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Forth Road Bridge engineers help create Lego replica

Forth Road Bridge engineers help create Lego replica

It stands at almost nine foot tall and is made from 10,000 bricks.

You might just recognise the latest structure at the National Museum of Scotland.

But there's one slight difference to this replica - the whole thing is made from Lego bricks.

The latest display celebrates the Forth Road Bridge's 50th birthday with a replica of a section of it built by Lego artist Warren Elsmore.

Commissioned by the Forth Estuary Transport Authority, the bridge was built as part of the Forth Bridge's Festival celebrations.

Warren spent 150 hours building the masterpiece.

"There was at least a day or two days of counter-designing for the steel work under the road deck, which was probably one of the most technically complex things I've had to do because it has to be correct," he said.

"I took a few trips out to the bridge, I went out with the bridge's team as well and they took me to the top of the North Tower to have a close look at the top and we also went out underneath the deck.

"You can walk under the road deck and in-between the central reservation, you can stick your head up at tyre level so I went out there to get some good photographs."

The final structure conveys a section of the bridge's deck and supporting steel truss, as well as one of the towers.

Featuring Lego cars, mini maintenance workers and flashing lights atop the truss, the structure was reinforced with steel built by the bridge's maintenance workers.

"It started with some rough CAD (computer-aided design) diagrams to give us an idea of how big it was going to be," Warren explained.

"In here, at the museum, we couldn't build through the roof so we had to make sure it wasn't too tall.

"We had to work out the size and scale and whether it was feasible or not. I worked with the bridge's engineers who built the steel structure for it, it's got a steel skeleton inside so it can't be pushed over. I worked with them on that very accurately.

"We brought that structure back into our studio and started cladding it with Lego and there are about 10,000 bricks in total."

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"The deck was certainly the hardest part, we decided reasonably late on that we'd put lights in that are working so we had to wire up the lights and hide the battery box along the top which took a little bit of doing," Warren added.

"It's been a really fun project and we're really pleased with the way it's come out."

The towering structure is on display in the National Museum of Scotland's entrance hall until September 15.

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