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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 ...


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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 ...


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Take your cross axle: And push it into the hole where your pin connector had stuck


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It depends in what type of beams the pin are mounted. For studless Nicael's methode is the easiest. Otherwise you can use method 3 For studded beams you can use variation on this methode. take a axle of 6 or 8 long, 5 or 7 other beams and some plates. Stack the beam side by side and lock them together with the plates. Place the beam with the pin on top pin ...


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Short of damaging the parts (which oddTodd nicely documented, I'd tend to try to see if the part can't be removed by suction; although I'm not sure how you could generate enough. Trying to inject a fluid underneath (with sufficient pressure) might do the trick too; that's what doctors do when dealing with clogged ears (usually with a sort of big syringe). ...


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buy a jolly rancher at your local gas station. screw in a long thin screw to a small portion of the jolly rancher, small enough to fit in the garbage can without touching any of the sides. wet the end of the jolly rancher and set it on the plastic helmet in the garbage can. wait a day for it to dry, then pull the helmet out, and soak it in water to ...


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I have resorted to brute force in the past. By which I mean destructive removal of the pins. I use a Dremel tool with a 2mm drill bit or 3mm router bit to carve away at the pin until it disintegrates. The new style pins sell for about 0.3c each on Bricklink, so if you're assembling a model it makes sense to just buy a pile of new pins and and use those ...


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This answer will only work if there's enough of the notch in the size 2 axle available. Use a piece of strong string (like dental floss), and tie a small slipknot in one end. Using some other tool, such as a bent paperclip, push the lasso into the brick's hole down to the notch. Using that tool, keep pressure on the knot area while you pull the slipknot ...


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I once got myself into a situation much like this. What I did was unfold a paperclip and insert the end of it into one of the four corners of open space of the hole that one of the axles was in. Then, I pulled the part of the paper clip out in such a way as to make the most friction between the paper clip and the axle, causing the axle to slide out a bit. I ...


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Most of the answers here use various combinations of air and brushes to get rid of dust. This works fairly well; I used to dust my model airplanes with the same paintbrushes I used for painting them. I second the tiny portable vacuum cleaner too. However, my go-to option for dusting models that have been standing around too long is soapy water. I recently ...


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For difficult, stubborn dirt and er, stuff, in corners and hard to reach places, I use wooden tooth picks. They're also particularly good for getting dirt from between the letters of the Lego logo on studs. Also, cocktail sticks.


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You can also use heat to un-jam parts that have been tightly stuck with an air pocket between them, which sounds like it describes this situation. Running the parts under warm/hot tap water will cause the air to expand, pushing the pieces apart.


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Thank you all for your answers. Now I must share the solution my 13 year old arrived at. I found two scratched elements and the pocketknife that pried them apart on my computer desk this morning. This was definitely NOT the best way to get a helmet out of a garbage can as both elements were damaged in the process, but the helmet (which now looks like it was ...


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Besides the suggestions above another thing you might want to try is soapy water. Many times it will do the trick of separating elements stuck into each other.



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