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Non powered/motorized flight has been achieved Bamboo copter Anna Vuurzoon made a Flying machine using only Lego parts which uses a ripcord to propel a three blade propeller on a stick (see http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/288875). I was able to duplicate her results, so can validate it does work. It is really a modification of a bamboo copter. Glider ...


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You probably could use this, which looks exactly like it's the missing part of your puzzle: You'll be interested to know that this part has intitially been proposed by the first four fans (MUPs, for LEGO Mindstorms Users Panel) working on the very first NXT kit and regularly ran into the same problem as yours. A lot of Technic fans now name the part after ...


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Scale is the obvious answer. The Legoland model is huge, which means you're not seeing the brick-level quantisation as easily (quantisation is most obviously seen in mosaics but that works in 3D too). Getting the same effect at smaller scales usually means a lot of SNOT and using sloped bricks. These days there is a huge range of slopes available, from 4 ...


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If it's your own creation, you should be able to adapt your model to fit the rack you have. One tricky problem I can see is if your construction is built as most studless models are nowadays and features uneven dimensions - which means a 7 rack is indeed easier than a 8. You can of course build something around the old 1x4 rack place but it might get ...


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There is a website, http://rebrickable.com/, that lets you enter the sets you have, and it compares the inventories to other sets to determine which other official sets you can build with those pieces. It also includes unofficial MOCs that other builders have submitted, and it will substitute other part colors if you choose. For example, just entering the ...


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Here's the simplest way that I can think of to stop the vehicle at the finish line. You'll need basic LEGO Technic parts and a good length of lightweight string or thread. Create two reels for the string. One should be connected to the wheels and the other may turn freely. Wind all the string onto the reel which can spin freely and attach the other end ...


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When weight is applied on the structure, the wheels are are creating a twisting motion that will eventually dissasemble the 1x6 beams. With the extra structural part when a load is applied there is a lot of flexing but the 1x6 beams are staying in place. Effectively, the axle is preventing the beams from rotating out of place.


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It's actually quite a common thing to build. So much so that TLG has held a number of tower building events at their theme parks and at other locations. Here's a photo of what I believe is the current world record. This was completed in Prague and is 32.5 meters tall.


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Here are the options that I'm aware of along with some basic pros and cons: Peeron This site is great for old sets, and has some nice functionality including the ability to compile a list of all the parts in all of your sets for you have. This makes it easy to start your part inventory. All you have to do is import your sets and then export your parts ...


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MEK is the way to go - it's what the Masterbuilders at the LEGOLAND parks use. I once brought a miniland sized model from London to the US in my main suitcase that had been glued with MEK and the model was fully intact when I got to the other end! As others have said, it is VERY nasty when breathed in. Do not even think about using it in confined spaces ...


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It very much depends on how and what you like to build so personal recommendations are difficult. As you're new-ish to MOCing it may take some time to figure out what pieces you like the most. That said, I'll offer a suggestion - I find 10230 Mini Modulars and interesting range of small pieces in various colours incuding some rare ones. Check out the ...


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There seems to be basically two choices. You can either build a larger version than the traditional cube, or you can build something that doesn't stay together very well. There's a nice example of a small cube on Sebastians Sand's Brickshelf: While this looks like it would work, I can't imagine that it holds together through many rotations. If you are ...


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45° angles are tricky because of the dimensions of 45-45-90 triangles: The fact that the hypotenuse needs to be a multiple of radical two makes it difficult to build out of LEGO plates which are generally limited to integers or halves. The best you can do in a reasonably small amount of space is a 5 x 5 x 7.07 triangle, but that doesn't come close enough ...


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It appears that some LEGO pieces are designed with the proportions of 45-degree right triangles in mind. For example, the 3x3 plate with one corner removed has a diagonal edge that is very close to three studs long, as can be seen in this construction: Likewise, the 8x8 corner plate has a diagonal edge that is very close to 10 studs long:


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The city people pack is probably 9348: Community Minifigure Set based on the clasic space minifig print. The numbered bags are probably from 4635: Fun With Vehicles - that's based on the colours and the lime green/"bright yellow/green" cap. I think the first 2 bags are from 6118: Wheels and Tyres. This set has the same number of the small (8x) and bigger ...


