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Determining what set I have from a bag of lego pieces?

I have a bag of lego pieces that make a set of something but I don't have a box or instructions. Is there anyway to determine what set it is so I can download/buy an instruction sheet for it...or at ...
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Programming EV3 with NXC

I'm trying to run NXC programs (all run well on NXT) but when trying run it on EV3 I find an error. The download from computer to EV3, runs well but trying to run the program with RUN EV3, I have an ...
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MRDS & RCX Support?

What is the last version of the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio that supports the RCX? The Wikipedia link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Robotics_Developer_Studio) indicates RCX was ...
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Are there any mirrored LEGO bricks?

I recently built LEGO Creator 5770: Lighthouse Island which features a clever trick to build the lighthouse's lantern, using stickers on on a Slope Brick 2x2 and Slope Top 1x2x2/3: Step 54 from ...
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Cleaning between the studs of a build

I've unpacked a few of my models after moving home some time ago, these models have been in a cardboard boxes for several months and need cleaning: I've tried compressed air, which only makes some ...
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What is the rarest LEGO production element (colour/shape combination)?

What is the rarest LEGO element according to the following criteria: Genuine LEGO elements, not those available through third party vendors or otherwise modified elements. (So nothing from ...
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Where can I find this lego piece? [duplicate]

I found this lego piece but I want some more of them for my huge lego project. But where can I find these? I really need exactly this lego piece can someone help me? The lego piece I have: If you ...
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What kind of “Lego” figures are these?

Can anyone tell me about these lego-compatible figures? They clearly aren't lego brand, they don't look like mega blok figures or tyco figures that I have seen (not that they couldn't be one of those ...
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How can a brick/color combination exist but not be part of a set?

In a recent question the 2x4 transparent brick in neon green came up as a rare part (see Does someone know where i can find this lego brick?). It doesn't seem to be listed as part of a set (at least ...
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Does someone know where i can find this lego brick?

Where can i find this lego brick? I got one but I want some more of them for a project.
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Quality issues with tan-colored Lego pieces?

I recently bought an expensive Lego set with a large number of tan-colored pieces. I was very disappointed to find out that more than a dozen (isn't that a spectacularly large number?) of 1x1 bricks ...
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Some LEGO elements not attaching as usual

I am building a tank made of purely normal LEGO elements, which means no gears or axles or that type of stuff. I am trying to attach a 6x6 LEGO plate onto the base for support, but it is not ...
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Variable stick lengths and angles at nodes of building bricks

Is it possible to build 3D toys connecting several LEGO Bricks sticks/rods to make polyhedrons? Lengths and angles between sticks should be variable.
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Use of Mindsensors IMU with Labview

I thought someone could help me with a the Mindsensors AbsoluteIMU ACG and its use with the Lego Mindstorms NXT. Is it possible to use it with and get data out of it?
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1answer
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Is it possible to run more than two remote control trains on one track?

My son has two passenger trains and a lego cargo train. We can get two trains running on the track using one remote. But how do you operate a third train? We do have other remotes which came with ...
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Buying minifigure parts at the Lego Store

Is it possible to buy individual Minifigure parts (like minifig heads only) at the LEGO store? (the physical ones, not the online) if so, how much would they go for?
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How can a Mindstorms robot lift something very heavy?

I have a small LEGO Mindstorms robot and I have to lift something heavy. Now it seems not possible because the motor is not heavy enough.
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Which block manufacturer made this type of person in the 80s

I always thought this was LEGO, and played with it in my LEGOs my whole life (got this in the 80s) but found out recently that it is not LEGO. What brand is it? Who made it? He can hold lego tools, ...
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I have an idea for a new kind of lego [duplicate]

I have an idea for a new LEGO product (not a LEGO set or anything, I know that the Lego ideas site exists, but a new "kind" of LEGO) I've been trying to contact LEGO about it without any luck. So I ...
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EV3 FLL Question “ outside the box ” [duplicate]

I am joining our FLL team and I have a question can you please help me? I'm working on the mission "outside the box" and my arm on the robot is not strong enough to lift the box in the air, so that ...
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Building a 45 degree brace

I'm trying to reproduce my own house in Lego, and attached is a photo of the porch above my front door that is supported by a 45 degree wooden brace: At my current scale, the vertical white wood ...
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Any good alternatives to BrickLink?

I'm trying to find certain bricks online, and of course, came across BrickLink. But it's so darn hard to use it; search is absolutely useless, and I can't figure out how to use the catalog for the ...
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Where can I download the EV3 education edition software?

I have a site license but I'm not able to find the download for the software anywhere. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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When did Lego decide that it was okay to put a stud into a technic hole?

At one point, Lego didn't really support putting a stud into a Technic hole, stating that it caused too much stress on the bricks. And for a while, there were no sets where that's the case. However, ...
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What was the 12v AC socket for on the 7864 transformer?

The 7864 transformer had, in addition of the main regulated outlet for controlling trains and a fixed 12v DC for plugging in remote controls and lights, a third socket available which provided 12v AC. ...
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API for Android or iOS connecting to EV3 by bluetooth

There is official API for Windows, WindowsPhone8 and WinRT https://legoev3.codeplex.com/ it lets you connect to EV3 brick and control it remotely from your WindowsPhone. Are there any libraries ...
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Which train motor is more powerful, 9V or 12V?

