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. You can see the creations for sale on nico71.fr here.
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 directly 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 Consequently don’t hesitate to ask for instructions (politely please) if the moc is not out of date and if there is no available instructions on my website.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. If it is not on my website, there is no more !
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
- Lpub3D 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 : 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 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 tip 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 48h, 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 : Is it possible to buy building instructions without credit/debit card on Paypal ?
A : Yes, we can proceed by Iban or cheque for French customers. Please contact me using the contact form, and give me the following information : Complete name, email, country and wanted instructions.
Q : There is a difference between the list of parts in the instruction and on rebrickable, which one is correct ?
A : It is possible that bill of material in the instructions have minor errors. If the instructions are old, I can not rework it (lost the file of lost the version of editing software), but I alway keep up to date the rebrickable inventory. Therefore, please use the rebrickable inventory as a reference for bill of material. And please give me feedback if there are errors on it on the comment section of the creation.
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. The price is high but due to the bricklink part price, there is nothing I can do for this. After your payment, you will receive your package after and thanks to that, building one of my creation and support my work. You can see the creations for sale on nico71.fr here.
Q : I saw Nico71’s creations for sale on Amazon, Ebay, Aliexpress, are they official retailers ?
Mochub is the only official retailer for Nico71’s Creations, which ensure you to get genuine Lego parts, helps and quality service. The other stores who sell my lego creations are not autorized and have simply pirated my creations, they mostly use also fake Lego parts. Buying such fake Lego creations, is encouraging piracy, infringe law of intellectual property (from me and Lego Brand), and make my business non-viable.