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T-6 Texan

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Description

The North American Aviation T-6 Texan is an American single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), United States Air Force (USAF), United States Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1970s. Designed by North American Aviation, the T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force. The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) and USAAF designated it as the AT-6, the United States Navy the SNJ, and British Commonwealth air forces the Harvard, the name by which it is best known outside the US. Starting in 1948, the new United States Air Force (USAF) designated it the T-6, with the USN following in 1962. It remains a popular warbird used for airshow demonstrations and static displays. It has also been used many times to simulate various historical aircraft, including the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero. A total of 15,495 T-6s of all variants were built.

Overall Design Features

Drawing inspiration from all corners of the LEGO world, I humbly present my rendition of the North American T-6 Texan. Featuring:

  • accurate styling and proportions to that of the T-6 variation (there are so many!)
  • folding landing gear that fold flush into the body
  • wing-tip lights
  • fully-modeled radial engine with removable cowling
  • internal cockpit with flight controls for two pilots
  • adjustable flaps/ailerons on the wings
  • adjustable rear vertical and horizontal stabilizers on the empennage (rear tail assembly)
  • rotating front rotor
  • nearly-studless design
  • elegant display stand
  • built to LEGO design standards using standard connections and parts placement to ensure a strong model perfect for display
  • utilizes only currently-available color pieces (although I’d love much more dark blue options!)

Focus was given to accuracy, strength and playability, and with quick-to-market and available colors. The product includes a full-color encrypted PDF of the digital model and importable XML parts list (in txt format). No bricks are included, but can be acquired from LEGO directly or other sources such as bricklink.com or similar. Decals are for display purposes only; no stickers are included.

Additional information

PDF Instructions

Yes

XLS Parts List

Yes

XML Parts List

Yes

Piece Count

851

Updates

Version 4

This version completely redesigned the interior engine compartment, re-modeling the engine to a more accurate and aesthetically-pleasing radial engine, along with detailed compressor and fuel tank areas all under an expanded removable cowling. The tail was also redesigned for strength and visual acuity, moving it closer to the sloped segment for a cleaner look. Finally, the wings were updated to reinforce the middle segment, revising the guns from two 1×1 plates with bar to a 1×2 plate with 3 teeth (which more accurately depicts the 3 guns) and revising the folding landing gear and storage to be stronger and cleaner in appearance. Also included in this version is a completely redesigned display stand that showcases the plane in a better light, angle and focus and no longer distracts from the visual of the plane in flight. Finally, newly-designed armaments now adorn each wing and two external fuel tanks were also added. Other various piece adjustments were also made throughout to strengthen or refine the design for easier build and stability.


Version 3

Newly added stand included in the instructions! Feature the Corsair in flying formation with the addition of an elegant studless stand. Other adjustments include a refined part usage and color scheme to aid in instructions (interior colors were changed to black to help differentiate from the LBG exterior), and adjustments to the instructions to correct a few placement and process gaps identified.


Version 2

Featuring increased strength in the wing segments and increased rigidity in the fuselage. The folding wheel door mechanism was sacrificed for these improvements, but was a necessary trade off to ensure successful and long-term playability without frustration.

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