Modular Portal Testing Chamber
Hello, and welcome to the Aperture Science Computer-Aided
Enrichment Center. The test chamber you are about to enter is highly modular.
As a fan of Portal, I’ve always wanted to have a fully
modular testing chamber that felt like the builder was using the in-game test
designer. I’ve focused my efforts on modularity while maintaining the aesthetic
designs of the in-game models.
It’s very easy to take this set and change it, increasing
its height or width, or replace light gray panels with dark gray surfaces, or
even to add the crusher and the aerial faith plate. The set includes the
materials and some example tests, but the major value of it is how much the
builder can change and redesign it!
Individual panels are designed with the aesthetics of Portal
2, featuring their signature light blue eye and pale-yellow mounting to the
walls and floor. The true panels would have light gray or white cylinders in
their build, but Lego has produced these parts in black. I like how the gray
cam pieces look, and there are two separate pieces to increase friction.
These “planks of tomorrow” are indeed fully configurable and
infinitely variable, just as advertised! The panels each have 7 points of
rotation, allowing someone to put the panel in any orientation they can
imagine. Each panel also has two points of extension, allowing it to reach
heights of more than three wall panels tall! (every colored segment is 5 bricks
tall, the same as a panel)
The panels have interchangeable tops. Some compatible tops
included in the set are the portals, different buttons, wiring (very
customizable), and various panel top patterns.
The chamber is built of modular bases. Their jumper plates
allow the connection of both panels and other test chamber elements, such as
aerial faith plates and crushers, while the central hole allows for action
features. Each base can be directly connected to four other bases using short
To allow for panels based in any orientation, there are 90°
horizontal turn and 90° vertical turn elements. These make it easy to customize
the dimensions of your testing chamber.
This image shows just how different you can make each test look,
simply by changing the layout of the walls! The modular testing system makes it
The crusher included with the set can replace any panel,
mounting directly onto the modular base unit. It includes a crushing action
feature, actuated by a red knob. It can reach more than three panels away!
The Aerial Faith plate also replaces any panel, and can
actually launch minifigures. It has two blank white squares where Lego dice
prints would go (these prints aren’t in Lego digital designer).
The chamberlock is the goal at the end of each test chamber.
Pushing the blue knob behind the modular base opens the doors.
Turrets across the games are included! The white turrets are
inspired by of Dave Pickett’s (Brick 101’s) brilliant design on YouTube, and I
tweaked them slightly to make them more portal-accurate and accommodate lasers
emitted from their eyes. The defective turrets are also included, as is the
rocket turret from the first game, with a shootable projectile! The only turret
missing is the frankenturret, because I heard feedback that they wouldn’t be
worth it. Take a look through the updates and see what you think, and let me
know (I like them :D).
Other characters include Wheatley, with poseable eyelids and
a very flexible management rail connection, and either Chell (not pictured) or
Bendy, the perpetual testing initiative character. Lego Digital Designer didn’t
have Chell’s exclusive print, or the portal gun. Finally, an Atlas and a P-Body
will be included.
Vital Testing Apparatus includes an Aperture Science
Weighted Companion Cube and an Aperture Science Weighted Storage Cube. Neither
is printed in the image, but will use the released Lego Dimensions print and a
new one. All sides are tiles, so they look better and slide around on the
panels when they move!
A radio, cake, a Borealis life preserver, and water are included,
and there are plenty of hiding spots to put them thanks to the modular testing
This set is all about modularity, and allowing the builder
the resources and starting instructions to create every test chamber they imagine. While the set elements are very compatible, they are also
designed to look good and accurate to their game versions. This set will suit
people who are fans of portal, enjoy interesting building techniques and
functions, and are excited to customize their Lego sets. Despite the infinite
possibilities, this set is very straightforward to put together, and younger
builders will find success with this set.
Builders can play through the entire Portal Series with
tests from most plot points!
The beginning of the game, overgrown and abandoned
Overgrown, Wheatley on a rail in a more complex test with turned
off panels and depth
A typical modern test
The test, solved
In-progress Wheatley Laboratories test, with gel and
crushers, Wheatley screens and deadly pits
Check the updates section for improved designs and reduced
part counts (currently parts count is 2045, roughly $200), and go to
DosBrosComix (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyOitGlG6cLJzs3XYvNbFIQ) for
more information about the project.
Thank you for viewing my project! If you know any fans of
Portal or Lego, please let them know about this project!