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It wasn't all bad

The world's largest Lego Titanic replica, built by a tween, now on display in the U.S.

It's been to Norway, Germany, Sweden, and Iceland, and now the world's largest Titanic replica made entirely of Legos is coming to the United States.

The model — 24 feet long and 5 feet tall — was built five years ago by Brynjar Karl Birgisson of Iceland. Birgisson, now 15, has long been fascinated by the Titanic, and when he was 10 he decided he wanted to build a replica. He figured out how many Legos he needed, and then raised enough money to purchase them all. It took 700 hours over 11 months, plus 56,000 bricks, to build the model, which will now be on display at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, through 2020.

Birgisson is on the autism spectrum, and he has written a book called My Autistic X Factor. He says everyone has an "X Factor," which is a special talent, and he was lucky enough to figure out his when he was 10. Building such a detailed model wasn't easy, but with "belief, a supportive system, and determination," anything is possible, Birgisson says on his website. Catherine Garcia