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Can anyone find a photo of the “LEGO bricks, not LEGOS” insert?

Debates aside; I have been told that there used to exist a message either in Lego catalogs or inserts in boxes that reads as this: The word LEGO® is a brand name and is very special to all of us ...
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How can I minimize the number of merchants for given set of requested bricks?

This question should be answered in Bricklink FAQ, but I didn't find answer there. I'm a casual Lego hobbyist, I have a few sets with random pieces missing, about two dozens of them. Some are truly ...
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How well does the new interior lighting system intergrate into a new build?

I enjoyed the interior LEGO lighting I saw at Brickcon 2011. How does the lighting system affect the fit of the LEGO elements involved?
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Has anyone automated the LEGO hand sorting process beyond “pawing & piling”?

I need to rephrase my question. Has anyone built or used a large pigeon hole/ chute/ bin collection system to sort LEGO elements? The sorting system doesn't need to be made of LEGO bricks. I just want ...
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Is there a Technique or Algorithm for Building Spheres?

There are times when I would like to build a sphere or a dome like this one: From Small Lego Sphere Project While this example is great, I find it difficult to scale it to another size, whether ...
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How much heat can LEGO bricks withstand?

I was thinking on making a decorative LEGO candle holder. It would be made out of regular ABS LEGO bricks, but also transparent ones. Because there will be an open flame involved, I want to make sure ...
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Is there a standard scale for building “minifig scale” creations?

I've seen many impressive models built to "minifig scale" (e.g. the enormous USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier), but is there a standard (or at least widely adopted) scale e.g. 1:60 that these ...
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How do I print images onto minifig body parts?

I have seen a few custom minifigures out there with images on certain body parts never produced by LEGO. What is the best way to achieve this? I have heard of some people printing out the image on ...
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Steering mechanism for City-scale vehicle

I'd like to build city-scale (6 studs wide) motorized vehicles with PF remote control. There are already several suggestions on how to motorize wheels. The next challenge is steering mechanism that ...
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Can I get LEGO compatible wheels 3cm in diameter or bigger?

I want to make a formula one car at least 30 cm in length out of standard LEGO parts. None of the LEGO wheels I have are big enough for this scale. Where can I get some big wheels that would look ok? ...
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Is there a database of original Minifigure configurations, including their personal gear?

Is there a minifigure museum? I have a gallon jar (& more) of minifigures that my kids have mixed and matched. Is there a website I can reference in order to put the minifigures back in their ...
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Can I remotly control the points on PF train tracks?

I'm interested in investing in power functions based trains, but want to automate switching points. Is this possible? What is the cheapest / easiest way of achieving this?
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What is the best way to clean LEGO bricks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lego cleaning techniques and tools What is the best way to clean LEGO bricks for trading or resale to other enthusiast? The bricks are from a Non-smoking environment, ...
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What does SNIR stand for?

I know that SNOT means "Studs Not On Top", but I've also seen "SNIR" used, often in the same context as SNOT, but clearly different - what does it mean?
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Is the 3rd party vendor Amazing Armory still around?

I heard that he was a scammer, but he made some good stuff and quite a few people have some of the great visors and guns he made.
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What are some 3rd party mini-figure gun makers that distribute in Canada?

I'd like to buy some flint-lock era mini-figure guns for my collection, something like these guns. What I don't want is to pay the outrageous customs fees to get them to Canada. Does anyone know of ...
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Starting out with trains: PF, RC, 9v or what?

I've always wanted Lego trains as a child, but never had any. However, now my son is old enough to appreciate them, I thought I might invest in some 2nd hand sets. The problem is, what standard to ...
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What is the best way of getting muck out of bricks?

I purchased a large bulk load of bricks for my 7 year old. Most have washed up quite well, but some of the bricks have various substances stuck in their underside. The types of foreign substances ...
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Historically, what types of sets have proven to be a great investment?

My brother recently sold some of the lego he had as a child, and they went for a lot more than they cost originally, even taking inflation into account. So, what types of sets have risen in value ...
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How can I automate orders from Lego Pick-a-Brick?

Is there a way to automate the process of ordering from Lego's online Pick-a-Brick? I'd like to be able to go from a .csv with part IDs to a filled cart on their site, or even all the way through to ...
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How can I use System and Bionicle elements together?

I have a small collection of Bionicle elements that I would like to incorporate into my System builds but I am a little unsure how to use them. What are the different ways to use these two types of ...
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What kind of activities can I expect to find at a LEGO Kids Fest?

There is a LEGO Kid's Fest coming to my community soon, but I noticed that the admission price is steep ($20.00 for each adult). What kind of activities can I expect for the kids? Link to LEGO Kids ...
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Is there a logic to the way The LEGO Group fills the plastic bags?

