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Chinese Toy maker makes Nine-meter long aircraft carrier from Bricks

Published on August 15, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

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A team of six brilliant brick builders working for famous Chinese toymaker Sluban has created a masterpiece. This is the 9.02 meter long ‘Liaoning’, a giant model of the Chinese navy aircraft carrier with the same name. The builders used 440.000 bricks and the job took 180 days.

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The real Liaoning in port. The ship was commissioned in 2011 and is currently undergoing extensive sea trials. The air-wing will consist of J-15 fighter-bombers and Z-8 helicopters. The Liaoning is expected to enter full service in 2016.

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The model is 9.02 meter in long, 1.78 meters wide, and 1.6 meters tall. It is fully compatible with Lego. Chinese toy maker Sluban is famous for its various sets modeled after all sorts of war machinery. Their most famous product is a 0.89 meter model of the Liaoning, the set currently goes for 299 yuan or 49 USD.

Technically, Sluban bricks are not fake. Lego has no copyrights on the bricks, but only the sets. When Chinese companies design their own sets they are legally perfectly fine. When they copy Lego-sets, which sadly happens a lot as well, they are breaking the law.

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The 9.2 meter Liaoning is fitted with lights and speakers for sound effects.

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The hospital.

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Jet in front is a J-15. Two jets on the left are modeled after the new J-20 stealth fighter, which is currently under development. The real J-20 is likely too big to operate on the real Liaoning, but rumors say China is developing a navy-version for future larger airplane carriers.

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Seen from the forward edge of the flight deck.

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Fantasy went wild here! Two AWACS airplanes modeled after the colossal KJ-2000, and aircraft so large it will never be able to operate from any carrier. On the real Liaoning the AWACS tasks will be performed by helicopters.

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What a fantastic piece of work it is! The model is on display in a shopping mall in the great city of Shenyang in Liaoning Province.

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  1. David llewellyn- August 15, 2014 Reply

    Technically, Sluban bricks are not fake. Lego has no copyrights on the bricks, but only the sets. When Chinese companies design their own sets they are legally perfectly fine. When they copy Lego-sets, which sadly happens a lot as well, they are breaking the law.

    This is a mute point….. The point is that Chinese companies are dab-hands at copying iconic designs… when will Chinese people stop copying other peoples inventions and making a fast buck at the expense of those of have invested time and resources in coming up with the original design? And please don’t tell me that the Chinese ‘invented’ gun powder and paper. That’s simple not true.

    1. richardyeo- August 16, 2014 Reply

      Are you sure the Chinese didn’t invent gunpowder and papers. Check the history records. Are you sure the western countries never copy from the Chinese and other people. You must be a fool to think so for you are ignorant.

  2. Mike Lin- August 16, 2014 Reply

    Well, I can also claim that Americans did not invent computers. The point is, who cares about your claim without any factual backing?

    Any country, when she ascents technologically, has to go through a stage of imitation or copying. This is not to say they should not pay for it. If disagree, please check the early history of US vs. Briton on Loom machine or check the story of Manhattan project.

  3. richardyeo- August 16, 2014 Reply

    you are right . I support your comment .white monkey has lied for too long. Now it times to show some stuff.

  4. richardyeo- August 16, 2014 Reply

    In the areas of propaganda , the white are too good. But sometimes they went overboard and claim that Chinese eat baby. No matter how they tried to paint dirty propaganda on the Chinese and their country , they will be defeated.

  5. richardyeo- August 16, 2014 Reply

    We must be honest and don’t lie on history.

  6. Dave- August 17, 2014 Reply

    The X for USD should be about $50. Yuan are usually about 5 or 6 to the dollar.

    1. Tycho de Feijter- August 17, 2014 Reply

      Hello Dave,

      thanks! the X was a temporarily anchor, and I completely forgot about it…

      I added the price in USD, which today would be $49.

      1. toto- July 23, 2015 Reply

        Are you and ‘Joey Wang’,,,,,,the same person ? You’re using ‘the great city of’ tag line, just like him .

  7. royalmm- August 18, 2014 Reply

    That actually looks awesome.

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