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Jan
25
comment Which brands (fictional and non-fictional) have appeared in the Town/City theme?
Of course! How did I miss that? Set 10156 seems like the most recent example I can find, but I'm sure there are others. I've added it to the list in the question.
Jan
25
comment Which brands (fictional and non-fictional) have appeared in the Town/City theme?
The Horizon Express is clearly inspired by the SNCF early TGRs, but as it isn't actually identified as such I've left it off the list.
Jan
25
comment Which brands (fictional and non-fictional) have appeared in the Town/City theme?
Thanks, I've updated the question to add Maersk to the list, and also to note that Ferrari wasn't technically part of City (though I've kept it in as it's clearly compatible).
Jan
25
comment Which brands (fictional and non-fictional) have appeared in the Town/City theme?
Those 12V train stickers are interesting - they definitely include some real world companies (including British Rail and the Danish State Railways). Were any of those ever produced as printed bricks, I wonder?
Jan
25
comment Which brands (fictional and non-fictional) have appeared in the Town/City theme?
You're right about the 'Star of Life' not being entirely fictional. Although it's also not solely owned as an identity of any particular real-world organisation as I understand it, so it's arguably more of a generic symbol. Oh and I'd forgotten about the early Red Cross bricks!
Jan
24
comment What are the known software tools for the EV3?
Yep - I'm looking forward to loads of iOS and Android apps which have innovative interfaces allowing people to control, receive data from, and even program their EV3 bricks.
Jan
9
comment What is known of the capacities of the MINDSTORMS EV3 when it comes to interconnection with a network (WiFi, bluetooth)
As I understand it, the existing NXT can't be controlled from iOS Apps, as Apple doesn't allow pairing with untrusted devices. Given that Lego have said it'll be possible to control the EV3 from an iOS, we can presume they've solved this. However does this also mean that third-party (non-Lego) apps will be able to communicate with the EV3 too?
Jan
3
comment Is there a list of colours currently in production?
Thanks, that's very helpful. I'll try do a bit of my own research and come up with a more up-to-date list. I'll share the results if I do so.
Jan
2
comment Is there a list of colours currently in production?
That's great, thanks. Do you know if all the Friends colours are on that chart?
Jan
2
comment Is there a way to remotely operate the push-button light brick?
That's not a bad idea - but I do have a stack of the push button lights, and they seem a lot brighter too.
Jan
2
comment Is there a way to remotely operate the push-button light brick?
Hadn't thought of using the cam - an interesting idea. The motor would have to go pretty slowly (or be geared down) to be able to use it accurately. Or alternatively the servo motor might be easier.
Jan
2
comment Is there a way to remotely operate the push-button light brick?
So as I understand it, this uses the Linear Actuator - bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=61927c01 - to actually push the light button? Won't there be a problem with the travel of the actuator being much longer than the travel of the light switch button?
Dec
28
comment Is there a way to remotely operate the push-button light brick?
Either would be ok, I think - though the cable would probably offer some more flexibility. My main concern is how to engineer the mechanism to press the switch.
Dec
21
comment Why does LEGO sell minifigures randomly?
it's also sometimes more fun to do something if you've experienced difficulties or frustrations along the way. For instance if computer games were really easy to complete or win no-one would play them! :)
Dec
21
comment Has anyone made LEGO fly?
I've often wondered whether you could get a 100% Lego helicopter to fly (or at least hover). I suspect that it'd be too heavy if it needed to include the batteries (even rechargable ones), but if you powered it by a wire connected to a battery on the ground it might work...?
Dec
20
comment How to find out if an element is out of production
Given that the molds get worn out and need to be replaced after so many production runs, I think you can safely assume that a part is out of production if it hasn't been used in a set for at least 10 years - maybe less. Lego do have an internal 'bible' of parts that designers can use, but they haven't published this.
Dec
20
comment Who built the LEGO structures for the film “Elf”?
I'm sure I've read somewhere that they had to do it in one take, as it would've taken too long to re-assemble the models again!