One of the best things about LEGO is that it allows kids to imagine anything and then act on their creativity by easily building their ideas it in the real world. If you wanted to be a king, building a small castle is well within your reach. If you want to explore the jungle, create some trees and tigers and get to it. If you want to be a pilot, the LEGO plane piece lets us take to the skies.
As you get older, though, your imagination just might not be enough. The plane looks cool, but if you throw it, it won’t really fly. One RC plane builder decided he wanted to see the classic LEGO plane figure fly, and he did that by recreating it on a larger scale ( via Sploid). For anybody who grew up playing with the LEGO plane, this is a real dream come true.
Adam Woodworth is an aerospace engineer and hardware designer at Google is responsible for this, so you can be sure that some real thought was put into the aerodynamics of this craft. Getting this plane to actually work was a task, because as Woodworth put it in the video below, “It flies in spite of its aerodynamics.” His version is made primarily from different types of foam, and as you can see in the clip above, it’s actually capable of some pretty impressive flight.
If you’re looking for a LEGO plane that’s actually made from LEGO bricks, we have you covered, since somebody achieved that feat in 2015, although that craft doesn’t fly nearly as well as this newer one. What favorite LEGO piece would you like to see recreated in real life like this? Give us a shout in the comments!
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