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Purchase of large blocks in South Africa

I have thousand's of small-single, two and four blocks but sometimes need to build larger structures and thus, would like to know were in South Africa I can purchase these larger blocks without all ...
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Most inseperable combinations?

Some piece combinations are really hard to get apart. Really hard. Can some answerers provide a list of "danger combos"? For example, a 2x2 with a round 2x2 on bottom. Also, if possible, provide a ...
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What are some creative uses of the orange brick seperator tool?

I have these piling up around my lego corner: Any suggestions for creative uses? Especially multiple?
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Challenge: A good, swift kick

Hey everyone, this is Bricks.SE's first challenge question! Context: On other sites, you sometimes see a question made specifically for the purposes of getting a lot of good ideas, the checkmark ...
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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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How to make a regular pentagon from technic bricks

For the purposes of this build, we need a pentagon (figure with 5 sides), that is regular (all sides have equal length), and it needs to be able to be mounted on a build (like a wreath) by a ...
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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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Software for build options from pieces I already have? [duplicate]

Is there software or a site that allows me to enter what LEGO pieces I have and will give me build instructions?
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Why do LEGO sets have a minium age rating? [closed]

Many LEGO sets have minimum age ratings, such as 7-12, 9-14, and 16+. Why is this? Are the models really that different in terms of complexity? Also, why does LEGO often indicate that sets are not ...
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What part(s) can I use to connect modules at a 90 degree angle?

I'm looking for brainstorming! All ideas welcome. I have a design I'm working on which: is made of a bunch of identical modules fitting into a single framework has to allow the modules to "plug in" ...
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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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Alternative for Technic, Gear Rack 1 x 7 with Axle and Pin Holes?

We are trying to build a MOC which requires Technic, Gear Rack 1 x 7 with Axle and Pin Holes and we don't have that. Could we build it? Or are there any alternatives? FYI we do have Technic Gear ...
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Which lego set is the cheapest one containing a motor

Which legoset is the cheapest I can buy in a store with a electric motor in it?
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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 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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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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What is the best way to rebuild Lego sets?

My six year old son loves to build with LEGO bricks and has quite a few LEGO sets. Over time they have been disassembled, so we decided to try to rebuild some of them. We have the original ...
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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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Age recommendations explained? [duplicate]

Can you explain the rationale behind age recommendations for various Lego products? For example, what makes a 4-7 rating different from a 6-8? Is it unreasonable to buy a set labelled 12+ for my very ...
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What is the quality of lego replicas on Aliexpress?

Aliexpress is full of lego replicas, does anyone bought them, and can say something about it's build quality? Example products: http://bit.ly/1Ls3jsg I'm sure it shouldn't be stored together with ...
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Overview of Engineering Principles incorporated in Technic LEGO sets

I run an after-school technology education program and want to expose kids to real-life engineering by means of having them build commercially available Technic kits which we then deconstruct and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...