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 3.2 metre-long model of RSV Nuyina (noy-ee-nah), is constructed from 117,612 bricks and took certified LEGO professional Ryan McNaught, aka ‘The Brickman’ 328 hours to build.
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.