I made a decision this year, that each year I’ll do at least one extravagant Lego Build. Its my way of affirming:
My inner child matters
I am affluent and I can afford it
Turns out, the universe was in sync – for Christmas, I received an unasked-for Lego Darth Vader to build. 800 pieces! I set out to build it, but of course I had to timelapse it.
There were 5 stages, and I recorded all of them:
#1 excluded because all you see is my back.
#2 Nest camera, facing me and the model. I really liked the idea, so I upgraded …
#3 GoPro Timelapse at 0.5sec, 1080P. I felt my hand kinda got in the way, so I changed the angle
#4 GoPro Timelapse at 0.5sec, 1080P. It felt too slow, so I changed again
#5 GoPro TImelapse at 1sec, 4K.
I put them together in this video, which I’ve put on Youtube because that’s where everything else video goes. I’m thinking, the best angle and subject was #1 – you don’t see all the parts, you see the human and the model. But its not the best camera.
I think the next build, I’ll stick the GoPro where its Model + Human centered, and parts not necessarily in sight.
What I loved most about building it:
Wondering how the pieces were going to be used
Sorting and organizing the pieces
Admiring the novel ways they used pieces that I could not predict
Stuff not so great: Seemed there were a bunch of very custom pieces. Meh.
I’ve always loved LEGO’s. When I found out that Louisville got a Bricks and MiniFigs (franchise) store, I had to go check it out. (Prices should be visible if you zoom in on the pictures)
Yes, they have Minifigs
Yes, they have New-In-The-Box Sets
Yes, they have Used Sets – some parts may be the wrong colors, accessories might be missing
(The price got cropped. It was $80)
They have Tubs of Loose Bulk Parts that you can buy:
I don’t see myself making any purchases there anytime soon. I have no specific projects in mind; I do have a desire to build some of the sets I’ve seen go by over the years, but it would be more cost effective for me to get an account with Pley than to actually buy the sets, I think.
Then again, for a large set, at $40/month .. suppose I do this for 3 months.. I don’t get to keep any of the sets.. $120.. Hmm. Maybe I’ll revisit that.
First, what are the actual measurements we must match? Taking multiple measurements:
A: Diameter of a nubby: 4.92mm, 4.90, 4.89, 4.89
B: Width and Length of a 2×2 square: 15.84mm, 15.89mm
C: Height of a brick (ie, 3x a thin): 9.57mm, 9.59mm
Then, using NetFabb against the model (click image to for link to ThingiVerse):
B: 15.8 mm
C: 9.6 mm
My guess is that they reduced the size of the nubby because it would ooze a bit; the other two dimensions appear to be about right.
And the printed out ones:
4.67, 4.82 4.69, 4.79
Interesting! The nubbies are coming out a bit smaller, but the part is a bit bigger. The height is within 1 layer of where it could or should be.
Now, I want the part to print out nice and snug. Its hard to measure, but it looks like the receptor diameter for tne nubby is about 4.8mm – ie, they’re using a flex of about 0.1mm to keep things snug. So, I want to print out with a diameter above 4.8mm.
Lets try something at Flowrate 0.65, just to see what happens:
5.02, 4.8, 4.95, 4.86
And what do you know! It fits! Pretty snug-gly!
Although, due to a hole in the original .STL file, the entire bottom of the piece got replaced with a solid face.
Mission Accomplished. 0.65 might be the answer, although it disagrees with the single-wall-thickness calibration.