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Is it possible to craft a solid square frame?

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I want to build a big rover frame, but then I found it's hard to build a solid one.

It's OK to just build a frame-like shape, but I didn't found a way to close it

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If you just place the fourth beam, the frame looks good but it's not connected

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Sure you can add some struts, it's better, but still not solid.

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I didn't found a way to build a two-point-connection, is there one?

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No, it is not possible. The only way is to use some docking ports, but not particularly easy.

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What youre asking cant be done, because under the hood every ship is a "tree" of parts, and branches cant link back to the trunk (just like real trees! (i know real trees can indeed do that, im just making a point))

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You can make it connect with a strut, try using the visual instructions in this post.

Yep, this works. For added stability, you can connect the 4th beam to 2 others; the beam it would be connected to via nodes, and the one opposite it in the square. That way the rover won't flex weirdly quite as much when it hits a nasty bump :)

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Thanks guys, I think the Tree model is unlikely to change in the future releases of KSP, thus struts is the only solution.

The part count really hurts...

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Can someone post a screenshot of what this "square" looks like?

Ahem...

I want to build a big rover frame, but then I found it's hard to build a solid one.

It's OK to just build a frame-like shape, but I didn't found a way to close it

http://i.minus.com/iTdPnDDsAKHFE.jpg

If you just place the fourth beam, the frame looks good but it's not connected

http://i.minus.com/i8LH1E65nbYyk.jpg

Sure you can add some struts, it's better, but still not solid.

http://i.minus.com/ibq7OIXznAEu8q.jpg

I didn't found a way to build a two-point-connection, is there one?

Those pretty much cover it. A couple struts to make it stay together is really all that it needs.

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