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 Post subject: Hex Box (2x2x2 shape mod)
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:52 pm 
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Made from a keyring-sized Eastsheen 2x2x2.

I had the idea after seeing the packaging that my fused keychain cubes arrived in.
After searching the forums, I think it's a 2x2x2 version of a Hex Prism #1.

The inside surfaces are a bit rough and due to this, movement is a little stiff - I need to sort this out sometime.

It's quite tricky and confusing to solve with the mech embedded at this skewed angle, which is a good thing of course :)

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Justin wrote:
The inside surfaces are a bit rough and due to this, movement is a little stiff - I need to sort this out sometime.

It looks smooth to me :) Very clean! Nice job!!


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Neato.


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Oh, wow. Looks perfect.


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That looks great! Really nice job.
It actually looks closer to the Hex Prism 2. :)


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WOW!!! That looks perfect, practically production quality! Well done Justin.

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You don't run out of innovative ideas, do you? And again beautifully executed.

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That is amazing.
'nuff said.

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That's look factory made! Thats hard to get a hex in its right dimensions

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flambore wrote:
It actually looks closer to the Hex Prism 2. :)

Yes, you're right. I've just re-read that post you linked to. When I originally read it, I was looking at the wrong Hex Prism :oops:
Adam's fault for coming up with too many ideas :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Hex Box (2x2x2 shape mod)
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Easily the best 2x2x2 transformation I've seen. Wish I had thought of it.

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Honestly your puzzle is one of my favourite of all time!

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Tony Fisher wrote:
Easily the best 2x2x2 transformation I've seen. Wish I had thought of it.


And I was going to say it is very pretty. I guess you don't want to hear that now :oops: Seriously though, I love where the inspiration for that came from. I can't tell you how many of those tubes I have laying around and the thought of a puzzle looking like that never crossed my mind. Creative genius at work!

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Very, very good idea and an even better execution. I love it!

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 Post subject: Re: Hex Box (2x2x2 shape mod)
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Lovely!

I have a real soft spot for hex prism shape mods! Looks so cool on the 2x2.

Great stuff. Really tidy execution!


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So cool!
Fantastic quality build as well!
I love it!
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looks great and awsome, goodjob

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Really cool idea. I had to do some serious mind twisting to understand how that was a 2x2, but the scrambled picture helped to visualize it.

Good work, Justin!

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 Post subject: Re: Hex Box (2x2x2 shape mod)
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Excellent Mod!

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I had to do some serious mind twisting to understand how that was a 2x2, but the scrambled picture helped to visualize it.


I definitely agree with you there!

Hex prisms are one of my most favourite shapes, and this is just excellent!

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Wow. :shock: Amazingly beautiful puzzle Justin! There aren't enough 2x2 transformations out there, but I think this definitely makes up for it.

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It´s cool how you came up with the idea because of the box :D . You really have developed a style by making really small, really clean and really cool puzzles.

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Easily the best 2x2x2 transformation I've seen. Wish I had thought of it.


This truly is an achievement to be proud of, Justin...

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I can't say what hasn't been said already, it seems. Excellent job! Flawless execution and wonderful concept.


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excellent job, looks perfect

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 Post subject: Re: Hex Box (2x2x2 shape mod)
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You know, if you hadn't mentioned that it was a 2x2x2, I would have instantly thought skewb. This is a very pleasing transformation, I love how the 2x2x2 slices line up with the various geometrical features of the hex prism, like corners and midpoints! :D

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Cor, nice work. I love it! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Hex Box (2x2x2 shape mod)
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Thanks for all the positive feedback :)

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And I was going to say it is very pretty. I guess you don't want to hear that now :oops:

Just as there are different 3x3x3 Hex Prisms, you can upsize this one too and get different patterns.
Here's a *very* rough sketch of the next size up - IMO a 'prettier' pattern than the current sized one :)
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It's easy to visualise if you imagine a 2x2x2 hexagonal dipyramid with the top and bottom cut off and the sides built out.
I didn't make it because I thought there would be too much piled on the little mech.
There is another version which is bigger still, with 'V' shaped cuts around the sides, but that's just getting silly.


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:shock: very very nice genius idea.

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 Post subject: Re: Hex Box (2x2x2 shape mod)
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Perfect transform of twisty puzzles. Congratulations!

One of KPG member(twisty.sayasala) had worked on a similar design for over two months, didn’t have a good result.
I especially like the section lines on the surface of Hex Box.
I wonder how you preview the the section lines on the surface of your design?

Nice design and perfect execution!

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 Post subject: Re: Hex Box (2x2x2 shape mod)
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Normaly I respond when I have a question, but this downright deserves a bravo! This is the first 2x2 mod I have seen that realy pushes it. If I would have merely seen the picture, It have been looking for hours before realizing it was a 2x2!


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 Post subject: Re: Hex Box (2x2x2 shape mod)
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Taylor wrote:
Did you use sheet? Any build notes?


I bought a keychain set (single, double, triple and quadruple) for 10GBP which is a bargain IMO and used all the corner shells to make a 'skeleton' in a similar way to 'cut and paste'.
I plated the skeleton with 1mm styrene sheet and filled in any visible lines on the inner surfaces with Milliput and sanded flat.
Edges were bevelled with a needle file and sanded.
I then wet sanded everything.
I inked out the inner surfaces to make them jet black and finally, I stickered it.

Next time I do something, I'll try to remember taking lots of photos!

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I wonder how you preview the the section lines on the surface of your design?

I make some sketches of the original shape with the final shape next to it, then imagine the final shape 'cloaking' the original shape with the cuts projecting outward - not very high tech :)


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