Lego Aircraft and Engine
Lego makes a lot of aircraft models for various airlines. Today, we will take a lot at some of the biggest creations around the world. They are definitely not just a weekend project!
Experience The Skies reported many news stories and insights on Airbus A380 and Boeing 787. Here are some of the samples:
Longest Non-Stop Flight – link
Etihad New Design on the Airbus A380 – link
Boeing 787-9 – Competitive Analysis – link
American Airlines and their Boeing 787s – link
Today, we will take a look at the some of these engineering marvels using Lego blocks.
First up is Singapore Airlines. It has one of the biggest Lego airplane in the world with the A380. The aircraft is made at a 1:25 scale and has the dimension of 9.5-foot long, 10.5-foot wingspan, 3.2-foot tall. The Lego professional team used over 75,000 pieces of bricks (~220 pounds (100kg)) and 600 hours to complete the project. The mega aircraft was on display at the Legoland in Billund Resort in Denmark.
Next up, we have Qantas Airways. Lego enthusiast Ryan McNaught from Melbourne used 8 months in 2009-2010 to assemble a 2.2-metre long, 1.8-metre wide replica of Qantas Airbus A380 built from over 35,000 individual Lego bricks.
The Lego model is unique in that it featured a cross-section design to reveal the internal workings of the aircraft. A touchpad is used to control various functions of the aircraft – including the landing gear, flaps, lights, engines and doors.
Passengers in this replica are made out of casts from aviation-related films such as Passenger 57, Snakes on a Plane, Castaway, Alive and Flying High. Ryan also included ground crew, luggage trains and the Qanta choir.
The 115 pounds (55kg) model was featured in Brickworld, one of the biggest Lego model conference of the world.
Boeing 787 – Rolls-Royce
Finally, we have the Trent 1000 from Rolls-Royce used on Boeing’s 787. It was created with over 152,000 Lego brick and is a 50% size of the actual engine. The engine was shown at the Farnborough Airshow in 2012. The replica weighed a hefty 676 pounds (307kg) and measures 4.9 feet (3.1m) long and 6.5 feet(4.1m) wide.
Here is a short video of the working engine on display:
More high definition pictures can be found on Gizmag.com (Link).