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About the Author

Yoshihito Isogawa is a LEGO luminary with 42 years of experience. He began writing computer manuals while at the Tokyo University of Science and founded Isogawa Studio, Inc. soon after. He has twice won the grand prize in the Japan Manual Contest held by the Japan Technical Communicators Association and he has won outstanding performance awards many times. He currently lives in Tokyo.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Series: Lego Technic Idea Book
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (October 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593272782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593272784
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

He and I spend many hours duplicating the ideas found in this book.
Georich
Ingenious solutions are throughout the book and provide inspiration for both the beginning builder and experienced Technic builder.
Joseph Meno
My son has a crazy amount of Lego - but one you build a kit, some additional ideas can be fun.
Beth

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By William Pollock on November 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
There are hundreds of models in these books and, unless you've got a massive storehouse of LEGO Technic parts in your 10,000 square foot basement, you may not have all of the parts you need in order to build a particular model.

We want to help you find those parts. To that end, Yoshihito Isogawa has prepared a hyperlinked list of the more unique parts in the books to help you to find them at the Bricklink website. We can't post a direct link to that list here, but here's how to find it on our website:

(1) Go to the main No Starch Press website
(2) Search for the word "technic"
(3) Click the first search item that comes up ("LEGO Technic Idea Book Complete Set")
(4) When you reach that page, click the link that says "See the parts list for the books," which you'll see just underneath the red text that says "Buy the whole set and save . . ."

or, if you can read between the lines, try:

nostarch dot com /technic

Please remember that these are idea books; buying these books is not like buying a pre-packaged LEGO set. As such, you're encouraged to explore and invent with LEGO. Many of our readers draw considerable inspiration from the pictures of Isogawa's models alone and I hope that you will, too.

Sincerely,

William Pollock, Founder
No Starch Press
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Meno on October 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
Some of the most sought after LEGO sets from the past include the Technic supercars. Built to a larger scale than the usual LEGO sets, these models had many of the same functions of a real sports car, such as steering, suspension and transmissions. However, building a model of that complexity without having built one of the sets has been a major challenge. As a result, there are only a few fan supercars out there.

The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Wheeled Wonders is a book that shows builders how to make such features in LEGO fashion. Using photos and some simple diagramming, the book shows in a very clear way how to make motorized models that can drive, steer, and do other things, thanks to some gearing. Different motors are used in the models, so adapting from one type to another is not difficult.

What's amazing is that some of the models are wonderfully elegant. Using basic parts, a car can be built that hugs table edges. No computers needed! Another model uses a polarity switch for a car that reverses when it hits a wall. Ingenious solutions are throughout the book and provide inspiration for both the beginning builder and experienced Technic builder.

This is the second of the LEGO Technic Idea book trilogy, so this is only about wheeled models. Butas the others, this is a good reference and inspiration for building things with movement. Highly recommended for any builder!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Laurens Valk on June 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've had all three of Isogawa's Technic Idea books for a while now. After reading some of the reviews and comments here, I felt compelled to contribute some information to this discussion. The point I want to make is that these books are *Idea Books*, not *cookbooks*. You would have guessed that from the book title, but reading through the reviews here, it appears that this isn't obvious, so let me explain.

But before I do, in Mr. Isogawa's own words: "This book is full of little seeds for ideas. It is you who will cultivate these seeds so they will grow into wonderful masterpieces." This means that this book is full of ideas, not ready made recipes that you would find in a cookbook. There's no list of ingredients, and also no step-by-step instructions to make everything. If you want full instructions, this may not be the right book for you.

This book has numerous examples that show the essential principles of building LEGO vehicles. It also shows how you can use LEGO motors to make your vehicles move. And here's where "all those expensive rare components" come in. Truth is, you really don't need all these pieces.

The best example is the use of motors. Pages 4-17 show you many working examples of motor powered vehicles. All of these vehicles do the same: move when you switch on the motor, so you really need to build only one of them. Now, all these vehicles illustrated on these pages use *6 different types* of LEGO motors (to be clear, only one motor per vehicle). The author has done this so that literally *anyone with any LEGO motor* can build this little car.

So you really need just one motor. And once you've followed Mr.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on December 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Don't get me wrong, I really like 'The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Wheeled Wonders' but after perusing through it a bunch of times, I just couldn't give this 5 stars. The book is ENTIRELY an inspiration book with pictures of lots of cars that the author has made. The color JUMPS out of the book, the cars are neat, but there is only a MINIMAL amount of instruction on how to make these. So the reader looks at stuff the author makes and can try their best to replicate, but without some more guidance, it's more a coffee table book than anything else. If there were less machines and just a tiny bit of instruction, this would easily be 5 stars. However, 4 stars isn't bad, and it's still a nice pick up for the LEGO enthusiast.

**** RECOMMENDED
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