This is my MOC version of NASA's Global Hawk plane. It is built from the set 4098, a plane/helicopter set with 10 model instructions and 24 model ideas.
Flying through the sky
"The Global Hawk is a robotic plane that can fly autonomously to altitudes above 60,000 feet--twice as high as a commercial airliner--and as far as 11,000 nautical miles--half the circumference of Earth. Operators pre-program a flight path, and then the plane flies itself for as long as 30 hours, staying in contact through satellite and line-of-sight communications to the ground control station at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California's Mojave Desert." As far as missions go, the Global Hawk is used for science missions such as measuring the ozone layer. It has also been deemed the best plane to monitor Atlantic basin hurricanes and was actually flown into Hurricane Earl on September 2, 2010. The Global Hawk is also a military plane that may end up being used by several countries. A single Global Hawk is worth about 35 million US dollars! For more on NASA's Global Hawk, visit www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1766.html and en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki?search=Global+Hawk
Skimming the clouds
Some noticeable similarities between NASA's plane and my plane are:
The blue line that bisects the plane
The two tall, angled tail fins
The white, riderless cockpit area
The bump on the bottom which is nearly equal in size to the cockpit area
The hardest part of this plane was making the wings long enough in proportion to the body. Their span is nearly three times the length of the body! Overall, this was not a very hard plane to build(say, intermediate skill level). I have built harder things with my LEGOŽ. Thank you for visiting this page, please comment & rate & check out my other models. If you comment I will find one of your MOCs and comment/rate it! Thanks again!
This is an excellent moc and an excellent presentation. It looks like you have inherited some very good skills from your dad but have also developed your own style :). I love the 'clouds'. Happy building.
To Nathanael Kuipers: Thank you for your nice comment/rating! I'm glad you like my plane. There is some picture editing, but it is limited to only cropping and color correction. Those clouds are actually snow! Here in Utah, we get a lot of snow, so my dad made a small mountain of it in our backyard, and he stuck the plane's support into it, and in the pictures, it looks like a cloud!
It's nice to see a model from you again, Jenna. You did a good job with this alternate, which represents the shape of the original Global Hawk vey well. I understand that those unmanned planes are actually called drones.
I'm particularly impressed with the photo editing you've done with the clouds and therefore very interested to hear how you did that. Hope to see more models from you...