When opening a new box, most of the pieces are in closed plastic bags, and sometimes inside those plastic bags is another plastic bag for smaller pieces. I find the pieces, for the most part, rather ...
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As of November 2011, should I buy the NXT 2.0 now, or wait and buy the NXT 3.0 later? [closed]

I have played with the original RCX when I was in school, and I'm so in love with it. Now I have just got my first job and I would like to get an NXT robot. However, I saw in this Wikipedia article ...
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What is the difference between the NXT and the RCX?

What is the difference between the NXT and the RCX? I know that the NXT is newer, but what features does it have that the RCX doesn't have, and vice versa (if the RCX has features that the NXT ...
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How can I easily remove a jumper plate without a brick separator?

How can I easily remove a jumper plate? I find a it very difficult to remove this kind of brick with a brick separator.
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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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Are there any health concerns with letting children use old LEGO kits?

I have a hoard of LEGO kits that passed from me to my nephew, and now to my son. Some of the kits that are included with the set date back to the early 1970's. Are there any health risks with passing ...
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Can Lego soccer (football) parts be used for anything other than soccer?

I had the Lego soccer field, but took it apart. What else can the parts be used for besides soccer? I'm specifically wanting to know about the green bases and minifigure stands.
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How can I identify kits from a box of parts?

I am a life long Lego Maniac, and my kits from when I was a kid were passed down to my nephew, who has just passed them down to my son (40 years of history...). The trouble is that none of my old ...
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How much weight can a handle of Technic pegs and beams support?

Some Lego spaceships have handles attached, made out of Technic beam and pegs, and attached to the model using Technic bricks, pegs, and axles. For example, 7644: MX-81 Hypersonic Operations Aircraft ...
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What sizes of bricks (building scales) have carried the Lego brand name?

Apart from regular Lego and Duplo, what other sizes of brick have there been that have carried the Lego name? What is the compatibility between the different building scales?
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How can I make custom LEGO packaging?

How can I print high-quality custom packaging for a custom-made model? I am aware of DesignByMe. But as many of you know, the pieces for that are limited, as are the options for making your own box. ...
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How can I build a functional gearbox?

I'm looking for a fully functional (manual) transmission / gearbox for my Technics motorized vehicle. How can I build this?
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How do I create manuals in the same style as Lego instruction manuals? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do any programs exist that allow you to build your own LEGO manuals? I want to create my own manuals, but I want them to look and feel like actual Lego instruction ...
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How strong are blocks in general - is adhesive necessary when building large structures?

I'm really intrigued by all the amazing bridge architecture and designs people come up with (for example: Lego Cable Stayed Bridge) and it got me wondering, do larger structures like that need any ...
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Under what conditions are the Lego boardgame dice unfair, and by how much?

For Lego's board game line, they have moulded a Lego die, with a 2x2 stud pattern on each side. Obviously, weight distribution is going to be thrown off if you use a full studless plate on one side ...
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How would you make a good pivot-arm suspension?

I once tried to make a 4 wheeled Lego robot using a pivot arm suspension system. The robot was motorized using 2 Mindstorm (2.0) motors (one one each side). I can't find and original picture but it ...
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What pieces are prone to breaking?

I've had a few pieces break over the years, which was a real bummer as I was not expecting them to. What are some commonly used pieces that are prone to breaking? Pieces that should be handled ...
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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 ...
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Where can I find LEGO technic pieces? [closed]

I love the design by me software, but there are too few LEGO Technic pieces. Do you know somes places (in Europe) where I can find LEGO Technic pieces without buying sets ?
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Bridge from just basic bricks?

I teach an after-school engineering class using LEGO bricks, one of our classes has the students build a bridge. Each student gets a custom set of about 150 2x4 bricks, about 300 2x2 bricks, and, if ...
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What is the basis of purism in LEGO building? [closed]

LEGO purism is the idea that LEGO constructions should be made with only with official Lego blocks with no modifications. Other bits of plastic, papercraft, metal supports, and so on are frowned upon. ...
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How can I create synthetic imagery (rendering) of LEGO models?

I'd like to know how I can create computer imagery of my own models or existing models. How can we do photographic quality or cartoon like images?
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LEGO Safety: Known risks and how to avoid them?

I run an after school program that teaches engineering to kids, mainly Kindergarten through 3rd grade (roughly ages 5 - 9). I'm trying to educate my coaches as to the known safety risks regarding ...
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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 ...
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How many spaceman minifigure variations exist?

I was looking at collecting all the different Spaceman minifigures. So I'm wondering how many different types(styles) of Spaceman do exist. Color variations is not necessarily but it would also be ...
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Has anyone made LEGO fly?

It may not be the ideal material. But has there ever been a LEGO model airplane with the ability to glide, under power maybe, or some other kind of successful lifting airship? Helicopter, blimp, kite, ...
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How many minifigs have actually flown in space?

I want to know how many have been to space (they don't have to have returned.)
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Why did Lego use the same number for two different sets?

For example, Ricky Racoon on his Scooter from 1979 is a completely different set from House with Garage from 1996, but they share the same number (324). Why did Lego recycle numbers like this? Do they ...

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