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I have seen references to "micro-scale" building in LEGO documentation. How is this different than the "normal" LEGO building scale?

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It refers to building items at a much smaller scale than the usual "mini-fig" scale.

For example the "Micro" Star Destroyer:

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4492 Mini Star Destroyer

Edit to add:

Officially however, when bought as a set they are usually referred to as "Mini-scale".

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Microscale is not just a technique, it's an artform:

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A few years ago, there was an official building competition specifically centered around microscale models. The winning entries were made into real LEGO sets. – BoltClock Oct 25 '11 at 21:01
LEGO are now bringing out a microscale version of their entire line (so far) of modular Cafe Corner sets – Larry Pieniazek Nov 26 '11 at 23:50

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