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Grumman EA-6B Prowler
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The EA-6B Prowler is a long-range, all-weather aircraft with advanced electronic countermeasures capability. Manufactured by the Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, it is a twin-engine, mid-wing configured aircraft that has a side by-side cockpit arrangement. The EA-6B war fighting systems includes the ALQ-218 receiver system, the ALQ-99 pod mounted tactical jamming system, the USQ-113 communications jamming system, and the AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM). The Improved Capability (ICAP) III, approved for Low Rate Initial Production in June 2003, upgrades the on board receiving system, providing an accurate threat emitter geo-location and selective reactive jamming capability against modern threat systems as well as greater situational awareness and interoperability provided by the Multi-functional Information Distribution System (MIDS). The Navy currently plans to complete its transition to the follow-on EA-18G Growler in 2015 and the Marine Corps plans to fly the aircraft until its planned final sundown in 2019. Specifications; Primary Function: Electronic attack; Date Deployed: First Flight: 25 May 1968; Operational Capability: July 1971; Propulsion: Two Pratt & Whitney J52-P408 engines (10,400 pounds thrust each); Length: 59 feet 10 inches (17.7 meters); Height: 16 feet 8 inches (4.9 meters); Wingspan: 53 feet (15.9 meters); Weight: Maximum Take Off Gross Weight: 61,500 pounds (27,450 kg); Airspeed: 500 Kts + (575 mph, 920 kmh); Ceiling: 40,000 feet; Range: 1,000 nautical miles+ (1,150 miles, 1,840 km); Crew: Pilot and three electronic countermeasures officers; Prime Contractor: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation; Service: Navy and Marine Corps
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Extensive modification of my A-6 Intruder model, including a lengthened and redesigned nose, new rear cockpit, recontoured radome, modified tail, and additional antennas. The model features fully working landing gear, moving flight control surfaces including positionable flaps, spoilerons, wingtip airbrakes, and all moving tailplanes. The wings can be folded for carrier storage. The dual cockpit are minifigure scaled and fully detailed, with closing canopies. The radome can be opened to reveal the radar antenna, the tailhook is positionable, the boarding ladder can be lowered, and the RAT (Ram Air Turbine) on the port rear upper wing root can be deployed. The model features five ALQ-99 electronic warfare pods mounted on the four wing pylons and centerline belly pylon.


























Carrier deck diorama showing the relative size between LEGO minifigures and the model. The scale is the closest to the distorted dimensions of the minifigures as possible and still allow sufficient detail, remain faithful to the real world aircraft, and be able to fit the figures inside. The deck tractor is to scale with the aircraft.



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 I made it 
  February 7, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace Just to be clear, my comment about scale certainly wasn't meant to detract from this wonderful MOC in any way. I guess it came out wrong, but I was mostly just curious about the scale, and since there is so much general confusion and disagreement about the term "minifig scale" among LEGO builders that I wasn't sure what it meant in this case.
No offense taken.
 I like it 
  February 7, 2014
Great work Justin! Your Prowler looks excellent, especially the cockpit and canopies. You got the shape just right. The level of detail is remarkable. Well done!
  February 7, 2014
A great virtual construction. But I am surprised that you donīt know to what scala it is built. I have carefully studied your pictures and counted the plane to be about 125 studs long, which means it is 1m long. This in turn means that it is scala 1:17,7. This makes the plane more than twice as large as the minifigure scala.
  February 7, 2014
Awesome.
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  February 7, 2014
Just to be clear, my comment about scale certainly wasn't meant to detract from this wonderful MOC in any way. I guess it came out wrong, but I was mostly just curious about the scale, and since there is so much general confusion and disagreement about the term "minifig scale" among LEGO builders that I wasn't sure what it meant in this case.
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  February 7, 2014
Excellent work, love all the working features, especially like the cockpit
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  February 7, 2014
Quoting Gabor Pauler I have to defend Justin from "it is too big for minifig scale"-type of critics. I spent quite a time to build side-by side helicopter cockpits, where width/height ratio of the figure is critical, because there ar lot of things (main instrument panel, side panels, seat), which have to fit tightly. Minifig is a nightmare for this purpose. Thats why I developed my own technic figure replacement from standard technic parts in scale 1:20. Then finally I shifted building everything in scale 1:10, because cleverly combining bionicle and technic, you can even build separate fingers!!! for the guy. Of course it has tremendous price in material requirement and costs.
I think I've found a happy medium with the scale I build. As you said, it's not really possible to build proportionally to the minifigures as they themselves are not proportioned correctly. The best one can do is pick a dimension and scale off of that, which is what I do.
 I like it 
  February 7, 2014
I have to defend Justin from "it is too big for minifig scale"-type of critics. I spent quite a time to build side-by side helicopter cockpits, where width/height ratio of the figure is critical, because there ar lot of things (main instrument panel, side panels, seat), which have to fit tightly. Minifig is a nightmare for this purpose. Thats why I developed my own technic figure replacement from standard technic parts in scale 1:20. Then finally I shifted building everything in scale 1:10, because cleverly combining bionicle and technic, you can even build separate fingers!!! for the guy. Of course it has tremendous price in material requirement and costs.
  February 7, 2014
Astounding Prowler here! Put a minifig besides it for comparison, please! :D I wanna see how big it is compared to a minifig.
 I made it 
  February 7, 2014
When I say minifigure scaled, I mean that I have built my model to both fit and aesthetically/proportionally match a standard LEGO minifigure, ignoring that said figures have the height/width dynamics of Verne Troyer (Mini Me from the Austin Powers movies). This is why the seats in the cockpits are set back slightly from the control panels, and I have included extra side room. As for exact scale, I have not taken the time to calculate it out, but I would assume it would be in the 1:24 to 1:35 range. It's definitely larger than 1:48 scale.
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  February 6, 2014
Another awesome model! I have to agree with Clayton -- In addition to the great overall shaping, I really love the details inside the cockpit. I also like some of the other small details in which you have obviously invested quite a bit effort to get right, like the tail hook, which is spot on. One thing I wonder, though, is what is meant when you state that the cockpits are "minifigure scaled", which usually implies a scale of somewhere in the range from 1:48 to 1:36. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like this model is almost double that (somewhere around 1:24 to 1:20). Regardless of the scale, though, it is probably the best LEGO Prowler I've seen.
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  February 6, 2014
Wow! This is so realistic! I really love the cockpit details. Excellent work on the wings those flaps are brilliant. Beautiful job!
 
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