Jump to content


Sliding door design


  • Please log in to reply
26 replies to this topic

#1 Ralph_S

Ralph_S

  • Dwarf My Maersk!


    Posts: 1458
    Joined: 28-April 05
    Member: 309
    Country: The Netherlands

Posted 29 September 2010 - 12:28 PM

In a thread on Metroid's excellent four wide VW vans, he has been getting questions about the technique he used to create sliding doors.

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.
Posted Image
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.
Posted Image
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).
Posted Image
sliding door by Mad physicist, on Flickr

Then you can slide the door aft.
Posted Image
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
Posted Image
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.
Posted Image
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.
Posted Image
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.
Posted Image
UH-3H Sea King (13) by Mad physicist, on Flickr


Cheers,
Ralph
For LEGO jets, cars, and trucks, please check out:
http://www.flickr.co...os/madphysicist

#2 Cecilie

Cecilie

  • Killer Killer Whale


    Posts: 2320
    Joined: 27-January 10
    Member: 9319
    Country: Norway

Posted 29 September 2010 - 12:40 PM

Thanks for this handy guide  :sweet: I'll definitely try out this technique sometime.
Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
My blog: Bits and Bricks
My flickr: cecilihf

#3 MetroiD

MetroiD

  • Lost in the forest of life


    Posts: 2661
    Joined: 22-February 09
    Member: 5374
    Country: Bulgaria

Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:23 PM

One particular reason why I didn't want to do the graphic explanation of this was because, at the end of the day, this was your design in this first place. Glad to see you've decided to share it - I must say I'm now looking forward to a wave of sliding door-fitted cars, vans, etc. :tongue:
Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

#4 drevim

drevim

    Posts: 119
    Joined: 06-September 10
    Member: 13093

Posted 29 September 2010 - 06:00 PM

I have been thinking of doing an airplane hangar for the plane that came with the Century Skyway (4 wide), but have been stumped on how to create a sliding split door to open.  This may be a good starting point for a nice look, but not overly complicated gear/technic style door, since the door will be about 12-14 studs high.

Thanks for sharing.

#5 Superkalle

Superkalle

    Posts: 5757
    Joined: 21-December 08
    Member: 4755
    Country: Sweden

Posted 29 September 2010 - 06:46 PM

Thanks for sharing  :thumbup:
Eurobricks Digital Design Forum - for all your LDD and Ldraw cravings

#6 bricked one

bricked one

    Posts: 226
    Joined: 18-September 10
    Member: 13319

Posted 29 September 2010 - 09:51 PM

Ohhhh... I see, I see said the old blind man.

Thanks for sharing "Ralph_S", I'm going to make vans now!
Posted Image

#7 lightningtiger

lightningtiger

  • Gungans taste like chicken


    Posts: 21029
    Joined: 28-October 09
    Member: 7997
    Country: Australia

Posted 29 September 2010 - 10:00 PM

Thanks 'Ralph_S' for this information, now I'm thinking of a sliding door design for some of my upcomming MOC's ! :wink:
Keep on bricking ! :sweet:

#8 prateek

prateek

  • Study hard!


    Posts: 10413
    Joined: 09-July 05
    Member: 426
    Country: Canada

Posted 29 September 2010 - 10:04 PM

So simple! :thumbup:

#9 Ralph_S

Ralph_S

  • Dwarf My Maersk!


    Posts: 1458
    Joined: 28-April 05
    Member: 309
    Country: The Netherlands

Posted 30 September 2010 - 02:03 PM

Thanks for your comments. they are much appreciated. I have seen many fancy ways of making sliding doors, but I'd like to think that simple ideas are often the best :sweet:

Cheers,
Ralph
For LEGO jets, cars, and trucks, please check out:
http://www.flickr.co...os/madphysicist

#10 WhiteFang

WhiteFang

  • Beep beep!


    Posts: 16201
    Joined: 31-December 07
    Member: 2351
    Country: Singapore

Posted 30 September 2010 - 05:11 PM

Ralph, thanks for sharing this sliding door design with us. It's great to see such building tips to be shared with the community which helps to benefit and to enhance the vehicle playability. I got to try this one day.  :blush:

My BrickLink Store // Sign up for Reviewers Academy // Trains & Town Reviews // Black Knights Kingdom (EBRP) // Watch out EB News!

Click here to find out more about WhiteFang


New Member? Read This | Questions? Need Help? Ask Here

Site Guidelines | Eurobricks FAQ | Visual User Guide


My name is Wilhalm Bloodaxe and I am back to be part of the Ragnarök Now Redux.

Lord Kenneth Valise, Level 1 Knight, 28yrs old human
Power: 4 Health: 10/10 Gold: 10
Inventory: One potion, a Greatsword (WP: 3) and a Shield (SP: 2)


#11 Masked Builder

Masked Builder

  • Hoping to get it up tonight


    Posts: 8343
    Joined: 16-April 10
    Member: 10293
    Country: New York, USA

Posted 30 September 2010 - 05:21 PM

You're a genius!  This is something I've got to try for my Star Wars doors....
Posted ImagePosted Image
Alexis Fenral
Level 47 Assassin, In Heroica RPG, On Quest #125
Flickr, Bricklink Store, Facebook

#12 escortmad79

escortmad79

    Posts: 1348
    Joined: 20-December 09
    Member: 8644
    Country: Scotland

Posted 30 September 2010 - 07:56 PM

Fantastic!! Know exactly what I'm going to use this for! Had a Eureka moment last night whilst in bed.

May take a while to do but it'll look amazing! :thumbup:

A Lego dog ate my sig!

