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Friday, April 15, 2011

Internal frame of the USS Intrepid in Lego form. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The USS Intrepid is getting a make-over one block at a time. Lego artist Ed Diment is constructing a 22-foot, 550-lbs. Lego model of the USS Intrepid at the museum, just feet away from the actual aircraft carrier.

It is set to be completed Saturday, and will be on display through the fall at the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The British-born Diment has never built any other New York landmarks.

He received his first Duplo set at age three, and said he has been hooked ever since. At 6, he made a replica of Toronto's CN Tower. Many of the Legos used in the Intrepid are from Diment's childhood; some of the fading white pieces are from the 1970s.

The USS Intrepid in Lego form.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

The USS Intrepid in Lego form.

Canons on the USS Intrepid Lego model.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

Canons on the USS Intrepid Lego model.

The USS Intrepid in Lego form.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

The USS Intrepid in Lego form.

Ed Diment working on the USS Intrepid in Lego form.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

Ed Diment working on the USS Intrepid in Lego form.

The USS Intrepid in Lego form.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

The USS Intrepid in Lego form.

Internal frame of the USS Intrepid in Lego form.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

Internal frame of the USS Intrepid in Lego form.

Lego people, who will be placed on the Lego USS Intrepid.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

Lego people, who will be placed on the Lego USS Intrepid.

Kids from the Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter school invited to help work on the USS Intrepid Lego model.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

Kids from the Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter school invited to help work on the USS Intrepid Lego model.

The USS Intrepid Lego model.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

The USS Intrepid Lego model.

The USS Intrepid in Lego form.
Stephen Nessen/WNYC

The USS Intrepid in Lego form.

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