LEGO Super Heroes Marvel Avengers: The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier Set 76042
The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier Set 76042 is a 2,996 piece Super Heroes Marvel set that was released in 2015. It includes Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Maria Hill minifigures. It also includes microfigures versions of Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Nick Fury and 8 S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents. Take on the challenge of building this awesome LEGO model of The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. Construct the flying aircraft carrier with 2 runways, microscale Quinjets, fighter jets and ground support vehicles. The set also comes with many of your favorite LEGO Super Heroes Marvel minifigures, plus 12 microfigures to display on deck and within the highly detailed interior. Weapons include Hawkeye’s bow, Black Widow’s gun and Captain America’s shield. Includes a plaque with facts about The SHIELD Helicarrier. The ship is well designed, easy to put together, looks good, and is packed with all sorts of awesome microscale bits and bobs, and the microfigs are a great addition. This set is a big win! Helicarriers are advanced flying command centers that double as aircraft carriers.
Specifically, Helicarriers were designed to be capable of sustained, independently-powered flight, via 4 massive turbine engines that provide the lift needed to keep them in the air, though they were able to retain seaborne capabilities. Their technology was created, in part, with designs by Howard Stark. After the Attack on the Helicarrier, Tony Stark upgraded the Helicarriers so that they relied on repulsor technology rather than turbines, allowing them to stay in the air indefinitely. The S.H.I.E.L.D. relied on Helicarriers as highly strategic mobile bases from which they could perform a number of effective reconnaissance, stealth deployment, or direct strike operations. The Helicarrier so is a seaworthy ship capable of VTOL flight by way of 4 huge lift fans mounted on the sides. It has 2 runways, one with direct access to a hangar at the rear is aligned along the spine of the vessel and is used for forward launches of aircraft, and the other diagonally aligned runway above is suitable for landings. The Helicarriers created under Project Insight were next-gen and more advanced than the original.
They had more offensive capabilities than the original did and were heavily-armed with long-range dorsal and ventral guns and cannons and have repulsor-powered engines instead of the old turbine-powered engines. Fury commented that this was done due to input from Tony Stark, “who had an upclose look at the old turbines“. They were also capable of holding multiple heavy Quinjets on the deck, even during the Helicarriers’ construction. S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Helicarriers have retro-reflective panels lining their hulls, making them invisible to normal human vision below a certain elevation. They also possess radar cloaking capabilities, making them difficult to detect by other means. The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier Set 76042 is suitable for ages 16+. The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier measures over 11″ (29cm) high, 31″ (80cm) long and 17″ (45cm) wide.