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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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does Lego make bricks with a stone, brick or concrete block design?

Does Lego make the bricks with a stone, brick or concrete block finish on the sides? I would like to use these for walls and buildings on a train layout. Thanks!
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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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How do I keep LEGO boxes looking their best for as long as possible?

I want to buy a few cool sets for investing purposes or to give to my kids later on if they prove to be poor investments. I'm not going to open the boxes they'll just be stored but it might be nice to ...
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How can I build a human-scale Lego gun?

I would like to build Lego projectile weapons. Are there any designs available? Can one make an amunition magazine and self-reloading mechanism? Should I use rubberbands as ammunition or are there ...
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Alternative products compatible with LEGO [closed]

I heard that lately a patent for LEGO expired and now everyone can create a company to produce bricks that are compatible with LEGO. I am wondering how many of such companies are there. I know one ...
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How can I create a simple steering mechanism for a car?

Just curious about this. How can I create a simple steering mechanism for a car? Either motorized or non-motorized solutions are fine; just not overly complex.
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How can I build a LEGO marble pump?

All right, here's a tough one for ya'll. How can I built a marble pump out of LEGO bricks? What would the mechanism which pushes the marbles up need to look like? Here's an example in this video: ...
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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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How can I make a brick-built wheelbarrow?

I'd like to make a brick-built wheelbarrow to fit on a construction site that can be held by minifigures hands. I've seen prefabricated Duplo/Fabuland wheelbarrows as well as a new wheelbarrow in a ...
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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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What are Good LEGO (or similiar) sets to play-prototype machines working with fluids?

I want to play around with fluid engines. I'm aware that LEGO is sometimes used in labs for prototyping kinematic components, are there successful examples of operating with fluids? Have pistons, ...
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Which pre-2000 set had a mobile crane with lights?

I had a set similar to this when I was younger (I am fairly sure this was before the year 2000), although: The model was red, rather than yellow. The model was more of a breakdown truck, rather than ...
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How can I build Victorian Style windows?

How can I build Lego Victorian style windows, like those on the White House or Capital Building? This is one style I have done, which, as far as I know, was an original idea by me:
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Good LEGO CAD Design Software with Technic elements and animation

I'm taking computer engineering in Gr. 11 right now and our final project is to create a robot with the first version of Mindstorms. My partner and I are making a sumo robot for the class competition. ...
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Can we program Nxt2 in C++ under Visual studio 2010?

I'd like to know if it is possible to develop C++ software for NXT2 using Visual Studio 2010 as IDE. I know there are small online projects for NXT but I can't find nothing about NXT2.... Any ...
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Which BIONICLE set did this mask came from?

I just unearthed a rather wealthy stash of semi-rare Great Kanohi masks. Never knew I collected them! Anyway, among them was this clear transparent Kaukau (Great Mask of Water Breathing): You may ...
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How to make Mindstorms respond differently, depending on which sensor is triggered?

I am new to Mindstorms (but in my day job I am a programmer). I want to make my robot do one thing if the touch sensor on port 1 is pressed, and do something different if the touch sensor on port 2 ...
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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 to restore old, scratched plates

I have some old lego plates that are quite scratched. They look rather dull compared to the newer pieces in my collection. Is there any way to restore (even partially) the shiny look between the ...
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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 are the LEGO instruction manuals made?

I wish to know how the lego instruction manuals are made. What is the process currently used?
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How to simulate Lego Mindstorms programs written in C#?

I am going to do some programming for Lego Mindstorms in C# using http://www.mindsqualls.net/ and have a question. Is there any good simulator to see result of my program without uploading the code ...
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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 there a way to glue already built sets?

My son who is now 16 no longer plays with his Lego sets. He would like to preserve some of his larger sets like Jabba the Hutts sail barge. Is there anything we can spray or paint on to hold them ...
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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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Why does Lego restrict the number of colors per shape?

There are many shapes and many colors of Lego elements. Some color/shapes are rare and hard to find. Why does Lego restrict the number of colors available per shape?
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How does the cost of a LEGO railroad compare to a traditional scale railroad layout?

