- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (September 27, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593275714
- ISBN-13: 978-1593275716
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Note From the Authors
We loved playing with LEGO when we were kids, and like a lot of kids, we dreamed of becoming LEGO designers when we grew up. But also like most other kids, we put our LEGO bricks away in the attic when we reached our early teens. When we came back to LEGO as adults, we marveled at the things fans were building—the astounding models featured online. What really turned our heads, though, were the amazing minifig-scale buildings that LEGO had released. There was a wonderful community of builders trying to emulate the “modular building” style and improve upon it, too. We first fell in love with the Fire Brigade (set #10197). The rest, as they say, is history.
We’ve built dozens of models since buying our Fire Brigade; there’s just something irresistible about using little building blocks to create models that emulate architectural details, creating a whole miniature world. We wrote this book to share our passion. We hope you get lots of ideas for building your own models in these pages.
About the Author
Brian Lyles is a professional videographer who runs Brick City Depot, an online repository of detailed LEGO architecture building instructions.
When not running brickcitydepot.com with his brother Brian, Jason Lyles works as a software developer.
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Top customer reviews
I’m biased towards this type of a Lego book because it’s oriented towards folks who like the Architecture and Creator sets and would like to create their own custom builds but could use some ideas on how to add those little details that really make your sets stand out.
About 1/3rd of the way through the book, you’ll see a custom Chili’s restaurant. I’d purchased those designs from the authors and built the set last summer. The set sits on a shelf at my house and gets as many compliments as my purchased Lego sets do. It’s nice to see their other creative work in this book.
This isn’t one of those books filled with giant, complex Lego builds that the average user never has the time or brick collection to build. I love those books too, but this book is one that I’ll have splayed open on the dining room table this weekend playing around with the step-by-step designs they’ve included in their book. Highly recommended!
The first half of the book contains six chapters which cover the foundations of constructing modular buildings:
The 'Cafe Corner' standard -- a useful reference on what exactly the modular building standard is: where the connection points go, how the sidewalk/pavement should be constructed, how high and deep the building should be and so on
The design process -- how to decide what you're going to build and in what colours
Bricks everywhere -- how to look at real buildings and 'see' them as LEGO parts
The details -- how to construct windows, columns, cornices, lights, benches and so on
The interior -- how to build internal details for houses and commercial buildings
Gallery -- photos of the author's buildings, provided for inspiration
It contains some great practical advice, in the form of photos of parts of buildings re-imagined in LEGO, ideas and inspiration for constructing aspects that they all need, such as windows, and also instructions for stand-alone models such as park benches, street lamps, beds, recliners and so on.
You can start building modular buildings right from the start, with Chapter 1 explaining how to use the Cafe Corner Standard, and then look at the details and interiors as the book goes on.
The chapter on design process also provided me with some good insight on how to use technology (google street-view is truly wonderful for this) to generate ideas.
My only real issue is that the book really ends about 1/3 of the way through, with 2/3 of the book then lent to step by step instructions for building a modular townhouse (albeit with some good tips on using SNOT techniques to provide three different facades) and chemist.
I would much rather have had more detail on micro-modular techniques with the last 120 pages reduced to links to free instructions on the authors' website.
I definitely recommend this book for any LEGO fan.
I bought the paperback version and its reasonably well constructed. I don't regret the decision, but as much as I like the book, I wish I would have opted for a hardback copy.