Magnificent Lego replica of SAAB Viggen combat plane. With plenty of moveable parts.

One of the highlights of the recent Farnborough International Airshow, was the (half-size) Lego replica of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine showcased in the FIA 2012’s Innovation Zone.

Described as “one of the most complex Lego structures ever built”, it is made of 150,000 parts and took a team of four RR graduates and apprentices eight weeks to complete.

Not as complex as the RR Trent, but for sure quite difficult to build as well is an impressive model of a SAAB Viggen combat plane, that unlike the Trent 1000 replica, you can build by your own and keep on your desk.

It’s a MOC (My Own Creation) by Milan Reindl a Czech guy who has not only built the model in 3 months, but has also published the detailed instructions you need to assemble the 2075 needed bricks and create your own Viggen.

The motorised 1:21 JA-37 replica features opening canopy, retractable landing gear, foldable stabilizer, air brakes, ejection seat, detachable fuel tank, 4 rockets, ram air turbine, flaps, rudder, thrust reverser, detailed cockpit etc. It is also equipped with lights for “night operations”.

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.