RPI Troy Building
I have created a number of replicas of real buildings. I built the Troy Building from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute when I was first trying to add a significant contribution to my club’s displays. I chose buildings because I wasn’t that interested in building model trains. I made the Troy Building (20”x10” x 12” tall, 2600 pieces) because I had been involved in a number of Universities by that time and besides, the MICHLUG display didn’t have a University, so I thought I could carve out a niche for myself.
Over time, my University became Bricksburg Technological University (BTU - it’s an engineering pun). It has a quad where minifigures engage in various hijinks. There is a marching band that practices there. It also has two other buildings, Tech Tower from Georgia Institute of Technology and Burton Tower which is a bell tower, or a carillion, from the University of Michigan. I built all of these models digitally first, using a fan made CAD software suite called LDraw. This was so I could build even with a one year old crawling around my house and I didn’t have to worry about her choking! (The LEGO I build with is clearly marked NOT for children under 3!)