Close up of lego falcon 9 hypersonic grid fins.
Close up of lego falcon 9 landing legs
Close up of lego falcon 9 merlin engines in the octaweb
Close up of lego falcon 9 full launch vehicle next to tape measure.
Close up of lego falcon 9 second stage.
Close up of lego falcon 9 orbcomm2 satelite.

This is SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket in LEGO. The model featured above is based on the first rocket that SpaceX successfully landed (Flight 20, Orbcomm OG2 M2), it has:

  • Deployable hypersonic grid fins.
  • Deployable landing legs.
  • Detachable second stage.
  • Payload fairing.
  • Orbcomm2 satelite.
  • Nine Merlin engines in an ‘octaweb’ alignment.
  • One Merlin vacuum engine.
  • Approx 1:124 scale (~53cm tall)
  • SpaceX livery in custom decals.

If the project gets 10,000 ‘supports’ over on LEGO ideas, they might turn it into an official set. However if you want to build one right NOW DAMMIT, you can purchase the parts seperately and make your own kit.

Build Video:

Purchasing Parts:

Many of the parts (but not all) can be purchased directly from the official online LEGO store. The parts with a ‘LEGO Element ID’ listed below can be purchased from LEGO.

  • Press Categories
  • Press Customized Items
  • Press “LEGO Pick a Brick”
  • Search by “Element ID” down in the Advanced search box.

The parts with ‘n/a’ as the Element ID can be purchased from collectors. Bricklink is like ebay for LEGO pieces, people have little stores where you can purchase new and used LEGO parts. The trick is to try and get as many of the parts from as few stores as possible (to save on shipping costs). For my own model, I got half the parts from the LEGO store, and the other half from ‘The Hellmouth’ on Bricklink.

However you will find the pieces used for the fairing are a little rare and difficult to find, so below you will find three variants. The first stage is the same for all, but you have a choice of three different second stages. A fairing based design for launching satellites, a dragon capsule for transporting cargo to the international space station and a dragon v2 capsule for ferrying people to the international space station.

So get the parts for the first stage, as well as the parts for what you want to insert into orbit (fairing, dragon or dragon v2). You could build all three, the second stages are interchangable.

First Stage, mk3:

LEGO Falcon9 first stage.

Quantity Color Description Bricklink LEGO Element ID*
Lego Nose Cone Small 1x1 9 Dark Stone Grey Nose Cone Small 1x1 4589 4529240
Lego Brick Ø16 W. Cross 5 Bright Blue Brick Ø16 W. Cross 3941 n/a
Lego Technic Brick 4x4 Round 1 White Technic Brick 4x4 Round 6222 n/a
Lego Brick 4x4 Rround W. Ø4.9 W. KL. White 6 White Brick 4x4 Rround W. Ø4.9 W. KL. 87081 4558956
Lego Plate 1x1 Black 4 Black Plate 1x1 3024 302426
Lego Flat Tile 1x2 White 4 Medium Stone Grey Flat Tile 1x2 3069b 4211414
Lego Plate 1x2 Black 4 Black Plate 1x2 3023 302326
Lego Plate 1x2x2 Black 4 Black Plate 1x2x2 2420 242026
Lego Plate 2x2 2 Black Plate 2x2 3022 302226
Lego Flat Tile 1x6 black 4 Black Flat Tile 1x6 6636 663626
Lego Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap 2 Black Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap 60474 4515350
Lego Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap 5 Medium Stone Grey Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap 60474 4515351
Lego Plate 1x1 W. Up right holder, Black 4 Black Plate 1x1 W. Up right holder 2555 n/a
Lego Plate 1x1 W. holder vertical, Black 4 Black Plate 1x1 W. Up holder vertical 61252 n/a
Lego Plate 1x2 W. Shaft Ø3.2 8 Black Plate 1x2 W. Shaft Ø3.2 60478 4515368
Lego Plate 1x2 W. Stick 3.18, White 4 White Plate 1x2 W. Stick 2540 n/a
Lego Plate 1x2 W. Stub/Vertical, Black 4 Black Plate 1x2 W. Stub/Vertical 44567 4185620
Lego Flap 2x8 Friction/Fork, White 4 White Flap 2x8 Friction/Fork 30407 n/a
Lego Wall Element, Round 5x4x2 12 White Wall Element, Round 5x4x2 85941 n/a
Lego Connector Peg W. Knob 4 Medium Stone Grey Connector Peg W. Knob 4274 4211483
Lego Cross Axle 32M, Black 1 Black Cross Axle 32M 50450 n/a
Lego Flag W. Two Holders, White 4 White Flag W. Two Holders 2335 n/a

NOTE: The centre engine is longer than the rest. This will make the model unstable with the legs folded into launch mode. Just remove the Plate 1x1 round from the engine and it will be able to sit flat on a table or other surface.

Stage 2 (Fairing), mk2:

LEGO Falcon9 Fairing Capsule.

