LEGO icebreaker sets sail on its maiden voyage

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The lego model of RSV Nuyina is constructed from 117,612 bricks (Photo: Glenn Jacobson)
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Despite not being seaworthy, a LEGO model of Australia’s new icebreaker is sure to inspire budding Antarctic expeditioners to set sail for the icy continent, when it goes on public display for the first time this weekend.

The 3.5m long model of RSV Nuyina (noy-ee-nah), is constructed from 117,612 bricks and was built by certified LEGO professional Ryan McNaught, aka ‘The Brickman’.

The model will be part of the Australian Antarctic Division’s display this weekend (August 4–5) at Princes Wharf in Hobart as part of the Australian Antarctic Festival.

It will also be at the Festival of Bright Ideas on 18 August for National Science Week.

The Division’s Modernisation Program Manager, Rob Bryson, says the model is an exciting way to show the features of Australia’s new icebreaker.

“The LEGO ship gives people a chance to see what life will be like on board Australia’s new icebreaker as it sails to Antarctica,” he said.

“It shows the cargo holds, where the helicopters will land and be stored, the science facilities and where our expeditioners will eat and sleep.”

The model will be on display at the Australian Antarctic Division’s head office in Kingston, and will also travel around Australia.

The real Nuyina is currently under construction and expected to arrive in Hobart in 2020.

LEGO icebreaker sets sail on its maiden voyage

Video transcript

Hi! I'm Haidar Alnasser, one of the winners of the naming of the new icebreaker, Nuyina.

I'm standing here next to the new ship which is the new Lego model. One of my favourite features is the helicopter pad, where we can land and bring down cargo.

Another amazing part of this ship is the science deck right here where they can bring scientific samples and pass them off to the science laboratories we've got in the middle of the ship.

Across from the scientific laboratories we have the living quarters for all the scientists this is where they can relax, sleep, eat on their long journey down to Antarctica.

At the bottom of the ship here we have the massive engine room which powers all of the ship and helps it sailing along the way. Another amazing part of the ship is the moon pool down here - which is a big hole at the bottom of the ship - where scientists can lower down machines such as drones where they can capture all the sea life below. We've also got a really nice cool guy here dressed as a shark!

Now that I've shown you a few of the amazing features of this ship model, come check it out for yourself.

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