A Flybe plane has been brought to life in LEGO® bricks at Southampton Airport.
Bright Bricks, the UK-based professional LEGO building company, in collaboration with Hampshire Cultural Trust’s Milestones Living History Museum and Southampton Airport, used over 15,000 bricks to build a model of Flybe’s iconic Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft in the airport’s passenger terminal, throughout the week.
The airplane model was built at 1:20 scale, measuring approximately 1.8m long, with a wingspan of 1.4m.
Neil Garwood, head of customer service at Southampton Airport, said: “We were honoured to be working with Hampshire Cultural Trust, Bright Bricks and Flybe on this unusual project. Our passengers were fascinated by the live build and we were delighted to be able to support and promote this wonderful attraction in our region.”
Paul Willoughby, Flybe’s Regional GM UK (South), added: “Seeing our purple plane recreated brick by brick is quite magnificent. It’s a superb achievement. We’re thrilled our aircraft proved to be the perfect model for this exciting project and hope everyone enjoys visiting the ‘Bricks in Motion – The History of Transport’ exhibition at half term and seeing the Flybe purple Lego plane for themselves.”
Ed Diment, from Bright Bricks, said:"The LEGO build of the Flybe Dash 8 Q400 went really well and generated a lot of interest from travellers and airport visitors alike. Southampton Airport's terminal building was an unusual location to carry out such a build but it worked well and everyone was very pleased with the finished result. You could say that the time flew by."
The live build marks the start of Hampshire Cultural Trust’s latest exhibition, ‘Bricks in Motion: The history of transport in LEGO® bricks’, which will take place between February 25 – April 26 at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke.
As part of the trust’s commitment to bring culture and heritage to new audiences, visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of scale model icons of transport in LEGO bricks, from both the past and future. The exhibition will even see a giant, live build of a space rocket – built by Bright Bricks - come to life alongside the vintage cars, trucks, buses and steam engines in the collection on the period streets of the museum.
Janet Owen, chief executive officer of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: “We are very proud to work collaboratively with such great organisations for this project. We urge the public to visit the Bricks in Motion exhibition that kicks off next month at Milestones.”
To find out more about the event visit www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk