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NORTH CAROLINA LEGO®FANS
- Mike and Travis Walsh (Cary, Town and Trains)
- Karim Nasar (Raleigh, Space)
- Will Hess (Wilson, Fire)
- Sheree Rosenkrantz (Greensboro, Fabuland)
- Cary Clark (Chapel Hill, Trains)
- Brent Insko (Carrboro, Trains)
- Thomas Fulk (Charlotte, Technic, Model Team, Mindstorms)
- Daniel Poole (Statesville, Anything)
- Jimmy Beerman (Raleigh, Town and Trains)
- Richard Bryan (RTP)
How do you store hundreds of sets and thousands and 10s of thousands bricks (and more - the
biggest fan collection is estimated at over 2.5 million bricks). Even harder to store are
tens and hundreds of built up models. See Town and Train
for some set ups which fill rooms with cities and railroads.
Here are some storage ideas:
Here are some sorting ideas:
Here is some information on cleaning:
- Pirate ship sails and other fabric: LEGO fabric items may be cleaned with mild detergent
(such as liquid dish soap). A brush may be used to scrub particularly dirty spots. They should
be laid out to dry on a flat absorbent surface. After drying, they may be ironed (use low or
medium heat). If the sails have a strong smoke smell, use of an anti-bacterial liquid hand
soap can help.
If the edges start to fray, you may trim them with scisors. Some people have used an
anti-fraying treatment (available at fabric and craft stores) to prevent fraying.
- Soft plastic sails and flags: These may be washed with mild detergent such as liquid
dish soap. Do not leave to soak longer than an hour or so since the sails can separate
into two layers and the printing will get destroyed.
- Parts with stickers: LEGO stickers don't seem to be damaged by short term soaking,
so stickered parts may be washed just like other parts, but I would avoid leaving them
soaking for long periods of time (but I have accidentally left stickered parts in to
soak over night and noticed no damage). They should be carefully scrubbed if necessary.
- Printed parts: LEGO uses a particularly resilient means of printing parts. The result
is that they can be washed just like any other piece and don't seem to mind long soaks.
Since the printing can wear off, scrubbing should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.
WARNING: Some older 1960s printed pieces use a less resilient printing, you may
find these wash off.
- Chrome or gold colored parts: These can be damaged by long periods of soaking,
but otherwise can be washed the same as any other part.
- Translucent parts: These can be washed as normal, but due to the particular desireability
of avoiding scratching, should be handled with some extra care.
- Electrical parts: These can be washed as normal bricks, but I try and minimize
their getting wet, sometimes just using a soapy toothbrush to clean them and then a quick
rinse. They should not be left soaking for long periods and should be dried as quickly as
- Ordinary bricks and other parts: These can be washed by using mild detergent such as
liquid dish soap. I usually put parts in buckets of soapy water to soak for several hours,
then change the water, and wash one more time, scrubbing if necessary. Parts can be dried
outside in the sun, and can dry quite quickly in that environment. If the parts are
particulalry smoky smelling, an anti-bacterial liquid hand soap can be used effectively.
- Maps: several people have used LEGO® elements to build 3-D color coded maps,
sometimes just virtually using LDraw or other CAD programs.
- Building Tip: A baseplate resting on studs raises it's surface so that it is even
with a plate attached to the same level of studs (i.e. a plate with a baseplate resting
on top of it is exactly two plates thick).
- Et in Arcadia Lego
PLACES TO DISCUSS THE BRICK
HISTORY OF FANS OF LEGO® BRICKS
OTHER EXHIBITIONS ETC.
LEGOFESTS AND OTHER GATHERINGS
PAGES OF LINKS TO CHECK OUT
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