Jim McDonough has combined his passions of World War Two battleships and Lego to build a 24-foot-long replica of the USS Missouri. Passionate boats, LEGO and naval stories, the Scottish fisherman Jim McDonough established the record for the largest boat built with small bricks to assemble. For 3 years, Jim McDonough was busying making this enormous building, an extremely well-detailed 1/35 scale replica of the iconic ship of World War II: the USS Missouri. This historic battleship fought in the Pacific War and during the Korean War, after which it was switched off.

More than three years were required to build this enormous model consists of 10,000 pieces, for an incredible result. 7.40 meters long, 1.31 meters wide, this replica will not even fit in the garage of his creator. Decorated with model airplanes and figurines sailor on deck, the replica of the USS Missouri is a museum piece very well detailed. This is not the first creation of Jim McDonough, but it is not in dispute the most imposing model that was never realized.


  • He said: 'I think the biggest in the world is a few inches longer, but when I started building mine three years ago it was probably the biggest.
  • 'I don't use glue and everything can be taken apart. If you go to Legoland it's all glued together, which to me is cheating because anyone can glue stuff together.'
  • When asked whether his next project, the carrier USS Saratoga, would be built larger in order to compete, he said that would not be in keeping with the scale of his other vessels.
  • The original warship was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan, which ended the Second World War.
  • His partner Mandy, 51, said the family have supported his passion, even when sections of the Missouri took over the kitchen in winter. 
  • Mr McDonough broke down his first models in order to save space and use bricks on later projects.
  • But he is running out of garage room since the family begged him to keep them.
  • 'When Lego was invented I was about four or five and have kept buying it since then,' he said.
  • 'But we're running out of space and need a bigger house and bigger garage to house it all.
  • 'The last thing you want to do is build that, take a picture and break them down again.' 
  • Mr McDonough works on an Arbroath-based dredger and spends much of his cabin time drawing the world he sees around him. 
  • Largely self-taught, the fisherman has spent years drawing subjects on request from friends and neighbours.
  • 'I've got too many hobbies and not enough time to do them all,' he said.
  • Impressed by the size and detail of the recreation - each is built from plans sourced online - the USS Missouri memorial museum in Hawaii has highlighted his model.
  • Mr Siskind told American TV show Beyond the Brick that he had been working ‘30-hour marathon’ sessions to build his version of the USS Missouri.
  • He said: 'As far as i know, it's the longest ship of any kind built out of Lego in the world. I could be wrong, someone correct me if I am.
  • ‘It's built in ten different sections, 30 inches long each. It’s built to travel - this is a museum piece.’





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