War isn’t won just with planes, tanks and ships. Behind the scenes a huge machine needs to operate to keep the frontline moving, from medical care to mechanics and cookery to construction.
With shifting territory and short aircraft ranges in both world wars, runway and hangar building was as important to the war effort as the aircraft that used them. Often overlooked by Lego builders we have two builds today that recognise the behind-the-scenes heroes of the Allied victory in both wars.
First above (above) is Dread Pirate Wesley‘s superb First World War diorama, set somewhere in Northern France and featuring wonderful SE5a and Sopwith Camel biplanes alongside a brilliantly recreated canvas and wood hangar. It’s a stunning scene and one that you can see more of via the link to Wesley’s photostream above, where you can also find a trio of German Fokkers ready to meet the British fighters in the skies over France.
Today’s second wartime hangar (below) jumps forward around twenty-five years to the Second World War, with the canvas and wood replaced by concrete and tin, and the biplanes by the far more sophisticated Supermarine Spitfire, very probably the greatest fighter of the conflict. Builder Didier Burtin has curved LEGO’s grey baseplates under tension to create the impressive hangar, equipping with everything required to keep the pair of Spitfires airworthy.
There’s more to see of Didier’s beautiful Second World War diorama at his photostream via the link above, where you can also see what happens when a part fails on a 1940s fighter plane, and therefore why the heroes behind the scenes were as vital as those in the cockpits.
But, in this writer’s opinion, the most beautiful aircraft of the Second World War. This gorgeous Supermarine Spitfire comes from Mike Fifer of MOCpages, and it contains some of the most brilliantly-built colouring of any model we’ve found. It’s not just the superb camouflage you can see in these pictures either, as the underside is rather special too. Click the link above to find out why.
It’s been a while since we posted a historic warplane here at The Lego Car Blog, so in rectification today we’ve got three! First up (above) is JBIronWorks’ beautiful blue Grumman F4F Wildcat and accompanying diorama. There’s more to see on Flickr by clicking here.
The second of today’s trio of Word War 2 fighters comes from Daniel Siskind, who has constructed a brilliant mini-figure scale replica of the legendary Supermarine Spitfire. Daniel’s version pictured here is a Mark V in desert camouflage and there’s lots more too see at his photostream – click the link above to make the trip.
The final creation in today’s threesome, representing the Axis Powers – and the nemesis of the Spitfire above, is the formidable Messerschmitt BF-109. This stunning recreation of the famous fighter has been built by Flickr’s Lennart C, and you can see more of his model by clicking here.
We’ve not posted a plane for a while, so here’s one of our favourites; the beautiful Supermarine Spitfire, built here in Mk. IX form by Henrik Jensen on MOCpages. See all the photos at Henrik’s MOCpage.
This wonderful little Supermarine Spitfire MkV comes from Dornbi on Flickr. Surely one of the most beautiful, and important, aircraft ever built, the Spitfire and its comrade the Hurricane saved British skies from German invasion. And therefore possibly saved Europe too.
This incredible Supermarine Spitfire is the work of K Wigboldy aka Thirdwigg on MOCpages. Probably the the most beautiful plane ever designed, and one of the saviors of European, Australian and Soviet skies during World War II, the Supermarine fought throughout the war for the Allied Forces before retiring from RAF service in 1961. Powered by monstrous supercharged Rolls Royce engines the Supermarine nearly went supersonic in dives and paved the way for the supersonic fighters that followed the war.
Today only 40-odd airworthy planes remain from the 20,000 produced – but all that could change in 2013. A long rumored cache of buried Spitfires in Burma is due to be excavated this year, with up to 60 of the planes hidden neatly in unopened packing crates for 60 years. The Supermarines were shipped to Burma to equip the Allies in the war in the Pacific. However the war finished before they could be built, and the MOD deemed it more economical to bury them than ship them back to the UK. Now that’s a rumor worth buying a metal detector for.
K Wigboldy’s Lego version of the famous fighter is more than a beautiful sculpture. Inside the full-stud body he’s packed in Power Functions control for the Rolls Royce engine, variable-pitch propellor and landing gear, as well as complete cockpit control for the flaps, elevators and rudder. To see more of this amazing creation click the link at the top of the post for MOCpages, or view it on Flickr here.