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A Catablog of Tools, Tips, and Techniques for building with LEGO®


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Want to improve your building skills and your photography skills? Do a 365!

Here is Day 5 from a Dan of action‘s second 365.

Day 5

This one is titled “Darth Solitude.”

The point of doing a “365″ is to take one picture a day every day for a year and post it somewhere public like a blog of a Flickr photostream. Taking and posting your pics every day help you establish some accountability for your project, and also help you build a bit of a following with your friends and fans.

You don’t have to start on January 1, but it should be for a full year. You pick your theme (I’m pushing LEGO themes here, obviously).

One key thing is not to make your theme too limiting, or you can dry up on ideas pretty quick. (Or run out of time — e.g. a brand new LEGO-built castle a day is probably a little too much) But it also shouldn’t be “sky’s the limit” — so that you’re actually disciplining yourself to learn and improve your techniques.

Dan’s basic theme was “A LEGO a Day” and he’s also been posting these pictures on his LEGO a Day blog. Dan was one of my big inspirations for moving forward with my webcomic The Brick Side.

Riverside Stroll, originally uploaded by Erdbeereis1.

Erdbeereis1 mentions that this was MOC was mainly an effort to test out the water concept he had, that he’ll probably use later in a bigger scale.

LEGO Water

The water turned out very well — by using 2×2 peaks in an alternating pattern he has effectively portrayed in LEGO water that is moving — perhaps we have a river here, or a boisterous lake. Definitely not calm water, but nothing so unusual to scare off the people sitting around on the observation deck of the bridge.


The fence is another awesome technique. Interwoven into the tiles that give the smooth surface of the bridge, are the dark gray 1×1 plates that are the base for the 1×1 cylinder bricks that then hold mechanaical claw (part #48729, which in turn holds up the chain.


I’ve seen a number of arches where the builder has used 1×1 or 1×2 plates underneath for a decorative effect, but this goes a little further. By using a 1×2 Jumper Plate, he’s also been able to show a curve that juts out for an a bit of an overhang effect. Very well done!

Brick Wall

This technique is not so uncommon any more, but it’s always refreshing to see it on an otherwise “big gray wall.” A different-colored tile that juts out a little farther than the rest of the bricks. This is typically achieved by using headlight bricks in the wall and then slapping the plate on top of that.


And did you notice that the pigeon just left a present on one of the benches? Hilarious!

This is an Ice Bridge posted on Flickr by rongYIREN. Lots of great stuff going on here. Love the use of the 1×2 trans blue tiles for water, this is becoming a popular technique these days. And the contrast of that with the white makes the whole scene feel very cold, but is very effectively done. Notice the chunk of ice that has broken apart at the front right, as well as how the water is undercutting the ice a little to the left of that.

The Surfer created by Tiberium Blue and posted on Flickr.

So many awesome techniques going on here. The water appears to be based on white plates connected with joints to get the curving effect of the wave. The white is then covered with trans-blue tiles and highlighted on the break and splash with 1×2 trans clear plates.

Notice the use of the slopes for the surfers feet.

WWII: Landing in Normandy by DarthNick via Flickr.

Very cool use of 1×1 cylinders, 2×2 rader dishes, 1×1 cones, etc. to give the effect of splashes  and bullet hits.