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Droid Bodies: The New T-Piece?

When I started buying lego for Mechaton, the pneumatic t-piece was all the rage.  It showed up in everything, its distinctive little hollow ends poking out of every nook of the best mechs, mocking me.  It mocked me because I didn’t have any t-pieces, but I could see that they were fantastically useful pieces.  After all, everyone was using them. 

When I finally got a few (I now have a total of four of ’em!), I felt like my possibilities exploded.  So versatile! They were the secret to getting those really tiny but flexable joints that Mechaton mechs rely on.  Of course, only having a couple of the things really cramped my style.  I had to ration them out, and I I used too many in one mech, I’d be stuck without any for the rest of my force.  Also, since they only come in light greys (and mine are horrible light bley), they seriously limited my colour palette.  Their little hollow ends are also very distinctive, and I found myself tiring of the look they gave a mech.

But all that’s over now.  The cool kids are using droid bodies.  The things are showing up everyehere now, and it seems like they’re required to build anything of any quality anymore.  Their parallel horizontal bars at either end make them perfect for what was before a very difficult joint for lego.  And once again, I’m stuck without any.  Or at least I was until recently! I semi-accidentally acquired some the other day, and I have to say, they live up to their reputation.  They made perfect shins for a little future-WWII Japanese walking tank I built recently.  I am a convert!


Buying from Bricklink

The Mechaton rulebook already contains a very good guide to buying from Bricklink, but here I thought I’d write about my process for buying bricks, which has evolved from a haphazard process into a… slightly less haphazard process.  Different approaches work for different people, so feel free to describe your own process in the comments.

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Essential Parts

Over on the Mechaton Flickr Group Soren started an extremely useful discussion thread about essential pieces for building tiny mechs. You can check out the original thread here and I would encourage anyone to head over there and add new stuff.

But for now, I’ll replicate the list of parts from the discussion (with thanks to Soren and Simon for their contributions).

Bar 4L Lightsaber Blade
Bar 1 x 3 with Clip and Stud Receptacle (Robot Arm)
Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Studs on 4 Sides
Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Headlight
Brick, Round 1×1 Open Stud
Hinge, Plate 1 x 4 Swivel
Minifig Hand
Minifig. Neck Bracket With Back Stud
Minifig, Utensil Space Gun / Torch
Minifig, Utensil Space Gun with Side Sight / Camera
Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Horizontal
Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Light
Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with 1 Stud
Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Vertical
Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Handle
Plate, Round, 1×1
Pneumatic T-Piece, New Style
Tap 1 x 1
Technic, Axle with stud
Technic, Pin 1/2
Tile, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip
Tile, 1×2, with Groove