Easter Build II: The Conclusion


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After an endless series of gaffes and misreads, we meet the conclusion of one of the longest kit builds in my experience.

You would expect that a kit containing over 5,000 pieces would take some amount of time to construct! 

In this case I think I can fairly say that I lost about one or two hours because of little mistakes or using the wrong colour pieces… *groan*

All told, construction took (give or take) about sixteen hours.  It started Sunday at 2:30pm and finished roughly before 8 am this morning – with meals and sleep in between, obviously.

I watched about five movies (background noise mainly) including ‘Under Siege’, ‘Michael Clayton’, ‘Underworld’, ‘Johnny Mnemonic’, ‘The Program’ and about the first half hour of ‘Friday Night Lights’.

In the end, the result was worth it.  See attached pics for more info.

Build advice (for other would-be kit building enthusiasts):
– The people at Lego do understand the impact of the laws of physics, you misread their instructions

– Yes, it’s sometimes bloody hard to distinguish dark brown from dark red in the instruction manual (especially at night). 

The lesson here is, when you notice a small quantity of pieces not coloured similarly to the majority colours (in this kit, gray, black and red) make sure you scrutinise use of said pieces.

– With big sheets of flat Lego, ensure you use the right sized piece (and save a half hour of investigation).
From this…..P3239492 (Medium)

… to this … P3259508 (Medium) 
.. for scale .. P3259511 (Medium)


About Rob Sanders

IT Professional and TOGAF 9 certified architect with nearly two decades of industry experience, 18 years in commercial software development and 11 years in IT consulting. Check out the "About Rob" page for more information.

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