Grandfather spends two years recreating the doomed ocean liner Titanic out of 40,000 Lego bricks

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A grandfather has created a replica of the Titanic using 40,000 Lego bricks – and his 10ft model even boasts mini version’s of movie characters Jack and Rose.

Keith Morton, 65, has spent two years and hundreds of hours intricately placing each separate brick into the three metre long structure of the famous ship.

Despite not building anything out of Lego for 50 years since he was a child, Mr Morton’s interest in the hobby was peaked when he started using Lego with his grandchildren.

Keith Morton (pictured) has spent two years and hundreds of hours intricately placing each separate brick into the three metre long structure of the famous ship

Keith Morton (pictured) has spent two years and hundreds of hours intricately placing each separate brick into the three metre long structure of the famous ship

Keith Morton (pictured) has spent two years and hundreds of hours intricately placing each separate brick into the three metre long structure of the famous ship

The detailed design even includes Lego versions of Jack and Rose (pictured) - characters in the 1997 film of the doomed voyage - turrets and miniature lifeboats

The detailed design even includes Lego versions of Jack and Rose (pictured) - characters in the 1997 film of the doomed voyage - turrets and miniature lifeboats

The detailed design even includes Lego versions of Jack and Rose (pictured) – characters in the 1997 film of the doomed voyage – turrets and miniature lifeboats

Mr Morton, who lives in Leeds with his partner Karen Birch, 59, has built the huge model on his dining room table in three separate sections - before positioning it in his spare bedroom

Mr Morton, who lives in Leeds with his partner Karen Birch, 59, has built the huge model on his dining room table in three separate sections - before positioning it in his spare bedroom

Mr Morton, who lives in Leeds with his partner Karen Birch, 59, has built the huge model on his dining room table in three separate sections – before positioning it in his spare bedroom

Due to buying mostly second hand bricks, he has managed to keep the cost of the ship down to just £780. If he had built it with brand new bricks it would have cost more than £3000

Due to buying mostly second hand bricks, he has managed to keep the cost of the ship down to just £780. If he had built it with brand new bricks it would have cost more than £3000

Due to buying mostly second hand bricks, he has managed to keep the cost of the ship down to just £780. If he had built it with brand new bricks it would have cost more than £3000

Mr Morton spotted the Titanic replica model online and realised he could download the guidelines to make it. But when he started in February 2016, he didn't quite realise the scale of the task he had undertaken 

Mr Morton spotted the Titanic replica model online and realised he could download the guidelines to make it. But when he started in February 2016, he didn't quite realise the scale of the task he had undertaken 

Mr Morton spotted the Titanic replica model online and realised he could download the guidelines to make it. But when he started in February 2016, he didn’t quite realise the scale of the task he had undertaken 

The grandfather-of-ten spotted a similar model built in America and decided to download the design; however, he didn’t realise the scale of the task he had taken on in February 2016.

Almost two years later, the brilliant builder is just a few bricks away from completing the incredible structure.

The detailed design even includes Lego versions of Jack and Rose – characters in the 1997 film of the doomed voyage – turrets and miniature lifeboats.

Mr Morton, a self-employed surveyor, said: ‘I haven’t made anything since I was a young boy but I have always had a love of Lego.

‘I made little figures when playing with the grandchildren and decided to have a look online if there was a model I could build as a hobby.

‘I spotted the Titanic replica model online and realised I could download the guidelines to make it.

‘I didn’t realise quite how big it was or how long it would take it but I am 99.9% done with it and it is finally almost finished.’

There is even a nod to James Cameron's award-winning film Titanic, which is a fictionalised account of the sinking of the vessel. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack and Kate Winslet as Rose, who fall in love on the ship only for disaster to strike 

There is even a nod to James Cameron's award-winning film Titanic, which is a fictionalised account of the sinking of the vessel. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack and Kate Winslet as Rose, who fall in love on the ship only for disaster to strike 

There is even a nod to James Cameron’s award-winning film Titanic, which is a fictionalised account of the sinking of the vessel. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack and Kate Winslet as Rose, who fall in love on the ship only for disaster to strike 

One Lego figure is making an expression of horror, clearly a nod to the iceberg responsible for sinking the ship.  The British passenger liner sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg

One Lego figure is making an expression of horror, clearly a nod to the iceberg responsible for sinking the ship.  The British passenger liner sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg

One Lego figure is making an expression of horror, clearly a nod to the iceberg responsible for sinking the ship.  The British passenger liner sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg

