So I was happy to see a new mudguard come out last summer, called 'Mudguard 3X4, W/ Plate, No. 1' by TLG and 'Vehicle, Mudguard 4 x 3 x 1 with Arch Curved' on BrickLink. I chose it, in Dark Stone Grey [TLG]/ Dark Bluish Gray [BL], to be one of the pieces featured in our PdC Parts Festival workshops in Portugal where it proved very popular. Today I want to explore its geometry a little more, in the hope of inspiring you to use it in interesting ways.
The striking thing about its curves is that they are very much in-System. You can see above how it matches existing curved slopes like Design ID 6091 and 6215, or you can cover it up with bricks such as the half-arch 6005 (or better yet, 6183, not pictured here).
I exploited the matching curves by using another part in this family of bows, 6081, to create a little Space silo.
Today we're going through the round window
Put enough AFOLs in a room with LEGO arches and they'll produce rounded windows.
99206 as shown above It certainly one of the most useful new pieces TLG have released in recent years.
Out with the old guardI wondered how the new mudguard fitted with older mudguards, and tried the same SNOT technique with the larger mudguard 50745 which dates back to 2004.
As you can see above, it's not a great match, as their rims are different thicknesses. On older mudguards like 50745 and 98282, the thickness is equivalent to the height of half a brick. This is an extremely rare dimension in the LEGO System and so I am not surprised that the boffins in TLG's Design Lab have ditched it within this new mudguard, which is instead equivalent to the height of a plate.
This side view which shows you the technique also reveals that the new mudguard (now at the bottom of the pic) is much deeper - equivalent to the full width of a 1x1 brick (a.k.a. 1 module) while the old one is equivalent to the width of half a module. Half-module widths are also uncommon in the LEGO System, but as you see above it's easy to make the old mudguard flush to the grid by putting it on a jumper plate, which offsets pieces by half a module.
6188829 | 99206) this time, currently found only in 41586 Batgirl (available at Amazon USA | UK).
Buying LEGO part 28326Vehicle, Mudguard 4 x 3 x 1 with Arch Curved comes in 15 sets in four colours, at time of writing. Click the links to see prices and availability on BrickLink.
- Black (Element ID 6170597)
- Dark Stone Grey [TLG]/ Dark Bluish Gray [BL] (Element ID 6178912)
- Bright Red [TLG]/ Red [BL] (Element ID 6170382)
- Bright Orange [TLG]/ Orange [BL] (Element ID 6170595)
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