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I saw this technique in LEGO's Disney Castle for offsetting parts of a column by half of a stud. You can see the column on the left in this picture is shifting half a stud above a 3x3 plate: Of course you can do it too! Here is the process: Take your 3x3 base plate and stick 1x1 "dots" between each of the studs. The "dots" are LEGO part 4073 which ...


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The LEGO Group have recently started using solvents to "weld" elements together (notably the Minifigure legs to the magnet blocks), which are fairly heavily controlled in pure forms in most countries under drug legislation. I have discovered that LEGO is not using glue at all, but a solvent, that actually loosens the surface of the ABS plastic and allows ...


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For centring a minifigure on a 3×3 plate, I would do the following (though it’s not exactly what you asked for): Arrange 2×1 plates with centre studs as follows: Add 1×1 panels for optical harmony: Put a 3×2 plate on top: Place your minifigure in the middle:


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Inspired by Zhaph's wall, this one is made with 1x3 bricks. It has a radius of 12 studs (24 studs diameter). It is connected to the base by the last two studs on each end of the arc. The middle of the wall rests on tiles. To complete the tower you can repeat this module 4 times and use 1x2 bricks to connect them (replacing the 1x1 end bricks). This would ...


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Non powered/motorized flight has been achieved Bamboo copter Anna Vuurzoon made a Flying machine using only Lego parts which uses a ripcord to propel a three blade propeller on a stick (see http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/288875). I was able to duplicate her results, so can validate it does work. It is really a modification of a bamboo copter. The 2015 ...


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If you make a wall out of 1 x 2 bricks, where each layer overlaps by a 1-stud offset, and make the wall long enough, you can bend it into a smooth curve because of the manufacturing tolerance between Lego bricks. By Eggy Pop from MOC Pages This particular wall uses rings of 84 bricks.


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I managed to put together the following set-up for the beginnings of a slightly narrower tower: This gives me a radius of about 7 studs if I go as tight as I can, giving a diameter of about 14/15 studs. I would have used [part:3062b] but I'm not that organised (yet), so went with [part:4589:378] instead. I'll have to see what I can do with 1x3's and ...


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This would push the pins up and down like a normal key would. Here is the basic system. I don't have time to build to whole thing but this resolves the main problem and proves the feasibility. The main problem was to reproduce the pins system with LEGO bricks since each pins needs to have different lengths. Early in this project, I wanted to have a '...


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To summarize from the thread that Major Stackings linked, sounds like Acetone is the best general solution, as it melts the pieces together until they are permanently bonded together as one bit of plastic. You only need acetone, no need for other products or ABS chips. Just brush acetone on both pieces, join them and wait 5 minutes. You will find that ...


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James May built a full-sized LEGO house for his TV show James May's Toy Stories on the BBC back in 2009 using around 3,500,000 bricks. Whether you'd actually want to do this yourself... During the episode they spent some time with engineering students working out the most load bearing configurations of bricks especially for the upper floor, as well as ...


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1977 When Technic was first introduced. Check out this alternative build of set 850:


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The most common I've seen is rack and pinion: Essentially you have two parallel beams with one fixed to the car's chassis. The other bar moves horizontally which changes the direction of the wheels. Attach some gears and you can hook it up to a steering wheel. The steering technique has been used in the Whirl N' Wheel Super Truck (5590) set. The ...


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There is a website, http://rebrickable.com/, that lets you enter the sets you have, and it compares the inventories to other sets to determine which other official sets you can build with those pieces. It also includes unofficial MOCs that other builders have submitted, and it will substitute other part colors if you choose. For example, just entering the ...


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If stability is not an issue, consider the following: Put a 4×4 dish on your 3×3 plate (yes, this fits): Put your 2×2 plate in the middle (in any orientation you like): If you want to centre your minifigure, add a layer of 2×1 plates with centre studs: … and place your minifigure on top: (This also works with a 1×1 plate instead of the dish, but it ...


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Considering the very limited choice of bricks, I don't think you have much options. The first is the obvious stacking of 1x2 bricks, which the added bonus that it can bend (slighly). The second is the obvious stacking of 2x4 bricks, which is equally boring. What I would suggest is to build windows in it, which you can easily achieve by mixing the two ...


