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The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide Paperback – November 9, 2012
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(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 sariel.pl.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After getting the book from the library on and off, I ultimately realized that this book is a keeper and ended up buying it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by busywithkids
according to my son, this is THE book to have. He about peed his pants when he got it. Had his nose in it ever since.Published 2 months ago by Nancy Fairbanks
It's a very good overview of stuff we can do. Unfortunately it never lists part numbers.
It's a really good book anyhow
The other reviews summarize the contents well. I'd just like to remark that this book represents and incredible amount of effort and research on the part of the author. Read morePublished 3 months ago by AJ
Highly recommend this book to anyone needing to learn physics as well as Lego connoisseurs.Published 4 months ago by Felenari
Excellent for anyone wanting some pretty technical engineering info as it applies to Lego creations. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mom of Five
I have been playing with Legos for years, and getting more and more advanced in my builds, But this book for me was the missing link. Read more
I am just restarting to build LEGO Technic and Sariel's book is an invaluable resource! I am reminded of things I knew and more importantly learning some great new techniques.Published 8 months ago by Andy