Practical LEGO Technics: Bring Your LEGO Creations to Life

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You already know you can create amazing things with LEGO, but did you know you can also make vehicles that roll and model plans that include landing gear and flaps that actually extend and retract? You can even makefunctional robots without getting into Mindstorms and programming.In Practical LEGO Technics, Mark Rollins shows you how to use LEGO and Power Functions components like motors and remote controlsto create motorized cars, all terrain vehicles, vehicle steering, construction equipment such as cranes and ...

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Overview

You already know you can create amazing things with LEGO, but did you know you can also make vehicles that roll and model plans that include landing gear and flaps that actually extend and retract? You can even makefunctional robots without getting into Mindstorms and programming.In Practical LEGO Technics, Mark Rollins shows you how to use LEGO and Power Functions components like motors and remote controlsto create motorized cars, all terrain vehicles, vehicle steering, construction equipment such as cranes and forklifts, airplanes. All-in-all, you'll learn to create a wide variety of fun, unique LEGO creations.

LEGO Technic is similar to Mindstorms in that you can create all sorts of cool vehicles and gadgets. But unlike Mindstorms, you don't have to learn programming. Power Functions allows you to add motors, remote control, and battery boxes to your LEGO projects, no programming required. And while you could just build a LEGO Technic gadget from a boxed set, with Practical LEGO Technics, you'll learn the hows and whys of Technic project design, and pick up ideas for your own custom projects.

Please note: The print version of this title is in black & white; the ebook is full color. You can download color images from the book at http://www.apress.com/9781430246114

  • Covers basic design for motorized vehicles that run and steer.
  • Shows how to build headlights and more using the Power Functions Light Kit.
  • Provides suspension design for use in building all-terrain vehicles.
  • Helps you build construction equipment, including a crane and forklift.

What you’ll learn

  • Put a motor on any LEGO vehicle to bring it to life; create wheels that turn and landing gear that extends and retracts.
  • Build asuspension system and steering mechanism for proper vehicle control.
  • Add working lights, such as headlights and taillights, to your Technic projects
  • Design LEGO vehicles that look and work like real construction vehicles, including cranes and forklifts.
  • Build an airplane, complete with retractable landing gear.

Who this book is for

Practical LEGO Technics is the perfect book for LEGO and building enthusiasts of every age and experience level who want to learn how to build creations with LEGO Technic.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started WithLEGO Technic

Chapter 2: Creating a Motorized LEGO Technic Vehicle

Chapter 3: Steering and Controlling YourLEGO Technic Creation

Chapter 4: Light it Up With LEGO Lights!

Chapter 5: Creating a LEGO Technic Vehicle for all Terrains

Chapter 6: Technic Contruction Vehicles and Equipment

Chapter 7: LEGO Technic Aviation: Airplanes and Helicopters

Chapter 8: Appendix: Parts List

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430246114
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Rollins is a freelance technical writer, focused on today's most interesting technologies, especially Android. He has a degree in English. For more, visit writermarkrollins.blogspot.com.
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