I want to identify a LEGO Firefighter Aircraft: LEGO set #42152
Is this model based on a real plane? Does anyone have any ideas?
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I don't think this is a replica of an actual model of aircraft, however I believe that this set has taken a lot of inspiration from the Canadair CL-415 both in the design and more so in the color scheme.
The only other real example of a twin prop aircraft used for firefighting is the Antonov AN-32 and that doesn't share any more characteristics with the set than the Canadair, and certainly doesn'tt match the paint scheme.
That's for sure a nice mixture inspired from the turboprop-powered airplanes by De Havilland Aircraft of Canada (DHC).
In particular, the airframe looks like the one of a DHC-8 aka Dash 8: T-tail, landing gears retracting in the nacelles, tapered wingtips and general proportions they all point in that direction:
The flat red belly seems to have also been taken from this latter.
I suppose they've kept the set unlicensed in order to leave the price as low as possible. They did a nice mix, have fun with that set 🤟
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Near as I know, the aircraft featured in that technic kit may be a generic looking “water bomber” that is not an exact match for an actual aircraft currently in service. From the color scheme and lines of the aircraft, it is very similar to a Viking Aircraft DHC 515, which is based upon DeHavilland/Canadair’s CL215/415 series of amphibious aerial firefighting aircraft.
The DHC 515 is a large aircraft, nearly the size of a 737, specifically designed for loitering over wilderness terrain near hotspots, then can make deliveries of up to 1600 gallons of water on a fire with or without chemical retardant added. It can then go scoop another 1600 gallons of water directly out of a nearby lake and return to the loiter area. This gives the aircraft probably the greatest versatility for fighting wildfires out of any airframe out there.
The Lego Technic model appears to match the DHC 515 in terms of the shape of the nose as well as it is a high wing design but does not appear to feature the ‘flying boat’ fuselage superstructure and the outrigger floats nor the cruciform design of the empennage that the Viking DHC 515 features.