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Pirates of Barracuda Bay 21322 - Is there a way to get the ship pirating-worthy?

From what I have read, when you convert the island to a seaworthy ship, you are still left with the inn part, and no cannons on the ship. All the portholes are gone or converted to windows. Is there ...
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Simple way to build large circular plates?

I was wondering if there is a simple way to create a large circle or circular plates. I want to build a MOC of the Hero Factory assembly tower (In LDD first) but most of the pieces that form circles ...
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How does the Space Shuttle dock the ISS?

The IDEAS International Space Station (21321) comes with a miniature model of a space shuttle. And while that has its place on the space station's stand, the official LEGO product page literally ...
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How to prevent my connected axles from falling apart?

In my EV3 robot, I have two rear axles connected to each other using this part mounted like this: [ The problem with this construction is that after a while of driving, the axles disconnect like ...
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Which pieces were used to make the flexible mesh skin for the life size Lego Bugatti?

In the linked video, around the 1:50 - 1:55 mark, a person can be seen picking up a flexible hexagonal mesh, and bringing it to the side of the vehicle. Also, close ups are visible around 2:03 - 2:37. ...
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Horizontal connection between plates

If I only have minimum height available (one plate), how can I make a horizontal connection between two components? I need the connection to be easily disconnectable yet sturdy (like technic bricks ...
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Combine Duplo feet with regular LEGO

I would like to place this Duplo pig directly on Lego bricks/pieces. I tried an intermediate Duplo 2x4 plate with Lego bricks underneath, but it doesn't look good. The problem is that Duplo feet ...
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Can 2 baseplates be connected to make 2 story level? [duplicate]

My young girls are creating a house and want to connect baseplates to make a 2-story house. Is there a way? Are there specific pieces that can connect them?
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Mounting a mosaic modularly

I have this LEGO mosaic consisting out of 3 by 3 baseplates (32x32): As it takes up too much space lying flat, I would like to mount it vertically or near vertically, slightly leaning backwards, like ...
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How can you make a hip holster for minifigs?

Is there a way to create a holster of some sort so you could attach a LEGO pistol to the side of a minifig, around the hips?
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How to locate pneumatic leak

I have a simple pneumatic claw with a 2 pump compressor that I built somewhat recently. It worked fine for a while, producing up to 4 bars of pressure, but then the system wouldn't increase the ...
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Is this assembly legal?

This question might be strongly opinion-based, but I also think it might be interesting. I know there is a guide for Lego builders to decide if their build is legal or not. However, the cases of this ...
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Can you identify these arch-way pieces

I'm considering starting a project inspired by some of the Arab-style buildings I've seen. Most of them use a sort of curved archway around the windows. I can't figure out how to duplicate it. Can ...
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My Mindstorms Spik3r can't turn around

When I use the button for turning it just goes backwards. Why does this happen? I've checked the instructions and didn't find anything.
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Which parts have no-friction Technic axle holes?

I want to make a no (or very low) friction inline coupling for axles. The axles must turn, transmit moderate torque, and be in phase (therefore backlash must be minimal). The axles remain inline at ...
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All terrain crane 42082 [closed]

The wheels don’t go round after the first book is finished. Has anyone else had this issue? What did you do to fix it?
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How create a custom Roller Coaster? Where I can get the track pieces?

For some random reason, I watch some videos on YouTube showing a "Roller Coaster" built using Lego. I never enjoy to follow Lego instruction, and I always prefer to build something my own, mixing any ...
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How to eliminate a gap of an offset in a corner

So I need to build a layer with offset bricks, which I have managed to figure out. However, the corner is a problem. The dark bricks in my pic need to be in that position. How do I fill the gap ...
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What are some LEGO Christmas trees designs I can build?

It's Christmas time, and I'd like to build a Christmas tree to add to my winter scenes. Unfortunately the large LEGO pine tree is a little small, and also doesn't offer much by way of decorating ...
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Going from LDraw/LeoCAD to Physical Set

Once I've designed a MOC using either LDraw or LeoCAD where can I go to get the bricks I need to then build that set in the real world? I've been poking around forums for an hour now trying to get ...
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Trouble with 42110 Land Rover Defender transmission

I just got the 42110 Land Rover Defender and assembled bags 1 and 2. I tested everything before joining the front axle and rear axle, and the friction was quite low, not nearly high enough to get ...
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Lego Classics alternative

I've been looking at buying one of the classics sets for my young kids. My desire was to have a large collection of bricks that they could build houses/cities/etc with. I thought that the Classics ...
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How to make a RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade)

I don't know if this is of-topic or anything, but: I have a big scene with cops and stormtroopers fighting. And the cops need some stronger weapons than some sub-machine guns. So i was wondering if ...
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Ideas to help develop a child's engineering skills?

My son is 7 yrs. old and has really creative ideas with his bricks. I see it challenging him and wonder, "How can I help develop his product engineering/design skills?" What kind of tasks can I give ...
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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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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 ...
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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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How to build a waterproof 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 Lego. Basically the tiles on a roof ...
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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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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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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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Has the building technique of Technic pins in a brick cylinder 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 8x8 Grate Plate 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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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