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Thought Experiment: Longest 5-piece assembly?
So, for reasons totally unrelated to anything, I was contemplating: What is the longest distance you could cover with 5 assembled LEGO elements?
* The elements have to be plastic. No string, stickers, paper, wires, etc. (The longest non-plastic thing I can think of was probably a kite string they sold)
* The elements have to be "attached" using a standard connection (stud/tube, pin/hole, ball/socket, etc). Doing something wacky like "using the adhesive at the bottom of a play table" is disallowed!
* The elements have to be released in something LEGO has sold at some point. (I know LEGO has, for instance, long reels of plastic flex-tubing in-house that they can cut-to-length, so ignore stuff like that!)
I got a pretty large answer (over 2.5 meters), but I'm curious to see what other people can come up with. I have no idea if something longer is possible!
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3 48*48 baseplates linked by 2 24*12 bricks
I'll also toss out there that the connections don't have to be sturdy-- so you could attach the studs on the corners and measure the diagonal, and you'd have about 2.014 meters with those elements!
Using three of these (or these if you prefer) joined with two of these.
I don't think those actually attach. I believe the back of them is devoid of tubes, and they're meant to attach to a wall.
For the record, I was using 3 of these boat hulls:
Attached with 2 of the big 20x56 wings to get a bit over 318 studs.
I'd considered the boat hulls, but suspected you couldn't join them to each other. Forgot about using other parts to join them.
Anyway, I still win by dint of my Modulex construction ;) Whichever brick length is used, it's still considerably longer than anything come up with so far! :D
I wasn't at all familiar with that ship hull. I'm wondering if there is some type of diagonal connection that might get you a little more length.
looks like you have to disassemble the hull.
and the wings have anti-studs so you can connect to boats?
a 250 studs long plate... that is quite madness
So, as per the challenge you could use them, but only by attaching other things to the studs, like big DUPLO plates. That's... wow... very, very, very close to the boat-hull-and-wing dealybob if you count the diagonal. I estimate about 2555.97mm for the diagonal of the DUPLO vs roughly 2555mm for the boat-hull-and-wings. So close that the accuracy of my measurements is probably affecting things.
(... Actually, if you offset the wings on the rear end of the boat hulls, I think you can eke out a bit more distance too-- but it's still really, really close)
As for whether or not the Modulex counts? I'd say so. If you're going to allow other LEGO "building systems" like DUPLO, Primo, Quatro, Soft, etc, then you should allow Modulex. As such, the Modulex is the current front-runner I think, although I wouldn't be completely surprised if someone turns up something bigger-- there's a lot of oddball things out there!
If multiple things that were actually separate molded parts were allowed, "as they were sold", I think some of the containers or play tables might start to come into play, where they had plastic molded elements that were "attached" to some other part, making something all the larger. That's really the intent behind wanting to avoid things that are clearly "two attached elements".
I have several 7mm ribbed/4mm rigid and un-terminated flexaxles in well over 4 meters length, so I could easily wup up something around 20 meters for five parts (+ connectors)
Proper LEGO, but never sold as is
So, I was looking at the Modulex boards more closely-- how are they made? Both of the ones you posted are composites of some sort of ... wooden? backing, with plastic Modulex affixed to it. However, looking at the 1st picture, it appears that it's not a single sheet of plastic Modulex studs. It looks like it's made from smaller, 100 Modulex-stud sheets (presumably two 100's and a 50?). Does the other board do the same thing? Anyone actually have one of these boards to check?
I suspect it won't be that long - you might just break 200cm.
Attached diagonally the 2x4 storage bricks should get you around 208 cm.
That Duplo plate looks like it would attach to another via 2 rows of studs rather than a single. Might have to get a ruling from Lego whether that's a legal build or not.