62Bricks

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    Lego BYGGLEK general discussion

    I got the package of three with the two small and one medium box. I wanted the largest one, but it was sold out. They are nice looking, but the walls are a 2x brick thick and the bottoms are hollow, so the inside space is quite small. They won't hold much.
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    Help with identifying parts/sets!

    goatleg.com is back online, now with stand-alone searches for torsos and legs based on part and decoration colors and color families. Feedback is welcome!
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    Lego deterioration?

    I'll try this, thanks! I sometimes have luck putting the head on a torso and then pulling it to one side slightly as I pull the helmet.
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    Lego deterioration?

    Maybe they wanted to recreate the old figures exactly! I remember those original helmets sometimes being very loose, and they'd spin around the head so the astronaut or knight couldn't see. OR they'd stick really well but the neck hole would be loose - getting a head out of a classic helmet is next to impossible, and probably how 95% of the chin straps got broken.
  5. In the US copyright protection for a work for hire (which the fire logo would be) is 95 years. In the EU it's 70. This design is certainly still under copyright.
  6. The fire image would not be likely to be registered as a trademark. It may be covered by copyright, however, which is entirely different.
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    Bricklink and Chinese Parts

    It's true there is a filter, but the only other non-Lego brand allowed is Brickarms. It is still against Bricklink rules to sell clone brands. And they are getting rid of Brickarms, too.
  8. Love the data. The spikes in the 70s on System pieces look suspect. $3.31 per piece in 1975? My parents were buying me 300-piece universal sets in the 70s and I'm sure they were not paying $1000 in inflation-adjusted dollars.
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    I have a question about Lego's IP usage.

    You should take a look at the Fair Play guidelines that Lego has had for many years: https://www.lego.com/en-us/legal/notices-and-policies/fair-play/ The short version is that Lego is very welcoming of fan-produced Lego-related content on the internet, they just have some ground rules they ask you to play by. Mainly, they want you to make it very clear that what you are creating is not an official Lego product. You cannot use their brand in a way that might confuse people into thinking your video was made by Lego, for example. There is a disclaimer at that site you can copy and paste into your video description that will let people know.
  10. It is from a Lego clone brand called Best-Lock. Your seller was not careful sorting his inventory!
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    Yellowed Stickers

    This yellowing is probably caused by acidity in the paper and glue and is not easily reversible. Although it may be possible, it would probably also dissolve the glue. I agree that these are in such good condition aside from the aging, they look fine as is. I have had some luck with stickers that are darkened from dirt with simply soaking them in water with a little dish soap while they are still on the brick. You can rub the wet surface very lightly - use your fingers - to remove some of the dirt (much of which is often bits of the glue that have seeped around the edges and attracted dirt). Be careful not to rub off the top layer of paper that has the printing on it. Then just let it dry. Paper is pretty resilient.
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    Help Needed Please

    Actually, I was surprised to find that these parts now ship separate in sets!
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    [TC17] Solar Badger

    An idea for part of the Badger's defensive functions - armored plates that will extend to protect it!
  14. I want to make a solar-powered vehicle that has battery backup. I connected two PF switches to switch between power sources. It's a pretty simple mechanical solution - turning one switch on turns the other one off. If anyone has other ideas, I'm interested in hearing them. One of the design goals is to keep it lightweight so it can be driven directly by the solar cell, so the fewer parts the better.
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    [TC17] Solar Badger

    Second prototype chassis. This one is already disassembled for improvements, but for the sake of documentation: I substituted the energy meter/storage battery for the rechargeable PF battery. The PF switch next to the energy meter switches between the solar cell driving a motor to the rear wheels or charging the storage battery. The storage battery output is then run to an IR switch with two small motors, one of which runs the rear wheels. The other one will power one or more functions. There's a gearbox in the middle (the blue handle) to select whether the rear wheels are driven by the solar cell or the storage battery. So it will have three modes - drive under direct solar power, drive under stored power, or recharge stored power with the solar cell. It is also possible to use stored power while recharging with the solar cell at the same time. This is mainly to get weight and dimensions, but I tried out some functions that will probably make it into the final version. I used a linear actuator beneath the solar cell so it can be tilted to the optimum angle to the sun. The survival technique of the Solar Badger is not to outrun or outfight other vehicles. But that doesn't mean it won't have some tricks up its sleeves!
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    Colors of brick separators

    It's funny because back when there was just the larger older version and they weren't so common, I only had one and I always knew where it was. Now I have several and I'm always trying to find one...
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    [TC17] Solar Badger

    You can order them from the Education site. The set I got comes with a storage battery and meter, too (and some real wind vanes!). Or you can buy the cell separately. It can be connected directly to a PF motor. I got one earlier this year and have been looking for an excuse to try it out. The storage/meter device is OK. It has a maximum storage of 100J, which can run out pretty quickly. And there is no way to regulate the output with the meter itself. You can switch directions, but not step the output. But you can run it through an IR switch and control the output with that.
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    [TC17] Hard-Knock Life [VIDEO!!!]

