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#1 gotoAndLego

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 06:13 PM

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So far I'm using some old Lego wooden barrels I just found in a box of old toys (three stacked with a 2x2 round studded flat), but would prefer something transparent and minimal. What is everyone using for stands? Photos would be great.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 07:55 PM

View PostgotoAndLego, on Mar 5 2010, 07:13 PM, said:

What is everyone using for stands? Photos would be great.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 08:01 PM

Big Cam's method is neat, if you have those trans clear round bricks.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 08:07 PM

I think I understand what he's asking for.

Most people use a clear 4 x 4 dish and a 1 x 8 bar for their MINIs.  If you need a physical attachment, a technic 1/2 pin is fairly unobtrusive, though not clear.  

While you can't see the dish, this photo shows the rest of the setup:
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Depending on the size of the model, a stack of clear 2 x 2 round bricks will also work well.  It just depends on whether or not you have an area to atach the bricks to on your model.  

In general, I only use a stand when photographing my MINIs.  Otherwise, they just lay on the shelf.
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Posted 05 March 2010 - 09:00 PM

Hello!

If allowed I'd like to give a short display stand guide of common displays I used in the past. With over 200 hundred stands needed, several variants were developped. I consider the display stand as a part of the model, and hence it's on all photos I take. I included some examples for every stand type mentioned below. :classic:


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- You have a centered stud hole/bottom tube on the underside (the standard stand):

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Note: The left one also applies for models which have studs only on the sides.

Example 1



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- You lack a centered stud hole/bottom tube, but have two 1 x X plates next to each other:

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Example 1
Example 2


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- You have a centered inverted stud on the underside (e.g. inverted 1 x 2 jumper plate):

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Example 1
Example 2
Example 3

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- You lack a centered single inverted stud, but have an inverted 2 x 2 (or bigger) plate on the underside:

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Ugh, well, you caught me. :wink: I haven't used this variant yet. :classic:


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- You have an inverted tile on the underside:

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Example 1


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- You only have a hole/slot with standard bar width on the underside:

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Example 1
Example 2

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- You have a boat stud on the underside:

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Note: Unlike any other dishes, the 3 x 3 dish's bottom tube is one plate height shorter than the rest of the dish. Dish and bottom tube have no blunt end.

Example 1
Example 2


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That's all that I remembered for the moment. I might edit this post with more methods if find more. :classic:

I hope these are of some help. :classic:

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 09:23 PM

View PostKimT, on Mar 5 2010, 02:55 PM, said:

Indeed. Perhaps you could start out by showing us a photo of what you do - as sort of a reference for further comments and ideas?

I just stacked three of these, with one of these on top. The mini X-Wing has one on the bottom so I only needed the three barrels. Its temporary as I'll be using one of the trans clear solutions to display them.
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Posted 05 March 2010 - 10:11 PM

Legostein seems to know what he's doing! :oh:  :thumbup:
I hardly have any clear pieces to display my MOCs so all those pieces of yours Legostein look amazing! :cry_happy:

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 10:39 PM

View PostgotoAndLego, on Mar 5 2010, 10:23 PM, said:

I just stacked three of these, with one of these on top. The mini X-Wing has one on the bottom so I only needed the three barrels. Its temporary as I'll be using one of the trans clear solutions to display them.
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Now I get it :blush:
I think legostein summed up the possibilities pretty well.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 10:32 AM

Legostein, you truly are the man to go to when it comes to minis  :wink:
Thanks for a super nice "review" of your stands techniques you use  :thumbup:
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 10:38 AM

View PostLegostein, on Mar 5 2010, 03:00 PM, said:

If allowed I'd like to give a short display stand guide of common displays I used in the past. With over 200 hundred stands needed, several variants were developped. I consider the display stand as a part of the model, and hence it's on all photos I take. I included some examples for every stand type mentioned below. :classic:
This is a great post! If you wouldn't mind, could you actually start a new topic about displaying minis in LEGO General Discussion and News since these tips are good for all themes? I'd really like to add it to our tutorial index.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 10:03 PM

View PostRufus, on Mar 5 2010, 01:01 PM, said:

Big Cam's method is neat, if you have those trans clear round bricks.
I was going to post that, so um ya, what he said.  That's how I support mine.  There are slimmer easier ways, but I had these handy.



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