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Questions tagged [building]

Interested in building techniques? Then this is the tag for you.

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I'd like to build a mechanism to press buttons on a remote control. What is a good basic approach to use?

I have a small remote control like device with about 11 buttons. The centers of each button are placed about 1.1cm apart, and each are about 0.7cm in diameter (this means about 0.4cm between the edges)...
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My Lego Technic 42082 wheel stuck and can't move [closed]

After I finished my 1st manual book, I found out that my crane wheel can't move. May I know which part that I did incorrectly?
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How can I make a precise one-way clutch using Technic elements?

I need a mechanism so that if a (NXT) motor rotates forward, it moves one gear, but the other stays still, but if it rotates backwards, the first gear does not move, but the second one does. I found ...
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What are some creative uses of the orange brick separator tool?

I have these piling up around my LEGO corner: Any suggestions for creative uses? Especially multiple?
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What can I do with all my brick separators? [duplicate]

Since LEGO has started adding a brick separator to each of their larger sets, I have more brick separators than I know what to do with. Due to inflation, they also aren't really worth anything to try ...
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How can I assemble 2 opposing gears so that the axle rotations are perfectly parallel?

Due to the way all the modern LEGO gears are perfectly quarter-turn symmetrical, there doesn't appear to be any way to assembly 2 opposing gears such that I get a 2 perfectly parallel axles. This ...
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What is the best system for lifting things without pistons?

I am building a big walker thing. It has a mining laser at the bottom that can be lifted on one half, and the other is attached to the vehicle. However, I can't seem to find a way, because the hooks ...
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Identifying Parts Used For The Escape Hatch of Sariel's Tiger XL Model

I am working on a similar model of Sariel's Tiger XL in prep for my own designs of a few other German WW2 tanks, and need some help identifying a part or two. Does anyone know what are the two parts ...
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Problem assembling wings as shown for LEGO Air Race Jet (Technic 42066)

On Page 158 (Step #231) of the assembly instructions for the Air Race Jet, two red rivet bricks are shown being inserted into a wing. But the pieces in question will simply fall through the holes in ...
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How to ship a LEGO sculpture to a contest?

I am planning to participate in an art contest that allows paintings, sculptures, or video clips. I have a LEGO sculpture in mind that would fit the idea of the contest, but it would have to be ...
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How to fix a broken LEGO Star Wars Corellian Defender set

I was playing with my Corellian Defender which took me up to 4 days to build. It broke unfortunately and I am very sad since I love it very much. I need some tips to rebuild it back.
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Advice on where to start

I've seen this (http://petapixel.com/2013/04/12/check-out-this-lego-slr-and-its-lego-camera-strap-and-lego-strobe/) and really want to build it but cannot find instructions anywhere. I can see the ...
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Are BanBao bricks compatible with Lego?

Does anyone has experience with BanBao bricks? BanBao World Are they compatible with Lego bricks? They have basic sets and plates which are at a good price.
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Strongest LEGO structuce - (1) Pillars

What is the strongest LEGO structure? I am going to build a LEGO computer case. Different from Mike Schropp and greenyouse, I am planing to build an upright case. (This is a general "strongest LEGO ...
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Strongest LEGO structure - (2) Floor

What is the strongest LEGO box structure? I am going to build a LEGO computer case. Different from Mike Schropp and greenyouse, I am planing to build an upright case. (This is a general "strongest ...
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Working with Curved Bricks

I'm hoping to stack curved bricks. There are two slots along the edge to allow the bricks to be set on plates. These become unsightly when the bricks are stacked atop each other. Has anyone seen any ...
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Why the use of different colors for the inner bricks? [duplicate]

I'm currently building the set 10221 and it's not the first time I notice that the colour of bricks used for the inner parts (parts that aren't visible) of the set are different from the main colour ...
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Does a 1x3 Lego technic liftarm with two round holes and one axle socket exist? (for tank suspension usage)

I have been searching for some time for parts like these (with no success): But with two holes (instead of three) and one socket for Lego axles at one side. Likewise two holes (instead of one) and ...
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What are some good purist rotacaster / omni wheel designs?

In robotics, rotacasters or omni wheels are often very useful. It's possible to buy LEGO-compatible ones from some third parties, here's one random example: Unfortunately, LEGO has yet to make any ...
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Building technique for plate at near 45 degree angle

Trying to construct an octagon shaped hallway and trying to attach plates at a near 45 degree angle, but have no idea how to do this. Are there any techniques for attaching plates at a near 45 degree ...
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How much weight can a handle of Technic pegs and beams support?

Some Lego spaceships have handles attached, made out of Technic beam and pegs, and attached to the model using Technic bricks, pegs, and axles. For example, 7644: MX-81 Hypersonic Operations Aircraft ...
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How can I build a brick-built monorail track?

LEGO haven’t released a new monorail set since the 90s, and the track parts that were made are very expensive and hard to find. I am interested in building a brick-built alternative. I am ...
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LEGO color discrepancies and tint variations

While building my copy of set 21310 - Old Fishing Store, I noticed that there are several shades of Sand Green amongst the many tiles of this set. The picture below shows just the 1x4 tiles included ...
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Fan door does not close completely - Air Race Jet

After completing the Air Race Jet, I found that the upper fan door does not close completely (stopping short by about 1/2 inches) when I switch from VTOL to Flight mode. The attachment points to the ...
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How to place minifigure legs into normal LDD bricks, like a 1x2 brick?

