Ask a LEGO Fan

Alternate Set Colors and Glue

Posted in Collecting Bricks & Sets by lfanquestions on April 12, 2010

Joao writes:

I recently found the Lego Dragon set (3724) and its instructions. I
would like to build it but with a different color pattern. Is there
software that I can use to load a set and then visualize it with
different colors?

This set seems to be made mostly of “standard” bricks and plates. What
would be the most cost-efficient way of obtaining these pieces?
Digital designer? Pick a brick? BrickLink? Ebay? Other?

Also, is there a LEGO-compatible temporary glue that can be used to
assemble this in a semi-permanent fashion? It would be sturdy for
display but if we end up wanting to get the pieces back, we could
maybe dissolve the glue with another compound and recover the bricks.

Thanks for all the work you put into this site. It is really useful!

Dear Joao,

You can find the set inventory here:

http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/3724-1

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemInv.asp?S=3724-1

The set contains 30 types of green elements which you will replace with another color.  Create a want list of these elements on BrickLink.  Then search for larger stores that will have many of the pieces you need.

Most fans are not in favor of using glue.  However, you may want to check out a craft glue such as Sobo.  This type of glue will set up quickly but should be removable with water in the future.

Sincerely,

LFan

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  1. Velops said, on May 9, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Glue application is very important, especially in sculpture models such as this one. Sloppy glue application can lead to problems. Elements may not fit together correctly and moving parts (like the mouth and wings on this model) may become stuck.

    LEGO Master Builders are trained on proper glue application during their apprenticeships because glue is needed for their projects to stay together over time.


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