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2017-02-04 14.34.37 | by manglegrat
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2017-02-04 14.34.37

Some internal reinforcement for the bottom 3 ring segments using a few red "antiques" left over from my childhood collection...

The 1x6 black plates are helpful on their own to pull the individual sections together but the hinge plates really beef-up the joints between sections (otherwise it's down to one stud).

The vertical plates have hollow-studs and are on a half-stud offset on rear pins of the 1x6 plates. The rings were super-fragile without these in place and kept falling apart when I was installing them. Now only the connections to the top section are un-reinforced. The top section is built on the frame, then this is connected to it.

This is the back ring. The front one has black versions of the hinge-plates. Yay ancient spares-bin!

Unlike the other tweaks I've made as I build it, since I wasn't sure if this would work digitally, I did not reflect this in my LDD version.

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Taken on February 4, 2017