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Monday, August 31, 2015

Fisherman Spent 3 Years Building Massive 24-Foot Long Lego USS Missouri

Jim McDonough is truly a master at his craft. He likes Lego, boats and naval history. And when these passions combine, magic is made. McDonough’s epically huge, ridiculously well-detailed Lego navy boats are the stuff of legend.

For the past three years, the Scottish fisherman has been building the 1:40 scale replica of the iconic WWII vessel. The USS Missouri is an Iowa-class battleship that fought in the Pacific Theater, notably at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and where the Japanese formally surrendered to the United States. She also fought in the Korean War, after which she was decommissioned. Then in the mid-80s was reactivated and provided support during Operation Desert Storm. She’s been decommissioned since 1992 and is now a museum ship that you can visit at Pearl Harbor. I used to teach on base there and visiting the Missouri was always pretty damn remarkable.

At last its just about finished a few pieces and rigging but until i have a better place to display it,it will have to do. nearly 3 years building this one,10,000s of parts,as for size it now stands 4ft 6 inches high.3ft wide and a massive 24ft 3 inches long,not counted the studs LOL.The stern crane is motorized,and the bridge has lights as you have seen in my other was a struggle to get the turrets to sit with the weight of them but bricks on their side worked well in the end,this is the ww2 version with as many guns as it had at the wars end, big thanks to Raymond Drum who gave me the idea to build this and his vast knowledge has been most helpful as has all your comments and advice in the past,Also Michael K who,s missouri was very hepful to building this one.i could post 100s of photos of this as its my most detailed and biggest by far.hope you all like it,planning the saratoga cv3 in the near future which is around the same size as this, -MOC Pages

And boy, is this baby HUGE!



Anonymous said...

In the movie "Battleship" the Missouri was re commissioned using the original WW2 crew that served on her.

Anonymous said...

And they were all loving it, and so did we to see them there.

Justin Gregoli said...

This is fabulous!! My grandfather served on the Missouri during wwII. He received the purple cross when a shell from a kamikaze plane fired on the ship. He was an official photographer on board and most of the pictures you see of the ship as it was attacked by the kamikaze were pictures he took. Absolutely great to see someone put this much dedication in building a replica. Boy I would love to see it.