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Anyway... I'd been dying to see a review of the Trafalgar Square Architecture set to see how the steps were made. I saw someone suggest that maybe they were opaque window panels stacked on top of each other. This seemed unlikely as there wouldn't be a good way to lock them in place. But a few days ago I noticed the overhead shot of the set, which shows that the steps must be made from 1x4 panel pieces that are stacked against each other on their sides. Absolute genius!
And from the top:
Fascinating! ... but illogical.
Yes, Michael Jasper's builds are great! I love how he uses such a variety of different facial expressions for his minifigs.
I agree, he is a great builder. His Flickr here for those who are interested: Simon NH
(Side is removed to show the technique - that's not the reason it's rattly :-P )
I was impressed by the third panel along from the left being held in place by the stud on the jumper plate, that's a part relationship I didn't know about!
With the SNOT brick:
With the bracket:
They don't rattle at all with the bracket. They do feel a little too rigid, though. I don't know if Lego would release a set that puts that much pressure on the bricks. Then again, this is an Architecture set, and I don't think my parts are going to break any time soon.
4 plates high on a side, 2 plates + 4 half plates on the other = 4 plates.
3 studs is 15 half plates I think. bracket = 1 half plate + brick (6) + 4 panels (8) = 15.
The inner corner of the wall panel part seems to be slightly larger than a 90-degree angle. This might throw off the 2:5 measurements we're used to.
When TLG came out with the final Minifigure scale in 1978... it was great for adding inside building details... but there was a trade-off. When the 1955-73 Town Plan scale was used for LEGO building, a door was 3 bricks tall. Switching to the Minifig scale eventually doubled that scale to 6 bricks tall. Unfortunately doubling the scale caused the volume of buildings to go up by a factor of 8 (2 to the 3rd power... for length x width x height). This makes building a large Town very space consuming, and especially very expensive.
When I was young, the Town Plan (1:87 HO scale) was perfect for making a larger town, and as for building skyscrapers... and you were less constricted by ceiling heights for skyscrapers...
Oh yes, and Cypress trees...[drool]