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Showing posts with label cup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cup. Show all posts

LEGO Techniques - Stuff it, Horse!

This is a guest post by DagsBricks reader Greentree.  Greentree contacted me after reading about how I got 384 1x2 bricks in a small PaB cup.  She was also inspired by these photos.  Since horses were now on the wall, I was encouraged to do a blog post about stuffing horses into a cup.  I posited the following theories with no horses on hand:
"According to BL, it will sell for around $3 each in better than 6 months time.  The horse is 2 bricks wide and I guarantee 2 could fit flat in the bottom of a small cup.  Perhaps the legs would be intertwined a little.  Based on the 2 brick width, I could probably stack the horses 4 high.  So that's about 8 horses in the cup for a resale of $24 on a $9 cup.

The biggest cup has a smaller diameter base.  I don't think you could lay 2 horses (or even one horse) flat in there.  But I have no doubt that you could slide them in upright fitting at least two in the bottom.  Then I imagine you could slide 4 in the next layer.  By that time the cup diameter could be big enough to lay a couple flat.  So lots more room for other pieces but still the same number of horses."
Later that day...
"My friend rushed to our local store, and in a hurried 30 minutes before work, was able to get 14 horses each in two cups.  After he came home, the two of us combined techniques and were able to get 20 horses in a cup with the lid firmly on. 😁

I will admit, I used your idea of laying the horses flat. 😉 We also tucked the heads and legs in tightly to bundle each horse as small as possible.

The second photo shows the key technique we found to start: 4 horses stacked to match the curve of the cup (only showing 3 in the pic stack), and two horses head down standing upright. That's because there is the "stud" in the bottom of the cup, and so my friend found by inverting the two horses so their heads were in the trough, we then had a flat bundle in the narrow bottom of the cup.

The next two layers have a stack with 3 horses on the side, and another 3 flipped and stacked opposite them; this puts the horses so their backs are to the side of the cup. There is then room to place one horse upright in a resulting space that creates a "V".  So 6 horses in the bottom layer, and 7 each in the next two layers = 20.

Anyway, I am very sorry your store is limiting customers to 5 horses, and you yourself cannot have the fun of trying, let alone get some inexpensive stock for your store. Oh, and I still doubt that one guys claim of 19, because we can see so many of the horse inverted. Trying to put them in like that we were only able to get about 15 in the cup. *shrug* Who knows.

We are going back to our store on Sunday, to see if we can increase our haul to 40 horses in two cups. We're doing it just for the puzzle challenge of course. 😊"
I was all set to go and try it for myself but then I read that my local LEGO store was limiting customers to 5 horses.  I could have gone, stuffed, taken photos, and emptied the cup, but what would have been the point if I couldn't have taken them home?  YMMV at your local store.  The irony is, if they are limiting horses then there will probably still be stock in the bin, however you will not be able to use this method and bring them all home.

All thanks to Greentree and her friend for testing the horse in the cup and reporting in.

LEGO Finds - Calendar Week 27

This week, found the string right off the bat.  Then came the lid.   I think I've got a matching number of cups and lids now.  Finally the DUPLO.  None of the other fairy tale princess parts though.

LEGO Techniques - PaB Wall Pick a Brick Cup

I seem to be having more PaB wall lately.  That means I'm going to the LEGO Store more often than before.  At least my wallet is lighter.  I mean, shoot, that thing was so heavy...

A commission that I've been working on required a bunch of dark bley 2x4 filler and a bunch of dark red 1x2 bricks (among other parts).  Both of these were amazingly in the PaB wall.  Armed with a large cup and the knowledge that I could snap the bricks together (since they weren't for resale) I tested some 2x4 packing.

First layer was the 1x2 in the bottom rim of the cup.  Next I built a big block of 2x4 and test fit it.  There was enough room in much of it to add more 1x2 to the outer edges.  Some tan 2x8 plates made for good edge filler.  I then put a second larger block on top.  Finally, I had enough room to add one more 2x layer.  I figured some of the 2x2 bley bricks would be helpful and built a block with a few them and a bunch more 1x2.  With each layer I dumped in, shook, and used a 1x8 tile to shove down as many 1x1 trans clear plates as possible.

