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LIC Orlando Display
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August 2003
     
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Welcome to the "Johnny Thunder meets the
Raj at the Taj
" on-line web site!

On public display July 26th through September 5th at the LEGO® Imagination Center at the Downtown Disney® Marketplace, Orlando, Florida.


July 27, 2003 (K.K. Quah)

Well it's finally happened and I couldn't be happier! Been talking with the marketing folks at The LEGO® Imagination Center (LIC) Orlando and they agreed to allow the Greater Florida LEGO® Users Group and Train Club to have a display case in the store on a permanent basis to display members My Own Creations (MOCs) to be rotated out once a month.

First up is my new MOC, the Taj Mahal which fits the Orient Expedition series. And it is one of my Asian monuments.

The Taj Mahal was finished in the 1600s and was built by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal although when he died he was also buried in the Taj Mahal, hence the 2 tombs in the middle of the structure. A doorway was left uncompleted so that the tombs can be viewed. No doubt most of you will recognize the onion domes from the Scorpion Palace set which unfortunately is a 60% dome and not a 50% dome and I did not have the heart to take a Dremel to it. The whole project was a "study" in using color to highlight architecture as the real Taj Mahal is mostly a single color marble colored beige with time. Also, the people are not quite to scale as the Taj is about 1/4 minifig scale. However, the addition of Johnny Thunder, the Raj and his escort troops made the scene a little more human.

All in all it was a very good LEGO® day and we hope to have many years of wonderful MOCs at the LIC Orlando. Incidentally, the manager there told me they get about 12 million visitors per year.


For more on KK Quah Models visit his web site:

KK Quah's web site


For more on the real Taj Mahal visit these web site:

The Taj Mahal on PBS.org

The Taj Mahal on Great Buildings.com


   
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