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The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide

(A) A power pulley system is perfect for lifting heavy loads.

(B) The travel of this rack-and-pinion steering system is minimized by articulated tie rods.

(C) The scissors lift combines the concepts used in the Sarrus and Scott-Russell linkages for seriously impressive range.

About 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 Group 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 ä


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (November 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593274343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593274344
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Robin A Sherwood on November 9, 2012
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I pre-ordered this book for my son and I have to say it has caused me to write one of my first ever amazon reviews. It really is an incredible guide to building with Lego. lots of full color diagrams, complete build instructions for many complex components that you can integrate into your designs. Linkages, mounts, gearing systems, the works. Discusses differences between stud and studless construction. Has some good simple explanations about speed/power/torque. Obviously it will be basic if you are a mechanical engineer, but if you have a middle or high school student this will give them a solid background into the physics as well as the design challenges along with some really great cookbook examples of components that will make their models great.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Glennon on November 11, 2012
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Both new and experienced LEGO Technic fans will find Pawel Kmiec's Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide to be an excellent construction resource.

For the new builder, Kmiec offers multiple, full color illustrations on nearly every page, along with an excellent overview of beams, plates, bricks, gears and pins.

Meanwhile, expert builders will find themselves immersed in detailed explanations of linear clutches, ratchets, Scotch yokes, Oldham couplings and contraptions for which they never new the name! Best of all, though, is that Kmiec offers both mini and complete building examples to help the reader master each type of mechanism.

Whereas this book contains an incredible wealth of technical knowledge for all skill levels, one chapter that has incredible universal appeal is Chapter 11: Building Strong. Kmiec does a fantastic job of helping builders identify weak components or structural concerns, then offers robust tips for reinforcing gear boxes, strengthening load bearing structures and choosing the right parts from the start.

Since many Technic creations roll and/or move, Kmiec dedicates a good portion of his book to advanced mechanics, but even the newest Technic fans will enjoy these sections because he offers step-by-step instructions ranging from simple suspensions all the way to rough terrain tackling, pendular portal designs. Despite the complex sound and appearance of things, Kmiec breaks down concepts simply, ensuring your next car, truck, crane or robot will be remarkable.

Fans of both the old and new LEGO pneumatic systems will find two chapters dedicated to air powered contraptions, concluding with impressive instructions on how to build both a single and a two cylinder pneumatic engine.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tyler on December 8, 2012
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This book is full of learning and fun! This would make a great book for someone who wants to add some mechanical excitement to their Lego creations or perhaps a father who want's to teach his son about mechanics. Even for someone who has done some technic building can learn a lot from this book. It is almost like a textbook, but done in a fun and practical way. The book starts with the basics of parts and slowly starts teaching you how to use these techniques to create bigger and better mechanical elements to add to your creations. It even has chapters devoted to helping you add electric motors and lights to power and illuminate your Lego creations.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who may have an interest in mechanics and how things work. It is a fun and easy way to learn these things by building them yourself.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rob on May 31, 2013
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I've ordered tons of stuff from Amazon, and this is my first real review of a product, simply because this book deserves one.

If you are an AFOL, and you tend to be more towards the functioning/mechanical aspect of Lego models, while trying to keep the asthetics of a fine looking piece of equipment, this should be the first book you purchase. The book takes multiple approaches to describing how things work, why they work, and alternate constructs to achieve the same function.

Want to figure out how to build independant suspensions for your models? There's a couple in here. What about indepedant steering/drive wheels? Got those, too. How about some transmissions, Power Functions, tracked, all wheel drive, pneumatics, actuators, levers, linkages, differentials, studless VS studful, SNOT and all other sorts of things that you always wanted to know about Lego building, but could never really find what you were looking for?

Yeah, it's all in here. From the moment I opened the package to now, I'm engorged in this book. Hell, I even opened it a few times while writing this review. This will be indespensible to myself, and even my children. I've been playing Lego's with my children since they were 3-4 years old, and they've always wanted to play with MOC's, and they've started taking an interest in how gears and such work, so with this book, maybe they'll become mechanical engineers. This book is that knowledgable. Sariel has been one of the top Lego creators for some time now, and this book shows you just a glimpse of his knowledge.

All in all, this book is work the money. It's fairly hefty, bigger than I imagined it would be, and am not dissapointed. If you had a choice between buying a $20 set and this book, buy this book.
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