    The rat rod cab is top notch.
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    [WIP] Cybertruck

    I love those big red wheels so much I thought about just building my entry entirely around them.
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    [TC17] Solar Badger

    I built a "wireframe" to hold the elements of the solar/battery power source and get the weight and some basic dimensions. It weighs 489g and will move under solar input of a 250-Watt incandescent bulb. Next task is to load it up and see how much it can carry. That may set some limits on the power train, steering and differential. I'm planning some other functions, but they may end up being manual or pneumatic depending on how much I can eke out of the solar cell. It's geared very low, but speed is not the goal.
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    [TC17] Solar Badger

    Ooh - a winch! That's an idea...
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    [TC17] Solar Badger

    Thanks - My original idea was to use the storage battery from the solar set, but it weighs more than twice the rechargeable battery box. I'm going to do some tests to see what kind of load it can move and maybe go back to that if it looks like it can handle the weight. Ideally, I'd like to be able to have three modes - direct solar power to the motor, battery power to the motor, and solar power to the storage battery.
  23. ...you should be aware that something of a coup has taken place there recently and the catalog geeks are now in charge. These are all well-meaning people, but their priorities are quite different than most buyers, sellers and collectors in my opinion. The new de facto policy is to catalog sets as they were packaged rather than based on the parts used in the main models which is how it has been done for many years, and which is what the actual catalog definitions still state. Most people are aware that most LEGO sets come with "extra" pieces that are not used in the model. These are usually small parts. Bricklink policy used to be that the parts used to build the main model as shown in the instructions were put in the "regular" section and the other parts were put in the "extras" section of the inventory. The Bricklink definition of a "complete set" for the purposes of buying and selling is based on this policy. On Bricklink, "complete" means a set has all the parts needed to build the main and alternate models and does not require the extra parts. These definitions are all still in place, but they are not being followed by the admins any longer. Instead, they are hunting down photos of sealed sets and bags to document how parts were packaged and making changes to inventories based on that. A problem arises with parts like 1x1 round plates, which for a time were packaged with two plates on a sprue. In the past, the plates were listed in inventories individually. That means if two plates were included on a sprue but only one was in the model, one went in the regular section and one in the extras section. But the new admins are now actively deleting these plates from the extras section and putting them back on their sprues and into the regular section. The result is that the regular section now includes parts not used in the model. If you have any of these used sets listed for sale as "complete" they are now potentially incomplete. And if you're buying one, you should know that you might not get that extra 1x1 round plate. Perhaps not a big deal in the grand scheme, however there is potential for bigger issues if they keep following the policy. Some of the plumes from Castle sets that came packaged three on a sprue are fairly valuable parts, for example, but are currently listed in the extras section of some sets. If this new practice puts them back in the regular section, you might end up with an upset customer or frustrated seller whose set that was complete when it was listed is now missing a $10 part. It is not only the older sprue pieces. BL also recently changed the definition of regular parts to make the small individually-bagged accessories, like the utensils in Friends sets, a single "piece" in the regular section. This has the same effect in some sets where not all the pieces in the bag are used in the model. As far as I can tell, this was done mainly because of another obsession of the new admin crew, which is to make the Bricklink inventory part count match the one on the LEGO box - this is despite the fact that over the years LEGO has changed what they consider to be a "part" for purposes of the part count, and until recently did not even include part counts on the box for most of the world. I'm not averse to change - there are also some much-needed improvements being made to the catalog. But I fear this new direction is veering away from the idea that the catalog should reflect how the sets are bought, sold and collected.
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    Brick Inventory By Year?

    Bear in mind that the dates Bricklink uses for parts are the release dates for the sets in which the part is inventoried. So it relies on the accuracy of the inventories. Many older parts are not in any inventories. The inventories are pretty accurate, and there are a few people who are actively tracking down old sealed sets to verify parts, but it is not uncommon to see a modern variant inventoried incorrectly in a set released before the variant existed (and vice versa - old variants inventoried in newer sets).
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    Yellowing.

    The bromine compound fire retardants used up until the mid- to late-1970s were polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs). After concern grew about toxicity, they were largely replaced by polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). These I believe were what LEGO used in the 1980s and 1990s. When they stopped using them (As I believe they have) I do not know. One could isolate bricks from certain time periods by the mold variation. For example, the old 2x4 bricks without cross supports were largely out of production by the mid '80s. Any yellowed white bricks of this variation would probably date to before 1985. The mold pip began appearing on the studs in the mid- to late-70s, so a white 3001 brick without cross supports and a stud pip would date within that approximate 1975-85 range. One with cross supports would be from the mid-80s or later. Here, one could possibly use the mold markings to narrow down the range, as they changed over time. In the early 2000s, LEGO included a copyright notice with the year on some bricks.