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I'm not sure exactly how many lights you are looking for, or the exact effect you are trying to create, but you may be able to get what you want using individual LEDs: These have a diameter of 5mm, so the nose is able to fit snugly into an antistud. I've used them successfully in Technic holes and Erling bricks. The main advantage here is that you can ...


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Tom Alphin has a template of labels you can download and print with the appropriate label printer. Sample:


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I can't speak to "best". But as a point of reference, many many of my lego tires are many years old and they are usually stored on rims. The older tires were often not removable from the rims. As I rarely build cars, I take no special care of the tires, and I've found that there doesn't seem to be any particular problems. The rubber ages over time, but this ...


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Generally yes, as long as: there are no electronics inside (like Power Functions, Mindstorms, etc.) the temperature stays below freezing you allow plenty of time in dry environment to thaw out No, if the temperature rides up and down and you want to keep the box and paper booklet intact - it will draw moisture with each thaw cycle. No if electronics, ...


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Very specific to your region (and mine): The ALDI chain carries the following hobby sorting drawers from time to time (about once a year): They are very cheap, about 7 Euro for each type and they are VERY popular with AFOLs in Belgium and the Netherlands. Unfortunately it is hard to predict when ALDI offers these and they are often sold out immediately.


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Try "Iris storage drawer" on amazon.co.uk. They sell transparent drawers and boxes in several sizes. These (3 large drawers or 6 small drawers) cost about 30 pounds. They are similar to the system that Jangbricks in his LEGO parts tour is showing.


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An honourable mention should go to the forthcoming IKEA / LEGO joint storage solution - BYGGLEK These will arrive in store in October 2020, and consist of plastic boxes in various sizes, with a studded top, and 'label' in front. Details on the IKEA US website More details on the IKEA Deutschland page


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You can try to use www.bricklabels.com It allows you to select which parts you want to print and allows you to print the labels in your custom size, fitting the drawers perfectly. Full disclosure: I made the app :-/, but it's free and open-source: https://github.com/Gottwik/legolabels


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Should they be stored with or without rims inside? I cannot say for sure whether storing tyres with or without the rims connected affects the lifespan. In my experience it hasn't made any noticeable difference. There are four practical reasons I can think of not to remove the tyres. It can take a lot of effort to remove tyres and put them back on again, ...


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Disclaimer: I don't own the set in question and I'm not affiliated with anyone selling products mentioned below. Searching in Google for "lego taj mahal acrylic cover" reveals a staggering selection of acrylic dust covers clearly intended for this specific model. Judging by the supply side I can only conclude that the demand side of the market must ...


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I was really stumped on this when I posted the question because there didn't seem to be any place to attach to. But then I realized the neck could be a starting place. I tried some things with hinges and plates, but decided to simplify and I ended up with: With only 4 pieces I was able to get this to work out pretty nicely. From neck to plate there are: ...


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For any CMF's with skates, I put the figure on the stand with no footwear, and attach the footwear to the holes behind their legs. That way their accessories are there, and stuck to the figure, but the figure is on its stand!


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You can use the Compare Sets function on Rebrickable for that (if the B model is an official model or a MOC on Rebrickable). Here an example for both official models from the 42069 set.


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I've been parting out some of my old Technic sets for my son to play with, and I've found that tackle boxes work nicely for individual sets. It doesn't matter too much which brand you go with. Most of the major brands offer a variety of sizes. Here's a set I just parted out using a Plano 3700 series box: I also like the parts bins with removable internal ...


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Product description says: UV protection helps reduce fading on flooring, furniture, portraits, blinds and draperies Reduce, not eliminate, because such film cannot remove 100% of UV, and regular light can also participate in fading a bit. If you want to store them, not to display them, then box will do. One that isn't transparent. There are opinions ...


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I really expected someone with chemistry leanings to explain to us what was "migrating" out of the rubber with time or temperature, to make them "greasy"...much like cocoa butter will migrate outside of M&M's that have gotten too hot in their package. The question "chicks" linked to gives some good answers though, and it's encouraging that no one has ...


