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How to control a RCX from a Mindstorms NXT

I have both an RCX and an NXT. I would like to control the RCX brick from the NXT (and possibly communicate back to to the NXT from the RCX). I would like to avoid purchasing the Mindsensors RCX to ...
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What are all the different third-party accessories that I can get for an RCX?

What are all the different third-party accessories that I can get for an RCX?
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Building a 45 degree brace

I'm trying to reproduce my own house in Lego, and attached is a photo of the porch above my front door that is supported by a 45 degree wooden brace: At my current scale, the vertical white wood ...
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Has Lego discontinued presenting alternate configurations on the backs of modern boxes?

When I was younger, the backs of my Castle/Space Lego set boxes showed alternate model builds for the supplied pieces, configurations not detailed in the instruction manual. I appreciated these ...
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Flash update breaks the Mindstoms NXT viewer

After udating to the lastest version of Flash on my Macbook Pro (OS X 10.7.4) The Mindstorms NXT software that comes in the box no longer displays the build instructions. It does load up, but the ...
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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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Bluetooth will not connect Error code: -142016

nxt 2.0 Error code: -142016 The Bluetooth does connect. I am not having these issues with any of my other Bluetooth devices running off of the same dongle. Where do I find the the meaning of any ...
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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 versatile are the parts in a lego pirate ship set?

I am looking at buying one of the pirate ship sets, such as 6285-1: Black Seas Barracuda, however, I am concerned the parts in the set are too specialized, and could not be easily adapted to make ...
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What other uses are there for pull-back motors?

Sets 42010 and 42011 feature a pull-back motor. They have a very high torque for a very small numbers of turns, they then free-wheel. I'm trying to find alternate usage for them. That is anything but ...
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Difference between “Pick a brick” and “Bricks and pieces”

I am confused by the existence of two distinct and official Lego online services for ordering individual Lego parts, Pick a brick and Bricks and pieces. Why are there two of them? What are the ...
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Can anyone identify this strangely shaped piece (1970s?)

I bought a tin of old Lego second hand - most of the pieces date from the 70s and very early 80s. These definitely say Lego on them. They may be damaged. I cannot find them on other brick identifier ...
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Are there more studs or “antistuds”?

I was reflecting this morning about the recently introduced element Brick 1 x 1 with Stud on One Side and the fact that there is no real counterpart for it; that is, a 1x1 brick with a hollow cavity ...
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What is a good ratio to buy bricks in?

I want to add to my collection by buying an assortment of 2x4,2x2,1x2, and 1x1 bricks in a variety of colors. I want these to be general purpose bricks, primarily for sculptures and buildings. What ...
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Quality issues with tan-colored Lego pieces?

I recently bought an expensive Lego set with a large number of tan-colored pieces. I was very disappointed to find out that more than a dozen (isn't that a spectacularly large number?) of 1x1 bricks ...
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Why are some seemingly simple sets, so expensive?

My son has fallen in love with the Lego City series. Alas, I let him watch a YouTube from the video game, and as we look to reward good behavior with reasonable sets, we are seeing very odd price ...
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Where does this green plane fuselage piece come from?

It has the year 2005 on it and the number 22988 I think. Anyone know what it is?
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Design of record-breaking builds

This is more a theoretical than practical question... If one wanted to build a 40-metre tower out of only Lego using the fewest pieces or cost, what design would be a good one, e.g. types of pieces ...
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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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Please tell me what tunnel-hull boat set this is?

I cannot figure out what this set would be...I like it and want to find instructions...but tried different wording and looking at images without luck.
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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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How to build a car that stops at a certain distance?

I want to build a small car that is about 200 grams. I want it to run the following course and stop at exactly or about the the finish line. I can't use any controlling devices or electronics. I've ...
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Can anyone identify this piece for me?

It seems like this piece would be named "Octagonal Dish 2 x 2" but I can't seem to find it on any of the usual sites. Is this named something else or is it not a real LEGO element?
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How hard is it to get a job within the LEGO company, straight out of university as a graduate?

How hard is it to get a job at the LEGO company? Being fresh out of university as a graduate of mathematics, I'm specifically interested in answers on if and how LEGO hires graduates.
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How does the remote control on the 9398 4X4 Crawler work?

Been looking for a good option for creating a remote control car but it seems Lego released an "official" way via the 9398 4X4 Crawler but it's expensive. How does it work? And that's really two ...
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Lego Mindstorms NXT software error

I have installed the retail version of the NXT software. Due to pitiful performance on my Mac (OSX 10.7 Lion) I followed guidance on other forums and uninstalled Flash 11 and reinstalled 10. Now ...
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Which subtheme did the “Space Monorail” sets come under?

