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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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1answer
529 views

How to improve the range of an IR receiver?

I am creating a new Truck which contains two IR receivers in the front hood. With my testing I get a range of about 6 feet (I have also noticed the small Technic motors on the IR receiver are slow ...
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1answer
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What is new about the IR receiver in the 4x4 Crawler 9398?

Reading a review of the 4x4 it seems the IR receiver is different from what is included with the trains. From the review all the information we got was "improved CMOS motor driver with lower power ...
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6answers
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What is piece 4211642 from 10179 - UCE Millenium Falcon?

I'm working on making sure I have all necessary pieces for 10179: Ultimate Collector's Edition Millenium Falcon (a painstaking process, to say the least). I received the set not entirely complete, ...
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0answers
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Known quality control issue with 10234 Sydney Opera House?

I have just completed 10234 Sydney Opera House, with one white half-shell (Bricklink: 41749 White Wedge 8x3x2 Open Right) missing. Both the Bricklink inventory and the Lego instructions show 34 of ...
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Has anyone made their own custom LEGO bricks?

As I've just learned, LEGO bricks are made from ABS plastics. I wonder if it would be possible to make some simple molds at home, get some ABS pellets, melt them up and make your own custom bricks? ...
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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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3answers
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What's the best way to link two (or more) LEGO Power Functions (PF) train motors together?

Last Christmas I built an extended Emerald Night train to run around the tree. To get it to work I had to add a second Power Functions motor. I tuned both IR receivers to the same frequency and slowly ...
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Buying Individual MiniFigures

I was big into LEGO bricks when I was a kid (now 33), and now my son is getting into them. I'm a huge collector of things (not a hoarder, a collector), and, like father, like son, he wants to collect ...
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1answer
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How does the Super Awesome Micro Project work?

I've recently read an article about a car which is made entirely of LEGO and it runs on air. I'm curious about how it works. Can someone explain the details of it? Here is the car: These are all ...
4
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1answer
202 views

Are there any components compatible with EV3 that are more powerful and durable?

Are there components compatible with EV3 like motors, sensors, brackets, other details that I can easily connect to an existing EV3 main block and build something to do real-life tasks? Like ...
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RCX firmware download problem

I hope someone can help me with a problem with getting an original RCX 1.0 system working with a current PC. I bought the RCX 1.0 system back in (I think) 2000 but its been in storage a long time. In ...
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2answers
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Where can I find a LEGO collection of minifigure photos? [duplicate]

I am looking for a collection of LEGO minifig photos - something like this, but with each minifig pictured separately in a full-length portrait. I have not been able to find such a collection on the ...
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Has TLG ever produced bricks without the LEGO branding?

Has LEGO ever produced bricks without the LEGO brand name on the parts, the packaging or both? I'm already aware of the following: Minitalia. Available in Italy in the 1970s. The bricks were ...
2
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0answers
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piece information [duplicate]

I found a lego item that I can not fiugre out what it is or what set it goes with. I was hoping someone out there could give me some info on the item. I'm attaching a picture of the item in question. ...
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1answer
514 views

Has Lego Box 5508 been discontinued?

The Lego Deluxe Box 5508 seems to be out of stock everywhere in the UK. I was hoping to get this set for my kids for Christmas, but it is nowhere to be found. Has it been discontinued? Or do they ...
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3answers
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Is it possible to build Lego bricks with a makerbot replicator 3D print?

Is it possible for plates, tiles or small pieces ? Is it possible to use MLCAD with a Makerbot replicator?
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0answers
29 views

Best place/way to buy masses of bricks [duplicate]

I am always having to take apart models I made to make new ones :'( and it really is bugging me. I don't want to buy specific sets, as they cost a lot because of the work that went into designing ...
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1answer
171 views

What are the codes for the LEGO advent game? [duplicate]

We don't have the calendar but my 6 year old really enjoy?s the game online. We have the first 2 codes.What are the next codes please
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2answers
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identification of lego set by color and shape of inner box

I'm trying to identify a lego set only knowing the color, shape of in inner package. The inner box is blue, dimensions are 18 x 11 x 2 3/8" and 9T plastic compartments, There is a 1984 Lego Catalog ...
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1answer
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How are LEGO bricks categorized?

What are the names and categories of LEGO bricks? Is there a consistent naming scheme? Does Lego have an official name or identification for different pieces?
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Does the jumper plate have a Danish nickname?

Does the "jumper plate" (1×2 plate with centered stud) have a Danish nickname like the "Erling"? Who is the designer of this part? And does there exist a catalog of designers of specific bricks?
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1answer
259 views

Will using a bright LED to light my MOC harm my LEGO?

I'm building a LEGO model and planning on lighting it with a bank of 5 battery operated LEDs. I know sunlight negatively affects several LEGO colors. Will a bright LED harm the elements in my MOC the ...
7
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1answer
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Lego Trains 12v: Identify This?

This is a very popular picture, which almost all Lego Trains' fans from 1980s would recognize. I have the train in the forground, 7740, but not the 4th car (red one). Can anyone please clarify that ...
8
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1answer
291 views

What is the maximum distance between fixed train wheels?

