LEGO Creator Expert Camp Nou FC Barcelona (10284)
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Tied to Catalonia’s traditions that include its own language and culture, Barcelona is a more politicised club than most others and has previously ( and quite recently) found itself a focal point for the region’s search for autonomy from Spain. Even if its official position is one of neutrality, there are any number of examples of the respect the club pays to its local community and region, from communicating everything in media in Catalan (alongside Spanish and international languages), to incorporating the colours and design of the Catalan flag into more than one away kit design. We have mentioned comparisons not only to 10272 Old Trafford – Manchester United but also to 10276 Colosseum and that is with purpose, both positive and negative. That is because for how much like both of those sets 10284 Camp Nou – FC Barcelona amazes as a display model and for where it resembles 10272 Old Trafford – Manchester United in selected techniques and general approach, it also comes very close in stages to the build experience for 10276 Colosseum. And that was not so fun.
Another issue with this set is that Barcelona actually plan to expand the stadium soon... So for how long will this set remain accurate (if accurate is what you can even call it in this state...) The final quadrant is a mirror of the third, with the final bit of lettering filling the middle tier.The final bit of the build is adding some decorative touches to the top of the stands and to the grey base. We’ll cover those enhancements in the next section.
That being said, 10284 Camp Nou – FC Barcelona benefits where 10276 Colosseum could not by offering so much more colour across the build and various other little details and variations. The repetitive segments are there to create the nucleus of the set, but there’s great fun in what you build around it, whilst the end result comes together so remarkably well that even if you were a little bored putting it together, you’ll more than forgive what’s in front of you.
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The other issue with designing Camp Nou is that the pitch is actually below ground level... In fact, ground level is roughly the bottom of the second tier of seating... As someone else pointed out, the stand with the flags on it is actually almost twice the height of the West Stand (when measured from outside the stadium)... First off, let me state for the record that I’m not much of a sports fan, so I don’t have a lot of personal context for this set. I’ve looked over the required Wikipedia reading, but there might still be some athletics-related perspectives that I’ve missed or misstatements that will seem very silly to those in the know. Hopefully, you’re here to look at this set from a LEGO perspective, though – and that I’m sure I can provide. From the outside edge, things continue to look good, with the “Camp” tile lining up with the “Nou” on the previous chunk.