You must have seen them – tiny blocks that come in different colors and sizes. However, you might be wondering where to start with Lego building. With millions of minifies available to you, it might become a hard decision trying to know where to start.

Today we look at some of the concepts that make you a good Lego hobbyist. There is a lot that you need to look at and take when you start to explore LEGO world. Let us assume that you have tried to assemble a few models and you have little or no success. Let us first look at the various pieces and then check out a few other concepts.

The Vocabulary

Studs and Tubes

A look at the standard Lego brick shows you that it has various surfaces – a top and a bottom. The top part has small protrusions that are called studs. A look at the bottom reveals a different design. You will see that it has holes in different configurations. The smaller part of these holes is called the tube.

These two components make the basis for interlocking the bricks. They are the ones that make it possible for you to come up with all the arrangements and the designs.

The Size

When you look at the different types of pieces, you realize that they all have different sizes. Some are square, and some are rectangular.

You need to find a way to differentiate the sizes. You do this by counting the number of studs of each brick. For the first size, the stud only has one. The studs are denoted along the X and Y axis, meaning you denote them as XxY according to the number of studs.

For instance, the first stud is denoted 1×1; the next goes to 2×2 and more. So, when you see these denotations, do not look perplexed. This is how you ask for a price from someone; otherwise the seller will wonder what you mean when you ask for size in inches.

The Types

Apart from the size, you will come across many types of bricks, and it is right that you know the different pieces. The pieces are different in various ways. We have checked out the studs, which might be more on a piece than the other. The studs might be the same, but the two prices might be different. This difference comes in the form of the thickness. Some are thicker while others are thin.

Let us look at the common types of pieces.

  • Bricks – these are the standard Lego pieces. They come in various sizes.
  • Plates – these are thinner than bricks. When you stack several of them on top of each other, you end up with bricks.
  • Tiles – these are just as the name suggests – they do not have any studs on top of them. They are flat and come with patterns instead.
  • Panels – they are slightly similar to tiles, but they come in various variations. Some of them have studs while others do not.
  • Slopes – if you are making a small hill, you will need some panels that are designed in different sizes and angles. These slopes are either regular, curved or inverted.
  • Technical pieces – these are usually custom in type. For instance, you can get gears and axles, and more.
  • Arches – these are brick types that come with curves. They are ideal for use with architectural sets.
  • Cylinders and cones – these are also ideal for making architectural designs, and they go hand in hand with tiles, panels, plates, and slopes.
  • Base plates – these form the base upon which you can build your other elements. They are thinner compared to regular plates, though wider than normal. You can only build other designs on these plates.
  • Specialized elements – these are made to be specific for some uses. These include plane bodies, hulls, and other special items.

All these types occasionally feature in your designs. Make sure you know what you need when making the best decision. They also form most games, and experts have published this in many journals.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to starting Lego as a hobby, you need more than just the bricks. You have to understand what the different vocabulary means so that you can start off on the right foot.

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You must have seen them – tiny blocks that come in different colors and sizes. However, you might be wondering where to start with Lego building. With millions of minifies available to you, it might become a hard decision trying to know where to start. Today we look at some...