Kids toys or not, that is mighty impressive if I do say so myself. And all it took Dublin, Ohio resident Paul Janssen was a million Legos, two years of his time, and a helluva lot of planning and patience. Was it worth it? I doubt very much his wife and kids would agree, but yeah, Janssen seems pleased with the end result.
Besides the aforementioned one million Lego pieces, Janssen’s 1/100 scale replica of Ohio Stadium measures a whopping 8-foot-by-6-foot and can be divided into 10 distinct sections, each weighing up to 50 pounds. The native of the Netherlands estimates he put 1000 man hours into his Lego masterpiece, and figures that if he had purchased all the pieces brand new, the cost of the project would have been between $50,000 to $75,000.
From the Columbia Dispatch…
To plan the project, Janssen studied stadium measurements and satellite images, often taking photos of the press box or other details during football games. (He didn’t really understand the sport at first but is now a fan and a season-ticket holder.)
He spent more than three years acquiring the necessary Legos, often improvising: Dragon horns from a Lego castle kit are part of the rotunda decor; chrome truck parts serve as pipes extending from the stadium bathrooms.
Many pieces were purchased or traded through an online marketplace, Bricklink.com; others were already part of his collection.
Check out some more pictures of Paul Janssen’s Lego Ohio Stadium…
Wow….just, wow. Words fail me. All that’s missing is Lego Jim Tressel and his little Lego sweater vest.
I don’t know what I find more impressive though—Paul Janssen’s dedication to this monstrosity of a project, or his wife’s two years and 1000 hours worth of understanding and acceptance.
I’ll go with the wife.
(Photos courtesy of Fred Aquillante of the Columbus Dispatch)