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You could try the great brick separator. Designed for this it's probably your best bet.
A 1x1x5 brick has enough leverage to remove most jumper plates. Apply pressure to the top of the brick and pull or push away from the length of the jumper plate. Even a 1x1 brick works in certain cramped places, although It doesn't provide as much leverage.
I reproduced the problem and got the axle out using a sculpting tool (similar to an awl). It's a sharp metal point made out of hard metal. Soft metal will actually bend (believe me I tried three tools). I insert the point in the space left by the axle groove and pried the axle out. The point of the tool is against the axle while the body of the tools is ...
I normally use two big bricks: one on the top and one at the bottom. Then you push down while rotating.
If the helmet were jammed head-down, you can use a needle-nose pliers to grasp the edge of the tube in the inside of the racing helmet, as shown, and then pull them apart. You may need to twist them apart as you pull. In your case, since the helmet is jammed head-up, you need a way to push it out from the bottom. I suggest drilling a small hole through ...
For drying, I've used a salad spinner to remove the excess moisture:
LEGO recommend using a mild detergent in water to clean your bricks, or a mild bleach: We recommend that you clean or wash your LEGO parts only by hand at max. 40°C or 104 degrees (F) Fahrenheit. Higher temperatures may affect the quality of the LEGO parts. You can add a mild detergent to the water, followed by rinsing with clear water. Please don't put ...
When cleaning dust from scale models, sculptures, figurines or LEGO models I use an artist 'Fan' brush. This is the best method I've found to clean dust rapidly without damaging models. The fan brush's long hairs combined with the thin spread enables you to dust 'any shapes and surfaces without risk of damage. For example, it would clean a LEGO antenna ...
I'll try to show how I'd do this using a 2x12 plate (or something similar). Imagine you're looking at it from the side: _n_n_n_n_n_n_n_n_n_n_n_n_ --> Pull | narrow, long plate _n_ | jumper plate _n_n_n_n_n_n_ | baseplate n = stud Just attach a plate or brick to the top of ...
Have you tried one of the smaller portable vacuum cleaners? I've had a few of the battery operated "Keyboard Cleaner" type of thing, which usually come with a brush nozzle and work quite well. Unlike firing compressed air and scattering dust/crumbs/contaminants everywhere, they are designed to catch most of it. Faster than doing it by hand with a tooth ...
There's the great LEGO Brick Separator that can be bought in the LEGO Online Shop: i love this thing, it's just great if you want to take care of your nails and teeth.
I know of no desktop applications that have functionality like Rebrickable, but an API has recently been released which would enable any applications to integrate with the site and display this kind of information. I know of one such application currently being developed but not ready for release yet. disclaimer: I created Rebrickable.
Or you could use, guess what, a new brick separator: I just noticed this one appearing on BrickLink and have no idea in what set it will come out, or if it will be sold separately, or if it will work with jumpers.
Lego Digital Designer (~140mb, Mac and PC) is quite useful for creating 3D designs. I haven't personally used it that much but it is quite a powerful tool. It will tell you the number of bricks used in a model as well. At a pinch, MS Paint (pixel-based), Google Sketchup (find some templates for bricks) and Minecraft could even be used for planing builds.
Compressed air, commonly used for electronic equipment. Sold in cans at office and electronic stores, used to blow away dust and other small particles away. A paint brush is cheaper but can clear dust from a more localised area. It helps to have a brand new brush that has never been used. I use compressed air and paint brushes interchangeably when taking ...
According to the LEGO Cutomer Service (click "Knowledge Base > How do I sanitize or wash my LEGO elements?"): We recommend that you clean or wash your LEGO parts only by hand at max. 40°C or 104 degrees (F) Fahrenheit. Higher temperatures may affect the quality of the LEGO parts. You can add a mild detergent to the water, followed by rinsing with clear ...
In addition to the Brick Separator, there are some parts that work well for this Original here.
I found a few ways to convert a 3D model into a Lego sculpture. The first is a program called Dolphin which you can download here. It works very well, as you can see in this image of Yoshi: The downside to this program is that it only runs on Macs, and the output format is a series of images, one for each layer. So you can't import it into MLCAD or your ...
Often in these cases, I have been able to flex the plate the piece is on a little. This allows you to get a fingernail or small tool under the lip of the thing in the middle of the larger plate. If you don't flex too much, you won't do any permanent damage to it.
There is a tool called BrickStore that might do what you want. It is tightly connected to BrickLink.
Use the new Jumper Tile 2.0 instead! Easier to remove! Comes in many1 colors2! Advanced features3! Comes in many colours4! Lighter than the old, clumsy version! Don't wait, contact your closest LEGO reseller to upgrade your collection of obsolete jumpers to new, shiny ones! 1. Three. 2. U.S. version only. 3. The same as Jumper 1.0, plus Easier removal 4. ...
Put them in a pillowcase and wash them in the washer on 30 degrees celsius.
I've successfully used a paint brush to clean my dust-covered MOCs.
Try the cyberputty gunk that picks up dust. it's basically silly putty but it does what it says it does. I use it for random things like this all the time. Radioshack has it for $1.99 last I saw.
I use a fingernail most times, or a guitar pick if the bricks are stuck too firmly.
A soft toothbrush can do a good job on an assembled model. Just make sure the bristles aren't too stiff. They could scratch the elements. It's still tedious, but easier than cotton swabs.
Take your cross axle: And push it into the hole where your pin connector had stuck
Soak them in a bath of hot soapy water, dry as best you can, then leave open to dry thoroughly (a couple of days).
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.
I (and my sons) use a plastic knife designed for children. We found ours in IKEA (larger bricks for houses) I have also used this lego tool with moderate success
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