FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is it about ? I am a Lego Technic builder, all the creations displayed on my website or on my YouTube channel is creation from my own (including design, looks, functions and instructions).

Q : Can I buy this from you ?

A : No you can’t, the only available model I have is the displayed model on the video. But you can buy a copy of this creation on mochub, with the whole package parts plus building instructions.

Q : Can you built a copy for me ?

A :  I usually create a lot of instructions with the bill of material (free one of for sale depending of amount of needed work), therefore you can check your parts and buy the missing parts to build a copy using rebrickable. Or buying direclty the whole package on mochub with parts and building instructions.

Q : Can you make building instructions ?

A : Yes I can and usually I will. Nevertheless, if the moc is more than 6-month old, there is no chance that I make the building instructions because the moc is probably taken apart. Also, I make building instructions when there are enough people who ask me. Consequently don’t hesitate to ask for instructions (politely please) if the moc is not out of date and if there is no available instructions on my website.

Q : Can you send me more pictures / video about a creation ?

A : No, all data are available on my website, picture, video on YouTube, building instruction, I don’t hide anything.

Q : How many parts do you have?

A : You can watch my collection here, it is only composed of few sets, that is why I can’t keep all moc assembled. My whole collection is packed into different metal case plus a tyre box which you can watch here and now how I sort it.

Q : I can’t find instructions !

A : When a post is tagged with “building instructions”, the building instructions are published or are going to be published. In any case, you will find the building instructions at the end of the post with this layout :

  • -Displayed photo with a gallery
  • -Sometimes a link to download a high definition PDF
  • -A button to buy a pro-looking instructions  (you will receive the PDF after your payment)

I have planned to gather all building instructions together on my website (some instructions are only available on brickshelf). In order to stay tuned to my creations and the available building instructions, you can follow me at the Nico71’s Facebook Page.

Q : What software do you use to create instructions ?

  • Ldcad to create the CAD file to get ready the steps and rotation step
  • Lpub4.0 to design the instructions
  • Some tools like Paint.net, gimp or PDF creator to finalise the instructions

Note : you have to install the Ldraw library of lego parts here before (Folow this link to get the ldraw all in one installer and follow the step ion the page)

As you can see, I use many software, that is why it takes a lot of time to create professional building instructions. Sometimes I make a photo sequence instead of professional instructions.

Q : Can you build something for me ?

A : Usually, I don’t build something for someone, I think the best lego experience is to built by itself. Nevertheless, at time I build for professional company or non-profit organization, you can contact me for special request. I have ever work for company as written in the reference page mostly for designing models of industrial products (machines, objects…). The Lego creations are good for conclusive and didactic products therefore don’t hesitate to contact me for special request.

Q : Can you give me some tips to built lego stuff  ?

The best advice I can give you is to observe and do research about what you want to build (Google, Wikipedia, forum). Then, try and re-try with your bricks. Build official Lego set (or moc with instructions) is also a good exercise to learn about lego building.

Q : What is this advertisement on your YouTube account ?

A : Since February 2010, I was invited to join the partner program from YouTube. It enables me to have partner’s options such as custom header, custom banner and get paid from the advertisement on my video. Consequently, some ads appear on my videos but, it helps me to have some money to update my website and develop my work.

Q : Why do you sell instructions ?

A : I sell some of my building instructions because it requires lot of work to get, including CAD model, editing, rendering plus publishing. The price is depending of the amount of needed work, you can see that as a tips to help me to continue making building instructions, because all the time I spend on building instructions, this is not time to spend on creating new stuff. In any case, there are often a free instructions as a photo sequence which enables you to rebuild it. And sometimes a pro-one with better looking, rendering assembly with step by step instructions including bill of material for sale.

Q : How does it works regarding buying instructions ?

A : After your payment, you will receive the link to download the instructions by email. Please check the spam box and be patient to receive it. If you have trouble to download your copy of the PDF after payment or open the document, do not make a paypal dispute, please contact me using the contact form. The link to download the instructions expires within 24h, contact me if you have lost your instructions. Note that you can print it, but not copy or distribute. Thank you for supporting my work 🙂

Q : How does it works regarding buying creations ?

