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Duplicated Building Steps

JBricks27JBricks27 Member Posts: 678
edited August 2012 in Building and Techniques
When you see that dreaded "2x", or "3x", "4x", ..., do you build simultaneosly or do you build one at a time? Do you think it's quicker to build simultaneously to save time on finding the same parts again? Do you think it's quicker to build one at a time because you already "know" what the next step is on the second or third time around building the same thing? Is it merely too frustrating and boring to build the same thing repeatedly?

I'm in the middle of a tower bridge build and opted to build the two towers simultaneously. I am thinking I should have constructed one at a time in order to make the build seem longer and feel like Im getting more for the money.

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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,410
    I'd go one by one. Maybe one on one day, one on the next. Spread it out a bit.
  • alldarkeralldarker NetherlandsMember Posts: 224
    I usually build the dreaded 2x, 3x, 8x etc. simultaneously to stop myself from getting bored with the build. And yes, it also does seem to be quicker. Even the part-builds that are mirror images of each other (for example, the hull on the 10030 ISD), I often build at the same time, for the same reason.
  • RennyRenny USAMember Posts: 1,145
    Depends on how big the x2 part is. If they are ballpark under 50 parts or so then I will do them simultaneously.
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,431
    I always grab all of the parts for each section to make sure they are all there. Then they are within easy reach so doing them simultaneously or seperately doesn't really change the time it takes.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,404
    Tower Bridge is a great set to build with a friend/spouse/child, because the whole thing is one huge 2x build.
  • davee123davee123 USAMember Posts: 836
    You'll probably build faster simultaneously:

    - For multi-page sub-models, you don't have to re-flip the pages.

    - You're likely to find the parts for each step once, which will probably save you time. Physically locating pieces with your hands is often one of the most time-consuming parts of the assembly process.

    - Humans are just generally more efficient when we're repetitive. Switching from one task to another takes slightly more brainpower, and slows you down. That's why assembly lines (with one worker assigned to one task) are faster than having the same amount of workers doing ALL the tasks independently.

    So, if you want to enjoy the building process for longer, don't build simultaneously. If you want to go faster (and maybe if you don't want to get bored-- in the case of the dreaded 8x or 16x), build simultaneously.

    DaveE
  • pantboypantboy EnglandMember Posts: 211
    edited August 2012
    My son and i love 2x, 3x etc. because it means a race, we get all the pieces for the build in one pile and...on your marks, set, go.........

    Sometimes i even let him win.
  • caperberrycaperberry LondonMember Posts: 2,226

    Tower Bridge is a great set to build with a friend/spouse/child, because the whole thing is one huge 2x build.

    That's what I did...only downside was we couldn't help racing one another, and being an AFOL I kept beating him! Bit demotivating

  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 873
    I sometimes like to build the second one without the instructions, just based on memory/the constructed version of the first one.
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,917

    I sometimes like to build the second one without the instructions, just based on memory/the constructed version of the first one.

    Same here! But for the duplicated steps, I enjoy building them simultaneously.
  • BlueMoonUSABlueMoonUSA Member Posts: 116

    I sometimes like to build the second one without the instructions, just based on memory/the constructed version of the first one.

    If you did that with Tower Bridge, I'd be impressed to say the least :)

  • NeilCrosbyNeilCrosby United KingdomMember Posts: 77
    I've actually kind of ended up doing that with Tower Bridge after it exploded in my hands and I was left with a whole bunch of 5-10 piece constructed bits. It was pretty fun.
  • JBricks27JBricks27 Member Posts: 678
    Kind of unrelated to this discussion:

    -Oh man, I dropped my helms deep the other day. Epic. Pieces everywhere. Wish I took a pic.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,404

    Kind of unrelated to this discussion:

    -Oh man, I dropped my helms deep the other day. Epic. Pieces everywhere. Wish I took a pic.

    Easy solution, rebuild it, then drop it on the floor again, take a pic... solved...

    :)
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,410
    pantboy said:

    My son and i love 2x, 3x etc. because it means a race, we get all the pieces for the build in one pile and...on your marks, set, go.........

    Sometimes i even let him win.

    ^ I also say that when I lose.
  • fitzyfitzfitzyfitz ManchesterMember Posts: 94
    ^^Classic
  • woony2woony2 UKMember Posts: 336
    On a similiar vein I tend to build the left and right hands of symmetrical models at the same time. For example Mini-figure 3723, Darth Maul Bust 10018 and R2-D2 10225. I get all the bits for that stage and then put the opposing pieces on with each hand at the same time.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,404
    ^ Speaking of #10225 - R2-D2

    I've actually changed my mind and decided I like numbered bags now. Why? Because my son and I were able to easily build this one together, he started with bag 1, I started with bag 5 or 6, with 3 manuals, we could build this together, at the same time, then put our builds together.

    Very fun, and great father/son bonding time.
  • BuriedinBricksBuriedinBricks USAMember Posts: 1,367
    I loved the build on R2 and I am certainly going to package the different parts by section if/when I ever take him apart. It made the whole process so much easier.

    It's one of the reasons why the modulars are so cool. Multiple floors means you could have up to three people working on the set and no fights over who gets to do a certain step.
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