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Showing posts with label bracket. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bracket. Show all posts

LEGO Techniques - More Brackety Brickiness

In the process of figuring out another trick that was going to be for this week, I ran across a technique that could have been included last week.  Playing around some more without bricks and brackets I (re)discovered the relationship between the bracket's flange and a brick.  Brackets are essentially a plate with a half width plate hanging off at a 90° angle.  The plate itself is 8mm and the half plate overhang is 1.6mm.  If you are familiar with LEGO maths you might recognize this as adding up to 9.6mm, the height of a brick.  I was looking for a compact way to have studs out with a brick height in between.  Many of you may be familiar with the idea of 2 headlight bricks and a plate for some compact SNOT.  This concept is similar but makes use of the space differently (and, um, largerly).

The newer 1x2-2x2 up bracket accepts some sideways single stud travis bricks on the under side.  As mentioned above, the bricks are the same height as the full depth of the bracket, that is, 9.6mm.  The result is a simple way to have studs up and studs down.  The space inside the bracket can be filled in a variety of ways, even such that the connection is strengthened.  The clutch is certainly adequate on my 2x4 example but some extra points on a large assembly would be recommended.

My first thought at this point is that a headlight brick would fit in there nicely.  Except that you then end up with a slightly off centered half plate deep stud.  Maybe it gives you the offset or the greebles you need.  Instead of the plate and brick, the bracket could be squared off with a brick and tile for that extra special grooved look.  Add bricks as necessary above that.

One more thought is that the "bottom" two single stud travis bricks could be replaced by a 1x2 brick with studs on two sides.  This, coupled with the single stud travis bricks on top, would give you opposing studs on another axis.  Or add one more plate to thicken this assembly and you are compatible with the dice.

Someday if you're bored, I recommend grabbing a few brackets, bricks, and plates and playing around with them.  If you've got some other mean lean examples, feel free to link to them in the comments.

LEGO Techniques - Brick-A-Brackets

Playing around a little with Brackets led me to realize some of the shapes that can be created when the brackets are connected to each other in certain ways.  Sure, there are at least a bazillion different ways to connect brackets and get offsets but it quickly leaps off into Loopysville.  There are some simpler connections and cores that can be made with just a brick as a spacer.

(I seem to have misplaced my camera.  In the meantime enjoy these renderings from my proprietary SketchUp library.)

First off, both 1x2-2x2 brackets (up and down) can be used to create a SNOT block with a simple 1x2 brick in the middle.  You can get fancier of course by using a couple of 1 stud Travis bricks, headlight bricks, or a 1x4 or longer.

Since a brick equals three plates, there's plenty of room for some plate spinning as well. Stick a headlight plate in there and you can start getting some complicated wizardry.

Should you need some stability in your build and a 1x2-2x2 down bracket won't cut it, consider this possibility:

Wouldn't it be nice to cut that idea in half?  Unfortunately that means some half-plate shenanigans.  Not much I can think of except for an older style thin-ring headlight plate.

But on the backside it gives you a good opportunity for some 180° SNOT.

Nothing earth shattering here I'm sure, just some playing around with bricks and brackets.