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(Gizmodo)   Young idiots destroy the largest Lego helicopter ever, a giant 100,000-piece 11-foot-long beast   (lego.gizmodo.com) divider line 81
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2013-06-28 09:05:22 PM  
What is the Aussie word for "Chav?"  Sounds like some of those need a booting.
 
2013-06-28 09:07:10 PM  
Some kids need a good caning.
 
2013-06-28 09:13:34 PM  
My greatest wish is that one day each of those young fools creates something they're proud of and then has someone else needlessly destroy it
 
2013-06-28 09:37:48 PM  
"Ha, ha, we're bad-ass."

/morans
 
2013-06-28 09:41:00 PM  
...And not a dingo mauling in site.
 
2013-06-28 09:45:26 PM  
They didn't really "destroy" it as much as perform a "catastrophic disassembly." They're Legos.

He can rebuild it. He has the technology.
 
2013-06-28 10:11:34 PM  

remus: Some kids need a good caning.


Not good enough. Death by a thousand Lego foot pains
 
2013-06-28 10:22:32 PM  
Send them to New Zealand.
 
2013-06-29 12:04:11 AM  
While it does suck, this guy's job is to make LEGO sculptures. He'll build it again, or something better.

I just can't feel bad for him, and that comes 100% from the fact that I am unbelievably jealous of him.
 
2013-06-29 12:08:05 AM  
Can we shoot them?
 
2013-06-29 12:09:58 AM  
Ohh and yes, I would love for these kids to be sentenced to a cell where the entire floor made of oddly shaped LEGO pieces
 
2013-06-29 12:12:15 AM  
Built by Ryan McNaught over the course of six weeks, the pieces alone are valued at $25,000

From original news source: 100,000 pieces.
$.25 per piece... guessing he didn't just buy them by the bucket.
 
2013-06-29 12:47:09 AM  
If only there were pieces to repair it with. It would be quicker if they snapped together.

I have an idea to the Romerocopter!!!!!
 
2013-06-29 12:47:41 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Can we shoot them?


Australia.

We can boot them!
 
2013-06-29 12:48:55 AM  

legion_of_doo: NewportBarGuy: Can we shoot them?

Australia.

We can boot them!


Helicopter them blindfolded into the outback, and let them go walkabout from some random starting point.
 
2013-06-29 12:54:11 AM  

factoryconnection: What is the Aussie word for "Chav?"


"Aussie"
 
2013-06-29 01:01:40 AM  

WhippingBoy: factoryconnection: What is the Aussie word for "Chav?"

"Aussie"


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2013-06-29 01:01:49 AM  
Okay, I'm curious... how do you build a long, thin structure like those helicopter blades? I always figured the reason you never saw someone build a  Star Trek Enterprise was that you'd need a solid keel which violates the theme of Lego building.
 
2013-06-29 01:04:29 AM  

wildcardjack: Okay, I'm curious... how do you build a long, thin structure like those helicopter blades? I always figured the reason you never saw someone build a  Star Trek Enterprise was that you'd need a solid keel which violates the theme of Lego building.


He says on his website he uses internal steel structures to support it.

/They said it violated the spirit of LEGO, but not the actual rules
 
2013-06-29 01:09:09 AM  

legion_of_doo: NewportBarGuy: Can we shoot them?

Australia.

We can boot them!


I see you've played shooty booty before
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2013-06-29 01:09:32 AM  

scottydoesntknow: wildcardjack: Okay, I'm curious... how do you build a long, thin structure like those helicopter blades? I always figured the reason you never saw someone build a  Star Trek Enterprise was that you'd need a solid keel which violates the theme of Lego building.

He says on his website he uses internal steel structures to support it.

/They said it violated the spirit of LEGO, but not the actual rules


That's kinda lame.

It is like those cake builders who build a cake that looks like something awesome, but it turns out half of it is cardboard and not really a cake.
 
2013-06-29 01:09:34 AM  

tallguywithglasseson: Built by Ryan McNaught over the course of six weeks, the pieces alone are valued at $25,000

From original news source: 100,000 pieces.
$.25 per piece... guessing he didn't just buy them by the bucket.


