Bartram, on May 17 2009, 05:31 PM, said:
That looks simply stunning! It must have taken a long time to build!
Thanks. It did take quite a while. I had a six-day break at Easter and spent most of my waking hours on five of those days building this model. I then had it sitting unfinished on my desk for a few weeks before I made the last decals and finally took pictures.
Natman8000, on May 17 2009, 04:04 PM, said:
Wow, it looks even better than a model kit. Excellently built, I like how you made use of the clear parts to make the cockpits. You should get a contract with LEGO, and have them sell your models as advanced model making kits. I would buy them for sure.
That would be pretty neat, but I fear that my models are much more fragile than anything you could ever sell to anybody and then there's the issue that they don't make old dark grey any more...
DoctorDude234, on May 17 2009, 03:52 PM, said:
Very cool. Looks like an official Lego set.
Since I'm no military expert, I have to ask: What are the transparent pieces on the nose for? I don't mean the cockpit canpoy, but the thing in front of it.
Many planes from that era had a bombardier/navigator sit in the nose who could look outside through the transparent nosecone and identify landmarks (roads, rivers, railway lines, cities) to help keep the plane on course. They had very few electronic means of navigating at the time. On bombers in particular it would also be the position for an optical bombsight (the famous Norden bombsight
). It was a combination of a telescope and a mechanical computer. The bombardier could aim the telescope at a target on the ground. The computer would keep it aimed at the target, would fly the plane (through the plane's autopilot) and would drop the bombs at the correct moment to hit the target.