Silas De Kunst is a 16-year-old AVgeek and Lego lover from Belgium who recently built a Magma Aviation Boeing 747 from scratch with Lego pieces. Recently, Magma invited Silas to visit their head office.


Silas’ B747F model will be on display in the Magma Aviation boardroom. Photo: Magma Aviation

B747F Lego model Since an early age, Silas has enjoyed playing with Legos and building things. At one point, he reached a level where building existing sets became too easy, and he wanted to begin creating his own designs. He says,

“I decided to build a Magma Aviation aircraft because it was one of the first Boeing 747s I ever saw up close. It left an impression on me that I couldn’t forget, so I decided to make a to-scale model.”

The 747 model is made up of almost 6,000 pieces, is just over 3 feet (1 meter) long, and has a wingspan of just over 33 inches (84 centimeters). The youngster is specifically fond of the 747, recounting the history of the aircraft.

“It is such a recognizable plane that really made a difference to the world of aviation. It was first built in a time when people couldn’t even imagine flying in an aircraft this size. It’s a dream of mine that one day I might be able to fly on one.”

Magma aviation lego model

The young creator was invited along to present his model to the Magma team. Photo: Magma Aviation

Magma Aviation saw what Silas had created and invited him to visit their head office in Gatwick, UK, to present his masterpiece. Connor Brannigan, Magma Aviation CEO, said,

“I am incredibly impressed by the Magma B747-400F Lego model Silas has created. He has invested a lot of time and effort, and to see it in the flesh is very inspiring. What makes this endeavour even more special is the fact Silas chose to create the model after seeing one of our aircraft at Liège Airport. I really am delighted we can welcome Silas at our head office so that he can make the model aircraft a permanent fixture in our boardroom. I have no doubt it will be a topic of conversation for whoever lays eyes on it, and I will be more than happy to tell the inspiring story behind it.”

Silas is thrilled that his model is on display in the Magma boardroom,

“It’s always been a dream to have one of my models displayed somewhere special. This becoming a reality is overwhelming and something I will cherish forever. I am really thankful to Magma Aviation for putting this visit together for me.”

His next project is to build the Airbus Beluga aircraft, which Airbus uses to transport parts and equipment between Airbus facilities.

Recent Magma Aviation news

A few weeks ago, a Boeing 747-400F operated by Magma Aviation lost part of its engine while climbing out of Liége Airport. The aircraft was destined for Malta and lost the engine cowling shortly after takeoff. The cowling landed on a resident’s property. No one was injured in the incident, but the garage roof was damaged.

This was not the first time an aircraft lost part of its engine, which then fell in the yard of a house. Last year, a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 had taken off from Denver (DEN) and was bound for Honolulu (HNL) when it lost part of the engine cowling.


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