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#743 M.V. Southland Star

M.V. Southland Star transiting Cook Strait in a gale



The Southland Star was the first of two new buildings by Bremer Vulkan for Blue Star Line in 1967 for the Australia & New Zealand service.

  • Built: BremerVulkan Schiffbau & Machinenfabrik, Vegesack, Germany
  • ON: 309938
  • Dimensions: 168.36 x 22.33 x 8.941/9.961 metres
  • Tonnage: Gross :11300 Net: 6626
  • Propulsion: 9-Cyl 2 S.C.S.A M.A.N. K9Z86/160E oil engine by the shipbuilder, 20700 BHP at 118 rpm
  • Type: Refrigerated Cargo Liner with St�lcken heavy derricks
  • Launched: 10/01/1967 (Yard No. 929) as Southland Star for Blue Star Line Ltd.
  • Completed: 5/19671975:Blue Star Ship Management Ltd. appointed managers
  • Converted: 1977 to a containership by her shipbuilders
  • Sold: 1993 arriving 19/8/1993 in Chittagong Roads, Bangladesh for breaking up
  • Beached: 29.9.1993 at Fouzderhat Beach, Chittagong.
  • Sister ships: New Zealand Star, Wellington Star

Southland Star transiting Cook Strait in a gale

This one is for my Dad: inspired by a picture he took from the top of the funnel on passage from Wellington to Christchurch NZ back in the 1970s. While he was busy taking photographs, the auxiliary boiler flashed up on an automatic cycle, blocking him with a screen of hot exhaust fumes from the funnel top access hatch. He got down eventually and (allegedly) vowed never be so stupid in the future.




I’ve wanted to build a model of one of the ships he served on for a long time, but commercial shipping is a very poorly served kit market. But that may have been a good thing, as it forced/allowed me to develop this experiment in “compressed perspective.” 100% scratch except the figure, which is a putty mod of a 1:150 architectural figure. I guess it may even qualify as a “box diorama”?

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Some of the main paints used…

Feature Color Paint Used
hull White H11
deck Cocoa Brown H17
derrick Radome H318

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LEAP is just my personal collection of projects. Two main themes have emerged in recent years, sometimes combined:

  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
To be honest, I haven't quite figured out if these two interests belong in the same GitHub repo or not. But for now - they are all here!

Projects are often inspired by things found wild on the net, or ideas from the many great electronics and scale modelling podcasts and YouTube channels. Feel free to borrow liberally, and if you spot any issues do let me know (or send a PR!). See the individual projects for credits where due.