After visiting a local air show in Colorado for the past two years where they have always had a static disply of a TBF-1 Avenger, I decided to try my hand to build one to go along with my other WWII airplanes. I started the planning/build in late August early September of 2010. I tend to work slowly on building MOCs, taking a lot of time off in between building phases as I like to think and plan alot but also cause of several different builds I'm always juggling, waiting on bricklink orders to arrive and being a full time dad plus work.
So this is a Grumman TBF-1 Avenger, a torpedo bomber used in World War II.
Dimensions - Length: 40' 11.5" Wing Span: 54' 2" Height: 15' 15" I'm going to use the basic ratio 1 lego stud = 1 foot as I do with all plane MOCs.
I found the hardest (and most expensive part) was getting the fuselage to have a rounded appearance. But after much sketching out ideas and trial building I settled on curved 3x1 no stud bricks. Still need to work on recessing the landing gear into the wings and finish the hinge design on the bomb bay so the torpedo fits into the bay. Plus adding some more interior details and machine guns mounted in the bubble canopy areas. Progress is moving forward slowly but surely. All comments and suggestions more than welcome please.
A series of pictures over time to show how the build progressed can be found at my MOCpages website:
The red round and silver brick is a fire extinguisher that will be mounted in the interior.
"Pilot to ground control, I'm ready to fly but my builds not done - get a move on it!"
Edited by Rufus, 29 May 2011 - 12:02 PM.
Still a WIP? This is pretty nice. I've indexed it anyway.