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The Atlantis Submarine Voyage ride at LEGOLAND Windsor has almost 100 models (albeit glued together) submerged in a 1,000,000 litre tank with 'upto 50 species of rare sharks, rays and tropical fish'. If LEGO bricks can withstand those conditions, I think you'll be fine. Most of these models are quite large (and heavy), so you may need to weigh down or ...


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I'm assuming that you are referring to this door: These doors are designed for the hinge to attach from the back of the door and not the side, which might be what is tripping you up. There are ways to get these to line up with the hinge on the side, but the easiest fix is to just have them hinge from the back. This part is used in many sets including ...


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I have 2 Banbao set from before the lawsuit with Lego (minifig style minifigs) and they are more and less compatible with lego, the pitch between the studs is the same. But there are some remark I noticed within comparing both brand for a few minutes. Studs are higher, a Lego plate on a Banbao brick will leave a small gap between both bricks Plates are ...


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The first photo on this page shows the model Andrew Lipson made. The photo is taken under a such angle in respect that the different parts line up in the photo, to get the desired effect. "Waterfall" used a combination of specifically angled photographs, coupled with some post processing to remove the overlapping elements: OK, let's come clean. We ...


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I am also going to recommend Technic as the stronger support option, but I would make the case out of "normal" Lego, and then implement 2 Technic rectangular "rings" around the case at the place of your pillars, joined at the top and bottom (on the top the joint could form the handle). Make these rings or braces by overlapping Technic pieces and joining them ...


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If you haven't seen it, Sariel's limited slip differential technique might do what you want, but it's a little different than what you are asking for: This setup doesn't provide a clean way of producing a fixed amount of torque to a wheel if it's partner is running free. It instead simply disables the differential if the wheels have been running at ...


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Basic LEGO elements won't get damaged by water, however depending on the condition of your water source, some residue may build up on the elements after prolonged immersion. So if you are thinking about keeping them immersed for a longer time, I would suggest using distilled water.


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How to fix it depends on how broken it is - if you've got a few large sections that need to go back in it might be easier than if they have been broken down to the individual elements. The first step is to ensure you still have the instructions - if not, they should be available on LEGO's site: Building Instructions and search for "75025" (there are two ...


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I attempt to create a searchable index of SNOT techniques, as this is called. Of those, the strongest 180 degree stud reversal are probably one of these: If you want to connect the two curves together bottom to bottom, you should be able to do it with an axle, sort of like these two techniques: If that doesn't work I once had luck playing around ...


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I will sometimes take another piece, i.e. a 1x4, next to the row I'm about to place so it helps align it. Then use the brick separator's flat end to adjust the 1x1 as needed. But I'm a little ocd about the tiles being lined up...


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With children 3 and under, small parts may be a choking hazard. The sets that Lego markets to the parents of small children contain larger pieces that are easier to handle and harder to swallow (i.e. Duplo). When a Lego set recommends "ages 10 and up", it refers more to building ability and patience than safety. These sets are generally more complex and ...


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Using a cut-pipe into a clip-with-tube will let you build a secure and precise angle. If you have a solid brick behind the headlight bricks you can fix the angle by cutting the pipe at the right length.


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Yes. Long answer: Yes. Your imagination is the limit. Wondering however what the intent of your question is .... are you looking for instructions on how to do this?


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The best way to solve this type of problem is to break it down and isolate the fault. You might find that it is easier to remove the Power Functions components from the model for some of the following: Check all connections. Disconnect each cable and re-connect everything. Ensure that the plugs are the right way around (they don't sit right if not) and ...


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According to Sariel's gear tutorial in chapter 5, Efficiency:, - the less gears, the better - the smaller gears, the better Based on this principle the first setup looks the best, but you are right that the 8 tooth gear is the weakest of all and it has the most backlash too, if any of these are valid concerns for your build. Note that gears can be ...


