Mr. Shiny and New 安宇

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bio website eternalephemeron.blogspot.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 36
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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
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.
Dec
9
comment lego ideas (with traditional bricks)
Rebrickable is a good idea, but let me say that unless your collection is seriously huge, or you are lucky and someone uploaded an "alternate model" creation based on a kit you already own, you will never find creations that fit in your collection. I have hundreds of sets totalling over 40,000 pieces and I can build almost nothing on rebrickable without making serious substitutions. Not to mention that the OP is looking for creations made primarily out of basic bricks and most creations on rebrickable are quite complex.
Dec
9
comment lego ideas (with traditional bricks)
The problem with any idea book such as this is that it will always require pieces you don't have, unless it comes with all the pieces for all the creations it has inside. Maybe you should buy a couple of the Creator sets; they have lots of generic bricks and plates as well as "specialized" pieces such as hinges, clips, etc. Plus they come with instructions for alternate models that can be built with the same kit. If you want a challenge, build the alternate models without following the instructions.
Dec
9
comment Is this skateboard piece LEGO?
@gev Yeah, it's megabloks, but I am still annoyed when I have an incomplete something. Anyway, MB isn't ALL bad. They have a few parts that Lego could do well to copy, and I'm sure I accidentally sorted some MB parts into my main collection. If they can fool me, then they must be good enough, right?
Dec
7
comment Is this skateboard piece LEGO?
That's exactly it. The sticker matches, and I recognize some of the other pieces, such as that ladder, the big green cones, and those wheels. Sadly, I threw out the wheels when I was first sorting the parts because they looked like remnants of some other toy mixed in with this lot. Oh well.
Dec
7
accepted Is this skateboard piece LEGO?
Dec
7
asked Is this skateboard piece LEGO?
Nov
20
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
19
revised Have any Lego sets been released with errors/mistakes in the build instructions? If not, why not?
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