• Passenger Plane

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    A Nice Regional Jet with Bonus Tug and Radar - Perfect for a Lego Airport

    Written by (AFOL , bronze-rated reviewer) in United States,

    I love everything about airplanes, and I have always loved the Lego airport sets. But when it comes to set #3181, my love is not as centrally focused on the plane alone, as it is many of my other sets, but rather on the detailed, additional accessories in the form of a radar tower and an aircraft tug; both of which are of exceptional value to an airport nut, such as myself, and lend to a higher level of playability.

    Pros

    • -Very strong set design overall. The plane has good dimensions, balance and color scheme. The radar is a simple, but nicely constructed piece and an essential to any airfield. The tug is decent, but the tow bar is a fantastic accessory.
    • -Compatibility. The radar is a universal accessory that can be placed among many other airport-themed sets and it compliments them all very well. The tug and tow bar are especially handy for compiling a busy airport scenario. The tug is capable of not only "hitching" to this jet, but it also fits the helicopter from set #3222, and, with some modification to the front landing gear arrangement, will also hitch to the helicopter from set #7738.
    • -Size. Although there are many who argue that this airplane lacks the refinement of its larger brethren (aisle between seats, bathroom), I feel that the aircraft is a nice "medium sized" airplane. Not all commercial liners are jumbos, and the regional airline business has soared as of late, giving rise to fleets of E-145s and CRJs, and this set serves as a model of these carriers. Plus, it sits right between the large, commercial jets, and small, private aircraft, giving your airport some diversity.

    Cons

    • -Price. Very rarely do I complain about the cost of a Lego set, especially anything airport-related, which is my favorite theme. But I felt that Lego may have reached a little on their asking price, given that there are only 3 minifigures to a set that should have at least 4. The lone passenger looks so pathetic sitting in the airplane all by himself.
    • -Odd-colored bricks. I get that Lego has, for the sake of simplifying building certain sets, added brightly colored pieces in order to distinguish them while going through the assembly steps. Usually, they end up in places where they are completely obscured and not at all an impact on the overall aesthetic. Yet, with this set, there are bright red pieces placed on the very edges of the wings on the bottom that are glaringly obvious. Why Lego? Why can't these be gray or some other subdued color? As it is, it makes it look like these were put on as "replacement, wrong-color" parts to take place of what would have been gray pieces. Fortunately, they are in a place where they can be easily exchanged, but why must I even have to do this?

    I am overall very pleased with this purchase. The airplane is the definite highlight of this set, but the accompanying tug and radar are such exceptional pieces based on their functionality that they more than make up for any shortcomings the aircraft, itself, may have. If you have other aircraft already, this one will probably not top your list as a favorite, nor will it steal the spotlight from any collection, but it is almost an essential purchase, if just for the radar and the tug.

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    3181 - Passenger Plane

    Written by (KFOL , bronze-rated reviewer) in New Zealand,

    Today I brought the 3181 Passenger Plane. It contains 309 pieces. I really like this set for alot of reasons. It has some very useful parts that I want in my city. Secondly, it has alot of playability.

    Here are the pros and cons.

    Pros

    Radar

    Plane

    Towing Truck

    3 Mini Figures

    Price

    Parts

    Cons

    There is no door for the plane.

    No food or water inside the plane.

    A few more Mini Figures would be good.

    Ratings

    Younger Kids - 8 / 10

    Older Kids - 7.5 / 10

    Adults - 6.5 / 10

    By wollongong0

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    minifigs, car, traffic radar and plane

    Written by (TFOL) in United States,

    OK, First, the mini figs!


    1. Passenger. Item: brown suitcase that opens
    2. Service Man. Items: light on stick and knit cap
    3. Pilot. Items: walkie talkie and pilots cap

    Second, the tow truck! The tow truck is small. It fits two mini figs and has a place to put the light on the stick and the walkie talkie. The tow truck is yellow and white and has two blue seats.

    Third, the traffic radar! The traffic radar has one sticker on it and spins.

    Fourth, the plane! The plane has seven seats and some cargo space. The cockpit has one seat. There is no co pilot. The entire plane has eight stickers.

