Only your imagination limits what you can create out of LEGO blocks. Certified LEGO model builders Rene Hoffmeister and Pascal Lenhard let their imaginations go when they took on the challenge of creating a life size VW T2a “Bulli.” Built around a steel frame, the build required 400,000 bricks and took six weeks to create. Rene and Pascal used 3D programs to help plan out the build—but even the best laid plans can have hiccups. In the midst of the build, they discovered that they were 20,000 transparent bricks shy of being able to complete the van. They had to order the bricks, which ate into their already tight schedule. But with a few night shifts and some weekend work, they were able to complete the van in time for the f.r.e.e. travel and leisure fair in Munich.
The van has a lot of detail, including the Westfalia pop-up roof, and a particularly difficult to build door. Rene and Pascal created an electric range for the camper, and even stocked the fridge with bottles of condiments made out of LEGO blocks. The van’s interior is inspired by the 1960s, and the van even has working headlights and turn signals.
The camper van joins the ranks of other life-size vehicles created from LEGOs, like the 2018 Bugatti Chiron made from LEGO Technic that can actually be driven.