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Instruction Manuals - use them once to build a model, or store them for future reference? Perhaps you want to create your own? However we can't really field individual manual requests

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Do any programs exist that allow you to build your own LEGO manuals?

What I'm looking for is a program or website/webapp that allows "virtual" building of a LEGO model, step-by-step, and allows you to save these single steps to get a complete building plan in the end. ...
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Is there anything like a 'recipe generator' for LEGO models?

For me, most of the fun of LEGO toys, is building new things from the instructions. Rebuilding things can be fun, but if I know I have certain bricks (or even sets), is there somewhere to cross-...
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Where can I find instruction booklets?

Is there any place where scans or PDFs of instruction booklets can be downloaded?
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What did Lego set instruction manuals look like in the past?

Earliest date mentioned in this link is September 2008. Now knowing the age of Lego makes me want to know: what did Lego set instruction manuals used to look like? Because I am a millennial, that &...
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Have any Lego sets been released with errors/mistakes in the build instructions? If not, why not?

I was thinking about the documentation process of a large set like the Death Star and it got me thinking; surely at some point Lego must've released a set of instructions that contained a mistake? ...
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Best way to store instruction manuals?

Currently I store LEGO set manuals and instructions in hanging file folders in a file box, grouped by set type. This makes it hard to dig through and find the one I need, and manuals tend to get ...
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How to build bridge using 4.5/12v train rails from 1969 Lego brochure

I am interested in building a bridge for my layout and stumbled upon this forum post in which user 'Istokg' posted a picture of a train bridge made from the blue rails used in the pre-1980s train sets....
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How to Decipher Lego Building Instructions Filenames?

On the official site for downloading lego instructions, the filenames are often quite cryptic, and many sets have as many as six different files you can download and sometimes it's hard to tell which ...
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Is there a site with the (previous) monthly LEGO Store mini-build instructions?

We have been going to the LEGO Store off & on for the monthly mini-build, but haven't been able to make it there for quite a few. I've been searching the web for the instructions for the builds we ...
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Looking for a site with custom instructions

I'm looking for a website that has some cool custom model instructions. I have a LEGO store near me and I'm able to buy pieces individually. I'm looking for more of a sci-fi ship kind of instructions.
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How are the LEGO instruction manuals made?

I wish to know how the LEGO instruction manuals are made. What is the process currently used?
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Is this an error in the updated Harry Potter Diagon Alley build/instructions?

In the book 1 directions for the 2020 Diagon Alley set (see pp. 43ff), I've run into the following issue: In building the back of Ollivander's shop, we seem to be building some type of shelving unit: ...
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How were these building instructions from the 1970s produced?

Have a look at page 7 of the instructions for set 367, produced in the year 1975 (source: Peeron.com): How were these instructions produced? Were they hand-drawn or computer-generated? If the latter, ...
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When did LEGO start adding a progress-bar to build instructions?

Set #40549 has a stud moving along a progress bar at the bottom of each pair of pages, as you move through the instructions. The stud moves left to right. I've never seen this in any other ...
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Official instructions for 2018 LEGO employee Christmas gift 4002018?

The 2018 LEGO employee-exclusive Christmas gift 4002018 has been revealed to the masses from various sources, by the people who have received them. I could probably reverse engineer most of the set ...
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Is there an XML format for Lego?

I've seen some pretty neat applications using customized XML formats. There is a Musical Notation XML so that a user can create sheet music on XML. With the right software, that XML can be converted ...
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Building instructions from an LXF file

I've downloaded an LXF file from rebrickable.com. Which software do I need (for Windows and/or Linux) to get the building instructions based on the LXF file?
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Alternative (back of box) builds of 7822 Railway Station - is there an 'official' configuration where the track terminates at the station?

I am looking for a scan or photo of the back of the box of the 7822 Railway Station Background: As is common with Lego sets, there are a number of alternative builds pictured on the back of the set ...
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What was the purpose of the triangular corner marking and the "points" in Lego instructions starting around 1992?

Around 1992 (possibly, coinciding with the switch from Legoland to Lego System labeling on boxes?), Lego instructions started featuring a triangular marking in the corner of a page. On one side, that ...
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Why do official LEGO PDF instruction books have such poor quality?

More often than not, my boys are working from PDF instructions downloaded at the LEGO site. The quality of those PDFs is poor. I'm sure you've experienced the jagged, pixelated lines and the bricks so ...
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Where can I find LEGO X-Pod Playoff rules and printoffs?

Where can I find X-Pod Playoff rules? LEGO doesn't seem to be hosting them anymore. Asked because of this question. Hopefully it can be mirrored on a few sites so that it doesn't disappear again.
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How can I complete the build of this Lunar lander from the Space and Airport Set (9335)?

We recently got Space and Airport Set by LEGO® Education (9335) for our four-year-old who loves space and really loves his Duplo. He's been enjoying putting together the different parts of the kit but ...
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LEGO Technic part Numbers

My daughter got the LEGO Technic - Service Truck set. When we looked at the instructions, we saw a different notation on parts. eg: the beams (cross beam) it has number 5 in white circle. what does ...
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Extra wing pieces (21+22) in Ferrari Daytona 42143. Did I miss a step or did Lego get it wrong?

The Ferrari Daytona SP3 (42143) is supposed to have 10x 6319983 (small wing #22) and 11x 6316923 (small wing #21), both in black. It says so on the part-list and they are in the box. However I have 1 ...
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How to sell massive, vintage and unsorted lego collection with manuals? [duplicate]

So I was a big LEGO collector as a child in the early 1990s. The genres I have are town/city, pirates, and castle. To store them, I broke them all down to fit into 2 giant plastic tubs. I still have ...
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What is the largest jump in LEGO instructions?

