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Help with pieces please

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Hi there, I'm new to the site and have recently purchased around 100kg of Lego mostly classic not so much technic, I have loads of bits I'm unsure what sets they're from, I have a few bits that look like plane fronts ect, is there any sort of easy way of finding them out without posting a picture of them all, the image is just one out of ten black bags I have acquired so you can imagine how lost I am, there is the odd parts put together but I need help making sense of it all if anyone can tell me where to start it would be really appreciated! Thanks for reading 

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15 minutes ago, Diniz Vilhena said:

first thing to do: certify that all parts are Lego...
every time I buy loose parts, always have some non-Lego mixed :P
second thing to do: take some patience pills

Yeah I've taken a whole packet of patients pills ha, and that's what I'm doing now, I've found a few megablox bits that I have thrown away as soon as I have found them, I'm starting to organise it all into bricks, flats, single bar bricks, tiny bits like lights ect and everything that's a "specialist" bit either for specific kits or similar, any advice on how to find where parts go? I've got a couple of what I think is aeroplane fronts and a couple of tail wing bits so I'm presuming there's a plane and I've got bits that are clearly for a certain set, how do I find what set they go to so I can get the rest of the bits for the kit if im missing any, ATM it's just a massive pile of random Lego 😕

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4 hours ago, jbaddeley said:

Yeah I've taken a whole packet of patients pills ha, and that's what I'm doing now, I've found a few megablox bits that I have thrown away as soon as I have found them, I'm starting to organise it all into bricks, flats, single bar bricks, tiny bits like lights ect and everything that's a "specialist" bit either for specific kits or similar, any advice on how to find where parts go? I've got a couple of what I think is aeroplane fronts and a couple of tail wing bits so I'm presuming there's a plane and I've got bits that are clearly for a certain set, how do I find what set they go to so I can get the rest of the bits for the kit if im missing any, ATM it's just a massive pile of random Lego 😕

The easiest way to find sets is to enter all your parts on a parts list and use the build calculator to see what sets you have.

Almost every part has a part number on it. you can use that number to search the database. If that fails the only other option is to go through each Lego category and find your part (the plane parts will be in Transport - Sea and Air category). 

A few tips:

1. We don't inventory stickered parts. If your part has a sticker you will not find it in our database.

2. Make sure the Year Toggle Bar covers the years you want (the most common reason people can't find something is because they aren't looking in all the years)

3. If in doubt on a particular part post a picture on here. Someone can usually help.

Good Luck!

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Thanks very much I've noticed numbers ect while looking for the Lego symbol on the pieces so I'll start from there, not sure I've got all the pieces to certain sets but it's definitely a start, thanks Alot for the info 

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Best option to remove many lego from this mess is to find stickered or printed parts. Check printed with rebrickable and stickered with bricklink - that way you might find many sets, it's just like sudoku (make assumptions!). Similar method is look for other specific parts which were in only a few sets. The problem is - you must have experience to find them easily :)

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6 minutes ago, Przemos19 said:

Best option to remove many lego from this mess is to find stickered or printed parts. Check printed with rebrickable and stickered with bricklink - that way you might find many sets, it's just like sudoku (make assumptions!). Similar method is look for other specific parts which were in only a few sets. The problem is - you must have experience to find them easily :)

Again thanks for the advice that's exactly what I was going to do after organising as much as I can, I have a mismatch of kits by the look of it, I seem to have a huge amount of flat boards ranging in size and not so many bricks, I did manage to grab a few instruction manuals with the Lego but doesn't look like I have alot of the bits, for example I have a helicopter manual, but can only find one copter blade so far, looks like I'm in for weeks of sorting Lego before I can get building 

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6 minutes ago, jbaddeley said:

...for example I have a helicopter manual, but can only find one copter blade so far, looks like I'm in for weeks of sorting Lego before I can get building 

Well thats easy, once your parts are on a part list put the set number in the database and it'll tell you what % of parts you have for it.

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Greetings, JB,

A 100 kilo, right? That's gonna take a couple of month... -smile-
On the other hand, with a bit of perseverance, you might find some real treasures!

All the tips you've had are valid and good, but here's a few more.

First, check your privacy settings (your name top right > Settings > Privacy tab). At the bottom you'll find your LEGO Collection Privacy, that controls what other's can see about your LEGO Collection:

    Public My Sets (all Set Lists will be shown, estimated values are hidden)
    Public My Parts (all Part Lists will be shown, estimated values and Part Notes are hidden)
    Public My Lost Parts

Set everything to Yes. Now you can copy and paste the link to your part list into a forum post, and others can view your parts and, perhaps, make some suggestions.

Secondly, as Przemos notes, look for markers. Those are parts that were only used in a few sets, and some are even unique and only used in a single set. If you can identify a marker, you can more easily find the set to which it belongs. Good markers are

    all printed parts - use rebrickable to find them (just try searching the text or a description)
    stickered parts - use google "lego sticker [keywords]"
    large parts - like those plane noses and wings and such
    special colors - most common colors are white/black/blue/red/yellow
        find some orange or brown or tan - search the right part category with an additional color filter
    doors and windows - all kinds of them, but easier to list (windows and doors), and lots of doors were
        only used in a few sets.
    special parts - things like flags, traffic signs, battery boxes, light bricks, ladders, wedges
        some are used generally, but others only in a few sets

Finally, try to get a feel for the age of your bricks. Look at the amount of non-common colors - the more special colors you have, the newer your bricks. Look at the gray bricks. In 2003, LEGO changed the color of Light Gray and Dark Gray into Light Bluish Gray and Dark Bluish Gray. The older gray colors, when seen in sunlight, are somewhat dull, the new colors seem more shiny. If you find the new grays, then your sets are from after 2003.

