LEGO lovers big and small swarmed the tables near the back of Lincoln's HobbyTown USA on Saturday, gathering to marvel at the painstaking work of the Lincoln and Omaha LEGO User Group.

A Star Wars Y-Wing Attack Star Fighter model shared the table with replicas of the the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

Kids tried to spy all 58 monsters in a LEGO scavenger hunt and peeked inside the engine room of a dry-docked U-Boat. 

The models on display at the second-annual LEGO show were crafted from sets, research in history books or the imaginations of their creators. LEGO, for anyone who might not know, is the brand name of a line of interlocking plastic construction blocks and other items, manufactured by the LEGO Group of Denmark.

The models took anywhere from a few days to a few years to build.

"He's loving it, as you can tell," Jody Richmond said as her 6-year-old grandson, Chason, snapped pictures of a moving LEGO locomotive.

Chris Malloy, the LEGO club president, said the event aims to spark that kind of interest in children and others.

"They love seeing what's possible with the LEGO," he said.

About 400 people attended the first LEGO show in Lincoln, he said. Just as many were expected to turn out for Saturday's event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Such shows also help group members, now up to 25, display the creations they often can't bring to monthly meetings, Malloy said.

The group formed in October 2012. Adults interested in joining can visit

Nate Flood, a World War II buff, embarked on a three-year journey in 2008 when he decided to build a roughly 6-foot-long German U-Boat Type 7 after the movie "Das Boot" inspired him.

The 45-year-old Lincoln police officer has since made two more, along with a dock and a motorized B-24 Liberator warplane based on the real "Witchcraft" plane.

Flood has his sights set on building a Union Pacific Streamliner passenger train.

"I have lots of plans," said Flood, who has a LEGO office at home. "I'm almost out of space."

He enjoys seeing reactions, especially children's, to his creations.

"If it spurs creativity in somebody, then that's a good deal," he said.

Beth Davis' sons Ian, 8, and Evin, 5, loved the monster scavenger hunt model, which included a haunted castle, haunted house, forest and a non-monster outpost, the Centers for Disease Control.

It took 39-year-old Jared Minary two years to build it.

Asked how long it would take him to make the same monster model, Ian said "probably like 9 years."

His mother and Jody Richmond said they'd likely be back at the next LEGO show, planned for this fall.

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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