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#1 fred67

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:26 AM

Last Christmas my daughter and I built a Ferris Wheel together.  We motorized it and everything (no, I didn't post it here, I felt like it'd been done so much better by others).

This year we thought we'd revisit it, add another baseplate, and make a whole small carnival with a pony ride and clowns... but can't figure out how to do minifigure balloons decently.

can use one of these Technic Ball Joints (in red... there's a slightly different style with lime and white):

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I put them on a bar.  It looks like the figure is holding a giant lollypop.  Upside down cone on the bottom doesn't help - it's too big.

Moreover, the iconic look would include three balloons (or more) on slightly different lengths of strings:
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I've searched for lego balloons, carnivals, circuses.  There's a technic used for miniland figures - I know because I actually built several clowns for for our local store's "Brand Ribbon," but it's much too large for minifigures.

So... any suggestions would be appreciated.
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#2 Cirkit

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:07 AM

Hmm.. I was about to suggest the method you just described to make minifigure balloons until I read the topic.

Could the upside-down cone parts without the ball parts, attached to a 'Harry Potter want' part work?

Forget that. Just realized how much like cotton candy that would look, instead of looking like balloons.

I wish I could help, but I can't think of a proper way either.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:20 AM

Put the Technic balls you have, on strings. Then the hard part: Reverse gravity. Someone made a clown holding a trio of balloons using this method (could not find it). How well that works, is a whole 'nother matter.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:39 AM

View PostCirkit, on 20 November 2012 - 04:07 AM, said:

Hmm.. I was about to suggest the method you just described to make minifigure balloons until I read the topic.

Could the upside-down cone parts without the ball parts, attached to a 'Harry Potter want' part work?

Forget that. Just realized how much like cotton candy that would look, instead of looking like balloons.

I wish I could help, but I can't think of a proper way either.

Cotton candy... I think I've got that down.... inspired by Hagrid:
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When I built that HP set, I couldn't help but think that looks less like a folded umbrella than it does cotton candy.

Thanks for the suggestions... I'm not adverse to minor modifications to LEGO... maybe I'll make my own.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:15 AM

Have a look at this creation by P@u! +ox

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:37 PM

View PostVincent Kessels, on 20 November 2012 - 07:15 AM, said:

Have a look at this creation by P@u! +ox

Best so far... I actually tried that; they are similar to the miniland figure balloons except the miniland ones have an extra 2x2 round in the middle.  I felt it looked too much like a giant club instead of a balloon, but you can't always get things to look exactly right, and I think that, given the context, it'll work.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:57 PM

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:01 PM

Thanks... I had tried that one, too, wasn't really happy with the results.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:15 PM

Why not use minifig heads? They are available in many colours and the printing comes off with a littie rubbing and toothpaste. If you're not against modding try and lodge in a piece of wire for string.

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