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LEGO Ideas: 10,000 fans recognize achievements in bridge building

LEGO Ideas: 10,000 fans recognize achievements in bridge building
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LEGO Ideas World Civil Engineering (1)

The Ideas community today selected the draft “The World of Civil Engineering: Types of Bridges” as the 13th candidate in the current review round. Beginning in September, Ideas will review the structural calculations and decide whether the idea can be used as a bridge to the Ideas set. Until then, we’ll give you the details.

Engineering Extract was uploaded to Ideas by MOCingbird. The thirty-something from Berlin has been represented on Ideas since the end of April 2020 and says he wants to create something new with his models. You can get an impression of his point of view by visiting his Ideas biography, which contains a number of contest entries as well as other designs. MOCingbird was able to celebrate its greatest success so far in the 2nd review 2021, when its model “Basement & Sewerage” showed us the world of modulars.

His interpretation of the bridge construction saw the light of day at the beginning of March 2022 and collected the first thousand votes in three days. After Ideas highlighted the idea as a “Staff Pick” at the end of March, MOCingbrid continued to diligently gather support from the community and passed the half-time mark of 5,000 votes in mid-April. The long visibility in the trends made the rest of the way easier and little by little 95 days MOCingbird can look forward to the second entry in the “10k Member Club”.

Now let’s turn our attention to the design: In the description text we learn that engineering is an important motor for the development of a modern society. With this expertise, constructions can be built that serve the entire civilization and can set decisive impulses. Particular attention is paid to bridge building and in seven small mini-builds from a total 1,602 parts shown. The two minifigures are representative of the tireless achievements of all creative minds in this field.

LEGO Ideas World Civil Engineering (5)

Each of the seven different bridge types consists of approx. 200 parts and is achieved on a base of 8×16 knobs. In addition, the small displays each get a tile with the exact type designation. MOCingbird has realized the following types with its stones:

  • Tied-Arch Bridge
    In the picture we see a railway bridge that crosses a highway. The vertical bars and the striking arch are largely responsible for the naming.
  • Cable-Stayed Bridge
    Here a bridge tower with ropes carries the load. A particularly striking example is the Millau Viaduct in southern France. At 2,406 meters, it is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. The small LEGO model can be rotated 360 degrees.
  • Truss Bridge
    The old truss bridge shows us an underground train that runs above ground. Because the bridge deck is at the top, this type of truss is called a deck truss. A well-known example is the Yoshima Bridge in Japan. It is part of the Seto-Chūō Expressway and is part of the Honshū-Shikoku Bridges project.
  • Cantilever bridge under construction (Cantilever Bridge)
    We see the construction process of a cantilever bridge. The track parts are attached to the pillars piece by piece until the gap closes. In the model we see a mighty crane, which can also be swiveled 360 degrees, and the indicated formwork.
LEGO Ideas World Civil Engineering (10)
  • Beam Bridge
    The model represents a section of a multi-span girder bridge that carries a two-lane highway across a valley. According to Wikipedia, “The outer hallmark of the girder bridge […] usually the visible separation of the superstructure (bridge girder) from the substructure (supports, abutments) by bearings. The bearings transfer the loads from the superstructure to the substructure and give the bridge girder the necessary positional stability and freedom of movement.”
  • suspension bridge
    A suspension bridge is characterized by girders or pylons over which suspension cables are guided. The bridge body is attached to this. The world-famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco falls into this category. The Ideas design shows us a road stretched across a sea route.
  • Arch Bridge
    The arch bridge is one of the basic forms in bridge construction. For stone and concrete with their high compressive strength, the arch is the most suitable type of structure. MOCingbrid introduced the type to us as a historic deck arch bridge for pedestrians. In the description text we learn that after renovation work it shines again in all its glory.

According to the fan designer’s plans, the entire set-up should be around 61 cm wide, 28 cm deep and around 18 cm high.

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These ideas want to win the 2nd Review 2022:

MOCingbird shows us that it is worth thinking something “out-of-the-box” and taking a look at the supposedly everyday. Bridges are a matter of course for us, and we don’t think about their creation. With the small mini-builds we learn something about the different building types, their use and can relive the construction a little. I like the set-up and, above all, that the creative minds behind the building are also considered.

How might LEGO rate the idea? – To get an idea, let’s take a look around the Ideas archive. There we actually discover a large bridge in the 1st review 2021 with the “Forth Bridge”. In Billund, the design was not the first choice at the time, so no production release was given. If we focus on small mini builds, many more models emerge: in the official Ideas sets, for example, the LEGO Ideas 21110 Research Institute, the LEGO 21301 Birds or the LEGO Ideas 21320 Dinosaur Fossils use the concept of the mini -Builds.

In addition, there have been a number of models in recent months that have also taken up these ideas, but were also not taken into account in product planning. I am thinking primarily of the draft “Women of Computing” and “Outer Solar System Expansion”. Both ideas presented their theme as a mini build.

I find it difficult to assess. On the one hand, the bridge construction should go very well with LEGO, because what could be more obvious than creating a technically sophisticated structure with LEGO bricks and appreciating the achievement behind it? Ideas has repeatedly shown us that mini-builds have a chance. On the other hand, last year LEGO missed the opportunity to combine a technical topic with a message with the “Women of Computing”. Why should Ideas choose this design now? Since Ideas has been putting more emphasis on sales figures lately, I decide to classify the implementation as unlikely.

How do you like the design? Do you like the different bridge models or do they not appeal to you? Are the types well chosen or are you missing a certain bridge? Have you ever dealt with bridge building? Would you buy the design? How do you rate the chances? Write us your opinion in the comments.

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