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The easiest way to do this is to score the baseplate with a straightedge and knife. Once you've made a deep enough cut, you should be able to bend and break the plate where you've scored it. You may want to sand the edge to clean it up a bit. There's a more detailed set of instructions in this Instructable.


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Here are all possibilities I can think of (most of them already listed in your question): Use part 10197 Technic, Axle and Pin Connector Hub with 2 Axles together with 2x 4265c Technic Bush 1/2 Smooth, one on each axle end. This will keep it snug and prevents it from moving, but the axles are, as you observed, only halfway inserted into the bricks. ...


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I have seen a number of very creative builds with the orange brick separator. Here are some examples: Spaceship by F@bz: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabz71/12434428513/ Mech by Lewis Meeny: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tr0jinh0rse/11318913594/ Deep Sea Explorer by Keith Reed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithreed/12943153094/ And my favorite is this ...


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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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Despite what it superficially looks like in (for example) Sariel's build videos, having a big pile of parts spread across the table is not the fastest way. Pour the contents of the smaller bags into containers (I use old plastic take-away containers). That way you are looking through a container of blue 3 long pins and red 2-long axles for a 2-long axle, ...


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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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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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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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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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In addition to Sariel's excellent book, I'd suggest Yoshihito Isogawa's "Tora no Maki" downloadable PDF book, and his Ideas books in print. All are full of clever mechanisms, easy to reproduce and integrate into bigger constructions. See http://www.isogawastudio.co.jp/legostudio/toranomaki/en/


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One possible "technique" could simply be to use the round wall panels of the same diameter: This part has the same stud recesses at the bottom, but since it's much taller, they won't appear as frequently in your model (or at all if this part alone provides the height that you need). This obviously has a number of disadvantages, the largest being that you'...


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This is going to be different for everyone, but there are several different options. I personally prefer to get my LEGO bricks out and just start building, this usually doesn't turn out exactly how I want initially, but I will take the bits I like and try again; building multiple versions to find what I like and come up with a finished item. For larger ...


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I would suggest you use 10 of either one of these: 4273 Technic, Axle and Pin Connector Toggle Joint Toothed or 4273a Technic, Axle and Pin Connector Toggle Joint Toothed - Without Slots, together with 5 equal length axles and 5 pins. Creates a sturdy pentagon. Use the pin connector hole to attach the pentagon to other structures. If you don't want axles,...


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To add to TheBrickBlogger's suggestions, F@bz has another spaceship that I believe is worth mentioning: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabz71/21111423905/ I succinctly (sp?) recall seeing an awesome dinosaur made almost entirely out of Brick Separators on Flickr a while back (and I believe it was called a Separatosaurus) but all my searches have been futile ...


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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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The complexity of the model and the expected time to complete it will increase with the recommended age. Lower aged sets, like the Juniors line, feature builds that rely heavily on standard stacking and more basic bricks. As the age recommendation goes up, you'll see more advanced building techniques such as offset stacking (think stair stacking), studs ...


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I've bought some sci-fi military-themed sets from Gudi, and this is my opinion: Plastic quality is almost on par with Lego, albeit a bit harder. Minifig are slightly less good. They seemed to have a quite good model designer in 2014-15: there are some sci-fi and military kits that actually look good. However, 2016 models marked a step backward, IMHO. I ...


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I should post the answer as a comment to Phil B.'s post, but since it contains some useful content for the others, it will also be an answer. First of all Phil B. thanks for the link, that's exactly what i was looking for and i will mark it as an accepted answer. After reading the PDF, here is the summary of which blocks can we risk buying and which to ...


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We have the same problem as outlined above. We realised that the cheap AAA batteries we bought did not make contact with the positive end of the terminals in the controller. In other words the bumpy bit at the positive end of the battery is not high enough to make contact inside the controller. Solution - buy better quality AAA batteries. They will make ...


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I generally only build sets of 1000+ pieces and I find knolling incredibly useful (as well as somewhat relaxing but YMMV on that). Where I find that it helps the most is familiarizing myself with all of the pieces that will be used in the next set of instructions. Sometimes it is easy to misidentify a piece from the images in the instruction book. So for ...


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Knolling is organizing objects by type, at right angles. If you enjoy spending your time doing that, then by all means, do it. However, logically, it is obvious that precisely organizing objects provides no benefit to anyone whose mind doesn't require strictly rectilinear organization of objects. First, you have to sort all the objects (in our case, ...


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I'd say a 4265a on a 3649 are among the hardest to separate. But a 3647 is more painful due to the teeth http://rebrickable.com/parts/3749 http://rebrickable.com/parts/4265a http://rebrickable.com/parts/3647


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There are some BrickLink stores that operate in South Africa. You should be able to get from them whatever you need. Here is the list of stores: http://www.bricklink.com/browseStores.asp?countryID=ZA


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A 1x1 round plate on the bottom of a 1x1 square plate is pretty difficult to get apart. The Santa's Workshop set uses transparent 1x1 round plates stuck until 1x1 plates with a clip on top to make Christmas lights. I just left the whole thing assembled; I'll probably never bother taking that apart. Also: if you stick some brand-new 4x4 plates together it ...


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The Brick Separator can be employed successfully in a majority of cases where bricks are stuck together. The hardest thing to remove I believe is Technic pins 4459 wherever used. See separate question.


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This depends on how deep engineering principles do you wish to teach. For simpler, shallower things, like the inherent stability of a triangle based construction versus a square based, the crawler crane already offers a lot: the relation between force and leverage, skid steering, gearing, pulleys, gearboxes, electronics. Pneumatics and shock absorbers are ...


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In your setup, the space between both axles is about 11.31mm (1 stud brick = 8mm). On the central part of the gear (the band where teeth protude), the pitch diameter is 11.9mm (outer diameter of 13.8mm, root diameter of 10mm). Hence the gears would not mesh if mounted in the same plane (because 11.9 > 11.31). However, if you consider the beveled part of ...


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The LEGO bricks themselves will be fine, but if you're adding fish and turning this into an aquarium setting you may need to perform some periodic maintenance on them to keep them looking nice... but lots of people have used LEGOs for aquarium decor with great results.


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Without more information, it's hard to know what can be causing the gaps. My theory is that the structure has gotten large enough that the spacing in the bricks is adding up such that your structure is no longer "square". According to this page, there is a 0.1mm gap between two bricks attached to a common base. This gap makes it possible to remove the ...


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The question is rather old, but I have one thing to add to the other answers. There is also a Banbao line for younger children (Banbao Young Ones, 3+). There's a review here. It's in Russian but Google translate worked well :) I have on set one set. It turned out that it is really compatible with DUPLO, and quality is very good.



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