Fans can find out how LEGO Creator Expert 10269 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy was designed at the LEGO Group’s headquarters in Billund thanks to a new behind-the-scenes video. Three LEGO experts appear in the video – Design Master Mike Psiaki, Senior Designer Carl Merriam and Element Designer Mani Zamani – illustrating the collaborative nature of model design.
“You’ll see the engine block is made of 20 different elements. So every time two of those elements come together you have a little bit of difference in tolerances, you have these edges where things can catch, so we needed a piston head that would slide smoothly even with all of these imperfections in the bricks,” Mike explains.
“So I spent about a day just wandering around, we have this huge section of the building that is just an element warehouse or library, we have all of the different bricks just in these bins, and I went through every shelf – and I am not even making this up – it was literally the last shelf. I found this spool piece that we normally use to attach string like in a LEGO City helicopter when you have a rope, and it just fit so perfectly in the model.”