Young Luke Ball from Kilmarnock,  had a dream to see his design of an iconic Calmac ferry produced in Lego.

Luke who turned 16 on Wednesday has spent the last 18 months gathering support for his Lego version of CalMac’s Largs to Isle of Cumbrae ferry, MV Loch Shira.

His model design has so far gained a great following of 3,450 supporters on the Lego Ideas site – but to keep the dream alive the project must reach 5000 supporters before the deadline on Friday 30th September for it to be considered for production.

Luke’s ferry design was inspired by happy family journeys on the Firth of Clyde and took him many hours to put together.

Without a final push and sudden rush of support, his design won’t make it onto the desks of the Lego executives. You can help by supporting his design at

“I am just keeping my fingers crossed that I can reach the 5000 votes,” said Luke. “Registering to vote is really quick and easy and is just so that there’s only one vote per person - there aren’t loads of Lego emails afterwards.

“With not long to go, I hope that enough people will support it to keep the project going. I’d absolutely love it to be considered for production and it would make a great birthday present if I could get another 6 month extension to the project – I think it would make a great Lego model and I’d be really pleased.”

Luke was invited to visit the Calmac headquarters at Gourock in August where he met Managing Director Martin Dorchester who presented Luke with a certificate recognising the hard work that had gone into designing the Lego ferry.

Luke would like to acknowledge the amazing support from the Scottish public and media who have been fully behind the project, with Luke featuring in local newspaper reports and Calmac booklets, as well as being interviewed on various radio stations to promote the project.

The whole experience would not have been possible without the support of everyone who has voted so far and all the help given by Caledonian MacBrayne.