How to Make a LEGO Fighter Jet

By Grahame Turner ; Updated April 18, 2017
Making a model fighter jet out of LEGO is a versatile project.
Making a model fighter jet out of LEGO is a versatile project.

A fighter jet is an agile and powerful vehicle, and there are a number of different kinds of fighter jets in the world. If you like to work with LEGO, you can build your own model of one of these vehicles with a few basic pieces and some work. The model air fighter is a simple project with a number of options and additions you can make. Build your own fleet of aircraft out of LEGO.

Brainstorm and sketch your model aircraft. There are a number of fighter aircraft in the world, so choose one to base your device on.

Build the bottom of the fuselage of your airplane. Use a series of upward angled bricks and plates to make a long, narrow boat shaped base. You can make the length and width whatever dimensions you would like them to be, and can make it wide or narrow enough to accommodate a pilot.

Build a pair of wings. Wings should be roughly triangular in shape, using LEGO wing pieces. Depending on the design of your aircraft, you will need either a pair of front wings and a pair of stabilizers on the tail, or you may have a delta-wing design in which case the wings extend along the entire body of the aircraft.

Assemble the cockpit of the aircraft. Put a seat in the cockpit, and a brick with computer components painted on the side in front of that. Some aircraft have two pilots inside the cockpit, one of whom is the co-pilot, whose seat is slightly elevated above the pilot. You can make this design if you would like.

Seat your pilot or pilots in the cockpit of the aircraft.

Build up the walls of the tail of the vehicle, and build an engine into the tail of the vehicle. Make the vehicle tall enough to accomodate the pilot(s).

Attach a canopy over the cockpit. There are a number of different canopy styles which LEGO makes, find one which most fits your aircraft.

Attach any accents or weapons you desire to the vehicle. Some jet fighters are equipped with machine guns and missiles.

Things You Will Need

  • assorted LEGO bricks
  • LEGO wing pieces
  • LEGO seat
  • LEGO computer bricks
  • LEGO Minifig (optional)
  • LEGO canopy

Tip

There are some types of aircraft which use a "swing wing" design. This means that the wings tilt outward on a hinge, allowing it to switch from a delta-wing design to the more traditional fore- and aft-wings design associated with aircraft.

About the Author

Grahame Turner has worked as a freelance writer since 2009 and a freelance reporter since 2010 for Wellesley Patch and Jamaica Plain Patch in Massachusetts. He also works part-time as a bookseller at the Northeastern University bookstore. He is a Northeastern University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English.