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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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Chinese Knockoffs?

I'm looking at the Lego Super Star Destroyer on eBay and I see that a number of people are selling it for ~$600 USD. From time to time there are bids that sell at ~$300 USD that claim to be sealed and ...
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How to use Power Functions with Mindstorms EV3?

Having learned that Mindstorms EV3 doesn't work directly with Power Functions, Q: Can you use Power Functions motors with the EV3 programmable brick? A: No, the connector does not match. I ...
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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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What is the purpose of the hole in the 12 x 12 boat bow (6051)?

I recently received Renegade Runner (6268), and I noticed that it has a somewhat awkward hole in the bow: The main bow piece has a hole for some reason, but I'm not sure what it is for. Here's the ...
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List of Helpful Websites for Beginning Collectors

I recently wandered into my father's basement where my brother and I used to have our "game room" setup. I stumbled across a massive amount of LEGO that we had collected over the years. Since then, ...
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Is there a list of colours currently in production?

Is there a list anywhere of colours currently being used by Lego for new sets? There seem to be lots of comprehensive lists of all colours released ever, but few that relate to in-use colours, for ...
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Protecting a minifig from wear

I've purchased a few of the Lego keychain minifigs. Each time I've bought a new one was to replace the previous one because it had most or all of the paint rubbed off from going in and out of pockets ...
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Any way to create a gear+chain, like for a bike?

I would like to create a LEGO bike. I can imagine how most of it would work, but i'm stuck at the chain. I need a way for the turning pedals (at one spot) to cause the wheel (in the back) to spin ...
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How can the “Bar Holder with Clip” part be used?

I'm wondering whether the "bar holder" end of this element (http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=11090) can be used as a stud. In other words, would it have enough clutch power to hold e.g. a ...
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What are LEGO baseplates made from?

I want to lasercut a green LEGO baseplate for a project, but cannot cut a plastic with the laser if it contains PVC or Vinyl. Does anyone know if the green baseplates are free from these materials.
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Best mini LED spotlight for Lego display case?

I am currently building the Creator Sydney Opera House and planning a display case for it. I would like to light the canopies with spotlights just like the real thing, but have not found LED ...
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Technic 8071 assembly problem

I am busy attempting to assemble Technic 8071, and have encountered a problem. On page 83 of the first manual, a yellow gear (4203493) together with a grey splined rod (4211815) is added to the ...
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Is the PWM on the PF Servo motor different than the PWM from an Arduino?

I have a Arduino motor shield connected to XL, L and M motors and can control the speed with PWM (Pulse Width Modulation). I made my own connector by cutting a Lego PF connector in half and wiring up ...
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Set missing all the Minifigures and a few other parts

When I got the Quinjet set, I dug through every bag but the manufacturers forgot a few pieces and my set didn't have any minifigures. How can I get the missing minifigures and the parts I'm missing?
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What LEGO cases are available for phones?

I would love to have a LEGO case for my HTC Desire that have LEGO compatible knobs so I can attach LEGO brick on it. Be free to post answers for LEGO case that is for other phones as well, as this is ...
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What is the name of the Technic pieces that snap together to make a track?

We have these little black Technic pieces that connect together; they make a track that fits over the gears (sort of like wheeled-belt-track on excavators or tank track). Can you tell me the name of ...
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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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Is it possible to create your own wheel?

After my other question, i pretty much have a bicycle design all planned. My problem now is with wheels. None of my LEGO wheels are big enough to work on a bike. And, the biggest ones are all pretty ...
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Is it possible to create a differential if I don't have it as a ready to use element?

I have numerous gears, axis and other elements from different Lego Technic sets. I wonder if using them I can make a kind of a differential like this? If not, how can I implement similar ...
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Opaque bricks with no center post?

What is the purpose of 1x2 red bricks without a post inside the brick? I know they often leave out the middle post on transparent bricks to make them look more window-like, but what about in opaque ...
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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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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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What can cause programmed NXT 2.0 motors to misfunction when small resistance is applied?

I have robot built per the Alligator tutorial included with Mindstorms NXT 2.0. Everything works correctly if I hold it off the ground and make sure there is no load on the two leg motors. However, if ...
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Making or buying a really long Power Functions cable

I'm working on a train layout and have built 2 automatic switches for the switch track. Each switch track is powered by M-Motor. I'd like to connect the 2 motors to a single IR receiver and battery ...
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Can 10153 9V train motor be powered by the Power Functions Battery pack?