I recently picked up LEGOS again and due to lack of space I'm planning to build a multilevel train layout. I do have a descent amount of 12V track along with trains and switch points, but I was ...
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Two-state clicker button

For no particular good reason, I think it would be interesting to build a Lego button that behaves somewhat like the button on a click pen: as you press it, it alternates between a "down" state and an ...
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1answer
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Programming Mindstorms on a chromebook

I know there is no official way to program NXT/EV3 on a Chromebook. But a Chromebook can have Ubuntu installed via Crouton in developer mode. So, is there a relatively painless way to program ...
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How do i organize all my LEGO bricks and parts?

I just have a massive amount of lego laying around in a container. Kind of hard to sort through whenever i need parts. I was wondering if anyone has experience with many different sizes of lego ...
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Question about a Lego Compatible brand

My son has a small orange and grey space ship building set. It has two astronauts with it. The logo on the bricks shows the letters "B L" on them. We're trying to find instructions online so that he ...
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1answer
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Opera house 10234 book 2 instruction 20 left hand side and then 22 has got me stumped. Can't figure out how these pieces fit. Please help

Opera house 10234 book 2 instruction 20 left hand side and then instruction 22 has got me stumped. I am not sure whether there is a space between the "high 2 and the blue 4. Please help
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Are the LEGO Friends Mini-dolls compatible with Minifigures?

I've seen the new LEGO Friends sets, and wanted to know if the Mini-dolls are compatible in any way with minifigs? I'd quite like to get some sets for the new colours however I want to ensure the ...
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How to transfer my F# exe file to NXT brick

I have developed a project in F# with MonoBrickFirmware library. I want to transfer the project to NXT brick, and run it.
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Chamber of Secrets set 4730 assembly issues

We recently obtained a secondhand set with no instructions that I identified to be "The Chamber of Secrets™ 4730". So we downloaded the Building instructions from Lego's website and started to build. ...
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Giant Legos--that aren't quatros?

We got a big tub of secondhand legos, and included was a random pile of what appear to be giant lego bricks. They are a bit bigger than duplos but smaller than quatro and have an old style lego logo ...
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What is this notched or angled 1x2?

It looks old. the only markings on it is LEGOS stamped on the top of the stud holes, and a number 2 stamped on the bottom. It looks like a normal 1x2 with a slight triangle taken out of each side. I ...
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How to control a 88004 Servo Motor with a Raspberry Pi?

I am able to control a simple servo motor such as SG90 by using pulse-width modulation. However when it comes to controlling a 88004 LEGO Servo Motor it is simply a nightmare. By using PWM all I ...
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Creating ski gondolas/tramway with Duplos

I've got a three year old who just came home from a ski vacation where he was enamored with the gondolas (like below). I want to make one with Duplos for him. I'm most of the way there, but have a ...
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Which parts can I use to connect a cross axle to a car body?

I have some wheels that are connected to cross axles. The wheels don't turn on the axles (they have an X-shaped centre whole ). Which parts can be used to Connect the axle to the car body? It's ...
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Why do new LEGO bricks feel softer than old bricks?

The older bricks that were made back in the day, "pre-2K", seemed to be made out of a harder more durable brick that seemed to hurt your feet when you walked on them. Now it seems that since the other ...
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70728/2 Ninjago piece too short?

My son is putting together the 70728 set and the grey tall pieces in book two at step 8 seem to be too short, they leave a gap. By about a mm. Has anyone else had this experience?
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Does anyone have any successful techniques in searching for lego bricks in a pile?

We typically tip our box of Lego bricks onto a giant sheet (so that it can be easily picked up) but searching for bricks becomes really tricky and time consuming. You often remind yourself, "you'll ...
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2answers
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Should I buy the retail or education version of Mindstroms EV3?

There are other questions that list the differences in the retail and educational version but I cannot judge which one I should buy (educational or retail). I am buying Mindstorms for the first time, ...
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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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4answers
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How can I wirelessly connect the NXT and an iOS device?

I've seen videos around YouTube (like this one for a car) that show an ability to control a Mindstorms set via iOS (either iPhone or iPod Touch). I am just getting started with Mindstorms, but find ...
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2answers
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Ultrasonic sensor option missing in Wait block in Labview

I have hooked up the EV3 brick and the Ultrasonic sensor (on port 4) from the older mindstorms set 8527, and using the most recent Labview software on windows 7. I am trying to test the model for ...
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Can anyone identify this strangely shaped piece (1970s?)

I bought a tin of old Lego second hand - most of the pieces date from the 70s and very early 80s. These definitely say Lego on them. They may be damaged. I cannot find them on other brick identifier ...
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I cannot seem to figure out which figure this policeman is. Help please?

My son recently got a huge box of figures and pieces (from what I can tell an original spaceship wih figure too) and I can't figure out what set is from or how old this figure is. Any help would be ...
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Do LEGO bricks float?

Is it possible to build a boat out of LEGO bricks? I appreciate you couldn't make it watertight but would a LEGO boat float by itself due to the buoyancy of the bricks themselves? Pictures of any ...

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