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Cleaning lego: substances that can be safely used without causing damage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lego cleaning techniques and tools I've used a normal washing up solution of Fairy washing up liquid and warm water to good effect previously, but I do find the blocks attract ...
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Is it possible to build simple logic gates with LEGO mechanics?

I built a simple bitshifter in Minecraft yesterday. I wondered if something like this could be built with LEGO? Maybe there is a possibility to build gates with rubber bands and those movable ...
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How do you repair yellowed or faded LEGO blocks?

In particular, I've had white blocks that have yellowed in places. Can the colour consistency be restored? Or at least improved? I'd be more interested in people's actual experiences rather than ...
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Do LEGO bricks float?

Is it possible to build a boat out of LEGO bricks? I appreciate you couldn't make it watertight but would a LEGO boat float by itself due to the buoyancy of the bricks themselves? Pictures of any ...
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How many different colours of LEGO bricks are there?

Excluding translucent pieces, how many colours of official LEGO bricks are there?
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What is the largest single LEGO piece?

What is the largest single LEGO piece ever produced? This does not include LEGO affiliates like Duplo. Clarifications It must be a purchasable block. By largest, I mean largest by Volume/Weight of ...
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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 is SNOT building?

I have seen reference on LEGO forums to "SNOT building". This sounds gross! Are there really squishy-sticky LEGO bricks, or what?
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Where can I get 'classic' Lego heads from?

The new heads with expressions are all well and good, but I for one prefer the expressionless 'classic' faces. Are they available anywhere?
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Is it safe to wash LEGO pieces in the dishwasher?

I've heard from a lot of people that LEGO can be washed in the dishwasher, but I'm concerned about warping, losing stickers, wearing off of painted pieces, etc. Is it safe to actually wash them in the ...
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What is "micro-scale" building?

I have seen references to "micro-scale" building in LEGO documentation. How is this different than the "normal" LEGO building scale?
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Are LEGO minifigs' arms supposed to come off?

I can get the arms off my LEGO minifigs, however, will doing so repeatedly wear them out?
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What are the arched things above a wheel called?

I have a bunch of second hand bricks and some are "wheel wells" for the lack of better words. I would like to find out how I use them for example at bricklink, but then I need to find the name for ...
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What are the best options for building a LEGO RC car?

I would like to build a remote controlled car. And if someone already has a good solution for that I would be glad to try it. It's been a while since I had the time and material to build some LEGO ...
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How can I invert the direction of blocks in a structure?

I have a structure with some blocks facing in the 'normal' direction: nn nn nn nn | || || || | -- -- -- -- I would like to somehow connect a layer above this that has the blocks ...
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What is an Erling brick?

I have seen people refer to the "Erling brick" or "headlight brick" on LEGO forums. What kind of brick are they talking about?
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Are DUPLO blocks compatible with LEGO blocks in any way?

Can I build a model out of both DUPLO blocks and LEGO blocks? Do they fit together?
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Do any of the KRE-O Transformers sets actually transform?

KRE-O, a LEGO-compatible brick toy, has several officially licensed Transformers models. I have two of the smaller ones and they do not actually "transform" - you take them apart and put them back ...
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Are Nanoblocks compatible with other building bricks?

Recently I have found Nanoblocks, a Japanese brick toy, in American stores. How compatible are these with other building toys? They look to be approximately the same scale as Modulex.
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How can a sticker be removed?

In my younger days I may have placed a few stickers on my bricks. Including some that covered multiple bricks. Now my daughter has the tendency to do the same thing :) How can I best remove the ...
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1 answer
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Do tools exist to help me translate a real world object to a LEGO design?

It can be a big challenge to create a design for a large object. Are there techniques or tools to simplify this, and to help estimate numbers of blocks required?
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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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What is the "LEGO Master Builder Academy"?

At a LEGO store I saw a box advertising the "LEGO Master Builder Academy". It came with a book and a code for online registration, and mentioned a subscription fee. What is this "Academy"? What do I ...
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What tool can get two 1x2 plates apart without damaging them?

Teeth and pliers tend to leave unsightly marks on the bricks. Fingernails don't work too well. What tool do you recommend to separate them?
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Where or how do I get replacement stickers for my LEGO set?

I have a BMW Williams F1 LEGO set 8461 that I built when I got it several years ago. I unfortunately let it sit out on my shelf for a long time. The stickers have peeled and cracked and some have ...
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What piece is this ARC-170 Starfighter cockpit?

I got these with the ARC-170 LEGO Starfighter (archived): I'd like to get more if possible. They are a part of the cockpit.
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How do I change the color of a brick?

I have a uniquely-shaped brick that I would like to make a darker shade of gray (it's currently blue). What media is the best in terms of durability for continued use (i.e. re-use, re-configuration)?...
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