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Lego Midi (Mixel) Ball Joint Frame V1
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..a smaller frame this time using the new Mixel / Chima Legend Beasts ball joints...
About this creation
Everyone's been asking me to make a mech frame using the new Mixel ball joints. Ask and you shall receive. Props to Mortal Swordsman who was the first one on the pages to come up with a humanoid frame using the new bits, check out his frame here . This is my take on a superposeable frame using the new pieces - ideal for mechs, superheroes and the like. It is comparable in size to my "t" joint midi frames. Please feel free to use it as long as you credit the design back to me. Look forward to some cool upcoming mechs and figures using this frame. Feel free to download the instructions and create your own mechs robots and figs with the new ball joints. Please don't forget to credit me if using this design.

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Yay, the joints are now in LDD ....



Building instructions
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Comments

 I like it 
  September 8, 2014
Wow, really awesome! I'm going to need to get some of these ball joints :D
  June 22, 2014
Yeah, I guess that's my issue. Every time I've opened LDD, I keep getting this error message saying that "Internet access failed". I've tried reinstalling LDD countless of times, and that's never worked. I'm unsure if it's the computer I'm using (An iMac that I've recently updated to OSX 10.6) or if it's something in the system preferences. I've tried looking this up, but I can't find anything that actually helps. A lot of people have been saying that they can connect to the internet when they checked on it later in the day, but I've had the same old error message pop up for a year now. Does anyone know what I should do?
 I made it 
  June 21, 2014
ldd updates automatically for me about a month ago with these parts and some others
Quoting Dusty Bricks Gosh, this is an awesome use of the new parts! Also, I can't get these new parts for LDD. Is there an update that I can't get to?
  June 21, 2014
Gosh, this is an awesome use of the new parts! Also, I can't get these new parts for LDD. Is there an update that I can't get to?
 I like it 
  May 27, 2014
Cool frame, man I wish I had some of these, they seem so useful.
 I made it 
  May 13, 2014
Must be great body language then..
Quoting Marc dZ How crazy the expressions of the frame are. Even with no "face"!!
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
How crazy the expressions of the frame are. Even with no "face"!!
 I like it 
  May 8, 2014
I've just worked out how you got round this problem in your design and again I'm being incredibly dense. By using the technic pin and ball you have 360 rotation at the shoulder AND outward movement. I've been stuck with either outward OR rotation but not both because I was sticking to the cup and ball pieces exclusively.
 I made it 
  May 8, 2014
That s not an LDD issue the sockets do not have full range of motion in reality - which is a shame! Kinda defeats the purpose of a ball and socket mechanism. Although cool there are some limitations.
Quoting andros tempest A problem I'm having with the new ball joints is placement. Because of the way the cup is positioned you get a "cone" of movement, but certain positions are impossible without creating double joints that bend in two tangential directions. Is there a simpler technique?
 I like it 
  May 8, 2014
A problem I'm having with the new ball joints is placement. Because of the way the cup is positioned you get a "cone" of movement, but certain positions are impossible without creating double joints that bend in two tangential directions. Is there a simpler technique?
 I like it 
  May 5, 2014
Ah... got it. I've been looking at that technic pin with ball part for months and wondering if there would ever be a use for it. I'm going for a full on new build with these joints, taking some of my favourite new and old builds and seeing if I can re-engineer them replacing t-bars for balls, should be interesting...
 I made it 
  May 5, 2014
for the head and feet - it's two pieces: technic 1x1 brick with hole plus technic pin that has ball on one side and friction pin on other. cheers!
Quoting andros tempest I was experimenting with the new joints this weekend, there are some fantastic posibilities there. One thing though... That 1x1 brick and ball? I can't seem to find it in LDD. Where is it located? And what is it called? I'm refering to the piece yo used for the head, if that wasn't clear.
  May 5, 2014
I was experimenting with the new joints this weekend, there are some fantastic posibilities there. One thing though... That 1x1 brick and ball? I can't seem to find it in LDD. Where is it located? And what is it called? I'm refering to the piece yo used for the head, if that wasn't clear.
 I made it 
  May 5, 2014
yes they are!
Quoting Apolinar Lopez I love the new figure, specialy the waist articulation. This new joints are wonderful!!!
 I made it 