Not even close to 25 cents per. The average joe can get them for 3 to 5 cents per via Bricklink. He orders directly from LEGO at wholesale price. If I was guessing, I'd say maybe 2 grand.
 
2013-06-29 01:12:12 AM  
Isn't that what LEGO is for?
 
2013-06-29 01:17:25 AM  

MBK: That's kinda lame.

It is like those cake builders who build a cake that looks like something awesome, but it turns out half of it is cardboard and not really a cake.


Most large Lego structures that have long sections that hang away from the central mass use this, or a similar technique. Certain objects would just not be possible otherwise

/Like that X-Wing from a while back, IIRC, it had something similar to rebar in the core of the wing segments
 
2013-06-29 01:17:25 AM  

scottydoesntknow: While it does suck, this guy's job is to make LEGO sculptures. He'll build it again, or something better.

I just can't feel bad for him, and that comes 100% from the fact that I am unbelievably jealous of him.


This. Unless they shoved the whole chopper up his ass, which is its own kind of funny, I feel nothing but jealousy.

Also, I'm sure he's insured. Even if he isn't, how may pieces actually broke? All the other legos are still good to go.
 
2013-06-29 01:20:10 AM  

doglover: Also, I'm sure he's insured. Even if he isn't, how may pieces actually broke? All the other legos are still good to go.


It's possible that this is a commissioned piece, and I bet whoever paid that commission is pissed.

/Someone had to pay for all the hours used to plan and put this thing together
 
2013-06-29 01:23:38 AM  

the_sidewinder: doglover: Also, I'm sure he's insured. Even if he isn't, how may pieces actually broke? All the other legos are still good to go.

It's possible that this is a commissioned piece, and I bet whoever paid that commission is pissed.

/Someone had to pay for all the hours used to plan and put this thing together


Yea his site said it depends on the size and # of LEGO pieces. He said 1 meter in length can run in the thousands, so I'm assuming this bad boy was very, very expensive. And I'm sure he already cashed the check for it.
 
2013-06-29 01:32:36 AM  
Man...I can spend hours just sifting through my pile of legos to find the right piece in the right color.  I can't imagine how long it takes him to find the right !$%!ing orange one.
 
2013-06-29 01:43:08 AM  

scottydoesntknow: wildcardjack: Okay, I'm curious... how do you build a long, thin structure like those helicopter blades? I always figured the reason you never saw someone build a  Star Trek Enterprise was that you'd need a solid keel which violates the theme of Lego building.

He says on his website he uses internal steel structures to support it.

/They said it violated the spirit of LEGO, but not the actual rules


There are rules to building things out of Legos?

Also, to wildcardjack, there is at least one Enterprise built out of Legos, based on my 30 seconds of searching...
 
2013-06-29 01:52:21 AM  
I figured they'd use some sort of glue when making these giant constructions, especially in a place like a mall. Surely it's worth more than the sum of its parts and he can just buy more pieces?
 
2013-06-29 01:53:44 AM  
Next time maybe put it under plexiglass. Just a thought.
 
2013-06-29 02:00:24 AM  

StopLurkListen: scottydoesntknow: wildcardjack: Okay, I'm curious... how do you build a long, thin structure like those helicopter blades? I always figured the reason you never saw someone build a  Star Trek Enterprise was that you'd need a solid keel which violates the theme of Lego building.

He says on his website he uses internal steel structures to support it.

/They said it violated the spirit of LEGO, but not the actual rules

There are rules to building things out of Legos?

Also, to wildcardjack, there is at least one Enterprise built out of Legos, based on my 30 seconds of searching...


From a GIS theres quite a few but theyre mostly small or not really to scale with the saucer section consisting mostly of plates.

I have this set.

scarcetoys.com.au

Its BARELY able to support the wings and those are mostly lightweight plates. Lego doesnt do spindly well at larger scales.
 
2013-06-29 02:27:27 AM  
Hey Subby, How about an alternate title for ya....

Old Idiots put giant Lego model in a mall without 2 heavily armed guards.
Or
Lego builders waste 6 weeks of their lives building a model to then put it unprotected in a mall.
Or
Shoppers at a mall sue for pain and suffering as they step on Lego pieces from ruined object de art.
 
