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Best LEGO airplane set

jake9jake9 Member Posts: 4
edited December 2011 in Collecting
Wondering what you all think is the best airplane set(s) ever released, either City or any other theme, current or prior year. I tend to prefer the realistic proportions of City planes, but the other themes have some very cool, wild designs.
Thanks.

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  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    The only plane we have built so far is the Passenger Plane (the blue one), we have not yet built the Airport or Car's Spy Plane, but both look cool.

    The Passenger Plane was better than I expected, better than I remember planes being when I was a kid in the 80s. It looks just like what I fly on American Airlines, those wonderful (or terrible) MD-80s that they can't seem to get rid of. ;)
  • DatoDato Member Posts: 111
    edited December 2011
    I don't own it, but Cargo Plane (7734) seems to be an excellent set. You could easily get 2x to 3x over the original RRP for an MISB in today's market.

    I think the new Fire Plane (4209) has the potential to be as popular as the Cargo Plane.
  • DatoDato Member Posts: 111
    edited December 2011
    BTW, my son loves his red passenger plane in 3182, although he thinks the plane needs more engines-- he likes to transplant the two engines from his AC Jetcopter to this plane to make it a Boeing 747.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Yikes! I just looked up the Cargo Plane, $350 on Amazon!!! OUCH!!!

    Anyone think Airport will get that high?
  • LegogeekLegogeek Orange County, CaliforniaMember Posts: 711
    Not really an airplane set as per the others, but I really like 7628-1: Peril in Peru
  • aplbomr79aplbomr79 Member Posts: 159
    @Dato Thanks for the post. I had previously written off the whole firefighters portion of the new 2012 line - until I read your post and looked at it for myself. I just couldn't believe that a Fire Plane would offer that much... now, I want it BAD!

    There is so much offered in these new sets that I just plain overlooked before... TLG is at the top of their game right now... I hope that this lasts for a while.
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    I'm looking forward to building peril in Peru with my husband after Christmas - looks like a great plane. He's a big fan of planes and is rather fond of the little yellow seaplane, they're certainly easier to squeeze into a cityscape, the modern planes are huge!
  • kylejohnson11kylejohnson11 Member Posts: 508
    I've built 4 airplanes, 7734 is one of them. It is the best aviation set in my opinion. Not only do you get a great build, but you get a more realistic Tug and a Loader!

    I used to work for a company that did ground handling for passenger and cargo aircraft so I think the added perks really did it for me.

    I got mine a year and a half ago on eBay for 80, used.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    another vote for peril in peru, i have two of them in my airport
  • StuBoyStuBoy New ZealandMember Posts: 623
    edited December 2011
    @aplbomr79
    TLG is at the top of their game right now... I hope that this lasts for a while.
    I agree!!! I probably won't be getting any of the Police or Fire sets for my boy, (as we've got more than enough already) but I love the other vehicles, mostly really well designed and playable. Also like the 2 minifigs included in a lot of the municipal vehicles.

    Back on topic, aside from the Cargo plane, the plane from 7307 Flying Mummy Attack is pretty cool, although the wings are a little short.
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    ^another vote for that one. 7307 is frequently 30% off and a bargain at that price, nice plane and nice figs (for Halloween!)
    I have the postal plane unbuilt - anyone got it? Looks adorable
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Just a note - 3181 is $29 on TRU right now, seems like the best price around, plus get a free minikit with it...
  • bor2112bor2112 Member Posts: 289
    ^I tried to add wrath to my cart along with my items and it would not come up as free...
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,914
    edited December 2011
    The plane in 'Peril in Peru' is without doubt the best plane LEGO has released. However it does need some modification. I was not happy with the stickered large fuselage pieces so I replaced them with 1x2 clear bricks alternated with 1x1s in yellow which improved it no end and also made the 'line' of the fueselage more streamlined.

    It's the only model from IJ that I still have built and on display. It's too good to dismantle and put away.
  • Stu83Stu83 Member Posts: 9
    I'll add to those aclaiming 7734 Cargo Plane and Peril in Peru - the ground vehicles really make them work. I'll also add a classic set that I rather liked, 6341 Gas N' Go Flyer from 1994. Reminds me of the Edgley Optica, a rather obscure 1980s observation plane used as a survey and observation aircraft, and comes with a little Octan fuel bowser.

    @Savage_Steel The postal plane is a nice little number and integrates well with a mail van if you have one of those too.
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    Oh great! I do. One of the few sets I paid over the odds for, but glad I have, as I now have a post office to put it with (I don't actually like the van from the christmas post office)

    Has anyone done a comprehensive plane bricklist?
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,210
    ^ Peril in Peru is in my Top 10 all time favorite sets and I just haaaaaated that movie. :o)
  • LegogeekLegogeek Orange County, CaliforniaMember Posts: 711
    :o) Nice to see so many people like the IJ plane too! Hope LEGO brings us something similar again one day.

    The little postal plane is a fun little plane.

    @Savage-Steel .... the plane bricklist sounds like a good idea. I wonder if there is a 'Plane' following like there is for the trains? Maybe @Si_Dorking_Surrey_UK is working on one (like his train bricklist...? ;oP )

  • coachiecoachie South WalesMember Posts: 476
    Has to be 657 jet for me. Loved those jet engine plates. They were used for many a pre-Classic Space ship. Also stickers (ooh) and printed bricks (ahh) in one set.

