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Useful machines built with LEGO

I am looking for examples of useful machines built with LEGO (probably Technics, NXT etc.). There are many fun project examples and proofs of concept, such as a Rubik cube solver and a Turing machine. ...
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Part assortments for creative building

I've been shifting away from collecting sets to doing more MOC building. I also recently moved and I'd like to reduce the overall size of my LEGO collection. I'm trying to decide which parts I'd like ...
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How can the 12v Train 7823 Container Depot be used to load container ships as per Lego Catalogue

As I kid I was always confused by the description of the 7823 Container Depot in the Lego Catalogues: ..."The crane can be raised so container ships can be loaded." An example can be seen in ...
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How long does official Lego monorail track last?

Given the high cost of official Lego monorail track, I was wondering how long it tends to last/if there are any maintenance tips or tricks? I'm planning on using power functions to reduce the ...
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Pull back motor 552 x2

I have these wheels and want to find a set/booklet where it is used. No combination of the numbers give any result. It says Lego Group 2011 522 x2 Found it
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Is this piece some kind of rare/modified 200?

I have this piece which vaguely resembles 200, Technic Rack Winder Axle (Rebricked) but one end is different. It is 5 studs long, axle is 1 stud long, the gear lies between 3rd and 4th stud and the ...
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How to repair cracked/peeling decals?

Does anyone have any ideas on how to repair and protect cracked/peeling decals, like these pictured in my 10019 set: Some kind of film or lacquer?
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Are these trees LEGO parts?

I've come across some trees from some bulk purchases I've made, and I can not determine if these are LEGO or "compatible" parts. Any ideas? The tree on the left is an official tree but the one in the ...
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Technique for multifacteted roof without 3049

I'm working on a project with a fairly complex roof in Dark Bley. In many areas, it seems to be necessary to use part 3049: Unfortunately, this part doesn't appear to have ever been released in ...
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How can you estimate the value of a LEGO collection?

I might get a chance to buy a big LEGO collection of an old colleague of mine, but before I even come out with this suggestion I'd like to know, more or less, how much it should be worth? The last ...
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What is this yellow hinge piece named?

Recently, I've been flipping through a scan of the March 1995 edition of the LEGO Mania Magazine. Something in the corner of page 11 caught my eye: This is the 5th step of the "Flip & Build" ...
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Are those bowls genuine LEGO pieces?

I've been sieving through my video collection and came across a video from 2011. It's part of a series of Ninjago videos giving you tips on fun things you could do with the Spinners. At the end of the ...
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How much heat can LEGO bricks withstand?

I was thinking on making a decorative LEGO candle holder. It would be made out of regular ABS LEGO bricks, but also transparent ones. Because there will be an open flame involved, I want to make sure ...
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How has the basic brick changed over the years?

The basic 2x4 brick has many versions. For example the modern one has thinner walls and funny shaped tubes compared to an early 1980s brick. What were the changes over the years and how did they ...
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Naming a program in EV3 software?

I have figured out how name a project but cannot figure out how to rename a program.
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How to store large amounts of bigger bricks?

I am aware of this question and of this post blog on Evil Mad Scientist which include a couple of interesting. My issue with the first one is that it is completely unsuitable for larger amounts of ...
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Is (C) engraved on a piece an indication that it is Cobi brick?

I know that Lego prints their logo on almost all of their bricks, but some are not given this privilege. I have a couple of pieces, 3x3 in a shape of 2 fingered foot, two pin holes on front corners ...
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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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How to make custom LEGO signs, newspapers, etc. [closed]

I have several ideas, but I am finding it hard to get started. What I am interested in is making my own decals for signs, newspapers, artwork for the walls and others. So far I haven't had any luck. ...
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How to efficiently identify bricks and their names? [duplicate]

I've found http://rebrickable.com/myparts linked in one of the answers here on this site and I'd like to list all of the parts I have at home (probably a thousand or two). The problem is, there is a ...
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Accessing ARM Processor Memory Registers through NXC

Specific to the NXC (Not eXactly C) programming language. Is it possible to access the memory registers on the ARM AT91SAM7S256 processor? I'm trying to investigate the use of Timer Interrupts to ...
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How do I keep LEGO boxes looking their best for as long as possible?

I want to buy a few cool sets for investing purposes or to give to my kids later on if they prove to be poor investments. I'm not going to open the boxes they'll just be stored but it might be nice to ...
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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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Pattern for vertical motion using technic lego

I have a motor and some other components that move a machine vertical on the ground. Inside the machine i need to raise a part by 5 cm, up and down. Are there some common patterns that can move ...
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Frame Rate recommended for Stop Motion?

