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Lockheed Martin F-35 'Lightning II' series
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Single seat, Single Engine 5th Generation Multirole Fighter. Product of the 'Joint Strike Fighter ' (JSF) program, The F-35 is produced in 3 variants - F-35A, F-35B and F-35C. Approximate scale 1:50
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This is an original creation, no third party designs or techniques were appropriated for the construction. Any resemblance to existing designs or techniques is purely coincidental.

'The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth generation multirole fighters under development to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability. The F-35 has three main models; the F-35A is a conventional takeoff and landing variant, the F-35B is a short take off and vertical-landing variant, and the F-35C is a carrier-based variant.
The F-35 is descended from the X-35, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. JSF development is being principally funded by the United States, with the United Kingdom and other partner governments providing additional funding. The partner nations are either NATO members or close U.S. allies. It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin. The F-35 carried out its first flight on 15 December 2006.
The United States plans to buy a total of 2,443 aircraft to provide the bulk of its tactical airpower for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy over the coming decades. The United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Turkey, Israel and Japan are part of the development program and may equip their air services with the F-35.' (Wikipedia, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II)

As with my SU-27 series, I went the whole hog on the F-35, producing all three variants with a reasonable degree of functionality in all models. Unfortunately due to the size constraints, I had to do away with the ejector seat I so loved, but managed to retain many playable features nonetheless.





Common to all three variants is the opening canopy, fully retractable undercarriage, opening internal weapons bay doors and movable control surfaces. The A and C variants feature a retractable arrestor hook, whilst the B version boast a wide number of opening doors to accommodate the VTOL system as well as a 90 degree pivoting main exhaust cowling. Mid air refueling features are also installed on all variants, though the A variant model does feature hinging components not intended for use as such - this was to maintain commonality in shape.

F-35A





First up, the Conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) variant intended for use with the USAF and other air forces. The lightest, cheapest version to produce, the F-35A is the only variant stressed to 9 g and equipped with a GAU-22/A 25mm internal gatling-type rotary cannon housed above the port engine intake. I've tried to include this detail, as it gives the A a pronounced protrusion where the weapon is housed. The images of the aircraft in flight configuration also have 6 external hard-point racks fitted to illustrate where these would be.

F-35B





Whether you'll admit it or not, this is the one we're all here for. The party trick F-35. The big headache variant. As with the real F-35B, I had to compromise structural strength to accommodate the STOVL (short take-off and vertical landing) system. Some of the more sharp eyed viewers may notice the difference in shape just aft of the canopy when compared to the other two variants. This is to make room for the shaft-driven lift fan, which is a key component of the VTOL system and ultimately what allowed the X-35 to triumph over the X-32 in the Joint Strike Fighter Program. I've included an external 25mm gun pod in a few of the images to give an impression of the location and size.

F-35C





Last in the current series is the F-35C, the CATOBAR (catapult assisted take-off but arrested recovery) variant intended for use aboard aircraft carriers. This version can be distinguished from the other two by its larger wing, elevator and tail surfaces. Despite possessing a larger wingspan, the tips of the wings can be folded to reduce the overall area of required for storage to below that of the A and B variants.

Again, please rate and comment on this creation - let me know if you have any suggestions or would like to attempt to build one in bricks.

I'll be updating this page again soon with more images and info.


Building instructions
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Comments

 I like it 
  March 27, 2014
Very nice! I really like these. I am a big fan of the F-35's, and you're done quite a good job at recreating them in Lego
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  January 15, 2014
These are awesome. Can't wait to see what you make next. Maybe S-70 platform? With all of the different variants. Blackhawk, Seahawk, Pavehawk, Jayhawk, etc.
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  October 1, 2013
I really love your F-35 , but I can't open the LDD file , the LDD file is crashes . Can you send your F-35 LDD file to my e-mail ? My e-mail is lego2012@yahoo.com
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  May 15, 2013
I really love this pack. It's awesome, and I like that you included all of the different variants. Just curious; why didn't you include ordnance? What aircraft will be next? Maybe something European, like the Dassault Rafale, SAAB Gripen, or Eurofighter Typhoon?
  April 2, 2013
I'm not sure why, but every time I try to open the LDD file, the program crashes. The loading bar goes to full, then it stops responding. Any chance of posting the models separately? The Flankers file works just fine, though.
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  February 13, 2013
nice work, i like because it's adapted to minifig and with effiency. Also you make lot of sort of plane and this add something... Have you a Flickr's gallery? me it's batjoao11 on Flickr. I hope there will are lot of other creations of this sort.
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  January 21, 2013
Slick set of birds, my man! Some of the proportions feel a bit off, and I mean just a tad of a tad small, but given the medium it should be expected. Really nice transitions all around and they still look the part from every angle. Thoroughly enjoyed.
 
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