A full size Volkswagen Type 2 was unveiled at the f.re.e leisure and travel fair in Munich – built entirely from LEGO® bricks.
Two skilled and experienced LEGO® model makers undertook the seemingly impossible task of building the world’s biggest and favourite VW camper from LEGO® brickwork.
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The show will be open to visitors from 20 – 24 February 2019, where they will be able to admire in full detail one of the most significant modern cargo and passenger vans ever produced.
Rene Hoffmeister is one of only a dozen officially certified LEGO® model makers in the world, and was given the task to produce the 3D unit at the f.re.e trade fair in Munich. Brick numbers, rigidity, walls and windows were calculated by the use of construction plans similar to real life vehicle assembly.
Partnered by colleague Pascal Lenhard, the dynamic duo had only six weeks in which to complete the gargantuan build. The process was smooth and without glitch until they suddenly found they were missing 20,000 transparent bricks for the T2’s windows and their supplies dried up without warning, the deadline did then cause the model-making experts some stress despite their painstaking planning.
“Essentially, we would have needed a nine-day week.
“However, as they don’t exist, the only option was night shifts.” Hoffmeister and Lenhard therefore carried on ‘playing’ with their LEGO® bricks from morning to night and over the weekends in order to complete it in time for the f.re.e trade fair. And they did so inclusive of the Westfalia pop-up roof, so popular on campers, the sliding door, which was technically very challenging to create, and the interior fittings. Also impressive are the dimensions: the LEGO® camper van measures over 5 metres in length, 1.9 metres in width and close to 2 metres in height; or 3 metres with the roof popped up!”