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The tubes generally age very well and I have never experienced a problem with them (I have had several of these sets over the years). I would double check that the pump is working correctly and you have definitely not got a poor connection somewhere (a leak). Double check also for blockages in the hard plastic dark old grey connecting tubes that are ...


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Avoid storing Lego bricks in your attic. The daily temperature range and extreme heat of summer can potentially damage the bricks. Remove all batteries from Lego electronics before medium or long term storage. Place all metal containing pieces and electronics in an airtight container (older metal axle wheels, etc) with a bag of desiccant. Desiccant is ...


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Well I used to keep mine as well. One thing I found very good was to take a razor or a box cutter and cut the front and backs off! this may seem obvious or defeat the purpose, but it made them easier to store. I would stack them all and slip them on a shelf or under my bed to keep them flat. This proved to be a very effective solution. Also, you could try to ...


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It depends a great deal on your play style and just how much Lego you have, and on what other skills and equipment you have. Using official Lego containers is the most expensive and least flexible option, as they are not really in the storage business. The Technic Briefcase is a good start if you have Technic, but those get pricey if you want more than a ...


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Props to jncraton's take on this. I have an alternative suggestion, that may work for smaller sets. While I don't have sisters to keep out, I do have a variety of small sets that I can't keep displayed. My method boils down to: I put each of these in a plastic ziplock bag of the appropriate size. I can write the set# on it in with a permanent marker ...


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The two solutions I've seen are to measure the size you want and visit places that sell a variety of storage bins so you can find one the right size. In Australia we have a variety of bins about the size of a milk crate or beer crate (about 12" by 9", from back in the day when those units were relevant). The modern plastic equivalents with solid walls and ...


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Weighing the whole box might help if you just want to check if it's complete - unless you fear extra parts. If you want to weigh parts or group of parts, there are scales which have an "item" function - you weigh one, then set it as unit, and then you can use the scale to give a count of the parts on it rather than its total weigh. Precision is important, ...


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Tackle boxes are very common for storing Lego, I use them myself. Unfortunately I've not found or seen a good way to count the pieces that are in them. The easy way is to take everything out of them, which I suspect is what you're trying to avoid. One trick with that is to get a piece of cardboard (or plywood) twice the size of the tackle box, cut a hole ...


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When I was young my mother used the technique of cutting out the front and back and thus preserving the various ideas that the photographs of the set provided. She stuck the box bits into a large craft book and it was stored on the bookshelf; it was handy to get to and flip through. Don't do this; don't go cutting the front and the back off. Whilst most ...


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Having them connected may actually increase longevity, at least for parts of the brick. This shields out light and air pollution. I have several LEGO bricks that were connected for 30+ years, and the sides exposed to air (and Los Angeles air pollution) were significantly more yellowed than the sides that were connected.


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My approach on the cheap side. I use small transparent containers left from food for small items and transparent plastic bags. If container is full than this type goes to a bag. Put them all to big IKEA type containers. Sorted by type mostly (not color), about 20 types: 1) 1xX bricks 6 units high (normal) 2) 1xX bricks 2 units high (low) 3) 2xX bricks ...


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I sort my bricks by type. Common bricks, plates like 2x3, 2x4 or 2x2x4,2x2x6 go in big IKEA boxes (800.892.39) and all other parts go in boxes with dividers (Lunar Box, not sure about the manufacturer). Body parts and accessories are stored in big IKEA boxes too.


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Do you mean http://www.legolabels.com? That site still seems accessible.


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In this video, I made some boxes out of paper, which is a very cheap way. You can make them smaller or bigger when you want. They are not as stable as plastic boxes, but if you reinforce the bottom with cardboard, they are pretty stable. In this video, you can see my DIY shelf, made from plywood and some bars. In my country you can buy plywood and the seller ...


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