The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide (Now in Color), 2E

The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide (Now in Color), 2E

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by Allan Bedford
     
 

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What's the difference between a tile and a plate? Why isn't it a good idea to stack bricks in columns to make a wall? How do you build a LEGO mosaic or build at different scales? You'll find the answers to these and other questions in The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide.

Now in full color, this brand-new edition of a well-loved favorite will show

Overview

What's the difference between a tile and a plate? Why isn't it a good idea to stack bricks in columns to make a wall? How do you build a LEGO mosaic or build at different scales? You'll find the answers to these and other questions in The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide.

Now in full color, this brand-new edition of a well-loved favorite will show you how to:

  • Construct models that won't fall apart
  • Choose the right pieces and substitute when needed
  • Build to micro, jumbo, and miniland scale
  • Make playable board games out of LEGO pieces
  • Create photo mosaics and curved sculptures
  • Build a miniature space shuttle, a minifig-sized train station, and more

Of course, the real fun of LEGO building lies in creating your own models—from choosing the subject to clicking that final brick into place. Learn how in The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide.

Includes the Brickopedia, a visual dictionary of nearly 300 of the most commonly used LEGO elements!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up—This handbook is a must-have. Starting with the basic structure, anatomy, and flexibility of the Lego system, readers are taught different building techniques to add stability and ideas to their creations. Much of the book is devoted to the kinds of scale used in the Lego world and provides mathematical explanations for one's work. Chapters on sculpting and mosaic-making are also thorough and give readers tips that Lego Master Builders use. A great feature of the guide is the Brickopedia, which categorizes more than 275 basic Lego pieces, providing specifications and notes on each one; though not all-inclusive, it does contain the most common items found in most individuals' collections. Templates and Web links for blank design grids include detailed instructions on how to properly use them when making one's own projects. The graphics are of the highest quality and accurately capture what the author is trying to convey without interrupting the flow of text. Bedford's style is engaging while taking some complicated topics and explaining them in clear, relatable language. Of special note is the repeated mention of the Lego system's flexibility-further stressed by the author's suggestion of changing elements to suit one's personal collection. Like a good Lego project, each chapter expands layer by layer on the one before, resulting in a thorough, well-rounded and indispensable source of guidance and creativity.—Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593274412
Publisher:
No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
110,975
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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LEGO bricks have been engaging builders, both young and old, for decades. However, during this time, surprisingly little has been written about this unique building system and its many uses. True, a number of "idea books" have offered building instructions for a variety of projects, and thousands of printed instructions have accompanied the enormous range of products released over the years. In most cases, however, these instructions were only for one or two finished models. In recent years, books and articles have been written that supply information about LEGO robotics, virtual computer-aided designs, and even about the LEGO company and its many facets. Up to this point, a book that addresses the system itself and its greatest function-building LEGO models-has been missing from this list.

This book fills that gap by offering a broad spectrum of topics all connected by the thread of building real models with actual plastic bricks. Most chapters present best practices, tips, and techniques that you can apply to almost any building project. Woven together with these ideas is background information on such subjects as architecture, design, engineering, color theory, and so on.

I hope that this book will serve LEGO builders who are prepared to move beyond the instructions supplied with official sets and who are ready to begin making their own original models. My target audience may include younger builders who are working on their own or parents who are working alongside their children. Adult builders returning to the hobby may also find useful information they can use to refresh techniques long forgotten or perhaps develop those they never had as a young person.

I round out the book with a unique feature that I hope helps builders of all skill levels see the LEGO system at a glance. The Brickopedia (Appendix A) is a graphical reference tool that presents the most common and most reusable elements from available LEGO pieces. Although it does not contain an entry for every single piece ever produced, it does thoroughly examine the LEGO bricks, plates, slopes, and other elements that best define the highly flexible nature of this building system. I have categorized the Brickopedia using some traditional techniques but also using some newly defined criteria and classifications. I set this up intending that you use it as a stand-alone tool; therefore, it does not require a computer or Internet access to be useful.

So sit down with a bunch of LEGO bricks and get ready to build!

Meet the Author

Allan Bedford is a lifelong LEGO fan and builder whose most ambitious model is a 5,000-piece replica of Toronto's famed CN Tower. An avid photographer, Bedford spends his time chronicling the streets and people of his adopted hometown, Toronto.

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The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide (Now in Color), 2E 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Allen bedford hs done it again this book so great!!!!!!!!!! I woud a five star rating but its missing the organizing section i was a little diapointed about that but dessides that EVRYTHING IS AWSOME but abuot the organising section DARKNES NO ORGINIZiNG SECTION sorry if i mispelld anything(:
CuteEverything More than 1 year ago
Author Allan Bedford starts readers from knowing little more than that there are Legos up to the principles of building high-level concepts of all types (his examples include everything from tiny cottages to the Space Shuttle). He talks about everything from how to arrange and overlap blocks to maintain structural stability, how to plan size ratios of your sculptures, how to handle mosaics, and how to create larger projects. It’s fascinating to look through. If you’re a would-be serious Lego designer, this book is absolutely essential to your library. Oh, included in the book is a “Brickopedia” which lists every Lego brick made, and all the specifics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go into the overview of the book and press archive.
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