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Richard William Pearse 1902 Flying Machine

What is it?

This 552-piece LEGO set is my attempt at a recreation of Richard William Pearse's 1902 Flying Machine, one of the earliest attempts at powered flight. Pearse, a New Zealand farmer and inventor, designed and built this unique monoplane, which featured a tricycle undercarriage, ailerons, and bamboo reinforcements.

Why did you build it?

I built this set to showcase an often-overlooked pioneer in aviation history. While the Wright Brothers are widely credited with achieving the first powered, controlled flight, some evidence suggests that Pearse may have accomplished this feat several months earlier, in 1903. By creating this LEGO set, I want to bring attention to Pearse's innovative design and his early contributions to the field of aviation.

Why do you believe this would make a great LEGO set?

Richard William Pearse's 1902 Flying Machine would make an excellent LEGO set for several reasons:

  1. Historical significance: This set represents a crucial moment in aviation history and would allow LEGO enthusiasts to learn about and appreciate the work of a lesser-known pioneer.
  2. Unique design: Pearse's flying machine has a distinctive appearance, with its tricycle undercarriage and aileron, making it stand out from other early aircraft designs. This would translate into a visually appealing and exciting LEGO model.
  3. Educational value: Building this set would allow children and adults alike to learn about the principles of flight, early aircraft design, and challenges pioneers like Pearse face.
  4. Completeness: Including a minifigure representing Richard William Pearse and a display stand with an informational plaque would make this set a comprehensive and displayable tribute to his achievements.
The Richard William Pearse 1902 Flying Machine LEGO set would be a unique, historically significant, and educational addition to any collection. It showcases the work of a pioneering aviator and inventor who may have achieved powered, controlled flight before the Wright Brothers.

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