I do Stop Motion with Legos, (LEGOs are just great for SMA,) and I was wondering (because you guys are the pros), what frame rate per second, (fps) oyu guys would recommend. I use 15, and ...
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How tall is a standard LEGO minifigure? [duplicate]

Sometimes I build towns of LEGO buildings, and occasionally the minifigures will get stuck in a low roof or underhang (pun intended). Does anyone know the height of a standard LEGO person in bricks as ...
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What are the inspirational resources for building with Duplo?

I am interested in knowing what are the inspirational resources for building with Duplo, so I can spend more quality time with them. For example have Lego ever released Duplo building instructions ...
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Does anyone know why Hagrid has fingers?

Hagrid (hp061 and hp009) both have fingers instead of just the traditional c-cup hands. Does anyone know why?
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Where can I buy big quantity of the same block? [duplicate]

I have a decoration project and for that I need almost 10.000 2x4 blocks (same color or not according what I would find). Do you know how/where I can buy such a quantity ? News or 2d hand... I do not ...
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1answer
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Will learning about EV3 transfer to Lego RCX software/hardware?

If I attend a workshop on EV3 will that knowledge help me get up and running with RCX software and Lego Mindstorm kits we already have at our school? I know EV3 is backwards compatible with NXT but ...
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Old Lego movies

As I remember, it was about 1990 maybe some years earlier, there were movies, made by Lego, they were about 3 minutes long, maybe longer. It was of course not computer-generated videos but normal, ...
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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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Are the Lego looking figures in the picture real?

I stumbled on this picture on the Nerd Fitness blog's paleo diet page: Are they real Lego figures? (both the mammoth and the hunters) or photoshopped? If so, are they correct? Or merely repurposed ...
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Can I remotly control the points on PF train tracks?

I'm interested in investing in power functions based trains, but want to automate switching points. Is this possible? What is the cheapest / easiest way of achieving this?
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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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How can I remove a rubber band from a pulley?

We have a pulley and a bunch of rubber bands: We don't know that part numbers, but they all were part of a Mindstorms (RCX 2.0) set. My son was trying use the pulley and band to transfer power to ...
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1answer
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Where can I find Lego x-pod playoff pods for the game?

I have some of the original pods but cannot find others, where do I get them? I would also need sheets for the things to build and their attacks.
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Lego Racer kit with Chargeable Cars

I have an old Lego set that I've lost all the documentation on. It's about 10 years old (I see ©2003 in various places). The set built a track and contained two charging stations that integrated into ...
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Why 2M Cross Axle has Groove?

I was sorting axles noticed only 2M has grooves. Why 2M Cross Axle has grooves? Is it for alignment?
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Is there a Technic set that is just an assortment of parts and not a specific vehicle?

Can I buy Technic sets that are just assortments of parts as opposed to a specific vehicle? Background I do research on sediment carbon cycling in lakes and I need use a rotating array of magnets to ...
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1answer
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Buying another kit instead of 8293-1: Motor Set?

I want to get some motors but don't know if it is a better idea to buy 8293-1: Motor Set or try obtain motors from some other sets. Is there any kit challenging 8293?
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Removing glue from Lego bricks

When I was five my Dad used some kind of a good glue to put together a set together so I didn't loose any pieces. Putting the ethics of that action aside, I want to split the bricks from another and ...
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EV3 digital interface with sensors?

The EV3 Brick is noted as having both analog and a higher speed digital I/O with auto ID up to 460.8 Kbit/s (UART), and 4 motor port with encoders. The NXT Brick has 4 sensor ports both Analog and ...
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Remote Control option NXT Mindstorms

I bought the NXT Mindstorms education software v2.1 along with a Mindstorms kit (which I don't know the version of). I am trying to remote control a robot I made using bluetooth between my mac and ...
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Can I program EV3 with the NXT-G IDE?

I am helping prepare a team for First Lego League and the new EV3 kit is what will be used. We are currently teaching the kids with NXT 2.0 kits that we have using the NXT-G IDE. It appears that we ...
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Are all stickers on a sheet used or do you sometimes have spare? Dino HQ set 5887

I built Dino set 5887 recently, but the sticker sheet contains one extra sticker: one of the 'D' things, the pentagram one. One went on one of the walls, the other two round 'D's went on the chopper. ...
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Has anyone just “built a tower”?

I've heard stories about it, but has anyone simply built a "tower" out of lego pieces and bricks? By a tower I mean lots of bricks on top of each other.
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What are the armless minifigures from the LEGO boardgames called?

I see many of the LEGO boardgames come with mini figures which are armless and have no holes for arms. While I think it is kind of ridiculous to not simply provide a full figure, I understand it's ...
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How can I draw a microfigure on paper?

I am a great drawer, but I cannot draw microfigures! You may think that because I am young I won't be great I really am, but I need help drawing this, on paper.
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Minifig with multiple arms?

Is there a minifig that has multiple arms that all have the ability to hold the weapons or tools? My 4yr old is asking for one lol. I thought maybe Doctor Otcopus, but can't tell by the pictures if ...

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