Behind the Build: LEGO® Britten Bike

Building a life-sized Britten LEGO® brick V-1000 motorcycle was a real challenge. Like the other two life-sized motorcycles we have built, we started with the wheels, working around a central vertical channel to allow for a metal support to keep the model vertical and safe for transport.

The front wheel was built separately first, including detailed disc brakes. Although we don’t always do it, with models of fragile vehicles that need to travel overseas we have to glue them together as we go, to ensure they arrive in one piece! This can be especially time-consuming when doing small details and custom designed sections as you can see KC doing here:

Next came the body of bike, built around the steel frame, using cross-crossing braces of bricks across the otherwise empty interior.

The complex tangle of pipes that make up the V-1000’s exhaust system had to be designed carefully on the computer first and then built using a combination of bricks and plates to get the organic shapes correct:

KC spent a long time getting the logos and decals right as well, including the Britten logo, a MOBILE 1 logo as well as the Britten signature surrounded by the red stars of the New Zealand flag:

The handlebars and speedo were some of the last details to go on before the windshield was built. The plastic you can see in the speedo image is because when we’re working over the top of the exterior of a model we try to protect it from dust and damage with a plastic dropcloth.

You can get a good look at the bike in all its glory thanks to this awesome 360° turnaround (made up of over 40 photos!):

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