Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Support Beam Technique

Name of Model: Support Beam Technique
Created by: Stefan F. (vdubguy67')
Found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/43547163@N08/7901737686/in/photostream/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/43547163@N08/7901740164/
Stefan F. brings us this clever design for a support beam that uses a trapping technique to hold angled sections in. The secret sauce is a few 1x8 plates with door rails, cheese slopes connected by Technic half-pins to 1 x 1 bricks, and a few 1 x 1 bricks with studs on two sides to hold it all together. It seems simple once you see the finished result, but it's a clever way to add a more realistic texture at this small scale without having to resort to overly specialized parts. It's not that LEGO hasn't made plenty of parts that will do this, but sometimes it's the principle of the thing, sometimes you don't have that part, and sometimes you just need that look to fit a certain space that the official parts can't.

You can see it in use in this nice MOC:

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