    All together the set has nine stickers. I paid $46 dollars at Amazon. It's worth the money. It has great playability. All it needs is the airport to go with. This set comes with great parts. Some parts are new.

    This has great building experience. If you are buying it for a smaller child, help them build it.

    Overall, I give this set five stars. This set is a must have. Hope my review was helpful.

    8 out of 8 people thought this review was helpful.

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    minifigs car traffic radar and plane

    Written by (KFOL) in United States,

    This was made by my brother who has the account youngdave
    OK, First, the mini figs!

    1. Passenger. Item: brown suitcase that opens
    2. Service Man. Items: light on stick and knit cap
    3. Pilot. Items: walkie talkie and pilots cap

    Second, the tow truck! The tow truck is small. It fits two mini figs and has a place to put the light on the stick and the walkie talkie. The tow truck is yellow and white and has two blue seats.

    Third, the traffic radar! The traffic radar has one sticker on it and spins.

    Fourth, the plane! The plane has seven seats and some cargo space. The cockpit has one seat. There is no co pilot. The entire plane has eight stickers.

    All together the set has nine stickers. I paid $46 dollars at Amazon. It's worth the money. It has great playability. All it needs is the airport to go with. This set comes with great parts. Some parts are new.
    This has great building experience. If you are buying it for a smaller child, help them build it.
    Overall, I give this set five stars. This set is a must have. Hope my review was helpful.

    4 out of 9 people thought this review was helpful.

  • Passenger Plane

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    A solid airplane but could be better

    Written by (AFOL , bronze-rated reviewer) in United Kingdom,

    Besides the airplanes occasionally available from airlines, there are only 3 relatively current airplanes I can think of, the seaplane, the one in the airport and this one. I know a lot of folks think the airport one is a let-down with its pre-molded wing.

    At 309 parts (+ the 4 spares) it's a fairly small set. The 3 minifigures are nothing out of the ordinary - a passenger, a pilot and a worker who, for me anyway stands out since he has a 'wooly' hat instead of the normal hard helmet or cap type hats that usually come with these types of figures.

    The box comes with 4 bags, 2 books and a sheet of stickers - thankfully not too many. 3 bags are for the plane itself along with the larger book, about 60 pages including all the filler pages and the other bag and book is for the tow vehicle and radar tower.

    The vehicle is quite nice and I particularly like the design of the towing bar, my only grumble is you have to lift the airplane to hook it up. The car can seat 2 people and if you put the passenger on it, there's nowhere to put the suitcase that comes with him but it's a minor point.

    The radar tower is simpe taking just 6 pages of instructions to cover its assembly. In spite of its simplicity it is quite effective and stands about 15cm tall (6"). The main part of the tower is a pre-molded part taking up about 11cm of the height but I think this is more effective than what could have been done with blocks.

    The aircraft itself is quite nice. It's roughy 35cm (14") long and has a wingspan of about 33cm (13") and stands about 14cm high (5.5") There are a few flaws such a lack of a door, minifig accessories and the wing tips are easy to knock off. the front and back are largely pre-molded pieces and the cockpit is removed to put the pilot in and out. The roof along the length of the aircraft can also be removed to put passengers in the plane which seats 6 + the pilot. The wings are made up from various plates which means storing the model disassembled is easier than the airplane in 3182 Airport.

    Overall build time is probably about 30 minutes for an adult, probably a lot longer for a kid with the windows being fiddly and the engines as well.

    Playability on its own is probably quite limited but combined with the airport and additional minifigures it would be quite fun.

    Pros

    • Airplane is a mostly good design
    • Worker minifigure
    • Towbar on vehicle is a nice design
    • Minimal sticker use

    Cons

    • The wing tips are flimsy
    • More minifigures please
    • The radar tower while quite good is pointless if you have the airport
    • Airplane is a little narrow - no aisle space
    • Only a briefcase for passenger. Some mugs or goblets for passengers would be good.

    Don't let the negatives deter you. It's a mostly good model, if overpriced, and is a nice addition to the airport. The radar could be left out and more minifigures in its place would make for a better set. The vehicle while functional is fairly basic and could be improved upon although its towbar is very nice.

    Final advice: wait for a sale and get it then but do get it if you wish to add to the airport.

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