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What is the Mindstorms NXT Education kit?

I am considering gifting some Mindstorms NXT 2.0 to school, because I think they would get great value from it. I see that there is an "education kit", and I wondered if that's the way to go. Does ...
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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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Does the basic 2 x 4 brick have a common nickname?

Some bricks, such as the Erling brick, seem to have common nicknames in the LEGO building community. As the basic 2 x 4 brick appears to be the foundation of the system, it is reasonable to suppose ...
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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 does “AFOL” mean?

I've seen the term AFOL around; for example, this site has an afol tag. What does AFOL stand for?
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What part is this grey keyhole shape and what set(s) is it from?

I've recently found this grey keyhole-shaped piece - there are a fair number of them that stack together to form a circular staircase. There is what looks like a part number on the bottom but it is ...
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Where do the pieces numbered 4255629 go in the Death Star (set 10188)

I just finished up the Death Star set, and while it comes with the usual smattering of leftover pieces, I've got two pieces numbered 4255629 (shown below) that never got used. I've scanned the manual ...
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What's the largest LEGO construction ever?

In terms of the number of bricks used. Is this house, constructed by James May for the show Toy Stories, the biggest?
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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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What does DTC stand for?

I was reading at the Brickipedia site about upcoming 2013 LEGO sets and found several in a list which were referred to as "DTC", as in "40055 DTC Seasonal Halloween 2013" found here. What does the ...
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What is the difference between train motors 88002 and 10153?

I want to motorize my Santa Fe Super Chief. Its original instruction mentions 5300 but it's marked obsolete on BS.com and now re-released as 10153. In the same time 88002 costs few times less, e.g. ...
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What does EV3 stand for?

I was wondering what the official reason behind the name of LEGO's latest MINDSTORMS robotics platform. What does "EV3" stand for?
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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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What is the difference between these hole shapes?

I purchased an assorted bag of LEGO Technic pieces. There are pieces with axle holes, but what puzzles me is that the holes are different from what I am familiar with. There's a piece with an ...
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What method do you use to safely remove creases from fabric sails from the Pirate sets?

I have creased sails. Is it safe to iron them, or is there a better method?
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Can I use a generic (non-Lego) transformer with a rechargable Power Functions battery?

I've recently ordered a LEGO® 8878 Rechargeable Battery Box: I was wondering if I really need to get the (rather expensive) LEGO® Power Functions Transformer or if I can substitute a (cheaper) ...
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659 views

Is 'plate between studs' SNOT supported by one of the LEGO building software?

Do any of the multiple LEGO building software supports 'plate between studs' SNOT assembly?
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Does cleaning LEGO parts affect their value?

I have a LEGO collection consisting of a number of rarer sets such as the monorail and 9V train sets. I want to clean the pieces but I am curious if cleaning the parts affects their value? I plan on ...
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Is there an easier way of threading Technic pins into other elements?

I've been using Lego Digital Designer to recreate a few models I've built in real life. One model in particular uses many Technic axles which need to be inserted fully into other Technic bricks (like ...
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How to remove scratches from LEGO windshield parts?

I was storing my windshields from cars with other my bricks. Now they are scratched, nearly not transparent just translucent. Is there a way to sanitize transparent parts from scratches?
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What happens to the portions of large glued displays that aren't retasked into a different display?

When LEGOLAND dismantles a glued display, is it recycled into something other than LEGO, or do they have to be thrown away? I know certain portions of a display might be utilized again in a different ...
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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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Which sets can be built in the bag (all the parts are in one bag)?

I've had the chance to participate in some "build in the bag" contests at some events. The idea is simple: each contestant gets a small set (usually provided by LEGO for the occasion), and everybody ...
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What would be a simple trebuchet design at the Minifigure scale?

I would like to have a trebuchet design at the Minifigure scale and simple enough for kids 10+ to build. Note 1: The counter weight can be any non-LEGO heavy object. Note 2: On top of the standard ...
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691 views

How can one find old archived issues of LEGO Mania Magazine?

Do any libraries contain old archived issues of them? Preferably ones on the WorldCat system? I'm not sure if my limited storage space can handle more LEGO Mania magazines, so I'd prefer a format ...
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How to repair leaky pneumatics?

Some of my pneumatics parts, mostly pistons, have seals which no longer prevent the air from escaping completely. On some parts they are unreliable and on others they are not working at all. Why do ...
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Trains overview image

I'm looking for an overview image of all trains ever released by LEGO. With trains I mean train sets containing locomotives and wagons that run on train tracks. There is a beautiful image from Jeroen ...
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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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435 views

How do I remove orange (rust?) stains from white elements?

