Lego creation looks ready to fly

Family creates 30,000-piece Hercules

CHARLES ANDERSON
Last updated 08:11 13/07/2014
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FAMILY PROJECT: The Faass family, from left, Emily, 12, Charlie-Belle, 7, mum Kerry, Bailey, 10, and dad Craig, with their Lego Hercules Aircraft.

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Craig Faass is a builder by day.

But by night, for the last three months, he has been project manager as he organised his family into creating a 30,000-Lego piece Hercules aircraft replica.

His family were among almost 50 exhibitors at this year's Christchurch Brick Show which showcases Lego enthusiasts' work.

Some nights Craig, his wife Kerry, 10-year-old Bailey, seven-year-old Charlie-Belle and 12-year-old Emily, would put in only an hour's work. Other times they would be building late into the evening. Bailey spurred the Lego inspiration about three years ago when he "got right into it".

Now their Christchurch home is full of Lego pieces.

"It's great," Craig said. "It's something we can all do together."

He built the Hercules out of his head - laying out roughly how big he wanted it and then building "upwards and outwards".

Organiser Centuri Chan said the event, run in conjunction with Kids Fest, had been getting bigger and bigger. There were 17,000 people that attended last year and he thought more than that would come through the doors of the Christchurch Air Force Museum this year.

"It's always interesting to see what people come up with."

The event finishes at 5pm today.

Enter your own Lego creations and be in with a chance to win a prize.

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