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Looking for a site with custom instructions

I'm looking for a website that has some cool custom model instructions. I have a LEGO store near me and I'm able to buy pieces individually. I'm looking for more of a sci-fi ship kind of instructions. ...
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Making an ATM with an EV3

I am building an ATM using my LEGO Mindstorms EV3, but I ran across a problem. The problem is that I want to be able to input the amount of money that I want to get out of the ATM but I can only have ...
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Selling custom LEGO image mosaics using original LEGO bricks without breaking LEGO's Fair-Use Policy

We have designed software and an accompanying site to convert images into 48x48 (or larger) LEGO mosaics; we use the current LEGO color palette, use image dithering to improve color availability, ...
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What is the easiest option to start making instructions?

I'd like to make instructions for my kids, which they could read either on paper or on a tablet. What is the easiest option to achieve that, ideally using open-source software (and running on Linux)? ...
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What is this snapping brick for / which set is it from?

I've found this DUPLO brick: The red part can be pushed in and snaps out when the button on the top is pressed: Any idea which set this is from or what it could be used for?
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Purchase a list of lego parts

If I have a list of lego parts (exported from Lego Digital Designer or Bricksmith) is there an easy way to purchase all of the parts either on Lego's Pick a Brick or on Bricklink? I know that I can ...
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1answer
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What Technic vehicle is this in black and red?

Any help with the set this piece is associated with, would be appreciated.
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1answer
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Vintage heads still in production?

Are vintage Lego heads with the classic grin still in production? I am having trouble deciding whether the head-with-grin piece (element ID 9336, called "MINI HEAD NO.1") which is produced today (and ...
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1answer
112 views

Where is this large beige motor with battery box from and how does it work?

I have a LEGO Technic motor with a built in battery box for 3xAA batteries (thus 4,5 volts). Could you help me identify it? What set does it belong to and how old is it? Colours are beige and ...
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1answer
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Neutralize brick scent

I store some used Lego sets in household plastic boxes originally used for candy. I thought they were ideal, but now I found out the bricks have caught an unpleasant candy scent -- despite cleaning ...
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Going to Legoland Denmark with my family, what should I do/get?

Hello fellow LEGO lovers! I know this question is not entirely what this site is for but I figured I'd ask because I want to hear what you have to say. I have been wanting to go to the original ...
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242 views

Will it be fun to go to Legoland with my family? [closed]

I am 31 years old . My elder sister and mother are going to visit me. I want to see whether it is suitable to bring them to LegoLand.
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1answer
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How do they keep the outdoor models so clean at the various Legoland parks?

I've visited Legoland in California a few times and was always impressed with the lack of accumulated grime or bird "strikes" on the outdoor displays. How do the park employees accomplish this feat? ...
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1answer
139 views

Why can't I combine a EV3 Motor with a Technic frame in LDD?

It is easy and stress-free to attach a frame to a large motor in a vertical or horizontal manner as shown in the picture in real life. But I can't do the vertical version inside LDD. Anyone knows why? ...
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1answer
106 views

How can I power my LEGO pneumatic engine?

I have just finished building a simple LPE, but have no means to power it. I live on a farm and have access to a small air compressor, would that work?
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1answer
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What prevents a 12V motor, when pushed by hand, from providing DC electric out?

This question is somewhat related to a similar question I asked about whether pushing a 12V train motor (such as the one below) would damage it. See title "Set 7865: six wheeled Lego® train motor ...
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1answer
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Will playing with a 12V train motor by hand damage it?

This question is similar to one for PF motors. The 12V motor bogie has considerably more resistance than does the newer PF bogie motor, which may be moved very easily when not operating. So, if one ...
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2answers
217 views

Have Multiple Inputs to Programming Block

Originally, I had a simple program to move until the robot hit a wall, then it reversed and turned and moved again, repeated to infinity. It works by turning the motors on, waiting for input from the ...
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6answers
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Has anyone made LEGO fly?

It may not be the ideal material. But has there ever been a LEGO model airplane with the ability to glide, under power maybe, or some other kind of successful lifting airship? Helicopter, blimp, kite, ...
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0answers
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Firmware problem or EV3 problem

I've gotten EV3 recently. Sometimes after I download the program it doesn't run and it's not possible to stop it, so I have to reset EV3 to update and download firmware! It occurs many times! I don't ...
3
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1answer
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How to measure green/blue reflected light on EV3?

As I know there is no way to turn on green/blue reflected light on EV3 color sensor. Is there a way to do it using NXT color sensor and EV3 controller? Or the only way is to use NXT controller ...
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1answer
161 views

pc program to receive data from EV3 via usb/bluetooth

I'm looking for a library to create a desktop program. It should receive a data from EV3 brick programmed by standard EV3 software. Currently I consider 2 approaches: 1. EV3 brick sends a bluetooth ...
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2answers
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Minifigures creator?

Does a website to create custom minifigs exist? For exemple, you choose your head (between all official LEGO releases), torso, legs, and hair, and then you can purchase it for the same price as you ...
0
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1answer
121 views

Color Sensor/hi-tech and EV3

I want to create a line follower by EV3 using hi-tech color sensor without using switch! :( I tried some former ways but the robot cannot follow the line very well! can anyone guide me?
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0answers
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What's the first block in MoveAbsolute for programming the T-Rex, in The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory book? [duplicate]

On MoveAbsolute2 and 1 for The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory book by Daniele Benedettelli, programming the T-Rex, I don't know what the first block is, can i please have help?
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1answer
82 views

Use for “Technic Coupling, Tight” and “Technic Coupling 3,5-6 Ncm”

Power Functions set 8293 contains these pieces http://brickset.com/sets/containing-part-6025005 http://brickset.com/sets/containing-part-6036892 and they make the set much more expensive than just ...
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1answer
43 views

When was the RCX 2.0 released?

