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Lego wheels with anti-stud tread

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Big Lego® wheels with a tread which is a loose-fitting 'negative' of the Lego stud pattern, so as to give Lego vehicles a smooth ride when traversing Lego baseplates.
hippo, Dec 06 2007

Tread crawler http://www.peeron.com/inv/parts/x486
Maybe this type of track would fit the bill? [Jinbish, Dec 06 2007]

iStopMotion (Boinx software) http://www.boinx.co...topmotion/overview/
[hippo, Dec 07 2007]


       in time for christmas?
po, Dec 06 2007

       Nice [+]. You could also use them to attach lego bricks to the tyres to make something that can go down steps.
marklar, Dec 06 2007

       The road area of Lego base plates (if the baseplate has a road area) is already smooth, so as long as you don't do any off-roading, it's a smooth ride anyway... and with the described tires, you can only travel in strait lines in the x and y axes.   

       If the depressions are small enough for Lego pieces to attach to them, then it will be very difficult for the wheels to roll on the Lego surface.
BJS, Dec 06 2007

       Yes, this is aimed at off-roading (think of the green baseplates with studs all over, rather than the grey "urban" baseplates with road markings and smooth bits) and the anti-studs defintely have to be 'loose-fitting' so I'm afraid [marklar]'s variation won't work.
hippo, Dec 06 2007

       If it's off-roading then it's supposed to be bumpy.   

       Can't you just buy a car with better suspension?
BJS, Dec 06 2007

       No fair, I want to put legs on the wheels. And how am I supposed to complete my model of an auto shop with a big rotating tyre on the roof?
marklar, Dec 06 2007

       OK, I'd better explain exactly why I want a smooth ride across a Lego baseplate. I need to have a mini-DV video camera mounted on a Lego platform which can move smoothly across a Lego baseplate for tracking shots. The shot doesn't allow for the building of rails or a tiled surface.
hippo, Dec 06 2007

       The anti-studs might not provide the smooth ride if they are constantly pairing with the studs {later: as [BJS] notes}.   

       I suggest that you want a set of caterpillar tracks (for cogs or wheels) that are sufficiently long (linky).
Jinbish, Dec 06 2007

       If your wheels were thin enough they would ride smoothly between the studs. Should work on a diagonal as well.   

       Hmm... I wonder if there's something that could be done with a large sphere with lots of anti-studs on it...
lostdog, Dec 06 2007

       [hippo], I bet you could build something using superglue and numerous cut-up toothbrush heads. The bristles should adapt to the surface fairly nicely.
lurch, Dec 06 2007

       //mini-DV video camera .. Lego .. tracking shots//
Sounds interesting, [hippo]. Stop-motion animation or real-time movie-making?
neutrinos_shadow, Dec 06 2007

       It's stop-motion: DV camera connected to my iMac, running iStopMotion (see link - this is a great bit of software), and iMovie. I'm doing a test film at the moment to get used to the technique. I'll see if I can post it somewhere when it's finished.
hippo, Dec 07 2007

       I thought it was designed to run over the little Manly Man LEGO men.   

elhigh, Dec 07 2007

       //If your wheels were thin enough//   

       I seem to remember a lego train, with wheels which rested on narrow edges. Maybe they would do the trick, provided that your vehicle is guaranteed to drive *very* straight.
pertinax, Feb 08 2009


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