This is Part 1 of the Lego vSAN Cluster 😉
The Logo –
now interestingly enough I still don’t have the NUCs, neither do I know how large the case will be – or in fact – how large the logo is once build.
All I know at this stage (and we are talking September 2016) – is that I want a VMware Logo .
The case itself will be random. But that is meat for a different article.
So – what does it look like. Let’s find out 🙂
To design the logo I used the Lego Designer. I hate the controls, the program looks a bit dated, but it did indeed do the job .. although it really was a slow process.
Now I have tried several different kind of bricks, lengths and even colours etc., to replicate this logo :
Obviously in lego terms there are a few limitations – but I liked the challenge. I also had to re-do the logo a few times as I had to find out that Lego is a damn expensive business.
I initially tried a colour called ‘Sand Blue‘ – yea you can get them, I designed the logo with it – but when you pay over £0.70 for a single brick (as it isn’t a standard colour and only available in sets), you quickly realise that it is easier and cheaper to stick to …
- The same size as much as possible
- A standard colour you can buy from the Lego factory at £0.07 a piece.
As it turns out the standard colour ‘Medium Blue‘ actually fits a heck of a lot better anyway. Well, at least it does in the designer. On one screen, Sand Blue fits better, on another, Medium Blue, so sod it – cheaper colour wins 😀
Also, the ‘flow’ seems better with a single sized brick as well.
Longer ones replaced with longer bricks.
Again, not all sizes and lengths are available so you end up stitching things together.
All subjective anyway, but there we go – I prefer to use individual ones – decision made 🙂
Anyway, back to the Lego Designer, so here is what I came up with
Also had to make sure I got some bits to attach other bits to.
Don’t even moan that it isn’t the prettiest – bare in mind, trying to replicate a font and writing style with something square, might not be the easiest thing to do 😉
Nice thing about the Lego Designer is the fact you get a shopping list.
Now .. the shopping list the above example is made of (this includes 10 odd spares per brick / colour)
- 500 White 1×2 Bricks
- 215 White 1×2 Bricks
- 10 White 2×10 Plates
- 15 White 4×12 Plates
- 2 White 4×10 Plates
Total: 742 plasticky things …
Here is what it looks like when it arrived from the Lego factory:
You can see some thicker plates there – these are just to keep it stable for the moment and to give more ‘meat’ for the other bricks to attach to.
As mentioned – the rest of the logo – this will be the front of the Lego vSAN NUC Case – will be randomly coloured … in Lego fashion 🙂
If you want to see the build process feel free to download the GIF. I don’t want to put it up here as it
a. is too large – 123MB is just not nice for web-view
b. didn’t come out nice enough – didn’t find a decent program to create the gif – seems a lot of the apps aren’t designed to stitch 700+ pictures together 🙂
You can download the GIF HERE. (Right Click – Save Link As).
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