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Rubik's famous magic Cube: small version

(design: November 2003)

(Pictures of my creations can also be found in my BrickShelf folder)

1. The idea (or should it be: "The challenge"?)

I haven't found my way on LUGNET untill last month. After I placed an announcement of my MOC, I had to come to the conclusion that I wasn't the first to build a Rubik Cube. It seemed that - only a couple of months earlier - Martin Howard had also built a Cube. You can understand how disappointed I was. Not only because I wasn't the first, but also because his Cube was smaller than mine.
My Rubik Cube ended up being so big because I payed lots of attention to the design: the circle on the inside, the studs pointing outwards to attach smooth tiles on all sides,... It was created virtually, so it turned out to be totally useless because of the weight (you'll have to admit that it was well designed though).
I already knew it could be built smaller (Martin did), so I challenged myself (or was it Martin again) to make it even smaller.

2. Start building

I didn't start again from scratch. I was convinced that the center of my first attempt was good enough. It changed slightly; I also took the colour-combination from the original Rubik Cube.
I only had to come up with a solution for the corner-pieces.

I tried to preserve the 'circle' as much as possible. It's not a perfect design, but it does what it has to.

3. The files

Not too many words this time, just look at the pictures.

Centre : 1x

Middle : 12x

Corner : 8x

4. Complete assembly

5. Does this one work?

  • I still payed lots of attention to the design.
  • Orange was replaced by gray.
  • Unfortunately I don't have blue or green tiles.
  • This time I don't need lots of helping hands to tip it over on another side.

  • It doesn't fall apart when you hold it in one hand!
  • A plate 4x4 on top of a brick 2x2 round is not well attached. It is firmly attached with a little piece of paper in between (I wanted to avoid the use of glue).
  • Beware: self-destruction is always possible!

6. The real Cube

After a few years of searching for the right parts, it finally has the same great colour-combination of the original Cube: red, white, yellow, blue, orange and green!

The rendered images are created with MLCad, converted with L3P and rendered with POV-Ray.

Rubik and Rubik's Cube are registered trademarks throughout the world of Seven Towns Limited.