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Has anyone made LEGO fly?

It may not be the ideal material. But has there ever been a LEGO model airplane with the ability to glide, under power maybe, or some other kind of successful lifting airship? Helicopter, blimp, kite, ...
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Strongest LEGO structure - (2) Floor

What is the strongest LEGO box structure? I am going to build a LEGO computer case. Different from Mike Schropp and greenyouse, I am planing to build an upright case. (This is a general "strongest ...
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Any issues with this non-standard gear combination of 12t gears?

I don't see any "accepted" gear ratios for a stud-less direct-diagonal gear combination on sariel's excellent gear coupler but by shifting 12t gears such that they mesh off-center, it seems to work ...
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Does knolling help or is it just part of the fun?

When building a new set, many people knoll their LEGO bricks before beginning the assembly. My question is: Is there a actual advantage to knolling all the pieces or is it only a way to stretch the ...
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Which combination has a lower gear friction?

I need roughly a 1:3 reduction and I see a couple of ways to achieve it: using a 8t gear and a 24t gear (1:3) using 2x 12t gears and 2x 20t gears (1:2.779) using a 16t gear and a 40t gear (1:2.5) ...
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My building is developing gaps and spaces

I am building a large project, and there are spaces developing between bricks and plates. I've been working on it for almost a year, and some places are 20+ bricks high. What can cause this over time? ...
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Lego remote controlled cargo train not working

I've helped my son put together the Cargo Train set (60052) but now we can't get the remote control to work. It all looks like it's been assembled correctly with new batteries put in, but it doesn't ...
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How important is a center differential on a 4WD model?

I am looking to make a 4WD, single-engine powered vehicle, and I have seen others such as this which use three differentials to distribute the power to all 4 wheels: ...
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How should I connect two LEGO cylinders with pistons to measure the movement caused by sea waves?

As part of a school project I need to make a model of a snake electricity generator. I would like to build this with LEGO elements, and for that, I need to measure the movements of the cylinders ...
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Best system for lifting things without pistons

So I am Building a Big walker thing with a mining laser on bottom that can be lifted on one half and the other attached to the vehicle but I cant seem to find a way because the hooks attached to the ...
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How much does a life sized LEGO person sculpture weigh?

Generally, how many pounds of LEGO would it take to make a life sized person sculpture? Do they weigh anywhere near the same as the real person they are modeled after?
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How to design ackermann steering with lego wheel bearing front?

I wanted to use a steering system based on the 11949 part: But I am not sure how to use it in an ackermann system - I would like to be able to have drive and suspension on the wheel, and this piece ...
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How do you construct odd-angles on buildings

I was thinking of building a model of the famous Castillo de San Marco located in Saint Augustine, Florida. A small bit of research shows that Legoland has a replica (flickr link) and that there are ...
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What will happen if I submerge LEGO in water?

I'm thinking of using real water in my LEGO City and putting the Atlantis and deep sea exploration sets at the bottom of the tub of water, but I don't know what will happen to LEGO when put in water. ...
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Large trap door - alternative to door with frame 4595708

I need to build a large trap door, the trap door 4x5 with frame 6x8 is too small for my model. Other doors/hinges seem to have too much resistance and the door doesn't fall by itself, it must be ...
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lego ideas (with traditional bricks)

I would like to find a large catalog of Lego designs/ideas that can be built with "traditional" lego bricks (both normal and duplo). I have found many nice designs in the web, but most of them ...
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Strongest LEGO structuce - (1) Pillars

What is the strongest LEGO structure? I am going to build a LEGO computer case. Different from Mike Schropp and greenyouse, I am planing to build an upright case. (This is a general "strongest LEGO ...
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How to build a limited slip differential?

Lego provides a couple of ways for building a differential, such as this: and also provides a limited-slip gear like this: ...
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How can I build a Lego rubik's cube?

How can I build a LEGO Rubik's cube, I have 2 of them, and I've built them several times, but how can I build a LEGO Rubik's cube.
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How do you plan large structures for easy and safe transport to shows?

Imagine I am building a large display that will cover many square feet and have both tall buildings and lots of small details. What are some techniques for making these things modular? Is it safer to ...
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What glue should I use for permanent LEGO construction?

The incredible precision of LEGO parts makes them attractive for building precise jigs, but the fact that they can come apart fairly easily isn't so helpful for this application. Can anyone recommend ...
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What is the best way to create an authentic weatherboard wall?

I am working on a house where I want to create a weatherboard look for the outside walls. I'm not certain the best way to go about this. Currently I'm using the horizontal side of a 1x2 profile ...
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How do you eliminate the gap between castle doors?

I'm building a MOC castle and want to use a pair of 1x5x7 and 1/2 stockade doors. My problem: I can't get the doors to fit flush. Either there's a 1/8 to 1/4 inch gap between them, or they overlap. ...
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What would be a simple trebuchet design at the Minifigure scale?

I would like to have a trebuchet design at the Minifigure scale and simple enough for kids 10+ to build. Note 1: The counter weight can be any non-LEGO heavy object. Note 2: On top of the standard ...
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Is there a Technique or Algorithm for Building Spheres?

There are times when I would like to build a sphere or a dome like this one: From Small Lego Sphere Project While this example is great, I find it difficult to scale it to another size, whether ...
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Are BanBao bricks compatible with Lego?