I'm working on a train, and I'm curious what the maximum distance is between fixed wheel sets in order to properly navigate all of the different types of track (straight, curved, switch, flex, etc). ...
5
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1answer
342 views

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 ...
7
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1answer
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LEGO and fuel company commercial relationship?

Over the years LEGO has used a number of real-world fuel company names on its products: ESSO Shell Exxon. I'd be interested to understand the commercial relationship between LEGO and these ...
4
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1answer
280 views

Is this skateboard piece LEGO?

I bought some second-hand Lego and it's a total mish-mash of parts. There was a small quantity of Mega-Bloks in it, but those parts always seem easy to identify. However, I'm stumped about this piece ...
2
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2answers
279 views

Ultrasonic sensor option missing in Wait block in Labview

I have hooked up the EV3 brick and the Ultrasonic sensor (on port 4) from the older mindstorms set 8527, and using the most recent Labview software on windows 7. I am trying to test the model for ...
2
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0answers
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Is the EV3 brick balanced? [closed]

I want to buy an ev3 but I want to know if the center of gravity is off in the brick (really does not look symmetric)
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1answer
235 views
2
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3answers
9k views

How do I unlock the sunday surprise on the 2013 Star Wars Advent Calendar?

I'm trying to enter the code on the back of door number 1 into the Lego Star Wars site but it doesn't work. Does anyone know how / where to input the code?
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2answers
962 views

Why are LEGO slope bricks textured?

Why is the slope part of bricks textured instead of the usual flat & glossy edge? Are there any non-textured forms of these bricks?
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0answers
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Where are the LEGO toys made? [duplicate]

Are these LEGO parts/toys made in China? Are there labels which clearly identifies the country of origin? Are there lead issues for the children?
2
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2answers
245 views

Where did “Cheese Slope” get its name?

Why is this piece called a "cheese slope"? "Slope" I get; but "cheese"?
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0answers
152 views

Linear Actuator of the boom of 42006 jams

I just built a 42006 excavator, and the Linear Actuator jams, can not be rotated. I think the too sharp angle of the u-joint at the top of the boom is the reason. Is there a workaroud?
0
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0answers
23 views

What number plastic are LEGO bricks? [duplicate]

I need to know becuse I want to recycle LEGO bricks.
0
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1answer
380 views

Do you know where I can get a Brick Vac?

I am in dire need of a Brick Vac. The 2 boys 5 and 7 are building daily, but still have plenty of strays on the floor and the end of the day. With the growing popularity of Lego City building sets, ...
5
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2answers
329 views

Where I can find the pieces needed in a set?

I own this set, LEGO® Kingdoms King's Castle 7946. One day I let my wife's best friend's kids play with it. (Not the best idea in the world but they had a blast!) Needless to say, the castle ...
3
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2answers
916 views

Invert motor block in EV3

New to EV3 so this should be simple. I would like my simple wheeled robot to go backwards. So I put two invert motor blocks, one for port B the other for port C followed by a move steering block. The ...
3
votes
2answers
846 views

Unable to connect to NXT using NeXTTool via USB cable

For reasons beyond me, the NXC program MotorControl22.rxe in my NXT has disapeared. So i thought I'd just download it from my computer over to the NXT using NeXTTool. This is where the trouble ...
3
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1answer
142 views

What pieces do I need to make suit swappers from the Lego Batman video game?

My son has asked Santa to bring him Lego Batman suit swappers to use with his minifigures, both Batman and Robin versions. Can anyone advise as to what pieces are needed for these? All help is very ...
2
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1answer
302 views

Getting started with Mindstorms and/or Technic

I'm looking into getting started with LEGO. Can you briefly describe the difference between Technic and Mindstorms? I've read that the parts and compatible, so I suppose it's the functions that ...
3
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2answers
326 views

How do I quickly count pieces?

I have LEGO pieces divided into partitions in something like a tackle box, each of which indicates how many pieces are supposed to be in that partition. With few exceptions, each partition only holds ...
7
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1answer
298 views

Is it safe to drink from Pick A Brick cups?

I have a habit of drinking from the Lego Pick A Brick cups. I sent an email to Lego to ask if they were rated safe for drinking from, and they refused to endorse any use of Lego products that wasn't ...
0
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0answers
39 views

Block with an anchor smiley face [duplicate]

I have some blocks with a smiley face and anchor as the nose and mouth as the logo. Does anyone know the brand of block that they are?
3
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2answers
396 views

Suspension bridge building techniques

I am working on a suspension bridge with my sons and have encountered two problems. Our technique: 8x6 plates for the roadway 1x8 bricks (with side-holes) underneath each side of the roadway to ...
18
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3answers
23k views

Where are LEGO parts made?

Are all LEGO parts made in a single factory, or are there multiple factories? Where abouts is it/are they? If there are several, are there different factories for different pieces/sets, or do all ...
5
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2answers
905 views

Can I use the old 12V rails with the remote trains?

I have a bunch of old 12v track. I am looking to get my son into LEGO, but I am thinking of getting the remote set so we can expand it some more. My question is, can I connect the new track to the ...
6
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1answer
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Lego Mindstorms RCX RIS 2.0 IR tower Windows 7 / Windows XP driver

So I've recently dug up my old Lego Mindstorms RIS 2.0 (RCX) and have spent the past few days trying to install it into my Windows 7 laptop. It worked fine, except it could not find the correct ...

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