The LMFD Galactic Fire Station heading to the NASA launch site in Florida.
The Building a winner from “LEGO Masters” (Opens in a new tab) The Astronaut Season premiereAired on Wednesday (September 21) on FOX, LFMD was ranked as the best custom spaceship out of the 12 competing teams’ creations. Firefighters Stephen Joe and Stephen Casely built the vehicle, which will soon launch as a winning model in the show (Opens in a new tab) and NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor complex.
“I can’t believe this is actually happening,” Casely said in an interview with collectSPACE.com. “It’s a surreal feeling knowing it’s going to be shown to thousands of people to come see.”
Only 13 hours were given to create a spaceship that could dock with a larger ship LEGO Brick Space Station But also showing the judges something about their team, Cassley and Joo designed the LMFD – or LEGO Masters Fire Department – to resemble an iconic symbol associated with their profession.
“We decided to stick with a very iconic image of the Maltese cross, which is present on all firefighter uniforms around the world,” Joe said at the show.
Built primarily of red brick with yellow and clear portions as the protruding material, the LMFD required building techniques that were a first for Stevens.
“This connection has to be a technic,” Casely said, referring to the LEGO line of more advanced construction crews. “That’s the only way we’ll get the strength out.”
“This isn’t my cockpit, so I’m a little hesitant to use things like that,” Joe said as he and Cassley continued building.
As the hours counted down, host Will Arnett and Brickmasters (and LEGO staff) Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard welcomed some surprise guests to the team. Marking the T-5, the show was joined via video by NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn on board the real plane International Space Station (Marshburne was most recently aboard the tropical outpost from November 2021 through May this year.)
“We are excited to see what ideas the LEGO Masters experts are working on today,” said Marshbourne.
The contestants were too Visited by NASA astronaut Jessica Mir.
“She came with the stewards and Will at some point and had a look at what we were doing. Mostly she was watching, but she gave us some feedback at the time and we combined some of her thoughts on having people inside [the LMFD] And they have stories and so on,” Joo told CollectSPACE.
Those details became apparent when the team described their intention on the show.
“This cruciform-shaped Maltese spacecraft flies faster than any hook and ladder, putting out fires across the galaxy,” Joe said.
“In between calls, the onboard firefighters can have some fun by playing darts or bringing in our adorable donations,” Casely added.
Competing with other teams’ designs, including spaceships that resemble a doctor’s medical bag, an intergalactic garden, and a mango and dance club, LMFD has been selected for its creativity and building strength.
“You put together a huge model,” said Berard. “And the fact that you have those great shapes together really tells us who you are as a team.”
Joo and Cassley, who are based in Canada, hope to see the LMFD again when it is shown at NASA.
“That’s my plan to play,” Joe said. “I have three kids who are very active and interested in the hobby, and my wife does too, so I hope we can take a family trip to Florida.”