Airport

LEGO Classic: LEGO 6392 Airport
Set information:
LEGO:
6392-1
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Pieces:
530
Minifigs:
8
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N\A
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Place: Poland
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Published:
2015, mar 16 15:01
Introduction

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Catalog entry
 First airport released by Lego back in 1985 is presented here. It was actually the beginning of a Town splendor. In a Lego Town theme three airport sets were released and all of them were very successful. This is one of the largest Lego sets and this is mainly due to the runway plates. Four large square plates of side 256 mm length made this set look enormous. Nevertheless, nothing is missing here for an ordinary local airport. All vehicles, aircrafts and buildings are present. This set graced couple of presentations in the Lego catalogs of 80s and definitely without it Town theme would not be the same. New airport was released after 6 years and it had a different purpose - 6396-1: International-Jetport.

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Flyer presentation from 1988

You can check out my reconstruction of this presentation in Airporen scenery.

Composition

In simple terms, set consists of:
- Airport terminal
- Long airplane with four seats and space for luggage.
- Luggage cart, along with a trailer.
- 4 runway plates.
- A unique scout helicopter
- Lights along the runway
- 8 figures, 6 employees and 2 passengers.

Terminal

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Terminal entrance
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Terminal exit
Airport terminal is in the colors of yellow and black. Entrance to the terminal and exit to the runway is divided. The entrance is on the left, separated by red picket fence. The building has windows even on the side walls, rather unusual. All windows have stripes at the bottom, including a fully glazed door. The sunlight inside the terminal will be definitely present. On the outside of the first floor wall an analogue watch hangs that can indicate four times of the day really, depending on how it will be placed.
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Terminal inside
Ticket office is located after the entrance door. Two seats for waiting clients are available here. Going towards the exit you will encounter the guard, whose task is to control your luggage using a baggage tape equipped with scan device. After scan is performed, luggage is transported outside the terminal through baggage tape, where it is received by luggage cart. Cart transports them to the aircraft.
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Control tower
Small restaurant is located on the first floor of the terminal. You can find transparent table and two seats here. Nothing more really. Two red cups have been included in the set, which can be used in the restaurant. At the highest level is the most important structure of the airport - control tower. No airport have right to exist without air traffic control tower. The room is completely glazed, so operator sitting  there has a view on the whole area around. Inside the tower operator has a rotating chair and a computer. Big rotational satellite have been placed at the top of the tower for communications along with two small antennas.
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Source: Brickset.com 1987eu3.pdf Catalogue 1987 EU III: Page 10 and 11

Vehicle and aircrafts

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Luggage cart
 Luggage cart - a small vehicle with a trailer to transport luggages. The tractor has a nice red chair and two handles for the signal holders. Besides, there is no space for anything else, the trailer is responsible for transport only. Trailer has a lot of space, but unfortunately luggages are not secured by anything and it is easy to lose them. You must be careful during transportation. It has been fixed in the newer 6396-1: International-Jetport, where the luggage cart has adequate safeguards already in the form of a panels around. It is much easier to transport luggages using new version available there.

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Scout helicopter
 Scout helicopter - In the early 80's helicopters resembled planes in the construction. Fire helicopter released in the same year included in 6657-1: Fire-Patrol-Copter has been constructed using to the same pattern. Beak, tall windshield and cabin with hinged roof, like in a car or a truck. The helicopters were designed in such form before the creation of a new type of dome glass in the late 80s. The helicopter constructed using new pattern is already available in 6396-1: International-Jetport set as scout counterpart. Small space behind the cockpit is available with four windows. Pilot can take one passenger with him. The plane holds the inscription LL-BEL on the tail - it is a sticker unfortunately, not a printing. It is simply harder to find it in good condition now. LL inscriptions means LegoLand and usually after the hyphen is a set number. In this case we have a magic BEL word. I suspect that this was a reference to one of the largest manufacturers of commercial and military helicopters called Bell having one more L in its name. Nevertheless, convergence does not appear to be accidental. The manufacturer has existed since 1935.

