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Questions about the skillful and artistic planning of LEGO structures.

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Grapes on the vine

I'd like to build a lego winery, similar to this one It looks like he's using the purple ice cream scoops for grapes, right? How do you think those are attaching to the plants? How might I create ...
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In LEGO: How to build a revolving magazine rack for 2x3 tiles?

I've been trying for months to come up with a design or parts for a 4-sided spinning magazine rack, like the old wire-style you would see in book stores. I need it to be fairly stable so I can put in/...
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Making a relaxing LEGO tub

I'd like to make a few tubs with an ornate gold-trimmed look. I'd like to get atleast a somewhat curved feel to them, not just the blocky square ones you see on the youtube tutorials. Here's a few ...
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Western General Store - slats and roof

I'm interested in making something like the Western General Store. Can anyone explain how they got the slanted windows boards like that? Also, the roof seems to use some sort of cylindrical T-brick ...
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Is there a MILS-like standard for medieval villages and castles?

I'm aware of the MILS standard for building large layouts including city and train elements: This could obviously be adapted for use in medieval layouts, but is there something like this that has ...
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Question about the lantern pieces in the Winter Toy shop set

I have a question about the lanterns in the Winter Village Toy Shop. I'd like to just buy the parts to make a few of the street-lights in that set. However, from reading the instructions (steps 4 and ...
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Rendering the wrath of a vengeful god

I'm planning on doing the Indiana Jones Face Melting Scene. At time frame 1:08 of that clip, you can see arcs of energy going out from the Ark, devouring the Nazi soldiers. My current plan is to use ...
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Serra's Sanctum and magical mirrors

I am in the initial planning stages for a LEGO build of Serra's Sanctum from Magic, The Gathering. Part of the description states: Serra's Sanctum was a notable landmark of the plane, suspended ...
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Wall Sconce Light

I'm trying to plan a few wall sconces for lighting as in this picture: One thought I had was to put a transparent 2x2 round halfway into the wall with half of it hanging out and then put 2 quarter ...
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Minifigure holding a cookie tray

I'd like to build a chef holding a flat tray to put cookies on. Is there a way to get a hand to clip to a large tile or something like that?
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Ice Cream buckets

I'm trying to plan an ice cream shop. For the ice cream itself, I'm considering using the 1 x 1 buckets. Does a 1 x 1 round tile snap into one of those? If not, can someone recommend a way to do ...
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How to integrate hardware/embedded button with LEGO?

I have two different buttons B3F-1000 and 3a250vac switch which i want to integrate into a lego "machine" which i'm powering with an arduino. Since the rest is integrated into lego plates, ...
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Elevator on rails

I'd like to build an elevator for my apartment building. My plan is to use rails and grooves to allow the elevator to slide up and down. This means I have to build the elevator with the studs ...
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How can I make controller ports round for my “Lego Gamecube”

Found my wife's old 2001 "Nintendo Gamecube" and then it sparked an idea. Once I was done it looked very nice but I still feel there is something missing! How can I make round controller ...
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Vertical motion for a power burst bar

2nd question on my Bellagio fountain design: Suppose I have several power burst with bar end, and I want to allow the viewer to turn a knob or something and make them go up and down. How might I do ...
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Flexible tube for threading through transparent round bricks

I'm planning on doing a replica of the Belaggio fountains. I can't find it now, but I remember somewhere I saw someone do a build where they threaded a transparent tube through some 1 x 1 round bricks ...
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How could I make a playable LEGO piano?

I was thinking of how hard it is to make a LEGO piano. I have already tried to use a rubber band but it did not make a good sound when I plucked at it. My problem is that I want to make a piano but I ...
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Decorations on drawbridge

At about 0:28 of this video, it depicts a descending drawbridge with some metal decorations. Are there any decorated tiles that come close to this? Is there some other way I could achieve a similar ...
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Help with popcorn cart wheels

Can someone identify the wheel attachments for a LEGO popcorn cart wheel like this? How do we connect it to the axle? Is there a good tutorial on LEGO wheels somewhere I can read?
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How can I make church bells with a pull cord?

I would like to allow the viewer to pull on some strings or chains and let that ring my church bells (I know it won't make much sound, that's fine). I'm thinking I'll need a pulley and some string, ...
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Build a narrow archway

Is there a way to make a more narrow v-shaped arch as in picture below? I looked at the arches section on Bricklink and they all look like they're too broad.
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How to make a street-light style torch

I need to light up my streets so the citizens of my castle can get around at night. I'd like to do something like this: From Etsy listing: From https://www.pixtastock.com/illustration/58823117: (I ...
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Castle Siege: Flaming arrows

I'm trying to think of ways to defend my LEGO castle. Is there a way I can shoot some flaming arrows into the hearts of the invaders? Maybe some burning oil?
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Attaching a ring-like handle to a castle door

I'd like to attach a round metal looking handle to a castle door such as this one. I did a search for 'ring' on Bricklink and found the life preserver. Would this work, or are there better options? ...
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How should castle doors be attached?

