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How to tell the different ages of pieces

I know that LEGO bricks have changed over the years, with regards to moulding pip locations, element i.d. numbers printed inside etc, but I was wondering if anyone knows when these changes happened? ...
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Was it once possible to put a 1x1 round into a minifig cup?

I remember being able to put a 1x1 round brick into the top of a minifig cup before my dark age (the period of time that a person stops building with Lego, up to the time they pick up the bricks ...
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What lego set is this? Possibly a pirate ship?

my wife picked up this lego set at a garage sale. The owner claimed it was a ship, perhaps a pirate ship, and that the set was complete. It does have something resembling a bow, and several tall ...
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Help with identifying lego sets

Our family (with very big hearts) gave us some lego they found. But... I do not know what sets they are from. I already identified 11 sets, but cannot find the last 4 (I think) Could you please help? ...
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Identify bulldozer truck -probably from early 90"s

Have a bulldozer looking truck with green rocket boosters on it and silver arrows, silver knives on each side of the dome like top Colours: black green, clear green dome figure has clear green ...
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Can anyone identify this spinner with 1..5 and a skull?

My son has just inherited a large box of Lego, we're hoping someone can help identify what set this might be from.
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How can I connect the RCX 2.0 to an external power source?

I want to build an auto-feeder with the RCX 2.0 for my cat. The problem is, that I often had to exchange the batteries. Is there an adapter for the RCX to connect it to a power point?
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Can I build a faster LEGO train motor?

I was going over LEGO Power Functions train motors, and I was not satisfied with the speed. Speed seven is fast enough to derail the train on the curve, but not fast enough realistically. I am ...
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Unlimited engine option does not work

I work in a school and all my Lego NXT bricks have the same problem. Unlimited choice in the activation time engine does not work. The other functions (rotation, and second degree) are going well. So ...
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468 views

How do I make my logo/mascot into a custom LEGO model?

I operate an Indoor Playground & Cafe and would love to find out how to make my mascot/logo into a 4' custom LEGO sculpture. Any assistance appreciated! A bit of looking indicates that LDD will ...
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What set does this minifigure head come from?

I came across this picture: I think the body is from The LEGO Movie Pajamas Emmet polybag, but have no idea where the head is from.
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How to Decipher Lego Building Instructions Filenames?

On the official site for downloading lego instructions, the filenames are often quite cryptic, and many sets have as many as six different files you can download and sometimes it's hard to tell which ...
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191 views

Is it possible to create your own wheel?

After my other question, i pretty much have a bicycle design all planned. My problem now is with wheels. None of my LEGO wheels are big enough to work on a bike. And, the biggest ones are all pretty ...
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1answer
578 views

LEGO TECHNIC CyberMaster Software

I come again to ask a favor. Can someone share the installation CD in English of LT 8482 CyberMaster or where can I download the software in English??
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478 views

Chinese Knockoffs?

I'm looking at the Lego Super Star Destroyer on eBay and I see that a number of people are selling it for ~$600 USD. From time to time there are bids that sell at ~$300 USD that claim to be sealed and ...
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How can I remove permanent marker from a LEGO brick?

I need to remove permanent marker from hard plastic. How can I do it?
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1answer
310 views

Lego EV3 - sending direct commands over RFCOMM Channel (Objective-C, Xcode)

I successfully open RFCOMM Channel to Lego EV3 brick with code: IOBluetoothDevice *device = [IOBluetoothDevice deviceWithAddressString:@"xxxxxxxxxxxx"]; IOBluetoothRFCOMMChannel *rfCommChannel; ...
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1answer
221 views

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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1answer
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How do I get the Mindstorm EV3 software to recognize an NXT brick via Bluetooth?

I'm trying to program my NXT brick via the EV3 software over a Bluetooth connection. I can connect it via USB (although that too failed initially but has since resolved; not sure why) but I'd really ...
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4answers
899 views

Removable glue for LEGO models

I want to glue my 4-year-old's LEGO bricks, but I want to be able to remove the glue when he is older. What is the best glue to use that is removable and okay to use on LEGO bricks?
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2answers
708 views

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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2answers
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Can't get EV3 to work with touch sensors

My FLL team just got a couple of EV3 sets and the kids were trying to program a simple switch that has the robot drive into a wall, back up, and turn right once the touch sensor in the front is ...
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What kind of design is comparable to these programming concepts?

I understand this may sound like a weird question, but bear with me here, OK? I'm getting ready to teach some kids introductory computer programming. We're going to use Scratch, a drag-and-drop ...
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Can I pitch an idea to LEGO?

How would I contact LEGO about an idea for some kits to be built and sold? I have designs for simple kits that I have built for my son that I think would be very popular.
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NXT brick not executing programs correctly

I have an issue that I am hoping someone might be able to resolve: We're using Mindstorms in the classroom as part of a STEM program and have one NXT brick that wont execute programs correctly. The ...
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2answers
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Gearing down a PF XL

I'm looking for the best way to gear down a Power Function XL. I need to achieve a very slow output RPM (less than 1-2 RPM). I've tried a 625:1 gear (trough 40:8 gear). Can someone link to a well ...
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1answer
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Lego EV3 doesn't respond to direct command

I tried to execute command (via bt) play tone: play_tone = '\x0F\x00\x00\x00\x80\x00\x00\x94\x01\x81\x02\x82\xE8\x03\x82\xE8\x03' # send commands to EV3 via bluetooth with ...
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1answer
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How can I tell if my NXT motor is faulty?

