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What is this yellow hinge piece named?

Recently, I've been flipping through a scan of the March 1995 edition of the LEGO Mania Magazine. Something in the corner of page 11 caught my eye: This is the 5th step of the "Flip & Build" ...
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Where can I buy older sets, such as the 10187 VW Beetle?

A few years ago LEGO issued a wonderful set of a classic 1960 Volkswagen Beetle, for an selling price of $120. A few years have past and I can't find it anywhere except on eBay where it is sold for ...
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NXT brick erratic programming behavior

I think I have a defective NXT brick. It has been programmed to move in a direction for 1 second, wait 1 second and then move in the reverse direction for 1 second. The code downloads on another ...
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Alternative builds with Star Wars LEGO sets

I currently own these LEGO Star Wars sets: LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493 LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 LEGO Star Wars Tie Fighter 9492 LEGO Star Wars Emperor Palpatine's Shuttle ...
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What are some examples of advanced train layouts possible with the PF train sets?

I recently got my first train set, the Constitution Chase, and it has sparked my imagination for building train layouts. My 3-year-old son has a small collection of wooden trains and we enjoy building ...
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215 views

How can I preserve opened Lego packages?

For some reason I keep my old Lego boxes (since the 1980s), and my son's old Lego packages. Because they are quite large, they take up a lot of space in my house, even if they are put one into ...
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What part(s) can I use to connect technic liftarms at a 90 degree angle?

Is there a way to connect the two beams in this angle and still keep the connection strong and keep the rotation the same?
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Can anyone help me identify the motor/mechanism used in this?

I've been trying to recreate the Useless Machine found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdKtgfmfA7s&feature=c4-overview&playnext=1&list=TLp4R5S7LPESk In the description, there's a ...
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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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1answer
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How can I transmit horizontal torque to vertical?

I have a setup where I have a step motor which I am attaching a gear onto. The motor will make the gear stand horizontal in a small vehicle. Is there any good gear combinations of LEGO gears that can ...
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Why are some seemingly simple sets, so expensive?

My son has fallen in love with the Lego City series. Alas, I let him watch a YouTube from the video game, and as we look to reward good behavior with reasonable sets, we are seeing very odd price ...
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Are all stickers on a sheet used or do you sometimes have spare? Dino HQ set 5887

I built Dino set 5887 recently, but the sticker sheet contains one extra sticker: one of the 'D' things, the pentagram one. One went on one of the walls, the other two round 'D's went on the chopper. ...
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How many standard 2x4 LEGO elements are produced in a single 2x4 mold injection?

Just how many standard 2x4 LEGO elements are produced from a single mold injection? I realize the molds are used over and over again, but how many bricks does a 2x4 element mold produce at a time?
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Damage Boiling LEGO Bricks

I bought some LEGO bricks from shop on Bricklink and received them yesterday. In order to make sure that the pieces were nice and clean (they were used) so that my two year old can play with them, I ...
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What is the purpose of the hole in the 12 x 12 boat bow (6051)?

I recently received Renegade Runner (6268), and I noticed that it has a somewhat awkward hole in the bow: The main bow piece has a hole for some reason, but I'm not sure what it is for. Here's the ...
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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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Motor, receiver and battery combos

What combination of motor/Receiver/battery boxes are possible/supported? example: 2x XL motors, 1x M Motor, 1 light using 1 receiver and 1 battery box.
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Ideas for large NXT projects [closed]

I currently have 6 NXT sets. Can anyone think of some large scale projects that I could attempt using most of the NXT bricks and pieces together?
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1answer
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How can I get replacement stickers for a new lego set? [duplicate]

I recently bought a Lego Fire Boat (set number 60005) but for some reason, when I opened the box and shook out the contents (as I normally do) no sticker sheet fell out. I was wondering if you could ...
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1answer
350 views

How should I connect two LEGO cylinders with pistons to measure the movement caused by sea waves?

As part of a school project I need to make a model of a snake electricity generator. I would like to build this with LEGO elements, and for that, I need to measure the movements of the cylinders ...
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1answer
391 views

NXT motors not moving?

I've been looking around the net for a solution to this problem, to no avail. After taking my NXT v1 out of storage, I tried using a motor, but it sortof just, moves back and forth once, then ...
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1answer
577 views

Which LEGO boxes are compatible?

TLG has produced a number of sets which come in reusable plastic boxes. I'm curious to know which of these are able to be easily stored together. Primarily, I'm wondering which boxes can be stacked, ...
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1answer
515 views

Is this antenna a LEGO piece?

I came across this piece while sorting: It appears to be similar to 2569, but it's clearly a different part. 2569 doesn't have the ridges and has a spherical tip rather than the cylindrical one on ...
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Technic 8071 assembly problem

I am busy attempting to assemble Technic 8071, and have encountered a problem. On page 83 of the first manual, a yellow gear (4203493) together with a grey splined rod (4211815) is added to the ...
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624 views

Which resolution is necessary to print bricks with a 3D printer?

I would like to print LEGO compatible figures. Which resolution is required for the 3D print in order to firmly fix the figures on LEGO bricks?
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258 views

Does the jumper plate have a Danish nickname?

Does the "jumper plate" (1×2 plate with centered stud) have a Danish nickname like the "Erling"? Who is the designer of this part? And does there exist a catalog of designers of specific bricks?
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616 views

How can I find the value of a LEGO set over several years?

