From June 2nd, 2018 an exhibition will take place in the Nationaal Dutch Towage Museum in Maassluis, showing tugboat models that are built with LEGO® or similar building blocks. Where boat model builders traditionally worked with wood and glue, we now see a growing interest in building models with plastic building blocks like LEGO®. Copying all sorts of objects with plastic building blocks is becoming more and more popular, and these days already so common, that you can see the forming of social model building clubs (so called AFOL’s (Adult Fans of LEGO). And for a growing number of shipping companies it is common use to have models of their own ships being designed in LEGO® by professionals, and show these models in their offices.
Enough reason for our Towage Museum to organize an exhibition, that will last from June 2nd till September 23rd 2018, that will be entirely devoted to tugboat models built with LEGO® or similar building blocks.
We are also happy to inform you, that anyone has the opportunity to participate in this exhibition by building your own tugboat! How? The National Dutch Towage Museum namely will organize a LEGO® contest! Young and adult LEGO builders can send a photograph to our museum of their self-built ship. Who will design the most beautiful selfmade model of a tugboat, supply vessel or salvage ship?
The contest consists of 3 competitor categories: up to 11 years old, from 12 till 17 years and 18 years and older. Models of existing ships as well as fantasy models are allowed. But, originality will be rewarded. The winning models will be shown at the exhibition. There are also prices connected to the most beautiful models. The received photographs will be judged by a jury, that will determine the winning models.
If you are interested, we mention that the measures of the models should not exceed the maximum length of 55 cm and 20 cm wide. The pictures must be at least approx. 2500 x 1600 pixels and 1 MB, and must be saved in a current photo file type, such as JPEG.
This exhibition and contest will be organised independent of Lego Nederland B.V.
Rules of the LEGO® tugboat model building contest
In connection with an exhibition of LEGO® built ship models during the period June 2nd till September 23rd 2018, the National Dutch Towage Museum in Maassluis organises a contest of shipmodels, that are constructed using LEGO® building blocks or other similar building blocks.
The Prize-giving event will take place during the opening ceremony of the exhibition on Saturday, June 2nd 2018.
The winners of the competition will be invited to be present at this opening ceremony.
All of the competitors and their families will be invited to visit the exhibition for free on Sunday, June 3rd 2018.
The most beautiful models or their photographs will be shown at the exhibition. Every sent-in picture of a self-built model will figure in the virtual exhibition on the website of the National Dutch Towage Museum.
The pictures should measure a minimal resolution of approx. 2500 x 1600 pixels and a file size of about 1MB, and saved in a current photo file type. The registration form can be downloaded from the website of the National Dutch Towage Museum. The closing date to send in the photos and forms is May 17th, 2018.
Requirements of the model.
Only physical built models can compete, a mere digital design for instance does not suffice.
Per person only 1 model is allowed to be registered for the contest. As ship types are admitted models of tugboats, salvage ships and supply ships. The maximum size of the model is 55 cm. long and 20 cm. wide. As building material LEGO®- or similar building blocks must be used. It is not obligatory that the model is a copy of an existing vessel.
Determine the winners.
As leading judgement criteria will be applied the originality and the details of the models.
The jury team consists of representatives of the National Dutch Towage Museum and mr. Edwin Korstanje and Arjan Oude Kotte, who are well known builders of nautical LEGO models.
In the judgements 3 age categories will be taken in consideration: Up to 11 years old, from 12 till 17 years and 18 years and older (as is at the time of sending in the registration form and picture).
The jury procedure is as follows: From the received collection of photographs a preselection of 6 models per age category will be made by the jury. All chosen models will in any case be shown in the exhibition. Out of this group of 18 preselected models three winners per age category will be chosen. The builders of these 9 winning models will be invited to attend the prize-giving ceremony, that will take place during the opening session of the exhibition on Saturday, June 2nd 2018.
Apart from the 18 preselected models, one or more models of the not selected photographs can be assigned a stand in the exhibition. In these cases the builder will be contacted by the Museum.
Miscellaneous rules and conditions
Participants of the contest must give their consent to hand over their models in free loan to the Musem and allow the Museum to show them in the Museum during the period of the exhibition, and to deliver their models themselves at the address of the museum in Maassluis, in case their model will be chosen to be presented in the exhibition.
The participants of the contest allow the Museum also to use their sent-in photographs of the models for PR purposes by the Museum.
During the exhibition (June 2nd till September 23rd 2018) the models are insured by the museum.
The National Dutch Towage Museum reserves to itself the right to end, extend or change the contest and its rules at any moment and to her own judgement.
The contest is an independent initiative of the National Dutch Towage Museum and has no relationship whatsoever with LEGO®.
Using the link below you can download the Registration form for the LEGO building contest: