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bio website cavort.org
location Minnesota
age 39
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I am a self-taught dilettante with specialties in software installation design, LEGO, and soda brewing.


Mar
21
comment Need help fudging a group in 8039
Even losing those two pin connections should give you enough stability to tie the front and back together based on the rest of the instructions I was looking at. It's worth a try anyway. Besides, in the worst case there is always BrickLink, right?
Mar
10
comment Personal part collection on the web (Bricklink or alternative)
@gev - I had completely forgotten that Peeron had parts inventory management! I haven't seen anything official but it seems like they are doing inventory updates quarterly these days. Rebrickable does appear to be updated more regularly but perhaps you could add another answer with Peeron as an option?
Mar
10
comment Personal part collection on the web (Bricklink or alternative)
I went looking this morning and you start the registration from bricklink.com/regCountry.asp?a=SN where you select your country. The next page has quite a lot of information to input, but does not actually require that you input any financial information immediately. I set up my store a long time ago so cannot proceed on that form, and the help files don't have enough detail so it is unclear when or if you have to register your PayPal account or if that prevents entering inventory.
Mar
10
comment Personal part collection on the web (Bricklink or alternative)
The specific reason that I didn't mention Brickset is that while it has really excellent set collection features it has no real capacity for general part management. The question explicitly asks about parts management which would seem to disqualify Brickset then. Thanks for mentioning it though.
Sep
7
comment Is (C) engraved on a piece an indication that it is Cobi brick?
Nope, that's normal. Really. I've got a whole bin of them. :-)
Aug
4
comment Identification of arm like beam
Can you expand on "make sense"? I have seen one half used by itself in both MOCs and official sets such as bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?S=6857-1 mostly as fork/hub connection for motorcycles.
Jul
9
comment Are there SNOT models with instructions for beginners?
Didn't realize they have a limited distribution.
Mar
26
comment Is it legal to sell your mocs?
The only thing that I would add to this otherwise excellent answer is a link to TLG's official statement on copyright, trademark, and fair use aboutus.lego.com/en-us/legal-notice/fair-play As long as someone does not run afoul of those terms you're pretty much in the clear. Do note that most of those terms do refer to "non-commercial" use though so be careful how you apply them.
Feb
27
comment Why do new LEGO bricks feel softer than old bricks?
As @Kramii mentioned, my understanding is that most of the parts coming from China are textile parts like the capes and strings.
Mar
13
comment What is the most compact way to make a flat six pointed star in LEGO?
Would you have trouble keeping the elastic bands on the ends of the blades or screwdrivers? I wouldn't think there would be quite enough friction on their surfaces to keep them in place. Probably worth giving it a try though. It's certainly a refinement that's worth playing around with.
Mar
13
comment What is the most compact way to make a flat six pointed star in LEGO?
Not a huge fan of dremels, but it's a fair point about the flowers. We had also noticed the triangular plates with clips but the clip on front was a problem for the application. We're planning on giving the pulley a try but it might not work in this setting. Still, it's a great idea.
Mar
10
comment What is the most compact way to make a flat six pointed star in LEGO?
@Ambo100 Yep, we've noticed the same thing. Plenty of five pointed stars but this particular build (a Synagogue to go with the Cathedral and Mosque) really needs a six pointed star instead of a five.
Mar
6
comment What are the new elements released via the LEGO Friends sets?
Good points about the Microphone and Custard Pie elements. The trans-clear Vial in the Laboratory set was similarly only released with a Collectible MiniFig.
Mar
6
comment What are the new elements released via the LEGO Friends sets?
@Ambo100 Ah! I figured there was at least one of those in the list. Should be fixed here in a second. Thanks for pointing it out.
Mar
5
comment Are these trees LEGO parts?
@Zhaph-BenDuguid And the question is open-ended enough to not be a good question for this forum I suppose.
Mar
5
comment Are these trees LEGO parts?
So I suppose a meta question might be: Is BrickLink's catalog complete? My understanding is that the answer to that is actually no, though the number of exceptions is pretty small.
Feb
11
comment Is this element some kind of Technic connector?
It looks like there is some sort of ribbing on the inside. Any chance you can get a better picture of that? It's likely where an official LEGO part number or at least a brand stamp might be.
Jan
29
comment What different series are or have there been designed primarly for girls?
Also, don't forget about Paradisa which was a full System theme from the mid-90's. bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catID=71
Jan
29
comment What different series are or have there been designed primarly for girls?
I'm not sure where you got the idea that Clikits don't work with system. My partner and I have been adding them to our MOCs for the past year or so since we finally got some.
Jan
18
comment How can I blow a stream of air for up to two minutes at a time?
That does make some sense, though I've got an alternative in my answer.