LEGO® Technic - Fire Plane (42040)

Take to the skies for aerial firefighting adventures with the awesome 2-in-1 LEGO® Technic Fire Plane!


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Take to the skies for aerial firefighting adventures with the awesome 2-in-1 LEGO® Technic Fire Plane! This impressive model is packed with authentic details and features, including a detailed 2-cylinder engine, joystick-controlled elevators and ailerons and large pontoons. Watch the 3-blade propeller and engine pistons spring to life as you maneuver the mighty aircraft into takeoff position, then power over the ocean’s surface and soar into the air. When you reach the blaze, activate the cool water drop function to release the water cubes and extinguish the flames. It’s just like the real thing! Comes with a striking red and white color scheme and a selection of cool stickers. When you’re done fighting wildfires, rebuild the Fire Plane into a high-speed Jet Plane.
• Features a spinning propeller, detailed 2-cylinder engine with moving pistons, water drop function with water cube elements and movable elevators and ailerons
• Check out the cool red and white color scheme!
• Spinning propeller and moving pistons
• Joystick-controlled elevators and ailerons
• Perform massive water drops!
• 2-in-1 model: rebuilds into a Jet Plane
• Fire Plane measures over 6” (17cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and 17” (44cm) wide
• Jet Plane measures over 5” (14cm) high, 14” (38cm) long and 7” (19cm) wide


