Photo: junlego [Brickshelf]
We've posted about Spaceship Battleship Yamato in LEGO before on Neatorama, but as the old saying goes, the original is still the best: here's the namesake the battleship Yamato (also in LEGO) which sailed (and sank) during World War II.
The LEGO battleship Yamato was built by Jumpei Mitsui (who cleverly outsourced the building of some 200,000 elements to other LEGO fans). It only took him 6 (!) years: Link