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Showing posts with label streets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label streets. Show all posts

LEGO Micropolis Finish Edges - Inside Corners

It's been a while since I posted some examples of how I finish the street edges of my Micropolis blocks.  The final piece of the puzzle is the inside corners for when you have an 'L' shaped layout.  As with the other edges, these are built with 16x16 modules in mind.  They can easily be repeated and used for larger layouts.  This inside corner will easily connect to the straight edges and outside corners previously posted.

Please note that the corner if this module can be very weak if you don't take proper care to overlap elements.  As with the other modules you can substitute pieces as needed, just be sure to overlap joints.

Parts you will need:


1   1x2 brick
1   1x3 brick

2   1x3 plate
1   1x4 plate
3   1x8 plate
1   2x2 corner plate
14 2x3 plate
4   2x2 inverted slope 45
6   3x2 inverted slope 33
2   1x1 technic brick with hole
2   1x2 technic brick with hole
tiles as needed for street and sidewalk (staggering recommended for strength).


Don't miss the 1x3 and 1x4 plate near the back

Bricks in the back.  Yes, the 2x2 corner plate is floating.  Firmly attach it in the next step.


LEGO Micropolis Finish Edges - Outside Corners

A couple of weeks ago I introduced a concept for a finish edge for the Micropolis modules.  Today I would like to introduce my solution for an outside corner.  The outside corner is fairly easy.  A standard finish module snaps on to one side.  The other side can take a similar finish module but we need to fill in the 3x3 gap.  So outside corners are solved with a standard module and a secondary outside module that has an extra 3 studs of length.  The extra street module needs to snap into the Micropolis module as well as the straight street module.  There are a few extra pieces involved but otherwise it is the same as the straight street.

Parts you will need:

1   1x1 plate
1   1x3 plate
2   1x8 plate
9   2x3 plate
2   2x2 inverted slope 45
4   3x2 inverted slope 33
1   1x1 technic brick with hole
1   1x2 technic brick with hole
1   1x2 technic brick with 2 holes
tiles as needed for street and sidewalk (staggering recommended for strength).







Connect with pins to the quarter block module and straight edge module.

LEGO Tips and Techniques - Micropolis Finish Edges

I recently became interested in Micropolis scale after seeing some of it in person at Bricks Cascade 2013.  As a primarily micro builder anyway it was not that hard to grasp.  I just had to learn to build my buildings three times bigger.  I've been using my junky old LEGO pieces to build the baseplates but didn't like seeing the dirty yellowed technicolor edges of a Micropolis.  The other thing that bothered me a little was having edge roads only 2 studs wide.  That's one way, right?  Or at least a 25 mph two way.  It occurred to me that a finishing edge would be a nice touch.

For starters it should hold the rest of the road and another sidewalk, so at least 3-wide.  Second, it needs to have the technic hole in the middle for connection to the system.  For that matter it should also consider connecting to another finish edge on the side.  It would be easy enough to make this square but for a really nice look, why not a taper or cantilever look?  For best look, black is recommended though dark or light bley would look professional as well.  Dark bley is used in this tutorial to see the steps easier.

Parts you will need:

2   1x8 plate
8   2x3 plate
2   2x2 inverted slope 45
4   3x2 inverted slope 33
2   1x1 technic brick with hole
1   1x2 technic brick with hole
tiles as needed for street and sidewalk (staggering recommended for strength).





For increased strength two 4x8 plates could be used instead of the row of 2x3 plates.  However you will have 1 extra stud to cover.  Perhaps a decorative fence to keep your microfigs from falling off the edge of Micropolis?  Your improvements are welcome in the comments.