Instruction Manuals - use them once to build a model, or store them for future reference? Perhaps you want to create your own? However we can't really field individual manual requests

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Do any programs exist that allow you to build your own LEGO manuals?

What I'm looking for is a program or website/webapp that allows "virtual" building of a LEGO model, step-by-step, and allows you to save these single steps to get a complete building plan in the end. ...
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Is there anything like a 'recipe generator' for LEGO models?

For me, most of the fun of LEGO toys, is building new things from the instructions. Rebuilding things can be fun, but if I know I have certain bricks (or even sets), is there somewhere to ...
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Where can I find instruction booklets?

Is there any place where scans or PDFs of instruction booklets can be downloaded?
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How to Decipher Lego Building Instructions Filenames?

On the official site for downloading lego instructions, the filenames are often quite cryptic, and many sets have as many as six different files you can download and sometimes it's hard to tell which ...
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Have any Lego sets been released with errors/mistakes in the build instructions? If not, why not?

I was thinking about the documentation process of a large set like the Death Star and it got me thinking; surely at some point Lego must've released a set of instructions that contained a mistake? ...
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How to build bridge using 4.5/12v train rails from 1969 Lego brochure

I am interested in building a bridge for my layout and stumbled upon this forum post in which user 'Istokg' posted a picture of a train bridge made from the blue rails used in the pre-1980s train ...
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Looking for a site with custom instructions

I'm looking for a website that has some cool custom model instructions. I have a LEGO store near me and I'm able to buy pieces individually. I'm looking for more of a sci-fi ship kind of instructions. ...
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Best way to store instruction manuals?

Currently I store Lego set manuals/instructions in hanging file folders in a file box, grouped by set type. This makes it hard to dig through and find the one I need, and manuals tend to get tangled ...
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Is there a site with the (previous) monthly LEGO Store mini-build instructions?

We have been going to the LEGO Store off & on for the monthly mini-build, but haven't been able to make it there for quite a few. I've been searching the web for the instructions for the builds we ...
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Is there an XML format for Lego?

I've seen some pretty neat applications using customized XML formats. There is a Musical Notation XML so that a user can create sheet music on XML. With the right software, that XML can be converted ...
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How are the LEGO instruction manuals made?

I wish to know how the lego instruction manuals are made. What is the process currently used?
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How can I identify kits from a box of parts?

I am a life long Lego Maniac, and my kits from when I was a kid were passed down to my nephew, who has just passed them down to my son (40 years of history...). The trouble is that none of my old ...
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Where can I find LEGO X-Pod Playoff rules and printoffs?

Where can I find X-Pod Playoff rules? LEGO doesn't seem to be hosting them anymore. Asked because of this question. Hopefully it can be mirrored on a few sites so that it doesn't disappear again.
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Alternative (back of box) builds of 7822 Railway Station - is there an 'official' configuration where the track terminates at the station?

I am looking for a scan or photo of the back of the box of the 7822 Railway Station Background: As is common with Lego sets, there are a number of alternative builds pictured on the back of the set ...
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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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Why do official LEGO PDF instruction books have such poor quality?

More often than not, my boys are working from PDF instructions downloaded at the LEGO site. The quality of those PDFs is poor. I'm sure you've experienced the jagged, pixelated lines and the bricks so ...
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Which BIONICLE combiner sets do official instructions exist for creating?

There is a diversity of BIONICLE combiner sets (sets made by combining multiple individual sets together) for various groups including Toa, Matoran, Bohrok, Rahkshi, Dark Hunters, and a number of Rahi ...
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Building instructions from an LXF file

I've downloaded an LXF file from rebrickable.com. Which software do I need (for Windows and/or Linux) to get the building instructions based on the LXF file?
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Instructions on small car, came with Technic Race Car, circa 1986

When I was about 10 (so, about 1986), I had a Technic race car (formula-1 like), and the instructions had an alternate thing you could make. It was just a small car, with rack and pinion steering. I ...
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LEGO Technic part Numbers

My daughter got the LEGO Technic - Service Truck set. When we looked at the instructions, we saw a different notation on parts. eg: the beams (cross beam) it has number 5 in white circle. what does ...
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How do I create manuals in the same style as Lego instruction manuals? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do any programs exist that allow you to build your own LEGO manuals? I want to create my own manuals, but I want them to look and feel like actual Lego instruction ...
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How to sell massive, vintage and unsorted lego collection with manuals?

So I was a big LEGO collector as a child in the early 1990s. The genres I have are town/city, pirates, and castle. To store them, I broke them all down to fit into 2 giant plastic tubs. I still have ...
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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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reference number and instruction of a spaceship

I have only an image of that spaceship, (and all briks of course) but I don't know its serial number which makes me hard to find instructions to rebuild it. The image of the spaceship is this one, ...
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Name of trunk-like objects

What's the name of the black curved elements in the header/banner of https://www.flickr.com/groups/lego_arboretum/? The full picture along with some others of the same diorama can be seen here: ...
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Is the Antikhythera clock design available as Open Source?

