This is my attempt to make the real-life MD-11 in minifig scale, using my preferred building techniques. As these construction techniques required some compromises, some details on my MD-11 obviously differ from the real thing. That is why I also gave it an alternative name, 'P-5 Heron', sticking to my previous aircraft nomenclature and pretending that it is built in license(with some slight alterations).
Key words: McDonnell Douglas MD-11 Lego LEGO DC-10 aircraft jet jetliner airliner cargo transport transportation airline airlines livery engine thrust reverse reverser airport airfield layout scene ground services landing gear retractable functional realistic realism playability container KAAI Kasteleiner belly container passenger passengers AMTRANS Amtrans American Transport Alliance
About this creation
Tarmac scene 1
An underwing picture, showing the extended flaps & slats (Kruger flaps):
Some details of the model:
- Total length: 103 cm, wingspan: 96,5 cm, max. height: 32 cm
- Fuselage Diameter: 12 studs
- Seats / passenger capacity: 66
- Rear cargo deck: space for 3 containers (my standard size; like the ones used in the display of my DHL aircraft); HOWERVER NO FRONT CARGO DECK (due to stability purposes / wing-fuselage-integration)
- Estimated weight: 5-7 kg
- Hatch which can be opened from cabin to cargo compartment (photos yet to be taken)
- Duration of construction (while having a social life, of course hehe): 6-7 months
- Retractable landing gear
- working extendable flaps & slats (here: Kruger flaps)
- Two-person cockpit
- Thrust reversers (no pic taken yet...) on all three engines
- working control surfaces
- 3 doors on each side of the aircraft (front doors, overwing maintenance & emergency exit, rear doors)
- 6-wide engines
I have't gotten around yet to taking pictures of the interior, which is a bit of a shame because the seat arrangement and the interior in general look nice enough. There’s even a hatch to the cargo compartment that can be opened, which is wide enough for a minifig to pass through... Pictures of all that may be coming some time soon...
Frontal perspective, as seen from the tarmac:
Rear view (complete):
Tarmac scene 2:
Tarmac hustle & bustle 1:
Tarmac scene 3:
Frontal perspective, with extended Kruger Flaps:
Tarmac scene 4:
Engine detail from inside - compression units of the centerline engine (I integrated them into all of the engines; they would be visible through the lateral thrust reverser doors as well, though I didn´t take that kind of picture...):
Tarmac hustle & bustle 2:
Tarmac scene 5:
A badly taken picture now looks like night time - kind of cool I thought...:
A look into the cockpit throufg its lateral window:
A look into the cockpit from the inside:
Now I officially own a FLEET, hehe:
NAME: AMTRANS, short for “American Transport Alliance”
ICAO CALL SIGN: AMTRANS
LINES OF BUSINESS: passenger & cargo transportation
CURRENT AIRCRAFT IN USE: KAAI C-4 Titan (large cargo aircraft for oversized cargo)
McDonnell Douglas MD-11 / KAAI P-5 Heron (airliner)
Some more mixed impressions of my newest aircraft model:
Thank you for checking out the pictures, descriptions and possibly other creations on my website.
Many thanks in advance for any ratings, reviews and constructive criticism.
I’m a great fan of the md-11 and it’s design. I’m sure that their designers would be quite proud of your work. I’d like to ask you: Have you designed it with LEGO Digital Designer(LDD)? Therefore I’d like to ask you for the instructions. I’m kind of building an airport and the MD-11 would make it look awesome.
Meine Fresse ist das schick! Der gefällt mir richtig gut, träume selbst davon mal einen zu bauen (erstmal in LDD^^). Mir gefällt besonders der Stil in dem du baust: 90iger Jahre Lego...die pinken Telekom fahrer hatte ich damals auch :D . Das Flugzeug sieht sehr gut geformt aus, und das mit doch relativ standard artigen steinen der damaligen Zeit. Hat einen gewissen Charme ;) Das cockpit ist auch echt Wahnsinn und generell ists erstaunlich zu sehen wie "undersized" selbst die neuen TLG airplanes dagegen sind. Einfach hammer job hier! :D
Your aircrafts have qualities of a very high class. This MD11 and your C4 Titan are both stunningly designed, with beautiful color schemes. It puzzles me, though, that you, with your skills, not are building more models of real aircrafts.
A solid build, as always from you. I would like to see you make other airport installations too. You could make a HUGE diorama... Like the two brothers of MiWuLa (and their many paid builders -not to forget!)
Awesome plane, I love it, your best yet. It looks amazing. I hope you don't mind me saying but on a few pictures, there is something of the A330-200 as well (http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=359663&id=/user_images/10576/13672258262), even if the third engine clearly makes it an MD11. The rear of the aircraft is also amazing, and you've managed to recreate the DC-10/MD 11 rear in the best possible way. The airline name on the underbelly also makes it very realistic. Anyway, to sum it up, great amazing job, congrats! :)
Great plane! I'm not a plane expert but your creations look "just right" - but I know enough about LEGO to see that you are a very talented builder. I like how you created all the patterns and writings without stickers.
Quoting Marc "Edge" R.unde
Echt ein hübscher Vogel, das Farbschema sieht aber auch gut aus und das Triebwerksinnenleben ist ein fantastisches Detail. ~Marc
Hi Marc, vielen lieben Dank! Ich freu mich immer sehr über Kommentare von dir. Du bist einer der wenigen Kontakte, die ich schon ganz früh auf dieser Seite hatte. Schaust immer wieder rein und sagst, wenn dir was gefällt. Danke! Liebe Grüße, Steffen
Many thanks, guys! I am glad you like it. I know I don't post often. I'm a rather slow builder... And my job and commuting to it and back keep me especially busy. If only one could have unlimited Lego time... Or stop the time for the whole world and only let it run for oneself, so one wouldn't miss out on any other nice things... :)