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LEGO Technic Fire Plane (42040)

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LEGO Technic Fire Plane

Fight blazing forest fires with the LEGO Technic Fire Plane, which features a reservoir for cubes of water that can be released with an exciting drop function. Spin the three-blade propeller and watch the pistons move in the two-cylinder engine as the airplane prepares for takeoff. Joystick-operated ailerons and elevators provide realistic details for in-flight fun. Land on the water with the large pontoons to refill the reservoir, then enjoy a smooth landing at the air strip after a long day of fighting fires. Rebuild the fire plane into a high-speed jet for a whole new set of adventures with the 578-piece set.

Product Highlights

  • Spinning three-blade propeller, two-cylinder engine and moving pistons
  • Water drop function releases water cubes over the blaze
  • Use the joystick to move the ailerons during flight and take the elevators up and down
  • Large pontoons let you land on the ocean to refill the tank with water cubes
  • After the flames are out, rebuild this 578-piece set into a high-speed jet for two-in-one fun

What's Included

  • LEGO Technic Fire Plane
  • Water cubes
  • Accessories
Prepare for lift-off
The spinning three-blade propeller, two-cylinder engine and pumping pistons deliver authentic details for a smooth flight.
Extinguish the flames
The plane holds a reservoir of water cubes. Activate the water drop function over a huge blaze to put out the fire.
Action in the air
Joystick-operated aileron flaps and elevators offer realistic in-flight details.
Fill up the tank
After releasing the payload, large pontoons make it easy to land on the water and reload the reservoir.
Double the fun
Once the fire is put out, rebuild the LEGO Technic Fire Plane into a high-speed jet plane.

Product Description

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

  • Spinning propeller, detailed 2-cylinder engine with moving pistons, water drop function w/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.
  • 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

Additional Info

237286

91BAF671

673419230476

6100210

1.6 pounds

15.0 x 10.3 x 2.7

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Average Customer Rating:

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LEGO Technic Fire Plane (42040)
 
4.8

(based on 82 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play with (41)
  • Well constructed (38)
  • Durable (34)
  • Easy to control (12)
  • Corners well (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Older children (32)
  • Indoors (27)
  • Adults (25)
  • Teenagers (25)
  • Young children (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent of two or more children (17), Grandparent (15), Collector (11), Education oriented (11), Working parent (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (33), No (19)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Helpful Critical Review

 

Good but missing a few peices

The product is great, classic Lego but unfortunately I got a rare factory defect in which I was missing a few peices, I contacted Lego and they got me the missing prices 100% for...Read complete review

The product is great, classic Lego but unfortunately I got a rare factory defect in which I was missing a few peices, I contacted Lego and they got me the missing prices 100% for free and I finished the set and it's pretty good for the money you pay

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5.0

Amazing fun!

By Tgonzo

from Queens, NY

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Comments about LEGO Technic Fire Plane (42040):

This Lego set was a blast to put together. The instructions were perfect and the quality is excellent. I highly recommend it.

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3.0

My son loves this product!

By Plane

from Glen Allen Va

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Comments about LEGO Technic Fire Plane (42040):

Took a very long time to build but it's also very sturdy and does not break easily. My son is able to play with it.

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5.0

Big hit!

By Gift giver

from Normal, IL

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Comments about LEGO Technic Fire Plane (42040):

We gave this as a birthday gift for a 10 year old. He loved it! It was the first gift he got out when he got home and starting building right away. Awesome detail and unique build. Great Lego set!

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5.0

Awesome

By Mike

from Anaheim CA

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Pros

  • Wears Evenly

Cons

  • Flats Easily

Best Uses

  • Combined Highway/City

Comments about LEGO Technic Fire Plane (42040):

My 8 year old son loved building. He loves building Legos.

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5.0

Really awesome for my 7 year old

By Justin

from Irving Texas

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Comments about LEGO Technic Fire Plane (42040):

Good all round Lego

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5.0

Fun fun fun.

By Never to old for Lego

from Uncasville, CT

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Pros

  • Great accuracy.

Cons

  • Not enough room to add power features

Best Uses

  • Living room

Comments about LEGO Technic Fire Plane (42040):

Both builds were fun to do. didn't bother with the decals. Didn't think they were needed.

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5.0

This product is cool looking and fun to put toghter

By Gary

from Spsrks nev

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Pros

  • Corners Well

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All City

    Comments about LEGO Technic Fire Plane (42040):

    It was fun to put toghter and goes with my other legos

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    5.0

    My grandson has been absolutely enthralled with this set!

    By Happy grandmother

    from Overland Park, KS

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    Pros

      Cons

      • price

      Best Uses

        Comments about LEGO Technic Fire Plane (42040):

        I am happy to see a Lego product that actually stimulates the imagination without images and items of a violent nature. The Technic series product that I bought for my grandson is a great product and we will look for more that we can afford. They are incredibly expensive for his age group.

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        5.0

        I would buy this type of Legos again

        By Av

        from San Diego

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        Pros

        • Corners Well
        • Long Lasting Tread

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All City

          Comments about LEGO Technic Fire Plane (42040):

          Awesome! Many pieces but easy to put together. My son is 5 and he loves playing with this plane!

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          5.0

          Awesome Lego

          By Lego nut

          from Grand Rapids MI

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          Comments about LEGO Technic Fire Plane (42040):

          Takes a while to put together but it is very durable for hours of play. The technic Legos stay together for durable play

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