Stop, collaborate and listen

Bricksboro Beach LEGO Diorama

A group of Brickish Association members recently collaborated on this excellent Miami themed diorama Bricksboro Beach. What is particularly impressive is how cohesive it all appears. Many collaborative dioramas look a bit pieced together but this one looks ‘whole’. I’ve linked straight to the set to ensure you can see as many details as possible. There are many and they are neat.

I’ll quote Ralph S (madphysicist) for the details of the collaboration:

Bricksboro Beach is a collaborative project built by 11 members of the Brickish Association for the Great Western LEGO show held in Swindon on October 3rd and 4th of 2009.

It started with Ed Diment (Lego Monster) and I discussing ideas for building a ‘thirties airport with hangars, planes from that era and a nice art-deco terminal building. We soon started discussion adding more art-deco buildings and not long after that we decided to drop the whole airport idea and go for a beach community similar to Miami Beach.

Ed coordinated the build and got more members involved: Stuart Crawshaw, Mandy Dee, Annie Diment, Naomi Farr, Jonathon Goldsworthy, Ian and Julie Greig, Doug Idle and Darren Smith. many of the minifig scale MOCs that i’ve built in the last two to three months were all intended for this project and I think all of us involved are justifiably well-plased with the end result of all of our work.

10 comments on “Stop, collaborate and listen

  1. Herman

    Impressive work.

    I keep wondering where people get all the money from to build such an awesome piece. I mean, the entire road is created from plates, that’s quite costly.

  2. dougidle

    Thanks Herman – the roads actually made of 90% brick which is (slighly) cheaper than building it from plate.

  3. gambort Post author

    People spend quite a lot of money but they also work out how to get the best deals. And the road is built from bricks, not plates.

  4. Doctor Sinister

    Just a small aside, we’re the Brickish Association, not Society. :-)

    (I had nothing to do with this particular display, although you can see my sig-fig stealing a balloon in the above picture)

    Dr. S.

  5. The Mad Physicist

    The quantity of parts in this display was pretty staggering. It used something like 9000 1×2 transparent blue tiles for instance. Planning and getting the parts are undoubtedly an important part of a project like this, although in terms of the time it took probably still far less so than actually putting bricks together -certainly for me.

    I had the pleasure of building most of the vehicles, two largish buildings and a few smaller bits and bobs for the display. In terms of parts my contribution certainly wasn’t the largest; several hundreds of Pounds worth of stuff all in all.

    There were about a dozen of us in this, each with substantial LEGO collections and with the willingness to put a fairly large part of those collections into this display. I don’t think any of us would have wanted to do something on this scale and with this level of detail on our own (although Ed’s HMS Hood probably comes pretty close).


  6. bluemoose

    It was a great collaborative build to be part of, and Ed did a great job of keeping us all focussed & productive in the final weeks :-)

  7. Herman

    I’ve made a few small projects and already found out Lego requires a lot of logistics and financial research.

    I’ve put it on my resumé as well. It’s a good conversation starter and it suggests creativity, now I can add logistics.

    Still a project this big… hopefully one day I’ll contribute to it, but for now I’ll try and fill up me own attic.

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