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C-1 "Stratohauler" (Antonov-Inspired Heavy Duty Cargo Aircraft)
This is my first big construction of an aircraft. My goal was to create a plane not only looking cool, but being fun to play with as well. Thats why I chose a cargo version. Even though I had a great plan I wanted to realize in Legos (the construction of a realistic looking Antonow An-124), something else came out of it. However, I sometimes still call it my Antonow:) I wanted the plane to look very powerful, having 4 engines and looking quite substantial. Behind the cockpit, there is space for a 6-8 lego-point-wide semi truck or similar vehicle. They can be driven over the ramp right from the huge back of the aircraft. I Would be glad to exchange experience with other LEGO aircraft fans! Key words for this page: Antonov Antonow cargo plane engines ramp freight freighter civil aircraft heavy duty cockpit semi truck vehicle jet massive huge playable playability town airport aviation flight Stratohauler C-1 KAAI
About this creation



























A nice front view: Can you feel the power?:)








Pilot & co-pilot in front of the aircraft:










Lookin from the back into the open aircraft...
























The ramp is closed










Theres enough space for my current semi truck
which will be posted very soon!








My "birdy" from a top view









And its big nose again:)






Exhaust...








A rear view over the back of the aircraft










In the sun - right before take-of:)









Take-of (1) with a giant Tiger in the backround:)










Take-of (2)










Take-of (3)










Into the sun (1):










Into the sun (2):



































































The retractable landing gear:























Okay, there was a front view of the plane - sorry for my brothers feet in the backround:)...
The cockpit has space for the pilot, copilot & a third person on the CB & technical control table.











You have to walk up two steps and open up a little door separating the cargo area from the cockpit. On both sides of the plane, there are two main doors right behind the cockpit, as well as two freight / loading doors above the massive, protected rear landing gear of the aircraft.
The outer engines are a little smaller than the inner ones - due to a shortage of the round white elements I used for them.

Iam aware that a lot of details can still be improved. The fixing / hanging up of the engines, for instance, towards a more realistic look, as well as maybe a different version of the rear landing gear - even though i really like these ones cause they give the plane a "heavier" look, etc. But it was my first attempt...

My LEGOS have been accumulating since I was a little boy. Nowadays, Id say that I own quite a lot of elements, but still there is a HUGE problem. Not being able to spend insane amounts on new pieces, Im kind of stuck with what I have. Very often, I have to compromise the way I build things. Check out the round elements of the engines, for instance. Half of them are from the 60s and 70s or so - when my Dad and his brother were playing with Legos. The dont have any more grip, so the engines are kind of shaky, unstable and very picky...

Its just so crazy to think about the possibilities wed have if we wouldnt have to worry about parts. I wish LEGO would do some sponsering or give some price reductions or something - if wed display some of our well constructed samples to them. That has always been a huge problem for me - I have sooo much I would like to construct...
Does anyone have an idea of how to get certain elements cheaper, or even better: cheaper & a large selection of parts ???

Id be very interested in your opinion about the plane! Feel free to comment, critize and evaluate it! Thank you guys!





