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Where can I find LEGO technic pieces? [closed]

I love the design by me software, but there are too few LEGO Technic pieces. Do you know somes places (in Europe) where I can find LEGO Technic pieces without buying sets ?
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Bridge from just basic bricks?

I teach an after-school engineering class using LEGO bricks, one of our classes has the students build a bridge. Each student gets a custom set of about 150 2x4 bricks, about 300 2x2 bricks, and, if ...
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What is the basis of purism in LEGO building? [closed]

LEGO purism is the idea that LEGO constructions should be made with only with official LEGO blocks with no modifications. Other bits of plastic, papercraft, metal supports, and so on are frowned upon. ...
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How can I create synthetic imagery (rendering) of LEGO models?

I'd like to know how I can create computer imagery of my own models or existing models. How can we do photographic quality or cartoon like images?
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LEGO Safety: Known risks and how to avoid them?

I run an after school program that teaches engineering to kids, mainly Kindergarten through 3rd grade (roughly ages 5 - 9). I'm trying to educate my coaches as to the known safety risks regarding ...
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What kind of metal/alloy were on the old LEGO 9V train tracks?

LEGO's train tracks (the actual rail part) were made from some kind of metal alloy that does not seem to oxidize, and seems to have good electrical charateristics (low resistance). Any ideas what ...
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How many spaceman minifigure variations exist?

I was looking at collecting all the different Spaceman minifigures. So I'm wondering how many different types(styles) of Spaceman do exist. Color variations is not necessarily but it would also be ...
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Has anyone made LEGO fly?

It may not be the ideal material. But has there ever been a LEGO model airplane with the ability to glide, under power maybe, or some other kind of successful lifting airship? Helicopter, blimp, kite, ...
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How many minifigs have actually flown in space?

I want to know how many have been to space (they don't have to have returned.)
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Why did Lego use the same number for two different sets?

For example, Ricky Racoon on his Scooter from 1979 is a completely different set from House with Garage from 1996, but they share the same number (324). Why did Lego recycle numbers like this? Do they ...
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Why do some sets have two different numbers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why did Lego use the same number for two different sets? For example, 324 Ricky Racoon on his Scooter and 3605 Ricky Racoon and his Scooter appear to be identical in every way ...
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Which BIONICLE set did this mask came from?

I just unearthed a rather wealthy stash of semi-rare Great Kanohi masks. Never knew I collected them! Anyway, among them was this clear transparent Kaukau (Great Mask of Water Breathing): You may ...
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Does the LEGO Group condone war toys?

What is the LEGO Group's position on war toys? Other brands make tanks and army stuff. I noticed LEGO sets include more realistic guns in the Star Wars range than they used to. What's up with that?
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Does Lego market sets that were designed by fans?

My {son, daughter} read on a LEGO box that the set was designed by a LEGO fan. That is amazing! Is this common and how does my {son, daughter} get into that? What sets were designed by fans so far?
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What are the dimensions of a LEGO brick?

What are the real world dimensions of bricks? (starting with 1x1 brick) Plates? Studs? Does LEGO think of this in metric or imperial units or something else?
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Why do some minifigs have yellow heads and some are flesh colored?

When did the flesh colors start and why? It seems yellow heads are here to stay too?
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Where can I find examples of everyday objects built in Lego?

Suppose for example I am interested in creative ways people have made trees, or minifig scale furniture, or just architectural details like windows. Is there some encyclopedia that organizes pictures ...
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How does one get a job as a LEGO designer?

I always fantasized on the mysterious (and admittedly cool) job of LEGO designer. Is there anyone who knows what it takes? Do you need to go to the Lego university and get good grades? Is there any ...
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What can I do to repair my minifigures loose neck/head joint?

I have a number of loose neck joints on my minifigures. How can I repair them? Any suggestions?
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How can I build a human-scale Lego gun?

I would like to build Lego projectile weapons. Are there any designs available? Can one make an amunition magazine and self-reloading mechanism? Should I use rubberbands as ammunition or are there ...
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What is a good ratio to buy bricks in?

I want to add to my collection by buying an assortment of 2x4,2x2,1x2, and 1x1 bricks in a variety of colors. I want these to be general purpose bricks, primarily for sculptures and buildings. What ...
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How can I keep LEGO winches from becoming tangled?

I have some LEGO winches/strings with hooks. Putting these away inevitably results in tangled strings (the next time I take them out). Even winding them up doesn't help. Storing these in drawers and/...
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What is the popular challenge of solving the Rubik cube as quickly as possible using LEGO bricks?

I saw videos of people participating in a race to resolve a Rubik cube as quickly as possible using Mindstorm LEGO robots. Can you provide information whether there is a competition and on who is ...
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What is the history of "Modulex" blocks?

I have seen a few very small models using something called "Modulex" pieces and have even heard that they are somehow directly related to LEGO? They don't seem to be around anymore so I was wondering ...
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Alternative products compatible with LEGO [closed]

I heard that lately a patent for LEGO expired and now everyone can create a company to produce bricks that are compatible with LEGO. I am wondering how many of such companies are there. I know one ...
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Are companies producing custom molded LEGO pieces legally entitled to do so?

