Prepare for vertical takeoffs and landings with the Air Race Jet!
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Reach supersonic speeds with this huge, aerodynamic LEGO® Technic Air Race Jet, featuring a blue, black and red color scheme with racing stickers and an array of intricate technical details and motorized functions, including an adjustable jet nozzle for vertical or horizontal takeoff position, hatch access to a spinning fan, opening fuselage, retractable undercarriage, and adjustable flaps. Manual functions include working front steering, movable tail rudders and an opening cockpit. This robust and highly detailed 2-in-1 model has been designed to provide an immersive and rewarding build-and-play experience and can be rebuilt to create a Private Jet.
Includes a LEGO® Power Functions motor for an array of motorized functions, including an adjustable jet nozzle, opening fuselage, retractable undercarriage and adjustable flaps, plus working front steering, movable tail rudders and an opening cockpit.
Check out the blue, black and red color scheme with cool racing stickers.
Activate the LEGO® Power Functions and adjust the jet nozzle for vertical takeoff.
Open the fuselage doors, lower the undercarriage and prepare for landing.
Perform supersonic aerial maneuvers.
A uniquely decorated LEGO® Technic 40th Anniversary brick is included with this model.
This LEGO® Technic model is designed to provide an immersive and rewarding building experience.
This set includes over 1,100 pieces and offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 10-16.
2-in-1 model: rebuilds into a Private Jet.
Batteries not included.
Air Race Jet measures over 9” (23cm) high, 22” (58cm) long and 14” (36cm) wide.
Private Jet measures over 8” (22cm) high, 24” (61cm) long and 20” (53cm) wide.
Rated 5 out of
Fiddly Fun FlyerHaving built two other big Technic sets, I was eager to quickly grab the Air Race Jet for a few reasons; I'm a general aviation fan, it had motorised parts that added to the value, and I just love the satisfaction of building big things.
Coming in at over 1100 pieces, this is the biggest set I've dealt with thus far, and due to having to build it out of work hours it took perhaps a few hours longer than would be expected. This is no downside, however. When building the jet, it seems to take shape out of nowhere, as you start off at the fuselage and before you know it you've attached the nose section and the landing gear.
The two things I love the most about this are that the battery pack and motor are included, which saves me having to fork out stupid money for a power function set, and linking in to that are the powered undercarriage and VTOL surfaces (the moving parts of such being the upper and lower fuselage fan covers, the fans themselves and the exhaust nozzle and the trailing-edge flaps).
After that is the attention to detail, specifically the two contra-rotating VTOL fans located behind the cockpit, as well as the little throttle and control column on either side of the ejector seat, which I found to be a cute touch.
If I have two gripes about this set, it's that 1) the bags aren't numbered. Even though I spread out the pieces into different containers, it still took my partner and I the best part of 5 minutes trying to find one tiny solitary piece that was not used anywhere else in the model.
2) The two panels under the nose, even when secured with other plates, are wobbly and loose. I would have hoped for a little more stability, but it's a minor annoyance since this will be sat on display, rather than be a heavy-play item.
Overall I would recommend 42066 to any dual Lego-and-Aviation fan. Watch out, though, some of it is quite fiddly.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of
Another must-have Technic set!The Technic design team really nailed this design. Designing a vehicle with power functions and gearing is one thing... to do it in an aircraft, maintain a sleek appearance, and fit all the gearing and motors inside? That's simply amazing.
I would consider this a challenging build. You definitely need to pay attention to each piece, its location, and connection points. It was fun though to construct and definitely felt rewarding. The play factor is decent. You do need to hold it a bit carefully. This set is more of a display piece.
Some things you might not notice from the box picture:
1. When the motor is on, the fans on top and below are spinning.
2. When you use the VTOL control, the bays on top and bottom will open up revealing the fans spinning. The rear engine will also point down.
3. The landing gear control will raise and lower the gear and once lowered it remains decently locked.
4. You have front nose wheel control and rudder control via knobs.
5. Remember, this is a challenging build! I would suggest assisting anyone who isn't a teen with this set.
Overall, this set has entered my top 10 of LEGO products.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 4 out of
VTOL - Very Thoughtful Of LegoAs someone who works on the real F-35 (JSF) aircraft, this was a must have kit.
The model is not a bad likeness to the real thing but does look odd with no rear wings (horizontal stabilisers) - Minor gripe.
Build is quite straight forward and I like the way they've incorporated the motor/control box into the main fuselage.
The undercarraige is a little flimsy and you really need to make sure its at the end of the travel or it has a habit of belly-flopping.
Nice touch with the controls (side sticks) in the cockpit and the limited edition 40 year brick.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of
Lego Joint Strike Fighter!!!I was surfing through alternate regions on the Lego Shop website and ran across this model, initially only available outside of the USA. Was able to find a UK retailer with a US presence who was offering it, so I got it drop shipped from across the pond, about 6 months prior to its US release. Glad to see it finally coming to stores here!
First, it's incredibly similar to the F-35 JSF. Functioning VTOL is really well executed. The landing gear is also powered, and works fine, but doesn't lock in place, so if you have the jet resting on it's wheels and your cat runs into it, it will flop onto its belly (the jet, not the cat).
There are numerous well executed details, and the overall build is enjoyable with some interesting approaches and a fairly strong design, so playability should be good (I generally build and display more than play). The power cell is easily removed and replaced, making changing batteries quick and easy. It's also tucked up nicely into the underbelly, not detracting in any way from the aesthetic of the jet.
The one detractor to the aesthetic is the lack of a clear plastic canopy. The cockpit is very well detailed, and there is a makeshift open canopy, buy a plastic one on this would have completed the package and would have also been very welcomed by rebuilders who would love to make other jets using many of the parts included in this set.
There are plenty of pieces to make it a good weekend project, and lots of light blue pieces, which are fairly rare for technic sets. It also includes the anniversary brick included in the 2017 technic sets. Perhaps due to being sourced overseas, the bags weren't numbered, which made it more of an old school build, having to hunt for that single missing piece a couple of times. Maybe the US release will be numbered, but the instructions on here don't indicate it will.
Good job on this one, Lego!