2013-06-29 02:29:11 AM  
i1045.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-29 02:42:24 AM  
Ah - its an article by Jesus Diaz.  I will just assume then he was the idiot who destroyed the lego helicopter.

/incompetent hack
 
2013-06-29 02:45:42 AM  
What "spreading most of its pieces over the mall's floor" might look like:
www.cairns.com.au
 
2013-06-29 03:01:19 AM  
If you where going to go to the effort of building a steel reinforcement structure. And you knew it was going to be displayed and not in a case of any type. Wouldn't you GLUE all the legos together?
 
2013-06-29 03:33:33 AM  

kombi: If you where going to go to the effort of building a steel reinforcement structure. And you knew it was going to be displayed and not in a case of any type. Wouldn't you GLUE all the legos together?


That's labor intensive and you'd have to take time and effort to make sure the glue doesn't show, etc. Plus then the legos are locked into that sculpture and can't be used again for others.

Just the legos alone they were saying in TFA cost like $20k+
 
2013-06-29 03:39:39 AM  

the_sidewinder: doglover: Also, I'm sure he's insured. Even if he isn't, how may pieces actually broke? All the other legos are still good to go.

It's possible that this is a commissioned piece, and I bet whoever paid that commission is pissed.

/Someone had to pay paid money for all the hours used to plan and put this thing together


Art has a shelf life. That shelf life can be brief or multiple lifetimes. But, eventually, every work is unmade.

If you're willing to pay for art, you rolling the dice.
 
2013-06-29 03:43:34 AM  

Lady Indica: kombi: If you where going to go to the effort of building a steel reinforcement structure. And you knew it was going to be displayed and not in a case of any type. Wouldn't you GLUE all the legos together?

That's labor intensive and you'd have to take time and effort to make sure the glue doesn't show, etc. Plus then the legos are locked into that sculpture and can't be used again for others.

Just the legos alone they were saying in TFA cost like $20k+


Ya but if you where paying 20k+ for the legos. Im sorry a drop of super glue on each piece would have been a good idea. And now they will have to pay more just to rebuild it. If I was a company and spent all that money I would want it rebuilt. I might say its the builders fault for not gluing it together and not pay him or atleast very little to have it rebuilt.
 
2013-06-29 03:44:45 AM  
Oh and recoup the cost from the little bastards that broke it.
 
2013-06-29 03:45:09 AM  

Hebalo: Not even close to 25 cents per. The average joe can get them for 3 to 5 cents per via Bricklink. He orders directly from LEGO at wholesale price. If I was guessing, I'd say maybe 2 grand.


Hey man, I'm just doing division over here.

Original TFA says the whole thing is worth $25,000 (Gizmodo added "for just the pieces"). As noted above, the completed helicopter required additional supports... still not sure how he got to $25,000, unless he's counting his own time.
Not sure what the rate for a "Lego certified professional" is.

//if I'd known "Lego certified professional" was a thing when I was a kid, pretty sure I'd have wanted to be one
//also, that's Australian dollars
//so more like $23,000
 
2013-06-29 04:15:29 AM  
 
2013-06-29 04:27:28 AM  

factoryconnection: What is the Aussie word for "Chav?"  Sounds like some of those need a booting.


"Bogan" is the common one. Means something slightly different, but fairly close.

Also, I'm happy to just call them little farking carnts. That works, too.
 
2013-06-29 04:32:10 AM  

Veritas: factoryconnection: What is the Aussie word for "Chav?"  Sounds like some of those need a booting.

"Bogan" is the common one. Means something slightly different, but fairly close.

Also, I'm happy to just call them little farking carnts. That works, too.


Was this the chav in question?


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-06-29 04:32:11 AM  

doglover: scottydoesntknow: While it does suck, this guy's job is to make LEGO sculptures. He'll build it again, or something better.

I just can't feel bad for him, and that comes 100% from the fact that I am unbelievably jealous of him.

This. Unless they shoved the whole chopper up his ass, which is its own kind of funny, I feel nothing but jealousy.

Also, I'm sure he's insured. Even if he isn't, how may pieces actually broke? All the other legos are still good to go.


