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Questions about the skillful and artistic planning of LEGO structures.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do all the 'balls' fit in the bowls?

Will this ball fit in this bowl?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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LEGO ideas (with traditional bricks)

I would like to find a large catalog of LEGO designs/ideas that can be built with "traditional" LEGO bricks (both normal and DUPLO). I have found many nice designs in the web, but most of them ...
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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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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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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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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?