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Vanina X. was a rich & famous mercenary in the 30's. Here she is in front of her personnal bi-plan.
About this creation
I wanted to add a new warbird in my collection. Plus, I liked the idea it could belong to a mighty girl. there's no lie saying that women took a consequent part on searches for treasures, bounty hunting, territory exploration (like in Africa or South America), various adventures, etc.



This plane is pretty big for a single-seat one. As I built it starting from the engine, I had to balance length and wingspan.


I like the black & red color mix. It reminds me of the "Red baron"'s triplan Fokker.



Tough job to take a good pic with the propeller in motion.






Same...






The engine gave me some hard time. I re-built it a dozen times changing some tiny details again and again.



I estimate its power being about 300-350hp (yes, we were back in the '30s...), it is not symetrical as most of planes at that time.












Like WWI warbirds, the two .30 machine-guns are settled in front of the pilot and synchronised with the propeller (it can be useful...). The shooting and the repairs in case of jamming are easier.



A B&W try... It's kind of diffuse but I like it. Directly taken from the 30's.



This one is for size comparison with the biplan from "Pharaoh's quest".



I always bring up-grades to my sets (in this case, machine-guns are more realistic). This time, it was very practical: the original set could not "take off". Because its landing gear was too short and the propeller was mowing the lawn... After many tries, I came up with this idea. The most good-looking one in my humble opinion.



The result is cool.



That's all, folks!! A little bird made during this winter break in a few hours.
Enjoy, comment and happy new year to everyone!!




Comments

 I made it 
  June 4, 2013
Quoting David Roberts I'm looking more and more at Lego aeroplanes now. I like this little bi-plane a lot, indeed I think that it's a better shape than the official one. The rows of cheeses on the right side make great exhaust covers. The red wing tips look great and don't dazzle like a totally red MOC would do.
OMG, Thank you!!!! Nothing can hide from your glance!!
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  June 4, 2013
I'm looking more and more at Lego aeroplanes now. I like this little bi-plane a lot, indeed I think that it's a better shape than the official one. The rows of cheeses on the right side make great exhaust covers. The red wing tips look great and don't dazzle like a totally red MOC would do.
 I made it 
  December 3, 2012
Quoting White Knight Great pair of wings !>.....well done
Thank you!! I'm going to check your Castles real soon...
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  December 3, 2012
Quoting Parrington Levens Ah yes, I missed this one. And what a beauty indeed! And the pilot is a great touch. I'm a big fan of these lego land scale old timer planes, even did one myself along time ago I reckon you'll get a kick out of :)
Thank you Parrington!! I'm eager to see your skills spreading on warbirds. It should be great!
Marc dZ
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White Knight
  December 2, 2012
Great pair of wings !>.....well done
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  November 27, 2012
Ah yes, I missed this one. And what a beauty indeed! And the pilot is a great touch. I'm a big fan of these lego land scale old timer planes, even did one myself along time ago I reckon you'll get a kick out of :) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/181916
 I made it 
  April 12, 2012
Quoting Joo Enon Marc, Im a fan of your works now! Awesome! XD
No, I AM your fan... lol. You are much more skilled than I am.
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  April 12, 2012
Marc, Im a fan of your works now! Awesome! XD
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera Thanks for all your kind comments Marc!
... Because your stunning creations are really worth such comments. You're more than welcome! ;)
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  March 26, 2012
This I a great bi-plane! I really like the colour combination, it also reminds me of the red barons flying machine :-) the details on the engine look really good and I also like the B&W shot. Thanks for all your kind comments Marc!
 I made it 
  February 11, 2012
Quoting Thoy Bradley I thought I had already been here. These little flights of fancy are a really simple design and yet really effective. With lots of bricks one can build anything, but the skill is shown in what you can do with few bricks. You are awesome at creating these little beauties! ~Thoy
h MaAAAAAster!! You came to meeeee! lol Thank you very much!! When you start from the bottom, you learn to appreciate each little cheering comment. So let me tell you that I really appreciate it a lot.
 I like it 
  February 11, 2012
I thought I had already been here. These little flights of fancy are a really simple design and yet really effective. With lots of bricks one can build anything, but the skill is shown in what you can do with few bricks. You are awesome at creating these little beauties! ~Thoy
 I like it 
  February 11, 2012
I thought I had already been here. These little flights of fancy are a really simple design and yet really effective. With lots of bricks one can build anything, but the skill is shown in what you can do with few bricks. You are awesome at creating these little beauties! ~Thoy
Marc dZ
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White Knight
  February 7, 2012
Lovely !>.....well done
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  January 16, 2012
Quite nice! I've actually never even considered building something like this, maybe I should!
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  January 2, 2012
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Nicely done! The tail fin looks excellent, and I really like the shaping of the sides. You chose terrific colours, and they really highlight the build. Great work!
Thanks for the kind words, Luke; I do appreciate!! Happy new year to you...
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  January 2, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett Beautiful. The red and black looks great on this. It makes me think of Amy Johnston and those other brave men and women who dared to fly these pioneering machines. Happy New Year Marc!
The first... the only one... Thanks for the kind words, Nick!! Take good care of you and your familly for 2012!!
 I like it 
  December 31, 2011
Nicely done! The tail fin looks excellent, and I really like the shaping of the sides. You chose terrific colours, and they really highlight the build. Great work!
 I like it 
  December 29, 2011
Beautiful. The red and black looks great on this. It makes me think of Amy Johnston and those other brave men and women who dared to fly these pioneering machines. Happy New Year Marc!
 
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