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Today we're going to discuss the 1/2 offset using jumpers. I developed this technique (or maybe copied it, i don't know) in the process of building darkwater keep, which was built on dwarf scale. The main photo above uses this to add a bit of dimension to a tight area.

(Edit) Ah yes, now I remember where I got the technique. The town house creator set uses jumpers to sink in its windows: Link

In the macro scale, you need to use a 1 brick offset for ledges. in micro scale, you should use no offset. However, there are situations when you probably aught to be on 1/2 offset.



Below is an example of 1 brick offset when 1/2 may be warranted.



And here is an example of no offset. Not saying these don't look cool, but I think it would be better with 1/2 offset.



And we come to the test subject. I used all light bley. Typically this works better with plates blending colors in there so it isn't so bland. Also, it seems like arches and rounds seem to make a tower more interesting than just grey bricks. BGWS = big grey wall syndrome. I got criticized quite a bit for the back of eggplant island over at classic-castle for not making the back walls more interesting.



This view is to show what I'm talking about in the 1/2.



And heres how you do it. The jumpers are the tiles with the single stud in the middle. They're called jumpers because you can jump a 1/2 stud over.



Til' next time... Um, keep it Eggy?



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Eggy Pop
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baran celik
  December 4, 2009
Awsum!
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  July 21, 2009
Light Bley... Hmmmmm, love that color professor! Anyway, Great tutorial!
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  May 28, 2009
Thanks for the technique, Prof. I found that using jump plates for the base of interior walls solves some critical problems when using hinge pieces to create angled walls inside either a building, moon base, or spaceship. Using either smooth hinge or click hinge pieces to create angled interior walls creates a problem of having those walls meet flush with other walls and also with getting the "just perfect" angle. the "1/2 stud offset" created by using these jumper plates at the base solves this problem, most of the time - depending upon the angle. I got the idea while reading your tutorial and wondering how this technique you are showing could be used in space ship building.
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  May 8, 2009
Oooh, oooh, oooh, could this be used for space ship building, Professor? I bet it could! Let me think... ... ... *fizzle* *schnap* *burnout* uugghh, I can't figure it out. But I bet someone smarter than me could figure it out. Would I still get extra credit if I figured it out but sent in my work a few months late?
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  February 20, 2009
oh Wow ... i LUV that main pic ! ... and that minifig in the second pic (or 3rd) is hallarious !!! ... omg, i was laughin' for about 5 minutes ... *Whew* ... btw, check out my 9 ft 6 inch tower and tell me wat ya think at http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/96166 ... Thx =)
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  February 16, 2009
I'm sorry I'm late. Can't I just copy the homework off of Kelso or Heather (You know that's how Phipson got his done). Seriously, very nice. I'm going to try this in my next castle MOC. Thanks and keep 'em coming!
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  February 5, 2009
I dont get it. I dont see any changes in all the pics but the last. Everything lines up to a 1:1 ratio. What do the jumpers do?
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  February 5, 2009
oooohhh!! Some tips for building towers...I may have to use these....thanks Professor.
Eggy Pop
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Heather LEGOgirl
  February 4, 2009
Sorry I'm late. I was watching the girl's volleyball team string some guy up by his Jockey shorts. What'd I miss? Oh, and I brought you an apple Mr. Eggy, can you help me out with my work after class?
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  February 4, 2009
You are an inspiartion to us all man!
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  February 4, 2009
HEY! Just cause I xeroxed these hall passes at kinkos doesn't mean they're not still good! I've been busy in the gym checking out the girls vollyball team... I'm sure teachers pet Kelso took good notes here. I'll just steal them when I take his milk money after class. And Garth... NO MERCY! (Thanks for the tips Professor. Been off for a couple of days, Gotta go check out your other update post.) ~ Chris.
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  February 4, 2009
Is Chris still in the girls bathroom? Anybody seen him? He is late for class again.
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  February 4, 2009
Stop it! Quit!...Professor, I don't know what he's got in mind, but Garth keeps grabbing my underwear!
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  February 4, 2009
wow im impressed! check out some of ny latest mocs if u have the time
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  February 4, 2009
Interesting... I might find a use for this. Even if I don't, it's still a great technique. I love all of your lessons, Professor! Keep them coming!
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  February 4, 2009
Interesting. Thanks for the tips :)
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  February 4, 2009
Nice lesson Professor. I tried that technic on one of my micropolis buildings. I wanted the windows set back from the face of the building. You should sneak up behind Kelso and give him one of those super wedgies for sleeping in class. The kind that bisect his nether regions worst than the division of the Ottoman Empire. see ya. garth
  February 4, 2009
Okay, okay. Joking aside, this is a solid tip. Even if you're not interested in a particular scale, these jumper plates (Bricklink calls them "plate 1 x2 w/ one stud") help to create textural variation in a surface area. The hardest thing to do with LEGO is to break that square, one stud distance that EVERYTHING measures out to, and these jumper plates are great for doing just that. Thanks, Prof. (Now if I can just remember to USE this technique!)
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  February 4, 2009
*ZZZZZ... SNGGFF... SNORT* Phipson said she was 18!!!!! Huh? Wha?...Oh...uh, yeah. One stud plates, right... yes, great idea professor. Thank you. They're just the right tool for the... for the... twwwrrrr...*ZZZZZ*
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  February 4, 2009
Though I still sometimes miss my castle days, space has always been cut out for me. Still, my castles were still mighty popular even though I usually never used 1/2. Good day
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  February 3, 2009
Neat techniques used here, your boring lectures may actually help me someday...(Kidding...) Thanks for the great ideas!
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  February 3, 2009
Cool! I'm just confused on what you mean by 1/2 offset and stuff.
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  February 3, 2009
Man, I wish you'd done this six months ago...Then again, if you did this six months ago I wouldn't be an example. =)
 
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