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Airco DH2, classic WWI pusher biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland.
About this creation


Building planes from WWI has long been on my to do list. The flimsy planes from the birth of air combat are in fact really amazing, and demanded the pilot to be a real man. Sitting in open cockpit controling the plane in all kinds of weather wasn`t for sissies.
The Airco DH2 was quite complicated to design, (I design all my models in LDD before building in real bricks), particular the tail booms and the landing gear gave me a hard time. I was saved by the ball joint elements introduced with the Mixel series, these allows for movement in all directions. Another problem was finding suitable vintage wheels, here a bevel gear Z20 together with a 16 mm dish became an acceptable solution.
Buying parts for this model made it clear to me that some tan parts are really expensive: 3x2 wedgeplate right for 0,1$. 3x2 wedgeplate left for 4$ each. Also the 2x2 piece for the nose was very expensive.
All my aircraft models are build to scale 1:40, also what I call Minifig scale, and for the first time I have added a Minifig pilot to one of my models. I think he fits perfectly as long as he is sitting in the plane, but standing beside the planes it is obvious that the proportions of a Minifig is different to a human.
This model contains, like many of my other models, a few painted pieces.

About the Airco DH2:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Airco DH.2 was a single-seat biplane "pusher" aircraft which operated as a fighter during the First World War. It was the second pusher design by Geoffrey de Havilland for Airco, based on his earlier DH.1 two-seater. The DH.2 was the first effectively armed British single-seat fighter and enabled Royal Flying Corps (RFC) pilots to counter the "Fokker Scourge" that had given the Germans the advantage in the air in late 1915. Until the British developed a synchronisation gear to match the German system, pushers such as the DH.2 and the F.E.2b carried the burden of fighting and escort duties.

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures.


More pictures on my Flickr

Edit: 10-11-2017
This creation was spotted by two different blogs:





Edit: 14-11-2017
Once again the Airco DH2 appeared on TheLegoCarBlog this time in company with my Fokker EIII.




