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Can anyone explain the "Notes" desciption of the PDF instruction books?

fox171171fox171171 Member Posts: 45
edited September 2012 in The Database
The instructions are just a number, and the descriptions are often fairly meaningless to me. Often, the PDF number is different, but the description is not. Downloading all and sorting through and deleting unnecessary ones wastes a lot of time. What does it all mean? Some parts (like 1/2 and 2/2 is book 1 of 2 and 2 of 2) are straight forward. Most is not. Some have been higher resolutions than others.

Good example is set #3677. There's 14 different ones (2 are obsolete). Six books, two versions of each.

6013652.pdf Red Cargo Train BI 3009 76+4*-3677 V29/39 1/6
6013655.pdf Red Cargo Train BI 3009 76+4*-3677 V29/39 1/6

PDF number is different. Descriptions are the same. They look the same. The two files are only one byte different in size. Set number and book number is obvious.

Others will have 29 in it, and the second version will have 39 in it.

Confused.

PS Can someone talk LEGO into going back to VECTOR instruction books instead of the low detail pixelated ones we get now?

Comments

  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    edited September 2012
    For most sets there are two versions of the instructions, one for North America, the other for The Rest Of The World. The differences between the two are cosmetic - different ads for The Lego Club, ads for different themes, different customer support details, that sort of thing. Sometimes there are more than two versions, usually when there as been a mid-production run change to the set, or if the instructions have been changed to make a construction step clearer ( based on feedback from customer support ).
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,457
    The notes come directly from LEGO's customer service page.

    V29 appears to indicate Europe/ROW instructions and V39, North America.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,811
    It is also down to paper size. US ones print better on US letter paper, ROW ones on A4.
  • fox171171fox171171 Member Posts: 45
    I had noticed that the V29's often had more languages in them, as compared to the V39's. But then in my Red Cargo Train example, there's "V29/39" in both versions. Perhaps they didn't make different books for NA and Europe.
  • fox171171fox171171 Member Posts: 45
    This doesn't explain the whole "code", but does confirm the page sizes as mentioned above.

    Building instructions labeled "NA" or "V39" may be printed on US standard letter size paper (8½ in × 11 in, 215.9 mm × 279.4 mm).

    Building instructions labeled "IN" or "V29" may be printed on EU standard A4 paper (210 mm × 297mm, 8.3 in × 11.7 in.)
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