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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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How can I invert the direction of blocks in a structure?

I have a structure with some blocks facing in the 'normal' direction: nn nn nn nn | || || || | -- -- -- -- I would like to somehow connect a layer above this that has the blocks ...
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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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How do I build a curved wall?

On my latest MOC I want to build a round tower. This is a minifig-scale build, and the tower is going to have a diameter of about 20/30 studs. How should I go about building the "curved" wall of the ...
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How can I build an (automatic) Mindstorms charging-station?

I'm thinking about buying LEGO Mindstorms and start programming robots. I'm a software engineer and LEGO fan since I was a child so this sounds like the perfect combination of my dearest hobbies. But ...
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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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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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How would you make a good pivot-arm suspension?

I once tried to make a 4 wheeled Lego robot using a pivot arm suspension system. The robot was motorized using 2 Mindstorm (2.0) motors (one one each side). I can't find and original picture but it ...
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How do I build a sloped roof with a 60° rake?

I've seen the sloped roof on the "Winter Village Post Office" and similar using plates, and I want to build a roof with a similar angle: What should I use to ensure they are well attached?
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How can I make a working pin tumbler lock?

I'd like to make a working pin tumbler lock out of LEGO bricks. I have already designed a key I'd like to use that should be compatible with five cylinder lock.
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Building a full-size lamp using Lego bricks

On an episode of the TV show 'Home by Novogratz' they featured a real, working lamp that was made out of Lego bricks. More specifically, the creator surrounded an existing lamp with the bricks, ...
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How to make a 1 ldu offset?

LDraw units are defined so that a simple 1x1 brick has a side of 20 ldu and a height of 24 ldu. Using simple building techniques, it's easy to create 2 ldu offset, as illustrated in this picture, ...
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How much weight can a handle of Technic pegs and beams support?

Some Lego spaceships have handles attached, made out of Technic beam and pegs, and attached to the model using Technic bricks, pegs, and axles. For example, 7644: MX-81 Hypersonic Operations Aircraft ...
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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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How is the corner on Azuma Makoto's LEGO bonsai tree done?

I'm looking at doing my own version of Azuma Makoto's bonsai. I know it will probably not be a 100th as good, but I want to try anyway. The first step is obviously building a similar base but I'm ...
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What are the essential resources for learning the fundamentals of LEGO building?

After years of buying and building LEGO sets, my six-year-old son is tearing through the first level of the Master Builder Academy. He's fascinated by micro-building, and generally seems liberated ...
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Where can I find examples of everyday objects built in Lego?

Suppose for example I am interested in creative ways people have made trees, or minifig scale furniture, or just architectural details like windows. Is there some encyclopedia that organizes pictures ...
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How can I make micro-scale water?

This is totally boring: How can I add some variance to it that helps to distinguish a rippling lake from a raging ocean from a fast-moving river, while keeping a look that's appropriate for ...
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How should I create a Heroica scale graveyard or crypt room?

I've recently started playing Heroica with my sons, and we want to take this further, so I'm looking for some suggestions on modelling a graveyard or crypt room. As an example, here's a model of the ...
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What is the best-practice for circular lego staircase construction?

Aside from using the grey key-hole shapes, I'm looking for a Lego-standard or best-practice method for building a circular Lego staircase? Requirements: 6-8 studs "wide" (from the center to outer ...
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Making a hexagon with plates

Do any of the wedge/wing shaped plates have the right angle to make a true hexagon or equilateral triangle? If not, is there any way to make a regular hexagon using plates? (I know they can be ...
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Is there a way to build a stronger LEGO ball than what was done by the Mythbusters?

In one episode, the Mythbusters busted a fake video by building a 7' tall LEGO ball. The construction did not roll very far before falling apart. Assuming that they only used standard bricks (with ...
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Where do the pieces numbered 4255629 go in the Death Star (set 10188)

I just finished up the Death Star set, and while it comes with the usual smattering of leftover pieces, I've got two pieces numbered 4255629 (shown below) that never got used. I've scanned the manual ...
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How can I build a LEGO heart?

In the spirit of Valentine's Day... How can I build a two-dimensional LEGO heart? Here is an example of the shape I'm looking for. Perhaps the model should be built from the bottom upward? I would ...
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Tools to aid in getting parts from tight spots?

As a builder of some semi large scale projects. I find that I can't always get that dropped part because my arm is either not long enough. Or my hand is too big to reach in and get it. Anyone have any ...
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Is it possible to build a full-size house with Lego bricks?

