The Edinbrick event arrives at the Potterrow Dome in Edinburgh with amazing LEGO models and creations on display
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Edinbrick – a non-profit LEGO model exhibition – returned to the capital on Saturday for the first time since 2019 and proved popular, with all tickets selling out within days.
Many exhibits were on display – some of which had taken their creators years – and included scenes from films such as Jurassic Park and The Lord of the Rings and impressive structures such as a Disney castle, Hadrian’s Wall and a line of city skyline.
Event organizer Doug Adamson congratulated everyone who exhibited at the show and said it was a great success.
“It’s great to be back here after the Covid pandemic and it’s great to see so many people of different ages enjoying the exhibit and appreciating all the work that has gone into the models.
“I think LEGO has something that really appeals to people of all ages and it’s definitely not just for kids. This proves it.”
One of the creators was Aaron Rippon, who featured his cityscape with trains. The town also included buildings, characters, and scenes from movies such as Spiderman, Ghostbusters, and Superman.
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“We wanted to make a city with trains going by, and then we added different little scenes to it,” he said. “It took about two hours to put together, but all the pieces took a good week or so to build.”
Jamie Ellis, who lives in Larbert but studied in Edinburgh eight years ago, also had a train-centric model and was a tribute to his time on vacation in Wales in 2019.
His “Little Train of Wales” model used special software that allowed the train to stop, start, slow down and speed up at different points on the track.
“I came back and decided I wanted to try doing something with LEGO, so I started looking. It took a while to develop the train itself and it debuted the year last,” he said, adding that he had been an avid LEGO builder all his life.
One of the more unusual designs was a Great Ball Contraption, which was a five-year labor of love for father and son duo Cammy and Robin Sinclair.
The pair started working on the machine – which is a sequence of modules that transport bales from one section to another – when Robin was just five years old. He will be 10 next month.
“Robin found a video of someone building one in America on YouTube and came up to me and said, ‘I want to do this daddy,’ so we did it,” said Cammy, who is a clown and singer and has previously performed with Robin at the Edinburgh Fringe in their play ‘Daddy and Robin I Love You’.
“There aren’t really many people in Scotland doing it, in fact as far as I know we might be the only ones doing the ball craft. But if not, we’d like to find someone else who does and maybe pair us up.
He added that anyone interested in doing so can reach him on his website cammysinclair.com.
Another young exhibitor was Micah Munro, 11, from Gorebridge, who had perfected a series of structures ahead of the show.
“They took a while to make and we think they look amazing, but we also think we could make them even better,” said Micah, who comes from a family of LEGO fans.
“Everyone in my house has LEGOs, I even put a brick in my grandma’s house just to be sure.”
Alex Duffy also showed his work in Edinbrick, alongside his father Martin. Together, the two men had created what they called a “Jurassic Park World mash up” which Martin said was an homage to the movies.
“We got a spot at the show seven weeks ago, so we’ve been building it all this time,” he said.
“We just wanted to have fun as soon as possible.”
Visitors to the show were also wowed by Mansur Soeleman’s “The Edge of Elvendale”, inspired by the LEGO Elves collection, Lord of the Rings and nature and depicting a large rock and a tree covered in pink and purple flowers.
The creation, which was a collaboration with Tom Loftus and Isabel Louise, was envisioned by the group and created using flat LEGO pieces to create the appearance of a rocky surface.
Sion Carpenter was also inspired by The Lord of the Rings series, his model of the sinister Oliphaunt in battle having been created entirely from his imagination.
He also presented a model based on Hadrian’s Wall, which he said also needed a lot of research before construction.
“I had to do a lot of research to decide which parts to use and what it would look like, so it took a bit of time,” he said.
“I wasn’t even sure the Oliphaunt model would be possible, but I think it turned out well.”
Other models on display at the one-day show included Vlad Zapotoczny’s Music Concert and Beach Volleyball Match, Kenny Smith’s Battle Between Disney Characters and Star Wars, James Kavanagh’s robotic creature creations and George Colvan’s climbing and activity center, complete with pub.