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The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide, 2nd Edition by Pawel Sariel Kmiec

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3studless or studfull?

In Chapter 2, we took a peek at the difference between two styles of building with LEGO pieces: studless (using beams) and studfull (using bricks and plates). The two styles are significantly different, and each offers advantages. The styles can also be combined in order to use the best qualities of each technique in a single construction. As a matter of fact, most of today’s LEGO Technic sets and MOCs (My Own Creations, a term builders use for their custom models) use a combination of the two approaches rather than a purely studless or studfull building technique.

The successful builder knows which combination works best for a given construction, which style should serve as its basis, and to what extent the other style ...

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