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#1 TheBrickster

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:31 PM

Light Aircraft & Ground Support

Set #: 1808
Year Released: 1995/1996
Piece Count: 114
Minifigs: 2
List Price: $10 (USD)

I was going through some old boxes in the garage and came across this old set that I don't remember buying.  It was a promotional set from British Airways and although the box says "Specially Made for Airline Companies", I think I either ordered it from Lego SAH or purchased it in a toy store.  Honestly, I don't remember but I know I didn't buy it on an airplane.  In any case, I've only built this set once before, so it was fun building again and taking pictures for an EB Classic Town Review.

Starting with the box:

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And the backside provides images of four alternate models; two boats, a fuel dock with motor boat, and an open airplane.  I think it was great for Lego to provide these inspiration models to build something other than the actual set.  I miss this with current sets:

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The set has two different sets of instructions, one for the ground support set, and the other for the airplane:

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Pictured on the instructions (and back of box) is this alternate airplane with modified wing section.  The wings in this picture are under the doors allowing for an open cockpit.

The set had printed parts and also these stickers for the airplane tail/rutter and a no-smoking sign:

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The set included six tools attached to a plastic ring:

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And two figs.  I love the green shirt with zipper torso:

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Also contained in the set are two extra 1x1 tiles, a black suitcase, and a black 1x1 round plate:

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Here's the ground support component of the set:

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What I like most is the little Octan gas pump that shows 3.09.  The piece is printed:

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A better view of the ground support structure:

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And the backside showing the train window with light trans. blue window:

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Now, here's the aircraft:

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The front section even has a place to fuel up the engine - a great playability factor:

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Here's the nice tail section without the sticker:

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The top/wings have a hinge piece to allow access to the cockpit.  Inside is a printed computer piece and steering wheel:

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A great feature of the airplane is the use of 1x3 car doors:

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A side shot of the plane:

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And the wheels:

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Both the ground support and airplane:

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And the complete set in very nice condition:

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Hope you enjoy this review.  Happy Flying!

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:39 PM

Thanks for the review, mind posting a picture from the bottom to see how the rear wheels are built? Is it two separate axles, or is it one 1x4 axle?

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 08:30 PM

wooo. it's really beautiful! In fact I didn't know about this set.
LEGO sets like this one remind me at my childhood. And I think you should already know it: I love moments like this...
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i dunno... erm- just watching.

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 08:47 PM

Thanks very much, never saw this set before! Really cool features, with all the tools and even a fuel pump. :thumbup:  One question, it looks like you got this new & sealed, how much did it cost?

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 09:03 PM

Great review. I've been quite enamored of small planes lately.  Seems like a really great set with some good parts: shop window, tools, octan brick, etc.  Do you know which airlines sold this set when it was new?
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 11:45 PM

View PostStauder, on Jul 30 2008, 10:39 AM, said:

mind posting a picture from the bottom to see how the rear wheels are built? Is it two separate axles, or is it one 1x4 axle?
Stauder.  :classic:
Here you go Stauder.  It uses a 1x4 axle:

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View PostBerndDasBrot, on Jul 30 2008, 12:30 PM, said:

wooo. it's really beautiful! In fact I didn't know about this set.
LEGO sets like this one remind me at my childhood.
Thanks BDB.  I like reminiscing myself from time-to-time.  This set came after my Dark Ages.

View Postmetalandi, on Jul 30 2008, 12:47 PM, said:

One question, it looks like you got this new & sealed, how much did it cost?
I believe I ordered this set from Lego SAH in the late 90s.  It was around $10 (USD).

View PostEilif, on Jul 30 2008, 01:03 PM, said:

Great review. Do you know which airlines sold this set when it was new?
Thanks Elif.  Glad you enjoyed the review.  According to Brickset, it was a British Airways exclusive.  Like I said above though, I'm pretty sure I ordered it from Lego SAH in the late 90s.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 04:11 AM

Great review Brickster. You gotta love those old sets, hey?

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View Postsoccer, on Jul 30 2008, 09:11 PM, said:

Great review Brickster. You gotta love those old sets, hey?
Thanks Soccer.  Yes, it's really fun to review the older sets (esp. those that you only built once before).  There's more coming. :wink:

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 04:59 PM

I Can't wait!

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View PostGoldenBrick, on Jul 31 2008, 08:59 AM, said:

I Can't wait!
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Posted 01 August 2008 - 04:45 AM

This kind of aeroplane is my cup of tea. I love such designs, as they are small, easy to swoosh and most importantly it's the kind of design that TLG had produced until recently where bigger passenger planes had been produced. I always love commerical aircraft very much. Whether if it's big or small, its something that every airport will need for different purpose. I will defintely used it for training in Youth Flying Club or some kind of Adventure trip down into the jungle.  :tongue:

I had never seen this set before. I am quite sure it's promotional, even though it was released in my dark age. The ground support is simply looks great, with additional tools on the racks for aircraft maintenance. What I loved the most, is the OCTAN printed piece. I had never knew they had printed parts for this. Most of the time, I believed it was a sticker. Thanks for pointing it out, it certainly looks priceless. The spare rotor was placed at the side of the building, make it look awkward somehow. I don't really like it, but I can still live with it.  :tongue:  

The aircraft is lovely! I love it very much, with that white look and engine revealed at the side of the rotor. Furthermore, it has doors at the side. Just tell me, how many such aircrafts have you seen with doors?  :blush:

I am quite surprised that the control panel comes with a printed navigation piece and a steering wheel. Most of the time, it comes with either or, but never both. This is one of the better look small aircraft I had ever seen. I give it a "5". If it ever appeared somewhere in my life, I will defintely get it with no hesitation.  :wub:

Excellent review, Brickster.  :thumbup:

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 07:28 AM

5. Looks very cool, mid 90's was an okay year for LEGO and that plane's just snazzy. Plus, the No Smoking sign seems to be a funny sticker. Do you make stories for the characters or something? You mentioned liking the green shirt guy in particular.
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Posted 01 August 2008 - 09:50 AM

Now this is a perfect 10!
And for the first time I voted "5". :grin:
Great playability, many details, sweet color choice, right size.
Simply perfect!