What is the largest gap in LEGO instructions in terms of build time needed to complete a step? For example, Skyline (5526) includes this step: That is quite a leap between steps 14 and 15. I'm ...
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Should the LEGO Batcave step 264 use 1x1 Technic bricks?

I've been building the Batcave – Shadow Box (76252): I have gotten to step 264 and it seems odd to me that the single back bricks have a hole in them as they seem to go in sideways in the picture ...
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How to cross reference a part to all instruction guide pages

Built my new Millenium Falcon and took it into the office before someone managed to knock it off my desk and onto the floor. It blew up. Having managed to rebuild it, there are a few pieces left over ...
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Can you build accurate models using 100% LEGO elements by following Megablocks instructions?

I shudder when I find errant MegaBloks in my LEGO elements, but admit to admiring certain in-the-box models offered by them. I know the pictures depicted on the MB boxes are not actually photos of a ...
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What is the maximum size of Lego instruction booklets?

I am preparing a shelf and, given that LEGO instruction booklets these days are often more like actual little books than the small booklets we had as children, a section of that shelf will be reserved ...
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Is this non-disassemblable LEGO instruction step real?

I've seen this image shared a few times around the internet as an example of a LEGO instruction step that assembles pieces in such a way that they cannot be disassembled (at-least not without some ...
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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 (in the late 80s/90s). In a flash of nostalgia I recently remembered having a great instructions/ideas book that I loved to read through - I can't remember the ...
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How do I create manuals in the same style as LEGO instruction manuals? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do any programs exist that allow you to build your own LEGO manuals? I want to create my own manuals, but I want them to look and feel like actual LEGO instruction manuals. So,...
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What are the small numbers on old LEGO instruction booklet covers for?

Along with the set number, my old LEGO instruction booklets have a larger number in a smaller font on them as well. What do these numbers represent? What are they for? Unit/serial number? This booklet ...
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Which BIONICLE combiner sets do official instructions exist for creating?

There is a diversity of BIONICLE combiner sets (sets made by combining multiple individual sets together) for various groups including Toa, Matoran, Bohrok, Rahkshi, Dark Hunters, and a number of Rahi ...
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Identifying Vintage LEGO Instructions

I bought a box of old LEGO from the charity shop and the instruction booklet is missing the front page so, I’m struggling to find out information on it and how old it is! Can anyone help?!
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Looking for instructions for Nanoblock Synthesizer (NBC_038)

I was given a Nanoblock Synthesizer (NBC_038) at Christmas last year and frankly am feeling really guilty for not having built it and put it on the piano yet. Sadly, I've lost the instructions. I've ...
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Help identifying Lego Set from bags!

I visited Toyrus in Paris recently and bought several lego sets for my son. Mostly, Star Wars sets. In each case, we brought the manuals and the cardboard boxes so that he could assemble them. ...
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Identify this set: bags with grey, blue and red

I am in need of identifying instructions for numbered Lego bags that were handed down from a friend, so my son can start building. They are identified as 4, 5 and 6. I’ve read that the numbers on the ...
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What does a white icon of a brick with a plus sign mean in the instruction booklet?

I'm putting together the LEGO Orchid from the botanicals collection. On page 26 of the instruction booklet, step 34 has a strange icon: a white 2x2 brick with a "+" (plus) symbol. There are ...
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Where can I get parts lists from sets by numbered bag?

I have a hodge podge of LEGO pieces that I am trying to organize into sets. I have most of the boxes so it hasn’t been too difficult, just time consuming. Anyway, I’m currently working on set 75093. ...
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Pirates of Barracuda Bay 21322 — are there instructions to build it as a seaworthy ship directly?

Are there official or unofficial instructions to build the ship directly, skipping the island stage? I figured that maybe, just maybe some fans prepared them. The reason is that while it is great for ...
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Grand piano page 269 of instructions - are the gears suppose to stop after a quarter turn or keep going when reversing directions

The directions show the gears are suppose to move counter clockwise. When I follow the directions on page 268-269, and push the reverse button on the Lego power-up app for the Grand Piano, the gears ...
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Instructions on small car, came with Technic Race Car, circa 1986

When I was about 10 (so, about 1986), I had a Technic race car (formula-1 like), and the instructions had an alternate thing you could make. It was just a small car, with rack and pinion steering. I ...
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Advice on Power Functions for an 11-year-old?

My 11-year old son wants to add power to his creations but neither of us know quite how to start this new adventure. He doesn't have any Technic or Mindstorms sets. Looking through sets online, it ...
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What are these numbers for this element name?

I have a part inventory for a set and it has some axles with numbers next to them. This is not a technic set, but I imagine the numbers are the same as in this question - LEGO Technic part Numbers ...
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Bugatti Chiron - loose connection to wheels

I’m currently building this set and I notice that the connection to the front wheels often falls out. This is the small red line between the wheel and ball joint. It depends on the angle. It is ...
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What do the Blue Lines in Lego 42145 (Airbus H175) step 34 mean

In Step 34 there are three dotted blue lines shown on the assembled piece. I have thoroughly examined the build so far and am pretty certain it is right but I cannot figure out what the dotted blue ...
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Name of trunk-like objects

What's the name of the black curved elements in the header/banner of https://www.flickr.com/groups/lego_arboretum/? The full picture along with some others of the same diorama can be seen here: https:...
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Toa Terrain Crawler alternate build instructions

I was building the LEGO Bionicle Toa Terrain Crawler, (8927), when I saw at the back of the instructions a photo of an alternate helicopter-type build. Where can I find the instructions on how to ...
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