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Platform for baseplate

klatu003klatu003 Hobbiton, Shire, Middle EarthMember Posts: 727
edited February 2015 in Building and Techniques
What has everyone else done to fix this issue? I created a scene on a 32 x 32 baseplate. Later I wanted to raise it up and add more to the scene, because it seemed a little flat. I grabbed my box with all the chewed, faded and unworthy bricks and made a platform that was supposed to be 30 x 30, but somehow ended up being 30 x29. It is one brick plus one plate high. Next I made an unattached 34 x 34 outer rim in "good bricks." Together it looks like this. This way I will be able to change the outer rim to another color and reuse the base.
Finished project here.
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  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    klatu003 said:

    What has everyone else done to fix this issue? I created a scene on a 32 x 32 baseplate. Later I wanted to raise it up and add more to the scene, because it seemed a little flat. I grabbed my box with all the chewed, faded and unworthy bricks and made a platform that was supposed to be 30 x 30, but somehow ended up being 30 x29. It is one brick plus one plate high. Next I made an unattached 34 x 34 outer rim in "good bricks." Together it looks like this. This way I will be able to change the outer rim to another color and reuse the base.
    Finished project here.

    OMG that looks epic
  • thedoctor46thedoctor46 UKMember Posts: 213
    How did you do the waterfall?
  • monkeymonkey Member Posts: 235
    Lovely scene
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,950
    I have always found this an issue, as a baseplate does not quite equal 1 flat, but 2 flats and 1 baseplate do not quite equal 1 standard brick.
    Andor
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,520
    I was just thinking about doing something like this instead of trying to transplant a Mod onto a block foundation. So I was contemplating using 2xX brick and building a 32x32 platform with a grid and finally with tile on top of it. I know I have TONS of 2xX brick I can use for this, just have not gotten around it it (like many other projects involving LEGO). This way I can do custom roads using brick on the side, or other things, like curbs and what not, but not having to dramatic engineer something more than this.

    Andor
  • klatu003klatu003 Hobbiton, Shire, Middle EarthMember Posts: 727
    How did you do the waterfall?
    A random assortment of clear bricks, slopes, cheeses, and 1x1 round plates.  I picked them up from the PAB wall over time.  I hope PAB wall starts looking better than it has lately.

    plasmodium said:
    I have always found this an issue, as a baseplate does not quite equal 1 flat, but 2 flats and 1 baseplate do not quite equal 1 standard brick.
    Somehow it lines up - I tried a few of these around the edge.  Also in the original project picture the tiles on the steps in front lined up.  Maybe being on the Lego printed studs of the platform adds just enough to the base to equal a plate????

    plasmodiumTheBigLegoski
  • matticus_bricksmatticus_bricks Member Posts: 651
    Awesome build! I have such OCD when it comes to these things that I would have just built the whole thing over on standard plates, but you found an aesthetically pleasing solution. Great work!
    Andor
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,272
    edited February 2015
    I moved all of my modulars over to bases that are two brick and one plate on top of a baseplate.  So baseplate, then an outer perimeter of two brick high (with some technic on each side for connecting to others) and then 16x16 plates on top supported in a few places in the middle.  Then I transferred all of the modulars onto those bases.  Did this so that I could build the brick built roads I wanted.

    Also allows for my ballasted train track directly on a baseplate to line up with track embedded flush in the street pieces.



    Andorsnowhitieklatu003TheLoneTensor
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,950
    klatu003 said:
    Somehow it lines up - I tried a few of these around the edge.  Also in the original project picture the tiles on the steps in front lined up.  Maybe being on the Lego printed studs of the platform adds just enough to the base to equal a plate????

    Ah, I see. That makes sense. Good to know!
  • klatu003klatu003 Hobbiton, Shire, Middle EarthMember Posts: 727
     @graphite - your solution is very neat and would make moving modulars much more secure.  Do you have a link to photos of your setup?  I and I'm sure others would like to see your platforms and trains in action.  "Ballasted train track" - had to Google that!  
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,272
    @klatu003  I have my modulars and roads setup, and the track ballast for some of the track done but don't have the track setup on my table yet.  Just built a new table a couple weekends ago.  Still need to modify my modular train station to embed the track in it so it is at the right level for the rest of the track.  Will probably be a bit before I get it done.
    klatu003
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,520
    It really is amazing how big a footprint can be for a LEGO layout.
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,272
    ^ Yeah.  That is a 10ftx6ft table.
  • klatu003klatu003 Hobbiton, Shire, Middle EarthMember Posts: 727
    Your brick built roads are great.  I don't have that much black and use the LEGO road plates.  Just got an email from LEGO cancelling my order of the curved plus straight road from January.  #7281.  Did I miss the EOL on these plates?

  • tedwardtedward CanadaMember Posts: 163
    klatu003 said:
    Just got an email from LEGO cancelling my order of the curved plus straight road from January.  #7281.
    Could that be because 7281 is actually T-Junction & Curved Road Plates. ;)

    I ordered and received some Straight & Crossroad Plates (7280) recently but I have no use for the curves generally.
  • klatu003klatu003 Hobbiton, Shire, Middle EarthMember Posts: 727
    ^S&H can be strange, but I don't think they monitor my characterizations of their products on Brickset before shipping my orders,  :p 
    scrumper
  • Jern92Jern92 New ZealandMember Posts: 884
    klatu003 said:
    Your brick built roads are great.  I don't have that much black and use the LEGO road plates.  Just got an email from LEGO cancelling my order of the curved plus straight road from January.  #7281.  Did I miss the EOL on these plates?

    I saw some on sale at the local Lego store. They're in the new packaging now (like the green and tan plates), so I assume they simply switched packaging instead of EOL-ing it.
    klatu003
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,101
    I did something similiar to what Graphite did except that I didnt make it so tall. I removed the base plate entirely and made bases out of 8x16 bricks held together with 1x and 2x plates on the bottom.
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,101
    Crap! Whats the trick to posting picture now? No luck with either posting a URL or a JPEG. 
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