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Badass LEGO Guns: Building Instructions for Five Working Guns Paperback – December 27, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (December 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593272847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593272845
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin Hudepohl, a.k.a. Xubor, built his first LEGO guns in the early 1990s and has been developing ever-more sophisticated models since. He is a freelance programmer, who also composes original music. He lives in Germany.


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Martin Hüdepohl, a.k.a. Xubor, built his first LEGO guns in the early 1990s and has been developing ever-more sophisticated models since. He is an industrial designer and freelance programmer living in Germany.

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Customer Reviews

The step-by-step building instructions are very detailed and easy to follow, an important characteristic of any good LEGO book.
Terry Griffin
I'm really looking forward to building the rest of the models in the book, and definitely await the (hopefully) next book that this author publishes on Lego.
outtatheblue
Where to get LEGO bricks is also explained very well, supplied by a part number list of all the bricks used throughout the book.
Munno

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Allister Klingensmith on February 6, 2011
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The book
Book well printed on decent weight paper. Spine bound in a way that the book can lay FLAT on the table - an absolute must when actually USING it. Gets a star for this alone.

The Introduction
Speaks to design process and just as importantly, how to get bricks. The section dedicated to Bricklink, how to order & Bricklink brick ID numbers is a must. Very helpful.

Bricklink
As an aside, nothing to do with the book, Bricklink is a nightmare. Twice now lost 300+ part orders in my shopping cart, horrible slow interface, etc. Be prepared, its the most trying part of this process.

The Building
Diagrams laid out in a manner that any LEGO practitioner will recognize from the standard LEGO manuals. My only concern with the book comes here, where sometimes dark printing makes distinguishing parts a bit difficult.

The Models
5 to choose from, difficult decision. 2 are technic spring operated, 2 are rubber band operated (no joke style) & 1 is battery operated. Nice range of difficulty, part list size, etc.

The Author
Replied immediately with a minor question I had - obviously interested in the book & the community.

Overall
Fantastic. Fun book, well thought out and quite functional.

Now go put some eyes out.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William Pollock on January 25, 2011
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It's really hard to tell much about a LEGO model until you build it.

The instructions in this book are remarkably detailed and thorough. Just leafing through it is fun. But who knew until I saw the author's video how truly amazing these models are.

To see for yourself, search "BADASS LEGO GUNS" on YouTube.

Wow. "Killer" is a word that comes to mind.

If you like playing with toy guns and you love LEGO, buy this book. It will make you happy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dave Edmiston TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 27, 2011
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This book is really incredible. It's kind of like a cookbook, but instead of recipes for pies and cakes, this book is full of instructions for building fully functioning Lego guns.

The instructions are very creative and they're really well done. Apparently there is a shareware application for creating Lego instructions so they turn out looking exactly like the instructions that come with a Lego kit. So these plans for the guns look as if they were written by the factory, but you know better.

But honestly, this book kind of presents a problem. The problem is where are you going to get all the pieces you need to build these creations?

My son has just about every Lego and Bionicle set in existence, so I figured we wouldn't have any trouble building these guns--maybe not all at once, but we should certainly have all the parts to build one, take it apart, build the next one, and so on. But here's the rub: my son wasn't willing to cannibalize his creations to build these guns. At first I thought he was being a dumb kid, but then he explained that stealing the parts from his other creations would be simple enough, but later on there really wouldn't be any way to get the toothpaste back in the tube...there's no practical way to track which parts came from which sets and then return all the parts back to their sets and rebuild the creations. I hadn't thought of that.

So it's really a question of how loyal one is to one's collection. It turns out my son is more married to these toys than I thought, so my "Plan A" was foiled. But he was kind enough to hand me a small pile of parts so we could build the butterfly knife (which he LOVES and has never taken apart).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on February 5, 2011
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The whole book is beautifully bound and extremely well designed. Those who are a fan of lovely typography will love this book. I just received it today and was instantly excited about how sexy the book appeared.

Seriously. buy this book. The guns are awesome. The instructions look great. It's extremely helpful and just so damn cool.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hypatia on December 6, 2011
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While the concept of this book was really interesting and inspired me to purchase it, the instructions in the book leave a lot to be desired. Following the advice in the book, I used Bricklink.com to place orders for the parts listed. Unfortunately, several of the part numbers listed in the book were incorrect and hunting down the actual part numbers was both time consuming and frustrating.

Once I actually tried to build the first LEGO gun, I found that the required parts and the counts for them listed at the beginning of the directions were incorrect. An entire step is unaccounted for as the LEGO gun nears completion, making it impossible to finish without placing orders for additional parts.

The instructions in the book are printed in grays and reds and each step requires careful scrutiny because the changes from step to step are rarely highlighted. Also, because of the lack of color, it is very difficult in some of the pictures to tell which parts go where.

Overall, I found the execution of this book to be poor with difficult to follow or incorrect instructions. Getting the parts together to create the guns listed is an exercise in frustration. I would not recommend this book unless you are a serious LEGO collector with an extensive bank of LEGO parts available to supplement any orders. Otherwise, you'll probably get stuck on a step and have to wait to order more parts that weren't listed in the beginning supply lists.
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