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Airplane
 Airplane - is very long, the longest of all available in Town theme. We can say that the year 1985 started the era of large aircrafts in Lego sets. 6377-1: Delivery-Center and 6368-1: Jet-Airliner were also released in that year and include transport and passenger aircraft made using exactly the same pattern as here. All airplanes until 1994 were created using this template. In 1994 new pattern was introduced with new idea for aircraft bow, together with the airport Lego-6597-1, but that's a story for another article.
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Boeing 747 from Avianca airlines
plane constructed here has four engines under the wings, and its appearance and color reminiscent of a Boeing 747 from Avianca airlines. The main difference is that the rear stabilization wing is at the top of the tail, instead of at the bottom. Nevertheless, the resemblance is visible and I would not be surprised if the airplane available here was based on it.
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Interior of the airplane
Fuselage opens up from the right side. Inside we have four yellow seats available for passengers. The rear part of the plane has a luggage compartment, which is well-built with panels, so the suitcases will stick and they are easily accessible. There is one big flap, for passengers seats and luggage compartment. The front chassis is standard for large aircraft - rotating double wheel. The rear chassis, however, is a set of two double wheels. Passenger planes usually have a set of two dual wheels, because they're not carrying such a heavy cargo. The cockpit does not open, you need to remove roof brick to get inside. Windscreen is an old type with 6 studs at the top what makes it more difficult to put the pilot inside, which usually ends with deattaching it also. Probably because of that in the early 90s new version of those windows appeared with two studs only. It was much easier to put figurine inside through new windscreen. In summary, I think this plane is very successful and Town theme would not be the same without it.

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Employees
8 figures are available here, of which 6 are employees of an airport, starting from the left side:
- Luggage cart driver dressed in a suit with the logo of the airport and a simple red cap, who is also responsible for communication with aircraft using the signal holders.
- Cashier - a woman with the logo of airport and with black hair.
- The pilot - dressed in a black pilot's suit and narrow peaked black cap
- Guard - responsible for passengers control and baggage checking, dressed similarly to a police officer from 80s. Badge on his jacket and white narrow peaked cap.
- The operator of the control tower, in a suit with the airport logo and black hair.-
- Helicopter pilot - dressed in a blue suit and red old type helmet.

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Passengers
The other two figures are the passengers, a woman and a man with suitcases. There are two suitcases, gray and black.
Ofcourse, airport must have lights along the runway and the wind vane near the terminal.

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Source: Brickset.com 1985uk.pdf Catalogue 1985 UK: Page 22 and 23

Technical curiosities

You can feel the old age of this set because of few old type bricks. Helicopter pilot's helmet is elongated and without glass. Helicopter propellers are an old type, airplane windscreen is old type 6-studded version also.
Airport terminal is built with ordinary bricks, in those days 1x2x5 or 1x1x5 panels were not yet available. This is actually even better, more bricks makes it more interesting and more possibilities for alternative designs!
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Runway plates
One thing should be noted, each Lego airport released has different runways. They differ in the number of pins on the sides of the runway and distance of the pins on the sides. In this case, we have a board with 9 pins without distance from the runway. This is the narrowest runway, but the grass is longest. It is important information, because if you think you can just buy any runway and join them, you are wrong. Take a closer look at the studs and the distance to the inner runway, because they can differ!

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To the stations

Alternative buildings

You can find ideas for alternative structures on the back of the packaging as always. Photo of the packaging I have found on amazon auction. I dont have original packaging. All the other photos are taken by me.
You can view all the alternative proposals below on the list. Photos of alts are not yet available, but I will construct the models and add photos at the proper time.
Written:
2015, mar 16 15:01 (38 months, 26 days ago) by Rogdush
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2017, feb 4 19:33 (15 months, 25 days ago) by Rogdush
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