Mr. Shiny and New 安宇

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bio website eternalephemeron.blogspot.com
location Toronto, Canada
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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.


Aug
27
comment LEGO for a 1 year old
Be honest. You're buying these for yourself? or your son? :) If for yourself, don't bother. Duplo is incredibly frustrating to play with if you're used to Lego. If for your son, I suspect at 1 he won't be that into it, but eventually he'll figure it out. But there's no hurry, and it won't scratch your lego itch.
Aug
19
comment Why are Lego products so expensive in Europe?
So this shows how Lego prices in Europe roughly match US prices in the US, but sadly Canada gets screwed, with before-tax prices that are 20-30% higher than the US even factoring in the exchange rate.
Aug
19
comment Cheap Lego sets for Kindergarten classroom?
Are you looking for Duplo or regular Lego?
Aug
10
comment What's the best way to glue/adhese the street baseplates to a plywood table?
If you use technic plates with the holes, you might not even damage any pieces at all.
Aug
8
comment Is there a program to tell me if a specific parts list is available in a given colour?
@Windfire Here is something to get you started. You'll need an API key from rebrickable. jsfiddle.net/a1j39rtx
Aug
8
comment Is there a program to tell me if a specific parts list is available in a given colour?
So, specifically, you're looking for a way to automatically look up part+colour existence for a list of parts?
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Jul
10
comment What are some examples of advanced train layouts possible with the PF train sets?
So if the track elevates at 2 plates per straight piece, then in order to reach 12 bricks high I'd need about 2.3m of track in one direction. Hm, that's pretty long.