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Post by guymontag Tue 12 Jan 2010, 4:02 am

Hi

I'm just curious, its pretty straightforward to create a city with the standard base plates, but as you know since its a flat surface. Has anyone attempted to inclinate the plates? To give it a bit more realism?

Also do any of you guys incorporate non lego elements to give it structure. E.g. using wooden plywood
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Post by Captain Zuloo Tue 12 Jan 2010, 5:06 am

If I am building a road of an up and down nature, I'll tend to use brick built roads. Especially for my Blocksford layout, it needs to be easy to break apart and with bricks that's possible. With baseplates that might become flimsy and unworkable. I'm interested to hear what others have to say about the matter though.
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Post by Free Spirit Tue 12 Jan 2010, 7:44 am

I'm about to turn a mirror into a water feature so like you I am getting creative with how I want to display my lego city and town(s).

An interesting exercise to see how effective it turns out.
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Post by peterab Wed 13 Jan 2010, 6:10 am

I've thught about this but haven't yet got a nice solution, though I think the 8x16 tiles will probably be a part of it.
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Post by Captain Zuloo Wed 13 Jan 2010, 6:36 am

peterab wrote:I've thught about this but haven't yet got a nice solution, though I think the 8x16 tiles will probably be a part of it.
They've made 8 x 16 tiles? Which sets?
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Post by guymontag Wed 13 Jan 2010, 1:05 pm

I've been thinking of doing a cheaters way out. which is to cut square 255mm boards and create a stencil(from an original baseplate road templates) and then use semi gloss paint and just create my own amount of roads. Obviously its not lego and doesnt have studs but it does solve the problem of 7280 straight and intersection (too many intersections) and 7281 t and curves (why lego just doesnt give you two plates the same is anyones guess) I can then create structures such as hills with inclination trying to keep in the limits of 255mm or multiples of 255mm. E.g. an incline that covers say 510mm but ends at 510mm, it will be sturdy because its made of ply or fibreboard. I can continue on with more baseplates or more baseplates of my own at higher elevations.

I'll play around and see how it turns out. trip to bunnings now.
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Post by Free Spirit Wed 13 Jan 2010, 2:40 pm

At this stage I haven't been tempted to buy the current road base plates because as it seems some of the newer building sets cannot be aligned to a road anyway for example the garage 7642.

So I reckon quite a lot of the collectors will look at building their own roadways which will be interesting as bridges, mountains and water features could be constructed.

Youre on to something special, guymontag.
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Post by Captain Zuloo Wed 13 Jan 2010, 3:15 pm

guymontag wrote:I'll play around and see how it turns out. trip to bunnings now.
Be sure to keep us informed! Roads and Elevations 414665
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Post by guymontag Thu 14 Jan 2010, 2:30 am

Free Spirit wrote:At this stage I haven't been tempted to buy the current road base plates because as it seems some of the newer building sets cannot be aligned to a road anyway for example the garage 7642.

So I reckon quite a lot of the collectors will look at building their own roadways which will be interesting as bridges, mountains and water features could be constructed.

Youre on to something special, guymontag.

funny that you mentioned 7642. I've been mucking around with various baseplates in the attempt to get it looking reasonably integrated. Alas I haven't had much success. I think the biggest problem is colouring as well and then lay flat tiles to compensate. I don't have much stud free flat tiles in my collection yet.

yep definitely will keep you guys posted on it.
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Post by dhoman01 Fri 15 Jan 2010, 1:08 pm

Brickbuilt roads look fantastic but they certainly chew through the bricks. I love how some have built bus lanes etc.
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Post by Captain Zuloo Sat 16 Jan 2010, 6:59 am

Brick-built roads also allow for tram lines and railway crossings that don't have ramps on either side.
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