This Guy Loves Legos Just A Bit Too Much… Pretty Cool Though

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A Lego-mad fisherman spent three years building the world’s biggest model of a US warship.

Mr McDonough works on an Arbroath-based dredger and spends much of his cabin time drawing the world he sees around him. Largely self-taught, the fisherman has spent years drawing subjects on request from friends and neighbors.


Jim McDonough painstakingly built a 24ft scale model of the 890ft USS Missouri with thousands of toy bricks in Redford, near Arbroath in Angus, Scotland. When he embarked on the model in his garage three years ago, his research told him it was going to be the biggest ship in the world built out of Legos.

Mr. McDonough has even built accompanying military transports for the ships. The 51-year-old, has a garage crammed with a flotilla of battleships, aircraft carriers, planes, fishing vessels and landing craft – each one painstakingly built from Legos.


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He prides himself on not gluing the Legos together – which he regards as ‘cheating’.

‘I don’t use glue and everything can be taken apart. If you go to Legoland it’s all glued together, which to me is cheating because anyone can glue stuff together.’


His 1:40 scale model of the USS Missouri is moored beside the USS Arizona, sunk at Pearl Harbour, and a Japanese carrier with lines of Zero fighters.

Missouri was ordered in 1940 and commissioned in June 1944. She fought in World War II, the Korean War, in Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and was finally decommissioned on 31 March 1992.  She is now stationed at the Pearl Harbour museum in Hawaii.


As I said earlier, Mr. McDonough spent three years building what he thought was the world’s biggest model of a US warship built with Legos – only to discover he had been beaten to the title by an American rival by inches. Minneapolis-based enthusiast Dan Siskind, built a USS Missouri whose creation was 25.5ft long.


Mr Siskind used more than one million Legos to recreate the 1:35 scale of the USS Missouri.

What did Mr. McDonough have to say about it?

He said: ‘I think the biggest in the world is a few inches longer, but when I started building mine three years ago it was probably the biggest.

Sometimes, in life as in football, the game is won in inches. I think Al Pacino said it best in the movie,”Any Given Sunday”:

“I don’t know what to say….You find out that life’s this game of inches…sometimes we fight for that inch…”

“Now! What are you gonna do about it…..?”

What is Jim McDonough going to do about it? He’s going to build his next project, ….the carrier USS Saratoga.

Let’s hope he can fit it in his garage, because I’m with Jim, who said:

the last thing you want to do is build that, take a picture and break them down again.”

Amen, Jim! Amen!



Written by Nancy Hayes

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