A : By using the mochub service, it enables you to buy my creations with brand new parts and PDF building instructions by email. After your payment, you will receive your package after and thanks to that, building one of my creation and support my work;

41 Responses

  1. Nico71 says:

    Hi, I have done this, byt adding a button on the front bar, enjoy 🙂

  2. William says:

    Hello Nico! I appreciate your work, and I was wondering if eventually there will be a way to view only the pro building instructions. That would be greatly appreciated, but if it isn’t on the table it doesn’t really matter that much. Thank you for your work!

  3. Bert-Jan says:

    Hello Nicolas.
    I realy enjoyed watching the great 2cv model you created a long while back. Did you ever consider trying to get it created as an official Lego model? I think many 2cv fanatics would love it. Regards, Bert-Jan

  4. giovanni says:

    Hi,

    Im’ Giovanni From Italia.
    I will ask you How and Where I can Buy all part of your LMP1 bicause i would building the same for my son.

    Thank you

  5. Nico71 says:

    Bonjour,

    Je ne peux rien affirmer encore mais ce connecteur est un “expansion module pack” donc possiblement utilisé dans le futur pour d’autre module de commande, on peut imaginer des leds, du son, de la programmation, de la gestion d’autre briques etc.

  6. Michel says:

    Bonsoir,

    Je suis intéressé par la brique Buwizz. Je pense avoir pas mal d’éléments d’information sur le produit, mais ne n’arrive pas à savoir à quoi sert la “prise” blanche sur le modèle de 2ème génération, avec ses 4 plots électriques.
    Pouvez-vous m’éclairer la dessus.
    Je vous remercie, et vous félicite pour le travail que vous faites.
    Bien cordialement
    Michel

  7. Balzaroth says:

    Bonjour j’ai deux petits projets en tête, j’aimerais savoir pu ach^çte tu tes pièces, et si j’ai quelque problème dans la conception pourrait tu m’aider?
    Merci d’avance 🙂

  8. Aad van Hagen says:

    Hallo Nico,
    i want to built your braiding machine,but i cant find
    the big white weel do you have the legonumber of the articel so i can surch on bricklink?
    Thank you.

    Aad van Hagen

  9. ryan says:

    Where shop you your bricks?
    I love your creations!
    keep it up!

  10. Nico71 says:

    Hello, I use the new pneumatic cylinder from the 8455 Backoe Loader ref part : 47224c03 But( any other pneumatic element is ok (the small one, or newest on mecerdes) if you modify the geometry of the motor. The 47224c01 is the most affordable in any case (from 5 to 10€/part);

  11. Tim Benson says:

    Hello Nico,

    Your creations are fantastic. I just wonder what the Pistons that you use for your pneumatic engine are (part number)? Also will you be designing any more pneumatic engines in the future?

    Thank you very much,
    Tim

  12. Nico71 says:

    Hello, you can go to

      the small mechanical loom page and check the paypal button to buy. Many Amercicans have purchased so no problem at all 🙂

    • Navada says:

      I am a teacher in elementary school and do a whole unit on weaving. When I found your loom I was blown away. My students would LOVE IT!! How can I buy the pdf? I am in the US and am unsure how to purchase.

    • Nico71 says:

      Sorry I have not more pictures on it.

    • Nico71 says:

      Hello, both are reliable, but the working of the loom is more nice and interesting to see in action. The working of the braiding machine is good too because everything rotate and turn, but the principle is more simple. The best is to build both ! Regards.

    • Ray McNamara says:

      Hi Nico,

      Can you please inform me to which is the most reliable out of the ‘Small Loom’ and the ‘Braiding Machine’?

      I am considering building one of them to display at the ‘Brixhibition’ (brixhibition.com), and as I will have a number of Mindstorms Robots too keep watch on, I need reliability.

      cheers

      Ray McNamara
      http://www.LegoMindstormsRobots.com

    • Sjantie schoenmakers says:

      Nice site… I have found your site with googling LEGO GBC, because my son (5years old) is addicted watching LEGO GBC modules on YouTube. Are there any meetings in the near future to visit with my son. Or do you know à site where I can find some information about that. I can find only data from 2010. We’re from Holland so it would be nice to have some about Europe. Kindly regards, Sjantie Schoenmakers

    • Dany DaLego says:

      Hi Nico,
      I love your creations and I have built almost all of them which have building instructions published. I recently saw the Congreve Clock, with no building instructions. Could you please make pictures of parts of the clock