Let me clear up the confusion surrounding this question to the best of my abilities I'm currently in the final steps of finishing of a mech project I started some time back, finishing now at the ...
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What are some helpful techniques for applying stickers?

It can be tricky to place small stickers accurately on small parts using adult-sized hands. The best technique I've found so far is to remove the sticker and stick it on the corner of the sticker ...
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Pattern for oscillation with LEGO Technic

I would like to simulate an oscillation movement of 120/100 degrees around a fixed point. Something like this one: Basically, I want to rotate a gear around its axis, but only have a partial ...
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Stuck on 42066 Air Race Jet model B

I've successfully built model A of the Air Race Jet but with model B I've got stuck on page 7, instruction 8. How do you do that?
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Why do some LEGO City vehicles have tiles in their chassis?

While building 60150 Pizza Van, I noticed that the first few steps of building the eponymous vehicle have you place lime green 1x2 tiles in specific positions and black 1x2 plates in others: These ...
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Is there a way to build a stronger LEGO ball than what was done by the Mythbusters?

In one episode, the Mythbusters busted a fake video by building a 7' tall LEGO ball. The construction did not roll very far before falling apart. Assuming that they only used standard bricks (with ...
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How can I firmly attach a triangle to a turntable?

I found a couple good technic triangle designs over on brickengineer.com. For example: How can I firmly attach a triangle to a large turntable? Details: Really I only need to attach ...
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Extra pieces in 76112 Batmobile

I've been building the new app-controlled Batmobile. As far as I can tell, step 34 shows many more elements in the parts list than are actually used in the build. What is going on here?
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How do I connect part 62113 together to form a ladder?

I am looking to build a ladder. I saw part 62113 and was wondering if its possible to connect part 62113? Here's what that part looks like:
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What is the largest number of pieces in a set for LEGO, Nanoblock or any other brand?

I recently bought a 6800 piece LOZ Block set (Chinese Nanoblock knockoff). I was wandering if there are sets in any block size or brand that have more pieces than that?
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Alternative builds with Star Wars LEGO sets

I currently own these LEGO Star Wars sets: LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493 LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 LEGO Star Wars Tie Fighter 9492 LEGO Star Wars Emperor Palpatine's Shuttle (...
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How do you support upper floors in tall buildings?

When I build a skyscraper out of LEGO and the floor above is weak do I remove the flooring from above and a pillar underneath and then put the floor back or something?
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How are these transparent stairs made?

What techniques and bricks are used to support the transparent pieces? Can anyone work it out?
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How can you pin the Penguin Suit Guy down?

I like penguins and so I was really amazed to find the Penguin Suit Guy in Collectible Minifigures Series 16: But despite coming with the 88646 tile he won't stick to it because of the skates: There'...
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How to visually search for specific parts in a 3D model?

For an missed/loose piece that needs to be reattached, I plan to check all the steps where the piece was used. If I can also get an overview of the possible piece locations from the existing 3D models,...
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What is the largest jump in LEGO instructions?

What is the largest gap in LEGO instructions in terms of build time needed to complete a step? For example, Skyline (5526) includes this step: That is quite a leap between steps 14 and 15. I'm ...
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Step 160 on carousel 10257

I'm struggling with step 160 where I use white "hinge" connectors to connect the carousel platform sections. It seems to create too much pressure and the platform breaks apart. Grateful for any tips.
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How many 2x4 Lego bricks would it take to build a real skyscraper?

As an exercise designed to communicate the scale of plastic waste in the oceans, which was estimated at 268,940 tons in 2014, I'm trying to describe how many life-size buildings one could construct ...
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Good LEGO CAD Design Software with Technic elements and animation

I'm taking computer engineering in Gr. 11 right now and our final project is to create a robot with the first version of Mindstorms. My partner and I are making a sumo robot for the class competition. ...
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How can I make my robot heavier?

I'm building a 3kg LEGO EV3 sumo robot and I need to make it as small as possible. Which LEGO items do you recommend to add more weight on it? (tires, plates, wheels, blocks, minifigs etc.)
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Problem with “warping” of LEGO water

I am new to Bricks.StackExchange, but not to StackExchange, nor to LEGO bricks. I have run into a problem and was hoping for some ideas. I was trying to imitate the cool water technique of Legopard ...
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What is the quality of lego replicas on Aliexpress?

Aliexpress is full of lego replicas, does anyone bought them, and can say something about it's build quality? Example products: http://bit.ly/1Ls3jsg I'm sure it shouldn't be stored together with ...
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What's the fastest way to rebuild different sets that have been brought together

My mom did something to my LEGO. When I was a kid I loved playing with them. Frankly I have no interest in it anymore. She broke down all them sets, and put them all in a huge box. I still can ...
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How do I center a 2x2 plate on a 3x3 plate?

I want to be able to center a 2x2 plate in the middle of a 3x3 plate - specifically to put minifig on. Another option would be to center a 2x1 plate on a 3x1 plate.
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How to put LEGO together upside down

I'm building a truck. For the transmission, I want to make it all even and symmetrical. To do that I need the pieces to stay together but they have no studs connecting so they will just fall apart. ...
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Is there any reason behind fancy bricks in invisible places?

In set 60080 there is a blue bick with pretty fancy shape. There are also hardly visible bricks in other places. Is there any reason? Why are these bricks used? Any official or semi-official ...