The combined 6,955 pieces of the Super Star Destroyer Executor and Death Star seemed like an awful lot of Lego when they were scattered all over the floor, but Rolls-Royce has really put that number to shame with a Lego build for the Farnborough International Airshow. By about 145,000 pieces, in fact.
Rolls-Royce built a half-scale model of its Trent 1000 engine, used in the Boeing 787, out of 152,455 Lego pieces. The engine weighs 675 pounds and measures five feet in diameter. Heavy--but the real thing weighs almost 13,000 pounds, so you have to give hollow Lego bricks points for efficiency.
Why drag a real engine to the airshow when you can wow people with a smaller, lighter Lego model that took eight weeks to construct? Rolls-Royce grads and apprentices worked with Bright Bricks to assemble more than 160 components into one awesome plastic engine. Check out the process in high-speed time lapse.
Any bets on how much glue the builders went through in their 1,280 hours of construction?