      Thank you very much!
      Dany DaLego Lover 🙂

    • Nico71 says:

      Aucun Problème 🙂

    • Naheulf says:

      Bonjour,
      est-ce que je pourrais utiliser ces 2 images http://www.nico71.fr/wp-content/gallery/bidigicomp/44.jpg et http://www.nico71.fr/wp-content/gallery/bidigicomp/43.jpg comme support pour une présentation qui risque d’être diffusé sur le site tenu par mes profs d’anglais ? (je ne me rappel plus l’adresse du site)
      Bien évidement il y aura un lien vers ton site pour dire d’où viennent les images 😀

    • Psam says:

      Bonjour,

      je suis responsable méthodes, et j’aimerais vous confier la réalisation d’une maquette fonctionelle d’une ligne d’assemblage, dans un but pédagogique et aussi industriel (pouvoir visualiser physiquement ce qui ce passe).

      Si cela vous interesse, vous pouvez m’écrire au mail de ce post.

      Merci d’avance.

    • Kwear says:

      C’est superbe, on a vraiment de la chance de compter parmi les moceurs des experts comme toi.
      Ton site est clair, bien réalisé.

      Par contre quand on ouvre une photo, on est obligé de refermer pour voir la suivante, contrairement aux fancy box habituelles. Mais c’est une détail.

      Bravo, ton métier à tisser est un must. Comment trouves-tu le temps de faire des trucs pareils ???

      Bonne continuation.

    • Nico71 says:

      No instructions are available, the pictures are I thnik do build this really simple model. Regards

    • dario says:

      hi, i love a harkey davidson model, i see that your is fantastic for my collection and i want buil it, do you have a build istructions?
      many thanks

    • Fernando says:

      hey, where do you get that parts like the basketball balls and also another thing, do you know a webside to buy LEGO gbc parts

      Please, i need that!!!

    • Nico71 says:

      Hello, thank you for your comment but at this time, I do not sell anything. Regards.

    • I would adiquirir a Stage trailer (stage carriage). How much would the value of the product. I await response.

    • Blake says:

      Please make instructions for the model t it is one of my favorite cars.
      Also I think it would be a good beginner build for others

    • Ray McNamara says:

      Hi,
      You have build up a great resource which I am somewhat envious.
      I have added your Calculator to my tools page: tools.rjmcnamara.com.
      I have also added your blog to my links page.
      Thank you

      Ray

    • Jos says:

      I really love your work, lots of technical functions and great styling. And that using only 8 sets, just amazing.

      In one of your older MOC you used led’s for the head-lights. Can you please show us the required wiring or added resistances in order to use the led with a standard 9V lego power box. Thanks.

    • Mikel says:

      1) For your pneumatic engines what is your air source?
      (small compressor?, tank?)
      2) How do you hook up to the lego hose?
      3) How do you get your valves to move smoothly? (mine are stiff)

      Thank you for taking the time to read my reply
      Mikel, Seattle, Washington, USA

    • Aj says:

      I wanted to know why you use the same driven steering system on multiple mocs, for example, on your trial 4×4 and your trial unimog the steering system is the same, you connect them to the chassis differently, but anyways i was just curios.

    • Никита says:

      Hello my name is Nikita Lego my hobby, I watched movie with Lego Mechanical Loom and I liked it very much. I would like to ask you a guide on how to do it.

    • Nico71 says:

      You can try to buy this on bricklink.com, the average price is curently 27€ in used condition. Regards

    • JJ says:

      Hi, I want to buy a motor like you used for the HALF LIFE 2 Charger, but on Amazon, Ebay or the official LEGO-Shop One of these motors costs about 120€ 🙁 Where did you buy this motor?

    • tilman says:

      Hi!

      great site….i wanna built a tatra lego technik truck…can you help me how to get the lego stones? or a list what i need ?

      thank you

      with best regards

      tilman

    • Nico71 says:

      Please read the FAQ.

    • Alonso says:

      Where you take lego details???

    • salvo says:

      I love your creations and your awesome availability.
      I’m fourteen, love legos and I’m also quite good at them.
      So thank you so much for all your posting and for all the new ideas you involuntarily suggest.
      LEGO actually needs designers like you 😉

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