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Chapter 1: basic concepts
Chapter 2: basic units and pieces
Chapter 3: studless or studfull?
Chapter 4: axles, bushes, and joints
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
Chapter 12: an inventory of LEGO motors
Chapter 13: LEGO Power Functions system
Chapter 14: wheeled steering systems
Chapter 15: wheeled suspension systems
Chapter 16: tracked vehicles and suspensions
Chapter 17: transmissions
Chapter 18: adders and subtractors
Chapter 19: form vs. function
Chapter 20: scaling a model
Chapter 21: the modeling process
updates and additional resources
Posted November 14, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 13, 2012
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.
Posted September 1, 2013
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