LEGO & Hilbert's Space Filling Curve meet to create a 32x32 base from 1x2 plates...
About this creation
Hi. Over the weekend I was trying to work out how I could build a large transparent baseplate since LEGO only makes them up to 8x8 and they are /very/ expensive. I came up with this. Using lots [and lots] of 1x2 transparent plates and joining them all together.
Sounds easy right? It's actually a lot harder than you think and it wasn't until I remembered Hilbert's Space Filling Curve that I got something that worked.
Here's the first creation from all the tinkering. Å 16x16 "baseplate" made of two levels of 1x2 transparent plates. I've actually gone one larger and made a 32x32 pieces as well.
I've already started making a mosaic on it using transparent 1x1 tiles and plates - so far so good and I'll post when I've finished it....
Hi there, I would love to build my own custom sized clear base with your math skill tutelage;0) And I'm sure there are many others.
However, your link no longer works (mine all died when apple transitioned to the cloud as well). Is there somewhere else online you could point us to?
Quoting Joshua Benjamin
It looks great, but didn't they make transparent baseplates in those mosaic sets?
Hi Joshua. To answer your question - "I don't know" :-)
Actually, I just poked around Peeron and the two mosaic sets 6162-1 6163-1 did come with a 16x16 trans. clear baseplate.
But....the average price of one of these is $4.39 on BrickLink and there's only 90 available.
But....the cost was really only half the reason for doing this. It was more of the challenge of building a large piece solely out of 1x2 plates that I might be able to use to make a mosaic on. It was a pleasant surprise to find that math I had 15+ years ago came to be useful! :-)