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    Anybody help kids or grand kids with complicated Lego assembly?

    My 7 year old grandson lives for Legos. Yesterday he asked for help with a fairly complicated assembly. Sure, we''ll follow the pictures in the enclosed book......should be easy, huh?

    For those not familiar, the assembly instruction books have pictures outlining the build step by step. There's a small pic at the top of the page with the required parts for that step (sort of a bill of materials, BOM), then an image of the assembled pieces showing how they go together.

    Looking at the step he was stuck on it must have taken me at least an hour to figure it out. Come to find two key pieces for that step are not listed in the BOM. Talk about irritating, especially considering the price of Lego$.

    Another issue my daughter in law has complained about is missing pieces, although I discount that somewhat since the kids tend to lose them on the floor or get them mixed in with other sets.

    You would think a company like Lego could do a better job.

    For a little machining content:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrzKih5rqD0

    There are an endless number of other Lego movies on YouTube, for the younger kids you may want to pre-screen them 'cause there are a whole lot of homemade porn Lego videos.

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    Lego's are there to train kids to be mechanics. Missing parts from the bom are a good training for real life
    And no, there are no missing pieces in a lego box. Unless a mouse took a dump of exactly the weight of the missing part in the bag.

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    I've built LEGO my whole life, and now both my kids play with them all the time. Between us, we own hundreds of sets, totaling thousands of dollars. Never once in all that time did I ever have a set missing a piece out of the box. In fact, in the past 15 years or so, they have started including a duplicate of all the small pieces in the sets, so you actually end up with extras of those.

    I do understand your complaint about the BOM, however. Old sets never included that insert picture, so we all got used to looking at the assembly image for the highlighted parts and figuring it out. In recent years, that insert has been added to many of the steps, but for some reason, it does not necessarily include every piece used in that step. The insert is really only for the tricky parts of the step, I guess.

    allan

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    Legos? when did it get an 's'?
    Anyway Lego is for girls, boys should have Meccano or the US equivalent.

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    Part of our Lego layout...


    We have been buying Lego since 1973 but stopped buying new trains at the end of the 9V train era.

    4.5V, 12V and 9V trains have undergone conversion to dead rail and live rail DCC.

    We are still buy rolling stock sets and various buildings etc. We have two file boxes filled with the instructions from the sets we have bought over the decades and I do not recall ever having a part missing in any set.
    Last edited by The Artful Bodger; 12-04-2016 at 02:26 PM.

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    I loved playing with Lego as a kid. Happy memories. Other than that... I got nuthin'

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    My kids and I have built with Lego for years. They are involved with a after school program that uses Lego to build different things including small robots, the organization is called FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) it starts in elementary school with Lego, and goes thru high school, using metal and motors, search FTC and FRC on you tube to see some of the competition.
    Mike
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    Slippers were always welcome at Christmas Lego to the feet = pain
    Mark

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    Ah, legos, my childhood is flashing back in an instant. I've built some large sets, the Corner Cafe (10182) and Technic Wrecker (8285) being the largest ones.

    I started the Corner Cafe somewhere between 2008 and 2009, finished..... who knows, it took at least a year and a half. I ripped apart all the parts bags into a pile, then assembled. Biggest mistake you can make. They are labeled, you take pieces from a single bag, assemble a small piece, then add to the set. Then open the next bag.

    The wrecker wasn't really assembled (just the basic chassis), then I gave up due to missing parts. My grandfather passed some time after, and since my grandparents bought that set I felt guilty and so finished the wrecker, probably in 2013.

    In my experience lego sets always have extra parts of what you don't need, and a few parts missing occasionally. Just the name of the game. If only they weren't so expensive I'd keep building them. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS costs $300 new...

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    My 7.5 yr old (and I) are Lego nuts... especially trains.

    Ikdor is right... Lego never leaves out pieces (and now gives a few extra). I have gone that down road a good half dozen times thinking 'Lego got the instructions wrong' or 'Lego shorted us pieces'. Never has it turned out to be the case once the dust has settled.

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