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If you don't have any of the 90-degree pin connectors, here is another solution using more common parts. It does add to the profile, but is sturdy.


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here are some additional sets that mostly use fairly standard pieces you're likely to have in a basic lego collection: Peeron Lego Instruction Sets To add to jncraton's excellent answer, here are additional sets from Peeron's Lego Instructions Archive using generic bricks: Universal Building Set (400-1) BASIC Building Set (510-1) BASIC Building Set ...


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LEGO has released a number of large brick buckets over the years. A few of these came with instructions and ideas for models that could be built with the contents. These include lots of ideas for animals, vehicles, and structures. Here are a few examples: There are plenty of ideas available if you browse through the instructions for these sets. Here ...


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According to the BrickLink inventory, there should be three extra parts, so 9 seems a bit high. It could be a mistake from LEGO, but honestly it's more likely that you forgot them yourself. Knowing what the 6 parts are through Bricklink, I suggest you check the model once more to verify where they could go.


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Hinges can work, I have used this technique before, if you sandwich the hinges between two plates you get 45 degree 'bricks' that are quite solid. In most cases, tiles and plates in the right place will keep sufficient contact with the base plate to have a stable model.


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Might not be ideal, but have you tried replacing each Crossblock 2x3 with a Crossblock 90 and a Technic Lever 2M? You lose a little bit of stability on the bottom edge with only two pin connections instead of four, but I think it'll do the job just fine. The new parts list is then: 2x Crossblock 90 Deg 2x Technic Angle Beam 4x2 90 Deg 2x Technic Lever ...


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It's structural, but not really mandatory: The full (4 pages) instruction can be found by googling or e.g. there: http://lego.brickinstructions.com/lego_instructions/set/6847/Space_Dozer


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It's possible the set has been discontinued. Since its release in 2010 there have been many other Brick Buckets released under the 'Bricks and More' series. For example; the 10663 Creative Chest released in 2013 is available in a similar price range but is more limited to building vehicles (no doors, windows and roof tiles for buildings). If your kids ...


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Here's a suggestion: Go to Brickset.com. They have scans of the boxes of almost every set every released. Many of the earlier sets (i.e., those released in the 1970s) are built almost entirely out of basic bricks, and you can usually figure out how they are built just from looking at the picture. Some links to get you started: Browse list of sets by year or ...


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I was able to find a few elements that are able to make this connection possible. I'm guessing the designer used some type of bar-sized element which is made from a different material that is able to compress slightly more than regular ABS. For example, the softer plastic used on some minifig weapons seems to work nicely: Another option could be flexible ...


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Depends very much what you mean by "strong". Vertical crush resistance would be highest as the Lego house people did it because that gives a continuous vertical wall down the edge of each stack of bricks. Offsetting as you suggest means that the edges of each brick are resting on the flat top of the brick below. If they needed to link the bricks ...


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However, if you're looking for an official alternate/combiner build, then no. Star Wars isn't very big on combiner or alternate models, although the early, 1999 sets include inspirational photos. Over the years, Star Wars combiners/alternates have been released via LEGO Club or LEGO Build Together, but unfortunately none of your sets have an ...


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Would it be possible to just use a black one, or old dark gray? It would add a little variation to the roof, which is not a bad thing - it would look more natural. Perhaps the other color could be added to some other places here and there as well, so the colors all pull together nicely. Other than that you could always add a chimney, but as you mentioned ...


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There are a number of designs on the net that I found with a simple search. Google image search produces images from the merely functional ones like the instructions linked here through to quite realistic looking ones that appear likely to work. or this big one The key for a simple, easy to build one is to use wheels on the base. It will shake back ...


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You mean one of these? Basically, you'll need two circle of these 4 x 4 corner bricks: Separated by some of these Plate 1 x 2 with Handle: I don't think the centre red tile with an "R" on it exists, so I think you'll have to make one out of card or something.



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