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This Lego jet engine works

Well, it has moving parts – but you wouldn't want to stick it on a passenger jet

Lego has outdone itself with its display at the Farnborough Airshow 2012 – it’s created a half-size model of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 jet engine out of Lego bricks, complete with moving parts.

The model, which uses a whopping 152,000 standard Lego bricks, weighs in at 307kg and is 2 metres long. The Lego construction team assembled the engine componenents separately before piecing the engine together, working from the CAD plans for the real Trent 1000.

Of course, as much effort as Lego’s put into building the model, the real thing is equally impressive. We’d still rather build a lightsaber with our Lego bricks, though – check out our 5 best Lego sets they need to make.

[photos by Gizmag]

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