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Do you have some building advice? Share it here. Help others make their MOC's better.
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| December 26, 2011, 2:03 am
Well, one (good) idea is to use a brick seperater. If you use one, them you will save wear on your teeth as well on the part. Your teeth often leave little marks, than can ruin your entire part.
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| December 27, 2011, 10:50 am
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what i usually use is a butter knife. it saves your finger nails and teeth. .
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| December 27, 2011, 11:02 am
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Quoting Achintya Prasad
Well, one (good) idea is to use a brick seperater. If you use one, them you will save wear on your teeth as well on the part. Your teeth often leave little marks, than can ruin your entire part.


Brick separators are very handy, especially for base plates, but some things you cant use them on, Thats where the knife comes in handy.
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| December 28, 2011, 1:12 am
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When building with technic, I usually keep a pair of pliers handy, so I can fit the small pieces into small gaps. It usually ends up being a thin spacer on a driveline. This helps me so I dont have to tear the whole thing apart to get to the piece.
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| December 28, 2011, 1:15 am
Quoting George Staples
When building with technic, I usually keep a pair of pliers handy, so I can fit the small pieces into small gaps. It usually ends up being a thin spacer on a driveline. This helps me so I dont have to tear the whole thing apart to get to the piece.

It is true that is the best way to get outs those annoying technic parts that get in the way, but recently, I went to the Lego Creator's official website, and they wrote a blog about the NEW brick separater that includes a technic attachment!
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| December 28, 2011, 12:10 pm
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Quoting Achintya Prasad
It is true that is the best way to get outs those annoying technic parts that get in the way, but recently, I went to the Lego Creator's official website, and they wrote a blog about the NEW brick separater that includes a technic attachment!



Whoah, that sounds cool. I might have to invest in one of them.
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| December 28, 2011, 10:20 pm
Quoting Achintya Prasad
Lego Creator's official website, and they wrote a blog about the NEW brick separater that includes a technic attachment!

Does anybody has a picture of that separator? Thanks in Advance!
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| December 29, 2011, 6:26 am
Quoting Joost Cumps
Does anybody has a picture of that separator? Thanks in Advance!

Here is a link:

http://creator.lego.com/en-US/Designers/Blog/ReadMore/Default.aspx?id=4526763
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| December 29, 2011, 4:28 pm

Hey! Thanks very much for the link!

This is indeed a very useful tool. It would be great with my pliers (long and angled beaked on technic mocs), my needle (when an axle completely disappeared ;-) ), and my cutter blade (two plates to separate in an existing moc).
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| December 29, 2011, 4:46 pm
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Very cool! But I think I'll stay with my needle nose pliers. They are a little more versatile when putting together Technic mocs.
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| December 29, 2011, 10:43 pm
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This is not so much building advice. LDD (Lego Digital Designer)helpful or a waste of time? What is your take on LDD? My personal opinion is I can build faster with out it. Yet it is not a total waste of time, with it, you have infinite pieces, and they are all free. Where do you stand?
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| January 4, 2012, 3:23 pm
Quoting George Staples
This is not so much building advice. LDD (Lego Digital Designer)helpful or a waste of time? What is your take on LDD? My personal opinion is I can build faster with out it. Yet it is not a total waste of time, with it, you have infinite pieces, and they are all free. Where do you stand?

When I build, this is often a random design(like poseidon), and with that big ammount of bricks, I love to know where I go and LDD alow me to know precisely wich parts I'll need to have, no unuseful spare or else... how much it is... mounting instructions...
Moreover, LDD brought me back to Legos last year!(I did not touch them since I was eleven!)
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| January 4, 2012, 3:57 pm
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Quoting The Lego Animal (Jay Rhum)
When I build, this is often a random design(like poseidon), and with that big ammount of bricks, I love to know where I go and LDD alow me to know precisely wich parts I'll need to have, no unuseful spare or else... how much it is... mounting instructions...
Moreover, LDD brought me back to Legos last year!(I did not touch them since I was eleven!)


Very nice. I am glad you have found LDD, You use it to create things that I would have never dreamed of on a very large scale.
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| January 4, 2012, 11:15 pm
Quoting George Staples
This is not so much building advice. LDD (Lego Digital Designer)helpful or a waste of time? What is your take on LDD? My personal opinion is I can build faster with out it. Yet it is not a total waste of time, with it, you have infinite pieces, and they are all free. Where do you stand?


Hi George. I do like to build with LDD. It is cleaner, and you have all the bricks available.
Disadvantages: one has to build in Lego Universe to have everything available, but then you are not sure if the part is ever been made in that colour. Second disadvantage: if you build like SNOT and stuff, the positioning has to be prefect, or LDD don't let the parts snap. To build in technic, you can't try out the functionalities (as steering and stuff).
Greetzzzz :-)
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| January 5, 2012, 2:44 pm
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Quoting Joost Cumps

Hi George. I do like to build with LDD. It is cleaner, and you have all the bricks available.
Disadvantages: one has to build in Lego Universe to have everything available, but then you are not sure if the part is ever been made in that colour. Second disadvantage: if you build like SNOT and stuff, the positioning has to be prefect, or LDD don't let the parts snap. To build in technic, you can't try out the functionalities (as steering and stuff).
Greetzzzz :-)


True, maybe that's why I'm not into it too much, I like to "get my hands dirty" when I build. Also I've noticed the SNOT building is a little temperamental. There are also a few building moves that you can do in real life that you cant do in LDD.
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| January 5, 2012, 2:54 pm
i do like ldd, the thingis i like are how you have an infenete amount of parts. i do use it alot because i don't have that many of a lot of one color like for the creeper i didn't have the amount of green peices i needed so i did it on ldd and it works great for that. the one thing that bugs me about it is there is no part list when you make a building guide so i have to go throgh it time after time to know how many i need to buy.
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| January 11, 2012, 12:45 pm
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Quoting Matthew Semmel
i do like ldd, the thingis i like are how you have an infenete amount of parts. i do use it alot because i don't have that many of a lot of one color like for the creeper i didn't have the amount of green peices i needed so i did it on ldd and it works great for that. the one thing that bugs me about it is there is no part list when you make a building guide so i have to go throgh it time after time to know how many i need to buy.