Does anyone has experience with BanBao bricks? BanBao World Are they compatible with Lego bricks? They have basic sets and plates which are at a good price.
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Issues with set 10234 book 3 pg 43

The white wing-like piece continues to pop off when placed. Has anyone figured out a fix for this or am I doing something wrong Instructions 3 & 4: src: ...
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Way to build LEGO spaceship with regular bricks [closed]

How do I build a spaceship without buying a spaceship set? With a limited amount of bricks, like, say 300 2x4, 100 2x2, and about 20 2x1 bricks. I'm looking for instructions.
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How to put LEGO together upside down

I'm building a truck. For the transmission, I want to make it all even and symmetrical. To do that I need the pieces to stay together but they have no studs connecting so they will just fall apart. ...
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How many ways can six 8-peg lego blocks of six different colors be combined?

I have seen the number quoted as > 650 billion. The quote is from a Danish mathematician, Soren Ehlers. Intuitively, this does not seem correct to me. Any mathematicians/statisticians out there who ...
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How to fix The LEGO Star Wars Corellian Defender set

I was playing with my Corellian Defender which took me up to 4 days to build. It broke unfortunately and I am very sad since I love it very much. I need some tips to rebuild it back :(
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Lego Escher structures

How are these done? Is it trick photography? With some kind of giveaway background it should be obvious, but I notice they are not us telling that.
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Is there a way to set a flat plane at an angle to horizontal of less than 22.5 degrees, but more than 0?

I am building an airplane with a wing dihedral (the wings angle upwards from the fuselage), but I am using parts 44302 and 44301 interlocked as designed: Unfortunately, one click up is about 22.5 ...
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What's the most effective way to align 1x1 tiles?

There are a number of sets (e.g., the Farnsworth House and the Parisian Restaurant) that use a field of 1x1 tiles to represent a tiled floor. I have found aligning these pieces such that they are all ...
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Can I download ldraw instructions from Lego Digital Designer?

Can I download ldraw instructions from Lego Digital Designer? Is there a collection of simple examples for my youngsters. I was thinking of: houses, small animals, simple airplane, simple car, tree, ...
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Where can I find LDraw files to download for basic figures?

I would like to have a collection of simple examples for my youngsters. Only for basic LEGO bricks. Not Technics or complex and complete space stations, just some step-by-step instructions for the ...
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How is this brick attached to the pregnant minifig?

While Google-image-searching pregnant minifigs (don't ask) I came across this fig, and other variations on it, but I can't figure out how the 2x2 round brick is attached.
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Representing pregnancy on LEGO minifigs without a dome

So far for pregnancy I have tried a fetal carrier that I put on the minifig's back but this limits her movements. Specifically she can't bend too far in either direction and also she can't lay down ...
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Some LEGO elements not attaching as usual

I am building a tank made of purely normal LEGO elements, which means no gears or axles or that type of stuff. I am trying to attach a 6x6 LEGO plate onto the base for support, but it is not ...
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Variable stick lengths and angles at nodes of building bricks

Is it possible to build 3D toys connecting several LEGO Bricks sticks/rods to make polyhedrons? Lengths and angles between sticks should be variable.
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Building a 45 degree brace

I'm trying to reproduce my own house in Lego, and attached is a photo of the porch above my front door that is supported by a 45 degree wooden brace: At my current scale, the vertical white wood ...
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When did Lego decide that it was okay to put a stud into a technic hole?

At one point, Lego didn't really support putting a stud into a Technic hole, stating that it caused too much stress on the bricks. And for a while, there were no sets where that's the case. However, ...
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Question about a Lego Compatible brand

My son has a small orange and grey space ship building set. It has two astronauts with it. The logo on the bricks shows the letters "B L" on them. We're trying to find instructions online so that he ...
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Creating ski gondolas/tramway with Duplos

I've got a three year old who just came home from a ski vacation where he was enamored with the gondolas (like below). I want to make one with Duplos for him. I'm most of the way there, but have a ...
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City scale connection for five-bladed helicopter rotors

I want to build a Super-Puma helicopter in city minifigure scale and form, I have the basic design planned, but I am not familiar with any five-sided technic connectors, which I will need for the ...
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How to connect chain links to the axle

In my project I want append two 21 chain links to the axle 12. Is this any axle connector with knob ending?
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Help identifying Lego Set from bags!

I visited Toyrus in Paris recently and bought several lego sets for my son. Mostly, Star Wars sets. In each case, we brought the manuals and the cardboard boxes so that he could assemble them. ...
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Is it possible to create your own wheel?

After my other question, i pretty much have a bicycle design all planned. My problem now is with wheels. None of my LEGO wheels are big enough to work on a bike. And, the biggest ones are all pretty ...
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Gearing down a PF XL

I'm looking for the best way to gear down a Power Function XL. I need to achieve a very slow output RPM (less than 1-2 RPM). I've tried a 625:1 gear (trough 40:8 gear). Can someone link to a well ...
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Any way to create a gear+chain, like for a bike?

I would like to create a LEGO bike. I can imagine how most of it would work, but i'm stuck at the chain. I need a way for the turning pedals (at one spot) to cause the wheel (in the back) to spin ...