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Showing posts with label airplane. Show all posts
Showing posts with label airplane. Show all posts

LEGO Techniques - Duplo Plane Biopsy

For a fun little diversion this week I decided to dissemble the Duplo airplane from last week.  Appearances were that it was composed of 7 separate pieces.  I wanted to see what was really inside as well as play with some of those parts.  Could they be used exclusive of the airplane?

This assembly is held together with 9 screws.  A little jeweler's screwdriver has a narrow enough shank but still offers enough grip.  The screws aren't exactly tightened to a high torque anyway; just snug.  The grey base is clipped to the undercarriage so a little finesse is needed to separate them.

The undercarriage:

 The nose piece has a little hole which goes over one of the screw channels.  The hole is about 4.9mm, just a touch too big to get any good clutch on a stud.  It does have a part number molded in though!

The grey base is still attached with two screws.

Remove the two screws and the base is free.

The windshield can be removed from the fuselage.  It clips ever so slightly into the windshield hole in the front of the plane.  A little more finesse here and it slides right off.

 Two more screws remove a back panel from the plane.

The tail is now loose.  Those little nubs are larger than a system stud but too small to clip into Duplo studs.

The tail cone can now slide off too.

We are left with the main fuselage, stripped of all parts.

Total count, 8 pieces assembled as one.  Also 13 screws, all the same size.

Unfortunately none of these parts have any hidden gems for working with system.  Some of the holes in parts (such as the rubber cones) that pass over the screw channels can have bars and axles put through them.  I suppose they could be used for sculpting a Bionicle or Constraction type figure.  The windshield might have some fun uses for a large building or maybe a better Invisible Jet?  If my kids didn't want this thing back together so quickly, I might try doing just that.

I've tried adding these types of parts to the Bricklink catalog before but they were denied.  Expect to see these in the Brick Owl catalog in the very near future!

LEGO Finds - 2015 Week 4

I found a few Duplo airplane parts this week.  Then the airplane.  Oh... my... gee oh es aitch this thing is huge.  Biggest single LEGO piece I've ever handled.  At 18.5" from tip to tail it's darn near 60 studs in length.  Okay, so it's really about 7 molded pieces all held together with screws.  I'll have to dissect it and publish my findings.  Wednesday perhaps?

Also a pink lid, some scrungy plates (you're welcome kids), a full minifig and some where are my pants, plus a freaking ugly Bionicle promo from McDonald's.  Anyone want it?  Free even?

Set Review - Sea Plane 31028

Welcome aboard, 2015 sets!  This marks the first review of the new offerings.  Thankfully I've got a queue a mile long which should take me at least past Bricks Cascade 2015.  We'll start off with the new Creator mini sets.  Last year TLG released three tiny box sets; Red Thunder, Power Digger, and Emerald Express.  I'm not sure if we need to expect a third box set in June or if this is it for the year.  Sorry Creator, your division is taking a 33% cut.

The box and instructions show that you can also build a personal hydroplane and a sailboat.  The hydroplane is OK, the sailboat (or catamaran, I suppose) is very clever.  I didn't bother to build either of those models, but I did attempt a helicopter.  It seems so common for airplanes and helicopters to interchange their parts with each other that I wondered why TLG designers didn't give it a try.  Then I tried attaching overhead rotors and realized that maybe they had tried.  Dud.

This sea plane makes use of some of the newer elements and one brand new one.  Tim over at New Elementary covered the 1x2 plate with opposing handles last month.  There are also some inverted curved slopes and baby bows.  The new handled plate is used to attach the pontoon assembly in a rather unique way.  Were it not for a 1x6 cross member between the two pontoons, this connection would remind me of Goofy on skis.  Maybe someone got excited about using new parts (not something that the Creator division can commission) and was tired of completely brick built solutions. Whatever the reason, it's an unexpected but pleasant little connection.

The whole build is much stubbier than the box art would lead me to believe.  Maybe the Creator division wanted to get in on some Chibi?  Oh wait, they tried that last year with some non splendid results.  Okay, not sure what the deal is but two of these stacked on top of each other would just about fit into a perfect cube.

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