An-225 Mriya

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    Finished at last!

    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, I guess this might be considered my first SHIP

    Built for the Military Group's 2011 contest

    .Tromas, mhreynolds1, Ninja Pilot, and 80 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Julius D. 35 months ago | reply

      This giant should not count as microscale:P Extremely smooth design, I especially love the wings. So now we're all waiting for a shuttle..

    2. Obxcrew [deleted] 35 months ago | reply

      Awesome work!

    3. Ironsniper 35 months ago | reply

      Wow, awesome job on this,

    4. [Shunazaver] 35 months ago | reply

      Yes! Finally you have built this! Unimaginably awesome!

    5. Shannon Ocean 35 months ago | reply

      Great stuff Justin! The nose section (a very tricky area) is beautiful.

    6. -Mainman- 35 months ago | reply

      Thanks! It was indeed a big challenge. Having succeeded here, though, I'm pretty convinced any large aircraft can be done at this scale.

      Thanks for the invite, man, but I can't make any conventions this year. Hopefully next year

      Who says micro can't be big? :D

      It definitely took me a while to decide how I wanted to tackle that nose. Ralph's Fencer was a timely reminder of that trusty ol' stepping technique, and the big windscreens turned out to be almost exactly the shape I needed for the sides. My cockpits and noses are never perfect, but I'm pretty darn happy with this one.

    7. J.Stan. 35 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous! love the engines and that blue stripe. Also the nose, wings and tail are very well done!

    8. Ryan Rubino 35 months ago | reply

      Beautiful transitions and shaping. Your Lego models always instantly remind me of plastic model kits. I saw an AN 124 fly at an air show and it was impressive to say the least. It flew so slow on takeoff that it was hard to believe it could stay airborne.

    9. M.R. Yoder 35 months ago | reply

      This is seriously impressive! Wow.

    10. -Mainman- 35 months ago | reply

      Thanks! I realized the other day (after posting the pictures) that I should have extended the blue line to the engines as well (per images like this). If I ever get this baby to a convention, I'll be sure to have that aspect right.

      One might notice that the majority of the photos of this bird have a red stripe. I'm not sure exactly when it was switched to blue, but I went that direction solely because I thought it looked better. Also, I know the stripe should ideally be less than half a stud thick. I like to brick-build things whenever possible, so you'll all just have to deal with it.

      Now you know why I was so curious about your B-24's wing last month. :D

      Thanks Ryan! Half of the battle of this build was fuselage transitions. I'm no good with ordinary plastic models, but being compared with custom-molded parts is high praise indeed. Honestly, that's one of the highest compliments I've ever gotten on my aircraft MOCs.

      It's gotta be a trip to see something so big lift off. I've seen An-124s on the ramp here at Tinker a couple times, but have yet to actually see them in motion.

    11. "grohl" 35 months ago | reply

      Beautifully done. This is probably the first LEGO Mriya I have seen. I remember when I was just a kid and it arrived to the Czechoslovakian air show with the Buran space shuttle on the back. I could not believe how huge it was.

    12. Red Spacecat 34 months ago | reply

      This is amazing. It's perfect.

    13. Rebla 34 months ago | reply

      One word, Awesome!

    14. Justin. Z ★ 33 months ago | reply

      This is so awesome.

    15. Kris_Kelvin 33 months ago | reply

      I`m a little bit late but have to say that is fantastic plane :)
      Especially the wings.

    16. Malydilnar 31 months ago | reply

      wow this is amazing

    17. origamiPete 30 months ago | reply

      wow this is truly amazing! =)

    18. mmbace 4 weeks ago | reply

      Awesome model! What a beast.

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