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Small builds & unusual parts uses

VorpalRyuVorpalRyu AustraliaMember Posts: 2,184
Occasionally when playing around with ideas for part of a MOC, or while sorting parts, I've come across ideas, usually involving just a few pieces that are simple, but small scale build in their own right, or a potential solution for build problems I had been trying (unsuccessfully) to solve previously. I figured it might be useful for all of us on the forum to have a thread to document these ideas so that others can benefit from our discoveries. My first contribution is a very small, two piece build that could be used as a tank for a micro scale builds:

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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,305
    Roller skates in a line make a reasonable microscale train. You can add 1x1 plates for coloured carriages.
    VorpalRyudavetheoxygenmanBaby_Yoda
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 1,081
    Yeah, they're used in a few official sets. 1x1 plates w/ clips can form a decent pair of limbs, horns, even a wacky beak.
    VorpalRyudavetheoxygenman
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 723
    These are all amazing! What a beautiful use for stud-shooters!
    VorpalRyu
  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 275
    One ingenious part use I can't find a picture of any more was using the triggers from the stud shooters as microscale gravestones...
    VorpalRyuBaby_Yoda
  • shikadishikadi TRU AlumniMember Posts: 55
    One ingenious part use I can't find a picture of any more was using the triggers from the stud shooters as microscale gravestones...

    Laptops as roofs and skate as a car... this one is full of NPU
    VorpalRyuSwitchfoot55Baby_YodaMr_CrossmadforLEGOLittleLoriBrixfan02
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 1,081
    I really like the way many larger pieces are sunk into the ground so that only the necessary portion protrudes. If you're making a microscale scene with lots of tiny, independent details I think SNOT bases work very well. One other thing to consider is that when you're building super-tiny models, exposed studs can be a pain, but you can use them to your advantage and create extra details with their presence such as the roller skate cars above.
    VorpalRyu
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 2,649
    edited May 8
    @Brainslugged do you have a link or part number for the part you mean? I still can't get my head around it!
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 668
    @andhe  - This piece on its side. #30413.

    andheMr_Crossdmcc0LittleLori
  • dmcc0dmcc0 Nae far fae AberdeenMember Posts: 604
    Very clever, but surprised it's considered a legal connection as only the top one will be attached to anything.
    Mr_Cross
  • VorpalRyuVorpalRyu AustraliaMember Posts: 2,184
    I have a copy of one of docs on legal/illegal build techniques & I didn't see anything in there about parts not connected to the main build being an illegal technique. This isn't the first build to do it, #41629, the Boba Fett Brickheadz figure also had parts not connected to the main build.
    dmcc0Switchfoot55
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,305
    I imagine it helps that this is not a play set. If something is not well connected and falls off in trial play, it will fail. Whereas something that sits on a shelf can get away with different standards.
    Baby_Yodadmcc0LittleLori
  • DeMontesDeMontes North YorkshireMember Posts: 489
    If you are a fan of small builds with NPU then definitely check out Michael Jasper's Flickr - he is a genius. 

    Fascinating! ... but illogical.


    Baby_YodadavetheoxygenmanLittleLoriBobflipMr_Cross
  • dmcc0dmcc0 Nae far fae AberdeenMember Posts: 604
    VorpalRyu said:
    I have a copy of one of docs on legal/illegal build techniques & I didn't see anything in there about parts not connected to the main build being an illegal technique. This isn't the first build to do it, #41629, the Boba Fett Brickheadz figure also had parts not connected to the main build.
    I suppose to be an illegal connection they would have to actually be connected.  
    560HeliportVorpalRyuBaby_Yodamak0137
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,242
    ^ indeed.  Legality is mostly about stress on elements, so with no connection there can be no stress.
    LittleLoriVorpalRyuBaby_Yoda
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 458
    It looks like the panels should all stay put pretty well, as each one will be held in place by the one above it, and the top one is connected the usual stud way.
  • VorpalRyuVorpalRyu AustraliaMember Posts: 2,184
    ^ indeed.  Legality is mostly about stress on elements, so with no connection there can be no stress.
    While usually true, there is still a possibility of brick stress if you're placing parts in a void, stress could occur if the actual space does not match the design specifications of the parts. Placing elements loose in a brick made void is a pretty unique situation, apart from this new set, the only one I know of is the Boba Brickheadz fig, so 99.99999999% of the time, your statement is absolutely correct. :)
  • Koolbrix2018Koolbrix2018 North CarolinaMember Posts: 17
    edited May 11
    I really like following The Brothers Brick as they constantly post different models and builds filled with NPU and cool techniques. There is also a great, talented MOCer on Flickr called Simon NH - I really love some of his builds, and uses of parts.
    DeMontes
  • Koolbrix2018Koolbrix2018 North CarolinaMember Posts: 17
    edited May 11
    @DeMontes:
    Yes, Michael Jasper's builds are great! I love how he uses such a variety of different facial expressions for his minifigs. 
    DeMontes
  • DeMontesDeMontes North YorkshireMember Posts: 489
    I really like following The Brothers Brick as they constantly post different models and builds filled with NPU and cool techniques. There is also a great, talented MOCer on Flickr called Simon NH - I really love some of his builds, and uses of parts.
    Simon NH took part in our last parts fest on New Elementary and he will be taking part in the upcoming one...

    I agree, he is a great builder. His Flickr here for those who are interested: Simon NH
    pxchrisKoolbrix2018
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 387
    I didn't recognize the name right off, but I absolutely love his tiger build! I remember being floored when I first saw that.
    Koolbrix2018DeMontes
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