insert Peugeot Here

Lego Volkswagen Crafter Tow Truck

This neat Town-scale Volkswagen Crafter flatbed recovery truck comes courtesy of Сергей Антохин of Flickr, and it’s only missing a broken Peugeot for maximum realism. Click the link above to see all the images.

Lego Volkswagen Crafter Tow Truck

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