In the lid I was able to get a few extra pieces to friction fit.

Total count:

108 dark bley 2x4
14 dark bley 2x2
93 dark red 1x2
8 tan 2x8 plate
2 red 2x4 brick
2 white 2x2x2 65° slope
2 light bley 2x2 tile
2 light bley 1x2 tile with handle
302 trans clear 1x1 plate

Total street value of about $41.  I've had better but that's not terrible for a $16 cup.  Off to build!

LEGO Techniques - System Sizes Wrap-up

Over the past several weeks I've been taking a look at different sizes of LEGO sub brands and comparing them to the System standard.  From little to big those have been Modulex, DUPLO, Quatro, Primo, and Tubs and Cups.  Unfortunately my collection is devoid of any Jumbo Bricks or Soft Bricks.  When and if I can get my hands on some I'll be sure to post about them.  From what I've seen on the interwebs, Jumbo is between DUPLO and Quatro in size while Soft Bricks are about the same size as Primo, stud notwithstanding.  Want to score mega bonus points with me?  Send me a yellow 2x2 Soft Brick and I'll gush about how wonderful you are in your very own blog post.

Some of these systems are immediately compatible with each other, some take a little more tinkering and ingenuity.  If you need a little help with size comparisons and what might fit where, take a look at the handy-dandy chart I created and made public.  If you have definitive dimensions to help fill any of the voids please feel free to share.  Jumbo Bricks and Soft Bricks could use the most help.

I feel like I did a good job of hitting all the sizes.  What else did I miss?

LEGO Techniques - Tubs and Cups

After our recent discussions on DUPLO, Quatro, and Primo, there is one even larger size of stud to consider.  Did you realize that The LEGO Company has made and continues to make pieces with a stud diameter of approximately 48mm or 10 times larger than a standard LEGO System stud.  "Where can I get these pieces!?" you may ask.  Unfortunately you can't buy these pieces by themselves.  You generally have to buy a bunch of other pieces to get them.  These pieces are the older studded tubs that LEGO sets used to come in (I make this assumption as I haven't seen any on store shelves in a while) or the Pick-a-Brick cups.


LEGO in their inherent genius has made even these large elements stackable.  The studs on top have a slightly more pronounced graduation to them which is why I said approximately 48mm.  The bottom of the stud is 50mm wide and the top (just before the bevel) is 48mm.  The very top not including the bevel is about 44mm.  The bottom of the PaB cups are also indented (much like a wine bottle) to allow other cups to stack on top.  This gigantic anti-stud is of course also graduated.  These conical contours are based on the necessity for compact stacking of the cups next to your local PaB wall.

So what can you do with these studs?  The first answer is obvious.  You could get a bunch of 2x3 tubs and stack them to make a life-size fort.  Use the PaB cups to top off your ramparts.  Of course the clutch power is worse than a MEGA-blok so the only defense you have is to push it over on your attacker once he's at your wall.  Game over.

And you can't even stack the cups side by side.  Pro-tip: The bottom older tub is designed for 44m studs, not 48mm.

The second answer would involve finding some sort of piece that could step these fatties down to System size.  Being 48mm wide, the studs are the same size as a 6x6 round plate or dish.  Given the looser tolerance of the cups, the only place a 6x6 round will fit snug is to the inside of the lid stud.

 For once though I am flabbergasted on a missed opportunity.  As noted in my previous post on PaB cups and holiday boxes, the small cups are precisely half the VOLUME of the big cups.  However the small cups are slightly LESS than half the height of a large cup.  Were the large cup to be a touch girthier than the problem would be solved.  As it is, the small cups are 78mm tall and the tall cups are about 170mm tall.  This is just shy of 8-1/3 studs and 18 studs high respectively.

Could you build with them?  Well, sure.  But you're limited to 2x2 and 2x3 bricks and 1x1 round bricks that aren't quite the same height.  Adding another lid or two on top may get you there but at that point, why bother.  Just go get some Soft Bricks.  84 elements for $500?  I'll take a 6-pack, please...