I came up with the (what I thought) was a fantastic notion of building a Lego ship in a bottle and decided to run with it. So first, I did a Google search for "Lego Ship in a Bottle" and alas someone had done it before! (here)
But what's that to stop me! So I purchased a large bottle of $7 jug wine, attempted to drink it but it was just too awful so I poured it down the sink. I filled it part way with floral resin and glass beads to give myself a flat surface to work on, and put together a set of make-shift tools to do the job. These are the tools I ended up using:
I designed the entire thing in Bricksmith and devised a way to build it back to front using only bricks that were able to fit through the neck of the bottle (mostly 2 pegs wide, but also plates that were 3 pegs wide). Then I got building!
I documented it in video for your enjoyment:
If you live in Germany and can't watch the above video (or you just hate the song), you can see it in silence here
I just want to say that I have been absolutely blown away by the response to my video. I am honored to have been blogged on Brother's Brick, Gizmodo, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Wired.com and the many other websites that have posted links to it. I really never expected more than a handful of people to find this interesting!
To all the music haters, I realize the song gets irritating, but really I don't think it's as bad as you're making it out to be! And as for the second sail, I did knock it off trying to rotate it to the right position. I didn't try putting it back in because I didn't want to miss and knock something else off the boat.
Great project. One of the earlier comments reminded me of a joke:
Bob the proctologist was getting sick of his job. One day, he got a teabag with a quotation on it that said "If you ain't the lead dog, the view is pretty much the same", and he thought about his own job and its view, and decided to give it all up. He's always wanted to be a mechanic, so he signs up for some night classes at the local VoTech. Exam time comes, Bob takes the test, thinks it's pretty difficult, but has a good feeling about it. The next week he gets his results in the mail. He looks at them. "150% Huh?!, there's gotta be a mistake somewhere." He brings the results into his teacher the next day. "Mr. Johnson, I think there's something wrong with my exam grade. It says that I got 150%". "No Bob, that's the correct grade." "How can that be?". Bob said. "Well the first section was tear-down, you got that perfect. The second section was rebuild, you aced that too. Everything was within tolerance, perfect job." Bob looks a little confused, "But that could only equal 100%". "I know", said Mr. Johnson, "But I gave you an extra 50% for doing it all through the tail pipe."
Your creations in a bottle caught my eye. :)
Clever idea & if I ever need sugery I want you to be my surgeon...hee, hee! Great fine motor skills! When I taught Alg I & Phy Sci I used to have a measuring & volume lab/activity called "Horse in a Jar"...the jar was a peanut butter jar & all it did was hold the horse so my students didn't loose the parts!
Excellent design! I have built a wooden ship in a bottle and thought of doing something similar with LEGO, but I doubt I could do as well as you. BTW you have to drink Carlos Rossi with a 50/50 mix of fruit punch. Don't ask how I know these things. LMAO