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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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Is there any application to keep an inventory of owned sets and pieces?

I'm looking for a desktop application that keeps track of sets and pieces owned. Ideally something that would look up LEGO databases such as Peeron or others in order to add the pieces in a set ...
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How can I make micro-scale water?

This is totally boring: How can I add some variance to it that helps to distinguish a rippling lake from a raging ocean from a fast-moving river, while keeping a look that's appropriate for ...
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How should I create a Heroica scale graveyard or crypt room?

I've recently started playing Heroica with my sons, and we want to take this further, so I'm looking for some suggestions on modelling a graveyard or crypt room. As an example, here's a model of the ...
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How many copies of each set is produced?

Is there any way to find out how many copies of a set were produced? I would like to know how rare some of my older sets actually are.
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Which BIONICLE combiner sets do official instructions exist for creating?

There is a diversity of BIONICLE combiner sets (sets made by combining multiple individual sets together) for various groups including Toa, Matoran, Bohrok, Rahkshi, Dark Hunters, and a number of Rahi ...
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Are there LDraw files for the standard Heroica components?

I'm using MLCAD to design and polish some Heroica maps. As I go I've made various LDraw files for the common map components (6x6 tiles with 4 spaces, 4x1 hallways, etc.) as well as some aliases for ...
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Are the X-Pods balanced?

I own a few X-Pods and want to play the X-Pod "Play-Off" game again. While I want my game pieces to look neat, I also want to win. Does each X-Pod have the same chance of winning? If not, then I ...
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What is the first day of the 2011 Star Wars advent calendar supposed to be?

I opened the Star Wars Advent Calendar 2011 early and I don't get what the set on the first day is. I'm not much of a Star Wars fan I guess. I can't identify it as any particular ship and my only ...
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Who is (or was) Susan Williams?

I've heard the name "Susan Williams" associated with LEGO products, especially in the 1980s. Who is / was she?
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How can I make a working pin tumbler lock?

I'd like to make a working pin tumbler lock out of LEGO bricks. I have already designed a key I'd like to use that should be compatible with five cylinder lock.
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Best way to store instruction manuals?

Currently I store Lego set manuals/instructions in hanging file folders in a file box, grouped by set type. This makes it hard to dig through and find the one I need, and manuals tend to get tangled ...
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Is a N2 or CO2 paintball tank a viable power source for a LEGO pneumatic Engine?

I would like to know how a LEGO pneumatic engine would perform when powered with a nitro (N2, HPA) or CO2 tank. I have seen a few RC cars powered with air (from soda bottles), so I am wondering if it ...
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What is piece 4211642 from 10179 - UCE Millenium Falcon?

I'm working on making sure I have all necessary pieces for 10179: Ultimate Collector's Edition Millenium Falcon (a painstaking process, to say the least). I received the set not entirely complete, ...
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Are LEGO elements safe to use in an aquarium with fish?

Are LEGO elements safe to use in an aquarium with fish? I've never seen LEGO elements in a working fishtank.
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Why aren't LEGO bricks cubic?

The height of the 1x1x1 LEGO brick is 6/5 times its width. Is there any particular reason for these proportions? And especially why not making a cubic brick (it would have made SNOT building easier)? ...
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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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