PKH 2019: Mandatory competition


If you haven’t been to PKH before, let me just explain to you what this is! Every participant at PKH 2019 must enter a 18x16 module into this competition. It’s a mandatory, but very low-key competition, and you can put as much or as little effort into it as you like, this is up to you. Of course, we hope that you’ll try to make your entry as good-looking as possible, because all the modules will be placed next to each other in the event hall, creating a long “diorama” - and the more effort you put into it, the better the diorama will look!

Last year, the mandatory build was a train car. That was a lot of fun, but shipping out the parts cost us a loooot of money… so we’ll return to the formula we used for the previous years. After having built beach modules, street modules and river modules, this year it’s time to visit a more rural place - we’re making a walking path!

This is your starting point:

Looks really simple, right? It’s probably the most open starting point we’ve had. But of course we need to have some rules:

[b]1) 18x16 base area, 16x16 build area
2) No overhang allowed, 16x16 is your maximum build area (the modules will be put next to each other during PKH, and probably along a rear wall)
3) The path is reddish brown and 3 studs wide, and placed 9 studs from the rear edge and 4 studs from the front edge of the base*
4) The rest of the surface area is green and 9 studs wide facing the wall and 4 studs facing the audience, or as shown in the picture: bottom plate + 4 extra plates*
5) One - 1 - stud from the rear edge of the module, placed directly on the bottom plate, and one - 1 - stud from the front edge, on both sides, there must be, either:

  • 4x [part=3700]Technic, Brick 1 x 2 with Hole[/part], with 2x [part=2780]Technic, Pin[/part]* inserted in the bricks on the left-hand side, see illustration, or:
  • 2x [part=2458]Brick, Modified 1 x 2 with Pin[/part]** on the left-hand side and 2x [part=3700]Technic, Brick 1 x 2 with Hole[/part]** on the right-hand side.
  1. The outline**** of the outer row of bricks/plates on each side must look like this:[/b]

…in order for us to be able to place any given module next to any other module. The same way we’ve done it in previous years.

And 7) You are not allowed to build anything on the outer left and the outer right row of studs. In other words, your available build area is 16x16, even though the base area is 18x16.

* = This applies to the outer row on each side. The height and width does not need to be the same all across the module, as long as the outer row on each side adheres to the standard measurements.
** = In any colour you like - doesn’t need to be black like the picture shows.
*** = Any Technic pin will do: [part=2780]Technic, Pin with Friction Ridges Lengthwise WITH Center Slots[/part], [part=4459]Technic, Pin with Friction Ridges Lengthwise WITHOUT Center Slots[/part] or [part=3673]Technic, Pin without Friction Ridges Lengthwise[/part].
**** = In other words, the outline of the top layer of bricks/plates, in order for the modules to fit together. It doesn’t matter what length of plates or bricks you use, or what kinds of combinations.

That means that the frame for this year’s competition, in reality, looks like this:

All the pink bricks can be of any colour you like, but the front edge of the module should consist of black plates/bricks in the height of four plates, with one green plate layer on top, as shown in the picture above, to make the front edge of the diorama uniform.

And talking of uniformity: Because we want this to look like one coherent diorama, all entries must be in minifig scale.

So! Let us consider all the possibilities! The module above is only a very bad example, and very unlikely straight and streamlined. But as long as the path itself is placed 9 studs from the rear edge and 4 studs from the front edge, on both sides, it can be just as wide or narrow as you like in between, and the grass doesn’t have to be as wide all along your module. Maybe your path widens into a highway? Or maybe it disappears into a shrubbery, only to reappear on the other side? Maybe it twists and turns a bit? Maybe there’s a big boulder in the middle of it? Maybe it goes through a thick forest? Maybe a spaceship has crashed there? Maybe there’s a big hole in it, or it crosses a stream, or a little hill?

Just make sure that the outer row on each side matches the template above, and that no overhang exceeds your 16x16 area.

And NB! The bottom plate does not need to be two 8x16 plates and one 2x16. As long as your module is solid and doesn’t fall apart, you can use any size of plates you like. The same goes for all other plates or bricks in your module: As long as the outline along the edges is correct, it doesn’t matter what kinds of bricks you have used.

If anything is unclear (it probably is, it’s always perfectly understandable in my own head, but my head has only one inhabitant) please just ask in this thread! No question is too stupid, and there will always be people who are prepared to explain or lend you some bricks. And just like previous years: If for some reason you feel that you’re absolutely unable to bring something like this to Trondheim in late april… just let me or Harald know, and we’ll work it out. But please try!

Now start building! Or ask questions :slight_smile:

Just to check, can there be overhang on the outer row, as long as it doesn’t go over the edge? Or over the front?
Any height restrictions? Not that I plan too high but…

No overhang over 16x16 :slight_smile:

And no height restrictions. But keep the model sturdy enough that it can survive for two days on potentially unsteady tables!

Some extra information:

All models will be put up on display no later than Saturday morning, and Major Espenes will, with military precision, verify that all models are within the rules!

If the Major finds a model that are not within the rules, he will inform the builder and give her/him the chance to make som changes.
Any model that are not within the rules after 16.00 on Saturday will be disqualified - so make sure to stay within the rules (or pay off the major :stuck_out_tongue: )! :smiley: :open_mouth:

Does the path have to be brown

Yes. But not necessarily all the way through, you could for example turn it gradually into tan or a different colour, as long as it turns back into brown before the edge of your module. Does that make sense…? :slight_smile:

Noone go steal my idea now!
(Not that I’m telling what it is either…:slight_smile:

A mini GBC?

Well it’s the yellow brick road duhh. :stuck_out_tongue:

If the rule still applies?

If the model can not be corrected in time or without heavy modification is disqualified

That is correct. When all the models have been set up on the table, somebody will look them over and check that they don’t break any of the rules - and if they do, the builder will be notified of what the problem is so he/she can fix it onsite. If fixing it onsite is not possible, the model will be disqualified.

Hei. Er det mulig å ta med fler foreksempel 2?

Hei! Ikke til akkurat denne konkurransen. Ellers vil vi gjerne at du tar med så mye som overhodet mulig :slight_smile:

Noen som har bygd sin som kan legge ut bilde som eksempel? :slight_smile:

Takk for påminnelsen :smiley:

Hvis man vil lage et snø-tema, er dette innafor, eller må hele toppen være grønn?

Hei! Nei, hele toppen trenger ikke være grønn - men hvis jeg var deg (nå er jeg jo altså ikke det, så du gjør hva du vil!) ville jeg kanskje prøvd å gjøre overgangen fra gress til snø bittelitt mer gradvis? Noe av poenget med konkurransen er jo at vignettene bygd sammen skal se ut som en slags helhet :slight_smile:

Når det er sagt: Du er innafor, altså.

Jeg har gjort min ferdig, men vet ikke hvordan jeg får lagt ved et bilde… kan noen forklare meg? :blush:

Ta den med til PKH og sett den sammen med de andre.

Hei! Den var kjempefin :slight_smile: men minner om reglene: «And talking of uniformity: Because we want this to look like one coherent diorama, all entries must be in minifig scale»…

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