Lego Battleship Yamato

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A Lego otaku indulged his twin passions gigantic battleships and plastic bricks, and six years later this is the result: the WWII super-battleship Yamato, rendered in Lego.

It is in total 6.6m long, a metre in girth at its widest, and weighs 150kg. 200,000 Lego parts went into its construction.


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The Yamato, with the other ships of its class the largest and most heavily armed battleships ever built, was finally sunk by carrier borne aircraft in 1945, whilst en route to Okinawa to attack invading American armies.

You can see the full details of its construction on the creator’s homepage.

Presumably he has no plans to sail to Okinawa to expel the Americans…


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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:35 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Niche hobbies in Japan never cease to wow me...

    Comment by Firo
    19:15 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My urge for destruction is rising XD

    Comment by Riiku
    18:19 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now I wanna break that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:00 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, impressive...

    But someone had to have a loooooot of time.

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    Comment by Geerie
    18:38 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    just a few hours a day and a lot of focus could get it done pretty easy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:47 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Goddamnit, this is fucking brilliant!

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    Comment by Veknus
    22:04 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy crap that is absolutely brilliant i have ever seen for lego for a very very long time and damn its a model of the Yamato Battleship

    Comment by Tsunande
    20:52 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    life? where??

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:59 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I shat bricks

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    Comment by Dee
    23:17 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you should reaaaally start working in a Lego factory

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    Comment by Raymond Otaku Ting
    15:34 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    just witnessed something great!

    Comment by kawakaze
    15:27 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Q_Q!!!!
    where can I steal it?

    Comment by Lespectraal
    15:24 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I feel like breaking them into little pieces.

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    Comment by Aoshi
    15:53 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lego brings back the memories.

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    Comment by rexyke
    16:54 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Things like this make me wonder if I should go back to my favourite adolescent career.

    Comment by HOYO!!
    16:57 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    cooolll~~thats all...now start building a life size gundam with legos...nya nya nya

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    Comment by Necromas
    16:32 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow. I am impressed.

    Now if only someone would make a Pillar of Autumn out of legos, with little lego pelicans, scorpions, and warthogs in the hangars.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 13/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mega Bloks has a HALO line which includes pelicans, scorpions, warthog (both 50cal and grenade) ghosts, banshees and some other stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't this guy hire a race queen to pose with it or something? That would make the Yamato way more appealing.

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    Comment by aprilius20
    16:30 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG. I've never really liked Lego but this is absolutely gorgeous^o^
    The Graf Spee would be nice, if he's looking for something else to do after this...

    Comment by shalala
    22:21 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Im soooo Amazed by its buauty. O and the lego men are loool.

    Comment by boneless
    17:18 14/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still waiting for Lego Battlefield, myself. But this is damned impressive. Interesting approach to hull—I would've went orthodox myself, but I suppose the specialized bricks needed would've been too costly.

    Comment by Stormy001
    13:18 15/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    IJN Yamato, legendary battleship that did not get to fight much fights. When Americans gonna receive this challenge by building similar Lego based USS Iowa? Afterall USS Iowa is designed to fight Yamato face to face.

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    Comment by metatron
    20:13 10/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow. that's pretty impressive ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 10/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    probably took more time and money to build than the real ship lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:15 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's all get together and build a lego model of the Enterprise carrier! Or, heck, let's just legostruct the entire Pacific fleet!

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    Comment by Kinny Riddle
    01:08 10/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Especially impressive that the main turret can actually rotate. Now that's what I call passion.

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    Comment by Muzaffar
    01:31 10/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Impressive....

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    Comment by Shuu
    23:27 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    FIRE THE WAVE MOTION GUN!!!

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    01:52 10/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Next stop: Space Battleship Yamato!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:48 10/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just knew I had heard that song before (the first). And I found where: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3nUahhlfdw :)

    Comment by o_o
    05:07 10/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it floats? ;3

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:54 10/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminds me of Zipang. Interesting series while it lasted. The "lego dude" pic was a nice touch.

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    Comment by Keruza
    15:15 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice boat!

