Take a tour of an award-winning, stylish, and economical jet: the Centura, a proud accomplishment of Islandasia's National Aerospace Intelligence Agency
About this creation
NAIA Islandasia is proud to present the Centura. Climb aboard and experience wonders!
The nation of Islandasia recognizes the fact that there is not a strong representation of commercial aviation on MOCpages. We would like to help out a little bit in that department by releasing the Centura.
Created in 2007 as a testing aircraft, the NAIA Centura features the fueselage of The Lego Company’s LC-7894 aircraft but possesses a unique front, wings, and tail. The nose and tail are adaptions from the NAIA “Obese” LHHT long-haul heavy transport aircraft family. The Centura was originally created as a test aircraft and was not designed to be put on the public market. Nevertheless, companies became very interested in it and prompted NAIA to develop a serious model. As a result, new technology and interior configurations had to be instituted. The Centura’s powerplants are derived from those featured on The Lego Company LC-7894 aircraft with slight modifications to the mechanics and different turbine fans and fan shells. The Centura has been applauded for its unique and very comfortable passenger seats.
The original Centura, the C-100, was capable of carrying just 17 passengers and never became a popular model was never a popular model. The Centura design team was given a go-ahead signal several weeks later to design a new Centura with an additional fuselage section to accommodate 20 passengers. After the C-200’s successful release, the C-100 was shut down. The C-200 is now operated in numerous nations around the Lego world and is still popular despite the fact that today it is slightly out-dated and lacks in excellent performance. Several military versions of the C-200 have been developed, including transport aircraft, reconnaisance aircraft, inflight tankers, and bombers. The Centura Freighter has also become a success. BrickStar Studios, a Lego motion picture company, used a modified Centura C-200 in their 2008 film “Minifigs Among Us.” In March 2010, NAIA plans on producing the Centura C-300 which will feature rear-fuselag-mounted powerplants instead of wing-underslung powerplants. This is expected to improve performance and practical usage and offer an opportunity to update the aircraft’s technology. Production of the C-300 will carry on for only 11 months due to material shortage. NAIA has announced that the Centura production lines will be shut down in December 2010 to be superceded by the NAIA Aeva and Orbit familes.
The NAIA Centura is a L7894 impersonation, meaning that its fuselage, door, and much of the powerplant designs are directly derived from The Lego Company's kit #7894. More and more I am beginning to see LC impersonations as opposed to unique, original, and creative designs. I will not be a hypocrite by complaining, though . . . I was an impersonator myself when building the Centura.
The unfortunate thing about using TLC's #7893 and #7894 aircraft fuselage is that eight studs only allow a 1 + 1 seating arrangement per row. Increasing the width by only one stud would allow a row of 2 + 1 seats. Furthermore, there is hardly enough room in the belly of the aircraft to store miniature suitcases, much less cargo containers.
Because of its blocky nose, the Centura C-200 design team had to figure out how to make it more streamlined. They were finally able to come up with an incredibly sleek wing design that is nice and long and thick, perfect for an airplane its size.
The Centura C-200, interestingly enough, features a T-tail configuration, which is not common for an airliner with under-wing powerplants.
The landing gear is very appropriate for the Centura’s weight.
In an all-seat configuration, Lego kit #7893 can fit 18 passengers. The Centura C-200, which is shorter than set #7893, can seat 20 passengers comfortably and include a galley simultaneously. Despite this achievement, the Centura is still considered nothing more than a small jet; proper-size aircraft for international flights should possess passenger capacities of at least 100 seats or more. The NAIA Aeva aircraft family, currently under production, should be capable of handling international flights with passenger capacities ranging from 80 to 300 seats.
The Centura C-200 can fly at competing speeds and altitudes compared to set #7893. Though I would have preferred to design my own powerplants, a slight modification to TLC #7894's powerplants work well enough.
I am especially proud of the cockpit; it turned out to be very spacious, and as a result, more equipment and electronics was able to be installed. As for the cabin, the Centura offers very competitive passenger seats that boast more comfort, bigger touch-screen monitors, wider tray tables, and more window visibility. The only disadvantage with the seats toward the front of the aircraft is virtually no leg room. The back of the airplane includes a lavatory and a galley where the steward/stewardess sits.
BriksAir, the official airline of the nation of Islandasia, is a direct support to the Islandasia National Aerospace Intelligence Agency and consequently purchased five Centura C-200s for political purposes. They were quickly replaced by the much more conventional and economical NAIA Orbit.
THIS PAGE IS APPROVED BY THE
NATIONAL AEROSPACE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY OF ISLANDASIA
Quoting Steffen Kasteleiner
Hey Steven:), so you´re back?
Yes sir, I am. Despite the fact that progress will be slow (I've started school already), I'm getting back into the MOCpage routine and expect to upload another plane here in a few weeks. It's good to see you're still here!
This is my favourite plane of yours! It looks really good: the overall shape, the dimensions (relation between wingspan and "main body". And it´s even playable, something that will always be important to me. Very nice looking plane!!! Again good job on the nose, too!!!
What is your opinion on my cargo jet?
Greedz from Germany,