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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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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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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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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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193 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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190 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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On what plane is 6912 Super Soarer based?

The set 6912, Super Soarer, features a yellow jet plane. My first thoughts were towards the Harrier, but it has exhausts on the tail, which the Harrier doesn't have. On what plane, if any, is it ...
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Turn a tank a specific number of degrees

I don't have a gyro sensor so that's not a possible solution (until I purchase one). I figured I'd just do the math on this one. What I'd really like to know are: The circumference of the ...
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Can you identify this yellow crane?

Can you identify this one? It's part of a series of models I had as a kid that I want to take apart for my own kids now, and I'm looking for the original instructions.
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What can I do to clean a minifigure's torso?

Well, I have the old Greneral Grievous from 2005, and it is almost 10 years old. So, by the time, it's torso became like yellow-painted. Tell me what can I do to clean it. Please?
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1answer
125 views

Battery Acid Dust Issue

I was recently digging through some old boxes looking for old LEGO bricks I had as a kid. In two of the boxes I found old double A batteries that had busted (the boxes were in a building that has got ...
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1answer
478 views

How to use two NXT bricks for 3+ motors and 4+ sensors?

I need to use multiple bricks in order to use more motors and sensors. I need to read sensor values, and tell motors to move. I've tried using bluetooth, however my attempts haven't been very ...
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1answer
170 views

Need help fudging a group in 8039

So, I'm building "8039 Venator-class Republic Attack Cruiser ™ Star Wars TM" and I've hit a snag. I need help fudging the instruction from page 76 of book 1 for that set (see picture below). I'm ...
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Which LEGO Technic sets include instructions to add the Power Functions accessory box?

Some LEGO Technic sets apparently come with instructions to add a motor, using the pieces from the Power Function Accessory Box (set 8293). Is there a list of the sets which do contain such ...
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Can you identify this model of a yellow truck?

It's part of a series of models I had as a kid that I want to take apart for my own kids now, and I'm looking for the original instructions. Can you identify this one?
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Are there any additional robo center downloads for the nxt-g software?

It would be nice if there were additional entries under the animals, vehicles, machines and humanoid tabs. Supposedly there was some official LEGO web component to the software which appears to be ...
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What techniques can be used for laying plates at 45° angle?

I've seen a number of techniques for laying individual elements at 45° angles, but I need a consistent method for laying down larger plates at 45 degrees while maintaining close contact with the base ...
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1answer
489 views

EV3 Block problems?

I don't see what is wrong with the way i made my program. It looks like this. The idea is that in the while loop [01] shall the robot move forward until it see something brown. If it see ...
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Damage Boiling LEGO Bricks

I bought some LEGO bricks from shop on Bricklink and received them yesterday. In order to make sure that the pieces were nice and clean (they were used) so that my two year old can play with them, I ...
3
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1answer
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How to minimize the impact of erroneous sensor readings?

A group including myself are using the Lego Mindstorm kit to design a robot that is going to compete in a school competition. However, the sensors aren't as reliable as we would like them to be, ...
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1answer
925 views

Can I buy an add on educational kit for my retail EV3?

We ordered the retail version of Lego EV3, and my son loves it and wants to do more. Are there any add on kits we can buy to expand upon what we have, ie add on motors or special tech pieces, or an ...
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1answer
506 views

Price of EV3 education software

After looking around on the Lego Education website, I failed to find the price of the education software. I currently have the retail version of the software, but I want the extra features and blocks ...
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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 ...
5
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420 views

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. ...
2
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1answer
194 views

Retrobrite cleaning on old cellulose acetate bricks?

Is Retrobrite (cleaning with hydrogen peroxide, oxyclean, sunlight) effective or ineffective or, worse, downright destructive on old cellulose acetate bricks? My understanding is that method of ...
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2answers
622 views

Is it possible to change the OS in the EV3 Mindstorm Brick

I'd like to know how to change the OS embedded into the EV3 mindstorm Brick ( list of it ). For example, would it be possible to replace the existing one by a linux release without losing any ...
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990 views

Is “public transport” train compatable with Lego City track?

