On his Flickr photoset, Mainman posted 11 pictures of his HUGE Lego AN-225 Mriya cargo plane. He wrote,
"The Soviet Union built the massive An-225 Mriya as a transport for their Buran shuttle and booster rockets. It was largely based on Antonov's already-giant transport the An-124. Once the Buran program fell through and the Soviet Union broke down, the single completed An-225 passed eventually to Antonov Airlines, who now operate it as a heavy cargo lifter. The An-225 holds the records for heaviest gross weight and takeoff weight, so even though the Spruce Goose had a wider wingspan, the Mriya is widely considered the largest aircraft ever made."
"This model is 1:100 scale. At 106 studs long and 110 stud wingspan....Built for the [Flickr] Military Group's 2011 contest."
"This project was a beast in many ways. I made a basic cross section template last year, but upon building I realized that one cross section doesn't cover much of the plane (in fact that cross section in its unaltered form only constitutes six studs worth of fuselage length). Using this drawing I made a similar "frame" template for each of the cross sections shown. Then I just had to combine the frames and work the transitions. This was the first time I've really had to do much sculpting on a fuselage. Also the first time I've had to make a technic frame for one of my scale aircraft."
"It's hard to see, but this jet's wing's trailing edge has three angle changes. That was the reason I put wing plates on the trailing edge rather than the leading edge like I usually do. That left me with a 'straight' leading edge which allowed me to do an elegant taper along the whole front of the wing. I really liked the result."
"I love the unusual tailfin layout of this jet. I ended up lucky that the blue line worked. It's all actual tiles except for a strip of electrical tape on the nose. I also now understand Lino's love affair with curvy slopes."
"The wings were another trick. I ended up using my usual hinge technique for the wing root area, but made the whole thing three studs thick which allowed for both a studs-forward leading edge, and some technic connections inside. The real aircraft as a noticeable anhedral which begins at the inboard engine nacelle, so that's where I put my break. The only connection between the root and the rest of each wing is some beams pinned together plus a single 2x3 wing plate. The anhedral didn't come out as prominent as I had hoped, but having removable wings did make things simpler to work with."
Edited by Rufus, 29 May 2011 - 10:57 AM.