Artist Ed Diment used 250,000 lego bricks to assemble an amazing 22-foot-long, 550 pound model of the USS Intrepid. The model USS Intrepidis nearly 4.5 feet high and 4.5 feet wide, it took three people (with a number of other helpers) over 9 months to build!
You can see it for real in the USS intrepid museum in New York where it is currently berthed.
The Real USS Intrepid
USS Intrepid (CV-11) in the Philippine Sea, November 1944
The USS Intrepid is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers that was built during the Second World War for the United States Navy.
After being commissioned in August 1943, the USS Intrepid fought in a number of battles in the Pacific War, the most notable of which was the Battle of Leyte Gulf. On April 16th, 1945 she was hit by a Kamikaze which took the life of 8 members of her crew. Damage control parties were able to extinguish the fires quickly and within an hour airplanes were able to land again.
After World War II she was decommissioned, but in the early 1950s she was recommissioned as an attack carrier and later an antisubmarine carrier
She served mainly in the Atlantic but participated in the Vietnam War too. Some of her most important achievements include being the recovery ship for a Mercury and a Gemini space mission.
The Intrepid with the USS Growler (SSG-577) in the lower left during Fleet Week 2010 – Picture by Nrbelex
She was decommissioned in 1974 and in 1982 she became the foundation of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
The Lego USS Intrepid
Built by by Ann Diment, Ed Diment (right), Ralph Savelsberg
Side elevator USS Intrepid
In the Hangar Deck – Grumman Avenger bombers at rest.
Avenger and Helldiver on USS Intrepid
Bow of the Intrepid
A better look at the Island
Looking aft, Two Avengers taxi to Intrepids bow catapults
Corsairs and Avengers Strikeforce Intrepid!
Coming up! Another Avenger joins the Strike force
Looking up from the waterlin
A Japanese Zero is part of the display too
Closeup of the flight deck