I pulled my old Mindstorms NXT out of storage (it's been there for a few years). After patching together a test robot, I noticed that my motors behave strangely. At first, one of the motors did not ...
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473 views

Any way to create a gear+chain, like for a bike?

I would like to create a LEGO bike. I can imagine how most of it would work, but i'm stuck at the chain. I need a way for the turning pedals (at one spot) to cause the wheel (in the back) to spin ...
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1answer
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Preparations for outside display

I am thinking of using LEGO to make some outside yard art, (large minifig scale castle) and wondered what I should do to prepare them for being outside in variable weather conditions (in the Seattle ...
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2answers
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Fixing poorly applied stickers

Does anyone have any tricks to removing a sticker and reapplying, after a significant period of time? I recently purchased a lot of sets from 2000-2010 range, and the stickers look like they were ...
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Are all the Magnet minifigs now glued on and how should I remove them?

A couple of years ago (around 2010 I think), I bought a number of the Star Wars magnet sets, as they looked like a (slightly) economical way of buying a number of specialist characters (including the ...
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1answer
133 views

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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1answer
594 views

How to locate objects, and move towards them, without pre-programming the path

So I need to find objects in an enclosed area, I have access to the standard set of NXT sensors, i.e. ultrasonic/light. However, the ultrasonic sensors seem to be very unreliable and erratic, in ...
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How to Make a Lego Claw Arm?

I am trying to build a lego claw arm to pick up stuff that is out of my reach and I need some ideas on how to design it. I would like a mechanism to be able to open and close the claw from the ...
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1answer
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What's the sight of the ultrasonic sensor according to the distance of the object?

Hey I'm programming a sumobot for a first-year university Civil Engineering project. We should need the sight of the ultrasonic sensor according tot the distance of an object. For example, the sensor ...
2
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1answer
141 views

How make robot turning going straight?

I have been struggling with this function for a while. I want my robot to turn left until it detects black then turn right until it hits black again. Then, I will divide the angle in half and call ...
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1answer
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Is the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 brick waterproof?

I am trying to build a ROV (Remotely operated underwater vehicle) with Lego Mindstorms Ev3. Is it waterproof?
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Strain Gauge on Lego Bridge

I had an idea to teach my son (almost 4) about bridges and large structures from an engineering point of view. I thought that it would be cool to build a large bridge and put a strain gauge on it. One ...
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2answers
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IDE recommendations for EV3 programming

Does anybody have any recommendations for non-GUI programming of the EV3 unit? I'm impressed by the LabVIEW software, but as a professional C# and VB.Net programmer (with C, C++ experience), I find ...
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1answer
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can't send multiple commands to EV3 using Python

I want to use Python to send commands to an EV3 brick. In C++ things work as expected - for instance, this starts the motor on port A and then stops it after a while: #include <unistd.h> ...
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1answer
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where can I find simple Lego ideas [closed]

I have just acquired a bunch of bricks and specialized bricks. Where could I get a lot of ideas? Anything to do with a city would be good. I have already tried the LEGO club.
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1answer
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What is the input to the Speed Regulator?

I wanted to buy a transformer for the speed regulator, so based on this image, I bought a transformer with 12V DC output. It works. However, discussing this with a fellow AFOL, he pointed out that ...
2
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1answer
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NXT shuts down USB on Mac after connecting motors

After successfully connecting our NXT to my Macbook Air and upgrading firmware to 1.31 we built our first robot. We plugged in the motors to ports A, B & C and now we get an Error stating that USB ...
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2answers
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Is it possible to add the power functions to Western Train Chase?

I recently got the Red Cargo Train and it's a great Lego set but a Cars themed train going around my Christmas tree would be even better. Has anyone gotten the power functions to work on the Western ...
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2answers
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Is there a fix for an NXT reporting “File error!” when running an EV3 program?

I downloaded the new EV3 software from Lego and installed it on Windows 7. The EV3 software runs. I plugged in an NXT using a USB cable. EV3 can edit the memory on the NXT and remove ...
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Brick-built alternative to “Door 2 x 5 x 5 Swivel, Bracket Base”

I am trying to make a brick-built alternative to the swivelling door piece that's frequently used to provide secret entrances in castle sets. Example: this combination (images from Bricklink) The ...
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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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Where to find older sets (eg. Classic Space)?

Can people share their experiences on how they locate older sets? Have you had luck with flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, etc.? Or is everything done through eBay and BrickLink? Any comments ...
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Is it possible to use a LEGO NXT ultrasonic sensor for a LEGO train crossing?

I was looking at LEGO NXT components, and I found the ultrasonic sensor. I was wondering that if I put off to the side of the track, the nose of my train would activate the sensor, thus operating the ...

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