Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide [NOOK Book]

Overview

The LEGO® Technic system is a line of LEGO that opens a realm of new building possibilities. Essentially a collection of what are known as studless pieces, as well as gears, pulleys, pneumatics, electric motors, and such, it enables passionate fans to design truly mechanical LEGO models. In the spirit of the bestselling title The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide, The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide is filled with building techniques and tips for creating strong yet elegant machines and mechanisms. With ...
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Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide

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Overview

The LEGO® Technic system is a line of LEGO that opens a realm of new building possibilities. Essentially a collection of what are known as studless pieces, as well as gears, pulleys, pneumatics, electric motors, and such, it enables passionate fans to design truly mechanical LEGO models. In the spirit of the bestselling title The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide, The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide is filled with building techniques and tips for creating strong yet elegant machines and mechanisms. With author Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec's expert guidance, readers learn the foundations of LEGO Technic building, and how to use the system to create impressive to-scale models. Sariel, a world-renowned LEGO Technic expert, offers readers unique insight into the mechanical principles that drive modern engineering like torque, power translation, gear ratios, as they build working models of a transmission, differentials, suspensions, tanks with working treads, miniature supercars, earth movers, Da Vinci's leaf spring catapult, and much more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593274832
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 383,603
  • File size: 31 MB
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Meet the Author

Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec is a LEGO Technic enthusiast based in Warsaw, Poland. A prolific blogger and model builder, Sariel's LEGO creations have been featured in many magazines, the world's most popular LEGO blogs, and even prompted the LEGO company to use his help in developing some of its products. Sariel is a guest blogger for the official LEGO Technic website and is a 2012 LEGO Ambassador for Poland. He is YouTube's most viewed LEGO Technic builder. Check out his models and more at sariel.pl/.
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Table of Contents

foreword

preface

acknowledgments

basics

Chapter 1: basic concepts

Chapter 2: basic units and pieces

Chapter 3: studless or studfull?

Chapter 4: axles, bushes, and joints

mechanics

Chapter 5: gears and power transmission basics

Chapter 6: chains and pulleys

Chapter 7: levers and linkages

Chapter 8: custom mechanical solutions

Chapter 9: the LEGO pneumatic system

Chapter 10: pneumatic devices

Chapter 11: building strong

motors

Chapter 12: an inventory of LEGO motors

Chapter 13: LEGO Power Functions system

advanced mechanics

Chapter 14: wheeled steering systems

Chapter 15: wheeled suspension systems

Chapter 16: tracked vehicles and suspensions

Chapter 17: transmissions

Chapter 18: adders and subtractors

models

Chapter 19: form vs. function

Chapter 20: scaling a model

Chapter 21: the modeling process

afterword

updates and additional resources

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

    If you are already a big Lego fan, with a Death Star or aircraft

    If you are already a big Lego fan, with a Death Star or aircraft carrier proudly displayed in your bedroom or office, how do you take your creations to the next level? Especially if you want to include movement in your sculptures, The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide will get you there. Author Pawet “Sariel” Kmiec takes you through the finer points of things like rotating joints, powertrains, suspension systems, multi-speed transmissions, differentials, pneumatic systems, how to scale your own models, and much more. While going through the book, I kept imagining the A’s I would have gotten on my science projects for re-creating the systems described herein. Like all of these books, it is lavishly and clearly illustrated, and thus — yes! — makes it really easy to build.

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

    Beyond Basic Instructions: How Things Work

    The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide gives the LEGO builder what he or she doesn’t receive from the instructions that come with the LEGO sets: an explanation, with color photos, of how things work. Rather than the customary building instructions, the author shows you component mechanisms, such as transmissions or suspension systems, which you can then incorporate into your own unique creations.

    While the book was written with the modern LEGO sets in mind, it also includes material for those who have the older sets. So even if you’re an adult who loved playing with LEGOs as a kid, you’ll find something new you can use to rediscover the joy of LEGO building here.

    Pawet “Sariel” Kmiec brings 20 years of Lego building to this comprehensive book. He is a prolific blogger and model builder, a guest blogger for the official LEGO Technic blog, and a 2012 LEGO Ambassador.

    The book begins with the basics: speed, torque, power, friction, traction, rolling resistance, backlash, efficiency, and vehicular concepts. Then moves onto the mechanics where you’ll find gears and power transmissions, chains and pulleys, levers and linkages, pneumatic devices, and finally, how to build strong.

    Part III covers motors. Then onto advanced mechanics. Part V shows form versus function, scaling a model, and the modeling process. Kmiec includes building at odd angles, building cleverly, and controlling your models.

    One of my favorite parts is the instructions on how to make flashing lights using the LEGO LEDs. With this knowledge, you can go on to give your vehicle turn signals. How impressive is that?!

    The clear and well-laid-out book allows plenty of room for your individual creativity, so use the inspiration and let your imagination go. This is a great manual for middle-grade and up, and is perfect for budding engineers.

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