  May 2, 2014
New joints are now in LDD feel free to download my new frame design - just don't forget to credit it back to me...
 I like it 
  April 30, 2014
I love the new figure, specialy the waist articulation. This new joints are wonderful!!!
 I like it 
  April 30, 2014
Great frame. An excellent level of articulation. The new ball joints are definitely the best, but I think you get lots of cool parts with many of the mixels.
 I made it 
  April 30, 2014
indeed!
Quoting Tim Sizemore I love these joints. So easy to work with compared to the other joint systems. We just need them in more colors and more shapes.
 I like it 
  April 30, 2014
This is really cool. Looks pretty sturdy too. Good job.
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
I love these joints. So easy to work with compared to the other joint systems. We just need them in more colors and more shapes.
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
At first I was skeptical about getting tiny ball joints, but now I see they are definitely worth it! I just don't like how the arms can't move outwards all the way at the shoulders. Otherwise, this is one of your best frames so far, in my opinion.
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
Looks great, Chris! As I mentioned to someone before, these joints work well for tiny Legoformers, which I'm sure you'll be posting soon. I'm still tweaking my own frame using these parts, but I'll have something soon, hopefully.
  April 29, 2014
Quoting Chris Roach you and most of my 6000 youtube followers! :)
Ha ha! Well, I guess that these new parts are just that popular. Lego really pulled a good move with the new parts. They released them on sets that would have otherwise been not very popular. Chima wasn't doing to well, and the idea behind Mixels wasn't really good. However, throw in those new pieces and you've got a best-seller!
 I made it 
  April 29, 2014
you and most of my 6000 youtube followers! :)
Quoting Declan Muller As soon as these parts come out on PAB, I'm gonna make some gundam MOCs. I told you that you should do this! :)
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
As soon as these parts come out on PAB, I'm gonna make some gundam MOCs. I told you that you should do this! :)
 I made it 
  April 29, 2014
It took me 3 Mixels and Chima legends wolf beast set to get enough relevant parts to make this, I have a few left over. I hope these will be available via PAB soon. Not very cost effective to make one frame at the moment!
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 I guess I need 2 more mixels to do this one, am I right?
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
Nice frame, might have to borrow it :)
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
I guess I need 2 more mixels to do this one, am I right?
 I made it 
  April 29, 2014
thanks
Quoting clayton Marchetti Cool looking frame Chris!
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
cool! The arms and legs look a bit long, but it looks like it would be great for a G1 bumblebee skeleton.
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
Cool looking frame Chris!
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
wow! I HAVE to build a mech based on this! superb Chris!
 I made it 
  April 29, 2014
thanks.. yes MS should have a great take on these new parts.
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Very nice Chris. It is great to see how we tackle the joints in different ways and come up with very different solutions using virtually the same pieces. I really like your shoulder and upper arm joint. Thanks for the mention there really was no need but it is much appreciated. All we need now is to see Moodswim's version...
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
Nice! :)
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
Very nice Chris. It is great to see how we tackle the joints in different ways and come up with very different solutions using virtually the same pieces. I really like your shoulder and upper arm joint. Thanks for the mention there really was no need but it is much appreciated. All we need now is to see Moodswim's version...
 I made it 
  April 29, 2014
he does have ball joints for feet
Quoting Robert Sanft III Me likes, though I would have used the ball joints for the hands and feet too but still awesome. Good stuff
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
Me likes, though I would have used the ball joints for the hands and feet too but still awesome. Good stuff
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
Yeah, very cool, Chris! I was expecting something like that from you :-)) I'd think about a 1x1 Technic brick and a friction pin with ball joint for the shoulder joint (to get it "higher"). The rest is awesome. Great job! :-))
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
Those new joints are unleashing all sorts of creativity. I like how compact and poseable this frame is.
 I like it 
  April 29, 2014
That's a fantastic amount of articulation in something so compact.
 
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