After reading and watch the video about the Antikhythera Clock, I am curious if the design reference (or better yet the instruction manual) is available as OpenSource. Why? Because it would be cool ...
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LEGO Set 10188 Help on Step 160

I have the LEGO Star Wars Death Star set 10188. I am stuck on step 160 because when I try to clip the parts into a circle, parts snap off and I can't seem to bend it down. Thank You.
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Where can I find LDraw examples? [duplicate]

Where can I find LDraw files to download? I would like to have a collection of simple Lego examples and want to create step-by-step instructions for my youngsters.
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Mindstorms EV3 3D building instructions no longer working in Chrome

Lego Mindstorms EV3 building instructions in 3D (so that one can rotate the model around and stuff) are available. This used to work fine on my machine in Google Chrome. However, I can no longer get ...
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Opera house 10234 book 2 instruction 20 left hand side and then 22 has got me stumped. Can't figure out how these pieces fit. Please help

Opera house 10234 book 2 instruction 20 left hand side and then instruction 22 has got me stumped. I am not sure whether there is a space between the "high 2 and the blue 4. Please help
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EV3 additional build instructions - PDF download or print possible?

The EV3 retail edition comes with printed instructions to build only one of the possible robots and it appears you have to use the software to view the build instructions of the other models. My ...
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8258 Headlight assemblies

Anyone else having a problem with with headlight assemblies on 8258 crane truck? I can't seem to fit them in due to interference from fog light bar. Thanks
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Where can I find the instructions for the crane on the back page of Lego Juniors: Construction (10667)

Where can I find the instructions for the crane on the back page of Lego Juniors: Construction (10667), as pictured. I tried contacting Lego Support who replied unhelpfully with: We currently have ...
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What is the easiest option to start making instructions?

I'd like to make instructions for my kids, which they could read either on paper or on a tablet. What is the easiest option to achieve that, ideally using open-source software (and running on Linux)? ...
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Instructions for LEGO bag dated 2007 bought at a Thrift store

I need the instructions for a LEGO parts bag I purchased at a Thrift store
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Instructions or details for the buildings in Set 190

A wave of nostalgia has struck me this holiday weekend, and I have been doing some research on the kits in the big plastic tub in my closet. Among many others, I discovered that among my collection ...
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Star Wars phantom

I am new to Lego. I can't figure out the instructions as to where the gun and black hair piece go. It looks like they go in the Phantom somewhere, am I right or wrong? Do they snap in? Also, does the ...
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Chamber of Secrets set 4730 assembly issues

We recently obtained a secondhand set with no instructions that I identified to be "The Chamber of Secrets™ 4730". So we downloaded the Building instructions from Lego's website and started to build. ...
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70728/2 Ninjago piece too short?

My son is putting together the 70728 set and the grey tall pieces in book two at step 8 seem to be too short, they leave a gap. By about a mm. Has anyone else had this experience?
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Looking for information on a Lego manual I had as a kid

I had a lot of Lego when I was younger (late 80s/90s), and in a flash of nostalgia I recently remembered having a great instructions/ideas book which I loved to ready through - I can't remember the ...
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Types of instruction manuals

I noticed there are 4 different types of instruction manuals (at least for large sets): Type I: Similar piece colors are not very distinguishable (especially Dark Gray and Black). Some building ...
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How do I get instructions to fully motorize Technic 42006

I have just purchased the Technic 42006 and would like to make it fully remote controlled.
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How can I control the building instructions generated in LDD? [duplicate]

Is it possible to control the building instructions in LDD? Specifically, I'd like to make sure that every step stands on its own without falling apart on my build. If not, is there any software I ...
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Can I find parts list for single fire truck in a fire station set?

I'm trying to find the partlist for the biggest firetruck in the 7208 Fire Station. Is there a page that contains lists for each car in a set?
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Batman Arkham Knight Batmobile Instructions

Where can I find a set of instructions for the Lego Batman Arkham Knight Batmobile?
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How do I Build a LEGO Digestive System? [closed]

Does anybody have any clue on how to build a LEGO digestive system or where to start as I think it could be a good way of helping my son with a science project? Either building plans, instructions, ...
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What are the measurements of the different Lego instruction booklets?

I've noticed that there are at least three different sizes (eg 7.8"x5", 4"x5.8" and 7"x8"). Are there other sizes?
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Are there any additional robo center downloads for the nxt-g software?

It would be nice if there were additional entries under the animals, vehicles, machines and humanoid tabs. Supposedly there was some official LEGO web component to the software which appears to be ...
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instructions for Lego bag 135149?

Can someone please help me find the instructions for Lego bag 135149? Thank you. The bag also says 2011 and I have a propeller type thins and a white helmet? Any clues what this is?