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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple pleasures, October 11, 2010
This review is from: The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Simple Machines (Paperback)
If you are a LEGO builder like me, you have gotten pretty proficient at building what is called the System type of models. These are buildings and vehicles that are the scale of the minifigure and are the majority of the things that are built with LEGO elements.

However, there are other scales and other parts that are not the typical brick and plate. Once called Expert Models, these became the Technic theme, which are models that have working features, like working steering and gear systems. These are sets that are more complex, and as a result, are tough to explore building possibilities. With The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Simple Machines, using Technic parts becomes a much easier exercise.

As the first book in the LEGO Technic Idea book trilogy,Simple Machines explains the parts and their uses in a clear, easy-to-understand format. There are no words used in the diagrams: all ideas are explained with graphics and colorful photos of example models. This makes it really easy and fun to pick up on building. The simplicity of the photos and diagrams also allows the builder to adapt the model to his creations.

For the beginning builder this is a great guide to learning how to make working models. For the experienced builder, this is a good reference on building techniques. This book would also be useful for FIRST LEGO teams, as it explains how to use gears, which is useful for MINDSTORMS robot builders.
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Initial post: Jan 25, 2013 5:59:53 PM PST
I recently got this book, however after looking at the builds in the pictures I realized we do not have most of the kinds of pieces (gears etc.). I looked on the lego page and amazon to buy a mixed set of these kind of pieces and don´t see any online. Where can I purchase pieces to make the wonderful designs in this book?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2013 6:05:48 PM PST
Joseph Meno says:
There are a couple of places you can go to find the parts in this book. One is the LEGO Education site, www.legoeducation.us (I think) and the other is bricklink.com. LEGO Education has spare parts that you can search, and Bricklink you have to search individually from a variety of vendors. There is no one place that sells an assortment of the parts in the book, as some parts are pretty rare.

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