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Yes there is! Rebrickable.com is dedicated entirely to doing so. You can save time and import your LEGO collection from Brickset.com (If you have an account). The site will then search for other sets and MOCs you can build from the bricks you have in your collection.


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The Lego Digital Designer is ideal for this job. Avalible for Mac and PC it allows you to build models from scatch, order them, and get them delivered. Or, if you've got the bits already it can make instructions for you. It has a range of technic items (see image below).. Importing a model will also enable you to view the part number and details which could ...


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Yes, from Lego themselves, for sets from 2002 onwards. D-N-D Bricks have a lot of older sets' instructions.


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Here is an approximation of the bridge that appears on the cover of the catalog pictured above. Unlike the version in the picture, this model uses bracket pieces to attach the arched section to the rail bed. All the pieces in this build were available prior to 1994. The arches are decorative and do not really contribute to the strength of the bridge. This ...


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A list of previous monthly mini models can be found on Brickset. The instructions can be found in the notes section under the sidebar on the right for each model.


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These sites are absolutely marvellous: Let's Build It Again - this has user submissions too BrickFactory - if you can't find it on here, then it can't exist WorldBricks - looks to be another cracking resource (Having just spent some time looking through these, I just don't know why I hadn't tried looking for this stuff before.)


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I haven't used it, but I've seen LDraw: http://www.ldraw.org/


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If you want to know if you can build a certain set with the parts you have, you can have a look at set inventories on Peeron or BrickLink You can also even enter a list of your own parts on Peeron and have it check it against existing sets, thus letting you know what you can build, or what you need to buy to build the set you want.


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I tried LDD at first, but frankly, the order in which it adds the parts is often quite nonsensical: I also tried a bunch of other tools, some of which are mentioned elsewhere on this page, with mixed results. So what I ended up using, with great success, is LIC (LEGO Instruction Creator). It's beta, somewhat buggy, and for all I can see it was written by ...


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Your best shot is to identify individual piece and look them up on Peeron or BrickLink. Since both carry set inventories, you'll be able to find lists of sets in which the parts can be found. Try to start with more bizarre parts, chances are they are in a few models only. Once you're sure you've found a model for which you've all the parts, build it using ...


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LEGO have made mistakes several times in the past and will continue to do so, (as is the norm for a toy manufacturer of it's scale.) I can only speculate that the best way to ensure instructions are correct would be to build the model. Following the instruction as you build you're able to pick up more than just missed steps.


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Here are the PDFs donated by Friend Of George. Here are the unit catalog PDFs. The starter kit for each pod has an inventory list, a set of cards containing units which can be built, and a set of X-TRA cards. The cards and inventory list can be printed on card stock for better durability. The Advanced Rules contain additional rules and Advanced X-TRA ...


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This set is 6848 Strategic Pursuer. Instruction scans are available on Peeron.


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I found here a link to the LEGO website on archive.org with the X-Pod playoff section intact. The download links for the rules and starter kits still seem to work. The units catalog is slightly broken, but I was still able to print all of the unit catalogs into PDF format using PDFCreator. For them to print correctly, click on the Advanced Rules tab, ...


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For physical manuals, I personally like to use clear presentation sheet protectors similar to the ones that @BradC mentioned. Regarding organization, I place the ones that I refer to frequently in some binders, sorted by theme, while sets that I don't use as much go into a set of hanging file folders. If you don't mind electronic storage, you could download ...


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My 7190 Millennium Falcon kit has a mistake where the inventory for the page doesn't include two pieces on it. So, invariably, when I'm building it I forget to include those two pieces, and they are left over until the very end, at which point I have to follow this process: Say "Dammit" Flip backwards through the booklet to find the page that last added ...


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Not necessarily. It really depends on what you mean by "accurate." Most (probably 90% or more) of Mega Bloks elements have identical, or at least functionally identical, LEGO elements. However, there are a number of Mega Bloks elements that you can only approximate with LEGO elements. For example, Mega Bloks hinges rotate around the center of mass ...


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There are quite a few individual sites out there offering that sort of thing, however one of the best I've come across is: The MOC pages on Rebrickable.com This is because the site allows you to catalogue all your parts and then search for other sets and MOCs you can build with your existing collection.


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See AlternativeTo's list. LEGO Digital Designer (official; most popular) LDraw (2nd most popular) Konstruktor MLCAD You can do all this in Google Sketchup with SketchyPhysics simulation, of course! And the pieces are easier to fit in, and GS is generally more flexible and easier to use, unlike LDD. The disadvantage is, you don't get LDD's Building ...


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Here you go: http://goichot.free.fr/lego/7822/8.JPG Have been looking myself for hours as I have two 7822 sets but no box...


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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 have an Android device, the app Lego Scans is also very convenient. Ever lost a LEGO® scan or you maybe want to take a trip down memory lane? This app enables you to browse through 4000 LEGO® scans by box number or by theme. You can choose to save the scan image files to your SD card for offline viewing! This also enables you to view the scan ...


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Your best bet is probably to browse the list of Technic sets on Brickset (sort by year of release, ascending). There aren't that many before 1990 so it should be easy to find, one which sounds a bit like what you describe is 8865 Test Car from 1988.


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You should look at LPub4. This is an OpenSource (GPL) tool that can create high quality instructions from LDRAW compatible files. It runs on Windows and OS X and with my patches on Linux as well. Note that the LDD license states "Any commercial use of the software is strictly prohibited" so keep that in mind if you are intending to do anything commercial ...


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The following sites all have instructions: Lego (2002 onwards) The Brick Factory D-N-D Bricks World Bricks Peeron Cubiculus - not scans, but recreations of instructions from many official sets Android Apps Lego Scans features 4000 scans


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The online consensus on this question seems to be using LDraw, and progressively create the model while saving the steps (like this tutorial explains). However, I remember an other way, but I can't put .. oh wait, it was using MLCad.


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Mistakes do slip through from time to time, and are actually not so uncommon. Most of this is hearsay, but as far as I understand the persons in charge of doing the instructions are not the designers themselves. Similarly, there is certainly a Q&A process which aims to ensure the model is as faultless as possible, including the instructions. Building it ...


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the two sets that come into my mind when reading the description are a Go-Kart (8842) and a Roadster (8832) - maybe it's one of those (would be a lot easier if you remember some additional details - the main color, for example).


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You probably want Lego Digital Designer: http://ldd.lego.com/ Once you have the .lxf file open, you'll want to select View -> Building Guide Mode from the menu. This should give you step by step building instructions.


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I think the piece you're referring to is Dinosaur Tail / Neck Middle Section with Pin.



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