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The Gibraltar bridge
THE RECORD FACTS Longest LEGO BRIDGE: 29 METRES (1141 inch) Biggest span:12,45 METRES (490 inch) NO steel, wood, ropes, glue etc.:100 % LEGO!! Altitude: 4 metres (157 inch) Parts: ca. 200.000 Weight: ca. 450 kilo Ours of work: 350 h. THE PREPARATION As a member of the Dutch independent LEGO-club "de Bouwsteen" we've got the oppurtunity from LEGO Benelux to build the "GIBRALTAR LEGO BRIDGE". When we've got the green light the drawing and counting begins! With help from the TV-documentaire we made a work-drawing in scale 1 to 20 cm. In that scale the drawing is 1,5 metres wide! (59 inch) In the Brickshelf-folder you can see the drawings we made ("B-Gibraltar-bridge- sideviews") With help of the first LEGO-designs (see the Brickshelfpictures "C-first-design frame and C-first-design-traindeck") and the scaled drawing we could decide the sorts and the numbers of the LEGO parts and make the order-list of ca. 250.000 parts, with a total weight of 650 kilos! THE IDEA The Project is inspired on the documentaire 'Engineering the impossible' seen on Discovery Channel in which the engineers want to span the Gibraltar Street with an enormous bridge of 1 km (40000 inch) high and a total lenght of ca. 14 km (550000"). This should be the highest and greatest bridge ever build. The reason to use this bridge as inspiration is that this bridge has a huge span compared to the altitude, because only 3 main towers can be placed due to the enormous depth of the Gibraltar Street. With the LEGO bridge the depth isn't a problem, the altitude is. We create a similar problem: making a span as long as possible with a low altitude in proportion. The designers solved this problem to combine two classic bridge-designs: the cable-stayed bridge and the suspension bridge. The main-towers with the revolutional 'diagonals' work as a cable-stayed bridge; Between the ends of the 'diagonals' the main cable of the suspension part is attached. De LEGO bridge has in contrast to the real project two in stead of three main towers. THE SHOW When after a lot of work all the LEGO compartments were ready, the exciting Try-out day begins: Will the LEGObridge hold it's 12,45 metres long traindeck? In the "Try-out-day pictures" you will notice that after 8 hours building with 4 people the bridge works! Who would have thought that? Minimal alterations and improvements were made and the bridge is displayed on the big LEGO-event in Zwolle, the Netherlands, called LEGOWORLD. The bridge is shown on national television in three different programs and it's pictures occured in many papers. What a great project. Enjoy the pictures! Benny Efde (Stanley Efu) and Marco de Vries
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Marco de Vries
Manthan Dutta
  September 13, 2010
AWSOME!!!!!
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  December 20, 2009
so cool have you run any trains on it yet
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  December 17, 2009
Wow! Now THAT'S an impressive bridge. This is quite an engineering feat good sir! I'm amazed not only by the scale, but the attention to detail. Great work all around! And Merry ChristMOCs!
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  December 17, 2009
Simply fantastic!
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  December 17, 2009
Amazing...
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  December 17, 2009
You're crazy! THat is all I have to say! :D
Marco de Vries
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Thomas N
  December 15, 2009
This is undoubtedly the biggest and coolest Lego creation I've ever seen. I think ShannY said it best though. ~T
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  December 15, 2009
almost totally unbelievable! WOW! Were there any engineers involved in this design? things of this size often introduce warping, bending, sagging, etc, etc, etc,.
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  December 15, 2009
I am speechless.
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  December 15, 2009
This is a feat of engineering comparable to the actual bridge itself, when they build it, and they likely will. The fact that it's ALL Lego is truly amazing! I am totally astounded.
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  December 15, 2009
AWESOME. How long those it take to built it?
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  December 14, 2009
I just forgot how to breathe. hold on, okay, now I got it back. this is amazing!
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  December 14, 2009
Jaw Drops to floor. Picks it up. Oh My God! This thing is huge! It's nice to see LEGO® getting attention in the media again. Astounding job =)
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  December 14, 2009
That blows my mind.. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
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  December 14, 2009
hahmana hahmana hahmana hahmana hahmana hahmana hahmana hahmana hahmana hahmana hahmana hahmana hahmana hahmana hahmana
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  December 14, 2009
Wow, this thing is huge!
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  December 14, 2009
Wow, this thing is huge!
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  December 14, 2009
Spectacular work mates :)
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  December 14, 2009
WOW, this is a tremendous project!! I think my wife would definitely cut me off if I came home with that many LEGO and she noticed how empty our bank account was! LOL Very impressive gentleman! Congrats on the recognition!
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  December 14, 2009
O.O Woah! I am speechless.
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  December 14, 2009
The scale of the project is stunning. Absolutely wonderful work!!! Now who can we get to build an eight foot high Godzilla to go with this?
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  December 14, 2009
holy
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  December 14, 2009
I just don't think I would have the patience for such a massive endeavor! Amazing creation! MOCy Festivus!~H
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  December 14, 2009
Just insane!
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  December 14, 2009
Now you have taken LEGO to another level. Amazing job, Merry Christmocs!
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  December 14, 2009
Nice Detail and looks really cool!! Merry Christmocs!
 
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