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Why are official LEGO PDF instruction books 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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On what plane is 7292 Propellor Adventures based?

The set 7292, Propeller Adventures, features a twin engine airplane. It looks a bit like the de Havilland Mosquito, but not quite. On what plane, if any, is it based?
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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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Why did LEGO create different canister for the Visorak?

I have the six original Visorak (Sets 8742, 8743, 8744, 8745, 8746 and 8747) with different canisters (or boxes). For example, my Suukorak (8747) has a white canister, and my friend's has a black ...
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New ways of connecting levels of multi-story modular buildings

Compare these two instructions from the Green Grocers and Pet Shop modular building and you may notice (other than the background colour) that the top of the walls of the buildings are both arranged ...
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Any good Lego body decal templates or printing services

I was wondering could anybody point me in the direction of a good online service that prints minifig decals? I have no problem creating the designs etc but getting somewhere to print them is very ...
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Lego Mindstorm NXT cannot connect via bluetooth

I have an NXT mindstorm brick, running RobotC firmware. I am trying to connect to it, via bluetooth. At first, the problem was that I had the motorola drivers instead of ones from microsoft. Even ...
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What can I use to glue LEGO bricks to Metal?

So I have no roof lining in my car and instead of replacing it with another carpet I thought covering it in Lego would look pretty cool What would be the best way to glue the LEGO to the metal of my ...
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What are the curve radii for the curved slope pieces?

Does anyone have a table with the curve radii for the curved slope pieces? If not, does anyone have a good idea for measuring a third point on the curve? Since I know the front and the back ...
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Convert 3rd party NXT programming language code to NXT-G program?

Is there a way to convert code from one or more 3rd party programming languages used for programming the NXT into a program that can be loaded up in NXT-G? If not, do any text-based languages provide ...
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What's the best way to machine LEGO pieces on a mill?

Does anyone have experience with modifying LEGO pieces on a mill? Any suggestions on cutting speed?
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Can anyone explain the transformation information within a Lego Digital Designer LXF file?

I've been taking a look at the structure of the LDD files recently to see if it's feasible to create a plugin for 3D studio max that allows you to directly open LXF files for higher quality ...
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Small lego train sets on narrow gauge track?

Will Lego sets such as "LEGO Christmas Train" 40034 or "Emerald-Express" 31015 run (manually) on narrow gauge lego track? These sets use a wheelbase that is only 4 studs wide and wheels that have a ...
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Are these ATC bricks from the 1970's LEGO?

I have some Lego compatible basic bricks from early 1970s or late 1960s. Bought in Finland or maybe Germany or Sweden. Can anyone tell me more about them? As you can see, the interlocking mechanism ...
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Communication between two Ev-3 bricks

How the communication between two Ev-3 bricks is done over Bluetooth? What is the nature of data that can be communicated?
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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 ...
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Is there a place where you can buy single pieces of LEGO-compatible systems?

I've acquired a set of MegaBloks and was amazed at the slopes with studs on top. Unfortunately the set is $15 and there's only 6 pieces I need. So I wanted to ask, are there any sites like Bricklink ...
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Where can I find the black crusaders horse barding?

The question is all in the title. I'm talking about this: the second knight from the left entrance to the castle.
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RobotC for RCX cannot find USB IR Tower

I have looked for similar question but found null. So here I am asking. I have Win7, a RobotC fo RCX and Mindstorms for RCX (both are old version, but available free). I borrowed an old LEGO kit ...
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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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Purchase a list of lego parts

If I have a list of lego parts (exported from Lego Digital Designer or Bricksmith) is there an easy way to purchase all of the parts either on Lego's Pick a Brick or on Bricklink? I know that I can ...
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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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Is this a real Duplo Train Base or fake?

I'm new to LEGO, so forgive me if this is a simple question. I purchased a lot of 30 Duplo Train Base from eBay. Below is the picture that accompanied the listing. There is a disclaimer stating: ...
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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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What is LEGO Junior?

Are LEGO Junior bricks bigger than regular LEGO? I can't decide between Junior LEGO and Duplo for my son who is just over 3. I had thought the Junior sets might constitute a happy medium, but am now ...
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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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How can I tell which LEGO minifigure I found?

I found a mini-figure on the the ground by a recycling bin. I want to figure out what set/collection he belongs to but can't find anything other than how to tell what you're getting in a blind bag. ...
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What is the “Module” of a LEGO gear?

Module, m this indicates the tooth size and is the number of mm of pitch circle diameter (p.c.d.) per tooth. For gears to mesh, their modules must be equal. Gear ISO standards and design ...
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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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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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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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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 many ways can six 8-peg lego blocks of six different colors be combined?

I have seen the number quoted as > 650 billion. The quote is from a Danish mathematician, Soren Ehlers. Intuitively, this does not seem correct to me. Any mathematicians/statisticians out there who ...

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