An-225 Mriya

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 generally 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

  • Julius D. 4y

    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..
  • Multihawk 4y

    Beautiful.
  • Chandler Parker 4y

    Awesome work!
  • Ironsniper 4y

    Wow, awesome job on this,
  • [Shunazaver] 4y

    Yes! Finally you have built this! Unimaginably awesome!
  • Shannon Sproule 4y

    Great stuff Justin! The nose section (a very tricky area) is beautiful.
  • -Mainman- 4y

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

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

    Julius D. Who says micro can't be big? :D

    Shannon Sproule 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.
  • J.Stan. 4y

    Gorgeous! love the engines and that blue stripe. Also the nose, wings and tail are very well done!
  • Ryan Rubino 4y

    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.
  • M.R. Yoder 4y

    This is seriously impressive! Wow.
  • -Mainman- 4y

    J.Stan. 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.

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

    Ryan Rubino 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.
  • Milan 4y

    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.
  • Red Spacecat 4y

    This is amazing. It's perfect.
  • Rebla 4y

    One word, Awesome!
  • Justin. Z ★ 4y

    This is so awesome.
  • Montgomery Burns 4y

    I`m a little bit late but have to say that is fantastic plane :)
    Especially the wings.
  • Alexander Safarik 4y

    wow this is amazing
  • Petr Stuchlý 3y

    wow this is truly amazing! =)
  • Rolling bricks 2y

    Superb!
  • Matt Bace 1y

    Awesome model! What a beast.
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