Built from bricks: the Bombs Raid in Lego form

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All the way from Australia comes news of the work of a group of amateur Lego enthusiasts, Nathan Leech, Leigh McGowen, Robb McGowen and Mark Parker. With time on their hands, they took on the challenge of recreating the 1943 raid on the Möhne Dam through the medium of Lego with sensational results, as you can see above.

The picture below, showing an Upkeep “bouncing bomb” travelling across the surface of the lake, shows the level of detail the builders have achieved.

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Approximately 30,000 bricks went into its construction, with over 400 hours work in design and build. The wall is made up of eight sections, each on a 32×32 baseplate. The aircraft are 1:37th scale, and two are depicted.

“Due to the constraints of Lego,” says Nathan, “we could not build a wall with the proper curvature. Also as part of the homage, the planes do not carry the insignia of a specific aircraft.”

Minor quibbles to my mind. Congratulations on a terrific achievement.

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6 thoughts on “Built from bricks: the Bombs Raid in Lego form

  1. Barry Nesbitt November 1, 2021 / 1:11 am



  2. Andrew Standen November 1, 2021 / 5:58 am

    That looks amazing – a great achievement!

  3. Caroline Howell November 1, 2021 / 7:39 am

    Lego has come on a long way from when I played with it as a kid. One could never have even contemplated a model like this.
    If you enjoy building stuff out of Lego, and wish to commemorate the brave men of 617, then you couldn’t do much better than make this depiction of The Dams Raid. I’m sure the crews would be suitably impressed by the time and effort expended, and by the end result.

    What’s next for the group? Sinking the Tirpitz?

  4. JAN November 1, 2021 / 1:41 pm

    Wow – absolutely mindblowing. Well done to everyone

  5. David King November 1, 2021 / 7:13 pm

    Excellent achievement. It is quite clear that a lot of time and patience was needed to accomplish this. I have visited the Dams in the Rhur region. A great feat of flying was displayed on the Ader dam. By a great hero of mine Les Knight of AJ N. Seeing this display constructed by our Australian cousin’s just reminded me of Les. Very well done boys. Dave King. A fellow Australian a true gentleman.

  6. Joseph Harold Pilkington November 20, 2021 / 12:31 pm

    Absolutely fantastic ,a credit to all concerned.
    Even after all these years the dams raid lives on.I

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