Many years ago I remeber attending a model railway exhibition and one of the railways was a Lego monorial that looked very "space" based. I've found 6990 (Monorail Transport System) and 6991 (Monorail ...
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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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Duplo Activity table to Lego System Table

We purchased a table with Duplo baseplates on top (activity table) for my son when he was 1 year old. He's now turning six and we would like to convert the Duplo top to the regular LEGO System top. is ...
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What's a good age to start getting into Mindstorms with my child?

What is a good age to start getting a child into LEGO Mindstorms? Also, how would you recommend introducing her? I can't wait to start building robots with my daughter. She loves LEGO and the idea of ...
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Star Wars 2013 Advent calendar codes

What are the four codes for the 2013 Star Wars Advent calendar online game?
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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 ...
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Identification of arm like beam

Any part number information about this technic beam?
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Common, practical use for this piece

I've been digging to some old inventories and noticed that all Bohrok from the Bionicle theme contains this piece: I'm pretty sure I have this piece in my collection, probably from a Bohrok. At ...
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Motor, receiver and battery combos

What combination of motor/Receiver/battery boxes are possible/supported? example: 2x XL motors, 1x M Motor, 1 light using 1 receiver and 1 battery box.
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What is the name of this Lego Blacktron anime/cartoon?

Once upon a time, in a distant past there was a Lego Blacktron series: The Lego Blacktron series has a logo/symbol, it's a yellow triangle with small black triangle inside. Now my question is: ...
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Ninjago lightning and fire dragons

I am searching (to buy) the lighting dragon and the fire dragon from the Ninjago series. I am not interested in other parts of those sets, I'm just searching for the dragons themselves. I have ...
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How can a Mindstorms robot lift something very heavy?

I have a small LEGO Mindstorms robot and I have to lift something heavy. Now it seems not possible because the motor is not heavy enough.
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Starting a wholesale LEGO business

I would like to start a company trading in bulk LEGO. I have been told, however, that trading in volume is quite difficult and good discounts are only really given to the likes of Walmart and other ...
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Help to identify a unique minifig head

I have a minifig head that I can't find on the Brickset website or else where. Not sure where it came from but found it amongst a pile of odd bricks my kids had collected years ago. The head is ...
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Battery for Trains

For those who have tried, which one is a better option: Rechargeable Battery Box and Transformer/Charger 10VDC ($50 + $25) or AAA Battery Box and a lot of AAA batteries ($13 + ?) Obviously $75 is ...
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What is the difference between 8T gears “Type 1” (3647) and “Type 2” (10928)?

On Bricklink I can see that there are two types of 8-toothed gear - a "Type 1" (3647) and a "Type 2" (10928). It's obvious these parts are not the same, but what is the functional difference ...
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Is LEGO testing the market with the Minifigure Series?

I looks to me that LEGO is testing the market by using the Minifigure Series. It seems logical to try all kind of different themes and see which ones are gaining traction. For example: Minifigure ...
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Which type of LEGO bricks would be compatible with the Mega Bloks Blind Bag Figures?

My husband collects the Marvel figures which come in the Mega Bloks blind bags. His birthday is coming up and I'd like to build him a display for his Marvel figures. I'd strongly prefer to use LEGO in ...
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How can I make a LEGO heroica scale fountain of youth using bricks from Fortaan or Waldurk?

I have started collecting heroica and I thought "wouldn't a fountain of youth be superb!" but I only have Fortaan and Waldurk... any ideas?
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Are there any theoretical works about possiblity of self-replication of LEGO systems?

Are there any theoretical works about possiblity of self-replication of LEGO systems? (constraints on the size etc., computer simulations) Here are some relevent links: Bartlab.org: PDF Document ...
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LEGO WeDo and Mac OS X Lion

Just got a new Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion instead of burned old one. Now I can't install WeDo software since its installer doesn't support Lion. Google search suggests that LEGO released a patch to ...
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How large is the face of a 2x2 45º brick?

I am attempting to make a decal for a roof tile, sort of like the computer face on certain bricks of the type. However, as there appears to be no template, how large is the face of a 2x2 45º brick?
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How much does the NXT brick weigh?

I am working on a project that involves LEGO Mindstorms bricks but for some tasks I want to know the weight of the NXT brick, so I would be pleased if anyone can help me.
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What does BURP or BURPS stand for?

Came across this one a few times (most recently here) where it links to a number of mountain elements: you still end up with some neat mini-BURPS and other useful pieces

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