Jon Hall built five incredible planes this year. To commemorate that, he just posted this montage. Somehow we dropped the ball and only posted one of them here. That lapse has now been rectified. Here they are, all together in their breath-taking awesomeness.
Jon’s planes are truly works of art. So smooth, so seamless, so beautiful. He does paint some of them and uses custom stickers, which probably irritates somebody, somewhere. But he does it so well, I feel it just adds to the “realism” and makes the suspension of disbelief that much easier.
Brickmania has just released a new version of the iconic World War I tri-plane flown by Baron Manfred Von Richthofen, The Red Baron. The Fokker Dr. 1 kit includes special MG08 “Spandau” machine guns, hand-injected in the Brickarms studios, as well as a custom printed minifig of the baron himself.
From his Flickr stream, it’s clear that builder arwen qiea is a Cold War military vehicle buff. It’s an impressive portfolio of (mostly Soviet) tanks, missile carriers and navy vessels from the 50s and 60s. But his gigantic airplanes kind of steal the limelight! Here’s his latest one, a model of the Soviet TU-135, an experimental supersonic bomber from that era.
From that angle, the TU-135 seems almost as sleek as a modern Russian fighter jet. But from a higher vantage point you can see why it was nicknamed the “flying wing”.
So that’s a pretty big plane, right? Nope. THIS is a big plane…
…say hello to the Russian Antonov AN-22, probably the largest turboprop ever built. And the big builds don’t stop there. His version of the Lockheed C5a Galaxy (a heavy transport used by the USAF) is so big it literally eats other LEGO models for breakfast!
And here it is, digesting its meal of tanks and other armaments:
Once again Jon Hall proves that he is truly the master of building beautiful airplanes. He has only posted one photo so far, but I am looking forward to more shots of that gorgeous light-aqua coloured underside.
Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk is the most successful mass-produced light aircraft in history. The 1960 model 172a faithfully reproduced here by Jes Bert introduced a swept back tail and rudder as well as float fittings to the design, the price was US $9,450.
In brushing up on my Cessna 172 lore for this posting I was reminded that on May 28, 1987, a rented Cessna 172 was used by German teenage pilot Mathias Rust to fly an unauthorized flight from Helsinki-Malmi Airport through Soviet airspace to land near Red Square in Moscow, all without being intercepted by Soviet air defense. Who says teenagers aren’t motivated?
Air Marshal Jon Hall (Jon Hall18) remains ever vigilant to keep the skies of your home prefecture clear of enemy warbirds. The A-37B Marauder is the latest weapon in the never ending war against Eurasia or is it East Asia?…I always forget. For you purists in the audience giving that camouflage the disapproving skunk-eye, you can rest easy, the builder claims the effect was achieved by cutting up only the most official decals available from our Danish overlords.
It has been a breakout year for Forest King (KingBrick), with multiple appearances on TBB, convention success and too many great builds to shake a stick at. If you like The Vulture make sure you check out the other photos on Flickr to see the engines, landing gear and other fine details.
Jon Hall (JonHall18) returns to TBB for the second time this year with another impeccable war-bird, the H-90 Falcon. Jon is one of those go-to builders for many of us on this site, a slump-buster if you will, whose builds can always be counted on to be bloggable.
Fly the friendly skies of Poland with mrutek, as he adds two more birds to his burgeoning Polish Air Force squadron.
The Lublin RXIV was a close reconnaissance plane or samolot towarzyszący produced from 1932-1938. Many variants were produced, including combat models.
According to the builder, the PZL-104 Wilga (Golden Oriole) is a Polish STOL Civil Aviation utility aircraft. The Wilga design evolved significantly during its continuous production run from 1962 to 2006.
Inspired by the models of TBB regular Mad physicist, Everblack puts his own spin on the famous F-15 Strike Eagle and the results are impressive to say the least.