HBM006: Building trees (V)

LEGO treeA times, apart from having a beautiful or amazing design, a tree needs to follow certain size restrictions for allowing better transportation or for being able to store it away without taking much space.



Text and pictures by Legotron




The challenge here was to build a tree that fits specific dimensions. Since our goal was being able to take these trees to different events, we needed to design something that was easy to transport and didn't take much space. Most of the trees we built until now were too bulky and fragile, which limited the amount that we could take around, not to mention that they always ended up rather damaged. So the new design had to fit in a 25x15x9 cm boxes, at least 4 of them without taking anything apart.

Going for a walk around the parks in the city was enough to find the ideal tree. The most interesting one for using as a reference in this challenge was a cypress. Tall, tough and with a thin treetop. Limited by the box size, 25 bricks of height was the only reference. The other key point was the treetop. It needed to be really thin, with the branches as close to the trunk as possible. In addition to the usual 'plant leaves 3x4' in green used for the foliage, we used a limited amount of pieces, since we needed to build multiple trees. The final design uses the following inventory of parts:

List of needed parts.

As with the earlier articles, we used BrickLink[1] as reference for the inventory:

For the base:

- 1x Plate 4x4, in Green

For the tree trunk, supposing the tree is around 25 bricks tall:

- 13~15x Round Brick 2x2, in Brown.

- 2x Cone 1x1 Without Top Groove, in Brown.

- - 2x Modified Brick 1x1 with Headlight, for the treetop connections.

- 1x Bar 6.6 with Stop Ring, in Brown for the end of the trunk.

- 4~5x Round Plate 2x2, in Brown for adjusting the height of the trunk.

- 12x Hinge Plate 1x2 Locking with 1 Finger on Side, in Brown for the branch connections.

- 12x Hinge Plate 1x2 Locking with 2 Fingers on End, for the branches.

For the Foliage:

- 30~40x Plant Leaves 4x3, in Green.