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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.


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?
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.