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Parts Purchase Guide

Postby Valtarshol » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:20 am

Okay, so just a starting disclaimer: I manually went through the parts lists for every frame in as of writing this to obtain the information used in this, and as it was a manual and individual effort, some data might be slightly off due to miscounts or typos on my part. Additionally, variant pieces that may have been used are not always separated, and in the case of 2x2 round tiles, of which there are two variants, I only counted it as one variant if it needed to be that variant; there is no actual way to tell which it is as the pictures only show the tops which are identical.

Alright, that out of the way, here's a TL;DR summary:

1) (6.5)
2) (3.81)
3) /// (2.7)
4) (2.28, 53 frames)
5) (2.28, 50 frames)
6) (2.21)
7) (2.1)
8) (1.96)
9) (1.66)
10) (1.63)
11) (1.6, 37 frames)
12) (1.6, 33 frames)
13) (1.51)
14) / (1.45)
15) (1.4)


1) (64)
2) (58)
3) (53)
4) (50)
5) (48)
6) (44)
7) /// (39)
8) (38)
9) (37, 1.6 average)
10) (37, 1.4 average)
11) (36)
12) (34)
13) (33, 1.6 average)
14) / (33, 1.43 average)
15) / (32)





In the end its up to you, but if you're looking to start building frames from a small or limited collection of Lego, or even none at all, this should give you an idea of the most often used parts and the amount that tends to be used. That said, it's not a definitive "buy these exact parts in these exact numbers," but more of a "these are popular parts to use, and likely for a good reason; perhaps they would be good parts to buy a number of to work with." In the end, exact parts use is always up to the preference of the individual, and the style they prefer to build in, but the top 15 most used parts alone should provide a decent base for creating your own frames.

That said, don't be restricted by just the highest numbers! Take a look through the links, look at the different kinds of parts used, and get some ideas on how to put them to use! While the most used is a good base, it's also going to be far better with some less used parts to experiment with or with which to make unique shapes.


This is a rather understandable problem, as trying to work with different minimum buy values and shipping costs can drive the price up far faster than one may be comfortable with. That said, it's not the end of the world! There's always different ways to approach things, and parts can always be substituted somewhere. It may not be exactly the same, but that's what makes it your own! Take a look through these parts and seller inventories and see if there's another part that can accomplish the same thing or something similar. Sometimes you may even have to reconstruct entire portions of things from scratch, resulting in a similar looking frame with wildly different construction- but again, that's what makes your frames unique to you!


Sometimes they don't, but sometimes they make all the difference! 1x2 jumpers are an excellent example; older ones have a center pin on the underside, while many newer ones have a set of teeth on the underside allowing it to fit two studs or a single one in the center. If you're trying to center a jumper on a stud with a hole, either will work without issue, but if there's no hole only the newer jumper will work! Another example is vertical clip plates. Most of the time you'll see them with a thick clip, which is all great and good, but what if you need it to clip in a very tight space? There do exist thin clip plates! They're not as common, but with some hunting around you'll be able to find them without issue. In the end, part variants only matter if you need them to matter- if you design something to specifically use a variant you'll need it, but otherwise any variant should do the job.
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Re: Parts Purchase Guide

Postby Vitoria » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:07 am

I can't really stress enough how amazing and important this work is, it really blew my mind when I first heard of it, and I'm sure it will be infinitely helpful for everyone!
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Re: Parts Purchase Guide

Postby Artasid » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:26 am

Wow, this must have been a HUGE undertaking Valtarshol. No doubt this will become extremely useful to both seasoned players and beginners alike. Let me say THANK YOU for all that you have done.
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Re: Parts Purchase Guide

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Re: Parts Purchase Guide

Postby spacemonkey » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:24 pm

Wow, Valtarshol, you deserve a round of applause for this. *Slowly claps in front of computer*
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Re: Parts Purchase Guide

Postby starpause » Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:27 pm

This is awesome, thank you Valtarshol

Do you have a spreadsheet or similar you were working out of?

Thinking of min-maxing... minimum number of parts needed to build max number of frames from the library.

So instead of average number of times a part is used in the frames, what is the most times it shows up in any frame?

All the best!
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Re: Parts Purchase Guide

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