Look at the bottom of your 2 x 4 bricks. If you see:
    pat pending - bricks are from 1958 to 1974
    pat pending obscured - 1974 to 1979
    clean (nothing) - 1979 to 1984
    3001 (part id) - 1985 to current

Now look at the studs, is there a tiny point in the middle of one or more studs? That's a moulding pip. It used to be on de side of the part, but LEGO changed that and put the pips were they can't be seen so easily. So:
    moulding pip on the edge (short end): 1949 to 1963
    moulding pip on the side (long end): 1963 to 1974
    moulding pip on the studs: 1974 to current

When you know the age of the bricks, say before 1974, it can't be from a set from 1980. -smile-

Bricks older then 1963 have a different font used for the logo, but looking at your image, that's unlikely.

Good luck, and when in doubt, just ask.

Take care,
Simon

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Hi Simon and thanks, yes it's around 100kg I'm thinking more like 90 as I'm weighing the bags it's equaling out to about 9 or so kg a bin bag and there's 10! Bad bit is I've already pulled about 5-700g of megablox that I have thrown so I will loose a bit of weight there too, Some lady had an attic full so I thought I would grab it while I had the chance, thanks for explaining the years ect a couple of bits I have looked at look from early 90s I remember as a kid I had a pizza shop and I've found the odd part for it, so I'm 100% some is from early 90s, there's also Alot newer stuff also, I'll try to stay updated as I get through it all, and I have made my sets public I'm not sure if it has changed yet as I haven't logged in on the pc today but I did do that when I joined the site......

Also back to the top part I've been on it all for about 4 days a few hours at a time and I'm about through 1 bag but by the sorting guide I have been reading it will take Alot longer! 

 

Thanks for the info guys will definitely take it all onboard and slowly add the sets to my profile ect,

Thank you thank you thank you :)

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16 hours ago, jbaddeley said:

... I've found a few megablox bits that I have thrown away as soon as I have found them...

just because is not Lego, doesn't mean they are rubbish or are satanic, ehehe 
when I found some non-Lego bricks, I wash them well, and give them to a kindergarten or to another children institution... they always appreciate a lot 

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11 minutes ago, Diniz Vilhena said:

just because is not Lego, doesn't mean they are rubbish or are satanic, ehehe 
when I found some non-Lego bricks, I wash them well, and give them to a kindergarten or to another children institution... they always appreciate a lot 

lol yes i agree but i would like my collection to be pure "lego" so i can work out what sets i have in the mountain of bits :) At the same time, i didnt think of giving them away, theyre only in a small paperbin in my office so ill probably get them all out, bag it up and do just that, thanks for the idea! 

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First thing: I think @Simon's post should be used as a base to create a page of "hints" for newer users trying to find parts. We get a lot of questions about that and there's a lot of information in there. I know I learned some stuff and I'm not new to inventorying. With a few additions like the Samsonite bricks and some pictures to detail variations, that would be a great resource and we could start by linking to it when people are looking for help.

Second thing: A way I find very useful to find parts is just filtering by colour an entering the length and with in studs in the search field with nothing else. Sometimes, you don't even need a category. Say, for example, you find a strange yellow part that's basically a plate with a wedged end and two bricks columns stuck to it on the other end. Where to look. But it happens to be 4 studs by 7 studs: https://rebrickable.com/search/?search_type=parts&q=4+7&part_cat=&exists_in_color=14&show_printed=on&min_year=1990&max_year=2019&min_part_cost=0&max_part_cost=20 I never would have thought of looking in sea and air.

Also, one of my best tricks is, once I've found a marker part, I keep the inventory of it's set(s) open in another tab. Then, when you find a part you don't know, you start by looking through the inventories of the sets you already know you have parts from. You will often find them quickly. This is basically the only way I ever managed to inventory Bionicle stuff.

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First step would be pick some large bins and sort it in categories. ie bricks in one, plates in another, don't worry if it doesn't match rebrickables categories aslong as it makes sense to you so you know where to look for it.

when that's done you can chose between two methods,

1) find the odd parts/prints and from that find a set and attempt to build or pick out the part inventory, set by set and add those sets one by one and mark any lost parts in the process.

or

2) just attack each bin in order and sort them in detail and add the parts into a part list and when you have done that use the build algorithm to find the sets you own. You still have to do this with whatever remain if you choose option 1.

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7 hours ago, Vokhev said:

I think @Simon's post should be used as a base to create a page of "hints" for newer users trying to find parts.

Already working on it.

My problem is, I have many of these things on my to-do list; and every time something new comes up that has to be done first, and so my to-do list keep growing instead of shrinking. So next year, I am going to schedule my activities a little better, and actually finish a lot of these things.

I want to create four new Guides within Rebrickable Help: a Guide to Rendering (already defined, but still being developed), a Guide to LEGO Themes (with time lines and background info for each theme), a Guide to LEGO Sets, and a Guide to LEGO Parts.

The Parts Guide would contain an explanation of our category system, examples of the most common parts within each category, tables for bricks and plates (stud length vs width), and chapters on markers, sorting, dating, colours, molds, etc. Much of this is already available elsewhere on the internet, but in many different places, and I want to bring it all together and use quick links everywhere so you can open a certain Rebrickable page in a new browser tab while keeping the Guide available.

In the mean times, the forum is all we have...

Take care,
Simon

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