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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 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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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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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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Is there a documented process in 'Jamming' an NXT Ultrasonic sensor?

Just trying to gather a bit of information for a competition between a few other NXT builds, I was wondering if there was a way to make the ultrasonic sensor completely useless for the competition as ...
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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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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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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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Can you build accurate models using 100% LEGO elements by following Megablocks instructions?

I shudder when I find errant MegaBloks in my LEGO elements, but admit to admiring certain in-the-box models offered by them. I know the pictures depicted on the MB boxes are not actually photos of a ...
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how to build a diorama [closed]

I have almost all the items from the Lego Castle Fantasy set, and I would like to build a nice full Lego diorama, but I have no clue on where to start. Do you know if there is a tutorial on how to ...
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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 LEGO wheels would look like the three types used on the JPL Mars Rovers?

I would like to build the three types of JPL Mars rovers (Sojourner, MER and MSL) with the right size ratio relative to each other. For that, finding the right wheels would be the hardest thing. I ...
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Which type of LEGO bricks would be compatible with the Mega Bloks Blind Bag Figures?

My husband collects the Marvel figures which come in the Mega Bloks blind bags. His birthday is coming up and I'd like to build him a display for his Marvel figures. I'd strongly prefer to use LEGO in ...
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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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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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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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How can I make a pigglet headed LEGO figure to be a sidekick for my Gadget Hero?

I have a LEGO superhero that I painted, and he needs a sidekick. The Sidekick is a boy who has the head of a pigglet! But how do I make a Pigglet head?!?
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Measurements (LDU) of Lego tracks Set 151

I have an old set of 7851 curved tracks. I want to use the outer tracks (the ones with the bumpy surface). If I was to put one end down on a baseboard so that is tangent/parallel with the grid of ...
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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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Access hatch in a wall?

Working on a 10 stud by 10 stud Square bell tower for my annual project. Need to create a access panel/door. Any tricks that can be done so it's hidden or at least not easily noticed? I need to hide ...
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How can I make a LEGO heroica scale fountain of youth using bricks from Fortaan or Waldurk?

I have started collecting heroica and I thought "wouldn't a fountain of youth be superb!" but I only have Fortaan and Waldurk... any ideas?
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What is the best way to preserve a LEGO model after it has been built? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How can I store LEGO bricks as long as possible? How do you store your built models for long term display? I want to preserve my sons LEGO ships after they are built. ...
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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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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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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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Are there any theoretical works about possiblity of self-replication of LEGO systems?

Are there any theoretical works about possiblity of self-replication of LEGO systems? (constraints on the size etc., computer simulations) Here are some relevent links: Bartlab.org: PDF Document ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Firmly connect bricks in a triangle

I need to connect two bricks onto a plate such that the plate is facing up, and the two bricks are facing out from above it at an angle (say 30 degrees) but are connected firmly, at opposite ends with ...
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How should I model a Heroica Banquet hall?

My son had a great idea for his Heroica game: Convert one of the desks from the Fortraan set into a table with food, and then your Hero could stop there and eat to regain health. I pointed out that ...
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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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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 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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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 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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Is there a good way to build a dome on the top of a building?

How can I build a dome on top of a building, similar to a state capital or something similar? The building has a base of 16x24 studs.
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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 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 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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What different bricks exist with studs on the sides? [closed]

(Partially inspired by this question.) I have been wondering recently just how many different LEGO bricks there are with studs on the side. Which LEGO bricks have studs specifically on the sides? ...