Road Bridge model is NOT child’s play!

Warren Elsmore with his Lego creation of Forth Road bridge
Warren Elsmore with his Lego creation of Forth Road bridge

A model of the Forth Road Bridge, using 10,000 bricks and standing almost nine feet tall, has gone on display at the National Museum of Scotland this week.

The LEGO model was commissioned by the Forth Estuary Transport Authority as part of celebrations to mark the 50th birthday of the famous bridge.

The intricately detailed and engineered structure reveals a cross section of the bridge’s deck and supporting steel truss, as well as one of its soaring towers.

Also featuring mini-figure maintenance workers and bridge staff, the model will be on view until September 15.

It was created by leading Edinburgh-based LEGO® artist, Warren Elsmore.

Warren has been building LEGO® models for six years, with previous high profile works including St Pancras Station, the Olympics stadium, Westminster Abbey and the Forth’s other famous crossing, the Forth Bridge.

However, this replica has proved to be one of his biggest challenges to date.

He said: “The Forth Road Bridge model has definitely been one of the most difficult, due to the complexity of the original structure.

“As well as the main tower and deck, the model also reproduces the Bridge’s under-deck steel truss, which is an extremely intricate piece of engineering and required hours of computer modelling to reproduce.

“However, after almost 150 hours of work, I am extremely pleased with how the final piece has turned out.”

Barry Colford, chief engineer and bridgemaster at the Forth Road Bridge, said: “As an engineer, I was fascinated by the proposal to build a replica of the Forth Road Bridge from LEGO®.

“The final model is superb, created with great attention to detail and a very accurate rendering of the bridge’s structure and dimensions.”