Rolls-Royce has unveiled a half-size replica of its successful Trent 1000 jet engine…constructed entirely from Lego.
The model, made up of 152,000 of the colourful toy bricks, was unveiled at the Farnborough International Airshow this week and features spinning turbines and weighs in at a jumbo 5800 kilograms.
Constructed by specialist company Brightbricks, the design was overseen by a team of Rolls-Royce apprentices in order to ensure the final version was as accurate as possible.
The real Trent 1000 is currently in use on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a passenger jet aircraft which is at the very cutting edge of aviation technology.
It is hoped that the model will help to encourage youngsters to consider a career in aviation science and engineering.
Paul Stein, Rolls-Royce’s chief scientific officer said: “What we do is exciting and we hope that this representation of our technology will help to enthuse and inspire the potential scientists and engineers of the future about the career opportunities they could pursue.”