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Spring Hill man builds 'Lone Ranger' diorama with Legos

SPRING HILL

Rolling his eyes in mock derision, James Burrows' 9-year-old son sighed about his father's Legos hobby. • "At first I thought he was just into Legos for a little bit," Bobby Burrows said. "But next thing I know, he's turned the game room into a Legos room."

James, 45, a landscaper who lives in Spring Hill with his wife, Dawn Burrows, and Bobby, went from selling the Legos that Bobby didn't use to building his own designs, he said.

On Wednesday, he brought his sprawling recreation of scenes from the film, The Lone Ranger, for a one-night display at the Beacon Theatre west of Brooksville.

"Last night was the first time I saw The Lone Ranger," Burrows said of the newly released movie.

And he never watched the TV show that inspired the film, even while building the panorama.

Instead, he took notes on every preview that came out and was able to construct a landscape showcasing the story's main buildings and scenes without using kits.

"I think I got it right," he said.

The display covered a 12- by 7-foot table in Burrows' living room as he prepared Wednesday morning to carry it, square by square, on wooden boards to his truck.

He estimated that he used more than 50,000 Legos to build the piece.

Among the images from the movie that rose from a green plastic base were a horse in a tree, a blue river studded with silver Legos and an old-time Sears, Roebuck & Co. store.

"You can tell a lot of time and effort went into it," said Holly Hardeman, manager of the Beacon. She approved the display of the Legos spread at the theater last month, she said, and was impressed by her first sight of it on Wednesday.

"I'm just amazed — Wow!" she said.

Crowds of moviegoers stopped to look at the Lone Ranger tableau Wednesday night.

"I like how they have the little huts and the little pinwheel that works, and the train," said Trinity Dyer, 10, of Spring Hill.

Next, Burrows will take his creation to Atlanta for the National Model Railroaders Association's convention.

A month later, he'll go to Pensacola, he said, and show it at Para Con, a science-fiction and Anime gathering.

Burrows' wife Dawn "tolerates" his Legos hobby, he said. It's less costly than his former use of free time, traveling around the country to race radio-controlled cars.

"That was a couple thousand dollars a month," Burrows said. "This is much better, and also she likes that I'm home a lot more."

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