We have seen (or I have seen, given I am a member of a few popular BIONICLE fan sites) an uproar from custom molding companies -- that is, companies that create their own LEGO pieces. My question is ...
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What changes were made to Maersk blue?

I read that LEGO recently changed the colour of Maersk blue. Is this true? If so, why did they make a change?
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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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What is the bley (blay) color?

I keep reading on various lego web sites about an elusive brick color called "bley" or "blay". What is it and what is the story behind this?
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What are the largest Technic-compatible tires on the market?

I am looking for the largest LEGO wheels with tires available to build a nice-sized RC LEGO car. Of course I will start with the simplest prototype, but I would like to achieve a design which will ...
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Why are LEGO slope bricks textured?

Why is the slope part of bricks textured instead of the usual flat & glossy edge? Are there any non-textured forms of these bricks?
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Does the LEGO company sell LEGO brick organization bins? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some storage options? Are there official LEGO brick storage and organization bins available? If not, then what good 3rd party options are there? I'm looking to ...
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What are the names for these two pieces of a car chassis and a piece for above the wheels?

I have the following pieces but cannot find their names nor precise usage on BrickLink or elsewhere The black one has a wheel well on each side - sorry for the poor image quality. Both the red and ...
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What's the most cost effective way to buy bulk LEGO bricks?

I've found a couple places to pick up bulk LEGO, but they all have various issues. Bricklink - I found their user interface confusing, clunky, and straight out of 1998. I'm aware of a couple of ...
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Where are LEGO parts made?

Are all LEGO parts made in a single factory, or are there multiple factories? Where abouts is it/are they? If there are several, are there different factories for different pieces/sets, or do all ...
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Has anyone made their own custom LEGO bricks?

As I've just learned, LEGO bricks are made from ABS plastics. I wonder if it would be possible to make some simple molds at home, get some ABS pellets, melt them up and make your own custom bricks? ...
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How are LEGO bricks categorized?

What are the names and categories of LEGO bricks? Is there a consistent naming scheme? Does Lego have an official name or identification for different pieces?
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When did LEGO decide that it was okay to put a stud into a Technic hole?

At one point, LEGO didn't really support putting a stud into a Technic hole, stating that it caused too much stress on the bricks. And for a while, there were no sets where that's the case. However, ...
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Why did Technic bricks have holes in the studs?

Lego Technic (/ Expert Builder) bricks have always had a very different design than the normal Lego brick, with peg holes lining the sides serving fairly obvious purposes, but they also have had (as ...
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What kind of plastic are LEGO bricks made of?

It’s rather obvious that Lego bricks are made from plastic, but there are many kinds of plastic. Is the recipe for LEGO bricks plastic secret?
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Can I write programs for the LEGO RCX 2.0 in Java/C++?

Is there a library which makes it possible to write LEGO Mindstorms programs for RCX 2.0 in Java or C++? With the LEGO software it takes so much time to write good programs.
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Which hand is this minifigure extending normally?

I remember more than one argument with a friend over which way LEGO minifigures' hands should be oriented to be correct (with the thumb pointed upward/inward, like a human hand's neutral position). ...
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How can I motorize City-scale wheels?

I'd like to build city-scale (6 studs wide) vehicles motorized with either PF motor or clockwork. The primary problem right now is connecting wheel(s) to motor. Are there small enough LEGO wheels with ...
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How can I efficiently pick up bricks off the floor?

My floor is covered in bricks. My bare feet can't take much more abuse. Is there a way of collecting up the bricks easily, or should I just get on my knees and start scooping them up with my hands?
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How can I store LEGO bricks to prevent damage?

I have some LEGO bricks which are probably about 10 years old. They've neither changed color in any way nor dried out or anything, so it seems to be as stable as ever. How should I store them so that ...
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What is the largest Lego kit commercially available?

I believe the Imperial Star Destroyer is the biggest in terms of size, at 58.8 cm by 50.5 cm by 21 cm, and the Death Star in the number of pieces, at 3803. Are there any newer, bigger models?
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Is there difference between different colors of LEGO axles?

There are a few different colors of LEGO Technic axles, but not enough to really use for artistic variation - black, grey, some beige, and recently I have started seeing blue. The particular color ...
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How can I build an (automatic) Mindstorms charging-station?

I'm thinking about buying LEGO Mindstorms and start programming robots. I'm a software engineer and LEGO fan since I was a child so this sounds like the perfect combination of my dearest hobbies. But ...
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Are there any mirrored LEGO bricks?

I recently built LEGO Creator 5770: Lighthouse Island which features a clever trick to build the lighthouse's lantern, using stickers on on a Slope Brick 2x2 and Slope Top 1x2x2/3: Step 54 from ...
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Cleaning a lot of bricks after a very long time in storage [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lego cleaning techniques and tools I have a lot of bricks that have been in storage for a few years. They've been stored in a closed big box. They're now very dirty. It's ...
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