Post by AK_Brickster on Mar 19, 2015 7:55:33 GMT -8
If we go with the former, it would be cool to get a blue tablecloth to represent the sky, and maybe we could get some dry ice or something to make some "clouds" on the tabletops that the castles are floating over.
Jubal's plan was to use some plastic or lexan or something, I think 5/8" diameter so that it has the same size profile as 2x2 round brick (and can thus be enclosed by 4x4 round brick with 2x2 round cutouts). His is suspended probably a foot or two off the deck. I can get more specific confirmation of the specs in our meeting Saturday night if you're interested.
Post by AK_Brickster on Mar 23, 2015 11:25:26 GMT -8
I made a small island this weekend with a rope bridge to (theoretically) attach to a larger one, yet to be built. Building the upside-down rock part is quite time (and parts) consuming!
Also, I'm thinking that, unless the "suspension system" is incredibly stable, we might want to think about using some "guy lines" to help keep these things from tipping over. Tables are constantly being bumped or jostled by attendees and the public alike. It would be tragic to have one (or more!) of these sky castles topple over.
I'm thinking some 5 lb test clear fishing line, secured to the table with tape, might be a good idea. I will test out a few systems at home to see if this works or not.
Finally, my other "great idea" is to get a sheet of plexiglass and rip it into long strips, maybe 4" wide, and use them to build a perimeter around the display. We could then use a fog machine (I have one) or dry ice to make "clouds" on the tabletop for the castles to "float" above. This would take some playing around with to make sure it works, but I think it would add some good production value to the display!
What could be cool if we had like a village under the floating castles. It would only work if the castles are more like 2 feet off of the table. There would be something that the shorter viewers could look at, and there could be ladders and stairs connecting the builds to the ground.
Post by AK_Brickster on Mar 31, 2015 11:56:15 GMT -8
I'm not sure I like that idea. The idea of a "sky castle" to me evokes the idea of these things floating way up in the sky. Ladders and stairs connecting them to the ground means that they are not really floating all that high.
If you were wanting to 'anchor' them to the tape using wire or whatever, you could try and make it part of the build. i.e stick some clouds at the bottom of the wire (to hide the table tape). That way it might look like the castle is anchored to the clouds below? Just a thought.