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I scored a huge haul yesterday - I was at a Value Village and for $13 CAD picked up a giant bag of Lego. Turns out it was about 90% of a City Fire Station 60110. I cleaned and rebuilt it - I had to use about a dozen pieces from my own collection and had to make some substitutions (mainly in the colour of the piece or using two 2x1 instead of one 4x1, etc) for pieces I didn't have. There were also a bunch of extra pieces as well! Try and guess where I had to make substitutions! There's only two spots that I just left empty. I'm excited now for all these plates and tiles - also any ideas for a next red-coloured build?
I've got some bricks and tiles that have been in my collection for a while and are starting to really show the wear and tear. I know there's a method of restoring the shine and transparency to old transparent bricks, but I'm curious about the traditional non-transparent pieces.. You know how when you open up a new set, and the tiles and bricks are smooth to the touch, and glossy, and are just pleasant to the touch overall? That's what I'd like to return my pieces to. My question, therefore, is: Is there a method of returning the glossy, smooth, 'new' feel to used bricks? (Let's assume the pieces in question have been cleaned of dust, etc. beforehand, and aren't covered in tooth marks or bent/dented corners.) In particular, tiles are notorious for this, as they have this large smooth surface that's just perfect for attracting the micro-scratches. I suspect at least some of the loss of 'new feel' comes from the oil in our fingers, so whatever method used would be temporary - but that's perfect for taking final pictures (you'd just have to wear gloves and be willing to put in that extra bit of time to keep your model nice for the photo shoot). Anyone got a method for this?
While going through my pneumatic parts in my ongoing quest to sort and catalogue my collection, I rediscovered that my single pneumatic hand pump is in dire need of some work. Here's a video, as that will explain better than anything else: While this is great in terms of comedic value [FWEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!] I would actually like to be able to use it. It's the biggest reason why I don't really experiment with pneumatics as it's such a pain to keep a motorized compressor on hand for those random moments of tinkering. I believe that it doesn't really work as a result of it having inadequate lubricant. In addition to this, the two small pumps off to the side in this video are suspect as well. I know for sure at least one leaks [i had to send off for a replacement; thus why I have two] and I am suspicious of the second one as well. I have a picture of what the cylinder looks like at the moment: Notice how towards the bottom there appears to be a ring of lubricant, and how cloudy the rest of the cylinder is. So, my questions are: Is there a way to fix this so I don't have to buy a new pump? And, in the future, how should I treat this hand pump so that this doesn't happen again? When I got it a while back I was happily pumping it as fast as I could go, but I suspect that may have had something to do with it.