I know that the original RCX was released in 1998 and the NXT was released in 2006, but when was the RCX revision 2.0 released?
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0answers
169 views

8258 Headlight assemblies

Anyone else having a problem with with headlight assemblies on 8258 crane truck? I can't seem to fit them in due to interference from fog light bar. Thanks
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2answers
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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 ...
3
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1answer
433 views

Strongest LEGO structure - (2) Floor

What is the strongest LEGO box structure? I am going to build a LEGO computer case. Different from Mike Schropp and greenyouse, I am planing to build an upright case. (This is a general "strongest ...
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2answers
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What is LEGO Junior?

Are LEGO Junior bricks bigger than regular LEGO? I can't decide between Junior LEGO and Duplo for my son who is just over 3. I had thought the Junior sets might constitute a happy medium, but am now ...
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5answers
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How much does a LEGO brick weigh?

I am trying to do a science project and I need the exact weight of one of the LEGO pieces. I am using it as a counter balance on my scale. What is the weight of a 1x4 LEGO brick?
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1answer
131 views

need help identifying which set these 3 bags are from

I ended up with three lego bags but need help identifying them. mostly light grey and dark grey with some blue and burgundy. The bags say 2011 lego on recycle symbol. There are two clear half ...
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2answers
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How to minimise or remove sun-stains/fading from blocks?

In particular, I've had white blocks that have yellowed in places. Can the colour consistency be restored? Or at least improved? I'd be more interested in people's actual experiences rather than ...
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3answers
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Do you use the plastic buckets for purposes other than organizing your bricks?

We have several bucket sets like #5560. Now that our collection is growing, it's becoming harder to find what we need in the buckets even though we have them sorted by color. Plus they are in a ...
4
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3answers
389 views

Does knolling help or is it just part of the fun?

When building a new set, many people knoll their LEGO bricks before beginning the assembly. My question is: Is there a actual advantage to knolling all the pieces or is it only a way to stretch the ...
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1answer
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Mindstorms 2.0 can't download to NXT brick with error 142023

Using Mindstorms education 2.0 on a Windows 7 computer I can't seem to get the program to see the NXT via USB or bluetooth dongle. When connected by USB nothing appears in the NXT window with device ...
3
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1answer
167 views

How exactly does the pull-back motor (12787) work?

I've got the 42034 Quad for my birthday and it's been really fun to play with technic after so many years. I am very curious about one thing, though - how does the pull-back motor (12787) work and ...
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1answer
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Which combination has a lower gear friction?

I need roughly a 1:3 reduction and I see a couple of ways to achieve it: using a 8t gear and a 24t gear (1:3) using 2x 12t gears and 2x 20t gears (1:2.779) using a 16t gear and a 40t gear (1:2.5) ...
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1answer
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My building is developing gaps and spaces

I am building a large project, and there are spaces developing between bricks and plates. I've been working on it for almost a year, and some places are 20+ bricks high. What can cause this over time? ...
4
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1answer
491 views

Pre-Technic gears?

I have this set of LEGO gears. I remember seeing them first at my grandparents in the mid 80's. They predate my first Technic sets (~84 or 85). I have fond memories of my dad building a 3-speed ...
2
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1answer
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Brick Compendium: BIONECULAR LEGO [closed]

I'm a great fan of the BIONICLE series. My oldest sets were the Bohrok from Wave 1 part 2, as I'm calling it. Seeing as how I haven't posted here yet, I'm going to ask for a comprehensive compendium ...
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1answer
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Can i change the way the ir remote works?

I bought an EV3 and the first thing that I want to do with it is control models with the remote. I finally discovered how to do this after a long search. It can control the Formula EV3 racing car ...
5
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1answer
377 views

What is the “Module” of a LEGO gear?

Module, m this indicates the tooth size and is the number of mm of pitch circle diameter (p.c.d.) per tooth. For gears to mesh, their modules must be equal. Gear ISO standards and design ...
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1answer
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Which set includes a large white mask

I bought a sealed bag at Goodwill but It did not include any information on what set it is from. Pieces look like large white body plates, skeletal/Stormtrooper mask and tusks.
3
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1answer
134 views

How can I build a LEGO structure based on a real building?

I have a grandson who wants to build a LEGO building that looks like the high rise building I live in.
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3answers
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How do I print images onto minifig body parts?

I have seen a few custom minifigures out there with images on certain body parts never produced by LEGO. What is the best way to achieve this? I have heard of some people printing out the image on ...
5
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1answer
3k views

How do I update my NXT firmware using EV3 software

The new EV3 software tells me to update my firmware on the NXT. When I go to the tools menu and select update firmware it tells me the NXT brick can not support this function.
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5answers
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What is the smallest LEGO component?

When I purchase bulk LEGO bricks, one of the first things I do is to tip the whole lot into a mesh bag and give them a good soak in the bath (of course, I remove all the electrical bits etc. first). ...
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4answers
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What are the dimensions of a LEGO brick?

What are the real world dimensions of bricks? (starting with 1x1 brick) Plates? Studs? Does LEGO think of this in metric or imperial units or something else?

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