    Failing that, 3451 Sopwith Camel/ 10024 Red Baron sculptures although I haven't, er, got round to building mine yet. The boxes look nice, though.

    Mark
  • Rollo_TomassiRollo_Tomassi Member Posts: 113
    I got the Cargo Plane for my kids a couple Christmases ago and stupidly didn't get one for myself. But I can definitely say that and the Coast Guard boat I got for them triggered my fascination with the City theme. :-)
  • OdinduskOdindusk Member Posts: 763
    I believe my only plane built was 6377, so I'm probably not a good candidate to vote. =)
  • jake9jake9 Member Posts: 4
    The new Ninjago jet 9442 looks way cool, but probably won't fit too well with other City planes. The Agents 8630 plane is like a F-22 Raptor lookalike.

    I prefer the smaller Town era planes, though.
  • devilheaddevilhead Member Posts: 282
    edited December 2011
    Too difficult to decide between the planes I own. Of the larger City planes, 7734 Cargo Plane is probably my favorite. Overall I prefer the smaller planes. In fact I just received 7696 Commuter Jet today. The 2928 Airline Promo and 2064 Airline Promo are both very close to being awesome. 7732 Air Mail or 3178 Seaplane would be my favorite City plane. All that said, 6615 Eagle Stunt Flyer is probably my overall favorite. Can't wait to get my hands on 4778 Airline Promo, that one looks sharp.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,155
    Going to go 'old school' and say the 1818 set or 6368 Jet Airliner.. I have a soft spot for that as it was one of the sets I had as a kid (and still have it)

    As I understand it the 1818 is rare so I wound up using an inventory list and getting all the pieces together and getting the sticker-ed parts from BL.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    cant believe nobodys mentioned sonic boom yet either. Shame its not to scale with the airport sets though. The various planes have some serious scale issues going on!
  • LambringoLambringo Member Posts: 104
    edited December 2011
    I was just about the put sonic boom down. More mini fig scale than ones that come with them and just looks so good. One day when I have some more time I'd like to build another and swap out the red and blue for grey, our just blue
  • SupersympaSupersympa SwedenMember Posts: 534
    There have been so many planes since the 80's...I have been collecting those since I came back from my dark age. I own almost all of them, but 1818 and 1973...

    I think the 3181 passenger plane is really cool, but it is difficult to choose really.
    the most Hated one is very easy to find: 7893
  • jgadgetjgadget Member Posts: 192
    ^^^ 1818 is probably at the top of my list too, because it's rather unusual.
    I was lucky enough to get a few of these from a store at Helsinki airport. Hard to believe that it must have been 15 years ago.
    I built one, I think I passed one onto Huw at the time, sold another on ebay a couple of years later, but can't open or part with my last sealed copy.

    There are many other City planes near the top of the list, such as 6544 (recently blogged on GimmeLego) and another striking plane in 6582.

    The Dreamliner, 10177, is rather nice too.
  • jgadgetjgadget Member Posts: 192
    ^^ I like 7893. It's a bit big compared to the older City planes, but it's the same basic plane as the Cargo Plane, which so many seem to like.
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    We need a list!!
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,210
    I know I've run across an existing bricklist already..
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,612
    I always liked the sets 5925 ans 5935.
  • HuskerDontHuskerDont Member Posts: 32
    I have to go with the DC-3 lookalike from Peril In Peru.

    @LegoFanTexas Given its size, I think the Passenger Plane has a closer resemblance to another aircraft in the AMR fleet, the Embraer 135/140/145's operated by Eagle and Chautauqua.
  • georgebjonesgeorgebjones Member Posts: 224
    This is a great and horrible discussion! It's great because I get to know all these great planes in sets I didn't know about. It us horrible because now I want them and most are not available.
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,650

    There are many other City planes near the top of the list, such as 6544 (recently blogged on GimmeLego)
    Here's the link :

    http://gimmelego.blogspot.com/2011/11/shuttle-love.html

    One of my favourite LEGO planes I think, and certainly the highlight of the set.

  • DfenzDfenz IrelandMember Posts: 41
    My favourite is the Boeing 787 set 10177. Not swooshible but great to look at.
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,278
    edited December 2011
    Back before Bricklink/EBAY, I was ecstatic to find on clearance (at J. K. Sales) about 40 of the 455 Lear Jet sets of the mid 1970s ($2.29 each) in about 1982. This was one of the first airplane sets (only sold in USA/Canada). I loved this set because it was a great source of plates back before bulk purchases were possible.

    But I hated the way you opened the box... a saw-tooth edge that opened diagonally on the side, and nearly in the middle of the top... it kind of ruined the box....
    http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemPic.asp?O=455-1
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,650
    edited December 2011
    I'm with you on those old boxes, Gary - open the box, ruin the box art....

    While we're on the subject of old aircraft, 2 of my favourites, which I still have loose from my childhood but am perpetually trying to track down boxed and in good condition without paying the earth, are the following :

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  • hewmanhewman Member Posts: 92
    10024 Red Baron by a mile, even allowing for the stickers over multiple pieces.
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