I'm trying to plan the pieces I'll need for a castle door. I know I need 2 of these doors. Based on the part list for Adventurers Tomb set, it looks like I'll need several shutter holders, right? Is ...
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Is there a way to keep large plates together more efficiently?

Whenever I'm building a baseplate for something such as a skyscraper, every time I put larger-scale pieces (such as an 8 by 4) onto the larger bottom piece (i.e. 16 by 16), there is always space under ...
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Do all the 'balls' fit in the bowls?

Will this ball fit in this bowl?
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Why stickers instead of printed decoration and vice versa?

I was recently just wondering why LEGO™ would use stickers in some cases and printed decoration in others. I understand it wouldn't be reasonable to put stickers on say, a 1-by-3 brick, but sometimes ...
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Ridable Winged Horse

Is there a horse that a minifigure can ride and you can still put wings on? I've looked at several sets and they all have pieces in the 'saddle' section to hold the wings.
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2x2 macaroni pieces

I don't own any of the brick, round corner 2 x 2 macaroni pieces. If you make a circle with them, can you fit a 2x2 round snugly within that circle?
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Arranging claws radially and horizontally

I would like to arrange 3 claws in a horizontal circle (parallel to the ground ), pointing outward from the circle with roughly equal radial distance (120 degrees) between them. Any ideas on how I ...
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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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Flame Emblem and Cape

I'd like to build a minifig with this flame emblem on the chest. Typically, this is done with an armor piece such as this. However, I also want to give the figure a cape, and I'm not sure if that will ...
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How to make a church bell

I'm planning a scene that includes a church bell. It's will need to fit into roughly 10X10X6 space. It doesn't need to actually make any sound but the ability to swing a bit would be nice. Here's the ...
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2x2x2 cube with smooth plate on bottom?

I have a follow-up to my previous question about building a 6x6x6 smooth-sided cube. Do these three pieces create a 2x2x2 cube, smooth on top and bottom, and all four sides, with the height exactly ...
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6x6x6 cube with smooth plates on bottom?

Adult, returning to Legoland and the world of LEGO. I'm interested in building a static 6x6x6 cube that is smooth on all six sides. I can see how to get the top smooth, using an appropriate build up ...
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I want to hang a skull on my wall

I want to hang a few of the Rock Skull with Pins on my wall. What parts do I need to connect the pins?
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Do the minifigure utensil cups stack like 1x1 bricks?

Do Minifigure Utensil Cups stack on top of eachother? bricklink
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Ferris wheel bars

I am trying to build the High Roller ferris wheel at the Linq in Las Vegas. I want to sink a bar through two 2x2 domes. Can I do that with two of these parts? Is there a way to sink a single bar ...
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Placing a rock piece at a 45 degree angle

I'd like to place this rock at a 45 degree angle to the ground. What's the simplest way to do that?
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Clip a wall to a 6 or 7L pole

I'm planning on making a wall 6 bricks tall. The wall will have some vertical clips coming out to clip to a vertical pole. Unfortunately, the only 6 or 7 length bars appear to have the little stopper ...
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Identify pieces for this Griffin

I'd like to make just the top part of this griffin Can you help me identify the eye, ears, beak and that weird curvy white part on top? I think I can find the rest.
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Booty Bay from World of Warcraft [closed]

I would like to build a replica of Booty Bay from World of Warcraft. Here's some screenshots: To make the ramps angled correctly, I'm planning on using something like part # 44570: Can you help me ...
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How does one identify the designers of a LEGO set?

I'm looking for tips to identify the Lego Designers that have worked on a given particular released recent set. Ideally, I would like to find an online resource that has this information for as much ...
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How to motorize a LEGO Pneumatic valve?

I am working on a project that requires remotely switched LEGO valves, and I tried many designs I found, and none of them worked due to the valve causing too much resistance. Does anyone have a ...
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LEGO Technic #42082 - Rough Terrain Crane: Loose Feet

LEGO Technic crane set #42082. Putting the feet on now, are they supposed to click in somehow? Also, my feet don’t seem to touch the ground. I’m worried I messed up somewhere a long time ago. Help ...
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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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How To Make a Small Security Camera?

I’m looking to make a wall mounted security camera in LDD to mimic this one: https://icdn5.digitaltrends.com/image/digitaltrends/swann-4k-9f-768x479-c.jpg Any clever ideas? It needs to be angled down ...
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Why does LEGO avoid 2x4 plates on these occasions?

As this year's LEGO city advent calendar gradually gets opened, I have repeatedly been astonished by the choice of parts: At least twice so far (in the oven and in the catapult target), two 2x2 plates ...