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History: The legendary Peruvian citadel of Machu Picchu is the most familiar icon of the Inca civilization. Located in the Sacred Valley, which is 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Cuzco, it was constructed around 1450 at the height of the Inca empire. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu served as an estate for the Inca Emperor Pachacutec (1438-1472) and was abandoned just over 100 years later in 1572 because of the Spanish Conquest. Machu Picchu was rediscovered in 1911 by American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham. In 1983, UNESCO designated Machu Picchu as a World Heritage Site. Model Features: This microscale model of Machu Picchu showcases several key architecture features of the iconic building: Model Info: The model has 511 pieces and measures 20.8 x 19.2 x 11.5 centimeters, (8.2 x 7.6 x 4.5 inches). Instructions and part list for the model are available for download here. Motivation: As a fan of the LEGO Architecture series, I was surprised there were no official sets from South America. UNESCO described Machu Picchu as “an absolute masterpiece of architecture and a unique testimony to the Inca civilization”, making Machu Picchu the perfect landmark to build, learn, and explore. Without a doubt, the perfect candidate for a great LEGO set! I have been lucky enough to visit Machu Picchu on several occasions and my goal was to capture the beauty and splendor of this Wonder of the World. I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of this famous landmark. You can learn more about this creation on my LEGO Ideas site. Thank you for your comments and support!
Built by Douglas Aircraft Company in 1938, this airplane was built for Pan American-Grace Airways. (also known as Panagra) It was used there until 1967, where upon it was sold while Panagra was being merged with Braniff International Airways. The plane was eventually donated to the Imperial Rail Museum, which was then renamed the Imperial Transportation Museum. In reality, this is a heavily modified version of set #7628, Peril in Peru. I have removed all the sticker-windows and replaced them with brick built portholes, at the expense of removing almost all mini figure seating. (Except for the one cockpit seat, of course!) The history I wrote for this plane is based in fact. Panagra did exist, and was merged with Braniff International Airways in 1967. Panagra also used DC-3's and their successor craft until the jet age caught up with the company in the mid 1960's. link to Panagra wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panagra The Imperial Transportation Museum is semi-fictional, as it is based on the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri. That St. Louis institution even has a US military version of a DC-3 (called a C-47 Skytrain) on display near the old front gate. Original LEGO.com view of limited edition set #7628, Peril in Peru, of which I own a copy. (picture from Bricklink) The set uses Panagra colors and name, so I did the same with my MOD. LDD file available here: http://www.mocpages....1395072863m.lxf Comments, Questions, & complaints welcome! (if this needs to be moved, I'm sorry in advance!)
Hi everyone !!! This is my first post My name is Raúl, I'm from Lima - Perú (South America, Machu Pichu hehehe) I'm a Lego HARDCORE fan. In Perú, Lego is VERY expensive (twice as expensive as Europe) and very limited support, but with tons of effort we can build some dioramas hehehe This is my second diorama. It's an expo in Lima (october 26th), and was a little expo but very significative. Album in flickr: Take care See you soon El Pirotecnico PD: Sorry for my bad english