How to build a SHIP – chapter 4 ½: non-square spaces
Last chapter I lightly touched upon non-square interior spaces in SHIPs. I am going to address this because it can make for VERY interesting MOCs to have angled corridors inside you spaceships, and it really helps to take away from blockiness from your overall MOC. Yes, it is challenging, but it is worth the extra sweat and the extra pieces.
I have only come across four methods to create angled interior spaces:
1.Smooth hinge pieces (bricks or plates)
2.Click hinge pieces (bricks or plates)
3.Angled or modified bricks
4.SNOT work using clips and panels or plates
The first two methods are pretty straightforward. On www.Lego.com, there is a brief tutorial on how to build interesting walls, and we see the expert builder showing us how to use smooth hinge pieces to create an angled wall ideal for a bay window in a house, and also how to create a corner door, like we would see on a city street corner for a shop or store. Take this info and use it for either exterior or interior walls inside you space ship. This will be pretty easy, unless you are using this technique for a tight fitting interior space on your space ship; then you will have a lot of trouble trying to get the angles just right (I sure did when I tried this technique on my MOC, the Spectre. This was the first technique I tried for angled interior walls on that MOC, and I just could not get it to work right with the angles).
Whether you are using smooth or click hinge pieces, about the only problem you will run into is getting the angles to work right to keep corridors and rooms consistent, and to keep the interior walls flush with your exterior walls. It takes a lot of planning to make it all come out right.
There is, however, a solution to this problem. On www.MOCpages.com, Professor Eggplant has a page called, Towers 101. Here he expertly has a tutorial of the "1/2 stud offset” using jumper plates. In your space ship, figure out where you want to place the wall elements that will be using the hinge pieces for the angled effect. If you are having trouble getting the angles just right, or if you are having trouble getting the internal walls to meet flush with the exterior walls (I have repeatedly had this problem), then place the walls on jumper plates to create the “1/2 stud offset”. On two occasions I have found this to work. It still did not work for what I wanted in my MOC, the Spectre, but it may work for you. It depends on the angle, so work with it.
This brings us to the third method, which worked for me and the very tight internal spaces I was working with, and that's using modified or angled bricks. Take a look at my MOC, the Spectre, and you will instantly see what I mean. Yes, I realize that it only worked for one face of the wall, and that the other face of the wall is very ugly. But, just throw some pipes in there, and it will come out alright. There is also the option of using plates or panels with SNOT. A panel on its side, with clip pieces, can be used in any angle. The only problem with this method is that walls done like this have no strength and can not be used for internal structural support. Getting these walls to meet flush with other walls is pretty easy thanks to 1 stud width plates.
I am sorry to say that I have yet to find an example of this last method, I will edit this chapter with an update when I do. I may have to just do it myself to show what I am talking about. Yah, that's best. But for the first three, those are pretty self-explanatory and there are examples: the tutorial on www.Lego.com for smooth hinge (click hinge is almost the same) and my MOC the Spectre for the angled or modified bricks.
Another example, a great example, for angled interior spaces can be found in Flail's Millennium Falcon 3.0 – got to Brickshelf, search members Flail. His Millennium Falcon 3.0 has a round and angled corridor that is just very well done.
An awesome example of using three of the four methods for angled interior spaces can be found with William H. on www.Mocpages.com. He has 9 journal entries showing the progress of his construction of his own Millennium Falcon. In Journals 3, 4, & 5, you can see that he used click hinges, smooth hinges, and angled or curved bricks to create angled corridors and rooms. I notice that he avoids the problem I mentioned earlier of getting the “right” angle by having certain sections of the wall using smooth hinge pieces not come into contact with either the floor or the wall. I had not thought of that until I saw his MOC in progress. Permalink
Quoting Josh Barron-Proeliator of the 74th floor
Is there a next chapter? Pleeeeease?
Yes! I am working on the most important chapter yet... Engines! Trust me, there is a ton to be said about engines, including an ongoing debate about starship engines. It is taking me some time, but I will be able to post it by this weekend. Permalink