28 August 2021

5x5 fest: Tom Loftus' VIDIYO canopy MOCs

Tom Loftus (@inthert.lego) continues his daily contributions to our 5x5 fest today, turning his attention to another highly specialised element from the LEGO® VIDIYO range.


Today we’ll taking a look at another element introduced for the LEGO® VIDIYO theme, Box Front 8x8x5 2/3 in Transparent (6317507 | 65128) or the Vidiyo canopy as I’ll call it from here on in.     

Devoid of studs, Technic holes, bars, clips, click hinges and anti-studs, this new mould instead features two previously unseen connection types: Firstly an extended base tab on each side featuring a trio of tiny rounded cutouts, and secondly, a pair of apertures that resemble supersized Technic axle holes. Both of which are intended only for use in conjunction with other Vidiyo elements. For a detailed look at how these work, see Caz Mockett’s review of the Vidiyo BeatBoxes.

As is the case with all new elements that feature strange apertures or negative space, my initial thoughts were: ‘Now I wonder what can fit in there?’. I started with the trio of tiny cutouts at the base of the canopy, thinking their small size would surely accept all manner of teeny tiny elements.


My search did garner a handful of successful combinations, though not before accumulating a sizable discard pile of elements that sadly do not fit.


Are any of these connections useful I hear you ask? No, probably not. But they are possible and that's the kind of useless yet interesting(?) information we strive to provide you with here at New Elementary!

Although appearing to be the more useful of the two connection points available, the pair of supersized cross axle holes on either side aren't much easier to wrangle with. 


Aside from the Turntable snap, Turntable, Female, W/ Snap in White (6317514 | 65146) which I examined yesterday, the only connections I could come up with involve sandwiching elements either side of the hole. While sturdier than my musings for the smaller cutouts, such techniques are rather wobbly without locking the canopy in place with some kind of framework.

Short of using the Vidiyo base and canopy combo as they're intended, I regret to report the best way of integrating the canopy I found was to avoid connecting it all together - as this seafloor base hopefully demonstrates. 

Reef Station 

I originally envisioned a microscale moon base set on a desolate landscape with exotic plant life housed inside two greenhouses. But perhaps because Vidiyo is such a vibrant theme, I opted to go for a colourful aquatic oasis playing host to a scientific research station instead.


The Vidiyo Canopy's corners possess a two-stud radius which perfectly matches the inner curve of a 1/4 Arch Brick 3X3, W/ Cutout, No. 1 (65617). It makes for a very clean border, one that covers up the Canopy's extended base tabs nicely.


Far less dreary than the grey I was going to use, I decided to layer up multiple shades of blue to create a garish seafloor. This provided a great place to dump all those wonderful Teal elements from 71746 Ninjago Jungle Dragon. 


And speaking of Ninjago, with the latest season heading to the depths it only seemed fitting that I should do the same! Also note the use of a few duel moulded DOTs tiles, Design Plate, 1X1X2/3, NO. 4 in Multicombination (6339182 | 72046) for a bit of extra coral sparkle.

Conclusion


Despite relishing the challenge of finding unusual building techniques, I must admit I do still find the lack of ‘known’ connection points on the Vidiyo Canopy rather perplexing. The vast majority of LEGO elements, even those destined to serve specialised functions, feature a stud or two. 

Even so, I hope my attempts to squeeze functionality out of this element has proven they’re at least a little more practical than LEGO fans, myself included, first thought.

READ MORE: Next, Tom takes on the other half of the Vidiyo canister to make spaceships 

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6 comments:

  1. Great article, the build itself is particularly inspiring, as the use of them as glass buildings would work perfectly for a green house in a research station!

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    1. Thanks! Great ideas, I also like Thomas Jenkin's suggestion of an arboritum with the part's frosted window representing the condensation

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  2. I haven't seen many people mention it in this parts fest so far, but to me it seems like one of the most natural ways to connect the Vidiyo canopy to other parts (without any dubious connections involved) would simply be to use the turntable snaps as intended. Obviously it might not be ideal for all purposes, but there are a fair number of parts that can connect to the turntable snap, and I think all of them (or close to it) feature a standard Technic through-hole, which you could use to run an axle securely through the inside of the canopy.

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    1. That's a fair point haha! In my eagerness to explore weird and wonderful connections I probably was missing out on a good way to use the intended one!

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  3. The canopy also fits nicely with the 3x3 convex slope/half arch.

    https://flic.kr/p/2mj5nuP

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