I do like the stuff you have made on LDD, I did not know there wasn't a way to get a parts list. You could keep a running tally of what parts you use, so you wouldn't have to go through it. It might be a pain to do, but it also could save you some time.
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| January 16, 2012, 11:52 am
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Best type of gear system. What do consider the best gear drive system? Based on highest amounts of torque, takes up the least amount of space, and most efficient.
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| January 16, 2012, 11:59 am
Quoting George Staples
Best type of gear system. What do consider the best gear drive system? Based on highest amounts of torque, takes up the least amount of space, and most efficient.


This totally depends on the model you intend to drive. Direct-Drive, where possible, will always be the most efficient, but I don't think I've ever made a recent model where it's appropriate to use it.
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| January 16, 2012, 12:30 pm
Quoting George Staples
Best type of gear system. What do consider the best gear drive system? Based on highest amounts of torque, takes up the least amount of space, and most efficient.

I am very eager for some answers to this, as I am struggeling on that one for quite a time.
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| January 16, 2012, 4:35 pm
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Quoting Joost Cumps
I am very eager for some answers to this, as I am struggeling on that one for quite a time.


Well since this all really depends on space, weight of vehicle, and motor size, we'll start with vehicle's you build. I noticed you like to build cars, on which i am no expert, but I'll try my best to help with drive systems. Which motors do you use, and what is the relative weight of the whole car?
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| January 16, 2012, 5:43 pm
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what i did for my bulldozer, was i only have Medium motors, so did smallest gear to biggest gear and it seemed to have plenty of power.
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| January 16, 2012, 8:41 pm
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Quoting Jon Treasure
what i did for my bulldozer, was i only have Medium motors, so did smallest gear to biggest gear and it seemed to have plenty of power.


Medium motors seem to work better on tracked vehicles. I have found that the excavator track gear system is a very excellent for torque and speed. It has the two beveled gears, (larger to smaller) and then the 24tooth gear to the 8 tooth gear.
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| January 16, 2012, 11:41 pm
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Quoting Joost Cumps
I am very eager for some answers to this, as I am struggeling on that one for quite a time.


I think, if you use a 24tooth gear and a 8 tooth gear to gear up and or down, it will be the best size wise, and torque/speed depending on the way you put them

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| January 23, 2012, 10:15 pm
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Organization. It is always best to organize your pieces in some way. How do you organize?
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| January 27, 2012, 11:00 am
hey long time no see, anyway i need some help with anding color to my creations. for example with my its up to you #1 gut he has goog details but he is all black so its hard to see them. who do tou guys and color to your mocs to make them better and stand out more. i would love to get your adive and thanks.
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| March 2, 2012, 1:00 pm
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Quoting Matthew Semmel
hey long time no see, anyway i need some help with anding color to my creations. for example with my its up to you #1 gut he has goog details but he is all black so its hard to see them. who do tou guys and color to your mocs to make them better and stand out more. i would love to get your adive and thanks.


Add some contrasting colors, Like for example, maybe some different colored pieces on the arms and legs that could be armor or something like that. Also you don't want too many colors, or at least not all together. 4 is about the most I ever use in one area, you can have more, but then it tends to look a bit messy.

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| March 3, 2012, 12:28 am
As I peruse "The Pages", I find people resisting the use of the studs not showing approach. Can anyone who is a "resistor" explain to me why they feel the way they do? Or why they do not incorporate such techniques in their building? As someone who embraces the covering of studs in any possible situation, I am curious :)
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| October 2, 2012, 10:55 pm
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Quoting Evan Bezeredi
As I peruse "The Pages", I find people resisting the use of the studs not showing approach. Can anyone who is a "resistor" explain to me why they feel the way they do? Or why they do not incorporate such techniques in their building? As someone who embraces the covering of studs in any possible situation, I am curious :)


I am not persay a "resistor" but I know why I have studs showing. Mostly because I lack the pieces to build stud-less. Plus most lego parts need studs to function, so why not show them?
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| October 3, 2012, 12:02 am
If anyone wants a really sweet design on airplane tails going from 2 studs to 1 stud then please look at this:http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/342882
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| October 16, 2012, 3:50 pm
Quoting Jon Treasure
what i usually use is a butter knife. it saves your finger nails and teeth. .

Being a Boy Scout, I use a dull BSA knife. It has a wide blade for separating large elements and a fish-gutter blade for separating small elements. But a butter knife isn't nearly as abrasive.
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| October 17, 2012, 11:09 pm
Quoting George Staples
Organization. It is always best to organize your pieces in some way. How do you organize?
A box for large plates (they become a pain to sift through when among the smaller elements), a minifig box, an animal box, a box each for black, dark grey, and light grey pieces, a technic box, one large box with white, red, yellow, and green (they are easy to tell apart), a 'classic' box (black, green, red, yellow, blue, and white bricks) and one box of miscellaneous pieces and conglomerations.
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| October 17, 2012, 11:16 pm
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