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LEGO Techniques - Faked Facet

I'm rather thrilled to be building my first ever LEGO commission.  The news coverage on my 1:1000 scale downtown Portland garnered some local attention.  I'm recreating an historic armory building at about 1:132 scale.  Thankfully it's a ton of dark bley brick bricks and a ton of dark red bricks.  However there are some areas where a part in dark red would have been perfect - if it existed.  In these cases I've had to take some liberties in recreating the feature.  I'm more likely to make it look like the original as much as possible.

So when I discovered that TLG made no 2x2 facet brick in dark red, I took to the catalog.  Searching in just dark red, I needed to find something with a 45° angle.  The best I could come up with were the slopes.  There's a regular and inverted version.  I decided the studs on the regular version wouldn't look quite right but the anti studs of the inverted ones might sort of kind of look like some of the little windows.

Four studs wide is equivalent to ten plates of thickness.  The slopes are each three plates leaving four plates in the middle to take up the slack.  At first thought this was a problem.  The two studs wide of the edge of the octagon would be five plates wide.  Is this really going to work?  Ah, but remember that the lip of the slopes are one half plate thick.  Two of these add up to the elusive fifth plate.

The whole assembly needed to replicate an octagon within a 4x4 square.  There's going to be some studs facing each other here and in very tight quarters.  I looked around at some tried and true methods and remembered the "slim jim" method using older 1x technic plates.  With a little modification this looked about right.

Next week (hopefully): How to fill in the gap between the top and bottom slopes?