25the modeling process

Now that you have your ideal model in mind and you’ve learned how to scale all dimensions of the object accurately, it’s time to start building. This is where you start putting your plans to the test, figuring out all those little details.

size matters

While many builders are tempted to build big, and while size can indeed be an impressive feature of any LEGO construction, Technic models don’t necessarily benefit from large size. Going big creates a number of problems that increase rapidly with size, including significant stress on many sensitive pieces and problems with the mobility, balance, and structural integrity of a model. One of my models was tall and very heavy, with a tracked chassis that I thought was strongly ...

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