Making Milford Sound miniature

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This topographically accurate map of Milford Sound is constructed entirely out of lego. PHOTO: MATTHEW BENNETT

COMPLETE with iconic peaks and fiords, a South Island Lego builder has created a to-scale map of Milford Sound.

It took Canterbury man Matthew Bennett 13 months to plan, design and build the topographically accurate creation.

He called it “quite a systematic process” building the modular scene.

It weighed 100kg, was built to a scale of 1:6250 and was completed on Sunday in Nelson at the Top of the South Brick Show.

His first map was of Port Hills and Lyttelton Harbour, a test to see if it would work.

“It was pretty much just two colours; dark tan for the land and blue for the water.”

The next was his first version of Mt Cook.

However, as he had limited bricks, he only had enough for two maps to be complete at one time.

“I had to dismantle to start the next one. So, I decided to do Mitre Peak and Milford Sound.”

While the location itself is internationally recognised, an earlier version of the Lego model was displayed in Denmark last year.

Mr Bennett said it was not the easiest task transporting it overseas.

It was easier at home, however, and he said he would like to display it in Invercargill.

Accuracy was a major element of his design; if you were to take a photo at the same angle, when looking at the 100,000-piece model, it would be “pretty much” identical, he said.

“I do see people pointing at different parts of the map, and I assume they must have been there.”

He said he had not visited Milford Sound, but planned on it in the future.

He also planned to write a programme which would assist in the planning stage of the maps.

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