Over the weekend, I built out a LOT of LEGO roads for Brick Arbor. The road plates LEGO makes are nice, but Brick Arbor needs better.
How the LEGO roads of Brick Arbor are built
I start with laying down a layer of plates to form the base.
When I build, I’m very economical with colors that are highly desirable in my LEGO city creations. Gray and dark gray can be used anywhere, so I don’t want to bury it where it won’t be seen. As you can see, I used red to build my base. Red is too bright to be useful in most of what I build, so I went with it.
I covered my base layer of plates with 2×2 light gray tiles. I carefully planned out the voids in my base so that each 2×2 tile covers at least 3 studs. This makes it very solid despite the holes underneath.
Be warned. This method uses a LOT of tiles. I buy entire large cups of them when they are in stock at the LEGO Store Pick-a-Brick wall. I think I went through 2 and a half cups this weekend.
I also throw in several other plates as you can see. The 2×2 plates will hold traffic signals, tree planters, streetlights, etc. The 2×2 jumpers will hold posed minifigures.
The exposed studs above will eventually be covered, but I ran out of 1×2 and 1×1 light gray tiles.
What do you think? How do you build lego roads?
I am an Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL) and an active member of the Michigan LEGO User Group (MichLUG). I have loved LEGO for as long as I can remember. I am currently working on the following models:
– UCS Millenium Falcon
– Emmett’s Apartment Building
– Gringott’s Bank