Now Im going to download the instructions. :grin:

View PostBerndDasBrot, on Jul 30 2008, 09:30 PM, said:

wooo. it's really beautiful! In fact I didn't know about this set.
Welcome to the club, mate. I didn´t know the set existed, either. :classic:

View PostTheBrickster, on Jul 31 2008, 12:45 AM, said:

I believe I ordered this set from Lego SAH in the late 90s.  It was around $10 (USD).
That´s what I call a bargain! Well done, Brickster.
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Posted 01 August 2008 - 11:54 AM

Outstanding, like most of these airline promos were from this time period.  I don't know why they only released these well-designed sets as promos.  I bought this set MISB from Bricklink last year for not too bad of a price.  It's a nice little set, like an expanded version of 6673.

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 02:05 PM

View PostWhiteFang, on Jul 31 2008, 09:45 PM, said:

I am quite surprised that the control panel comes with a printed navigation piece and a steering wheel. Most of the time, it comes with either or, but never both. This is one of the better look small aircraft I had ever seen. I give it a "5". If it ever appeared somewhere in my life, I will defintely get it with no hesitation.  :wub:
Excellent observation and point WhiteFang.  You've got a good eye for the details; and as always, thank you for taking the time to share your constructive comments.  I always enjoy reading your thoughts on any particular set.

View PostDovchenko, on Aug 1 2008, 12:28 AM, said:

Do you make stories for the characters or something? You mentioned liking the green shirt guy in particular.
I have not 'DC'.  To be honest with you, I've long since forgotten this set.  The green shirt guy also appears in the Outback sets.  They include crocodiles and other adventures.  Usually I write about mysteries though, rather than adventure.  Interesting question.

View PostHolodoc, on Aug 1 2008, 02:50 AM, said:

And for the first time I voted "5". :grin:
Simply perfect!
Wow!  I feel this set is extra special if Holodoc gave it a 5. :wink:   You've been very conservative with your "High Fives", so this set MUST be a great one.  I'm glad to see you appreciate its classic quality.

View PostSection8, on Aug 1 2008, 04:54 AM, said:

Outstanding, like most of these airline promos were from this time period.  I don't know why they only released these well-designed sets as promos.  I bought this set MISB from Bricklink last year for not too bad of a price.  It's a nice little set, like an expanded version of 6673.
Funny S-8, I thought of you when posting this review because of your avatar.  I almost sent you a private message about it.  You must like it a lot to have used the decal for your avatar.  Excellent!  and thank you for your great comments.

6673 is a pretty slick set as well:

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Posted 02 August 2008 - 06:16 AM

You know what i really miss about classic town? The boxes and manuls. No really... I really miss the detail and almost "warmth" of the back ground art work that the late eightes, early neighties had. They really added to even the simplest sets.  :classic:

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View Post5150 Lego, on Aug 1 2008, 10:16 PM, said:

You know what i really miss about classic town? The boxes and manuls. No really... I really miss the detail and almost "warmth" of the back ground art work that the late eightes, early neighties had. They really added to even the simplest sets.  :classic:
Yes, I really agree with you in regard to the boxart of sets likes this 5150.  They did have a "warmth".  It was the combination of bright vivid colors like blue and green with soft background imagery.  The art did not overwhelm the sets, but rather enhance them.  Very good point. :thumbup:

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 05:48 PM

Done!

I just made my first trip with the (slightly modified) plane. :classic:
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Posted 05 August 2008 - 09:40 PM

Nice set I gave it a five as well I like the smaller sets that actually have some playability to them, This set is outstanding I wish TLG would look to the past for some of the insperation for the newer sets, these small planes are neat they could be bought for a song and provided some detail for your layout.......If you have an airport that is.

But it does beg a question? How is it that the rescue helicopter from a few years ago was bigger than the hospital it was suppose to support? And what police force has a pontoon plane?

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Done!

I just made my first trip with the (slightly modified) plane. :classic:
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Posted 08 August 2008 - 02:08 PM

View PostHolodoc, on Aug 5 2008, 09:48 AM, said:

I just made my first trip with the (slightly modified) plane. :classic:
Nice job Holodoc.  That's pretty close.

View Postbullet8542, on Aug 5 2008, 01:40 PM, said:

I wish TLG would look to the past for some of the insperation for the newer sets, these small planes are neat they could be bought for a song and provided some detail for your layout.......If you have an airport that is.
Yes - I definately agree with you.  I wish I had purchased the Airport Legend when released, but I never did.My airport is merely the Outback Airstrip.


View PostHolodoc, on Aug 5 2008, 09:48 AM, said:

But it does beg a question? How is it that the rescue helicopter from a few years ago was bigger than the hospital it was suppose to support? And what police force has a pontoon plane?
Good questions.  The plane is esp. large.  That's why I like the little planes from the 80s and 90s.  

The new Police Helicopter (7741) is pretty nice though and not so large that it dwarfs an airport or police station.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 03:31 PM

I never knew this set existed. But from the review and pictures it looks like a very nice set, 4/5 from me. I really like the design of the plane.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 03:42 PM

I didn't know of this set, but it looks like a nice complete ''light plane'' set.
It kinda reminds me of a small airfield for hobby or student pilots.
I voted above average for it.

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