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I'm trying to create this effect, where a 1x1 half-circle tile seems to 'stick out of' a 2x2 brick at 90 degrees:

desired look: 2x2 brick with half-circle tile "sticking out"

This is easily achieved with a 1x1 tile with light attachment, as seen here from the back:

same thing, from the back, with tile-with-light-attachment

However, that particular piece is quite expensive in my chosen color (either orange or dark orange).

I've tried using a technic axle-and-pin connector, but it looks very bulky and the pin itself is also not available in (dark) orange:

bulky alternative using technic pieces

I've also tried various brackets in different configurations, but since they're all square, the edges stick out from under the half-circle tile.

Are there other ways to achieve the same, or a similar looking effect?

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Some ideas given the color constraints (all used parts are available in Orange, except those not visible). Perhaps none are very compelling, but they might point you in a different direction.

If you're not afraid of stressing bricks a bit (only during (dis)assembly - when assembled, there's no stress), using Hinge Plate 1 x 2 Locking with 2 Fingers on Side and 7 Teeth (50340) :

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This next one doesn't actually work as pointed out in comments - the rod attached to the hand is too thin to stay put. Leaving it here in case someone knows of a trick to make it work anyway. When it's acceptable that the tile is slightly off angle, using Hand (983) and Technic, Brick 1 x 1 with Axle Hole (73230) :

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Using Slope, Curved 1 x 1 x 2/3 Double (49307) instead of the tile :

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And finally, a very rough approximation of the shape using Hinge Plate 1 x 2 Locking with 1 Finger on Side (44567) (assuming your requirements are quite flexible) :

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    Those are all great ideas! I love the hand piece with the brick with axle hole. I tried it out with an actual hand I took out of a minifig, but it didn't really stay in place in the axle hole for me. Am I missing something there?
    – jqno
    Jun 24, 2023 at 10:38
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    @jqno : you're right - it doesn't work. I thought it was closer to the thickness of a bar, but it's not. Should have tried it out physically before posting. I'll mark it as unusable in my answer. Jun 24, 2023 at 11:34
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Perhaps too straightforward: placing tiles between studs is a legal technique (so are plates by the way if the studs where you insert the plate between are hollow):

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  • Oooh that's inventive! But it will leave a vertical slit down the front of I place two of them next to each other. I was hoping to keep that a single piece. I don't suppose there's a 2x2 brick with studs on the sides?
    – jqno
    Jun 23, 2023 at 20:11
  • Not a brick, but there's a modified 2x2 plate with studs on the side in orange. bricklink.com/v2/catalog/…{%22color%22:%224%22,%22ss%22:%22BE%22,%22iconly%22:0} Jun 23, 2023 at 21:30
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I'll suggest using a 1x1 plate with clip, recessed half a stud by means of a jumper plate:

CAD diagram

I haven't tested this physically, but I assume that the clip will be under stress since (in this assembly) the round tile won't fit through the entire clip.


If you're OK with using dark orange, then you can use 1x2 plate round with some SNOT to achieve the effect:

CAD diagram

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  • Dark orange is fine. The round 1x2 plates are a good idea, but can you describe how they connect to the other bricks? I'm afraid I can't really tell from the image.
    – jqno
    Jun 24, 2023 at 19:36
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    I've pictured generic SNOT - there are dozens of ways to achieve it. See e.g. the unofficial LEGO advanced building techniques guide for specific SNOT techniques. Jun 24, 2023 at 21:48

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