THEY are some of the country's best-known buildings, constructed in miniature form out of a favourite childhood toy.

Now a vast array of the intricate model buildings will go on display when the Brick City Lego exhibition opens in Paisley today.

As a full-time Lego artist, creator Warren Elsmore has constructed an entire city complete with some of the world's most recognisable structures, using nothing but plastic bricks from the classic Danish toy set.

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The impressive display features 72 different models such as the mammoth recreation of London's St Pancras Station composed of more than 120,000 pieces of Lego.

Other items on show include the London 2012 Olympic Park, the Forth Road Bridge crossing, the Colosseum in Rome, the Arc de Triomphe during the Tour de France, as well as parts of Edinburgh Castle and the Las Vegas Strip. Brick City runs at Paisley Museum until February 16.

Craig Elliot, of Renfrewshire Museums, said: "We are hoping it's going to be extremely popular.

"It's not just going to be about looking, there will be a hands-on section of the exhibition where they can make something of their own."

From November 23, visitors will be invited to make their own Lego creations or help to reproduce local landmarks such as Paisley Abbey, the museum itself and the town hall.

In addition, the project will feature a Lego Treasure Hunt, where youngsters will scour local businesses to find 10 hidden Lego characters.

Opening times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-5.30pm; Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am-4pm; and Sundays from 12pm-5pm. Costs are £4 for adults and £3 for concessions. Family tickets - two adults and two children - are £12. Under-3s free.