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Questions about the skillful and artistic planning of LEGO structures.

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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 ...
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Double linear actuator boom movement

The following Technic sets 8043 (Motorized excavator) 42009 (Mobile crane) 42082 (Rough terrain crane) 42110 (Liebherr) and likely a couple of more have a double set of linear actuators to move ...
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What is the wall thickness of a lego brick? [duplicate]

Different sources show different thickness for the wall. I've seen everywhere from 1.0mm to 1.8mm. I need to know with a high degree of confidence since I'm making an aluminium lego piece of a school ...
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EV3-specific bricks missing from Lego Digital Designer 4.3.11 (Win)?

I have LDD on my Mac and have used it to create EV3 models (like an FLL robot, or a Lego dot-matrix printer). Recently, I purchased a cheap Windows laptop for use by a FLL team. After twice ...
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2:1 gear ratio in stud-less Lego Technic

Is there a recognised technique to create a 2:1 gear ratio in stud-less Lego Technic? Neither of the two methods suggested here (studded though) work. 24T/12T with a 2L x 1L axle offset does rotate, ...
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How to prevent PF M-motor from springing back

I'm currently building a car with a simple 2-speed remote controlled synchronized transmission, shifted by a PF M-motor. Everything is fine except for one thing, the transmission driving ring is ...
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How to make an object glow in Studio (BrickLink)

Is there a way to add glow color to objects in the BrickLink's Studio? The thing I am trying to do is to make a glowing bulb so I can have it as a light source in enclosed areas (Like a room) and ...
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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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Technic beam centering for beam with even length

I design stereo camera housing for robotics (3d printing). I want the housing to be able to connect to both LEGO Classic and LEGO Technic blocks. I designed 2 groups of 4x4 holes/pins on the bottom/...
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How do you make a custom Lego piece/figure?

I have googled this countless times and there just isn't anything close to what I want. I want to be able to print and design pieces: minifigure accessories, minifigure designs, pretty much make my ...
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Is there a way to convert stud.io files into LDD files?

Is there a way to download stud.io files from Bricklink and convert them into a format that Lego Digital Designer understands?
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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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Arduino-izing LEGO Technic - ideas for a car / vehicle to choose

I am starting a project - Arduino-izing LEGO Technic - and now I need some ideas for a car / vehicle to choose. This project starts out as a quest to find a way to combine the ease of LEGO Technic ...
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Looking for sets to use as components of a 1930s - 1940s European city

I'm planning to build a 1930s / 1940s European city (like Paris, London, Prague, ...). As buildings, I'm currently going for modulars that could pass for pre-1950 European buildings, possibly with ...
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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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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 rock wall generator?

In Lego store, and on many photos on the Internet, I've seen vertical "rocky" walls made of slopes and simple 2x1 bricks. For example this one. Is there a software that would take wall length and ...
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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 ...
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Build Instructions for Brown Fedora Hat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort Hotel

When visiting LEGOLAND Florida, I fell in love with this brown Fedora hat that was in the bathroom of our suite at the resort. I am not familiar with the custom LEGO building community and don't ...
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How does LEGO decide the color of internal set pieces?

While building many LEGO sets I have noticed that for internal pieces you cannot see when the set is finished; LEGO often chooses mis-matching colors. For instance in the (amazing) Saturn 5 set most ...
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Hello, LEGO. I have one question [duplicate]

LEGO group, thanks, to read this My question: How get work in LEGO? What i have to do now, to get work in future? I'm 13 years old. My MOC(i have too many good works, but i can send only one ...
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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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Help me plan and acquire pieces for my Star Wars MOC?

I wish to build a large LEGO Star Wars MOC. The basic idea I had was a well-fortified Droid factory, protected by a combination of droids, Sith, bounty hunters and Manalorians. And on the other side ...
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Good “freeware” mosaic creator

I need to know of a decent "freeware" program that can take an image and turn it into a full color mosaic. It also needs to have a part count/listing.
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How can I emulate this wheel from the mowing unit of a ride-on mower?

