Lego building techniques

Welcome to our building techniques page.  Here we are showing building ideas we’ve come across.  Feel free to use any of these in your MOCs, and if you have one we’re not showing, email us – admin@nblug.org.uk.

Also have a look at our article on building cheese slope mosaics here.

Who knew hinge plates were so versatile? Here, for our January build activity, are some examples of constructions with hinge plates.

The Lowell Sphere – a way to make a round object out of Lego bricks.

 

Official Lego bearskins are rare – but two tyres and three 1×1 round plates makes an effective substitute.

Cobbled floor by NB member Luc. the 1×1 round tiles let you twist the 1×1 square tiles.

You may never have enough of this technic piece to make this effect possible, but attached like this you can make an effective cobblestone effect.

Simple diagonal tiling technique. the 1×2 jumper plates can be any colour as they are unseen; and the lower layer of plate is there to make the tiled area three plates, or one brick, deep.  Last step is to run a credit card along the gaps, to square up the red tiles.

Headlight brick magic. These parts tesselate, ie fill up all the space, and you can make intricate patterns depending on the colours you choose.

Microscale village – but look closely and the roof is a lego book!  Credit goes, I think, to Andrew Danielli, spotted at one of the London Bricklive shows.

What could be more fitting than to make a railway station arch out of lego train track? Anyone who has seen NB member Jamie’s Manchester Brickadilly station will know how effective this is.

Spotted at one of the Bricklive shows, here’s a simple lego roof technique.

A shoal of fish, using the Sea Grass piece and a transparent bar. Idea from NB member Irene.

Lego magnetic train couplings can be expensive. Here’s an alternative from NB member Iain.

This textured wall effect takes advantage of the 1×2 tile not having anything underneath it, so it can be slid to the position you want.

Effective tree technique using the bamboo grass piece, but upside down.

See also: Building a lego tree

Water effect, holding 1×2 trans blue tiles together with 1×1 clips. Units can be joined together to make a larger expanse, and the resulting sheet is flexible too.