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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 ...
The LEGO company switched to ABS in 1963, bricks produced before that have a markedly different quality. However, if your sets are from around 1980, they should use ABS already and there should be no reason that the plastic is different. Other possible explanations would be bad storage conditions (too warm, direct sunlight, maybe), or the fat that the set ...
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 ...
You probably came across BrickLink. They sell pretty much anything LEGO related, including original boxes and instruction books.
Some of it may be your own perception changing, such as a room you remember being big when you were a kid, but which you find small as an adult. So when you perceive bricks as being softer, it could actually be that they aren't, but that your perception changed. (If you were to walk barefoot on LEGO bricks for one hour per day, your feet would eventually ...
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...
Those would be Waffle Bottoms, which seem to have been mostly phased out by 1969, except for the 4x8 plate that went until 1971. Having not read any deep history on old LEGO designs, I'm going with that was just what they went with to start, then realized that the tubes were much better.
Whilst there is quite a bit of clearance on the crane as it stands, the Container Ship (4030) was quite a high sided beast - although you can see that better on the catalogue page: I would think that a bit of extra height from the hinge would be useful to make it over the edges of the ship - assuming you haven't raised the crane's base. The alternative ...
I can't definitively answer, but I can say that this has been a common observation around the late 1990's and early 2000's-- nothing to do with Chinese manufacturing. I personally made the observation when comparing construction in large-scale creations in 1999/2000 and later in 2005. The large scale creation in 1999/2000 was a very large building, ...
Plastic pieces will become harder over time. Not sure why, but I think it is that the substance that were added to make the plastic a little softer evaporates over time. I have been told that the people designing sets for LEGO may never use pieces older than 2 years. This is because harder pieces will have move clutch power than softer pieces and because ...
While it's not the "official" answer you're looking for, you could add the a bumper just outside the station, like this guy has: http://www.freelug.org/spip.php?article558
The set(s) in question are likely two versions of set 1210 Small Store, released in 1955, or 210 Small Store, sold in 1958. They were available in a number of languages and with a variety of store names. "Tabak" means Tobacco in both Dutch and German. The Dutch word for bakery, however, is "bakkerij", while in German it is "Bäckerei". "Bakerei" is only used ...
BrickLink or eBay. You could get significantly more if you go through the lot and separate out full sets then sell them on BrickLink. But if you don't have the time at least take a lot of really good pictures - in this case an eBay auction would be the better choice.
ATC is the Asahi Toy Company from Japan. Here are the pages from their 1971 catalog showing some of their construction sets:
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