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Showing posts with label bar. Show all posts
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LEGO Techniques - Clip it Good

So we all know that clips can clip to bars. And we all know that the pegs on the underside of 1x plates and tiles are essentially bars right? So we know that we can attach a clip to that bar at a 90° angle. But it's not very sturdy. That gap is 4.8mm and the clip is 3.2mm.
So ideally we'd have a bottom side that was 6.4mm but how's that gonna happen? We'd need a piece that was 8.0mm wide plus another 1.6mm to accommodate it.

Oh, wow...

LEGO Techniques - Bipolar Fez

Got back into doing some MOCing last night and this shows up. Did we know this already? I sure didn't. Apparently the set of nubs to hold the stud is replicated by a second set of tighter nubs further up and further in. Double row of teeth?

LEGO Techniques - DUPLO Figure Breakdown

Maybe you don't get to play with DUPLO much but I do.  I am a proud LEGOpapa of three little kidlets.  We've had DUPLO around our house for at least 7 years, more if you count my small collection from my childhood.  So I was looking at a newer DUPLO figure the other day and realized that there could be quite a few parts in there.

The first thing I noticed was a small round rod that seemed to be running through the hips.  Just push this... okay, not JUST... apply some good force with a blunt metal object and the pin will slowly slide it.  Turns out it's a 2.75L bar but a little thinner on the end thirds.  So any old clip will grip the middle but slide on the ends.  However, the bar ends are thin enough to be compatible with Modulex.

After you remove the bar, the legs will pop right off.  Then the hips slide out.  The hips hold the arms in place so those are then freed.  The difference in the DUPLO fig from a minifig is that the DUPLO figs arms are ambidextrous.  That bar goes through holes in the legs, hips, and torso.

After that the hair needs to be addressed.  The hair has a 5mm rod with a pinch clip at the end.  This goes through the head and connects into the torso.  By carefully mangling the tip, you can get it to release and come off the torso.  It then slides right out through the head.

DUPLO fig, now dismembered into eight pieces.

The bar:

LEGO Techniques - Bars Crossed

The new LEGO lug wrench is a thing of beauty.  Unfortunately its utility is destined for smallness based on its categorization.  Minifig Utensils have some of the greatest features.  Small pieces that can hold bars and studs in differing directions.  Bricklink and BrickOwl both place part 11402 in Minifig, Utensil category.  Thankfully BrickOwl has it tagged as a 'bar' to help it come up in searches.

The tool is similar to two 3L bars crossed in the middle.  The only functional difference from a true bar is that about a 4mm length near each end that is 2mm in diameter instead of the usual 3.2mm.  But at each end and at the intersection is plenty of meat on which to clip other pieces.

I'm a tool...

For instance, you can create a very sturdy base that would otherwise be accomplished with a Travis brick.  The benefit of the lug wrench is that the headlight bricks could be turned either way, not just studs out. This would be true of any piece with an open (or through) stud.

Hollow studs work as well.  The fit is tight.  Clips take a 3.2mm element with tenacity.

Of course I mentioned that many minifig tools are useful pieces.  When they all work in tandem you get some sort of glorious mega Tool of Awesome.

The ToolSaber Deluxe 3000
 With enough of these and a slew of robot arms, I'll bet you could make some amazing Modern Art.  At the very least, maybe a VHF antenna.

LEGO Techniques - One from the Kids

I've handed down my LEGO addiction to my children.  They are avid builders, even the two year old who can manipulate most pieces well.  The kids have their own collection of LEGO pieces that I try not to freak out about when something gets broken or when the vacuum gets hungry.  They're certainly not going to be getting any chromed minifigs or dark blue arch bricks or light grey boat riggings.  But I try to make sure they have a healthy collection.  Every once in a while I'll look in their bucket to see what they've been playing with.  Sometimes it's just an odd (artistic?) mish mash of plates wildly stuck together to create some sort of base for a house.  Other times it's the simplest little connections that make me stop and think.

I don't know who did it but I saw a connection the other day that I've been pondering over since then.  Three little pieces gave me enough pause to consider all the options.  Piece 1, a 1x2 Technic brick with 2 pin holes.  Piece 2, a Technic half pin, stuck into one of the holes of the brick.  Piece 3, a 1x1 plate with headlight clip plate snapped onto the half pin.  The beautiful thing about this is that the headlight plates will not usually sit flush on anything due to the clip.  However the end of this clip was sitting over top of the second hole in the Technic brick which allowed the whole bit to sit snug.  Brilliant.  Of course, this would work perfectly well with the back of a headlight brick too.

Then there's the resulting spacing of the studs.  The side of the headlight plate acts like a stud and is 3/4" plate (1.2mm) lower than the brick.  For those who study SNOT, this should already be known.  Since the stud is also technically embedded in the brick, it's about a half plate (1.6mm) closer than usual which means no straight stacking.

But since the clip of the headlight plate is hollow, it can accept a bar.  This bar will be closer than usual to the brick than it would for, say, piece 2921.  The handle brick holds the bar at exactly one stud away from it's base, same as would happen for a typical 1x1 plate with open clip.

This might allow you a nice subtle detail that would work in harmony with the aforementioned handle brick. The difference is not much but you can see it in this shot.  You get a little bit of a bow effect that would look nice with a 1x6 fender plate over it.  I have none so I did my best with what I could find.

How uncreative am I?  It looks like a jail cell so I'll finish it off as such.  Where are all my dark bley tiles, anyway?