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LEGO® Technic - Fire Plane (42040) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deh Plane! Another fun build with an awesome outcome. I know some people don't care for the stickers, but man, if you take the time to put them on right, it just looks fantastic. When the plane is rolled the prop comes to life, spinning at a nice rate, and the twin cylinder engine springs in to action. I thought the metallic exhaust pipes were a really nice touch. This is a great looking plane for collectors like me or for the kid on all of us. (That means the play factor is high) It's put together tightly, so no worries about parts falling off while flying it around the house. Everybody laughs when I trip the hidden button and the "water" comes falling out the bottom! Words of wisdom: You know how with Technic sets you mount the gears and wheels a little loose to be sure everything runs smooth? That's all very true with the prop and wheel gearing. However, when installing the the hardware for the ailerons and elevator, don't be afraid to make them snug. I built them a little loose on my Cargo Plane, and they move a bit too easily. I made them snug on this plane, and they don't move unless you want them to move. Second, I got tripped up once during the build. I didn't notice that the instructions had the wing flipped over for application of a long red brace. I was nearly done with my build when I noticed I did it wrong, and it was quite difficult getting things disassembled enough to make it right. Don't do that. Another home run for Lego, but then again I have yet to own a Lego set that isn't. Since I appear to be the first reviewer, I'll advise you to get this plane! It's awesome!
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Swoosh and Splash with the Fire Plane! Building Experience: - Not as easy to build as some sets of its size, but not difficult for an experienced builder. 42038 Arctic Truck was easier. - The order of sub-assemblies is a bit strange, beginning with the wheel frame and then leaving it to one side for a long time while the engine and ladder frame are built. - One of the more difficult actions when building Technic sets is to take 2 beams each with a peg and fix them together by both pegs. Instructions could be written to reduce this action; one such place in this set is where the 1x3 white beams are added to the sides. - A few actions involve attaching something then sliding it before pushing something else in at right angles. This adds complexity but makes for a sturdy model. The instructions are clear enough. - Pushing in axles - 3M into a #2 joint on top and 5M with bezel into the sides - means it will be interesting to deconstruct later! - Well under 2 hours and no mistakes was a satisfying AFOL build. A speed build could get it under 1.5 hours but it's often better to take your time and enjoy it. Playability: - The wheel drive to the engine and propeller works well, while the aircraft is on the ground. Perhaps adding Power Functions for rotation in flight would be possible? Given the location of the water chute, the motor would have to be located underneath the engine. - The water chute works well whilst holding the aircraft from the top. Press the button to open and it is sprung closed. This is a new function for a Technic set. - The joystick works well to control the tail and ailerons whilst holding the aircraft from the bottom. Worth making these mechanisms slightly stiff so they hold their positions. - Not easy to find a single holding position where all the functions can be used. - The hinged roof for loading the 'water' is sufficient. The scale is smaller than minifig scale but any figures in the cockpit would have to be removed whilst loading the 'water'. - The second model is a fighter plane with ladder and ground cart. A good choice of model for the parts mix in the set. - Not sure about the range of models that would be possible with the set of parts. Good for aircraft though. Two of the tapered 5x11 panels can be arranged to make an 8x11 shape, equivalent to a 3x11 and a 5x11, so it is possible to get away from tapered shapes if you wish. Parts: - The new pulleys used as the drive wheels are welcome. These should be good with the round-section belts for pulley drives. - This set is a particularly good source of the tapered 5x11 white panels - 7 in the set. This is the best colour for the piece. - The other white panels are welcome - 2 3x11, 2 3x11 curved and 2 5x11; the panel selection complements Cargo Plane 42025. - A set of this size doesn't have the scope for a wide range of parts; there is a good selection for aircraft modelling and 4 small wheels make a small car possible. - There are red axle joints at the ends of the wings for turning the ailerons with the control shafts. Some black round-hole-and-pin pieces hold the axle next to the fixed part of each wing. I'm surprised there is not a similar cross-hole-and-axle or cross-hole-and-pin piece in Technic sets yet; both would be versatile and either could have been used to rotate the ailerons from the shafts. - The price per piece is raised by the panels, which make up about one third of the value of the set. Seems odd to cost more per piece than 42043 that has a motor, pneumatics and plenty of panels! The list price of the tapered 5x11 panels is a bit more than rectangular 5x11s. Pros: - Sturdy construction; would survive plenty of swooshing! - Fun to drop the 'water' as long as you can find the pieces afterwards! - Having built 42025 previously, it's obvious that this set has fewer functions. It does OK for the price (less than half), meeting the criterion of at least one function for every £10 in RRP. - This would fit on a child's lap in the car more easily than 42025, though swooshing in line of sight of the rear view mirror would not be ideal and the 'water' should be removed for the journey! - Second model instructions are provided in a second booklet. No need to look at a screen to build it. Cons: - No addition of Power Functions suggested in the instructions. Given that the other two 2H2015 sets both include Power Functions this is not so bad. - The appearance of the fire plane is too dependent on the stickers. Stickers make parts less versatile so I'm not a fan of them. Without the stickers it would look better with the red parts replaced with white ones, though that would lose the point of the livery advertising the plane's function as a fire plane! - The stickers don't make sense when the second model is built. The lack of versatility introduced by them is a hindrance in the second set model, not just for your own MOCs! - The limited range of parts means this might not be the first set to buy for a young engineer. I would recommend buying a set with some larger wheels first. The wing parts could add spoilers to a car. Opportunities for improvement: - An idea for an aircraft model created from this set and 42025 together would be useful in the instructions. Models made from 2 or more sets used to be suggested in the instructions of the original Technic sets in the late 1970s. I found those ideas aspirational and once saw that someone had built one of them. - Red or white axles might have been welcome where the axles are visible on top, as a useful change from grey and black. If a young engineer can build this and has an interest in aircraft then they should graduate to Cargo Plane 42025 while those are still available. 42025 is the best Technic plane ever and I hope it remains available for longer than most Technic sets. It is unfortunate for 42040 to be in its shadow. For AFOLs the Fire Plane is good if you like stickers but better as a parts pack than the model it makes if you don't like stickers but do like the panel selection.
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Technic Airplane! Hands down a great set for the money. One of the mid-priced Technic sets, but with an exceptionally high degree of mechanical functionality. I build Lego with my girlfriend, and she thought this was a really well done set, with a good degree of challenge in the build process, and some really neat features. I agree with her whole-heartedly; both of us were constantly amazed at the level of detail packed into a set that actually turned out much bigger than we anticipated! The water drop feature really sets this model apart from previous iterations of airplanes. The ailerons and flaps work great, and the color scheme is laid out perfectly. The stickers, while repetitive in some models (ahem Maersk Triple E) are not at all overwhelming and a perfect way to add detail to the model. The engine section is incredibly well-designed, and the propeller rotation is quite accurate in relation to speed. Hats off to Milan and Markus on another well done set, we are looking forward to the next build!
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bigger than shown Not going to lie, I thought this guy was going to be small. I put him together and not only did it look real cool with the features, but his size was a lot bigger than imagined. He is fairly big for his price. The price made it fairly reasonable. He took me about 4-5 hours to build, and he is just fun to play with.
Date published: 2015-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly impressive set As far as I am concerned, the Fire Plane 42040 is best in class for the <$100 technic sets. For me the build was 4 very fun and stress-free hours while watching some movies. I was a little sad when it was done. The set looks great with or without the stickers (I left them off.) The control surfaces are very responsive and the controls for those surfaces is well designed an unobtrusive. Most importantly the build quality is just top notch. The set seemed ambitious for $50 so I expected some build compromises but found none. The designers should really be proud of this effort, great work. Also the set contains a full instruction book for the alternate build with these pieces which is a nice touch.
Date published: 2015-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DH-3 Otter comes to life I saw this model on Saturday in the Lego Store and thought it looked great, being life-like and probably having realistic functions. I spent about three-four hours building it with the obligatory cup of tea. It is an advanced model, and you need to take care and follow the instructions carefully. I managed to get the water bomb door release wrong, as I used the wrong axle length for the push-stick, but had no problems rectifying that. This is an excellent model, well detailed with working control surfaces, engine, prop and the fun bit, which is the water bomb payload door. It now takes pride of place on my sideboard. I especially like the thought that has gone into designing the yoke and control mechanism for the flaps and ailerons; it's discrete and works perfectly. I really like the way LEGO are making their Technic models look very realistic. Anyone who likes planes and Technic models generally will love this. It's excellent value for money as well, considering a lot of the parts could be used to make your own aircraft designs. Recommended!
Date published: 2015-08-30
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