I'm building with some yard sale Lego, and have several elements that have orange stains on them. If I had to guess, I'd say something seeped onto the bricks while they were in storage. At this point ...
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Why does this program work in LabView when targeted to computer but not to NXT?

I have a program written in Labview for my LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0. When the target is set to the computer, the program works just fine. However, when I set the target to the NXT, the program doesn't ...
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Is it possible to buy a bulk of 1000s of basic bricks (mostly 2x4)?

Several years ago I remember being able to walk into toy shops and actually shovel lego bricks into a bag and thus buy them in bulk. Unfortunately I can't seem to find stores anymore that offer this ...
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How can I build a LEGO heart?

In the spirit of Valentine's Day... How can I build a two-dimensional LEGO heart? Here is an example of the shape I'm looking for. Perhaps the model should be built from the bottom upward? I would ...
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How do I remove a racing helmet from a garbage can?

We have a red Lego racing helmet that has become wedged with its round side up in a 2 handled Lego garbage can. I cannot access any of the visor indentations, the face slot or the neck circle. I tried ...
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How to make a conveyor belt with LEGO parts?

I am making a small robot with an Arduino and Technic LEGO powered by stepper motors. I am planning on moving small rocks throughout my machine. Does anyone have an idea of what kind of Technic LEGO ...
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Tools to aid in getting parts from tight spots?

As a builder of some semi large scale projects. I find that I can't always get that dropped part because my arm is either not long enough. Or my hand is too big to reach in and get it. Anyone have any ...
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Is it possible to build a full-size house with Lego bricks?

I want to build something big. Should* I build a complete house (interior and everything) with lego bricks? * By "should" I mean, will it be safe? How big can I go? How much do you think it will ...
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How to fix Mindstorms Error Code 1003

I am using the Lego Mindstorms NXT Education Kit, software version 2.1. Everything was working fine writing programs and downloading them to the robot until all of a sudden when I tried downloading a ...
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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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What elements do I need to create a smooth multi cheese slope ramp?

I love cheese slopes, but I am having issues when I try to produce a smooth gradient using several in succession. I end up with a gentle saw tooth effect at each junction. What combination of elements ...
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What is the easiest technique for large builds?

I recently acquired the Space Shuttle set, #10231, and find that it isn't a staged build--one with sequential bags. This leaves me at a bit of a loss over how to organize and search through 1200+ ...
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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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Displaying the Star Wars Super Star Destroyer in a small apartment?

It has been several years since I played with LEGOs. Three weeks before the holidays I got the LEGO Star Wars set 10221 Super Star Destroyer as an impulse purchase at a local sale. Now I am stuck ...
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Is it possible to obtain a replacement part for a collectible minifigure?

My son's latest collectible minifigure purchase was missing its legs. Is it possible to get a replacement set of legs?
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How can I draw a microfigure on paper?

I am a great drawer, but I cannot draw microfigures! You may think that because I am young I won't be great I really am, but I need help drawing this, on paper.
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Emmet's couch model in official sets different than the movie?

Lego's official building instructions for The Sea Cow set include building instructions for building Emmet's couch from The Lego Movie. Are there differences between this model and the one actually ...
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What element modifications are incorporated by the LEGOLAND builders?

I know they glue their sculptures together, and sometimes support them with an inner frame. Is that the limit to their element modifications, or are there more tricks to the awesome LEGOLAND builds on ...
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How should I remove a Hinge Tile, especially in the middle of a plate?

I've recently had some trouble removing a 1x4 hinge tile from the middle of a plate: Even when they are on the edge of the plate there isn't a lot of areas you can use to gain the traction to ...
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How should I go about selling $3k worth of unsorted LEGO sets?

Here is my problem. Over the years my son had me buy a large number of Star Wars sets (including 10179, 10188, 6211, 7676, 7675) and he built them. Then he traded (or lost) most of the mini-figs ...
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What are the angles used in angle connectors and liftarms?

LEGO makes Technic Angle Connectors, like these: (Here are names and part numbers). They also make angular liftarms, like these: (part 32348). That last part has an angle of 53.5 degrees. ...
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Why do official Lego sets sometimes use 1 large part when several would work just as well?

It seems like one of things that makes Lego so great is the ability to rebuild sets into something new and different. However, I know that sometimes TLG uses large pieces to lower costs and/or build ...

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