With stealth capabilities, supersonic cruising speed,
two-dimensional vector thrusting engines and cutting-edge avionics the F-22 raptor
is possibly the most formidable fighter ever built.
LEGO® Model vs. Real
This model was challenging to design because of the color limitations of LEGO® bricks. I wanted to
capture the 2-gray shade coloring of the camouflage but found that to be quite difficult.
In version 3, I removed the blocky "camo" from the wings and made them light gray leaving
the fuselage dark gray. (Notice that the pictures with the flags are version 2 as the wings
still have the block 2-gray look.)
The LEGO® model actually has a smaller radar signature than the real fighter... well, in truth
I haven't proven that... but I ASSUME it would. Unfortunately it does not fly as fast... well, um... it doesn't
REALLY fly at all. But it LOOKS great!
As it stands, the F-22 features
two bay doors at the bottom (housing the landing gear instead of armaments.) I'm thinking
that someday I'll redesign the bays to hold ordnance and create separate landing gear
mechanisms... but for now it is what it is... and it still looks great!