Last weekend we kicked off show season with an appearance at Manchester’s Bricktastic event. This year’s show was undoubtedly the best, featuring lots of awesome displays from some of the World’s best builders, and we mean the world, because there were displays from Portugal, Norway, Croatia, Poland, Germany, Ireland and Australia... apologies if we've missed anyone out! Some of the highlights included an amazing model of Westminster Palace by Jamie Douglas and the usual top rate LEGO beasts from the pros at Bright Bricks.
In attendance for Brick to the Past were Dan Harris, James Pegrum and Simon Pickard who unveiled their sections of this years’ Big Build – The Jacobite Risings: The Fight for Britain’s Throne. Their sections represent about 80% of the final model, to be fully unveiled later in the year, and contains some of its most iconic features, including a one metre high mountain, a highland township, LEGO Corgarff Castle and a sweeping battle between Jacobite and government forces.
Manchester was a great place to unveil the model since in November 1745 the Jacobite army of Charles Edward Stuart, romantically known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, captured the city without a fight. Our Jacobite invasion also took place without a fight and was fortunately a lot better received than the real one.
As usual the team had a great time and were delighted with the response to the model. Dan Harris said that:
“...in the build up to the show I was really worried that the Jacobite Risings would be mostly unknown in England, but it turns out I needn't have worried too much, because people easily recognised the various flags we had on display and the distinctive dress of the Jacobite minifigures". He added that “I don't think there's been a better time to do the Jacobites, especially with the TV show Outlander being so popular. We have thrown in a few Easter Eggs for fans of the show”.
Needless to say, we look forward to returning next year.
The model will be next on display at Swindon’s Great Western Brick Show in October, when it will be added to with some superb contributions from Colin Parry, Tim Goddard and Steve Snasdell. In the meantime, you can catch us with other models in a number of shows across the UK – follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up-to-date.
We'll be posting more photos from the event just as soon as we've finished editing them!
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