Bricklink has this handy feature on its site which allows you to view the average selling prices of a particular set based on previous auctions. I like this feature, but unfortunately, it only ...
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Why are Lego sets put in such big boxes?

I am wondering why Lego puts sets in big packages. All bricks are put in small plastic bags and from my experience the packaging could be at least half of what it is. There is so much told these days ...
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Any reasons for the introduction of the new-style raised arch?

The new-style raised arch (to the left, 92950) got introduced in 2009, and has been gradually replacing the old-style arch (to the right, 3455) across the board. However, after four years, not only ...
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1answer
293 views

Is the Antikhythera clock design available as Open Source?

After reading and watch the video about the Antikhythera Clock, I am curious if the design reference (or better yet the instruction manual) is available as OpenSource. Why? Because it would be cool ...
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1answer
381 views

What is the true angle of a cheese slope?

What is the true angle of a cheese slope? Bricklink lists it as "Slope 30 1 x 1 x 2/3" while LDraw and Peeron list it as "Slope Brick 31 1 x 1 x 2/3". Why do these sources disagree, and what is the ...
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1answer
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What are the size of Lego Technic Parts?

I'm creating a LEGO Mindstorms catalogue for a school project. I measured the LEGO parts and I made an average size. My goal is to create new parts with a Rapid prototyping machine and I wanted to ...
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847 views

Factories that could make off-patent bricks?

I'm quite interested in finding a factory that can produce a small-ish run of high-quality plastic bricks that I can use in my classes and possible to re-sell as stand-alone kits. I only need a few ...
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466 views

Why can't I reproduce this SD card box in LDD?

I've built an SD card box a few years ago. Now I am trying to reproduce it in Lego Digital Designer. However when I tried to reproduce the closed version, LDD refuses to snap it in place. In ...
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1answer
183 views

Set to run a program within another program using NXT-G

I'm using NXT-G to program my robot to do few tasks autonomously for so many possibilities. When using C programming, we can call a function from different file into the main program. So, I wonder if ...
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1answer
252 views

Old Lego movies

As I remember, it was about 1990 maybe some years earlier, there were movies, made by Lego, they were about 3 minutes long, maybe longer. It was of course not computer-generated videos but normal, ...
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Why are there “unique” characters in many sets?

When I was young, about 30 years ago, I'd had no problem to have two policemen, two yellow astronauts or knights. Then I had some lack of Lego sets and didn't know what was happening on this field. ...
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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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1answer
279 views

NXT Bluetooth “Failed!” when turning on

When I attempt to turn on my bluetooth, the response on the display after about 5 seconds is "Failed!" Then I'm sent back to the main menu. I've reset the unit and updated to latest firmware (1.31) ...
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1answer
264 views

Can I take an old LEGO winch apart?

I have an old LEGO winch that looks like #73037 It has been "restrung" but it is very stiff and it looks like it has some of the old string stuck between the rotating and non-rotating parts. It ...
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2answers
616 views

Colouring bricks with the sun

This question is related to How do I change the color of a brick? and the exact opposite of How to minimise or remove sun-stains/fading from blocks? Is it feasible to artificially age bricks in ...
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1answer
142 views

Setting priorities in LEGO NXT Programmer

For a sumo bot competition I made a robot that has a perfectly functioning ultrasonic senor. However, when I made a second branch on the program for a light sensor, I calibrated the light sensor and ...
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1answer
662 views

How to make custom LEGO signs, newspapers, etc. [closed]

I have several ideas, but I am finding it hard to get started. What I am interested in is making my own decals for signs, newspapers, artwork for the walls and others. So far I haven't had any luck. ...
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What are the essential resources for learning the fundamentals of LEGO building?

After years of buying and building LEGO sets, my six-year-old son is tearing through the first level of the Master Builder Academy. He's fascinated by micro-building, and generally seems liberated ...
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1answer
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How hard is it to get a job within the LEGO company, straight out of university as a graduate?

How hard is it to get a job at the LEGO company? Being fresh out of university as a graduate of mathematics, I'm specifically interested in answers on if and how LEGO hires graduates.
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1answer
476 views

Strongest gear configuration

I'm building a (what I hope to be) high-speed car using two PF-XL motors together and some gearing up. However, there's a point where I have to rotate the axle with power (that comes from the 3 speed ...
2
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0answers
357 views

RCX 1.0 downloaded firmware successfully with RIS 2.0 but does not run any program

I have installed correctly the RIS 2.0 in an old laptop running Windows XP and I successfully downloaded the firmware through the RIS 2.0 to the RCX 1.0, following the standard setup instructions. ...
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2answers
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Ultrasonic problems with the red and blue balls?

I'm still new to NXT, I try to make the robot locate a ball using the ultrasonic sensor, while there I should be in a square area marked by white color. How can I make the robot locate the object (by ...
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3answers
215 views

Options for sorting old and new versions of colors

I'm working on sorting my LEGO collection. I'm sorting by part then color, with colors mixed when it makes sense (e.g. black is separated out, but medium blue and dark red are together). I'm trying to ...
5
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1answer
575 views

Best sensor for balancing inverted pendulum

I want to build a balancer for an inverted pendulum. Which of the following sensors is best suited for detecting the tilt? Accelerometer Gyroscope Angle sensor

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