Yes, this is a real Lego ship, in a real, unaltered glass bottle.
About this creation
I had been planning on building this for several years. I finally decided I'd better build it already
before someone made another first. I planned out the design of the ship over the course of a couple weeks, taking it apart, and rebuilding many times. in the design process I wasn't too concerned about how difficult the model would be to build inside a bottle; I figured if anything came up, I'd find some way around it. The major concerns were: making it look realistic, using entirely pieces small enough to fit through the neck of the bottle (a 2x2 brick is too large), and keeping the whole model small enough to fit in a bottle.
Once I was satisfied with my design, I set about constructing it inside the bottle. I started using simply a bent coat hanger to manipulate pieces inside the bottle. My arsenal of tools later increased to a pair of chopsticks, which are extremely rigid and wouldn't bend when I needed to attach pieces sideways; and some support wires from
a lamp I own. Without a doubt, the masts were the hardest part to attach. They were difficult to hold, and when attached filled the entire height of the bottle. Many times I would have them almost attached, slip, and have to start over.
This won the Judges award at Brickworld 2010!
It will be on display again at brickworld 2011.
If you have a pair of Red/Cyan glasses, you can view this moc in 3D Here (7.5 MB).
Impressive in every respect. I can only imagine the struggle to deliver parts and assemble them through that narrow neck (much narrower than the neck I had to contend with for my Tug-in-a-Jug). Thanks for showing your tools. Those lamp stays should prove very helpful in my upcoming build-in-a-bottle.
I just finished building my 4-wide Lamborghini built in a bottle. I have to admit the bottleneck of my bottle was wider, but now I understand how difficult that must have been for you! Thanks for the inspiration! :-))
Cool creation Wow!! it shure took you lots of pacience but it was worth it
I like it
Dave and John Xandegar
May 30, 2010
This is terrific, Jeremy! It's very refreshing, too. A great concept, challenge, and result! Have you thought of a name for the Ship? Looks like a little Caravelle...nice look with the guns and the coloring/stripe. All around excellent job!