Throwback Thursday LEGO® Brick Shell Refinery Ship

Created on October 12, 2017 9:00 am

In this week’s Throwback we’re going back to one of our biggest and most complex models- a huge nearly 5m long Shell LPG Refinery ship!

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We built the ship in separate sections for ease of transport and construction. This model was built back in the old workshop and was so big it filled the entire space when it was put together!
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The ship it is based on, the Prelude, is a massive floating refinery and we used just about every grey LEGO part in existence to recreate the complex machinery and pipeworks on top of the ship.

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But in addition to all of the above deck detail the innovation behind the real ship was a system of connectors on the bottom of the ship that connect to LPG wells on the seafloor, which we had to recreate in detail.
Shell LPG Refinery Ship Display 04

Of course being on the bottom of the ship presented a unique problem- how to display the model so people could see the bottom of the model! WE ended up raising the model up on perspex boxes which also acted as the waterline for the ship, allowing us to then build the bottom of the ship’s hull underneath the perspex.
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The ship was built for a Shell trade show and then transferred to the Shell head offices in Perth, WA. In fact if you’re in Perth you can see the ship for yourself in the Shell office foyer!

Ryan with Shell LPG Refinery Ship

Watch Ryan talk about building the ship here:

The Brick Man

The Brickman