I want to build something big. Should* I build a complete house (interior and everything) with lego bricks? * By "should" I mean, will it be safe? How big can I go? How much do you think it will ...
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What is the easiest technique for large builds?

I recently acquired the Space Shuttle set, #10231, and find that it isn't a staged build--one with sequential bags. This leaves me at a bit of a loss over how to organize and search through 1200+ ...
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What is the most compact way to make a flat six pointed star in LEGO?

I spend a lot of time building in Micro scale (I maintain the Micropolis collaboration standard) and my partner is trying to figure out how to build the most compact, or smallest, six pointed star ...
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What element modifications are incorporated by the LEGOLAND builders?

I know they glue their sculptures together, and sometimes support them with an inner frame. Is that the limit to their element modifications, or are there more tricks to the awesome LEGOLAND builds on ...
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How can I create a visually appealing Castle wall from one colour?

I have a bag of hundreds of classic light grey 2x4 bricks, and 2x1 bricks. How can I use these to make some interesting castle walls?
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How can I add additional detail to large walls?

I've seen some rather impressive castle builds over the years, and with the release of Helm's Deep I'm clearly going to be building a few myself now. As this set uses the LEGO sticker sheet to add ...
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How should I model a Heroica scale castle bedroom?

My son has requested that we add a bedroom to our Heroica castle. I'm looking for some advice on the creation of the bed area. The Microfig characters are 1x1x2, and the rooms are generally designed ...
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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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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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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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How can I create a simple steering mechanism for a car?

Just curious about this. How can I create a simple steering mechanism for a car? Either motorized or non-motorized solutions are fine; just not overly complex.
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How can I build a LEGO marble pump?

All right, here's a tough one for ya'll. How can I built a marble pump out of LEGO bricks? What would the mechanism which pushes the marbles up need to look like? Here's an example in this video: ...
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How can I make a brick-built wheelbarrow?

I'd like to make a brick-built wheelbarrow to fit on a construction site that can be held by minifigures hands. I've seen prefabricated Duplo/Fabuland wheelbarrows as well as a new wheelbarrow in a ...
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How can I build Victorian Style windows?

How can I build Lego Victorian style windows, like those on the White House or Capital Building? This is one style I have done, which, as far as I know, was an original idea by me:
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Any way to make this setup “tighter”?

I'm trying to build a robotic arm, and I had the following built so that there was the minimum possible movement created by the gear wheel (that connects to the worm). However, there is still play, ...
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Parts in Lego Set

I am building an inventory of all my Lego pieces and I am looking for a website that can give the pieces in a set with only the set number. It would be easier if there was information for many Lego ...
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Good LEGO CAD Design Software with Technic elements and animation

I'm taking computer engineering in Gr. 11 right now and our final project is to create a robot with the first version of Mindstorms. My partner and I are making a sumo robot for the class competition. ...
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Bridge from just basic bricks?

I teach an after-school engineering class using LEGO bricks, one of our classes has the students build a bridge. Each student gets a custom set of about 150 2x4 bricks, about 300 2x2 bricks, and, if ...
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Mechanical auto-unblocking mechanism

I have a GBC module1 which is quite simple but blocks regularly because a ball happens to be at just the wrong place at the wrong moment. Per se, it's not a problem as a Technic Gear 24 Tooth Clutch ...
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Homemade methods for interfacing a Servo with LEGO bricks

I'm looking for non-destructive way to structurally attach a standard servo with LEGO bricks. I'm interested in answers for either Large, Medium or Small size servos. I'm using LEGO ...
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Which Duplo bricks have practical uses in System building?

Traditional 2x4 and 2x2 Duplo bricks can be used to bulk out models and provide a structural support for landscapes, but have there been any other uses for Duplo bricks of all shapes and sizes in ...
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What part(s) can I use to connect technic liftarms at a 90 degree angle?

Is there a way to connect the two beams in this angle and still keep the connection strong and keep the rotation the same?
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What elements do I need to create a smooth multi cheese slope ramp?

I love cheese slopes, but I am having issues when I try to produce a smooth gradient using several in succession. I end up with a gentle saw tooth effect at each junction. What combination of elements ...
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What techniques can be used for laying plates at 45° angle?

I've seen a number of techniques for laying individual elements at 45° angles, but I need a consistent method for laying down larger plates at 45 degrees while maintaining close contact with the base ...
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What are some helpful techniques for applying stickers?

It can be tricky to place small stickers accurately on small parts using adult-sized hands. The best technique I've found so far is to remove the sticker and stick it on the corner of the sticker ...