Quantity Color Description Bricklink LEGO Element ID*
Lego Brick 1x1 1 Medium Stone Grey Brick 1x1 3005 4211389
Lego Brick 1x1 11 Bright Orange Brick 1x1 3005 4173805
Lego Brick Ø16 W. Cross 2 Dark Stone Grey Brick Ø16 W. Cross 3941 n/a
Lego Cone 2x2x2 1 Dark Stone Grey Cone 2x2x2 3942c n/a
Lego Brick 4x4 Rround W. Ø4.9 W. KL. White 1 White Brick 4x4 Rround W. Ø4.9 W. KL. 87081 4558956
Lego Dome Ø32 1 White Dome Ø32 86500 n/a
Lego Brick 1x1 W. 1 KNOB 12 Dark Stone Grey Brick 1x1 W. 1 KNOB 87087 n/a
Lego Flat tile 1x1 12 White Flat tile 1x1 3070 307001
Lego slide shoe 2x2 1 Brick Yellow Slide Shoe 2x2 2654 n/a
Lego plate 2x2 round 8 Dark Stone Grey Plate 2x2 Round 4032 4211042
Lego flat tile 2x2 round 1 Dark Stone Grey Flat Tile 2x2 Round 4150 n/a
Lego Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap 3 Medium Stone Grey Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap 60474 4515351
Lego Wall Element, Round 5x4x2 2 White Wall Element, Round 5x4x2 85941 n/a
Wall El. Round 3x6x10 2 White Wall Element, Round 3x6x10 92591 n/a
Lego mini head 1 Dark Stone Grey Mini Head 3626b n/a

Stage 2 (Dragon), mk2:

LEGO Dragon Capsule.

Quantity Color Description Bricklink LEGO Element ID*
Lego Final Brick 2x2 1 White Final Brick 2x2 553a n/a
Lego Cone 2x2x2 1 Dark Stone Grey Cone 2x2x2 3942c n/a
Lego Technic Brick 4x4 Round 1 White Technic Brick 4x4 Round 6222 n/a
Lego Brick 4x4 Rround W. Ø4.9 W. KL. White 2 White Brick 4x4 Rround W. Ø4.9 W. KL. 87081 4558956
Lego Cone 4x4x2 1 White Cone 4x4x2 3943b n/a
Lego Flat Tile 1x2 White 2 White Flat Tile 1x2 3069b 306901
Lego Flat Tile 2x2 2 White Flat Tile 2x2 3068b 306801
Lego Plate 2x3 2 White Plate 2x3 3021 302101
Lego slide shoe 2x2 1 Brick Yellow Slide Shoe 2x2 2654 n/a
Lego plate 2x2 round 4 Dark Stone Grey Plate 2x2 Round 4032 4211042
Lego Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap 4 Medium Stone Grey Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap 60474 4515351
Lego Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap, White 1 White Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap 60474 4515347
Lego Wall Element, Round 5x4x2 2 White Wall Element, Round 5x4x2 85941 n/a
Lego Connector Peg W. Knob 4 Medium Stone Grey Connector Peg W. Knob 4274 4211483
Lego mini head 1 Dark Stone Grey Mini Head 3626b n/a

Stage 2 (Dragon V2), mk3:

LEGO Dragon 2 Capsule.

Quantity Color Description Bricklink LEGO Element ID*
Lego 2x2 round, slope brick w. knob 1 White 2x2 Round, Slope Brick W. Knob 98100 n/a
Lego Cone 2x2x2 1 Dark Stone Grey Cone 2x2x2 3942c n/a
Lego Technic Brick 4x4 Round 2 White Technic Brick 4x4 Round 6222 n/a
Lego Brick 4x4 Rround W. Ø4.9 W. KL. White 2 White Brick 4x4 Rround W. Ø4.9 W. KL. 87081 4558956
Lego Cone 4x4x2 1 White Cone 4x4x2 3943b n/a
Lego Plate W. Bow 1x2x2/3 4 White Plate W.Bow 1x2x2/3 11477 6034044
Lego Flat tile 1x1 4 White Flat tile 1x1 3070 307001
Lego Plate 1x1 4 Tr. Bright Orange Plate 1x1 3024 n/a
Lego flat tile 1x4 4 White Flat Tile 1x4 2431 243101
Lego slide shoe 2x2 1 Brick Yellow Slide Shoe 2x2 2654 n/a
Lego plate 2x2 round 2 Black Plate 2x2 Round 4032 403226
Lego plate 2x2 round 4 Dark Stone Grey Plate 2x2 Round 4032 4211042
Lego Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap, Black 1 Black Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap 60474 4515350
Lego Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap 3 Medium Stone Grey Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap 60474 4515351
Lego Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap, White 5 White Plate 4x4 Round W. Snap 60474 4515347
Lego Plate 1x1 W. Up right holder, Black 8 Black Plate 1x1 W. Up right holder 2555 n/a
Lego Plate 1x1 W. holder vertical, Black 4 Black Plate 1x1 W. Up holder vertical 61252 n/a
Lego Plate 1x2 W. Shaft Ø3.2 4 White Plate 1x2 W. Shaft Ø3.2 60478 4515364
Lego Parabolic ring, Black 1 Black Parabolic Ring 30033 n/a
Lego angular plate 1.5 Bot. 1x2 1/2, white 8 White Angular Plate 1.5 Bot. 1x2 1/2 99780 n/a
Lego Wall Element, Round 5x4x2 2 White Wall Element, Round 5x4x2 85941 n/a
Lego Connector Peg W. Knob 8 Medium Stone Grey Connector Peg W. Knob 4274 4211483
Lego mini head 1 Dark Stone Grey Mini Head 3626b n/a

How to support this project:

Files:

Credits:

  • Original construction techniques inspired by the LEGO set Space Port 60080.
  • An anonymous SpaceX employee for suggestions on landing leg and Vacuum Merlin engine improvements.
  • Bryan T for the Brickstock file.

Edits:

  • 2016/05/31 - Added material lists for all stage2 variants. Updated stage1 landing legs.
  • 2016/06/09 - Added brickstock file to make ordering parts easier.
  • 2016/06/20 - Strengthened first stage core. Firmer merlin engine attachments. Dragon2 fin improvements.
  • 2016/08/09 - Added LXF (lego digital designer) file download link.


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