Probably the most beautiful aircraft ever made
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most iconic aircraft of all time, also my favourite. Many years ago I managed to rebuild this engineering masterpiece with LEGO bricks. Before stepping into the LEGO part, let me give you a little introduction of the aircraft.
Born in the USA during the late 50's to 60's, the SR-71 Blackbird was designed by Mr Clarence Leonard "Kelly" Johnson for the CIA as "the ultimate undetectable spy plane". Basically, the main job of the Blackbird was to "collect" the information of the former Soviet Union back to the USA.
Since I’m not a scientist and the fact that I have to keep this article from being boring, I’ll just talk about some superficial design features of the SR-71.
Thanks to the stealth technology and aerodynamics witchcraft, the body of the SR-71 was given some distinctive or even bizarre designs (which we find beautiful). It was designed to have a flattened body shape, two sawtooth-shaped wings and the super cool matte paint all over the bodywork. All these features made the Blackbird look like nothing people ever seen at that time (apart from the SR-71’s elder brother A-12).
Let's talk about LEGO.
A model of the SR-71 Blackbird my dad bought me when I was eight years old
It looks like a dagger, a Medieval sword or a sawfish’s nose. The bodywork is curvy and thin, which makes it really hard to be reinterpreted with LEGO bricks.
A picture I took during the second rebuild of my LEGO SR-71
It took me around 5 hours to finish the first model, which looked... well it was definitely an aircraft, but not the Blackbird.
And here it is.
The first model
After having lunch and some thoughts, I started to work on the second model and this was what I built.
The second model
It looks more accurate, right? As I was saying, it's really hard to fully resurrect the beautiful, curvy bodywork of the SR-71 Blackbird, but I reckon this is the best I shall do at this scale.
Sadly, these are the only pictures I've got. Hopefully someday I'll build a better model.
By the way
This is the Batman Tumbler I built roughly at the same time, which I'm pretty proud of!
The Batman Tumbler
Hope you guys enjoy this article!