The BIA is a super secret intelligence gathering agency. You can also view some more detail in a beautiful YouTube.com video tour done by Joe Meno at Brickworld "07.... just search Blacktron Intelligence Agency... I've added an arial preview of the new Classic Space Landing Zone which will debut at BrickWorld '08. After the show I'll add all new pictures of the whole thing set up. I can only set it up in sections in my garage.
Brian, I have to say that this is the most awesome Lego setup I have ever seen. Blacktron 1 has always been my favourite, and your BIA has inspired me to attempt my own build. Well, that, and an email from my (8.5 years) younger brother (age: 27) that went "brother I just built the biggest base ever. It's way better than anything you've ever built!" That email got under my skin, and I've spent probably over $1000 on ebay and bricklink buying BT1 sets and bulk lots of black and yellow bricks to build my base. While mine will never attain the stature of yours, hopefully it will beat the crap out of my brother's! Cheers.
Thanks for the kind words. The BIA was fun to build and display over the last eight years but now I want to focus on rebuilding my Alpine Mountain Train Layout. So, I have two more public exhibits scheduled in 2011 (Great Train Expo, Collinsville, IL & Great Train Expo, Indianapolis, IN) after which I will be dismantling the BIA and selling the parts off on Bricklink.
Quoting corey lopez
Such a wonderful, massive base. I know you are going in lenghth and not width but have you ever considered making it wider so there could be more area and unique structures.
Thanks for the compliments. The six baseplate wide width is done by design for two reasons. First it makes it much easier to set up for display and second it is a much better situation for the public to view ... the details are better seen and not lost by being hidden deep inside the display. Don't you think it has some pretty unique structures anyhow?
I saw this today over at the model train show in Collinsville, IL. To say it was amazing would be an understatement. You haven't truly seen this model until you've seen it up close and personal. A+++++
I've seen this awesome base a lot of time (including the video), and never wrote a review... Well now it's done ! I don't think anyone will create something better with the blacktron theme for a very very very long time !