07 March 2017

NEXOGON: Platform and Slugship

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Duncan Lindbo (donutsftw on Flickr) has completed his initial creations using part 27255, the Combo Power Shield from LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™. Let's start with two of them today.

Normally, I get referred to as "the mecha guy", since giant robots tend to dominate my displays at public events... but I welcome the opportunity to flex my creative muscles, and the NEXOGON parts festival has given me the opportunity to do just that!

The first build I came up with is a small set of platforms and walkways, suitable for all your sci-fi base-building needs. To me, it looks like something from a galaxy far, far away, where worker safety laws are non-existent.

Let's take a look at the tablescrap that inspired it.

I liked the angles that the 2x4 wedge plates (Design ID 51739) form, and the end result is an interesting-looking assembly that is generic enough to have multiple uses. Connecting the "fan blades" (Hinge Plate 1 x 8 with Angled Side Extensions, Design ID 30407) securely to the central shaft took a few iterations, but the end result works fairly well.

Note the use of a 1x2 plate with clip to attach the fan blades on the shaft, this is necessary because none of the angles allowed by a click hinge work.

[Note from Ed: I assumed such a connection is illegal, but Duncan pointed out to me that it is used in LEGO® NINJAGO™ 70723 Thunder Raider. Indeed, the inner edges of the fingers on click hinges have tiny 3.18mm indentations. How did I never know this? However, the connection is weak.]

The larger platform is formed by anchoring two pillars together with a 180° SNOT reversal trick using the long-discontinued finger hinges (e.g. Design ID 4275, 4276). I know this is New Elementary, but sometimes old parts work better!

My second build grew out of the same tablescrap, using it as the "tail" of a spaceship, vaguely inspired by some of the Slug ships from the game FTL.

There's no fancy SNOT techniques here, just a bunch of greebles.

Hopefully some of these builds inspired you. With so many connection points, the Nexogon has a tremendous amount of potential, and I've only scratched the surface. Happy building!

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  1. 62462 tubes (5 plates high) would have been better to attach the 2 pillars, no?

    1. Those would have worked as well. They're certainly more readily available. The main reason I built it the way I did was because I saw an opportunity to show off a technique that some readers might not know about.

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  3. Very nice article and builds! Also, Ed, just FYI, the clip-on-female-click-hinge connection is used in 70723 Thunder Raider solely because it is weak; it's used to secure a connection in one of two modes, to make it easy for kids to switch. I have the set, and it works quite effectively, and isn't too weak, due to the additional friction of the other parts in the function.

    Once again, great article and builds!

    1. I think the click hinge to clip connection is pretty commonly used in Nexo Knights sets, too- I'm pretty sure Clay's Rumble Blade is one.