Mr. Shiny and New 安宇

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I'm a software developer working on a social-networking site. I work mainly in J2EE, SQL, HTML, JavaScript and CSS. My free time is spent raising a daughter and a son.


Jul
27
comment lego pieces stuck together! a stick 6m w/flange and a nose cone small 1x1 triangle
Note: if both pieces are transparent, be aware that that plastic binds to itself and LEGO doesn't allow certain connections in official builds, for that reason.
Jul
22
asked How to restore old, scratched plates
Jul
13
answered Cleaning between the studs of a build
Jul
7
awarded  Quorum
Jul
7
revised Is there a way to buy LEGO houses without minifigs?
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Jul
5
comment Duplo Activity table to Lego System Table
You can use the large bricks such as the 12x24 to build the surface of the table. This will give it better stability and should bind correctly to the underlying duplo, plus it saves time in assembly.
Jul
5
comment What's the exact opacity and translucency of transparent bricks?
There are more transparent colours than what's posted in this question. The optical characteristics vary a lot between parts. It depends on the age of the part, its condition, and what kind of part it is. Also the parts are not manufactured to precise optical characteristics, so any two batches of parts of the "same" colour might have different properties. I'm not sure you can get a crib sheet for this, you'd be better off just experimenting with the bricks you get.
Jul
5
answered Is there a way to buy LEGO houses without minifigs?
Jul
5
awarded  Yearling
Jun
10
comment Why do some sets contain parts of an unrelated colour?
One thing I've noticed is that many models go one step further: not only are certain parts in unrelated colours, but sometimes all the parts of that size/shape are the same colour, making it easier to find the part in the pile of unused parts.
Jun
9
answered Is there a way to glue already built sets?
Jun
4
answered What is the best way to make a staircase?
Jun
4
comment Will they ever make LEGO The Amazing Spider-man 2 sets?
The movie doesn't need to leave theatres before Lego makes sets for it. Lego had a license for the first two Spider-Man movies in the early 2000s and their sets were released before the movie, as are most movie tie-in sets.
Feb
26
comment Have any Lego sets been released with errors/mistakes in the build instructions? If not, why not?
@gev that's probably a good idea. Next time I build it I'll try to remember to make the post-it.
Jan
30
awarded  Notable Question
Dec
20
comment Determining what set I have from a bag of lego pieces?
This is a pretty good idea, if you have the patience to accurately enter in all the parts, and provided you can adequately describe the parts in the first place, not to mention finding the right colours. I usually find it easier to locate parts by first finding a set of mine which has the part, then searching the inventory of that set, which is the opposite of what you've suggested. So, points for this being a valid algorithm, but I doubt it is practical.
Dec
17
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Dec
17
comment What is the centre hole for in modern train tracks?
Given that even a large track layout doesn't weigh much, and the train itself does, the track can slip around quite a bit as the train goes around corners, unless the track is secured to the surface or weighted down with attachments. I am fairly sure that this is what that hole is for. It's even tapered, to fit a screw head or nail head flush.
Dec
10
awarded  Commentator
Dec
10
comment lego ideas (with traditional bricks)
The Creator sets are a theme that Lego produces. Most of them say "Creator" on the box and these are the ones with the alternate model instructions. shop.lego.com link. You can browse the sets on Brickset and see scans of the instructions. For example, this Eagle set comes with instructions to make a scorpion or a beaver.