20 February 2019

2018 Parts Fest #2: Hubtastic skyscrapers

Posted by Elspeth De Montes
As our parts festival nears its end, there are still a couple more LEGO® builders to come but two builders we have already featured sent me some further ideas using Metallic Silver [TLG]/ Flat Silver [BL] Hub Cap, dia. 24, No. 1 (Element ID 6227156 | Design ID 37195), an element only found in one set at present, 10262 James Bond Aston Martin DB5. So I thought both Sarah Beyer and Ralf Langer could share a hubtastic post, starting with Sarah.

When I first saw the hub cap my instant thought was "skyscraper". The silver colour and round shape remind me of modern cylindrical skyscrapers. The pattern adds an interesting aesthetic dimension and, seen from the side, makes excellent nanoscale windows. However I didn't have a clear idea about the surroundings and lay the concept to one side. Later on, when I was sorting loose parts, I came across the hub caps again.

Suddenly, I saw my skyscraper on a podium surrounded by water and green gardens. Almost like a temple...

Somewhat inspired both by Burj al Arab in Dubai, and Turning Torso in my own home town of Malmö. I added stability to the tower by skewering the hub caps on a bar. Stacked on top of each other they easily fall apart.

To sum it up, I think that the new hub caps will become very useful in microscale builds - especially when it comes to cyberpunk and city dioramas.

And now over to Ralf for his hubtastic ideas!

Due to its colour, the hub cap is most likely to be useful in the field of mechanics; maybe clockwork constructions, drills and so on. You can stack the part but theres always a line visible so it's not really good for columns. I did build a  microscale sci-fi tower.

I also made a Moroccan lantern with Transparent Red elements holding the two hubs together and the 'track links' Chains M Plate M5 ø3, 2 Hole (Design ID 15379) wedged in between them.

My final build is my attempt to use most of the parts in this parts fest in a single creation including the hub cap. It is not that easy.  Too late for hippies and disco: this is the '80s!

Our thanks to both Sarah and Ralf for taking part and sending more inspiring creations for us to admire.

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