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Two Questions: Would you consider this a proper building technique for MOC building? Would LEGO consider this a legal building technique? My Thoughts: I am personally hesitant to use this in a build as it feels wrong to have the small sprong sticking out of the bottom. Also because it's so thin there are strain concerns. However connectivity-wise, the stud hubs are the full .6 stud size and not chopped at the corners like almost all 2x2 circular plates' studs (4032, 2654, even 2655) which allows connecting at all four corners (as shown above). It's dimension make it unique. Excluding the middle sprong which runs .25 studs long with a width of .4, it provides a flat .1 stud thick platform with connecting studs on top. Also it has a .8 stud diameter with potential for positioning a connected piece .4 studs onto a flat surface. There is the argument that 3679 and 3680 are meant as one piece and shouldn't be used independently. In most sets today though they are packaged individually and connected later. I don't have an issue with using 3680 independently as it feels about as strong as a normal tile piece. However, 3679 just feels so flimsy when you hold it (though it is quite strong for it's thickness) plus it wasn't designed initially to function as an inverted connector. Conclusion: I'm still hesitant to, but because of the unique uses it proposes I'm leaning towards using 3679 in my building but mostly just for small bearing decoration uses. Since 3679 and 3680 are sold disconnected one could argue LEGO would be okay with the above use, but I would still guess they would say it is illegal. I'd be interested in hearing if anyone knows of a official LEGO set where either 3679 or 3680 are used independently without the other present.
This is another gem from my childhood LEGO collection, the Fabuland Wind Mill with Harry Horse and Marjorie Mouse. Set Nr: 3679 Released: 1986 Pieces: 79 Figures: 2 The Front of the box: The back of the box: The contents in the inner plastic tray: Bricks, plates and flowers: Fabuland elements: Harry and Marjorie: Front cover of the instructions: Getting acquainted with Harry and Marjorie: Random instruction page: All larger Fabuland sets contained an inspirational story after the model was built: Harry and Marjorie start to build the wind mill: Harry gets a little help from Marjorie and in no time at all the roof elements are snapped into place: Harry making some final adjustments on the wind mill: Marjorie starts to assemble the delivery car: A few more parts and the car will be complete: The completed wind mill: The wind mill is unique with the big wind mill blade and flour sack printed tiles. I especially like the updated versions of Harry and Marjorie with the new style eyes and printed aprons.