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Old 04-01-11, 05:08 AM   #1
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Anybody like Lego?

I don't know about you guys, but I had loads of the stuff when I was younger. I rediscovered my collection a while ago while in the loft, and started to build As an engineer, I have a constant compulsion to build something, and lego lets you do that, time and time again. I particularly liked/like the 'Technic' range, which includes motors, gears, axles and pneumatic components, so lets you build models that actually work. I enjoy the challenge of building a working, roughly to-scale model within the limits of the available parts.

I don't tend to take many pictures of what I build, but here's one of a 4x4 truck I built a while ago. It is driven by two motors and steered by another and works well, but needs better tyres for off-roading.
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Any other Lego builders here?

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Nice work. Time for a pneumatic lift kit? I had the technic stuff when I was younger and it is good stuff. My niece/nephew are old enough now I can start getting them kits as gifts, so that's a bonus for visiting I also did engineering... Do legos make engineers, or are engineers just drawn to legos?
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Paging x136 and his automatic transmission ....
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Cool truck Pete. Now you need to build your new ride
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Lego's are a real pain to find in a midnight prowl about the house.
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No they aren't... my daughter leaves them on the floor so I can find them with my feet.

Did you know if you hit them just right they can cause injuries that may need stitches ?

They are dangerous and should be banned.

On another note... lego was the first product that used injection molding on a large commercial scale.
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I wish I had the parts to make an Eggo out of Lego. It would be mildly amusing and so totally not worth the time and effort.
On the bright side, one could theoretically melt (smelt?) their legos and make an omelet.

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My son loves those and any other thing you can build things with. He makes ferris wheels that spin around and roller coasters that actually run. He just blows me away.

He also likes those kinetix thingies that are magnetic. Freaking things are expensive though.
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I wonder what their profit margin is on this stuff...
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Oh, and judging by the wheels on your truck, you have one of these kicking around in your parts bin
Well spotted- I was given that model for free by someone who was getting rid of his collection Its suspension is a good source of parts for driven and steered axles, since making something equivalent is difficult on a relatively small scale. The alternative is to use universal joints, and the resulting mechanism tends to be large and not very strong, and the strength of the universal joints in this application is questionable.
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I was too poor for the Technic sets, but I still have all of my space/castle/city/train stuff from when I was younger. I haven't had it out in a couple of years because... well... we had a dog and now have a baby boy. He would gladly eat any regular-size Legos in his path and I would be fishing them out of diapers for days. But he does have some Duplos and some MegaBlocks, but they aren't the same. Someday... someday.

Also an engineering major... but I take apart other things now. (looks over at gutted old Dell beneath the desk)
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I have a 7-year old who's a legomaniac. He'll get kits as gifts or buy them with birthday money. He follows the instructions to a T the first time, plays with it for awhile, and then starts modding. Which is the best part. A car becomes a spaceship becomes a submarine becomes a building. We (oops, I mean HE) can spend hours just tinkering.

Best kids' toy ever.
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I have a 7-year old who's a legomaniac. He'll get kits as gifts or buy them with birthday money. He follows the instructions to a T the first time, plays with it for awhile, and then starts modding. Which is the best part. A car becomes a spaceship becomes a submarine becomes a building. We (oops, I mean HE) can spend hours just tinkering.

Best kids' toy ever.
I used to play with the Legos with my dad all the time when I was around that age.

Last year, I was a project judge for the FIRST Lego League over in Mountain View, and I have to say that there are some pretty darned intelligent 8-year-olds running around out there.
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I have a 7-year old who's a legomaniac. He'll get kits as gifts or buy them with birthday money. He follows the instructions to a T the first time, plays with it for awhile, and then starts modding. Which is the best part. A car becomes a spaceship becomes a submarine becomes a building. We (oops, I mean HE) can spend hours just tinkering.

Best kids' toy ever.
My son used to love them as well, particularly the Star Wars kits.
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We have a Science/Tech program here for at risk kids in grade schools that aim at Science and Math - and one of the big projects they do every year involves legos - this past semester was body - where the grant purchased all the lego "body parts" - and workers here had to separate all the "body part" legos into kits - and the kids came in to map out what was needed for the project and discuss in groups what was needed and where and then put the body part (like a heart, lung, etc - all in legos) as a project. The STEP program is built to capture at risk students and get/keep them interested in school, value group projects and understand how you plan and map things out. Quite successful.

Me? hehe - I'm totally fond of legos and when I went down to look at the area, I wanted to toy with the legos. Legos has quite a nice area built for projects for gearing up school age children.
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And speaking of Star Wars, how about a Super Star Destroyer?

That is cool beyond belief.

My grandparents started me on Lego before all of the space/castle/Star Wars frou-frou came around (heck- 8 years before Star Wars came out). I kept adding basic blocks and wheels and axles, and kept building my own designs. I passed my collection on to my nephew, and I think he's passed it on to his kids. That's what- 5 generations?
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My son's a lego consultant, his friends call him when they're having trouble building something and he gives them advice.

He also lays them strategically around his room to keep us out at night.
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When I was little, my parents bought me numerous basic lego sets that came with instructions on how to put them together (e.g. fire station, police station, hospital, etc.). Then came sets that were somewhat more complicated (e.g. medical helicopter and others). As the years went by, I had to take them apart so I could move the sets, lost the directions on how to rebuild them etc. So I had an enormous lego collection with which I used my imagination to build things with. When I was 10 or 11, I had a whole room given over to it. Back in those days, friends of mine and I had fun with them. This continued until the late 1970's. I still have them stored away in a wooden box at my mother's house. They were very constructive.
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When I was little, my parents bought me numerous basic lego sets that came with instructions on how to put them together (e.g. fire station, police station, hospital, etc.). Then came sets that were somewhat more complicated (e.g. medical helicopter and others). As the years went by, I had to take them apart so I could move the sets, lost the directions on how to rebuild them etc. So I had an enormous lego collection with which I used my imagination to build things with. When I was 10 or 11, I had a whole room given over to it. Back in those days, friends of mine and I had fun with them. This continued until the late 1970's. I still have them stored away in a wooden box at my mother's house. They were very constructive.
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My sister just got a Lego ambulance for her birthday.

The "City" theme kits always have police cars and fire engines - but the ambulance is a very rare one. They only seem to do it every few years.

She is very happy. Her collection of toy ambulances from around the world is getting very large.

(BTW she is a paramedic).
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I love the super star destroyer- seems incredibly detailed despite being really small-scale and built of lego
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Fergie likes Legos so much she had a dress made out of them:

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