A Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine made from 152,455 LEGO bricks. Image via YouTube screenshot.
Rolls-Royce has long been famed for the quality of its work, starting with the airplane engines it built for the British War Office during World War I. The newly updated Trent 1000 engine, which powers the Boeing 787, is the distant relative of those early models. To get it some attention at the biannual Farnborough International Airshow, Rolls-Royce commissioned an unusual model: a half-scale Trent 1000, built entirely from LEGO bricks.
According to a statement by Rolls-Royce Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stein, the stunt is an attempt to inspire young people who may one day work for them:
We are very pleased some of our own graduates and apprentices have contributed to building it, ensuring it is as realistic as possible. We hope that this representation of our technology will help to enthuse and inspire the potential scientists and engineers of the future about the career opportunities they could pursue.
The toy engine is made from 152,455 bricks, weighs 675 pounds, and is “fairly accurate,” according to Autopia. It’s made as a cutaway, so its inner workings are revealed. It was put together over eight weeks by a four person team at Bright-Bricks, which builds all sorts of impressive models from LEGO.