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What is the best way to make a staircase?

I have built a Bat Cave from some bookcases and lego base plates. ( http://alice-yarns.co.uk/blog/2013/11/17/the-batcave-part-i/ ) I want to add staircases for the characters to move between each of ...
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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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How can I order an Ev3 gyro in Europe

I just bought the Ev3 kit, knowing that the gyro sensor is not included. I obviously want a gyro sensor, perhaps also the ultrasonic sensor. Is there any official channel to order them in Europe? All ...
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Is there any other way to program the Lego Mindstorms NXT other than the provided software?

I'm curious to know if there is any way to program the NXT other than the provided software. I don't necessarily have any issue with the software. Does the program created by the software translate ...
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Holonomic robots using Mindstorms

I just got some Rotacaster wheels and want to try building a 3 wheeled Mindstorms omnibot (holonomic robot) and I'm looking for a practical (easy) discussion about writing a driving program. I've ...
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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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What are some storage options?

I have several Lego sets and I usually build them and then make them small enough so they fit back in the box for long term storage . . . but my dream is that I can take apart my model and organize ...
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Are there any LEGO elements not being produced because of mechanical problem with the mould?

I am referring element number 702 4x4 corner brick, and possibly other elements that have not been in sets in a considerable amount of time.
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Scan objects while moving?

I'm using leJOS with an NXT robot. I want to scan the distances of objects from my robot. While rotating the Ultrasonic sensor from right to left, I would like to find out which object is closest to ...
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Finding certain positions in a room?

I have LEGO NXT and a square room of 100x100cm. I would like to use the center of the of the room always as my starting point(the black box). The green box is going to be my park area. Circles can be ...
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Third-party blocks with a smiling face or an umbrella with 2 dots on each side

I bought a bunch of duplos from the thrift store and inside there was not Just duplos but also mega bloks. I was able to separate most of them but there are a few that I just cannot tell which is ...
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Mindstorms, black orphaned data wires

I've just copied a loop element, which had a data wire going into it. The internal wires (from the old external data wire) are now black, and I cannot delete them, or re-link them to a new external ...
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Pneumatic set pistons getting sticky

My sons "9641 Pneumatics Add on Set" now suffers from stiction. How can this be fixed? Can it be cleaned? Is there a recommended lubricant?
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Which Lego Police set or sets do I have?

We were given a big bag of Lego pieces. When sorting through them my son found a bunch of police pieces but we can't figure out which set or sets they belong to. I've tried looking up a few ...
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Simple optical switch?

I have built a conveyor belt for my son out of Lego Technic. Now, I would like to add a simple optical switch (so that the belt stops when an object arrives at the end of the belt..), and I am not ...
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How is a LEGO Friends Mini-doll built? [duplicate]

Has anyone taken apart a LEGO Friends mini-doll to see how the arms and legs connect? And are the connection points compatible with any other types of brick?
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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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Is it possible to buy Lego Marvel Superheroes minifigures seperately?

I'm a fan of marvel, and I find it pretty cool that Lego is making sets and mini figures for Marvel. I personally wouldn't want to buy a whole set of blocks and characters, and i wouldn't want to buy ...
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How can you remove a minifig from its key chain?

My sister has a LEGO minifigure attached to a key chain, but she wants to remove it from the key chain, how can she do this?
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1answer
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what is included lego 7155

I found an open box lego 7155 at a local Goodwill. The funny thing is that there are 3 unopened bags in the box, 3 booklets (instructions, and 2 other small booklets along with 4 large pieces that ...
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1answer
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Please identify this broken LEGO Technic piece

This piece is from LEGO Technic 8070 Super Car. Can anyone please identify its name as it's broken and I need to get a new one.
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1answer
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Can I re-use my LEGO Store Pick a Brick cup?

I was wondering if anyone went into a LEGO store with their old Pick a Brick cup and got a discount for re-using it, or do you have to buy a new cup?
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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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1answer
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How quickly do new molds reach PAB on the Lego website?

A few months ago, I asked Lego customer service if the 1x2 jumper plates on the Lego PAB site would be the new mould (with stud holders) or the old mould (with pegs). I received no reply, not even to ...
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2answers
385 views

Parts in Lego Set

I am building an inventory of all my Lego pieces and I am looking for a website that can give the pieces in a set with only the set number. It would be easier if there was information for many Lego ...
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1answer
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Is it possible to add block to the on-brick “NXT Program” menu?

I have an NXT 2.0 (8547) set. Is it possible to add some custom blocks to the NXT progranm submenu on the brick itself (like the existing "forward 5", "turn left", ...) so that I can add and use some ...
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1answer
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Robot that builds a copy of itself

I'd like to try building a robot that can build a copy of itself. Basically, I guess that involves: having some means of navigating around (i.e. wheels, tracks, something to move on) having some ...
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1answer
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Best online community for Lego Builders?

