Sliding door design
Posted 29 September 2010 - 12:28 PM
It's a particularly nice application of an idea I've used many years and that I also keep getting questions about whenever I produce a new vehicle that uses it (which is why I decided to give it its own thread). MetroiD has managed to figure it out, but I'll post the pictures here.
The door has two little arms attached to its front, the bottom one with a 1x1 plate that sticks out below and the top one with a 1x1 tile on top.
sliding door (3) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
The plate slides through an L-shaped groove on the bottom of the van and the tile on top slides through a matching L-shaped groove in the roof.
sliding door (2) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
To open the door you first slide it out one stud (moving the 1x1 plate and tile along the short arm of the L).
sliding door by Mad physicist, on Flickr
Then you can slide the door aft.
sliding door (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
It's a little three-dimensional puzzle, but the construction is nothing particularly complicated once you've figured out how to do it! There is no fancy SNOT work. Just tiles and plate. I've been using it for years. The pictures above were of my 6-wide Courier van
Courier van (3) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
I've also used it on several five-wide vehicles (including a Volkswagen) and this UK police van.
Police van (3) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
The doors work best when they are fairly small. On larger vehicles it becomes easier to twist the door from its mountings. Still, with a few modifications the idea can be applied to larger doors as well. I used it for my much larger ambulance van as well, where the door gets extra support when open by a ridge (of half a stud wide) along the side of the vehicle.
Dutch Ambulance (9) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
I've used it on several helicopters as well, including my Sea King. Here I've used a version that pops out half a stud.
UH-3H Sea King (13) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
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Courier van (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
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