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A more advanced form of LEGO®, allowing for the creation of more realistic working parts.

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Motorized Excavator (8043) set alternatives

I'm on the search for a motorised excavator set and have the 8043 in mind. It is now retired and no longer available. Are there any alternative currently available sets? I have looked at a few options ...
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Control Lego Technic Control+ Hub via Python

Is it possible to control the Lego Technic Control+ Hub with Python? I have tried using Pybricks but that didn't work well for me.
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What are good books for building techniques of LEGO Technic

I've been searching for good resources for especially LEGO Technic. I find the Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide by Paweł “Sariel” Kmieć. The book is very good at explaining things. Beside that ...
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Reinforcing a pair of Bent Double 11.5 Liftarms under Rotational Tension

I purchased a clone MOC out of interest a few months back, this following set. Because it does use clone pieces, I knew there was a high chance of breakage and poor fit, especially in the tensegrity ...
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Most cost efficient length for pneumatic hoses?

As the title says, I would like to know what the most cost efficient length of pneumatic hose (including 99021s) is, assuming the average length of each piece is 12cm (4.7") and I can cut large ...
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Can Lego Remote Control 88010 control Lego Technic Hub 88012?

I have been exploring the new Bluetooth Technic smart hubs with the Control+ app and PoweredUp app. I would like to also use a physical remote. I have the Technic smart hubs that come with the ...
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Realistic Lego car sets containing gearboxes and engines?

Lego Technic 853/956 Auto Chassis contains a car chassis, complete with a transmission gearbox. Other sets like Lego Technic 858/8858 Auto Engines contain parts to build working models of real-life ...
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How would one parametrically create a LEGO-compatible gear?

If a gear was intended to smoothly mesh with standard LEGO gears, how should it be defined? While I know that the mean diameter (average of inner and outer diameters) of a LEGO gear should be 1mm/...
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Why isn't the new LEGO CV joint available on Bricklink or Brickowl?

In the new 4x4 X-treme Off-Roader set 42099 there are 2 new, sturdier CV joint pieces that I would like to have. If I search for 42099 on Bricklink I don't see a list of pieces included in the set. I ...
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Has anyone created a analogue LEGO clock that runs time accurately?

I've seen someone on YouTube create a LEGO Clock with all the wheels and a pendulum, but I was wondering if there is any project or building instructions available to build such a clock with an ...
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How can a Mindstorms robot lift something very heavy?

I have a small LEGO Mindstorms robot and it needs to lift heavy objects, but it doesn't seem possible because the motor cannot bear the load. What methods or mechanisms can I use to make the robot ...
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Is there a way to remotely operate the push-button light brick?

The push-button light brick seems to be popular with Lego at the moment, and included in quite a few sets. I'd like to find a way of being able to operate it remotely, so that I can include the ...
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Interface A missing PCB

I have a Technic Interface A with the cables but lack the printed circuit board (PCB) for PC that I need to use it for automating my models. The card when it was for sale had markings of Lego 9771 and ...
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LEGO 42095 wheels going opposite directions

My son just finished the 42095 Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer and the two wheels go in opposite directions. Have checked and rebuilt and still can’t get it running in the same direction. Can anyone ...
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Can anyone identify these parts? Technic, liftarm connected to a circle

I'm trying to follow a video MOC tutorial but I can't figure out what this brick is. Part number would help.
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Any build instructions for vertical Technic/Lego conveyor belts?

I'm trying to figure out how to continuously lift a stream of incoming pieces up vertically, at least 10cm. This is my first real custom build attempt, so I'm very much at a loss on how to go about it....
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What tool can get the Technic pin out from a connection closed in the other end?

I'm having trouble removing these LEGO Technic pins apart from their connectors and I don't want to use carpenter tools like pliers which may damage the bricks. What tool can get the pieces separated ...
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Soft rear suspension on Landrover Defender too low [closed]

Can't answer this officially because I haven't enough points but the photos on the only other answer are of the front end, the problem I had on the rear was that the bottom shock absorber brown ...
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Volvo Articulated Hauler (42114) doesn't operate the bucket

I cannot get the rams to lift or lower the tipper body I suspect its something to do with the clutch mechanism since all the shafts and gears rotate freely until the clutch is connected. The white ...
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What 3D modelling services could I use to create custom LEGO pieces?

I want to create some custom LEGO Technic pieces, but I can't seem to find any software that is good at making it. I have tried using Blender, but it is hard to create holes. Do you have any ...
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Technic Rough Terrain Crane (42082) doesn't move

After first book, crane won't roll if pushed. If this normal. I know when you free soon one wheel, the other will go opposite direction, but when I try to spin all four in one direction, it locks. It ...
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Pre-Technic gears?

I have this set of LEGO gears. I remember seeing them first at my grandparents in the mid 80's. They predate my first Technic sets (~84 or 85). I have fond memories of my dad building a 3-speed ...
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I found these images of parts and want to find their part numbers

So I found this lot on the internet but don't trust the seller. What I want to do is find the part numbers of the pieces on the image and buy it from a reliable source. I tried to find it in multiple ...
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42082 Rough terrain crane [duplicate]

Crane can not be pushed forward or backward. It seems the front and back wheels want to move in different directions.I the rear wheels are lifted off the ground crane can be moved forward and backward ...
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Why does LEGO now use studless technic designs?

