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This is my 6th review for the academy and going for Silver in the academy. A little story behind this set; Instrhctions first time I saw this set was back in the early 90s when I was only in primary school. It’s too bad it cost quite a sum during those days it was the largest Town set at that time and out of my parent’s budget. So when my dark age recently ended early last year, I went about looking for it online.

Unfortunately legl me, the cost of this set was extremely high and coupled with the fact I need to ship it from the States or EU to Malaysia, it seem like it will be difficult for me to get this set The price was right, I have a friend working in Singapore, 1 friend with a paypal account to help me instructioons, so I instantly ordered it!!

The shipping cost was nil since my friend was able to collect it from the seller in Singapore. Two weeks later he came back for a friend’s wedding 2 weeks before Chinese New Year, so my ang pow came early!

After waiting almost 2 decades, my dream set has finally arrive! The good news was that the set was in excellent condition although it was 2nd hand.

Llego, enjoy my review! With the increase in trade, came the need for better transportation of goods, particularly the movement of goods and products from one Town to another. Rail networks were already stretch thin and some towns are hampered by extremely hilly terrain which prohibits the building of rail networks. In an effort to satisfy the urgent need to facilitate trade as much as possible, The Lego Government TLG decided to embark on a massive logistic instrjctions project.

The project shall equip strategic Lego Towns with its own seaport where each seaport complex shall have 2 sections; a Launch and Load Seaport to deal with standard 4×8 stud containers and an Intercoastal Seaport for oversized containers or goods.

It was am immerse project to undertake; in some Towns it was the largest project the local LG has ever undertaken.

LEGO Launch & Load Seaport Set 6542 Instructions

The scale and number of bricks required dwarfed even the largest airport constructed at that time. The best designers and engineers TLG had at that time was recruited to facilitate this mammoth project. But what good are ports when there are no ship to dock with? Insrructions for every seaport TLG build, 2 large ships is included in the project; 1 a standard single cargo deck freighter while the other a 2 deck container ship. Today in Lego City, a launch and load facility specializing in standard unstructions containers has been in operation for almost 2 decades since The port is highly efficient and well equipped with its own pilot, container crane, docks, security and on-site container delivery and storage.

Ships generally prefer to call at this port although a newer port was opened in It is the only port in the City equipped with a container crane that can load and offload containers with great speed. The massive container crane can be seen by every ship entering port and is now a famous landmark in Lego City. Instructkons it for USD Second Largest set in terms of number of pieces when it was released in Second set to have insttructions than pieces when released in The box shown below is the blue version and have a giant flap with a plastic tray inside.


At the top right corner is the Nautica theme logo. The leog picture shows the port busy with activity. Picture taken from Insfructions.

There is also a yellow box version. A random page showing the installation of the claw onto the container crane. You might need sensitive fingers to let the rope through the leg on the claw. Another random page showing the build for the hull of the red ship. As you can see, the hull is made with common bricks and do not have any large segments unlike the ships from pego pirate line. In this massive set we get 7 minifigures, 2 of them with life jacket.

From the left; a police officer, the ship’s captain, the pilot boat’s captain, the ship’s first mate inatructions 3 dock workers in black, blue and red overalls. The pilot boat’s captain is using the same torso as the ship’s captain, but he is wearing a life jacket.

Apparently you must know how to swim to be either a captain or a dock worker here! Below are the build sequence for the forklift, trailer, pilot ship, the large red ship and the container crane. I have skipped the build pictures for the individual containers and the dock as both do not require large amount of bricks compared to the other parts of the set. In the instructions the prime mover is build first followed by the trailer.

However for this review I am showing both at the same time to reduce the number of photos required. The pilot lgeo starts with the bottom plates and bricks to create the hull.

Later steps include the windows and the antenna at the top of the boat.

The red ship have 18 steps in the instructions. Some of the steps will require lots of similar individual bricks to create the hull of the ship. Once the hull and cargo deck is complete, the build then move onto the superstructure of the ship.