The original ship, which held 2,435 passengers, was 269.1m long and 53.3m height while Mr Morton's model (pictured) is 3m long and 0.7m high

The original ship, which held 2,435 passengers, was 269.1m long and 53.3m height while Mr Morton's model (pictured) is 3m long and 0.7m high

The original ship, which held 2,435 passengers, was 269.1m long and 53.3m height while Mr Morton’s model (pictured) is 3m long and 0.7m high

In June 2018, just months from completing the structure, Mr Morton had the unenviable shock of a single brick being out of place on the back of the ship - throwing the rest of that side out of line. But he was able to get his creation back on track, and it now includes intricate detail throughout - especially on the deck (pictured) 

In June 2018, just months from completing the structure, Mr Morton had the unenviable shock of a single brick being out of place on the back of the ship - throwing the rest of that side out of line. But he was able to get his creation back on track, and it now includes intricate detail throughout - especially on the deck (pictured) 

In June 2018, just months from completing the structure, Mr Morton had the unenviable shock of a single brick being out of place on the back of the ship – throwing the rest of that side out of line. But he was able to get his creation back on track, and it now includes intricate detail throughout – especially on the deck (pictured) 

Mr Morton, who lives in Leeds, West Yorkshire, with his partner Karen Birch, 59, has built the huge model on his dining room table in three separate sections – before positioning it in his spare bedroom.

He has had to purchase thousands of individual bricks specifically for the model from BrickOwl and BrickLink – Lego brick retailers.

However, due to buying mostly second hand bricks, Mr Morton has managed to keep the cost of the ship down to just £780.

He added: ‘Each separate style of brick has a specific serial number on which I have to type into the website.

‘If I would have built it with brand new bricks it would have cost over £3000.

‘When a shoddy brick turned up or one that was a bit dirty, I would just throw it away instead.’

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg.

The original ship, which held 2,435 passengers, was 269.1m long and 53.3m height while Mr Morton’s model is 3m long and 0.7m high.

The final survivor of the sinking, Millvina Dean, aged two months at the time, died in 2009 at the age of 97.

What started as a small project on his dining room floor, quickly snowballed into a 40,000 brick creation. It took the grandfather-of-ten two years to complete the structure, which he has now placed in the spare room for visitors to enjoy

What started as a small project on his dining room floor, quickly snowballed into a 40,000 brick creation. It took the grandfather-of-ten two years to complete the structure, which he has now placed in the spare room for visitors to enjoy

What started as a small project on his dining room floor, quickly snowballed into a 40,000 brick creation. It took the grandfather-of-ten two years to complete the structure, which he has now placed in the spare room for visitors to enjoy

Mr Morton completed the structure in three separate sections - before positioning it in his spare bedroom.

Mr Morton completed the structure in three separate sections - before positioning it in his spare bedroom.

Mr Morton lives in Leeds, West Yorkshire, with his partner Karen Birch (pictured), 59, who has been on hand to help support the build

Mr Morton lives in Leeds, West Yorkshire, with his partner Karen Birch (pictured), 59, who has been on hand to help support the build

Mr Morton lives in Leeds, West Yorkshire, with his partner Karen Birch (right), 59, who has been on hand to help support the build.  Mr Morton completed the structure (left) in three separate sections – before positioning it in his spare bedroom.

Mr Morton is hoping to start a model of The Flying Scotsman once the Titanic model (pictured) is finally completed

Mr Morton is hoping to start a model of The Flying Scotsman once the Titanic model (pictured) is finally completed

Mr Morton is hoping to start a model of The Flying Scotsman once the Titanic model (pictured) is finally completed

In June 2018, just months from completing the structure, Mr Morton had the unenviable shock of a single brick being out of place on the back of the ship – throwing the rest of that side out of line.

He added: ‘I couldn’t believe it. I basically had to break up over two months worth of work and start it again to be able to match it back up.

‘That wasn’t a great day.’

Mr Morton has shared the model with his friends and family, including his 10 grandchildren who love to come round to view the ship.

Mr Morton said: ‘They love to come to the house to have a look.

‘I have had so many comments about it which is great. I have told the window cleaner, my friends in the pub and everybody thinks it is amazing.

‘I can’t believe the response.’

A video of the ship was posted on a local Facebook forum by Mr Morton’s partner’s son Matthew Birch.

Matthew said: ‘I am so proud of him, he is a great bloke. It is awesome work.’

Mr Morton is hoping to start a model of The Flying Scotsman once the Titanic model is finally completed.

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Grandfather spends two years recreating the doomed ocean liner Titanic out of 40,000 Lego bricks