Making the most of a model hobby

David Low, at back, with some admiring Navy officers and his Lego ship at a naval exhibition. 154764


LONG-time Lego enthusiast David Low is getting excited for Queenscliff Bricks this month.
The 50-year-old IT expert from Ocean Grove renewed his love for Lego 15 years ago with his then three-year-old son.
“As soon as he stopped eating everything I started building it with him,” David said.
David has created with the bricks for most of his life.
“I had Lego when I was young and I’ve still got many of my old sets,” he said.
His passion is creating scale models of military planes and ships, and masterpieces that go beyond the instructions on the box.
“I had some Star Wars kits and after building them I thought that I could do a better version,” he said.
But like most Adult Fans of Lego (AFOL), the bricks took a backseat to finding a job, alcohol and chasing the opposite sex during his teenage years.
“We all go through our ‘dark age’ where we put it to the side for life stuff,” he said.
David has exhibited in Queenscliff Bricks since it began in 2012.
He’s been involved in various regional exhibitions, but said it’s great to have one just 10 minutes down the road.
“It’s a good excuse to get it out of the box,” he said.
This year he’ll be exhibiting scale models of planes, many with working propellers and other moving parts.
One of his planes can taxi down a runway, which he said was usually a highlight for younger crowds.
The best thing about Lego – from Duplo to advanced robotics – David said, is it was only limited by your imagination.
“It’s great to show the kids you can go off and build anything you want,” he said.
Queenscliff Bricks runs from 9am to 4.30pm on 18 June and 9am to 3pm on 19 June, at Point Lonsdale Primary School.
Tickets available at adults $10, children aged five to 14 $6 and under fives free.
Queenscliff Rotary will put every dollar raised towards to local, national and international Rotary projects.