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Are these bricks old Lego/Duplo clones?

Can anyone identify these bricks, which I suspect are Lego/Duplo clones. They may be more than 30 years old. I bought them on ebay as Betta Bilda from Lego/Duplo dealer. Some BB was included, but ...
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Step 160 on carousel 10257

I'm struggling with step 160 where I use white "hinge" connectors to connect the carousel platform sections. It seems to create too much pressure and the platform breaks apart. Grateful for any tips.
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How to glue a LEGO tree decoration in a way that's not permanent, to prevent accidental disassembling?

I have a sweet LEGO Santa Claus and few other builds that would look cool as decorations on Christmas Tree. Sadly, it would probably break if I would try to hang it. It can stand all right, but is not ...
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Can anyone identify the brand of this non-LEGO brick

Hi folks I was hoping someone out there may recognise the brand of this block I found in the garden. I have been searching but the closest I can find are Locblocks - however this appears to have a ...
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How much tension can I expect to get out of a lego chain before it starts to give away?

Assuming I am using the technic chain links to make a chain, how much force can I expect to be able to get out of the chain before it breaks? Suppose I am using a 16t gear to directly drive a 24t ...
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Replace Battery in LEGO Dino Attack Light-Up T-Rex Head?

Is it possible to replace the battery of the LEGO Dino Attack T-Rex heads? There's a button on the top of the head that makes the eyes and tongue light up red. There doesn't seem to be any obvious ...
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Is it possible, to remove a parted out set from Bricklink inventory?

I have an inventory in Bricklink, in which I accidentally parted out (with the consolidation option) two sets instead of one. Is there a way to remove the pieces of the second set somehow without ...
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Late 1970s hospital and helicopter building brick set

I'm afraid I don't have a picture, but I am trying to identify a Christmas gift I fondly remember receiving as a child circa 1979. It was a 3-foot box of building bricks and the front picture showed ...
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Where does the EV3 software store its crash reports?

I cannot find where the crash reports generated by my EV3 software are stored. I have looked where it tells me to, but I can't find any.
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Building instructions: Robot Spider Pen by Ricardo Oliveira

Some time ago I found the following youtube video by Ricardo Oliveira of a small NXT plotter that crawls over a whiteboard. It has two strings that can be shortened through coils and with this, it ...
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Is it possible to use the Dexter WiFi Sensor with Robot C?

My wife bought me a Mindstorms NXT system a few years ago and I bought a Dexter WiFi sensor for it, by the time I got a chance to work with it, I found out the sensor had been "retired" and that the ...
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PC To NXT Brick via Bluetooth

We have a fully-working java programme which can connect to another computer and can send messages from this(both sides run java and we used SPP Server and Client), however when trying to connect to ...
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How to build an arch that is angled out of Lego?

I am currently working on a MOC for the USS Orville and I am trying to figure out the engines. I have gone through a couple of iterations on my current version, but it always buckles under its own ...
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How to mirror an EV3 motor?

I want to get one EV3 large motor to copy the other. So if I move one half a rotation the other copies.
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Ordering of Pages in Printed LEGO Catalogues

While looking at some of the scanned LEGO catalogues on BrickSet, I have noticed that the UK catalogues (at least the ones I looked into) seem to be ordered "backwards" compared to what I'm used to ...
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String thickness comparison

I am currently working on a project which uses a massive array of strings linking little levers. I am currently using the "thin" type string as it is the only type I have, but I am running into ...
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Compatibility of maxi sized mega blocks

Maxi-size mega blocks are larger then duplo. As far as I can tell they have 2x the stud pitch and much larger studs. What if-any compatibility is there between the maxi-sized mega blocks and either ...
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RCX + java + usb-to-serial

I am trying to get an old RCX working with leJOS. I already have it working with NQC and BricxCC. While NCQ/BricxCC seems to recognize my usb-to-serial (which appears as "COM5" to the OS), the leJOS ...
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Daisy chaining EV3 with RobotC

I'm trying to run EV3 programs with RobotC and trying run on EV3 Daisy Chaining. I have three independent EV3 bricks labelled A,B,C. I want, according to the color reading by the color sensor on ...
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LEGO turing machine using Rascal

I followed the instructions on LEGO Turing Machine and succeeded to build it. Next I've tried and failed to program it using NXT Mindstorm GUI. The site mentions a Rascal framework, but it doesn't ...
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What material is the LEGO laptop made of?

What material is the LEGO laptop piece made of? It does not feel like their normal rubber and it certainty doesn't feel like ABS.
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How to power up MOC-0308, based on Technic 8297?

I have built the following MOC, with details here and here. It is pretty complete, although I would have tried some servo motor for steering. But after I've finished it, I've got into trouble: ...
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Building techniques for designing a LEGO City Street scene?

As the question suggests... I'm trying to build a city street in "midiscale" similar to that of Hong Kong, but I have no idea on where to even begin with something like this. This project is being ...
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Read power usage and respond when motor is straining

Is there a way to know if the drive wheels are "straining", like when locked up with an opposing bot? This is for a Lego sumo bot using the Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 Core Set (EV3 Large Motor ...
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Capture video stream from LEGO Studio Camera (Logitech USB webcam) in ev3dev?

