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F-24A Sparrow
The backbone of the USAF's fighter squadrons.
About this creation

USAF Description:

The Sparrow is the The F-24 was designed by Lockheed Martin specifically due to the exorbitant cost of their previous F-22. As orders of the older type seemed destined to be cancelled even shortly after its selection as the winner of the ATF program, the F-24 became a way to stave off financial ruin for the company. Designed with the stealthy elements and the supermaneuverability of the F-22, the Sparrow is one of the elite fifth gen fighters. However, owing to the prior experiences of financial hemorrhaging, several features were "dumbed down" for the F-24 compared to the F-22. First and foremost- the F-24 focuses not on absolute stealth, but rather uses low-observable traits and sparing application of Radar Absorbent Material to lower the cost. In addition, the F-24 uses more aluminum components rather than carbon fiber, but critical parts, such as the wings, continue use of this material. While meaning it is less stealthy than the preceding F-22, it also means that the Sparrow can be procured in far greater numbers, replacing the legacy 4th and even 3rd gen fighters still in service owing to decades of military neglect. The F-24A was the first incarnation, but after good service for roughly a decade after its introduction a major upgrade was deemed necessary. Its successor, the soon-to-be-revealed F-24C incorporates many of the elements that were deleted from the early version due to price constraints, now rendered cheaper due to a 15 years of refining production techniques and more experience with advanced materials.

This example is carrying long rage fuel tanks and a heavy external load- ideal for the loiter-and-intercept missions that have become increasingly commonplace over the frontlines.

Huge thanks to: Aleksander Stein, Mike Psiaki, and Ralph


Here is the "clean" Sparrow, which is highly typical during air supremacy missions.

Fully Stealthed

Clean Airframe

I knew I would not be satisfied if I could not incorporate as many features as possible- this desire led to copious weapons bays large enough to (theoretically) carry 6 missiles internally, fully functioning landing gear, and workable flaps.

Internal Capacity

The Sparrow was designed to not only to have the distinct look of Fifth Generation fighters, but to also look as sleek and graceful as possible.

Profile

Another major function is the thrust vectoring- this is about as good as possible seeing that true 3D thrust vectoring is next to impossible in LEGO.

Thrust Vectoring

Just a shot of how the landing gear functions and gives a good view of the external armament.

Landing Gear

From the Rear

A pilot's dream

I bid you a good day and I hope you enjoy this creation.


I have also included the LDD file, but beware, some of the parts that I used are not on LDD, like the finger hinges. I also ask that if anyone uses this design or bases something off of this to give me a little shoutout. Thanks in advance.

-Matt


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  October 13, 2012
That is a gorgeous jet. Brilliant piece usage! I like how the colors blend from lighter to darker along the fuselage.
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  March 1, 2012
Awesome
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  August 9, 2011
In celebration of the new LDD Extended mode, I have decided to make the full file available, including most of the IRL tweaks to the design. I decided to eschew redoing the bottom with finger hinges due to the headache, but otherwise it is nearly identical to the real version. I hope you enjoy it :)
Matt Hacker
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Josh Guilbert
  June 29, 2011
Hey Matt check out my fighter jets and see what you think of them.
  June 29, 2011
Ah, I see. Guess I'll need to find more of those.
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  June 29, 2011
Quoting Awesome-o-saurus The Not-So-Great Comment: Your instructions end halfway through the plane, is this deliberate to stop theft? Because I wanted to see how you pulled off the bottom half...
Originally had the whole file up but then I realized that people were likely not going to give credit, and were, in fact, liable to simply recolor it and repost it as "their own." The version I have up now is V1 of about 7 versions that I have. The bottom half is attached by good ol' fashioned finger hinges (which I used extensively on this).
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  June 29, 2011
I'm from Sweden and i think it's awesome!!! ~Oskar
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  June 29, 2011
I'm from Sweden and i think it's awesome!!! ~Oskar
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  June 29, 2011
Hey this is really good. I love the shape you have created. It looks awesome with it's payload. I especially like the nose and the tail, and everything inbeteeen actually ;). I am just getting into building planes - I am currently building a Harrier jump jet only using the pieces from the 'fast flyer' set. I hope to post it on the weekend.
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  June 29, 2011
Hey this is really good. I love the shape you have created. It looks awesome with it's payload. I especially like the nose and the tail, and everything inbeteeen actually ;). I am just getting into building planes - I am currently building a Harrier jump jet only using the pieces from the 'fast flyer' set. I hope to post it on the weekend.
  June 29, 2011
Comment: Your instructions end halfway through the plane, is this deliberate to stop theft? Because I wanted to see how you pulled off the bottom half...
 I like it 
  June 29, 2011
Honestly, this is one of the best Lego fighters in minifig scale that I have ever seen. The lines and curves are fantastic, the landing gear and weapons bay rock. What a candy for the eye! Keep it up, man! Best regards, Steffen
Matt Hacker
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Tom Neumo
  June 28, 2011
Oh man, I've been waiting to see this baby done for weeks. The shaping is just pure perfection. ~T
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Evan Melick
  June 28, 2011
So glad to finally see this done. Really a fantastic job on this one.
Matt Hacker
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Josh Guilbert
  June 28, 2011
Looks good but my F-37 Raven would be a serious threat for this.
Matt Hacker
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Josh Guilbert
  June 28, 2011
Whatever Andrew,My plane is modified in my own mind ok? Im not gonna toy with it because its design is perfect.
Matt Hacker
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Josh Guilbert
  June 28, 2011
Matt check out my creations.
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C H
  June 28, 2011
good job!!! you really got down the sleek curves of the plane!!!
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  June 28, 2011
Wonderful SUD work for the belly, and the way you did the nose is billiant, at first I thought it was unbalanced, but now I see it and that is a great idea. Excellent work!
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  June 28, 2011
Best plane i've seen that looks like the f-22/f-35. Smooth finish gives it a nice touch- 5/5
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  June 28, 2011
Simply beautiful. Excellent work.
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  June 28, 2011
@ Josh: No, just no. For one, the plane he built is actually his own design, and two, this plane sports military coloring, and isn't all red and blue. That said, really nice job on this one. I gotta say that the rear section is beautifully done, much like the rest is.
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  June 28, 2011
It's amazing! Back to working on the Whitefish, I can at least try to make it have a scrap of the skill shown here.
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  June 28, 2011
Canadian Armed Forces? I can haz? =D Awesome work, as I've said, exceptional really!
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  June 28, 2011
Wow! Very cool work, nice Sparv!
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  June 28, 2011
It looks awesome, and I love the weapons bay. One of the best fighters I've ever seen.
 
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