In January I made many observations about the geometry of new LEGO® piece 27255, the "Nexogon". There's plenty more to discover though and some of our featured builders are describing their experiments, including Neil Crosby (thevoicewithin on Flickr) who recently created a round one-man spaceship from a Nexogon for us.
When I first saw the Nexogon I knew it was going to be a piece I wanted to play with. I've always liked geometric shapes and taking things off the LEGO grid, so having another piece with studs in multiple directions on a plane was exciting. When I first got my hands on one I started playing, just trying to work out how the things fitted together and what connections weren't immediately obvious from looking at them.
So, this post isn't going to be a "look at the pretty final model" post. Those posts are great, but to be honest as a reader I sometimes find them a bit intimidating. The thought "I could never get there" has crossed my mind plenty of times in the past when I see the wonderfully intricate pieces that some people come up with. Instead, this post is me documenting some of the process that I went through in my exploration of the Nexogon. Nothing's a final piece, but hopefully some of the connections in here will be useful to some of you.
Staying with connections on the bottom of the shield, I then tried to create an isosceles triangle between two of the 2x2 connection points. As it turns out, the long side of this triangle ends up being four studs and half a plate (10.5 plates) long. So some juggling was needed to joint the two. As you can see this was possible with the combination of the back of an Erling brick (Design ID 4070) and a bracket. I've no idea if this will ever be useful, but that's not really the point of trying things out with a tablescrap, is it?
20612) — and I'm sure there are others. Regardless, these are the ones I decided to play with for the remainder of these tablescraps.
The Technic, Plate Rotor 3 Blade with Smooth Ends and 6 Studs (Design ID 32125) gave me my first minor breakthrough of proper knowledge of the Nexogon. As it turns out (and I'm sure completely deliberately) simply by applying a 2x2 jumper to each of the 2x2 connection points, the propeller fits perfectly onto the Nexogon.
As luck would have it though, we can bridge this gap in a similar way as we did before, using an Erling brick and a bracket. If nothing else, it was interesting getting these pieces to come together. Maybe something can come of this in the future.
Playing with Technic, Axle Connector Hub with 3 Axles (Design ID 57585) we see similar properties. In this case you can see it connecting to the Nexogon via the clip connection points or via the anti-studs on the bottom.
For me, this was all hugely exciting, so whilst playing, I decided to see if I could fill that central hole. Now, I'm not ashamed to admit that I blatantly used the same technique as Tim Goddard to create some smooth 30 degree angles with cheese slopes (since a nice 90° brick plus a 30° slope equals 120°, the internal angle of a regular hexagon). Add in a bit of snot to invert my plates so that I could use the cheese on both top and bottom, and voilà: a near-perfectly shaped hexagon to fill the void.
The only cheat I had to make on the shape was at the top and bottom - since the width of the hexagon was an odd number of studs I couldn't taper to a point perfectly. Honestly though, that wasn't the end of the world.
Looking at the Nexogon hexagon tablescrap from behind, you should be able to see see how I put together the structure to smoothly graduate the cheese in this instance, as well as performing the stud reversal at the core.
Almost at the end now - don't flag! The penultimate thing I tried was converting the hexagon into a pentagon, and doing something vaguely interesting with the inside. Here, the wedge plates are placed such that were you to place hinge plates atop them, they would fit nicely. This made me happy.
You can see from behind that once again the star of the show is the humble bracket.
At this point, I've had a lot of fun playing with the Nexogon, and I'm sure I've only just grazed the surface of what it's possible to do with the part. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everybody else ends up doing with it too.
Products mentioned in this post were kindly supplied by the LEGO Group. All content represents the opinions of New Elementary authors and not the LEGO Group.
Shopping on Amazon? Consider using our affiliate links to buy your LEGO sets (or anything); this helps support New Elementary!
USA: Amazon.com Canada: Amazon.ca UK: Amazon.co.uk Deutschland: Amazon.de