As some of you may have noticed, I built a giant mech (mechanical battle robot or machine) from a mix of Bionicle and Lego pieces that is in one of the display cases in the library, along with other Fenn student’s creations. Several people have commented that it’s pretty elaborate, so I decided to give instructions on how to make something like that. But, I want to merge it with poetry, so I’m “borrowing” Wendell Berry’s How To Be a Poet format (sorry Wendell).
Wait a minute. You guys thought that I was going to give the exact directions? Heck no! Like a magician, an engineer never reveals his secrets.
Sit down in front of a bin of Legos
with an idea of what you want to make.
Turn on your favorite TV show and make sure you can’t see the screen.
Then start to search through the pieces,
find something interesting.
Think of other creations or MOCs* you’ve seen.
It’s just like writing,
great writers steal.
Don’t start to build yet
just focus and stare at the piece you’ve picked in your hands.
Now pick up another piece,
preferably compatible to the other.
Connect those two pieces together.
Once you’ve done that just let your mind and hands go,
but only in a certain order.
First build the chest and pelvis
Start with the interior frame or skeleton.
Then put on some armor or as I like to call it,
Now build the legs,
build them the same way as the chest.
Start with the skeleton, then the beef.
The hard part about the legs is
finding out how to keep the whole think standing.
Just build the feet according to how big the upper body is.
The bigger the body is, the bigger the feet have to be.
Once you’ve done that you build the arms.
The arms are the least important thing
unless your creation has a weapon,
then they need to be able to hold the weapon up with the arm straight out.
Now the true test.
Make sure that it is stable.
If it can’t stand up
it’s pretty much useless.
This isn’t a Barbie doll.
Now check if it is filled out to the max –
if there’s a single connection point that isn’t taken advantage of,
then fill it out.
Lastly, check if you are happy with it, make sure it looks good.
Make sure the colors work together.
Make sure it looks mean.
If so then you’ve succeeded.
*My Own Creation