Thursday, January 29, 2009

On LEGO repairs and 1x5s

It's peaceful in the early morning at LEGOLAND California as I sit in the passenger seat of the Model Shop's golf cart. Master model builder Gary McIntire is looking at the feet of a firefighter LEGO model in Fun Town. A bolt has jimmied loose, popping up the black LEGO bricks from the right foot of the model.

"I don't have the right bricks," says Gary, as he tries to find a way to repair the foot.

"Do we have to go back to the shop?" I ask.

"Nope, this will just take a minute." Gary holds up a 2x10 black brick that he proceeds to saw in half.

"You made a 2x5 brick," I say," You're creating LEGO. It's like the 1x5 brick."

"Where did you hear about that?" asks Gary.

"Maybe Steve Witt. Why you know it?"

"I coined it, along with Dan Parker," says Gary.

He laughs, popping the bricks into place along with a bit of solvent. The repair noted, we putt away- the golf cart's whine echoing across the quiet of the park.

The photo is courtesy of Brickplayer.


Unknown said...

Wow that Gary he can and fix anything. Way to go Gary!!! said...

Ha! love those 1 x 5's! ;-)