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The BrickGun Book: Build the World's Most Realistic LEGO Handguns Paperback – May 30, 2013
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5 Building Tips from the Introduction
1. Whenever possible, work on a solid, flat surface. Being able to press pieces onto the model using a fair amount of force (without breaking your build) is made significantly easier by working on a sturdy tabletop or counter top.
2. Hang the model off the edge of your work surface.When portions of the model protrude down (such as when the trigger is attached), try to work with the flat, bottom portion of the model on a flat surface and the descending portion hanging off the edge.
3. Use a pencil tip to attach rubber bands.
4. Ensure that pieces are completely and firmly attached. This is important with any LEGO model but especially with BrickGun designs, as the tolerances are very small and we can’t spare any space once we incorporate all the working mechanics. If you leave gaps between pieces, you may find that sections will not fit together properly or move as expected when the model is complete.
5. Connect pieces starting from one end and “lean” them together. Rather than trying to snap two pieces together directly on top of one another, first attach the studs at one end and then press along the length of the pieces until they are securely connected. Contrary to popular belief, LEGO bricks and plates should never “snap” together (only Technic pieces do this); instead they should glide together quietly and smoothly.
About the Author
Jeff Boen designed his first BrickGun model on a lark. He now runs the popular website BrickGun.com, which sells kits and building instructions for his original LEGO gun designs.
Top Customer Reviews
In the opening notes, Boen describes how his LEGO models have evolved over many generations and the payoff for the reader is huge. Boen's models are nearly 1:1 scale and contain working triggers, hammers, slide locks and magazines. Although four of the models in the book don't actually shoot, Boen offers a stunning MAC-11 submachine gun that shoots rubber bands in semi-automatic fashion.
The book features full-color, step by step instructions that make liberal use of nearly every page. I particularly enjoyed the fact that many pages were laid out in "portrait" mode, offering a big picture, vertical view of the building steps that lie ahead. And preceding each chapter, Boen has created both a visual and written parts list for each firearm (including part numbers and part names), making it easy to order the parts online.
Boen recommends you start with his BG-22 model, then proceed to the 92FS, Desert Eagle, MAC-11, and then conclude with his `piece de resistance,' the Colt 1911. Even if builders stop at the BG-22, they will get a good overview of what this book is all about.
Whereas this book appears to be designed for adult LEGO fans, I believe it would be fully appreciated by law-enforcement or military personnel, professional armorers, gunsmiths and gun enthusiasts overall.
You can't fully appreciate the depth or detail of what LEGO realism means unless you get this book. Boen takes LEGO gun craft to a new level.
The author, Jeff Boen, begins with a short history of how he came to build model guns from Lego, which provides a nice background and lead-in to the instructions themselves (which comprise most of the book). Included in The BrickGun Book are instructions for building the BG22, 92FS, Desert Eagle, 1911, and Mac-11. A couple of these models have special additions. The BG22 has a removable magazine (complete with visible Lego bullet!), and the Mac-11 can launch rubber bands. That one of the models actually fired something impressed me, greatly. However, the other models are by no means just static creations. The BG22 has a movable slide, switchable safety catch, and working trigger. The 92FS, Desert Eagle, and 1911 include all of these features, plus a moving hammer that can be cocked. Not only does the Mac-11 fire rubber bands, the instructions seem to suggest that up to five rubber bands may be loaded at once.
After going through the book, the pictures of the 1911 model impressed me the most, complete with the look of the wooden laminate grip. The build itself took some time, but everything was very well explained. Next, I think it would be very cool to try one of these models in some other unique color - dark green, perhaps, or a bright red - just for fun.
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I especially liked the history of how the author started his gun model building hobby and the stories behind the models.
The BrickGun Book by Jeff Boen is precisely what it claims to be: an instruction manual that will show you how to "Build the World's Most Realistic LEGO(R) Handguns". Published in 2013 by No Starch Press, The BrickGun Book contains 222 clearly illustrated pages that will show you how to put together five of the most popular models from Boen's company, BrickGun. The models included in the book are the BG22 with Magazine, 92FS, 1911, Desert Eagle and MAC-11 Rubber Band Shooter.
I am more of a fan of LEGO(R) than of guns, but I was interested to see how these models are made with functioning parts, and the MAC-11 Rubber Band Shooter can actually shoot up to 5 rubber bands semi-automatically. The book is well-designed, with very clear instructions to make it easy to replicate the five different models. The parts lists for each model come in two different formats, one written and one illustrated, so that you can more easily understand which pieces are needed for each model.
The book's introduction tells a bit about the models and the history of how the BrickGun Company came to be. It also explains some about how to interpret the instructions and how to acquire the parts you need. There are also hints about how to construct the models, and they are all very clearly illustrated with helpful photos.
The BrickGun Book has a very specific audience in mind. It is for people who want to build LEGO(R) replicas of five different real gun models (one of which shoots actual rubber bands). If that is what you are looking for, then this book would be a great choice for you.
(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from No Starch in order to review it.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How cool is this book? Awesome list of cool guns you can build with legos.. I loved it!Published 21 days ago by Bionik-58
The gun has great suggestions but there are no kits out there to build the guns so it was very frustrating to start building a gun and not have the right Legos to make them.Published 23 months ago by Tammy Mims