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Boeing 747 Cockpit

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The Boeing 747 Cockpit

Take to the skies and pilot your own Boeing 747 aircraft from the pilot seat! Recreate this iconic aircraft from inside the cockpit itself and play with this fantastic display. 

The "Queen of the skies" first flew in 1969 and is still being made to this day! It's been produced in 21 different models and the cockpit - flight deck - layout shown represents the 747-400. But that's not to say it couldn't be a little different! The 747 has a long history of commercial flight and other service such as transporting the space shuttle!

The Boeing 747 Cockpit is a cutaway model and incorporates all the main features including instrument panels, moving flight controls and sliding seats too. Sorry, the flight engineers section would make it too big so is not included.

Main Features

  • Detailed cockpit.
  • Linked yokes (joysticks) with pitch movement (both with rotating handles).
  • 4 independent throttle controls as well as flaps and spoiler levers.
  • Instrument panels including main display, center console and overhead console.
  • Sliding seats and moving armrests (seats slide via a hidden channel after using the drop away floor lever - pretty cool). Sheepskin covers too.
  • External fuselage matching aircraft contour.
  • 2 pilot minifigures and display panel.
  • 1,874 parts and a rubber band.
  • 25 stickers/decals OR printed parts (preferably the latter).

Updates

Check out the Updates tab for more details:

  1. Alternate nose configurations
  2. New instrument panels and colors (747-400)
  3. (Optional) Instrument lighting with light kit

Caveats

The real 747 cockpit is jammed with instruments, panels and storage. Recreating everything exactly was not possible so there are a few caveats with this build:

  • Not all 747 instruments/panels are included, however the majority are there. 
  • Seats actually slide on rails, though this proved seriously hard without the floor being over-built and didn't look right. Hence developed a collapsing floor to slide the seats on hidden rails underneath.
  • Not all side panels/storage included to accommodate seat movement.
  • I'm not a graphic artist or great at vector diagrams, hence used some actual instrument panels for tiles (plus it gives better realism).

Why this would make a good LEGO Ideas product

I added this section after the first few weeks as community feedback is rather important and their response has been really satisfying: literally 'wow' and 'amazing' are mostly used and it is certainly appreciated. I think that is key as well, a Lego set which invokes a wow factor has great marketability and potential.

Many fans expressed their joy for differentiating an idea from what they normally see, and mentioned the idea has a perfect blend of Technic and traditional pieces, functionality and use. Many aviation enthusiasts and people who work in the aviation industry have expressed they want it including pilots and cabin crew! There is a multitude of potentially new and existing markets the idea would satisfy. 

I set out to do something unique which no one had thought of before yet would still invoke a desire to build/have it. This is what inspired the cockpit build.


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