Saturday, September 20, 2014

Quickie of the Week #9: Work in Progress / design highlights

Let's start with these common pieces =)

The pieces above are common hinged plates with frictions. (let's call them 1-finger hinge and 2-finger hinge respectively). 

In my current project, I am not using them as hinges however...
Below is the leg that will be connected to the feet, via another different kind of hinges (non-frictional ones). If you look closer, the frictioned hinge mentioned earlier  is built into the leg too.

Closer inspection showed the connected leg-feet with the frictioned hinge left as-is,almost redundant. You should be asking by now: Why isn't the hinge connected to anything at all?

Actually, I am implementing the 1-finger hinge to help prop up the feet when it's upright later on. You might ask again, why not use a generic 1x3 plates instead? Nope, it's not possible here... the hinge I used here , is exactly the length required... which is about 1mm short off  3 studs length.  There is no other official LEGO parts which can fit the bill  here. 

By the way, due to the protuding stud where the edge of the 1-finger hinge meet (and they barely touches each other), it is not possible to use the 2-finger hinge to replace 1-finger hinge either.

Now let's look at the 2-finger hinge I connected  under the feet (below). Since this MOC will have a bit of a back kibble on his body, the 2-finger hinge can be folded out to form a longer heel , and expand the footprint, thus stabilizing the MOC further.

And oh yes... why opt for a 2-finger hinge? 

Reason 1: Anything exactly 3 studs will lock the part into place, causing zero clearance/unable to be folded out as heels. Anything 2 studs or less in length will make a lame-looking heel,

Reason 2: It's easy for me to pry out the tip of the hinge with my fingernails compared to other plates/lego parts =)

I shall end this post with a sneakpeek of the bottom half of my current project :)


  1. the color scheme is kinda steampunk-ish. is this an existing transformers, or your original character?

  2. Hi puki! This one's a commission project from beast wars , :)

  3. Hehe... another hint: my MOC should be one of the most liked/memorable character in BW besides Primal and Megatron. I'll nearly done now except the beast mode arms. might publish the photos this weekend.


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