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If I only have minimum height available (one plate), how can I make a horizontal connection between two components? I need the connection to be easily disconnectable yet sturdy (like technic bricks with grey connectors).

I thought about hinge plates (4276/4275), but they are far too tight. I don't own any of the old ones (x1125/x1126), so I cannot check myself, but are they less tight?

Clarification - the components are built regularly (studs up), and sit next to each other and should be moved horizontally to separate or reconnect them.

There's no such thing as 2921 but only one plate high? I'd use that together with 4085, that would be perfect.

  • question: do your components sit RIGHT next to each other or is there a gap? – Uli Apr 23 at 12:29
  • ...was just wondering as two clips will be three studs wide, and if this layer is only one plate high how would you offset the clip? – Uli Apr 23 at 12:56
  • @Uli right next to each other, yes, with slope bricks on top the "connection zone", and 2466s to the sides, so no possibility to add more space, I fear, without making the interior look ugly. If everything fails, I'll have to make the "roof" removable instead, but that will make the whole thing a lot less rigid. – Haukinger Apr 23 at 15:32
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    so basically this is about two buildings touching each other with plain walls, each wall one stud width, can't use technic bricks because of visibility on inside, trying to hide clips in ceiling layer... right? any picture would certainly help : ) – Uli Apr 23 at 16:26
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Have you tried horizontal clips? They will be a little taller than 1 plate in the center, but you might be able to adapt them to your needs given that the connection point is just one plate. Perhaps these parts:

60470b

60470b

48336

48336

Something like 4623 with a vertical clip might also be a possibility depending on your constraints:

4623

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Mr. Blue and Ms. Red live next doors. Their houses are simple. The walls are one stud wide, the ceiling's one plate thick, some slopes on the roof.

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Now they want to move their houses wall to wall. Mr. Blue bores a hole into the wall and happily bolts in a big peg. But Ms. Red thinks that's just a big eyesore!

So they try to hide some clips in the ceiling, but as it turns out...

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...they leave a gap one stud wide.

And they don't fit onto a stud. They need at least one more layer of plates in the ceiling.

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Okay. That's how I understand the situation. You cannot use Technic bricks (one can see them on the inside), your ceiling's height is just one plate.

So, why not go on top of the ceiling? Up onto the roof, between the slopes and hide some clips or hinges in a chimney or under an antenna?

Just two ideas, the yellow plates represent your ceiling layer.

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Fun fact: here the amount of clutch depends on the length of the blue antenna's tip; slide it up to adjust.

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Modern hinges, like below, may give you desired result.

Here are Hinge Plate 1 x 2 Locking with 2 Fingers on Side and Hinge Plate 1 x 2 Locking with 1 Finger on Side with Bottom Groove

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You've already been given a number of solutions, where the part that actually goes within the components is only one plate high, while the actual connection is a bit more. I can't do any better, but I want to suggest another option:

A combination of Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Tow Ball on End or Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Tow Ball on Side

With either Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Small Tow Ball Socket on End or Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Small Tow Ball Socket on Side

The right combination of these parts allow some offset (if the parts fit), and these also allow movement in more than one direction.

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How about trying Hinge Vehicle Roof Holder 1 x 4 with Hinge Train Gate 2 x 4?enter image description here enter image description here

Their connection is a lot looser (at least for old parts) than the 1x2 finger plate hinges.

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