Posts Tagged ‘tiles’

Modulex now available on Bricklink

September 2, 2009

(photo by Zack Milenius )

Have you ever heard of Modulex LEGO bricks? Modulex bricks are smaller than LEGO LEGO. Confused? 😀 Well even now in this information age its still hard to find much out about modulex. I hadn’t even heard of them before a few years ago. As you can see in the picture, they are a smaller, more pastel version of LEGO bricks.

This is what Brickfetish has to say about Modulex:

In the early 1960’s Godtfred was building a new house and, naturally, he tried to model the structure with Lego bricks. The problem was that the Lego, with an aspect ratio of 6:5, was different than standard European construction modules of 1:1. Rather than contend with the problems of using regular Lego bricks he simply had new, special bricks molded for him. Bricks that would allow him to more closely copy his architectural plans.

These new bricks were based on a 5mm cube (1:1) and were about 5/8 the size of a standard Lego brick. After he finished his house model, Godtfred began to investigate the possibility of marketing these elements to architects and planners. In 1963 he created a new company, Modulex A/S.

The M20 system, their first product, was intended for architectural modelling and consisted of a range of bricks, slopes, tiles, baseplates, windows and letter tiles based on the 5mm cube and intended for 1:20 scale building (hence the name M20). The system also included several unusual items, such as baseplate foil, a foil comb and cutter, even solvent-based glue. The early elements were molded by Lego and had the familiar “LEGO” logo on the studs. Later elements had a simple “M” (for Modulex) on the studs.

So basically Modulex are a rare, older subdivision of LEGO that has been rather hard to find. Any how, back to my title announcement — Bricklink is finally selling modulex pieces. Now granted they can get pretty expensive with some of them being $.40 USD or more per piece, but at the same time, they only way to find them up till now has been the rare auction on Ebay. I don’t know if I’ll be buying any of these any time soon, but its good to know that they are available if I want them. 🙂

Model Building Tips – Tiles on a Baseplate

September 12, 2008

Sorry for not posting yesterday. Life, as it occasionally does, got in the way. 😉

So, here’s my tip. On several of the Modular Houses sets like the Cafe Corner and Green Grocer LEGO put a layer of tiles to indicate sidewalks, etc. This is all well and good, if you don’t ever have to take to tiles off, but if you do want to actually use your LEGO pieces and baseplates for something else down the line, taking the tiles off can be a real pain in the neck!

When I got my Cafe Corner, I dutifully copied the design, placing the tile directly on to the baseplate. But with the Green Grocer, I got smarter. Instead of following the directions, I first put a layer of two-stud wide plates down. On the edges, and anywhere it would be seen I used green and anywhere else I used whatever color of plate I happened to grab (I sort my larger 2-wide plates by shape only).

Now, if you are using this for a train or town layout and want it to actually attach with other builder’s buildings, this might not work for you (unless they also follow my tip) 🙂 But if it is a stand-alone model this works great, especially when you take the model apart. You can just peel the plates off and then get the tiles off the plates.