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You have to see this do-it-yourself Lego jeepney

The scale model’s attention to detail is simply mind-blowing

This Lego build is exceptionally realistic. PHOTO FROM BENJIE TENEDERO

We all know that almost anything is possible with Lego bricks—even a life-size (and self-propelling) Bugatti Chiron if you have the time and the resources to do it. Collectors and enthusiasts around the world have come up with incredible creations that go beyond the usual off-the-shelf offerings from the Danish toymaker. But this one right here is truly impressive.

Say hello to the Lego jeepney of Singapore-based Pinoy Benjie Tenedero, who says he conceptualized this in late 2018. He started the build in February 2019 and then finished it a year later two months ago.

Yes, even the hood is detachable. Do you see the Isuzu engine and the Merc logo? PHOTOS FROM BENJIE TENEDERO

“Being a Filipino, I wanted something to represent my country in the Lego community—something that is unique,” Tenedero tells us.

The 48-year-old mechanical engineer used “around 2,100 pieces” for this project. “I would say 40% of the parts were ordered, while the rest came from existing Lego sets and spare parts inventory,” he shares.

Check out the attention to detail:

This gets a perfect score for the details. PHOTOS FROM BENJIE TENEDERO

When he shared the finished product on social media, Tenedero received several inquiries from interested buyers. But he insists he is going to keep the original and will probably just build another one. So how much would he sell a piece just in case?

“I will definitely not price it below P10,000,” he replies.

Manong drayber likes his jeepney clean. PHOTOS FROM BENJIE TENEDERO

If you think that amount is too much, you have to know that this thing is equipped with a remote-controlled electric motor. Check out the video below.

With the community quarantine extended until May 15, maybe now is the time to revisit your Lego sets and create a unique scale model of your own. How about the MRT?

Lego jeepney in action



Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 24 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. The rest, as they say, is rock and roll. He writes the column ‘Spoiler’.



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