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‘Gauge’ Tool Usage

Lo1sJessLo1sJess Member Posts: 633
edited March 2022 in Building and Techniques
Just wondering if people use this tool and if so why not offered more - by Lego and BL?  BL has one seller with 2 and asking $64.  I use it a good bit when working with technic pieces.  Wish now I had bought a few.


  • FizyxFizyx Member Posts: 1,332
    That's actually a legit neat tool.  I don't even really MOC, but there have been sets that it would have been nice to have just to I could more easily distinguish between a 2x12 and a 2x14.  I would definitely get at least 2 (one for me, one for my mother/nephew [who is 5] that enjoy building together) if they were available for a reasonable price.
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Member Posts: 633
    edited March 2022
    @Fizyx will keep an eye out.  Just google and saw rebrickable has a tool kit and holder moc plan that looks to do similar things just not in one compact piece.
    also looks like a couple sold for under $20 on BL back in the fall.
  • mak0137mak0137 Member Posts: 288
    edited March 2022
    I didn't know it was an official tool since I have seen 3D printed version of the red one listed around $12-$15 on various web sites.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    I don't have one of those, but I do have a couple of useful measuring tools. One is a stack of numbered bricks from the calendar set for measuring heights. The other is a pair of 2x16 plates covered in smaller plates (four 1x4 lengthwise and 16 1x1, alternating black and white). With those you can quickly measure any distance. You put the first one down, then the second ene to end, then move the first to the end, repeating as many times as needed. Finally it is quick to read off the last bit of the distance as it might be something like 4+4+1+1+1 (slightly quicker than counting 11 individual studs). I used to use the number 1x1 tiles, but number 1 is so expensive these days that I sold my spares.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,262
    ^Thankfully, it's usually pretty quick to count "1" stud. Better off selling spares than worrying you know how far 1 stud is!
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    It wasn't just a 1, it was 1234567890 tiles in a line used as a ruler rather than as a counting stick. But it is the 1 that has the value, and someone I know had a figure to trade so they went. 
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Member Posts: 5,436
    If you are really committed, just follow Adam Savage’s example, except customized for Lego :)

  • 560Heliport560Heliport Member Posts: 3,715
    That's actually a really good idea!
  • CymbelineCymbeline Member Posts: 554
    Almost tempted to get my first tattoo mainly to post it and receive all your adulation - no, just kidding.  
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    If you are into microscale you could have that done on a smaller part of the body, making it easy to hide away. Probably best not to whip it out at the PAB wall though. 
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