A LEGO replica model of the Queen's former floating palace, The Royal Yacht #Britannia, has arrived at the Visitor Centre in Ocean Terminal, #Edinburgh.
Created using 40,000 LEGO bricks, and measuring more than 11ft in length, the 1:37 scale five-deck model is now on permanent display.
Designed and constructed from Britannia's original plans and drawings, it took 51-year-old LEGO model builder and fisherman, Jim McDonough, five weeks to build on the dining room table in his home, near Arbroath. He says no glue was used in its construction, and everything can be taken apart.
‘It was an honour to be asked to build The Royal Yacht Britannia,’ says Mr McDonough. ‘It's one of the most exciting projects I've ever undertaken, and being able to refer to the original plans, kindly supplied by Britannia, allowed me to produce this replica of Her Majesty's yacht.’
The Britannia – decommissioned in 1997 now owned by a charitable trust – was used by the Queen for more than 40 years and sailed more than one million miles around the world. Britannia is now berthed in Edinburgh, where it has been named as Scotland's best visitor attraction for ten consecutive years.
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