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Brick for Brains - Scale Modeling and Educational Exhibits
by Duane Collicott
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I have two interests: scale modeling and educational exhibits.

My scale modeling work typically involves engineering-related objects, such as ships and bridges. Currently, I have two large models. The M/V STEWART J CORT was the first 1000-foot bulk freighter on the Great Lakes, built in 1972, and typically spend its life carrying taconite (partially refined iron ore) from Minnesota to Indiana. My model of the ship is 9 feet long. The Maumee River Crossing is a cable-stayed bridge currently being built in Toledo, Ohio. My model of the bridge is 13.5 feet long. Both scale models are not only built to scale, but are also constructed in the same manner as the originals, using the same size and number of components as the originals.

My education exhibits are also engineering and science related. Current exhibits include "The Science of Bridges" in which kids build truss and arch bridges, and test them with weights to see how much weight they can hold. Exhibits under development include "Great Lakes Iron and Steel" in which students will learn about the process of turning iron ore into steel and about the valuable regional industry. In this exhibit, students build a small ship model, load it at and ore dock, and pass it through a working canal lock.

Future exhibits, currently under development, include a working wind tunnel built completely from LEGO (except for the smoke!), where students will test the aerodynamic properties of various shapes.

For more information, visit my website at

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