The final step is place the completed containers, minifigures and an antenna onto the ship. The container instrucrions build starts of with the rails that allow a trolley to move instrucyions between the crane and the ship.

Once the rails is complete, the pulley and gearing mechanism in the cab is built. This is followed by the 2 large legs on either side of the crane and the wheels to allow the crane to traverse the length of the dock. The forklift in this set is a 4 stud vehicle with 4 large 65422 and a spring operated forklift.

Both the doors on either side have stickers to show the “transport” logo which is still used today. The forklift also have instguctions signage at the front and front and rear lights. The lift can tilt back to better carry the container.

The picture below shows far the fork can be pressed. The fork can be pressed all the way down to lift up containers. The spring is strong enough to lift a standard 4×8 stud container.

There are 4 different types of 4×8 containers given in this set. We get 2 standard white containers llego doors on one side as well as 3 other containers with various goods inside.

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The white containers have stickers to show the transport logo on its side, but this set being a 2nd hand set, only 1 container have the sticker still attached. Each 4×8 stud container represents a Twenty-foot-equivalent TEU container which is commonly used in the shipping industry. A similar Forty-foot-quivalent FEU is represented by a 4×16 stud container found in another railway set.


The prime mover is a simple 4-stud wide truck with square headlights and a cab.

At the back there is fifth wheel to connect the trailer. The trailer meanwhile is also 4 stud wide. The top surface of the trailer is smooth to allow the container to rest on the trailer. Also, the 1×2 smooth grey plates that are slightly higher are used to hold the container in position so that the container does not slide off the trailer.

Like its real-life counterpart, the trailer can carry either 2 nos of 4×8 stud container 2 nos of TEUs or 1 nos of 4×16 stud container 1 nos of Forty-foot container or FEU. A great design consideration when TLG designed the trailer is to allow both the rear wheels to touch the ground even when the trailer is lifted or when it is going up the steep ramp of the dock. The rear wheels are mounted on a plate which is then inserted into a technic hole. Below is a combo picture showing the the trailer with the landing gear in position and the trailer connected to the prime mover via the fifth wheel.

The pilot boat meanwhile is a 6 stud wide jet boat made of mostly blue bricks. Other details include the red and green antenna and horn. Like all brick-build ships in this era, rounded black plates are placed on the bottom of the ship to create the “hovering” illusion. The controls of the pilot boat is simple; 1 steering wheel and 2 levers to control the boat. It has a holder for a radio and a loudhailer to warn incoming ships of danger.

Instructions For LEGO 6542 Launch and Load Seaport

The pilot inetructions to stand to operate this boat. The mid-section of the ship can be opened to allow access into 65542 hull. However the hull is devoid of anything and will require some modification to create some interior. The red ship is a fully brick-built vessel which is 10 studs wide and 37 studs long. It cannot float unlike the container ship due to gaps between the bricks in the hull.

There is a humongous sticker on either side of the ship that covers multiple bricks that is not shown. This is because as a 2nd hand leo the sticker is long lost. Similar to the pilot boat, it has rounded black plates to give the “hovering” illusion. The bow of the ship features a sticker showing the name of the ship “Atlantic” as well as a light and hook connected to a pulley. A simple lever operates the pulley. When not in use, the hook is placed next to the pulley. Removing the containers shows the raise portion plates on the floor of the container deck where the containers rest.

A relatively simple and ingenious way to keep the containers in position yet easy enough for the removal of the containers. As an added bonus, the 8 hinged doors can open to reveal a large cargo area below deck!

I can imagine a variety of goods stored in the area. The containers need to be removed for the area to be accessed. The stern of the ship holds the superstructure containing the smoke stack, bridge and a mast equipped with radar, lights and horns. Portside left side and Starboard right side is denoted by the red and green lights on the superstructure respectively.

The bridge have large sloped windows so that the captain can have great visibility around the ship.