Sunday, March 18, 2007

Millyard Project / Amoskeag Mills

Name of Model: Millyard Project (Amoskeag Mills)
Created by: NELUG , with the help of sponsors.
Found at:
NELUG (the New England LEGO Users Group), along with Manchester, New Hampshire, USA's SEE Science Center, LEGO, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), and CLD Consulting Engineers, built this enormous scale model of Manchester's Amoskeag Mills. There are many things to love in this model. Careful research was done to make this model as historically accurate to the late 1910's (when the Amoskeag mills were at their peak) as possible. With over 3 million LEGO bricks used, this is believed to be the largest minifig-scale LEGO model ever made. As you can see in some of the many pictures available, some of the individual buildings here are longer than most people are tall. As many details as possible were rendered in the 55:1 LEGO minifig scale. For more information, I recommend viewing the model at the links given above. There's a ton to take in - to be honest I haven't even found time to go through some of the photo galleries yet. By my count, there are 527 photos available!

This model is now a permanent exhibit at The SEE Science Center, an excellent museum in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. They also have a webpage about this model, as mentioned above.

On a personal note, I was very excited to see this model because I grew up near this area. I have been inside most of the mill buildings, some of which are not as well-kept now as they used to be, but some now hold a number of other businesses and such - including the SEE Science Center, which I loved visiting as a kid.

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