How do the costs compare between a railroad layout constructed with LEGO trains and a nearly identical layout using traditional scale models, such as HO?
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Why are there no faces drawn on the black heads?

There were two black heads in the Star Wars 2011 advent calendar and neither had a face drawn. Is that because there was no face necessary since it was going to be covered with a mask anyway or is ...
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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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What is the average price per piece?

Some LEGO pieces are probably more expensive than others, but what is the average price per piece of LEGO pieces, when sold as part of a kit? Is there any place containing statistics or graphs about ...
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Which sets currently contain pneumatic LEGO equipment?

When I was younger my dad bought me 5218-1, a technic-based pneumatics set, which, combined with the old motor system to provide a mini compressor system created quite a bit of entertainment and it ...
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How does LEGO handle the breakage of Hero Factory sockets?

My son has a slowly growing collection of Hero Factory figures, and they have accumulated a consistent problem: socket connector cracking. The tips of the angular part of the limb which connects to a ...
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Why does LEGO sell minifigures randomly?

I often want to buy only some minifigures in each series and might want to buy more than one of a given minifigure but LEGO doesn't allow it. You know, it wants to give you a nice surprise in each ...
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Waterproofing Lego bricks

Pretend I have a Lego ship that I want to photograph as it's sailing along in a pool. Of course the Lego bricks have cracks in between them so water will leak through. Anyone have any ideas as to how ...
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Do old LEGO bricks contain lead?

I have a set of LEGO bricks from Denmark and they were made in the late 1960's; should I be concerned about my son playing with them because of any danger of lead in the product?
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Where can I find LEGO X-Pod Playoff rules and printoffs?

Where can I find X-Pod Playoff rules? LEGO doesn't seem to be hosting them anymore. Asked because of this question. Hopefully it can be mirrored on a few sites so that it doesn't disappear again.
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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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Why was the 1x1 round brick changed?

The first 1x1 round bricks had no lip, just like most bricks: Brick, Round 1 x 1 Old - No Bottom Lip A lip was then added: Brick, Round 1 x 1 Solid Stud Why? Later, a hole was added in the ...
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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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Is there an organization who repackages old LEGO bricks into sets to give to underprivileged children?

Does Lego have a program by which we can return old LEGO parts so they can be reassembled into packages for underprivileged kids? My kids, and now grandkids, have always played with LEGO bricks and I ...
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Which brands (fictional and non-fictional) have appeared in the Town/City theme?

A few years ago I wrote an article about the fictional organisation logos found in the City theme. I'd quite like to revisit this, as I'm sure I must have missed some. I also only focused on the ...
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Any way to make this setup “tighter”?

I'm trying to build a robotic arm, and I had the following built so that there was the minimum possible movement created by the gear wheel (that connects to the worm). However, there is still play, ...
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Are there any lego base plates that are compatible with duplo?

I'm thinking of making a lego table but my 2 children both use different lego. My oldest uses normal lego and my youngest uses duplo. Just wondering if there is a base plate that both types of lego ...
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What set is this brown (wall?) element from?

While sorting out some old Lego finds, I stumbled across this piece: I have absolutely no idea what this element could be for other than some kind of wall part, and even then I have never seen ...
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Parts in Lego Set

I am building an inventory of all my Lego pieces and I am looking for a website that can give the pieces in a set with only the set number. It would be easier if there was information for many Lego ...
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Lego Digital Designer Alternatives

I am been using LDD (Lego Digital Designer) for my latest NXT project and noticed a major delay in building and making instructions for my Projects (My Mindstorm projects contain well over 500 pieces) ...
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What are the electrical properties of electric LEGO systems?

Several electric LEGO systems exist: LEGO Trains LEGO Technic Power Functions (PF) LEGO Mindstorms (in several versions) ...? How do these systems differ in electrical properties and which systems ...
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LEGO brick competitors?

I'm trying to find all the competitors to LEGO. I know there is MegaBloks. What are some more? The base idea is that they should be bricks and they need to connect to each other like LEGO. However, ...

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