Review: 60177 Airshow Jet

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The annual range of 'Great Vehicles' receives a great deal of attention and this is well deserved as many of these sets are undoubtedly excellent. 60177 Airshow Jet caught my attention when the 2018 selection was revealed as creating a proper model of a jet aircraft for a set which costs just £7.99 or $9.99 seemed almost impossible.

However, I think the designer has done rather well given the constraints of the price point. Not only is the plane surprisingly large in relation to its cost but it includes considerable detail, some rare parts and an attractive colour scheme of dark blue and red which suits a display aircraft.

Minifigure

The pilot wears a dark blue uniform with red, white and gold stripes across his chest. I like the metallic gold pin printed on the left breast and the plane icon over the stripes is a nice inclusion as well. This element was introduced in 60103 Airport Air Show but has not been seen since so I am glad that it makes a return here. In fact, I think it suits 60177 Airshow Jet better than the two red, black and white aircraft found in the 2016 set.

60177 Airshow Jet

I would have preferred to see a more realistic helmet featuring a visor and an oxygen mask printed on the face would have been perfect, although this plain white design is satisfactory. I like the blue-tinted sunglasses worn beneath the helmet and the pilot's confident smile feels very appropriate. Moreover, this element has only appeared in 60153 People Pack - Fun at the Beach before now so it becomes even more appealing.

60177 Airshow Jet

The Completed Model

I was pleasantly surprised at the size of this model once construction was complete. It measures just over 18cm from nose to tail and has a wingspan of 14cm. The vehicle therefore feels more realistic than I was anticipating. I doubt this set is based upon anything specific but it seems somewhat reminiscent of the ViperJet, a small aerobatic display aircraft with similar proportions.

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The cockpit is very large in relation to the rest of the fuselage, occupying about half of its entire length. This looks a bit strange at first glance but is not an uncommon feature of real aircraft, especially those which are very small. I quite like the shape of the trans-black canopy and the stickers on either side look good. However, the transition between the rounded nose cone and the square fuselage could be improved.
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Opening the canopy reveals a single seat for the pilot as well as a yellow lever and a trans-light blue heads-up display. Minifigures often have to lean a long way back to fit in LEGO vehicles, particularly those which are very small, but the large canopy means that the pilot can almost sit up straight. He therefore looks quite comfortable in the cockpit and I would be inclined to display the set with the pilot at the controls.

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The air intakes situated just behind the cockpit are my favourite area of the vehicle. The angular shape looks brilliant and matches the designs on the wings and tailplane fairly well. A total of ten stickers are used across the entire aircraft which seems excessive to me, although the results look very good. However, you could leave some of them off without detracting from the appearance of the model too much.

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These stickered designs remind me of the maple leaf on the Canadian flag, although this was probably not intended by the graphic designer. I like the air show insignia on either side of the vertical stabiliser and the pearl silver thrust nozzle looks great, nestled between the three fins that make up the tail. In addition, trans-red and trans-green lights are fitted to the port and starboard wings, respectively.

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Standard tricycle undercarriage is fitted underneath the fuselage. This is definitely the most appropriate configuration given the design of the jet, although I think positioning the front wheel a couple of studs further forward would improve their appearance. Rotating wheels would also have been ideal but are not a necessity for a set of this size.

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Overall

This is a marvellous little set. The jet aircraft is very sturdy so is perfect for play and I like the stickered designs on the wings and tailplane, although seeing so many stickers in a set of this size is somewhat disappointing. The dark blue and red livery looks superb too and the shape of the fuselage is rather attractive, particularly given the size of the trans-black cockpit canopy which dominates the set.

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Furthermore, this large canopy is relatively rare, having only appeared in three previous sets, so could prove to be very appealing. The minifigure's dark blue uniform is even less common and matches the aircraft very well. I would certainly recommend this set as I think the model is excellent and it offers tremendous value at a price of £7.99 or $9.99.

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18 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Looks like a good fit with the stunt plane from last year.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks good - certainly better value than last year's airshow hangar, which was just too much all thrown into one set. You could have a decent formation team of these for the same price!

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By in United States,

Very nice!

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By in United States,

Agreed--I wish the rest of the plane were a bit bigger as compared to the cockpit, but a cool little set, especially for the price.

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By in United States,

What a nice set. Clever use of the handles for air intakes on the sides.

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By in United States,

Awesome set and review! Just FYI you linked 60103 Airport Air Show to Fun at the beach under the Minifig description.

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By in Germany,

Follows the trend of Lego planes being a bit wonky and not quite looking right, but it's pretty cute for the price.

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By in United Kingdom,

This'll look awesome next to the airshow ones. Just a little small.

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By in United States,

I like it. The lug is doing a big airport display next Christmas, I'll have to get a few.

The viperjet is a good conparison, but I think it is closer to the BAE Hawk / Boeing-BAE T-45 flown by the US Navy. The Hawk is the plane flown by the RAF RedArrows demonstration team, so I think that further adds to the chance it was the inspiration for this set.

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By in Australia,

I like that it's a nice addition to the stunt plane we got last year.

10 stickers is extremely problematic, but most of them are just unnecessary detail. I wouldn't even bother putting them on.

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By in Netherlands,

I got this one a few days ago. I think the wings are a bit too short. Also, there is a small mistake in the instructions: one step before the vertical tail fin is added it's already there as if by magic.

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By in United States,

LEGo has been making a lot of really excellent small planes the last few years. i still need to get the Stunt Plane.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love it, sure it's small but so are many aerobatic team jets. I have 2 already and might get another 3, although I'm not looking forward to doing all the stickers (hate putting stickers on tail pieces)

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By in New Zealand,

This looks awesome when the horizontal stabilisers are reversed.

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By in United States,

The short wings and rear jet engines remind me of the Messerschmidt Me-163 Komet.

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By in New Zealand,

@Reinier- Good catch! It’s magic man!

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By in Australia,

Thanks to this great review this little jet is now on my want list along with 31076 Daredevil Stunt Plane.

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