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lego pieces stuck together! a stick 6m w/flange and a nose cone small 1x1 triangle

My lego pieces, a stick 6m w/flange and a nose cone small 1x1 triangle, are stuck together. I've been trying to seperate them but they just won't. Any advice?
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Is it safe to remove PC (polycarbonate) arms from minfigures?

I would like to replace the clear PC arms on the Chima ice figures with opaque ABS. Would I still be able to use the clear PC arms with other figures after I have removed them? I know that removing ...
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Chinese Knockoffs?

I'm looking at the Lego Super Star Destroyer on eBay and I see that a number of people are selling it for ~$600 USD. From time to time there are bids that sell at ~$300 USD that claim to be sealed and ...
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Legal free NXT-G download [duplicate]

Where can I get a legal, free copy of NXT-G for mac? I lost my disk when I bought my NXT, and I need to get a new program.
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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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Good EV3 iBook for programming or building

I am a participant in a Lego mind storms competition soon using EV3. I would like to know if there are good, free iBooks for me to download (PDF or iBook from the apple iBook store). Preferably the ...
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EV3 parallel MyBlocks, but only one working

TL;DR = Is there any obvious reason why a MyBlock, added twice in parallel to a program, will only run one of them? In my EV3-G program, I have a MyBlock which uses the Proximity Heading to control ...
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What's the best way to machine LEGO pieces on a mill?

Does anyone have experience with modifying LEGO pieces on a mill? Any suggestions on cutting speed?
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Can't get EV3 to work with touch sensors

My FLL team just got a couple of EV3 sets and the kids were trying to program a simple switch that has the robot drive into a wall, back up, and turn right once the touch sensor in the front is ...
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Design of record-breaking builds

This is more a theoretical than practical question... If one wanted to build a 40-metre tower out of only Lego using the fewest pieces or cost, what design would be a good one, e.g. types of pieces ...
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Connecting a webcam to NXT and streaming a video

is it possible to connect any webcam or modify it in such a way that the NXT controller will be able to stream a video to another computer? Iv'e seen there are special sensors for it, but I can't ...
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Pass sensor or motor port number as a parameter

I want to create a block for one light sensor or one motor separately. Is it possible to give the number of the port as a parameter to a sensor or motor block via data wire? In NXT-G it was possible.
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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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Help with identifying lego sets

Our family (with very big hearts) gave us some lego they found. But... I do not know what sets they are from. I already identified 11 sets, but cannot find the last 4 (I think) Could you please help? ...
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Can I build UCS Death Star by buying bricks separately?

I'd like to get the UCS Death Star, but it's too expensive :( I got the build manual, and I see what bricks I need. I am thinking of buying them separately via Bricklink. Has anyone tried doing ...
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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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What's the most effective way to clean dusty builds? [duplicate]

I have a large airplane build that I haven't touched in quite a while, and it has built up quite a large amount of dust. I've tried using a wet washcloth to wipe off the dust, but when cleaning that ...
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1answer
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IDE recommendations for EV3 programming

Does anybody have any recommendations for non-GUI programming of the EV3 unit? I'm impressed by the LabVIEW software, but as a professional C# and VB.Net programmer (with C, C++ experience), I find ...
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Is there a way to buy LEGO houses without minifigs?

Why are there so many LEGO Friends minifigs, but barely any houses? I have made about 10 families and I still only have one house.
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66 views

Where to order custom mini-figs in Europe

General question is are there any custom Lego minifig online stores in Europe like there are many in the US ? In detail: My friends friend is getting married and she would like to surprise them with ...
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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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Difference between LEGO Castle and LEGO Kingdoms

Can anyone explain what the difference is between LEGO Castle and LEGO Kingdoms. I don't understand why they are not in the same product group. Also LEGO Kingdoms is no longer listed on the lego.com ...
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Tips on shipping large sets (super star destroyer, 2001 Discovery ship)

I have two large sets I'll need to sell when I move (SW super star destroyer, and 2001 discovery). They are both very long (5 feet?) and impractical to ship complete. Any tips for newbie in best way ...
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Dimensions of Mindstorms NXT pieces

I don't have access to my NXT boxes at the moment (they're stuck behind a wardrobe that won't get moved for a week or so) and I'm working on this project where I need to know the dimensions of the ...
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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 ...
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1answer
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Where can I purchase replacement stickers for a current set? [duplicate]

My stickers for set 60035 are damaged and need to be replaced. Where can I obtain replacements?
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What exactly is this Lego train motor?