I am trying to build a model of a specific ride-on mower with Lego and I cannot find a satisfying solution for the wheels supporting the mowing unit. This is what they look like on the original: ...
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Challenge: Specialized Palm Build

I'm trying to design a hand for a MOC using the (not so) new Mixels ball joints, in line with a concept that I've had rattling around in my head for a while. The current palm design I'm trying uses ...
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Chicago Blackhawks logo Lego building instructions

Can anyone make some building instructions for the Chicago Blackhawks logo that's made out of LEGO bricks? I'm trying to find so I can build it for my sick brother.
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Is there a way to buy a customized minifig?

I have a design I want to replicate into a minifig. I also want to add additional accessories to it (i.e. a calculator and glass beaker). Is there a place I can order online to get this done? Is there ...
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Any issues with this non-standard gear combination of 12t gears?

I don't see any "accepted" gear ratios for a stud-less direct-diagonal gear combination on sariel's excellent gear coupler but by shifting 12t gears such that they mesh off-center, it seems to work (...
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What are those 6 extra studs for in 42000 Grand Prix racer?

I recently purchased a set, Technic 42000 Grand Prix Racer, that I am very happy with. However, I am perplexed by the fact that the set came with 6 extra transparent 1x1 round plates (studs). As you ...
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How important is a center differential on a 4WD model?

I am looking to make a 4WD, single-engine powered vehicle, and I have seen others such as this which use three differentials to distribute the power to all 4 wheels: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/...
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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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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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How to build a limited slip differential?

Lego provides a couple of ways for building a differential, such as this: and also provides a limited-slip gear like this: http://www.brickowl.com/catalog/lego-technic-differential-with-one-gear-28-...
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What is the best way to create an authentic weatherboard wall?

I am working on a house where I want to create a weatherboard look for the outside walls. I'm not certain the best way to go about this. Currently I'm using the horizontal side of a 1x2 profile ...
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Lego Escher structures

How are these done? Is it trick photography? With some kind of giveaway background it should be obvious, but I notice they are not us telling that.
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Can I download ldraw instructions from Lego Digital Designer?

Can I download ldraw instructions from Lego Digital Designer? Is there a collection of simple examples for my youngsters. I was thinking of: houses, small animals, simple airplane, simple car, tree, ....
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Creating ski gondolas/tramway with Duplos

I've got a three year old who just came home from a ski vacation where he was enamored with the gondolas (like below). I want to make one with Duplos for him. I'm most of the way there, but have a ...
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If I design a lego set [duplicate]

If I design a Lego set that you may be interested in selling, whom do I contact in the company? My husband iis constantly building new buildings etc. Thought your company may be interested.
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Has Lego discontinued presenting alternate configurations on the backs of modern boxes?

When I was younger, the backs of my Castle/Space Lego set boxes showed alternate model builds for the supplied pieces, configurations not detailed in the instruction manual. I appreciated these ...
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Looking for information on a Lego manual I had as a kid

I had a lot of Lego when I was younger (late 80s/90s), and in a flash of nostalgia I recently remembered having a great instructions/ideas book which I loved to ready through - I can't remember the ...
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How do I make my logo/mascot into a custom LEGO model?

I operate an Indoor Playground & Cafe and would love to find out how to make my mascot/logo into a 4' custom LEGO sculpture. Any assistance appreciated! A bit of looking indicates that LDD will ...
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MOC planning and design

What tools do you use when planning and designing a new MOC? Pen and paper? Or there is something more advanced? I had the insane idea to try LDD to design my MOC and it was a nightmare. Since my MOC ...
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Is there a way to buy printed pieces to replace stickers?

I don't like stickers on my lego models. Does lego sell pieces with custom printed designs, so I can have newer lego models with all printed pieces like the old days? If not, how do I print designs ...
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How do I Build a LEGO Digestive System? [closed]

How might I build a LEGO model of a digestive system? I think it could be a good way of helping my son with a science project. Either building plans, instructions, or any help with getting started ...