17 April 2017

NEXOGON: Flying Saucergon

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Kevin Levell is back with another new creation using the LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™Combo Power shield, part 27255. Also, he's back on Flickr, so you can keep up with him after this parts festival is over!

As my previous builds had been, for the most part, geodesic, I wanted to start off at least by using the Nexogons as a flat building platform (of sorts). I had intended to do something other than another spaceship, but the Nexogon is just such a sci-fi looking object! Despite trying various explorations of the part, I kept being led back to all things sci-fi, in my failure to avoid another spacecraft I have built a flying saucer.

N.B. For the initial photo above, I’ve photoshopped the “Plate W. Bows 2X3½” (Design ID 47456) and the “Roof Tile W. Lattice 1X2X2/3” (Design ID 61409) to look as if they are Dark Azure. I wanted them to match the spacesuit of the pilot. Hopefully this info will prevent some of you feverishly searching Brickset and BrickLink for two parts that don’t exist!

I had begun by attaching six Nexogons in a circle connecting them at the centre using six “Hinge Plate 1X2 Un./Over” (Design ID 73983, or 2429c01 on BL). This method has been shown a couple of times now but the tricky part is bridging the gap in the centre which is an awkward three and a half studs wide. To try to create some stability I bridged the gap using two 2x2, a 2x3 and a 2x4 regular plate in conjunction with four “Plate 1X2 With Slide” (Design ID 32028), the stack eventually spanned six and a half studs.

The other tricky thing about the Nexogon is the central Technic pin hole, which studs don’t seem to connect to. I found that the old style Nose Cone Small 1X1 (Design IDs 4589, 6188) fitted snugly, whereas the post-2012 version, Nose Cone Small 1X1 (Design IDs 59900, 64288 or 4589b on BL), would not stick at all (for fairly obvious reasons really).

With the rest of the build, it was mostly about repeating elements, to try to keep the flying saucer as consistent from as many angles as I could. It does make some pretty patterns!

This construction method got me thinking about yet another spaceship, but more about that only if Tim can face posting another spaceship from me!

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1 comment:

  1. Wow! Great Photoshop work! I really like the shaping that the 47456 part added some great shaping and color. It loses a lot of it's sleek SciFi coolness though when it is all grey. :( What would it look like with those plates in a different color? The lightsaber hilts add some great texture to the design. I am going to try to get a Nexogon soon so I can try some of my own designs.