The excitement for the South African flag build at Cradlestone Mall was built up weeks in advance with bricks being sorted and all the Gaulug members feeling like kids again. Jason and Riaan even had time to build some of their own new creations for the event. Riaan insisted that his own mall creation had centre stage. Well done Riaan and Jason on a fantastic build. As usual Riaan could not contain his excitement and was all packed up and ready to build a week in advance. Jason went to set up the base on Thursday so all was smooth sailing from there.
With all the bricks sorted and each member responsible to bring them, along the event started early on Friday the 4th of July. We all gathered eagerly at 07:30, crates of bricks in hand to get the show kicked off.
Off course with all the excitement, fan fair and a group of over-enthusiastic LUG members we started building at a rapid pace (with this group nothing is steady!). Pretty soon Paul had to rein us inand put the brakes on us forcing us to build slower. How do you manage to get Adult LEGO fanatics to calm and slow down? To stem the tide of the group building too quickly, completion goals where set for each day. With this in mind the goal for the day was focusing on finishing half of the green colour on Friday.
Saturday morning the van Graan production team arrived. Fanie and Theresa grafted and left the rest of us in the dust with their building speed. Jason and Paul had to step in to ensure they did not finish the build in a day. With the van Graan’s on break at least it gave Tony some time to build as well and double check that the building went according to plan. Even the little Gauluggers, Fanie’s kids helped with the building, these little ones are Lego master builders in the making and compliments to Jason’s and Fanie’s kids for all their help before and during the build. Corne and Paul also joined on Saturday; this ensured the flag would be completed on time! By the end of Saturday afternoon the Flag was built to the second white line with only red remaining.
Sunday morning started of slow like a Formula 1 practice session but once again the van Graan’s kicked into gear and built at a steady pace leaving the rest of us in LEGO dust. With more set goals during the day we all jumped in to finish the flag at 12 o’clock. With four bricks remaining the excitement reached a climax with each member placing the last bricks just before 12:00.
We are proud members of Gaulug and proudly South African!
It was a pleasure building with each and every team member and a great team building event for the Gaulug team. It was surely Christmas in July!