Si’s great Youtube Video on our Facebook page with the guys dropping a HUGE LEGO sphere onto a trampoline made me think about..
.. the age old question of how to make something round out of something brick-shaped?
Egyptians, Romans and alike all struggled with this and came up with their own solutions.
I made many a lop-sided squashed shape in my attempts to get something similar to a circle throughout my childhood, until a helpful LEGO ideas book showed me a couple of templates for making a circle – something similar to these below..
All the different sized steps seemed to make no sense, but when I built them, I finally had my circle!
Then there’s the sphere that LEGO themselves use, based upon extrapolating the images above, in 3 dimensions, but leaving studs exposed under the build – it looks good from most angles, but it’s not great for tossing about.
Finally, Mr Lowell came along with a total game-changer – a sphere based on 6x identical curved sections, attached in such a way that the Studs are Not On Top (SNOT).
LEGO themselves started using this technique and its pretty much become the standard for their show-pieces..
Although I love this new take on it – maybe they’ve taken a few techniques from the amazing contours of the life-sized LEGO Bugatti model from this one?
This is my favourite though – what do you think?