My brother got me a sweet lego set this Christmas this year. Here is the Adam approved way to build a lego set without losing parts or your mind!
Look at the mighty box-o-parts
Millions of parts bags, and 3 books of instructions!
I like to keep things separated, something my fiance' finds humor in. The parts are separated by bag into when you'll need them, so this makes things easier!
This model has a really neat wat of running the three functions of the boom: 1. raise and lower boom 2. extent boom 3. raise and lower the hook. There is a engaging mechanism that allows you to run all three using the same input. So, you flip a simple switch and you an run them all with one knob! You crafty bitches at lego!