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Sorting by color is the first thing any LEGO collector will do, but soon you will find out that finding that one specific piece in a whole box of black pieces is quite difficult, and your sorting method will further differentiate between plates and bricks, SNOT pieces etc. Check out this post for more tips and details. For your particular problem I would do ...


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I have done it see this video. I have updated the spreadsheet so that it can give you a visual indication of the cross-section at each layer (in quarters) and uploaded it onto Google drive for public access


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So I've been referring to this post for a long time and I figured it is time to put in my experiences. One thing that many answers don't talk about is that different glues are good for different purposes so my input will revolve around that. A little background. I've been building Lego for multiple decades though only recently started using glue as I've ...


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This hinge combined with a technic pin lets you easily make large trap doors. You can see a train-track-sized trap door in this model using two of these parts. In this model the trap door falls down when you retract an axle that normally holds it up. Other arrangements are possible. The beauty of this particular hinge is that it is symmetrical, so there ...


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You might be interested in the excellent, hilarious and comprehensive Communist LEGO report. It tells you all you can expect, from the good brands to the bad brands. At a minimum, it'll get you rolling of your chair with laughter. A summary taken from the document: Brand List 2015 LEGO is a global brand and has been the subject of many copies ...


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First of all: LEGO prices fluctuate depending on retailer (LEGO.com, Wal-Mart, Target, Toys'R'Us, etc.), so "cheapest" also depends on the time of year and the retailer you look at. Secondly, are you only interested in a PowerFunctions motor, and is the set you ask for just a vehicle to get the motor? In that case you might want to know that you can just ...


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I would say it's helpful and part of the fun. I don't do it very often, but I know I did it for the diorama Death Star 10188. Most sets aren't big enough for me to want to do it though.


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Generally LEGO Technic structures (pins and beams with holes) tend to be lighter and stronger as System structures (classic bricks). The generally accepted best practice among amateur and professional LEGO builders is to have a light and strong internal structure (either Technic or other materials, like wood or steel) that can then be decorated on the ...


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For a number of sets that I've had these in (the Minecraft Mirco-worlds and the Scientists Ideas set) they've also come with one of the new orange Brick tools. You can use the edge of the tool to run along between the sides of the tiles and the next row of studs - I find this works better than using another plate or brick because the tool has more play over ...


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This answer will by definition have a lot of links, but here we go. Since you're looking for instructions there are a few sites that you should consider visiting. The first is Cubiculus, which specializes in creating LDraw versions of custom and official instructions. The creator of the site adds plenty of his own (basic) instructions. The second is ...


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Well, the center diff allows the front and rear axles to turn at different speeds, which is useful to put less stress on drivetrain parts that are constantly moving around. However, for a Lego model it is probably not required, since it most likely would not move at speeds required to necessitate one. Building one in would add realism, but you would need to ...


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As Phil noted, you can sort by both color and part before building in order to speed up the process. However, for a relatively small collection this level of sorting may be unnecessary. I would recommend sorting by part first, and then only sorting by color if needed. This feels unnatural, but the reason to sort by part first is simply that your eyes will ...


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Sometimes, the piece connecting your two white plates in Step 2 might be bent or not completely flat. An rounded LEGO piece can have other pieces that it connects falling off because it can't hold on to the studs as usual. This could happen to the white wing piece itself. Two, they can be a hassle. Normal pieces can sometimes just be a pain in the back. I ...


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One option would be to use the relatively new bricks with masonry profile: If you aren't aware, the reverse side of these bricks includes the horizontal lines but leaves out the vertical ones. This allows you to create something like this: This solutions provides the advantage of less dense horizontal lines, but being that this is a newer part, it also ...


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You can build your own trap door from System and Technic pieces. Use plates for the surface and frame (maybre reinforced by bricks if necessary), and attach one or more (depending on the weight and size) Technic joints underneath. I have no pieces with me at the moment, so I can't show you, but if you need clarifications, I'll look up images of the pieces ...



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