Occasionally, the LUG winds up with large numbers of really, really strange parts. I’m sure this happens to every LUG.
Well, this time we got a whole lot of Element ID 6011464 – aka ‘Bright Red Hinge 1×2 Upper Part’. This thing:
Now, when paired with the other half of the hinge – this is a great part. One of the older style LEGO hinges still in use today – it first appeared in 1978 according to BrickLink, available in Red in set 590. This hinge is still in use today in various colors – it’s got some extraordinary staying power.
Unfortunately, without the other half – there’s not a heck of a lot you can do with it. The pin is not a standard Technic pin, and there’s nothing “In System” that you can do with it. We handed out these bricks to anyone that would accept them at our March and April meetings… and only two people dared to MOC with it – with wildly different approaches. Read on to find out who attacked it head on, and who weaseled out…
I chose to sidestep all the problems with this piece with the sort of lateral thinking that is best reserved for the vacuum of space.
The M:Tron Matter Conveyor is the tool of choice for enterprising individuals who would like to transport a large quantity of lose fill very quickly. With dorsal and ventral cargo accessibility, gravity does all the work, minimizing the on-board equipment required to load and unload. The same properties that make it a low-maintenance workhorse for honest individuals make it the tool of choice for “fly by” dumping.
Brian G., on the other hand, attacked the problem head-on, and with some serious style.
Excellent subject matter. Good timing. Awesome use of an essentially useless piece. Brian won this challenge easily (the caption on the stand puts it over the top!) He also got bonus points for actually using the seed part in the build, and not just as a prop.
This makes Brian G. the winner of two out of three of our MOC contests. I think we’re going to have to start assigning him a handicap.