Miller Park Version 7 . Miller Park Version 7: Completely Enclosed More Detail . Lego Miller Park Version 7
In late July 2007, I tripped and required knee surgery. I thought this would be a short delay for finishing touches and I would be done before returning to school, but this wasn’t the case. Building the model became a major challenge since I was wearing a leg immobilizer and had to keep my leg straight. Shortly after returning home I found MLCad on LDraw.org and decided to build the entire stadium with the program exactly as it was built to get an accurate parts count and building instructions. On July 31, 2007 I began carefully taking large parts of the stadium apart and began the large task. Since I had access to the foundation once again I took another opportunity to make more changes to increase the building’s strength and detail accuracy. The CAD drawing and model rebuilding were completed on October 27, 2007.
Using the MLCad brick count as a basis, the Version 7 model was found to have 30,754 bricks. This includes 5,124 for the blue roof itself, but doesn't include figurines or their accessories (Cameras, cups, etc.) For reference Lego Miller Park Version 3 had 16,136 bricks including figurines and their accessories. The Version 3 roof alone comprised of 4,826 pieces from that total. While the overall model size hasn't changed much over time, the number of bricks has more than doubled by adding additional detail.
During construction of my CAD drawing and the consequent model rebuilding I made the following changes:
Redesigned yellow sublevel exterior outfield walls to remove vertical wall joints
Added Lego Fiber Optic “LED Board” on left outfield wall
Redesigned interior outfield wall and bullpens for a much more realistic look
Redesigned Suites and Press Box
Redesigned Bernie’s Dugout Area
Redesigned Terrace Level with stair cases as it has realistically creating concourse beneath
Added two Concession Areas and Janitors Closets to Terrace Level
Added massive & detailed HVAC room on Terrace Level
Added HVAC ducts above the Terrace Level seating
Added Mountain Dew Deck in right field
Added "300 Club"
Added fire alarms and emergency lighting throughout whole stadium
Made two sets of exterior windows removable so the inside can be seen during displays
Made new access panel and removable seating/floor sections to access four Mindstorms
Now that the building was almost exactly how I dreamed it would look and I had an accurate MLCAD plan, my brother and I created a display case to protect my investment and keep the dust out.
Past Display Information
As the model kept evolving, my parents and family members kept encouraging me to try to find someone interested in displaying it. A plan to get the model exhibited at Discovery World in downtown Milwaukee fell through in early 2007. The model was exhibited for the first time at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Society of Model Engineer’s TrainTime show on March 1st and 2nd 2008 in downtown Milwaukee Wisconsin.
Following the TrainTime 2008 display, the model was displayed at MSOE's Walter Schroeder Library for almost a year. This display was another great hit and was regularly visited by campus guests, students, and the public. A personal interview MSOE filmed can be seen on YouTube here!
In the middle of the library display, the model was temporarly moved to the Harley Davidson Club 105th Anniversary Celebration on August 28th at Miller Park as part of CLUB H.O.G. 25, a one day event. It was a great event to be part of and I had the opportunity to meet a lot of cool people. Lego also proved they make great electronics as I had minimal problems despite running the roof continuously!
The model left its first display at the MSOE library to be part of the "Lego Land - Model Railrad Show" at the Milwaukee County Domes from January 17, to March 22nd 2009. The show also featured a replica of Milwaukee's City Hall and a Lego town with trains but I was surprised to hear many people came just for the stadium! I spent several weekends at the event and enjoyed talking with kids and their parents about engineering and the retractable roof!
This model was featured 3/20/08 and 3/24/08 in a FOX 6 News story. Please note that the brick count was incorrectly stated as 75,000. Local WISN 12 News also ran a story 3/30/08 and 3/31/08.
In addition, my model was featured on OnMilwaukee.com and the baseball website Home Run Derby. OnMilwaukee.com also did a recent story about a special Miller Park tour I took.
Enjoy looking and feel free to e-mail me at TJKaebisch@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments. If you like my project and are a MOCpage member, please take time to rate it or write a review.
Closed Roof Pictures
Back View: Outfield Vertical Panels Closed
Back View: Left Outfield Vertical Panel Closed (Notice the new top rail to keep the panel upright)
Back Roof View
Open Roof Pictures
Front View (Notice all wires are hidden from view as much as possible)
Back View: Outfield Vertical Panels Open
Back View: Left Outfield Vertical Panel Open
Back Roof View: Notice -
-Bogie width decreased from 7 to 4.5 studs with new wheel design for tighter fit
-Consistant horizontal gap: Top panel was twice as far away from the other panels before
-Red roof light wires go straight into panels instead of hanging across top arch support
Uecker Seating: Seats with obstucted view because of roof hinge pillars (Notice new Terrace Level)
Left Field Interior View: Notice -
-New Terrace Level and working "LED Boards" underneath
-New "300 Club"
-Redesigned Bernie's Dugout
-New Outfield Wall Fiber Optic lighted "LED Board" on lower right
Interior Room Pictures
New "TGI Friday's" Restaurant (1st Floor)
Four 1st Floor Suites (Notice added fire alarms and emergency floodlights)
Redesigned 2nd Floor Press Area
-Left: Scoreboard Control Room
-Center: Press Box with two floor levels
-Right: Roof Control Room
New "300 Club" (Terrace Level 3rd Floor)
New "Mountain Dew Deck" (3rd Floor)
New Terrace Level Left Field Janitors Closet & Concessions Stand
New Terrace Level 3rd Floor HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Room
New Terrace Level Right Field Concessions Stand & Janitors Closet
MLCAD Model Pictures
Front Isometric with Roof Closed
Front Isometric with Roof Open
Back Isometric with Roof and Outfield Panels Closed
Back Isometric with Roof and Outfield Panels Open
Back Isometric with Roof Open Closeup of Interior
Top View Roof Closed
Top View Roof Open
TrainTime 2008 (3/1/2008 & 3/2/2008)
Display with brick count raffle
Display Close Up
Club H.O.G. Harley Davidson 105th Anniversary (8/28/2008)
Main display with me in the foreground. A small crowd formed to watch one of the dozens of roof openings and closings. Despite constant use, no major problems occured with the roof or Lego electronics! Thank You to everyone who stopped by or helped make this a great event!
Back of Display. Everyone who came back here was throughly impressed by the detail on the interior of the park! Many people couldn't believe the roof moved, but were shown it could!
Real Stadium across the parking lot as seen from standing in front of my display. The famous Harley Davidson Motorcycle with 105 U.S. flags can partially be seen to the left in front of the white tent. In 5 years, I'm sure it will be back with 110 flags!
Milwaukee County Domes Display (1/17/2009 to 3/22/2009)
Front view of Domes display. Notice the new Demag CC12600 Crane MOC. For more on this MOC follow the link at the end of this page.
Back view of Domes display. Unfortunately many people don't look at the model from this side and miss the fact the interior is even more detailed than the exterior!
Walter Schroeder Library
(3/3/2008 - 8/27/2008, 8/29/2008 - 1/17/2009, & 3/23/2009 to 10/24/2010)
Front of Display
Front of Display Closeup
Back View of Display
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