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The Joy of 1 x 2 Tiles
A little trick for getting a subtle, stud-free angle with 1 x 2 tiles
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Well gang, I'm no Professor Eggplant, but I like to throw out a technique whenever I stumble on to something that might be cool to share with my fellow geeks. While to me this seems fairly specialized for a single use, other more clever builders might find additional uses for it. Anyway, on with the tutorial...



So the pic below is of a ship I've started messing with (now that I'm FINALLY back to building a little bit!!!!), and the area that really needed help was this open section above the yellow arrow.


As you can hopefully see from this shot, the space widens slightly as it moves from top to bottom. None of the plates had the proper angle needed to successfully fit this space without leaving rather obtrusive gaps. So I managed to come up with the following solution...


I started with a 4 x 8 plate, and added the addtional plates you see here. (two 1 x 8's, and two 1 x 2's)


I then added the 1 x 1 round plates, two 1 x 1 tiles at the top, and put the 1 x 2 tiles in place as you see below.


The studless appearance was finished out by adding two 1 x 8 tiles to the center (held in place by the rounds).


Here's the fun part. I used a brick to push the 1 x 2 tiles at an angle, repeating the step on the other side.


Now I've got a studless panel with adjustable angles on both sides. The 1 x 2's have some play, so the angle can vary somewhat. I checked it against the angle of the space it was going into, made a slight adjustment, and...


...a perfect fit with no studs showing.


I'm sure there may be other uses for this, and I'll leave that up to all of you. But meanwhile, I thought it was a cool little technique for what I needed, and maybe some of you might have use for it as well.

Thanks for checking in...Now back to some building!





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  October 29, 2010
Thanks Mark. Glad I chanced upon this.
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  July 26, 2009
AARRR, IT BE LEGO WITCHCRAFT IF EVER I DID SEE IT!!!
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  July 14, 2009
Thats great I'll be sure to use this!! Oh yeah, I made an update of my Omaha beach, would be mind looking at it if you have time? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/135427
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  May 24, 2009
EXCELLENT. THANK YOU! (Sorry for the all caps, but it was necessary ;-)
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  January 27, 2009
I was just glancig through your stuff when i found this dude this is genius i will try to use this but 2 questions i dont have any (well maybe 2 or 3) 1x2 flats so do you think it would work to use 1x2 grills? Also i am a die hard old gray fan but i do have a moderate amount of bley pieces same with old dark gray and the new dark gray what should i do for that. PS sorry for not emailing you im to lazy :D
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  January 23, 2009
that's a useful tip, thanks
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  December 13, 2008
Hey Mark, I just posted Luseville and I added an art building for you. =)
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  November 1, 2008
That was freakin genius! Thats like the most creative thing i'v ever seen!
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  October 13, 2008
I'm keeping this in mind if the opportunity presents itself ... but i might know why your gettign moderated so much! It's your ellipses, the (...) If you have it connected to the end of a big word like 'pie...' except instead of the word pie you have a big word like 'mindstorms' or 'flamethrower' the profanity guardians see it as a super big word and they'll take it for moderation, so put a space after the word b4 the elpises: 'flamethrower ...'. Either that or quit yer sailor talkin' ways
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  October 11, 2008
Hey um... wow this is awkward, can you veiw my kashyyyk?
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  October 5, 2008
Hey, Sho Fukamachi again. Just wanted to let you know that I changed my name. What?! Still no new MOC?! Are you working on an even bigger and tranparent Invisable Hand?
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  September 27, 2008
very interesting, I can't think of something where I could use the technique maybe a door in a starwarsdiorama, I don't make spaceships, I 'm bad at making spaceships. good job anyway...wath do you mean with fellow geeks ? I prefer the term artists or something positive
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  September 25, 2008
That's a pretty cool trick...nice one Mark. BTW, the last pic makes it look like you're building an AT-AT...:-D
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  September 19, 2008
What, me? Sarcasm? Never...
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  September 17, 2008
Sweet! I got to try that some time!
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  September 14, 2008
I bet that Professor Eggplant is SO proud of you. You know that nobody likes a TEACHER'S PET! Well, it looks like Chris beat me to saying it, but I'll say it again! Sure, nice technique, bla bla bla. How could you stoop to this level, Kelso? You know that there's no fun in being a GOOD boy...OK, I got my bit of sarcasm out of the way (I think that the constant sarcasm from Phipson is getting to me). A very clever technique Mark, excellent job! ~Nick
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  September 13, 2008
wow!! nice idea. can't think of any uses yet...
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  September 13, 2008
I must admit that it took me a whole minute to really understand how it works lol - Very good idea, and BTW this new ship seems to start very well !!! PS A great thanks for your vote on my entry ! This wasn't my first dinosaur in Lego, but I think this one looks not too bad, so thanks ! Unfortunately, I hadn't have the time to make the landscape looks better... Thanks again and have a nice weekend !
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  September 11, 2008
Awesome idea, cheers Mark ^_^
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  September 11, 2008
Wow, it's beautiful *sniff*. Great work, as always Kelso. This is VERY clever. I will have to make a note of that. I think the only color i have of those to be worth it is green, but I could still find a use for it. Oh, and that SHIP-in-progress is great, too.
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  September 11, 2008
Hmmm, very interesting. Great idea!
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  September 11, 2008
Excellent Stuff. *Kudos* I think this would be interesting to put to use for a curved stairway. I may try it out one of these days if I can bribe you enough to make it past the cyborg racer round of the olympics and into a castle round.
Mark Kelso
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Heather LEGO Girl
  September 10, 2008
Thank god you're back to building again. Now we can wean you off the patch. Very clever my friend, very clever indeed.
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  September 10, 2008
Awesome idea! Very innovative. PS: Is that a new ship in the making? See ya later. ~Phong Chang
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  September 10, 2008
GREAT IDEA!!! you did it again!
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  September 10, 2008
Cool Mark,If I ever build a ship,I'll know some coll techniques.~LL
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  September 10, 2008
Now that the joke's out of the way, this is VERY creative. Are you sure you came up with it. I mean, I thought the brain power started to drop as you got older and you are... never mind. (Very cool idea, Thanks. I may just have to use that for an upcoming project. You know which one I'm talking about.) Oh yeah, look at the date. What was it about today that... Oh, I know. ~ Chris.
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  September 10, 2008
hmph... Teacher's pet. I bet you have an apple in your backpack for Eggplant too.
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  September 10, 2008
Hey, that is really cool! I might have to try it.
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  September 10, 2008
Nice technique. You should check out my X-wing mark IV and StarFighter they both use this technique exclusively.
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  September 10, 2008
Wow.... this is amazing. I never would have thought of this. These special techniques are not usually my style, but Im sure I might use this some day. Thanks!
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  September 10, 2008
Nice! Thanks for the info...teacher. =)
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  September 10, 2008
Nice idea. I'm already thinking what can I use that for. Thanks professor. see ya. garth
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  September 10, 2008
Really cool techic! That would be really useful!
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  September 10, 2008
Never mind, actually. Just saw the cockpit and realized it was microscale. Sorry :P
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  September 10, 2008
It's lookin' good, Kelso! Is it going to be mini-fig scale?
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  September 10, 2008
Yeah man, I got it! This is absolutely genius, it’s a very useful idea specially its stud less, coz all the curvy LEGO pieces contain studs, beside that its seem that your new ship will be amazing… keep it up Mr. genius >>> peace.. fofo
 
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