It seems like different people use different online communities to share Lego-related things, but is there one that's just the best? I suppose I am asking a subjective question, but what I'm looking ...
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1answer
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How to use printed bricks from set 850425 into LDD?

I would like to know if it is possible to use the printed tiles (those with letters) from the 850425 set into the Lego Digital Designer (LDD)? And if it is possible, the next question is "how" of ...
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1answer
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Does LEGO generally restrict the sale of Lego sets in a country?

I live in Israel where Lego are available but for insane prices. Generally 5X the price of a Lego set online. I have called Lego asking to have a Lego set shipped to me, and they have told me that ...
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Can you program Lego Mindstorms with the Scratch programming language?

My child is learning programming using Scratch in school. Can she program her Mindstorms using Scratch?
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What was wrong with monorails?

From this answer: Then there's the whole problem of parts which are simply not in production any longer, and for which the cost of reproducing them would offset the potential benefits of reissuing ...
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1answer
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How can I make product suggestions to TLG?

I'm sure lots of is have had ideas for products, parts, sets, themes or services that we'd like LEGO to produce. What are the best ways of proposing them to TLG, and of persuading them to take on our ...
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1answer
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Programming with Lego Mindstorms EV3

I know this question was asked in the past, but I want an up-to-date answer. What is the best way to program with the NXT with a oriented object programming language? Ideally C#, C++ or Java (maybe ...
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1answer
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EV3 IR Beacon/Remote Programmability

Can the EV3 IR Beacon/Remote be programmed to emit other IR signals, like for triggering a camera? I'd like to use the Mindstorms EV3 kit for building a hyperlapse photography rover where it moves, ...
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Are there any LEGO movie/game posters?

I'm trying to find some posters for my childrens room and everytime I find something on EBay etc .. they are all A4 or A3 :( I'm guessing it's a simple process as getting a nice quality version image ...
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1answer
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I have a 16x16 stud clear base plate. Where is it from?

I found another grab bag treasure. I ended up with a 16x16 stud clear(ish) base plate. A quick look at bricklink gave me a no items found message. I'd like to know which set(s) this piece can be found ...
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1answer
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How can I make a precise one-way clutch using Technic elements?

I need a mechanism so that if a (NXT) motor rotates forward, it moves one gear, but the other stays still, but if it rotates backward, the first gear does not move, but the second one does. I found ...
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How do I build a sloped roof with a 60° rake?

I've seen the sloped roof on the "Winter Village Post Office" and similar using plates, and I want to build a roof with a similar angle: What should I use to ensure they are well attached?
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Have any Lego sets been released with errors/mistakes in the build instructions? If not, why not?

I was thinking about the documentation process of a large set like the Death Star and it got me thinking; surely at some point Lego must've released a set of instructions that contained a mistake? ...
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What is the largest Lego kit commercially available?

I believe the Imperial Star Destroyer is the biggest in terms of size, at 58.8 cm by 50.5 cm by 21 cm, and the Death Star in the number of pieces, at 3803. Are there any newer, bigger models?
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Can I use the WeDo USB hub with normal Linux distributions?

I haven't found a lot of detail on the WeDo USB hub. Is this device usable with Linux? I found one article that indicated the OLPC XO had support for it, but it implied there was custom support ...
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How to speed up the 4x4 Crawler truck 9398?

Just finished building the 4x4 Crawler and it was a fun build but as a remote control car it is . . . in a word . . . SLOW! I know it's powerful and can climb over stuff but sometimes there is nothing ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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What software was used to create the LEGO Movie?

So I've just seen the LEGO Movie and I was amazed at the such intricate details of all the minifigures and sets. I was wondering if anyone knows what software was used to create the film. Animal ...
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1answer
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What do the V# codes represent in the LEGO shop?

The online LEGO shop references products with a V# code at the end, like this: What is the meaning of this code?
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1answer
199 views

Biggest European LEGO event?

I was wondering if there is a big European event where new sets and custom sets are shown, and maybe deals on sets or pieces, something like an E3 for LEGO or something similar. I looked on Google but ...
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1answer
199 views

How does cleaning yellowed Lego bricks affect their clutch power?

Will cleaning yellowed bricks (via the retr0brite solution) decrease the clutch power of lego bricks? I've also heard that certain colors of embellishments on the minifigs or bricks do not hold up ...
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Why are 2/3 height bricks with studs on the side 2 studs deep?

This question is regarding the 2/3 height bricks with studs on the side. The two that I am aware of are 99206 and 87609: If you haven't seen them before, these are functionally somewhat similar to ...
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How do you store your built models for long-term display?

My wife and I recently started to re-enjoy Lego and had a lot of fun building the Grand Emporium and a few other pieces but now they're collecting dust and we're lucky enough to have a few spare rooms ...

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