It seems to me that sometime between 1998 and 2006 (between the Mindstorms RCX and NXT), LEGO switched from using studded technic bricks (like this:) to studdless beams (like this): In my experience,...
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Lego bags missing sets

I have some Lego bags that I do not know which set they belong to. Can you guys help me?
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What's the purpose of brick 46835 (two wheels clutched into each other)

There is this strange wheel-like part consisting of two pieces snapping into each other and offering to insert axles from both sides, as shown in the first image. What is the purpose of this part ...
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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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How can I make a working pin tumbler lock?

I'd like to make a working pin tumbler lock out of LEGO bricks. I have already designed a key I'd like to use that should be compatible with five cylinder lock.
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What other uses are there for pull-back motors?

Sets 42010 and 42011 feature a pull-back motor. They have a very high torque for a very small numbers of turns, they then free-wheel. I'm trying to find alternate usage for them. That is anything but ...
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How do people build large collections of bricks?

How have people built up such large collections of bricks? I would like to get into building Lego Great Ball Contraption modules, but this needs a lot of parts to play with. I've got some Lego from (...
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Linear Actuator Clicking

I have just finished working on a mock-up landing gear deployment mechanism, keeping it as simple as possible of course. However one thing that I cannot seem to get rid of, is the small linear ...
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Technic 4x4 crawler questions

I have the Technic 4x4 Crawler 9398 fully assembled and in working order, but the rear U-Joint sheared itself in half during normal use. I have a replacement piece but now I can’t get the wheels to ...
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Connecting an axle to a stud on the ground for railings

I'm trying to build railing using axles and connectors and am not finding an easy way to get the axles that go to the ground to connect in a way that would be best for my design. Three options I've ...
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What is the Bluetooth PIN for the LEGO train PUP remote (88010)

I'd like to use the Powered Up train remote, #88010 as a simple controller (bang-bang only, obviously). It's Bluetooth, and it shows up as a device, but the PINs 0000 and 1234 don't appear to work. ...
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Technic Pin/Travis Brick Legal Connection?

Is seating a Travis brick on a Technic pin a legal connection? TLG has used this construction at least once (M-Tron Particular Ionizer's "rotor"), but that was in the early 90s. Will this connection ...
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What is the name of this almost triangular shaped 3x5 Technic beam?

Okay so, I've been on BrickOwl.com for the past day or two, trying to find the names of the pieces for a LEGO GLaDOS that this guy made because he doesn't give the names, at around 12:50 he uses this ...
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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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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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How to unplug black friction pin connectors

Black friction pin without slots connectors are common in older Technic sets. Note that these were quickly replaced by the current version with slots that is much easier to remove. vs Especially ...
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Operating first time my 42082 set [closed]

I completed building the 42082 Rough Terrain Crane set and just found out that the boom does not work and the rear spread legs do not fold out, just the front ones.
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City scale connection for five-bladed helicopter rotors

I want to build a Super-Puma helicopter in city minifigure scale and form, I have the basic design planned, but I am not familiar with any five-sided technic connectors, which I will need for the ...
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Oil for old 4.5v electric motor? (UK)

Hi I've just got my old lego technic motor from the loft. It works but squeals in a way I don't remember it doing (35 years ago). I assume some lubrication would help and I've seen references to 3-in-...
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Motorized speedboat from Technic Catamaran alternate model?

The alternate model for the 42105 Technic Catamaran set looks a lot like a remote-controlled speedboat. This set doesn't actually come with any motors, or even propellers, so obviously this model isn'...
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How do the various LEGO springs compare?

Recently I received set 42107 Ducati Panigale V4 R. I noticed that this set includes a new spring - part 65151c01 Technic, Shock Absorber 11L with Internal Spring, Dark Bluish Gray Shaft, and Light ...
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Is a N2 or CO2 paintball tank a viable power source for a LEGO pneumatic Engine?

I would like to know how a LEGO pneumatic engine would perform when powered with a nitro (N2, HPA) or CO2 tank. I have seen a few RC cars powered with air (from soda bottles), so I am wondering if it ...
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Is it possible to build a working 100% LEGO glider with the Technic Catamaran sails?

In the past I've tried to make working LEGO gliders but since all the LEGO sails were either too small or the wrong shape the only thing that ever kinda worked was using paper over Technic beams (in ...
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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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What is the purpose of the 8 tooth timing gear?

I recently ran across the 32060 Technic Gear Timing Wheel 8 Tooth element when sorting a mixed bag of parts. This element doesn't appear in many sets as a functional element. Here's one example from ...
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What are the arguments for and against an adult tackling a complex LEGO Technic kit as their first (and possibly only) build?

Suppose I want to get an overall view of LEGO as an adult and can afford to buy an expensive kit. I have the following abilities Good eyesight with glasses Good hand-eye coordination and ...

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