    And damn, Lego and what you can do with it if you have a little fantasy ftw :D

    Comment by halotoo
    12:18 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow and double wow,I'm sold.

    Comment by Toreno
    12:18 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD!!!

    That's just amazing. 6 years? I wouldn't even hold out 1 week D:

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    Comment by Anonymous
    12:02 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now someone tell this guy to build an Iowa Class Battleship to match the Yamato.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I cant wait for somebody to trip and destroy this hehe... now THAT would be worth a read. I can feel the creator's fury and rage already.

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    Comment by eksuterru-kun
    12:20 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol the things huge at 6 metres in length and 1 metre wide.

    it'd take a sumo to even partially damage it.

    Comment by LoliHat
    12:49 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about a Lego dive-bomber?

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    Comment by eksuterru-kun
    12:18 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    salute!
    that's some awesome work.
    hmm the flag's similar to the red alert 3 japan faction.
    is that the real flag in WW2?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's the Imperial Japanese Navy Insignia, it's still used by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force today. The yellow chrysanthemum crest on the bow of the ship is the crest of the Imperial family...

    Comment by PassinGass
    12:24 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Rising Sun Flag is the military flag of Japan. It was used as the ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy and the war flag of the Imperial Japanese Army until the end of World War II. It is also presently the ensign of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the war flag of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

    From wikipedia

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    Comment by eksuterru-kun
    13:02 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    right
    lol i totally forgot about wiki

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:24 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Read somewhere that the IJN actually planned for a bigger successor to the Yamato-class battleship, if not for time and material constraint. Too bad the Yamato (or its sister ship, Musashi) never get to slug it out with a worthy opponent like the Iowa-class ship... Just imagine what a titanic battle that would have been... the roar of its main guns full salvo would have enough force to throw god out of his comfy seat in heaven...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:11 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yup, they did plan for even larger ships, as well as more of the YAMATO-class (Two more laid down, one dismantled on the slipway, one converted during construction into an aircraft carrier that, before completion, the Japanese tried to sail to another port. Bad move - SHINANO was torpedoed and sunk less than a day after being comissioned.).

    Whether or not they could have built was a big question - Japan was already building as many ships as they could, and probably more than that.

    Of course, the US Navy either planned or actually built 17 additional battleships in the same time frame (10 completed, two under construction, 5 with contracts and yards ready to build them.). And the US could build all they were planning for.

    Anyone who thinks Japan actually had a realistic chance of winning the Pacific War might want to consider that by June 1944, the US had built more _new_ ships than the entire Imperial Japanese Navy either had or were planning to do so by that time (Correct, if Japanese had been able to sink most of US Navy at Pearl Harbor and finish building all the ships they planned without losing anything, they still would have been outnumbered by June 1944.).

    Then consider how the US was building a new aircraft every 6 minutes in 1944.

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    Comment by Kitsune9Tails
    19:56 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They knew that too (at least Adm. Yamamoto did). They weren't trying to defeat the US militarily at Pearl Harbor. Just delay their ship building enough so that Japan could take a whole BUNCH of islands in the pacific and then try to negotiate a treaty with the US, with better terms for Japan. All the while waging a nasty war in China and Indonesia.

    But I seriously doubt ANYone thought they could really take on the might of the US military and win any kind of prolonged battle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:09 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Hey, maybe if we slap them hard enough, in their daze they'll sue for peace!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 10/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ironically it was Yamamoto (The same guy who predicted that Japan can only end a war with the US in its favor by marching an army through Washington DC - which the Japanese could not.) who forced the Pearl Harbor attack on the IJN brass and insured that the US would fight the war to the end, no negotations, until one side or another surrendered.

    History might have taken a different turn if the Japanese went after the British and the Dutch only and left the US alone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    japan only started the war because of their booming population and lack of space. they knew they were going to either expand or face the problem they do today. it was basically a lose-lose situation for japan. i agree with anonyous below who said that they could have left america alone. japan took singapore (i believe) in six days. that left basically all of indonesia for picking.






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