Among other things, set 8404 contains a train but it doesn't come with any track pieces (see set 7499). Is this train compatible with these Lego City tracks? I see where it's more of an electric ...
5
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1answer
567 views

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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Why are they called “minifigs”?

Were larger-scale LEGO figures the standard at some point in the past? It just seems odd to me that they're called "mini" when they're basically the only kind of LEGO figures available (not counting ...
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1answer
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Lego plate with square holes?

I have some white plates with square holes on the underside. I'd almost think they were some imitation brand if they didn't have lego stamped on the studs. Can anyone tell me the history of when ...
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Which pre-2000 set had a mobile crane with lights?

I had a set similar to this when I was younger (I am fairly sure this was before the year 2000), although: The model was red, rather than yellow. The model was more of a breakdown truck, rather than ...
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1answer
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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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What kind of metal/alloy were on the old LEGO 9V train tracks?

LEGO's train tracks (the actual rail part) were made from some kind of metal alloy that does not seem to oxidize, and seems to have good electrical charateristics (low resistance). Any ideas what ...
5
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1answer
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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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686 views

How hard is it to convert the new(ish) RC/PF trains to 9V?

I have a HUGE investment in 9V trains (think many thousands of USD) and was wondering how difficult it is to convert the newer RC/PF train systems over to 9V motors? Do the 9V motors fit? Does the ...
2
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1answer
441 views

Unhappy minifig faces [duplicate]

I dislike how many current sets and mystery figures come with negative expressions such as sad, angry, and mad. Sure they have their place and purposes, but I'd prefer my son not have so many grumpy ...
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Is there a way to buy printed pieces to replace stickers?

I don't like stickers on my lego models. Does lego sell pieces with custom printed designs, so I can have newer lego models with all printed pieces like the old days? If not, how do I print designs ...
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Is there a freely downloadable set and part dataset?

I'm working on a project that will require a list of all sets including all of the parts they contain. I'm aware of at least three sites which have this information (Peeron, BrickLink, and ...
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In what ways are LEGO and Megabloks incompatible?

I know that the basic bricks of LEGO and Megabloks fit together, but was wondering if other elements do too. Such as: Plates Rods (Ones Minifigures can hold, not Technic) Right angle (such as ...
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Massive collection given to our charity

I work as a volunteer for Cancer Research U.K. We have been donated massive amounts of vintage Lego. Could you please advise how to sell.
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How is the LEGO plastic different from Megablok plastic?

It's obvious that LEGO has better quality control, but what about the plastic they use? Megabloks look cheap and the parts seem to vary in color in a side by side comparison next to LEGO brand ...
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Who else produces Duplo-sized blocks?

I gather that Mega Bloks Mini Bloks are the same size as Duplo, and are compatible with it. Do any of the other major brick manufacturers make similar bricks? Knowing the possibilities can help when ...
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Where can I find examples of everyday objects built in Lego?

Suppose for example I am interested in creative ways people have made trees, or minifig scale furniture, or just architectural details like windows. Is there some encyclopedia that organizes pictures ...
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Which official LEGO sets are micro-scale versions of existing sets?

The 10230 Mini Modulars set is based on the existing modular series: As well as the 4695 Mini Harry Potter Knight Bus. Have there been other micro-scale sets released by LEGO based on existing ...
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Cell phone holder [closed]

Is there build instructions for an interesting cell phone holder that can be placed on a table? The holder needs to hold the phone upright and allow it to be charged at the same time.
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Looking for a site with custom instructions

I'm looking for a website that has some cool custom model instructions. I have a LEGO store near me and I'm able to buy pieces individually. I'm looking for more of a sci-fi ship kind of instructions. ...
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Extra pieces in my set - Eiffel Tower

I recently purchased a Eiffel Tower Architecture kit and I found it having 9 extra pieces. I know it is normal to have extras but I think the amount is a bit high. Any ideas or explanations? Does ...

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