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Going on advice from InkBlend I converted the logo to a vector graphic from a sticker sheet scanned in for the 7945 Fire Station set on BrickLink. I used VectorMagic to convert the file and automaticaly create paths. The SVG vector file can be downloaded here. If you don't have an image editor that supports vector editing, you can also download a ...


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Brickshelf returns two interesting designs: There's also a YouTube video showing yet another design which is quite simple yet elegant (although I would have put the 1x2 plate with handles under it, not on the side, but that's my own opinion.


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The red car that you mentioned is Mail Van (7820). There are a number of other trains in the picture including: 7730 - Goods train (the locomotive doesn't seem to be visible) 7710 - Push-Along Passenger Steam Train (just the cars) 7750 - Steam Engine with Tender (pulling the cars from 7710) 7814 - Crane Wagon 7760 - Diesel Shunter Locomotive ...


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There are a number of pull-back motors for system wheels. Look through the Motor, non-electric section of bricklink. There is even one rechargeable electric motor. There was also an all-rubber tire with an axle hole in some of the old space sets, though that may have a rounder shape than you're looking for.


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If i remember right, the tires of the small LEGO City wheels fit perfectly on a Technic 1/2 bush which then gives you an axle hole, but note that this is very flat on the ground. I don't know if its high enough to add a very small gear and build up the connection to your motor.


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It's difficult, but not impossible. A rigid axle turning at the centre would be mechanically simpler. As my crude drawing illustrates; I would place a 24-tooth gear over the 2x4 wheel axle. A 8-tooth gear is optional but will provide finer control over the steering. The two teeth gears can also be replaced with a pulley gear. This technique however will ...


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Without examples, it's difficult provide a precise answer, but I'll give it a shot. Since you mentioned Amazon, I assume that's where you are getting your pricing information from. As you noted, prices from many retailers will fluctuate based on supply and demand, and that can often explain why a set is expensive. Amazon in particular lists many sets which ...


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It uses train wheels which means it should work on Lego track. Sources: Bricklink set inventory LEGO Building Instructions lookup


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Most vehicles in modern city sets use wheels with ∅20×12 mm tires. Such tire can be put on 12 tooth double bevel gear or combination of narrower ∅11×8 mm wheel and 12 tooth bevel gear to connect with axle. The only problem I see with this solution is that tires are swollen a bit by gear so they are not freely turned when covered with mudguard with arch.


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Ever since this question was asked I wanted to build something that would fit that scale. Here's the result: I know this is not using only LEGO pieces but, I thought that there was no way to make the LEGO motors fit 'inside' a normal looking LEGO City vehicle. So, this is basically a homemade motorized brick made of a 2x2 brick glued to the 2x2 ...


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It is designed to handle curves that are found on CITY track. Here is the detail from middle car. There is tongue and groove that allows the middle wheels to slide left and right to enable curves. I will post a video of a powered train pushing it, if needed.


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Most of the parts are of set 7288. I see at least the following: Window / door with the gates Big wall parts with stickers. Cop minifig & white shirt criminal Computerdesk and front of the truck Red front of the small car I also see parts of 7279: Gray shirted criminal Part of the ATM terminal Parts of the little car (lights and front with ...


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Here are some additional non-fictional brands and their set(s) under the Town theme: Chocomel (Nutricia), Holland Chocolate Factory Canada Post Mail Van Mail Truck ANWB (Breakdown service), Holland Breakdown Assistance Roadside Recovery Van and Tow Truck UNICEF UNICEF Van Touring Club Schweiz Breakdown Assistance Air Canada Air Canada Jet Plane ...


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I can't believe that nobody else else has posted the most important real company that appears within the LEGO City theme... the LEGO company itself! There is a good list of promotional sets on Brickipedia, that includes the set theme. Many of the town / city sets include logos or brand names of real-world companies. Other sets that include real-world ...


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To a degree, Yes. The tram works well on straight pieces of track. It doesn't look like the tram was designed to be used with CITY track. The wheel axles are fixed to one point so they cannot navigate curved pieces of track easily. A simple modification should be able to fix this.


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I think RC devices are not compatible with PF devices due using different IR protocols. For instance, see this forum thread for more explanation. Also this cool site. Summarizing, RC and PF can use the same rails RC and PF cannot use the same remote controllers RC and PF uses different engines: RC places it in bogie (as 9v do) PF places it in body


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At least the mobile police post 7288; the label on the piece identifies it. Look for pieced used as license plates; license plates on Lego cars often contain the set number. In fact, any number printed or stickered on a piece is likely to be the set number. The dog doesn't have to be from a police set; he also appears in at least one firefighter set.


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You can definitely use the trains without batteries and push them on the tracks. In fact, a lot of LEGO trains come without the battery option, and you can add it if you want. Most people will get the battery option as it is fun to watch LEGO trains go on their own, but it is not necessary. You can even build raised tracks and have the train go down on ...


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The cheapest set for basic bricks if 6177. 650 Bricks for $30 (US). Most are the tiny ones, not the standard 4X2s, but it's still the best value out there.


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The white two-legged assembly with the blue light that's just above the left dog looks to be part of the robot dog from Space Police set 8399. Additionally, the minifig near the red car front appears to be from the World Racers theme and the one just under it that's missing its head looks like Johnny Thunder from the Adventurers theme.


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You can only control PF IR receivers with the PF remote controls. These are the normal (8885) or the speed control (8879). With the speed remote control you can also choose different speeds. And yes, the train motor from 7897 is compatible with power functions, as long as you use a extension wire (acts like adapter from the old 9V-system to PF, 8886 or ...


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Just to add one more thing to jncraton's very nice and detailed response. You mentioned that your son really likes City sets. That is actually a good thing as far as getting standard prices because City is a perennial LEGO theme. The Police station your son sees at the back of an old instruction-manual may have been retired, but you can be rest assured that ...


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Lego also collaborated with several airline companies to release a standard plane but with stickers denoting the airline name. I remember excitedly purchasing them back in the day. They were only available through their in-flight shopping if I recall correctly. I have two. One is El-Al and the other one is for a Japanese carrier (need to check either ANA or ...


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The wheel used are smaller than regular train wheels and are usually never used in train sets; but more for smaller train-like stuff (Spider-Man metro, Indiana Jones mine cart, track buggy, track maintenance vehicles...) So they will work on regular track, but their smaller size mean they're more likely to derail, and they have more friction around the axle ...


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I wouldn't consider "hospital" as fictional. At first, LEGO did seem to use the Red Cross logo, but they have since then had to stop (presumably because of the Red Cross being very protective about their logo). Note that the logo they have been using since isn't fictional either. 12v era trains provided stickers for a lot of different train companies, I'm ...


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Real brands include: Mostly it's the three early Maersk Trucks - 1552, 1831 and 1651 that are usually listed under the Town theme. Toys R Us also appeared on one City themed truck Outside of the Town/City themes but still minifig scale you then have: Maersk Train - under Trains. SNCF - In it's old orange livery is the basis for the Horizon Express train ...



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