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comment Is there a LEGO clamping tool?
Agreed. Most of the time alignment is the issue, and clamping pieces will just break them.
Nov
9
comment Looking for a Basic Lego set with mostly large bricks
Most Lego kits have small parts. How old is your son? If he's old enough not to put the pieces in his mouth, just get a basic bricks set. He'll grow into the tiny pieces soon enough. He'll be 4 or 5 before you know it.
Nov
3
comment How can I prevent my train from derailing?
I think your observation about the coupler applying force at the wrong angle is probably correct. I may have to bite the bullet and just rebuild the entire locomotive, but until now I never realized how tricky it was to make it work reliably. It would probably be easier to have my floor redone with hardwood instead of carpet.
Nov
3
comment How can I prevent my train from derailing?
@Nick2253 What happens is that the front wheels of the locomotive derail, and on that locomotive they are constructed in such a way that the entire wheel truck can turn and sway significantly. Once the wheels are off, it's a matter of seconds before the locomotive falls over. The track stays together, primarily because it has so many flex pieces here and there to provide some tolerance to the flexing that occurs. The thing is, most of the time the flex track works just fine, even long stretches of flex track aren't an issue.
Nov
3
comment How can I prevent my train from derailing?
:) Yes, I'm sure if I were to build on a table or wooden floor or some other more structurally sound surface it'd work better. But I lack the space for such a surface, so I was hoping for a bricks-only solution.
Nov
3
comment How can I prevent my train from derailing?
Yes, taking the locomotive off the track did help with that troublesome layout. But the same locomotive works fine at other times. I have a weighted 2x6x2 brick from an old fishing boat, I'll see if I can work it into the design.
Oct
28
comment What are these bricks with filled interior and holes/tubes going through?
@Laz75 According to the BL page you posted, it seems most of these kits with these parts were released in the 70s, with only a tiny handful of kits in the 90s having these in them.
Oct
27
comment How many ways can six 8-peg lego blocks of six different colors be combined?
This number is probably too high. Some arrangements will be symmetrical such that switching the brick colours doesn't give a new creation, just a rotation of the previous one.
Oct
20
comment What adhesive can bond LEGO bricks to metal?
A similar question recently asked about gluing baseplates to a wooden table, and the technic plates with holes were suggested; that would give the same effect as this brick but in the vertical orientation.
Oct
20
comment Removable glue for LEGO models
Duplo is suitable for 3-4 years old, but they also have the Juniors line which is for 4-7 years old. And it isn't a question of product safety; most 4 year olds are not putting the lego in their mouths. It's a question of age-appropriate themes and build complexity.
Oct
20
comment Removable glue for LEGO models
I'm fairly sure that the difference between Lego Juniors is build complexity, and not such much difference in choking hazards.
Oct
20
comment Removable glue for LEGO models
Lego isn't exactly age-inappropriate for 4 year olds.
Oct
3
comment Brick-built alternative to “Door 2 x 5 x 5 Swivel, Bracket Base”
I tried mixing your solution and mine: using my 2x4 turntable solution at the bottom and a single jumper at the top. It turns in between as easily as our respective solutions. Somehow, adding the turntable seems to decrease the friction of the edge of the door on the round 1x1s. I've tried several times and none of them turn as freely (and with as little friction on the frame) as my original solution. Am I imagining it? I can't figure it out.
Oct
3
comment Brick-built alternative to “Door 2 x 5 x 5 Swivel, Bracket Base”
I tried this construction. It's promising, but ultimately doesn't work for me. When I build it your way, with the hinge set on a jumper, I don't see an easy way to attach it at the top of the door and that makes the door too flimsy. When I use a 2x2 tile with a pin on it, this moves the door half a stud forward and then it rubs too hard against the frame and can't really be opened.
Oct
3
comment Brick-built alternative to “Door 2 x 5 x 5 Swivel, Bracket Base”
This works and offers some interesting possibilities for the outward facing side, on account of the snot construction. But the back side of it doesn't look as nice and is rather clearly a door. Maybe that could be disguised better, by using a 2x4 plate with two pin holes underneath instead of just one, and then extending technic tubes up to the top, and building the same structure (but non functional) on the other side. considers
Oct
3
comment Brick-built alternative to “Door 2 x 5 x 5 Swivel, Bracket Base”
I built a prototype of this type of swivel door and in my prototype I find that the door no longer smoothly fits between the round bricks; it rubs too much and bends the round bricks outward.I can't figure out why, though.
Oct
3
comment Brick-built alternative to “Door 2 x 5 x 5 Swivel, Bracket Base”
I played around with this solution and found a couple of issues. For one, I don't have enough technic beams to make this work, but that's not a flaw in the solution itself. The bigger flaw is that the ledge where the minifig stands can only stick out by one stud or else the door can't swing all the way open. I need at least 1.5 studs to fit a fig or else they lean awkwardly. (My use case is that the fig is a statue, not a character). Also due to my lack of technic pieces I can't build it well AND have a platform. It'd still be a great solution for a swivel wall with no platform though.
Oct
2
comment Brick-built alternative to “Door 2 x 5 x 5 Swivel, Bracket Base”
This solution looks nice but your prototype is only 1 plate shorter than mine. It does look like it should be possible to make it shorter though. And I like that it's the door that's rounded instead of the wall; in some circumstances that will be a huge structural advantage.
Oct
1
comment Brick-built alternative to “Door 2 x 5 x 5 Swivel, Bracket Base”
I like the idea of using the pillar piece. I have a bunch of those, I just wonder if I'll have the right colours. Otherwise, I would probably have stuck a 6L bar in side the 1x1 round bricks.
Oct
1
comment Brick-built alternative to “Door 2 x 5 x 5 Swivel, Bracket Base”
I considered the single jumper approach but thought it would be too ... I'm not sure. Too tight to turn? Too easily knocked out of its frame?