I bought this in the early 90s as a spare, since the type of Lego train was being phased out. Presumably the old 12V system. The original train was given away but I still have this. I want to sell ...
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Pick A Brick delivery times

I am about to order some bricks using the online Pick A Brick service. Unfortunately, its delivery time information is confusing. In the right column of the checkout page, it says: Your item will ...
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1answer
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can't send multiple commands to EV3 using Python

I want to use Python to send commands to an EV3 brick. In C++ things work as expected - for instance, this starts the motor on port A and then stops it after a while: #include <unistd.h> ...
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Duplo Activity table to Lego System Table

We purchased a table with Duplo baseplates on top (activity table) for my son when he was 1 year old. He's now turning six and we would like to convert the Duplo top to the regular LEGO System top. is ...
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1answer
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Export Lego Mindstorms Code

I was wondering if it was possible in any way to see the actual code that is generated by the Lego Mindstorms IDE. I know there isn't a direct 'export to code' option within the tool but I wondered ...
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1answer
107 views

Is there a microphone that works with Mindstorms EV3?

I'm planning to program my EV3 robot to do voice chat over VOIP using ev3dev and a Debian program. Is this possible? Are there microphones known to work with EV3, and has anyone had experience using ...
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How to unplug black friction pin connectors

Black friction pin without slots connectors are common in older Technic sets. Note that these were quickly replaced by the current version with slots that is much easier to remove. vs Especially ...
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1answer
171 views

What is this cylinder like part?

I found a pair of these among some parts I bought. It looks like some sort of cylinder, which could hold an axle for a piston. Is that correct, and how would I use it then?
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What is this weird and specific technical part?

I found this part among some parts I bought. It looks like it serves a specific purpose. What is it?
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What can I do with this steering wheel?

I found this steering wheel + "dashboard" combination among some parts I bought. What is it, in what kind of models is it used, and can I do anything else with the "dashboard" (for lack of a better ...
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1answer
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In LEGO mindstorms NXT programming: is it possible to download a file from a robot onto the computer?

I've lost the file for a project, but the robot still has it, and I'm wondering if it is possible to transfer the file onto my computer from the robot, and continue to work on it. How would you do ...
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78 views

How to install NXT Firmware 1.28?

Lego is giving 1.31 from their website but I need 1.28, how can I install it?
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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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1answer
139 views

How to restore minifig faces

Vintage minifig heads (from the 80s, 90s with the classic smiley) often lose their eyes and mouths after years of play. The paint wears off. How do you best restore the heads?
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LEGO Mindstorms NXT projects

I have a LEGO Mindstorms NXT set and since I bought it I almost never used it. Sometimes I think I could do something interesting with it, but I usually either feel like just copying a previous made ...
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Authentic or Not?

I browse periodically on eBay and see a lot of superhero lego minfigs. Are these real or Chinese knockoffs? It says that they're from China. I just search "lego minifigures". ...
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What element is this a piece of, and how can I repair it?

Yesterday, as I was putting away some Lego, I saw the following obviously broken piece. I couldn't figure out what element this was a piece of, so I was all ready to ask it here, when I came ...
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1answer
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NXT or EV3 gyro sensor

Do NXTs or EV3s have gyro sensors or built-in gyro sensors? How can I know the direction of the robot?
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1answer
76 views

Can anyone explain the transformation information within a Lego Digital Designer LXF file?

I've been taking a look at the structure of the LDD files recently to see if it's feasible to create a plugin for 3D studio max that allows you to directly open LXF files for higher quality ...
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1answer
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Why are official LEGO PDF instruction books such poor quality?

More often than not, my boys are working from PDF instructions downloaded at the LEGO site. The quality of those PDFs is poor. I'm sure you've experienced the jagged, pixelated lines and the bricks so ...
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1answer
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Scan objects while moving?

I'm using leJOS with an NXT robot. I want to scan the distances of objects from my robot. While rotating the Ultrasonic sensor from right to left, I would like to find out which object is closest to ...
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1answer
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Mindstorms, black orphaned data wires

I've just copied a loop element, which had a data wire going into it. The internal wires (from the old external data wire) are now black, and I cannot delete them, or re-link them to a new external ...
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What's a good age to start getting into Mindstorms with my child?

What is a good age to start getting a child into LEGO Mindstorms? Also, how would you recommend introducing her? I can't wait to start building robots with my daughter. She loves LEGO and the idea of ...
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How do can I tell if minifigures are custom-made or LEGO Originals?

I see that on Amazon you can find a lot of minifigures but I can't tell if they are cheap knock-offs or not.

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