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LEGO Freeway System

Hello everyone, I need some advice for something I'm trying to build. I am working on a LEGO freeway interchange through my city, and I need some help on designing those long, overhead bridges and ramps. I really want to get the curved, arc shape of the real freeway bridges/ramps but I don't know how to do it with LEGO. I want to avoid using those hinged pieces since they won't look smooth, and that's something I'm looking for. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,918
    edited May 2014
    You should try this technique:

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    Sure, it's not the greatest looking thing in the world, but it should do the trick.
  • epikfilmz11epikfilmz11 Member Posts: 3
    That will work fine, but I have no idea how to attach them to the plates and how to have the plates bend with them...
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,151
    edited May 2014
    1x2 tile with 1 stud on top http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=3794 to hold the structure onto the plate in certain places, and 1x2 tiles to fill out the rest of the base to make it look solid. There are also a bunch of smaller curved panels that should help with smaller posts needed
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,769
    If you want really smooth, then the half cylinders may work, although the diameter may be too small. http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=85941
  • timttimt Member Posts: 33
    I'd love to see this when its done! Although I'd imagine an interchange would take a significant amount of real estate to look realistic. How big are you planning on making it?
  • epikfilmz11epikfilmz11 Member Posts: 3
    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll figure something out. I'm planning on making it pretty large and I'll definitely post it when I'm done!
  • blade_guyblade_guy Member Posts: 217
    edited May 2014
    Have you thought about using plates from the #6600 set?
  • natro220natro220 USAMember Posts: 545
    #6600-2....#6600-1 is a small police car
  • beegeedeebeegeedee Galway, IrelandMember Posts: 380
    Take a look at this: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/257825
    It gives amazingly smooth surfaces but depends on lots and lots of 2x2 tiles with grooves - the grooves are important apparently.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,151
    edited July 2014
    blade_guy said:

    Have you thought about using plates from the #6600 set?

    Kinda pricey though, and only two lanes
    beegeedee said:

    Take a look at this: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/257825
    It gives amazingly smooth surfaces but depends on lots and lots of 2x2 tiles with grooves - the grooves are important apparently.

    Wow, That takes a lot of commitment, maybe not a lot of money, but then again buying 100's of 2x2 tile added up if you cannot find them at a store PaB.

    I just wish LEGO would have made the highway plates for the masses to buy: http://www.peeron.com/scans/200-4/14 ; http://www.peeron.com/scans/200-4/23
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,923
    Experimenting with my "downtown" city roads. Initially, I wanted to use the mason profile bricks on their side for the road...but that was getting too expensive. So now I'm think a mix of profile bricks and regular bricks to create a used, rough-looking road, with pot holes and blacktop filled spots might even look cooler.
    Bumblepants
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,151
    prevere said:

    Experimenting with my "downtown" city roads. Initially, I wanted to use the mason profile bricks on their side for the road...but that was getting too expensive. So now I'm think a mix of profile bricks and regular bricks to create a used, rough-looking road, with pot holes and blacktop filled spots might even look cooler.

    I thought about using Masonry brick for the crosswalks like some downtown cities have it. If you can find them at a LEGO store PaB I would say you could do it, but if you have to pay about 20 cents per brick I can see that getting really expensive real quick
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