Comments

 I made it 
  November 16, 2017
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Another impressive historic plane, Henrik! Hard to imagine a contraption like this ever getting off the ground. Those WWI pilots were brave indeed! Really enjoyed the write-up, too.
Thank you very much Jeremy! Yes, it`s hard to believe that many of these early aircrafts actually were able to fly, with all the struts, bracing and wires holding everything in place.
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  November 16, 2017
Another impressive historic plane, Henrik! Hard to imagine a contraption like this ever getting off the ground. Those WWI pilots were brave indeed! Really enjoyed the write-up, too.
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  November 15, 2017
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe Excellent. Indeed the (stupid) minifigs are too much off from human proportions. Some people use a couple of 1x1 plates under the legs, but you can also use the Woody (Toy Story) legs and arms for a more proportional figurine.
Thank very much Hoexbroe! Thanks for the Minifig tips.
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  November 15, 2017
Quoting Christopher L. Faddis Wow! Just.. wow! Love it man! =D b
Thank you very much!
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  November 15, 2017
Excellent. Indeed the (stupid) minifigs are too much off from human proportions. Some people use a couple of 1x1 plates under the legs, but you can also use the Woody (Toy Story) legs and arms for a more proportional figurine.
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  November 14, 2017
Wow! Just.. wow! Love it man! =D b
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  November 14, 2017
Quoting Wesley T You should include a picture of the real aircraft so we can get some context of what it actually looks like. But other than that it looks great!
Thank you Wesley T, I did add a link to Wikipedia, where you will find a picture of the real plane!
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  November 14, 2017
You should include a picture of the real aircraft so we can get some context of what it actually looks like. But other than that it looks great!
 I made it 
  November 13, 2017
Quoting Simone Tozzi What an amazing creation!
Quoting adam thelegofan rutland amazing job!:D
Quoting Marty Fields A great little WWI fighter!
Quoting Cheryl P Wonderful details.
Thank you all for your very nice comments, it`s really appreciated.
 I like it 
  November 13, 2017
Wonderful details.
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  November 12, 2017
A great little WWI fighter!
 I like it 
  November 12, 2017
amazing job!:D
  November 12, 2017
What an amazing creation!
 I made it 
  November 12, 2017
Quoting C.K. Yee Excellent with the great details and the color combination. I like it very much.
Thank you very much, great to hear from you C.K. Yee!
 I made it 
  November 12, 2017
Quoting Spencer D It's perfect! I love how you made the boom, thanks for sharing!!
Thank you very much Spencer D!
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  November 11, 2017
Excellent with the great details and the color combination. I like it very much.
 I like it 
  November 10, 2017
It's perfect! I love how you made the boom, thanks for sharing!!
 I made it 
  November 10, 2017
Quoting jim mcdonough again another class build,at first glance it looks ordinary but closer inspection you see the classic engine detail and those wheels on the undercarriage are just perfection (my Britannia rolls has these to be fitted in chrome)colour is just right,and how did you pull of the red/white/blue tail in lego pieces.tan pieces as i know are very expensive, i was however expecting a red fokker triplane again another classic to add to your beautiful detailed collection
Thank you very much Jim! I`m really pleased you like my latest model, I have a Fokker in the pipeline, but not the triplane, but hopefully you won`t be disappointed!
 I made it 
  November 10, 2017
Quoting James Donovan Beautiful work!
Thank you James!
 I like it 
  November 10, 2017
again another class build,at first glance it looks ordinary but closer inspection you see the classic engine detail and those wheels on the undercarriage are just perfection (my Britannia rolls has these to be fitted in chrome)colour is just right,and how did you pull of the red/white/blue tail in lego pieces.tan pieces as i know are very expensive, i was however expecting a red fokker triplane again another classic to add to your beautiful detailed collection
 I like it 
  November 9, 2017
Beautiful work!
 I made it 
  November 8, 2017
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Itís great to see these WWI planes in Lego. Love how you made the frame. Im hoping you build more of these beauties.
Thank you very much Clayton! These WWI planes are great subjects for LEGO models, and only a few, like the Fokker DR.1 and the Sopwith Camel, are often seen. I also have the next one ready, but I still have some photo and text editing to do before I post it.
 I like it 
  November 8, 2017
Itís great to see these WWI planes in Lego. Love how you made the frame. Im hoping you build more of these beauties.
 I made it 
  November 7, 2017
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Nicely done! Every detailed has been sweated to perfection!
Thank you very much Kurt, what a great compliment!
 I made it 
  November 7, 2017
Quoting A Taylor Great work. The details are good and I can see how the tail boom was a pain to create.
Thank you very much A Taylor, getting the tail boom right was the essence of this build!
 I made it 
  November 7, 2017
Quoting Gabor Pauler Excellent tail- and landing gear solution, congratulations!
Thank you very much Gabor, I`m glad you like the details!
 I made it 
  November 7, 2017
Quoting Doug Hughes Very well done!!
Thank you very much Doug!
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  November 7, 2017
Quoting BATOH rossi It's a fabulous modeling job. immediately recognizable in the setting and detail. great MOC!
Thank you very much BATOH Rossi!
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  November 7, 2017
Quoting Seaman SPb Excellent work, Henrik!
Thank you very much Seaman!
 I made it 
  November 7, 2017
Quoting Brick Mason Amazing job, one of my favourite WW1 planes.....love the shaping.
Thank you Brick Mason, Iīm glad you like it!
 I made it 
  November 7, 2017
Quoting Sven ;o) Beautiful work on this Airco my friend. Checked some pics of the real one. You did an awesome job on capturing all the details.
Thank you very much Sven, always a pleasure to have your comment!
 I made it 
  November 7, 2017
Quoting Mark B. Fantastic build. Although I have no experience with the subject, my guess would be that building one of these "flimsy" WWI planes is quite a bit more difficult than building something more solid like, say, a Spitfire.
Thank you very much Mark. You`re right, handling the model during the building process requires a careful hand, but the finished model is relatively sturdy.
 I made it 
  November 7, 2017
Quoting Blaine R. Whimsical plane from a bygone era. Great design capturing the details.
Thank you very much Blaine!
 I like it 
  November 7, 2017
Nicely done! Every detailed has been sweated to perfection!
 I like it 
  November 7, 2017
Great work. The details are good and I can see how the tail boom was a pain to create.
 I like it 
  November 7, 2017
Excellent tail- and landing gear solution, congratulations!
 I like it 
  November 7, 2017
Very well done!!
 I like it 
  November 7, 2017
It's a fabulous modeling job. immediately recognizable in the setting and detail. great MOC!
 I like it 
  November 7, 2017
Excellent work, Henrik!
  November 7, 2017
Amazing job, one of my favourite WW1 planes.....love the shaping.
 I like it 
  November 6, 2017
Beautiful work on this Airco my friend. Checked some pics of the real one. You did an awesome job on capturing all the details.
 I like it 
  November 6, 2017
Fantastic build. Although I have no experience with the subject, my guess would be that building one of these "flimsy" WWI planes is quite a bit more difficult than building something more solid like, say, a Spitfire.
 I like it 
  November 6, 2017
Whimsical plane from a bygone era. Great design capturing the details.
 
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