Thursday, November 26th, 2020
The Lego Superyacht
Who knew that fans of Lego in Belgium and Holland had their own version of the Great British LegoMasters a TV reality show in which teams compete to build the best Lego project?
Now, thanks to Heesen the Dutch based superyacht builder the whole world does!
Rather cleverly, and in a bid to promote their, off the peg speculative builds, the PR and Marketing team have pulled off another masterstroke by laying what might be the ultimate Lego builders challenge.
Heesen loves challenges. While they are currently busy building one of the world’s largest and fastest full-aluminium motor yachts the 80-metre Project Cosmos they wondered if it would be possible to recreate her using Lego bricks.
Since the shipyards engineers and craftsmen are more used to dealing with lightweight aluminium, they instead challenged the two finalist teams from the Dutch-Belgian television show called Lego Masters.
Recreating the company’s flagship yacht using only Lego bricks proved to be almost as challenging and spectacular as building the real thing.
To be able to include actual LEGO® Minifigures (commonly referred to as minifigs) on board, the scale needed to be 1:42, which means the models they had to build were nearly two metres long
With Hessen throwing down the gauntlet down, it was left to two teams of Lego nuts to pick it up.
Two teams shape up
Martijn Brinkman and Jos van Uum (both 21) from the Netherlands made television history on Lego Masters with their gigantic red dragon. But both claim that building Cosmos is their biggest challenge yet. Visiting the real deal at the shipyard was a great inspiration for the team from Deventer. They transformed their living room table into a drydock and used 12,000 bricks to recreate the largest Heesen yacht to date.
Björn Ramant (40) and Corneel Clarys (22) from Belgium impressed millions of Lego fans with their creations on Lego Masters. But the challenge of building the first ever superyacht in Lego stunned even these pros, especially when they toured Project Cosmos and saw the size and complex lines of the yacht in real life.
“We had to get those curves right, because that’s what makes the yacht unique.”
In the end, it took 150 hours to digitally design the yacht in BrickLink Studio and another 60 hours to build it.
Discover, Vote, Win
Which team did the best job? Well that is for you to decide. Whether you are a Lego fan, a Heesen aficionado, a smart engineer or all of these together, you now have the opportunity to discover these amazing creations and vote for your favourite.
Enter the website cast your vote and you could win an exclusive Heesen LEGO® Fan Package!
What have you got to loose?