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posted by Scott Walker alias SWalker55 on Friday 27th of August 2021 09:23:24 PM

Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, is the home of Duke University basketball and one of the most iconic sports venues in the world. Legend has it that Duke head basketball coach Eddie Cameron sketched out the first designs for Cameron on a match book, but formal architectural plans were created by Julian Abele, one of the nation's first Black architects. After just nine months of construction at a cost of $400,000, the facility hosted its first game in 1940 (a Duke victory over Princeton). Orginally dubbed Duke Indoor Stadium, it was renamed to honor Duke's former head coach in 1972. Over its 80 plus year history the building has seen lots of changes, but it is probably most treasured for what hasn't changed from Cameron and Abele's original vision and design. My LEGO model aspires to depict Cameron as it looks today. I started desgining it in the fall of 2020 with the intention of eventually giving it as a gift to the Duke basketball program, which I did in August 2021 while attending the K Academy fantasy camp. The model consists of over 15,000 LEGO pieces. The only non-LEGO components are approximately 30 LED lights and accompanying wires. While the model is held together solely through LEGO connections, a handful of pieces prone to coming loose have been glued for ease of maintenance and transport. The model is 31" long, 20" wide and 15" high with the roof elevated. It is built at 1:160 scale, meaning one LEGO stud represents a little over four feet. It took approximately 300 hours to design and 100 hours to build, and it provided a huge learning opportunity for me as prior to this I hadn't built an original LEGO creation in 35 years. If you're wondering why someone decides to do something like this, I don't have a good answer other than I love a challenge and it lines up with a bunch of my interests: I am a graduate of Duke, I am a huge basketball fan, and ever since I was a kid I always wanted to build something special out of LEGO. If you're interested in learning more, I have assembled two Flickr albums covering this project: 1) This one, which starts with this picture and showcases different views of the finished model 2) A Making of LEGO Cameron album with more details on its design and construction

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