Posted Image


#13 Mrlegoninja

Mrlegoninja

    Posts: 1535
    Joined: 09-July 10
    Member: 11901
    Country: United States

Posted 30 September 2010 - 10:06 PM

Sweet! I have got to try this...

Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted ImagePosted Image

                    

Murdered Day 8 as former Armed Forces member and Spider ward member Dudley Eisenhower in Def's Doctor Bloodbrick's Asylum.-Insane
Thank you Jebediahs for that great paper doll!

Died as Congressman Aide Maxwell Touns in Bob's Red Scare Mystery-Town

Died as Pub Owner Mrs. Le Goninja in Def's The Coming Darkness-Town

Died as Pet Store owner Jack Montgomery in Bob's Suburbia
Currently playing as the 40 year old teller Richard Sexton in Hinckley's Red Moon Two!


#14 coupi

coupi

    Posts: 47
    Joined: 06-October 10
    Member: 13633
    Country: UK

Posted 10 October 2010 - 01:27 AM

Does the door sit flush to the side when closed?

#15 The Soup Nazi

The Soup Nazi

    Posts: 302
    Joined: 23-July 10
    Member: 12183

Posted 10 October 2010 - 08:32 PM

I'd like to see a video of this in action.

Edited by The Soup Nazi, 10 October 2010 - 08:32 PM.

Posted Image


#16 Ralph_S

Ralph_S

  • Dwarf My Maersk!


    Posts: 1458
    Joined: 28-April 05
    Member: 309
    Country: The Netherlands

Posted 17 October 2010 - 01:51 PM

View Postcoupi, on 10 October 2010 - 01:27 AM, said:

Does the door sit flush to the side when closed?
Sorry I didn't reply to this sooner. I didn't see it sooner. Yes it does.
Posted Image
Courier van (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr

View PostThe Soup Nazi, on 10 October 2010 - 08:32 PM, said:

I'd like to see a video of this in action.




Cheers,
Ralph

Edited by Ralph_S, 02 March 2011 - 08:23 PM.

For LEGO jets, cars, and trucks, please check out:
http://www.flickr.co...os/madphysicist

#17 The Yellow Brick

The Yellow Brick

    Posts: 1192
    Joined: 10-June 10
    Member: 11404
    Country: England

Posted 17 October 2010 - 01:55 PM

I might use this technique sometime, you are a genius Posted Image

#18 coupi

coupi

    Posts: 47
    Joined: 06-October 10
    Member: 13633
    Country: UK

Posted 18 October 2010 - 10:33 AM

View PostRalph_S, on 17 October 2010 - 01:51 PM, said:

Sorry I didn't reply to this sooner. I didn't see it sooner. Yes it does.
Posted Image
Courier van (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr


Thank you very much :) You've come up with a great idea there!

#19 Ralph_S

Ralph_S

  • Dwarf My Maersk!


    Posts: 1458
    Joined: 28-April 05
    Member: 309
    Country: The Netherlands

Posted 18 October 2010 - 07:20 PM

View PostThe Red Brick, on 17 October 2010 - 01:55 PM, said:

I might use this technique sometime, you are a genius Posted Image
Thanks. I try  :laugh:

View Postcoupi, on 18 October 2010 - 10:33 AM, said:

Thank you very much :) You've come up with a great idea there!
Thank you. It would be no fun if it wouldn't be flush when closed. In fact, that really was the whole point.

Cheers,
Ralph
For LEGO jets, cars, and trucks, please check out:
http://www.flickr.co...os/madphysicist

#20 Ralph_S

Ralph_S

  • Dwarf My Maersk!


    Posts: 1458
    Joined: 28-April 05
    Member: 309
    Country: The Netherlands

Posted 20 February 2011 - 02:31 PM

It's been a while since this thread had it's last message, but I have since made a video of the sliding door in action and this seemed the most suitable place to post it.

http://www.flickr.co...ist/5088816877/

Cheers,
Ralph
For LEGO jets, cars, and trucks, please check out:
http://www.flickr.co...os/madphysicist

#21 LEGO Guy Bri

LEGO Guy Bri

    Posts: 3101
    Joined: 28-October 10
    Member: 13958
    Country: X

Posted 21 February 2011 - 08:22 AM

Great building technique you developed Ralph_S :thumbup:  Thanks!
-I don't tell you how to tell me what to do, so don't you tell me how to do what you told me to do... I know when to use finesse

#22 Artifex

Artifex

    Posts: 1004
    Joined: 01-June 10
    Member: 11066
    Country: Brazil

Posted 21 February 2011 - 01:30 PM

Great technique! Works beautifully. Thanks for the instructions and video!  :thumbup:
Posted Image

#23 Ralph_S

Ralph_S

  • Dwarf My Maersk!


    Posts: 1458
    Joined: 28-April 05
    Member: 309
    Country: The Netherlands

Posted 22 February 2011 - 10:44 AM

You're welcome guys. This sort of thing is best explained with a video.

Cheers,
Ralph
For LEGO jets, cars, and trucks, please check out:
http://www.flickr.co...os/madphysicist

#24 mikey

mikey

    Posts: 576
    Joined: 28-April 09
    Member: 5926

Posted 22 February 2011 - 11:21 AM

This is a great idea, simple but totally functional.  Just the type of thread which should be getting indexed in Advanced Building Techniques
my flickr

#25 Silverface

Silverface

    Posts: 181
    Joined: 26-February 11
    Member: 16268
    Country: Finland

Posted 02 March 2011 - 07:58 PM

Very nice idea! I definitely have to try this technique! Thanks! Good job!  :thumbup:




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users