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I have seen a number of very creative builds with the orange brick separator. Here are some examples: Spaceship by F@bz: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabz71/12434428513/ Mech by Lewis Meeny: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tr0jinh0rse/11318913594/ Deep Sea Explorer by Keith Reed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithreed/12943153094/ And my favorite is this ...


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Another soloution if rotational stability is not too much of a concern and you don't like having studs on show. Put a 1x1 plate in the middle of the 3x3 plate and surround it with 1x1 or 1x2 flat tiles so you have a 3x3 surface with a single stud popping up in the middle. You can now stack a 2x2 plate on top held in place by the single stud.


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I recommend getting 15-20 small-medium tupperware containers (you can get them pretty cheap now). Separate the pieces in a way that makes sense to you. Tupperware has flexible sizing and they are transparent, making it easier to identify pieces from the side of the container. You don't have to completely put each individual piece in its own bin. But, for ...


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There is a problem with the Mythbusters building technique. One of the first things you learn about building with Lego is that, if you want a stable structure, your bricks need to interlock as much as possible. The Unofficial Lego Builder's Guide illustrates this rather well: Unfortunately, to make the build easier the Mythbustes team assembled a series ...


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You probably could use this, which looks exactly like it's the missing part of your puzzle: You'll be interested to know that this part has intitially been proposed by the first four fans (MUPs, for LEGO Mindstorms Users Panel) working on the very first NXT kit and regularly ran into the same problem as yours. A lot of Technic fans now name the part after ...


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There seems to be basically two choices. You can either build a larger version than the traditional cube, or you can build something that doesn't stay together very well. There's a nice example of a small cube on Sebastians Sand's Brickshelf: While this looks like it would work, I can't imagine that it holds together through many rotations. If you are ...


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You might be interested in the excellent, hilarious and comprehensive Communist LEGO report. It tells you all you can expect, from the good brands to the bad brands. At a minimum, it'll get you rolling of your chair with laughter. A summary taken from the document: Brand List 2015 LEGO is a global brand and has been the subject of many copies over ...


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The 1x1x2/3 slopes would be ideal for making waves, etc.: and or the 1x2 options. Along with some blue tiles you could make some great waves: Obviously, if you don't want them breaking, keep the white fronts blue. Also, if you have some Navy blue tiles you can create currents of colder water - if you've ever watched large bodies of water you'll notice ...


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Brickshelf returns two interesting designs: There's also a YouTube video showing yet another design which is quite simple yet elegant (although I would have put the 1x2 plate with handles under it, not on the side, but that's my own opinion.


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For a rectangular sticker on a rectangular surface, I usually try to center it between two sides and align it along the top. This does cause the problem of centering the sticker up and down. If I really care about the proper alignment, I use the end of a small knife blade to place the stickers properly. Just stick a corner of the sticker to the tip of ...


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Super simple one:


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Hexagonal symmetry and angles in 15, 30 and 60-degree proportions are scarce among LEGO elements. I think the smallest single piece that approximates a six-pointed star is the basic flower: I myself don't practice freelance brick modification, but someone with fewer scruples might easily trim one of these into a 6-pointed star shape. Another piece that ...


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The lamp is made by LEGO artist Sean Kenney. Along with some other items, he sells the lamps on his website. They are available in a range of styles and colours, but they are quite expensive. Since he is selling the lamps I think it is unlikely the plans are available, although the pictures on his website are quite high resolution so you may be able to ...


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There's a brick-built spiral staircase in the Pet Shop: That's definitely the most common way to do it. You just build up around a central point. This can be expanded to use longer or wider steps: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/267772 You can also use 2x2 turntables if you need more strength and/or larger stairs: http://www.popscreen.com/v/6UIWz/...


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I attempt to create a searchable index of SNOT techniques, as this is called. Of those, the strongest 180 degree stud reversal are probably one of these: If you want to connect the two curves together bottom to bottom, you should be able to do it with an axle, sort of like these two techniques: If that doesn't work I once had luck playing around with a ...


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