A little trick for getting a subtle, stud-free angle with 1 x 2 tiles
About this creation
Well gang, I'm no Professor Eggplant, but I like to throw out a technique whenever I stumble on to something that might be cool to share with my fellow geeks. While to me this seems fairly specialized for a single use, other more clever builders might find additional uses for it. Anyway, on with the tutorial...
So the pic below is of a ship I've started messing with (now that I'm FINALLY back to building a little bit!!!!), and the area that really needed help was this open section above the yellow arrow.
As you can hopefully see from this shot, the space widens slightly as it moves from top to bottom. None of the plates had the proper angle needed to successfully fit this space without leaving rather obtrusive gaps. So I managed to come up with the following solution...
I started with a 4 x 8 plate, and added the addtional plates you see here. (two 1 x 8's, and two 1 x 2's)
I then added the 1 x 1 round plates, two 1 x 1 tiles at the top, and put the 1 x 2 tiles in place as you see below.
The studless appearance was finished out by adding two 1 x 8 tiles to the center (held in place by the rounds).
Here's the fun part. I used a brick to push the 1 x 2 tiles at an angle, repeating the step on the other side.
Now I've got a studless panel with adjustable angles on both sides. The 1 x 2's have some play, so the angle can vary somewhat. I checked it against the angle of the space it was going into, made a slight adjustment, and...
...a perfect fit with no studs showing.
I'm sure there may be other uses for this, and I'll leave that up to all of you. But meanwhile, I thought it was a cool little technique for what I needed, and maybe some of you might have use for it as well.
Thanks for checking in...Now back to some building!
I was just glancig through your stuff when i found this dude this is genius i will try to use this but 2 questions i dont have any (well maybe 2 or 3) 1x2 flats so do you think it would work to use 1x2 grills? Also i am a die hard old gray fan but i do have a moderate amount of bley pieces same with old dark gray and the new dark gray what should i do for that. PS sorry for not emailing you im to lazy :D
I'm keeping this in mind if the opportunity presents itself ... but i might know why your gettign moderated so much! It's your ellipses, the (...) If you have it connected to the end of a big word like 'pie...' except instead of the word pie you have a big word like 'mindstorms' or 'flamethrower' the profanity guardians see it as a super big word and they'll take it for moderation, so put a space after the word b4 the elpises: 'flamethrower ...'. Either that or quit yer sailor talkin' ways
very interesting, I can't think of something where I could use the technique maybe a door in a starwarsdiorama, I don't make spaceships, I 'm bad at making spaceships. good job anyway...wath do you mean with fellow geeks ? I prefer the term artists or something positive
I bet that Professor Eggplant is SO proud of you. You know that nobody likes a TEACHER'S PET! Well, it looks like Chris beat me to saying it, but I'll say it again! Sure, nice technique, bla bla bla. How could you stoop to this level, Kelso? You know that there's no fun in being a GOOD boy...OK, I got my bit of sarcasm out of the way (I think that the constant sarcasm from Phipson is getting to me). A very clever technique Mark, excellent job! ~Nick
I must admit that it took me a whole minute to really understand how it works lol - Very good idea, and BTW this new ship seems to start very well !!!
PS A great thanks for your vote on my entry ! This wasn't my first dinosaur in Lego, but I think this one looks not too bad, so thanks !
Unfortunately, I hadn't have the time to make the landscape looks better... Thanks again and have a nice weekend !
Wow, it's beautiful *sniff*. Great work, as always Kelso. This is VERY clever. I will have to make a note of that. I think the only color i have of those to be worth it is green, but I could still find a use for it. Oh, and that SHIP-in-progress is great, too.
Excellent Stuff. *Kudos* I think this would be interesting to put to use for a curved stairway. I may try it out one of these days if I can bribe you enough to make it past the cyborg racer round of the olympics and into a castle round.
I like it
Heather LEGO Girl
September 10, 2008
Thank god you're back to building again. Now we can wean you off the patch. Very clever my friend, very clever indeed.
Now that the joke's out of the way, this is VERY creative. Are you sure you came up with it. I mean, I thought the brain power started to drop as you got older and you are... never mind. (Very cool idea, Thanks. I may just have to use that for an upcoming project. You know which one I'm talking about.) Oh yeah, look at the date. What was it about today that... Oh, I know. ~ Chris.
Yeah man, I got it! This is absolutely genius, it’s a very useful idea specially its stud less, coz all the curvy LEGO pieces contain studs, beside that its seem that your new ship will be amazing… keep it up Mr. genius >>> peace.. fofo