Scale model of the Grand Traverse Light House in Michgan, USA.
About this creation
This is a scale model of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, a combination residence/lighthouse built in 1858 at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan's lower peninsula. This is to the north-northeast of Traverse City, along the shore of Lake Michigan at the western side of the entrance to Grand Traverse Bay. The model was commissioned by the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum as part of their 150th anniversary celebration. The model measures approximately 30 inches in length, width and height. The scale is about 1"=2'. There are about 6000 LEGO parts in the model.
This is a close-up of the light tower, railing and cupola. The cupola is nine-sided, which made for a lot of fun finding a way to securely mount it.
The foundation of the original lighthouse is a bit wider than the walls above it. To model this feature, I had to place the foundation at a half-stud offset, in two dimensions, from the walls. This detail shows the connections between the exterior and interior plates, using a connector that included half-stud "jumpers" in two directions.
Three pictures of the walls. If you look closely, you will see that the inside ot the windows are set on a half-stud offset, horzintally. This allowed me to depict the green window frame without making it too thick, as a whole-stud width would have been. This required some messing around internally with more of the half-stud jumpers.
My son is doing a project on this lighthouse for school and has to build a model--he LOVES Legos and was so excited to see your creation!! I was trying to find an assortment of legos he could use to attempt this--have any suggestions? Thanks for the info!