I know it's hard to tell from the picture, but the full model is actually over 7-feet long (for comparison, my penis is only two-and-a-half). That's a big ship. The 135-pound replica was built by LEGOmaniac Adrian Drake over 475-hours spanning 21-months and using nearly 70,000 bricks. The interior has a bridge, crew accommodations, a dining room, and cargo bay. But that's not all!
The ship doesn't just look great on the outside; it also contains all of the compartments from the set except the engine room, which proved impossible to build while maintaining structural integrity of the ship. The cargo bay and drive light up, both engines rotate, the wings swing out, and Inara's shuttle detaches. It's an incredible feat of Lego engineering.
Good lord, an incredible feat of LEGO engineering is right! We should have gotten this guy involved in the Mars rover program. That thing would already have a Martian base set up and be preparing dinner waiting for the first astronauts to arrive. What do you say, brobro -- build me a time machine?
Hit the jump for some closeups, but be sure to check out Adrian's Flickr for the full, high-res gallery.
Thanks to Ken, Quaddmgtech and Ashley, who aren't allowed to play with LEGO blocks anymore because they won't stop swallowing them. You too?