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70728/2 Ninjago piece too short?

My son is putting together the 70728 set and the grey tall pieces in book two at step 8 seem to be too short, they leave a gap. By about a mm. Has anyone else had this experience?
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What is the quality of lego replicas on Aliexpress?

Aliexpress sells a lot of Lego replicas, has anyone here bought one? I am wanting to know how the quality compares to Lego? Example products: https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?catId=0&...
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Looking for sets with lots of printed parts or other special parts to use as components for my city

I'm thinking about building an early 20th century ('30s / '40s) European city, using both complete sets and parts of sets as resources I'm looking for pieces that add detail to this city, both ...
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How is this kind of structure made?

Recently I found a MOC made by Headzsets from Instagram, in particular this interesting structure from his EVA work. Here is a picture of his structure: (https://www.instagram.com/p/BtCymDRHJx6/) ...
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I'm looking for a good LEGO Modeling Program

I've seen people use those programs that model out your own LEGO design so you and others can see how it would look. Can I get a list of a few? Free and safe are preferable. Thanks!
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Building techniques for designing a LEGO City Street scene?

As the question suggests... I'm trying to build a city street in "midiscale" similar to that of Hong Kong, but I have no idea on where to even begin with something like this. This project is being ...
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How to build an arch that is angled out of Lego?

I am currently working on a MOC for the USS Orville and I am trying to figure out the engines. I have gone through a couple of iterations on my current version, but it always buckles under its own ...
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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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What techniques can be employed to build a low-profile sliding door/wall?

I'm looking to build a sliding door or wall that doesn't use the defacto "sliding door" parts, 2874 and 4511. These parts are almost usable for my design: they are thin and have a built-in stopper ...
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How to build a roof out of LEGO blocks?

How would Lego blocks be tiled to provide a water proof roof against the rain? The lattes or internal support structure of the roof doesn't have to be also made of Legos. Basically the tiles on a ...
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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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Custom extension cables for Light Stax?

Recently, I got the S-12012 Light Stax kit with 50 (!) light bricks. They are different from those described in this question, but they are much cheaper, colorful and with blinking/pulsating effects. ...
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How can you get the pipes on Steamboat Willie to work reliably?

We recently began building 21317 Steamboat Willie. We've got it mostly built, but the pipes keep getting stuck. The rear one works, but the front one keeps getting stuck up and won't go down. We've ...
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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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Has this building technique been used in an official set?

One of my favorite building techniques is to place a Technic pin into the anti-studs of a brick. This allows two bricks to attach bottom-to-bottom. It's a pretty secure connection, but I'm not sure ...
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Is it possible to build 3 or more concentric circles / nested circles / telescoping pieces?

There are round 2x2 pieces. There are round 4x4 pieces with round 2x2 holes, the 2x2 can slide/rotate inside of it. There are "macaroni" pieces to make an 8x8 circle with a 6x6 hole. But are there no ...
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Best Way To Make This Panel Flush With The Wall?

I would like to use the 8x8 grates on the side of the building (studs out) as window pieces so there is nothing behind them. I'm wondering if there is a better way to have a more stable connection. I'...
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Representing pregnancy on LEGO minifigs without a dome

So far for pregnancy I have tried a fetal carrier that I put on the minifig's back but this limits her movements. Specifically she can't bend too far in either direction and also she can't lay down ...
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Mecha Rail Launchpad Building techniques?

Another mecha question, but this time, at least I think, is not so intense as my last question. I've decided to take my biggest and most ambitious LEGO project yet, a custom MOC of a Pacific Rim ...
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What techniques can be used for laying plates at 45° angle?

I've seen a number of techniques for laying individual elements at 45° angles, but I need a consistent method for laying down larger plates at 45 degrees while maintaining close contact with the base ...
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Which Duplo bricks have practical uses in System building?

Traditional 2x4 and 2x2 Duplo bricks can be used to bulk out models and provide a structural support for landscapes, but have there been any other uses for Duplo bricks of all shapes and sizes in ...
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Has anyone made LEGO fly?

It may not be the ideal material. But has there ever been a LEGO model airplane with the ability to glide, under power maybe, or some other kind of successful lifting airship? Helicopter, blimp, kite, ...
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Where is an instruction sheet for Ausini set 25418 guitar?

I bought an Ausini brick set AUS-25418, which is a guitar, however as cheap as it was the price, it didn't have the building instructions, at least it looks like no piece bags or stickers are missing. ...
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Building advice for “hunched” mech lower torso design?

Another mech based question, let me clean up as best I can... So, in LDD, I'm working on an Evangelion Unit from the popular manga and anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and have decided to build EVA ...
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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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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 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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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?