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Modification of bricks

Postby Clarkryang » Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:27 pm

What is everyone's opinion about modification of Lego bricks to expand their functionality? I have some ideas that could be amazing for my next castle, but it would require me to modify some bricks. Is it wrong to modify bricks? Or is it a creative way to make even more things possible? It would really help me make my next creation much more realistic. Please let me know what you think because I want to get started building!
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Re: Modification of bricks

Postby Kevin1990 » Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:29 pm

in what way are you modifiing it?
as it cutting it down and chopping it into pieces?

I've never tried it but if the brick wich I create is very handy then I say way not :D
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Re: Modification of bricks

Postby Clarkryang » Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:32 pm

I want to cut a small amount off the corners of some bricks. Thanks for your input! :)
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Re: Modification of bricks

Postby Kevin1990 » Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:33 pm

Clarkryang wrote:I want to cut a small amount off the corners of some bricks. Thanks for your input! :)


may I ask what you are planning to do with it :D?
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Re: Modification of bricks

Postby Clarkryang » Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:13 am

Sorry, it's a surprise! :wink:
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Re: Modification of bricks

Postby JoshWedin » Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:18 am

That's called customizing and we have a whole forum devoted to it. Some people are fine with it and some people aren't. ;)

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Re: Modification of bricks

Postby Lamanda2 » Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:50 am

Although I'm totally into minifig customization, I don't really care for the modification of bricks myself.

There are so many different bricks out there to choose from, you can almost always pull off a good, "purist" build with an extra bit of creative thinking. Not something I can say I'm all that good at personally, but I've seen a lot of other builders come up with some amazing techniques! You might want to check around Brickshelf or somewhere to see if anybody else has ever done what you are trying to do before to get some ideas.

But hey, that's certainly not to say you shouldn't, or can't modify your bricks. They're yours afterall, right? :wink:
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Re: Modification of bricks

Postby LegoLord. » Sat Jun 13, 2009 1:10 am

Well, you have to take risks sometimes, right? ;-)
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Re: Modification of bricks

Postby plums_deify » Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:54 am

Seeing as this topic has to do with customzing (and, as Josh mentioned, we have a whole section on it), I am going to move this topic over there. :)
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Re: Modification of bricks

Postby JoshWedin » Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:03 am

plums_deify wrote:Seeing as this topic has to do with customzing (and, as Josh mentioned, we have a whole section on it), I am going to move this topic over there. :)


I should have moved it...thanks for picking up my slack. ;)

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Re: Modification of bricks

Postby Kevin1990 » Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:32 am

does modification also mean paint bricks?
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Re: Modification of bricks

Postby The Shadow Knight » Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:15 pm

Lamanda2 wrote:Although I'm totally into minifig customization, I don't really care for the modification of bricks myself.

There are so many different bricks out there to choose from, you can almost always pull off a good, "purist" build with an extra bit of creative thinking. Not something I can say I'm all that good at personally, but I've seen a lot of other builders come up with some amazing techniques! You might want to check around Brickshelf or somewhere to see if anybody else has ever done what you are trying to do before to get some ideas.

But hey, that's certainly not to say you shouldn't, or can't modify your bricks. They're yours afterall, right? :wink:
Good luck with your build!

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I completely agree with Lamanda. If there is absolutely no way of pulling off what you need to do with Lego bricks, then hey, what are you gonna do? In the end its your decision (pure or unpure). If you are fine with it then it shouldn't be a problem, but I am a "purist" builder so IMO I would take a different route and try what Lamanda suggested. :)
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Re: Modification of bricks

Postby JoshWedin » Sat Jun 13, 2009 9:14 pm

Kevin1990 wrote:does modification also mean paint bricks?


Painting is also considered customization.

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Re: Modification of bricks

Postby The Blue Knight » Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:46 am

Ah, the age old debate; to cut or not to cut?

I have cut lots of pieces over the years. Often times years later Lego came up with the new part, or something close. But I never looked back. I say go for it, then show us the results!
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Re: Modification of bricks

Postby Clarkryang » Sun Jun 14, 2009 5:36 pm

I appreciate everyone's input. I definitely would prefer to do it without cutting bricks, and I have seen what others have done, and have ideas of my own. However, I do not like the end result as much with the pure Lego bricks. I cut some bricks the other day as a test run, and the result looks awesome. I just wish I could get it without cutting bricks! :? I'm still debating which route to take. It's hard to decide what is more important to me, a pure built creation, or one that looks much more realistic but I had to literally cut corners to get there. This is for a huge castle I'm building, so once I decide it will impact my whole next year of my life and the greatest creation I've ever built. Will the modification of these bricks taint the Lego world's view of my creation? I guess that's the question weighing on my mind.
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