Once upon a time, LEGO made a digital camera for the LEGO Studios and Mindstorms line. Internally it's an old USB Logitech repackaged in a LEGO housing. It could also be used with the old LEGO ...
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EV3 Brick and Commander app bluetooth disconnecting

On OSX on an iPad, we're having an issue with the EV3 Brick and Commander app bluetooth connection constantly disconnecting. The brick just stops responding, so we turn the brick off to disconnect and ...
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Which Lego set has had the most Easter Eggs?

With the release of the new Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (set: 71043) has 6,020 pieces. I believe this a subtle reference (Easter egg) to the Lego set 6020, one of the first sets to ever have a ...
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Lego Boost Variable setting

I try to program a steering for a Logo Boost Model. Motor B spins a certain angle and the steering works. To get it running the model - the app - needs to know the current position of the wheels in ...
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Are there any Open-Source bricks projects for robotics?

I mean some bricks like Lego/Meccano with a community like Instructables site, those share their models and robots with others. Also the 3D models of bricks(in solidworks format for example) are free ...
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Ev3 spik3r mission 2 doesn't move

So I was building Spik3r and I thought I got mission 2 completed. Wheels are turning, legs are moving but the robot just does not move. It looks like the small wheels should be moving the robot but ...
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Can I use EV3 with a TETRIX motor?

What program can I use to control a TETRIX motor through the LEGO EV3? I've heard that RobotC currently cannot be used for this. Has NI released a Labview version which I can use to control TETRIX ...
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RCX 1.0 downloaded firmware successfully with RIS 2.0 but does not run any program

I have installed correctly the RIS 2.0 in an old laptop running Windows XP and I successfully downloaded the firmware through the RIS 2.0 to the RCX 1.0, following the standard setup instructions. ...
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EV3 Rapt3r's head cable interfering with slithering

My Rapt3r is working great, except that the cable that goes from the head to the "Intelligent Brick" physically interferes with the slithering on the side on which it is plugged (port 4). Physically ...
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What is the quietest LEGO motor?

I am trying to make a sort of LEGO dolly for filming videos, but the motors emit a lot of sound. I noticed the train motor is quieter than the other motors I have, but it is still too loud and it ...
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How can you get the pipes on Steamboat Willie to work reliably?

We recently began building 21317 Steamboat Willie. We've got it mostly built, but the pipes keep getting stuck. The rear one works, but the front one keeps getting stuck up and won't go down. We've ...
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MindSqualls - can I connect more than one NXT brick using USB?

To access my NXT brick connected via USB with the MindSqualls library, I do the following: var brick = new McNxtBrick(NxtCommLinkType.USB, 0); The 0 is serialPortNr. If I were to buy a second NXT ...
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Rearing off to the left without telling it to

I've started to build a robot, but when it drives it veers off to the left even though I'm just telling it to go straight. I think I need to do something to the motors but I don't know what or how. I'...
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Improving EV3 Screen Readability

I often have a hard time reading the EV3’s LCD display. I presume that I’m not the only one who has experienced this issue. Is there a way to improve its readability? For example, are there any good ...
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Narrow gauge train wheels metal axle?

Anyone know some way, (or someone that makes a mod) to make narrow gauge wheels that actually roll fast? Something similar to the metal axle trucks that are used for standard gauge trains.
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Where is an instruction sheet for Ausini set 25418 guitar?

I bought an Ausini brick set AUS-25418, which is a guitar, however as cheap as it was the price, it didn't have the building instructions, at least it looks like no piece bags or stickers are missing. ...
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How many rotations or degrees do you need to turn your robot?

I have an EV3 Home edition. I have made a tribot. Two main motors for the wheels and a caster in the back. To complete a full turn in place I need to set the rotations to 2.32 or 835 degrees. Does ...
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Lego EV3 simulator and programming

I've been searching and testing for hours. There is little information on this subject though. I have some specific requirements for a Lego EV3 simulator and programming environment. I do not want to ...
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Lego magnet strength

Some questions about these magnets: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=73092 I'd like to know roughly how much weight two of those could lift or what force is needed to separate ...
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Is there an leJOS simulator for EV3?

I found this but this seems to be using their own library to control the EV3.
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How can I use the Flex Tool easily on LDD?

On LEGO Digital Design, I find it very hard to move the piece being flexed to the correct position. Are there any tips or musts that I should try to help me flex it into clips etc.?
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NXT Mindstorms software glitch

My FLL team was doing some practice programming exercises this morning. One group wrote a program using color sensors, no issue. The next group opened a new program window and attempted to open a ...
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How can I read NXT logfiles?

I used the logfile feature to collect light intensity values. How can I get a view to this data? On the NXT brick I only found: "delete" or "send" but not "show". I tried "send" when I had an USB ...
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Boosters from set 71214 don't fit

The booster pieces don't fit into their place on Benny's Dimensions set (71214). I'm talking about the bigger booster in the middle. This seems to be a really common problem, but is there a fix?
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Creating custom blocks using EV3 block developer kit

I am trying to develop a custom block using ev3 block development kit but i get nowhere. I created the XML files according to the documentation and the VIX file but it does not compile, I cannot ...
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Reading NXT Touch Sensor with Monobrick Communication Library

In my program, I need to detect if a touch sensor is activated. Here's some of my code: var nxt = new Brick<Sensor, Sensor, Sensor, Sensor>("usb"); nxt.Connection.Open(); nxt.Sensor1 = new ...

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