I am currently making the switch to Power Functions with my Lego Train collection and am wondering if I can power the old 9v motors that I used with the metal rails, with a battery box from the power ...
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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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Inverting voltage to PF motor

I often use separate PF motor for each driven wheel. Sometimes the most interesting design of mechanism requires opposite polarity of power supply to motors. Is there any simple non-destructive way to ...
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What lego set is this? Possibly a pirate ship?

my wife picked up this lego set at a garage sale. The owner claimed it was a ship, perhaps a pirate ship, and that the set was complete. It does have something resembling a bow, and several tall ...
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Pass sensor or motor port number as a parameter

I want to create a block for one light sensor or one motor separately. Is it possible to give the number of the port as a parameter to a sensor or motor block via data wire? In NXT-G it was possible.
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Personal part collection on the web (Bricklink or alternative)

I started using Brinklink a few months ago and although I really like it the interface is terrible. I am looking for a specific feature but don't know if it's unsupported or just I cannot find it. ...
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Is there any way to buy specific duplo blocks from Lego (pick-a-brick style and/or in bulk)?

I'm brand new to this site, so please bear with me... I've used the search function with no luck, trying to find similar questions that have already been asked, and I've skimmed all the ...
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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 ...
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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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NXT motors not moving?

I've been looking around the net for a solution to this problem, to no avail. After taking my NXT v1 out of storage, I tried using a motor, but it sortof just, moves back and forth once, then ...
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Gunner bot programing

I just build the RCX Gunner Bot using the instructions from this web site. I had to build something different to the one we built in the class, I added a touch sensor and light sensor, so the bot ...
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Is there only one lego Rohan soldier? Why?

As far as I can tell, Lego has released only one set containing a regular rank-and-file Rohan soldier, that is Uruk-hai army. Is this correct? Why is it so?
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Program a full rotation of a NXT motor in X seconds

I'm interested in mimicking the functionality of the Arqball Spin, at $60 it isn't cheap so I'd like to make the most out of my Mindstorms parts. I'd like to use NXT-G to program a motor to rotate ...
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Is the Lego 8884 IR Receiver compatible with earlier IR Speed Remotes e.g. from set 7897?

I'm thinking of buying the new Train power function, e.g. 8884 IR Receiver, 88000 Battery Box, and 8879 IR Speed Remote. However I already have the set 7897, is the Speed Remote from this set ...
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LEGO Scalextric?

I have a couple of these car parts in my collection but cannot find anything about them. They are copyright 2003 and show a number 3213 on the back axel. Interesting is that they have 3 electrical ...
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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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My Own Train vs. other 9v trains

Does My Own Train series have any pros and cons (or pitfalls) against other 9v trains? Seems that is a rich series but less popular comparing to, for example, Santa Fe or regular City sets. Why?
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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? ...
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lego pieces stuck together! a stick 6m w/flange and a nose cone small 1x1 triangle

My lego pieces, a stick 6m w/flange and a nose cone small 1x1 triangle, are stuck together. I've been trying to seperate them but they just won't. Any advice?
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Can I change the firmware on a Retail EV3 Intelligent brick to the Educational version?

The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 comes in both educational and retail versions. The educational version differs in bricks, sensors, a rechargable battery and datalogging capability. I would like to know can I ...
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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 ...
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Does anyone make a self-driving car?

Mapping and localization are the hottest trends in robotics today. And what's more exciting is they can be both implemented with a low-cost robotics kit like LEGO Mindstorms! I tried to make a ...
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Is it safe to try different firmwares on EV3?

I have prepared a SD card to run Lejos on EV3, as said on Lejos Sourceforge page and I'm about to test it. What worries me - will I still be able to go back to original Firmware if something goes ...
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How to use NXT device as a keyboard key for computer

Is there any way for me to set up my Mindstorms robot so that when I push one of the touch sensors it sends a signal to the computer to press a key?
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Compatibility EV3 software with NXT brick - known limits?

Lego says I can I use the new software to program old NXT bricks: Q: Is EV3 backwards compatible with NXT hardware? A: Yes. You can program your NXT intelligent brick using the new EV3 ...

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