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What LEGO set are these decorated tiles from?

I have a box of LEGO from when my husband was younger and I have been going through and putting them in their sets for my son. I have now run out of the instruction books and still have some sets left....
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Is there a convention for part and/or set numbers?

Is there any rhyme or reason to the way LEGO part are named? Failing that, is there any other sort of taxonomy that we can use to find specific parts? Along the same lines, my impression is that ...
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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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Is there a freely downloadable LEGO set and part dataset?

I'm working on a project that will require a list of all sets including all of the parts they contain. I'm aware of at least three sites which have this information (Peeron, BrickLink, and Rebrickable)...
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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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Why does LEGO state the number of parts on US boxes, but not in Europe?

I was reading Huw Millington's review of set 70700 Space Swarmer on brickset, in which he states: The box is almost square and this being from the USA, like all US boxes but unlike European ones, ...
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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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Technic axle corrosion? What happened here?

I got my LEGO from storage from when I was a kid (1980s) and while almost all bricks are in good condition, the Technic axles are in a pretty bad shape. They seem to have corroded(?). Please see the ...
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Are there any African American LEGO minifigures besides the ones from the "Sports" basketball series?

I was wondering if there were any African American LEGO minifigures besides the ones from the sports basketball series... I got a brown head from a LEGO Stormtrooper set instead of a black one. I then ...
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Can you program Lego Mindstorms with the Scratch programming language?

My child is learning programming using Scratch in school. Can she program her Mindstorms using Scratch?
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Is there a way to convert a 3D model into a lego sculpture?

After researching this question for a few days, I want to post it here so I can share what I learned in an answer, and hopefully learn some new techniques too. If anyone has found another way to do ...
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How can I build a functional gearbox?

I'm looking for a fully functional (manual) transmission / gearbox for my Technics motorized vehicle. How can I build this?
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Which sets can be built in the bag (all the parts are in one bag)?

I've had the chance to participate in some "build in the bag" contests at some events. The idea is simple: each contestant gets a small set (usually provided by LEGO for the occasion), and everybody ...
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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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What causes these 'bite marks' that appear consistently on new bricks?

I purchased a set (second hand) which has the following defects on the 75°-sloped, inverted 2x1x3 blocks: I assumed they were teeth-marks and asked the seller for replacements, and he found and ...
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Are LEGO bricks recyclable?

Yes, I know that it is kind of a dumb question, as no one would want to dispose of LEGO bricks. But it's a curiosity thing: are LEGO bricks recyclable?
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What techniques can be used for laying plates at 45° angle?

I've seen a number of techniques for laying individual elements at 45° angles, but I need a consistent method for laying down larger plates at 45 degrees while maintaining close contact with the base ...
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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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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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Why are LEGO sets put in such big boxes?

I am wondering why LEGO puts sets in big packages. All bricks are put in small plastic bags and from my experience the packaging could be at least half of what it is. There is so much told these days ...
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How to get started with Mindstorms?

I want to introduce my 8 year old son to Lego Mindstorms. Where should I start? Is there a starter kit which is the best starting point?
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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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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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What are the female parts called?

What is the proper term for the "female" section of the piece that the "studs" insert into? I have heard "pipes", "tubes", "underbits". Is there an actual term for the female section?
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How should I store unused stickers?

What is the best way to store stickers for future use? I have some unused LEGO sticker sets in plastic bags. The one on top in the bag has become brittle and is flaking.
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Where can I download the LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 IDE?

I want to see how well that IDE runs on my old Windows XP laptop. I looked on www.lego.com, but it seems to all be documentation (downloads).
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What material is used to make capes and cloth in LEGO sets and where do I get it?

It seems like a conspiracy to keep everyone from knowing this. Custom cape sellers don´t say what it is, the women from the draperies I questioned always say something along the line of "coated ...
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How can I easily remove a jumper plate without a brick separator?

How can I easily remove a jumper plate? I find it very difficult to remove this kind of brick with a brick separator.
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What are some creative uses of the orange brick separator tool?

I have these piling up around my LEGO corner: Any suggestions for creative uses? Especially multiple?
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How do I build a sloped roof with a 60° rake?

I've seen the sloped roof on the "Winter Village Post Office" and similar using plates, and I want to build a roof with a similar angle: What should I use to ensure they are well attached?
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How can I identify Lego sets from a box of parts?

I am a lifelong LEGO Maniac, and my kits from when I was a kid were passed down to my nephew, who has just passed them down to my son (40 years of history...). The trouble is that none of my old plans/...
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Are all of these police minifigs from LEGO?

While I'm glad LEGO is taking a principled stand on recent events, I've seen this set of police minifigs circulating on social media portraying the evolution of LEGO Police through time: I don't have ...
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Useful machines built with LEGO

I am looking for examples of useful machines built with LEGO (probably Technics, NXT etc.). There are many fun project examples and proofs of concept, such as a Rubik cube solver and a Turing machine. ...
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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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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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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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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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How to make a 1 ldu offset?

LDraw units are defined so that a simple 1x1 brick has a side of 20 ldu and a height of 24 ldu. Using simple building techniques, it's easy to create 2 ldu offset, as illustrated in this picture, ...
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Are LEGO elements safe to use in an aquarium with fish?

Are LEGO elements safe to use in an aquarium with fish? I've never seen LEGO elements in a working fishtank.
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How do I know when current sets will retire?

As the title asks, how is the easiest way to find when current sets on the Lego website will be retired and no longer sold. For example, the 10197 Fire Brigade has been around since 2009, same as ...
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Repairing Lego minifigure torso cracks/damage

I have a ton of Lego minifigures that I really put through their paces throughout my childhood (fighting pirates, exploring space... basic stuff really). A number of them are damaged on the torso. ...
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How to calibrate NXT motors to travel the same distance?

The motors included with the NXT are not all created equal - when given the same input power level, they do not always go the same distance or turn at the same rate. I measured this by creating a ...
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LEGO games for grown-ups?

Are all LEGO Boardgames more or less for children, or are some of them suitable for grown-up, more expert players? (Everybody likes relaxing with a simple game, but are any of the games a bit more ...
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Cleaning between the studs of a build

I've unpacked a few of my models after moving home some time ago, these models have been in a cardboard boxes for several months and need cleaning: I've tried compressed air, which only makes some of ...
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What is considered the most valuable LEGO set?

Which Lego set is considered to be the most valuable set to own? I'm not talking about the most expensive set, and clearly it has to be out of production already, but when trying to collect complete ...
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How can you make a hip holster for minifigs?

Is there a way to create a holster of some sort so you could attach a LEGO pistol to the side of a minifig, around the hips?
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Ø in LEGO part names

Many LEGO part names use a Ø character in the name, for example, Armor For Hand W/Ø 3.2 Shaft (28803) or Beam A 4M Ball/Cup Ø10.2 (90611). Can anyone explain what the Ø means?
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Why can't I reproduce this SD card box in LDD?

I've built an SD card box a few years ago. Now I am trying to reproduce it in Lego Digital Designer. However when I tried to reproduce the closed version, LDD refuses to snap it in place. In real-...
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What is the rarest LEGO production element (colour/shape combination)?

What is the rarest LEGO element according to the following criteria: Genuine LEGO elements, not those available through third party vendors or otherwise modified elements. (So nothing from Brickarms....
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Is there a catalog of Lego building techniques?

As a Lego noob watching Lego Masters, I spot certain techniques being used time and again, without any real explanation (Lego Masters is great for entertainment, but offers little to no instruction). ...

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