Yeah, all his hard work and effort don't mean shiat in today's world. Obviously, this guy is just a whiner, right?

My stepsons may be the most unmotivated, directionless kids in the country, but at let they've learned the concept of respecting people's work, something lacking on fark lately.
 
2013-06-29 04:48:54 AM  

Mikey1969: Yeah, all his hard work and effort don't mean shiat in today's world. Obviously, this guy is just a whiner, right?


You don't have to disrespect someone's work to accept the impermanence of nature.

www.emory.edu

Behold the Buddhist sand mandala. Painstakingly crafted by hand from colored grains of sand by monks working round the clock at certain festivals. How long do you reckon one of them lasts? If you said less than a week you'd be right. After its completion a small ceremony is held and then the whole thing is swept into a spitoon shaped jar and dumped in a river at a much larger and more important ceremony.

It's cool that the guy plays with legos for a living. But the tone of the article is that these kids did some crazy horrible thing and should be shot. Actually, this whole thing should be laughed off by the artist because HE PLAYS WITH LEGOS FOR A LIVING. That man should never have a frown.
 
2013-06-29 05:07:18 AM  

doglover: Mikey1969: Yeah, all his hard work and effort don't mean shiat in today's world. Obviously, this guy is just a whiner, right?

You don't have to disrespect someone's work to accept the impermanence of nature.

[www.emory.edu image 600x450]

Behold the Buddhist sand mandala. Painstakingly crafted by hand from colored grains of sand by monks working round the clock at certain festivals. How long do you reckon one of them lasts? If you said less than a week you'd be right. After its completion a small ceremony is held and then the whole thing is swept into a spitoon shaped jar and dumped in a river at a much larger and more important ceremony.

It's cool that the guy plays with legos for a living. But the tone of the article is that these kids did some crazy horrible thing and should be shot. Actually, this whole thing should be laughed off by the artist because HE PLAYS WITH LEGOS FOR A LIVING. That man should never have a frown.


The impermanence of the mandala is part of its sacred function. It isn't supposed to last more than a few days.

The lego helicopter, however, was not made to be impermanent. It was expected to last and function for some time, not be destroyed.

Big difference.
 
2013-06-29 05:08:30 AM  

doglover: Mikey1969: Yeah, all his hard work and effort don't mean shiat in today's world. Obviously, this guy is just a whiner, right?

You don't have to disrespect someone's work to accept the impermanence of nature.



Behold the Buddhist sand mandala. Painstakingly crafted by hand from colored grains of sand by monks working round the clock at certain festivals. How long do you reckon one of them lasts? If you said less than a week you'd be right. After its completion a small ceremony is held and then the whole thing is swept into a spitoon shaped jar and dumped in a river at a much larger and more important ceremony.

It's cool that the guy plays with legos for a living. But the tone of the article is that these kids did some crazy horrible thing and should be shot. Actually, this whole thing should be laughed off by the artist because HE PLAYS WITH LEGOS FOR A LIVING. That man should never have a frown.


This is destroyed on purpose. When you take time and create something, anything, the least that people who had no hand in creating it can do is show some farking respect.

He "plays with Legos for a living", it doesn't mean that he didn't commit a lot of his time and himself into this project, just like these monks put a lot of time into their mandala. Your appraisal about the "worth" of his time doesn't mean shirt. He doesn't do this for your approval, and he has a definite talent.

These little shiatheads need to take Common Courtesy 101. Regardless of the perceived value of someone's creation, undoing that 6 weeks of labor is nothing but shiatheads class behavior.

If not had been the world's largest macaroni necklace, my kids would be in deep shiat, and they'd spend the whole summer, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week on restitution, whether it's scooping up his dog's poop or actually helping to reassemble the 'copter. Maybe a summer working full-time with no pay would teach them the value of respect.
 
2013-06-29 05:58:34 AM  
This is strangely fitting, happening on the 99th anniversary of the assassination of their Arch-Duke. Methinks these "rascals" are just the start of a much larger and malicious plot leading up to the centenary celebration. The following year will be full of these, each larger and more egregious than the last, and you just KNOW what their final target will be:

www.top40db.net
 
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