Comments

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  January 3, 2014
this is really awesome work mate with a lot of amazing details
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  October 6, 2010
wow, just, wow. ur creations are the best when it comes to air vehicles :)
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  September 27, 2009
I mean GCM groh cargo manafactures the C-6 century is coming good
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  September 27, 2009
:') im gonna cry <:') this is the most awesome antonov inspired plane ever! <:'Dand the c-3 oohhh the c-3 is a beast! this has inspired me to make my own cargo im gonna name it the C-6 century made by GAF groh airforce so thanks for the ideas man I can count on ya!
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  September 27, 2009
thanks steffen =) I love all of your planes!
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  September 24, 2009
Quoting Kade Groh Beatiful just beatiful sir but steffen is this a sister the the C-3 or is the C-3 big sister or little?
Hey Kade, thanks a lot! The C-1 was my first big aircraft I made a couple of years ago. The C-2 followed, already incorporating much more advanced building techniques and looking smoother than the C-1. The C-3 is my current project which Ill be able to continue in December. It is much bigger than both the C-1 and the C-2, and again looks much better than the predecessor. I wish you could see the planes next to each other to see the difference. The first one doesnt exist anymore, but the C-2 is still in one piece so I might put it next to my WIP just to see the dimensions... Best regards, Steffen
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  September 23, 2009
Beatiful just beatiful sir but steffen is this a sister the the C-3 or is the C-3 big sister or little?
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  September 9, 2009
Quoting Mirq Vaspir She's a beautiful plane sir. I like when builders focus on something other than military fighters. And also pleased to find a solution for jet engines when I dont have those all-one-piece engine nacelles from the big plane kits. Very nice!
Hey Mirq:, thanks a lot for the nice comment! I agree, too many builders focus too much on military stuff around here. There are other nice themes, too, and cargo aircraft are still rather rare in about any community. They are my favorite topic right now. Have you seen my C-2 aircraft and my current WIP? Cause if you liked this one here, you might like its successors even more... Especially the C-3 X prototype (under construction but already impressive and posted as a WIP) will be the pride of the fleet:)... Best regards, Steffen
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  September 8, 2009
She's a beautiful plane sir. I like when builders focus on something other than military fighters. And also pleased to find a solution for jet engines when I dont have those all-one-piece engine nacelles from the big plane kits. Very nice!
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  August 7, 2009
This is lovely work. Not many people build in this large scale and give it so much functionality. All of your work is quite amazing and I would like to work off of your designs. Would you mind if I do so? Anyhow, excellent work and I hope to see your current WIP completed.
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  February 5, 2009
this is sooooo cool plz tell me how to make it p.s. u dont know that i live on mars oh no i said were i live!!!!!
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  January 20, 2009
Quoting Bruno Vaiano Hy Steffen! Well, after losing about 15 minutes of my life looking at your two giant awesome cargo planes (although looking at your planes is no losing of time ;) i got inspired to make my own giant cargo craft. Then I was thinking, could I name it C-3 to keep the KAAI 10 stud aircraft name tradition? My one is ten stud to. Bruno
Hi Bruno, thanks for the really nice comment! I am happy to hear that my cargo jets have been an inspiration for you to build your own one! Im actually really curious about your upcoming one now. And there arent too many builders out there who have built one or who like to build that type of aircraft... So Im happy to get some more company:) 10 stud-wide fuselage sounds good - and is necessary to make bigger vehicles fit in it. Of course, you can name your plane however you want. Though I have to say that I'm currently building on my C-3M, a giant, even much bigger cargo aircraft - a military one. The "KAAI" I made up stands for "Kasteleiner Aircraft & Aerospace Industries", by the way. So I guess your plane is rather gonna be a Republic Vaiano model, right? My current WIP, if youre interested, will have a 16-studs-wide fuselage and a 10 or 12-wide cargo hold (the floor).I t currently is ca. 114 studs long and might get prolonged to about 120 studs (because of the tail construction yet to be finally designed and a potential slight lengthening of the cargo hold); the wingspan measures 124 studs so far... Nose and cockpit are designed and ready, too. For the tail section, Im tending towards a double side rudder similar to the one of an Antonov An-225 - an if not that, then Ill give it another T-tail. Just to make you curious... Thanks again for the great comment! Best regards, Steffen
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  January 19, 2009
Hy Steffen! Well, after losing about 15 minutes of my life looking at your two giant awesome cargo planes (although looking at your planes is no losing of time ;) i got inspired to make my own giant cargo craft. Then I was thinking, could I name it C-3 to keep the KAAI 10 stud aircraft name tradition? My one is ten stud to. Bruno
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  October 7, 2008
very cool. my favorite parts the cockpit.Try building a c-130 hercules.great moc
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  July 26, 2008
hello I'm french and I love your style for your creation ! very very very nice!
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  May 20, 2008
WOW! I love the size of this aircraft. I have never tried to make any kind of plane, but based on the sheer size of this thing i'm super impressed, and can tell it took a lot of work. I especially like the attention to detail and the wide cargo ramp... you can fit some serious cargo in the belly of that beast! Adam
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  May 19, 2008
Wow, impressive size and shape. Wings are rather...different when viewed from the top, but I really like the way they bend about halfway down the wing. Only two things I noticed that might use refurnishing, I noticed that on each side there is 1 small window, next to the main cockpit windows...that is not lined up with the other smaller windows. I think all the small windows need to be lined up. The nose could be smoothed down a bit, but I know that that is one of the toughest aspects of designing a lego airplane. Good job!
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  May 18, 2008
Very impressive. The wings look like they were very hard to make. I'm impressed that it hold minifigs (not that the size wouldn't allow it, but like a technic). The tail-fin is very nice. The only thing that could make this better is if you were able to smooth out the nose. Nice work!
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  April 6, 2008
um please can u email me the instructions for this beast of a machine? hi
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  April 2, 2008
Very nice build, the attention to detail is amazing! 5/5
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  March 27, 2008
I like the concept and overall design, especially of the empennage, wings and rear landing gear. The nose, however, looks like it could use some improvement, as it looks a bit jagged (then again, I wouldn't expect making a smooth surface like that to be easy). As for the fuselage, it could be longer. Great model, though.
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  March 27, 2008
Wow!! it looks simply awesome!! The amount of detail you`ve got in this thing make it very heavy and well, evil, maybe? ( You dont know the power of the airplane!!!!)muhahaha!! The size of it is also a thing for respect. Youve got a great amount of pieces to build this. Can you check my fast food? Is in My town folder. Bruno
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  March 19, 2008
Not bad, though there are some gripes. As was mentioned, the tail kinda needs to be more solid. The droopy wingtips do look Antonovish, but I would either decrease the droop or as was suggested, carry the droop through the whole wing. Like you said, the engine attachments could use a bit of help, but I'm not quite sure how to do it, especially with your pieces! So what do you have anyway... Nice work, great to see some full-scale cargo planes! -- -- Michael
  March 17, 2008
A very nice cargo plane you've got there! I got the feeling of an Antonov right away, and it looks super heavy (great!). Sure the tail could be more of a solid piece, but as you mentioned you have a limited number of bricks which makes this even more of an achievement. Excellent job!
Steffen Kasteleiner
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Jeffery Smith
  February 8, 2008
very nice aircraft. i also have very limited pieces so i know how half the time it takes creating a large aircraft is finding the pieces
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  February 6, 2008
And you wanted me to visit your cargo plane? I don't mind if I do! It sure is massive . . . it reminds me of a Bae-146. Two suggestions: (a) make the wings straight (b) make the tail more massive with no spaces inbetween. The little tail parts are good for small airplanes, but for the big ones, try to use bricks and slopes, as I used with my Centura plane. And about the wings, it's true that Russian planes have slanting wings . . . but notice that the WHOLE wing slants, not just PART of it. However, the nose is nice. As the CEO of BriksAir, the official airline of my country, I'll order five of these (without your brother's feet)!
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  January 27, 2008
Nice choice and its so massive! You built well with your limited parts.
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  January 24, 2008
you know i think that lego should sell bins of certain colors or certain peices {or any combo of the two} nice plane BTW
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  January 24, 2008
nice and lol there are feet behind in the cough, check out my stuff!
 
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