How to Make a LEGO Fighter Jet

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How to Make a LEGO Fighter Jet
Making a model fighter jet out of LEGO is a versatile project. (fighter jet image by FotoWorx from Fotolia.com)

A fighter jet is an agile and powerful vehicle, and there are a number of different kinds of fighter jets in the world. If you like to work with LEGO, you can build your own model of one of these vehicles with a few basic pieces and some work. The model air fighter is a simple project with a number of options and additions you can make. Build your own fleet of aircraft out of LEGO.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • assorted LEGO bricks
  • LEGO wing pieces
  • LEGO seat
  • LEGO computer bricks
  • LEGO Minifig (optional)
  • LEGO canopy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Brainstorm and sketch your model aircraft. There are a number of fighter aircraft in the world, so choose one to base your device on.

  2. 2

    Build the bottom of the fuselage of your aeroplane. Use a series of upward angled bricks and plates to make a long, narrow boat shaped base. You can make the length and width whatever dimensions you would like them to be, and can make it wide or narrow enough to accommodate a pilot.

  3. 3

    Build a pair of wings. Wings should be roughly triangular in shape, using LEGO wing pieces. Depending on the design of your aircraft, you will need either a pair of front wings and a pair of stabilisers on the tail, or you may have a delta-wing design in which case the wings extend along the entire body of the aircraft.

  4. 4

    Assemble the cockpit of the aircraft. Put a seat in the cockpit, and a brick with computer components painted on the side in front of that. Some aircraft have two pilots inside the cockpit, one of whom is the co-pilot, whose seat is slightly elevated above the pilot. You can make this design if you would like.

  5. 5

    Seat your pilot or pilots in the cockpit of the aircraft.

  6. 6

    Build up the walls of the tail of the vehicle, and build an engine into the tail of the vehicle. Make the vehicle tall enough to accomodate the pilot(s).

  7. 7

    Attach a canopy over the cockpit. There are a number of different canopy styles which LEGO makes, find one which most fits your aircraft.

  8. 8

    Attach any accents or weapons you desire to the vehicle. Some jet fighters are equipped with machine guns and missiles.

Tips and warnings

  • There are some types of aircraft which use a "swing wing" design. This means that the wings tilt outward on a hinge, allowing it to switch from a delta-wing design to the more traditional fore- and aft-wings design associated with aircraft.

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