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Why not use just two jumper plates (3794), one on the top and one on the bottom? No more additional are pieces required. You can also replace the stack of 1x1 round bricks with a single Support 1 x 1 x 6 Solid Pillar (43888) piece. The piece is used in conjunction with a large swinging vault door in the Bank & Money Transfer (3661) set. The brick ...


You could try something like this if you have Technic beams available:


The Technic Riding Cycle theme features several bikes that may be of inspiration. One particular set Moto Cross Bike (42007) uses several 3711: Technic, Link Chain parts to make a chain. Based on Bricklink prices for the last six months, 39 chain pieces (the amount shown in the set above) would cost £4.29 (Aprox. $6.91 or €1.26). Pulleys and rubber ...


It looks like LEGO sells chain and sprockets, don't know if you'd have them lying around though. You could also try using pulleys instead. If you don't have any of the actual pulleys, take the tread off of two wheels and stretch a rubber band across, that should work too.


Ok, not quite what was asked, but this might spark some new directions for other people. As to your statue, a few 2x1 plates at the base instead of the tiles could attach to the legs. This solution would allow weapons, etc, to be displayed on the secret walls. Re-edited to include final improvements. Using tiles and inverted tiles lets the wall ...


There are two sites I can think of that describe commonly used gear assemblies. Both sites make use of animations to illustrate how the gears work. LEGO Education: Constructopedia This web article produced by The LEGO Group introduces common, basic usages of gears and pulleys. It includes alterations to the direction of gears, idler gears, gearing up/down ...


I've had trouble finding good examples as well. One of the most interesting one is, sadly, in Spanish, but the images (and some help from Google Translate) helped me some. Hopefully it can be a start. http://www.hispalug.com/foro/index.php?topic=11730.0

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