Friday, November 9, 2012

Book Review - The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide

About the Book
The LEGO Technic system lets you use motors, gears, bricks, pneumatics, pulleys, and more to build models that look great and actually move. Combine these pieces in the right way and you can make models like tanks with suspended tracks, working heavy-duty construction vehicles, and realistic remote-controlled supercars.

In The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide (No Starch Press, November 2012, 352 pp., $29.95, ISBN 9781593274344), world-renowned builder Paweł "Sariel" Kmieć shows readers the ins and outs of creating strong yet elegant models with the Technic system. Beautiful, full-color images throughout show readers how to build simple machines, classic levers and linkages, and advanced mechanisms. And to help readers design the best machines possible, he also includes a primer on physics concepts like torque, friction, and traction, as well as essential engineering concepts like efficiency, power transmission, turning radius, and weight distribution.

"Sariel's insight is priceless," said No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock. "The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide promises to open up a new realm of possibilities for LEGO fans of all skill levels. This is the perfect book to get you started with the Technic system, but it will also inspire even the most advanced Technic builders."



In The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide, readers learn how to:

  • Create sturdy connections that can withstand serious stress
  • Re-create specialized LEGO pieces like casings and u-joints, and build solutions like Schmidt and Oldham couplings, when no standard piece will do
  • Build custom differentials, suspensions, transmissions, and steering systems
  • Create remote-controlled vehicles, lighting systems, motorized compressors, and pneumatic engines

The most popular Technic builder on YouTube, Sariel has racked up over 10 million views of models, like his lightning fast RC sports cars, Cold War-era Soviet battle tank, and massive monster truck. With Sariel's expert guidance, the mysteries of building with the LEGO Technic system are finally at every builder's fingertips.

My Take on the Book
I have not had the chance to use the Lego Technic blocks as much as the regular ones, but I have to say that this book makes me want to! I was so intrigued by what these blocks provide for the builder and what the models can do in the end. The book was well written and the instructions were easy to follow for both the new and experienced individuals using these amazing blocks. I shared the book with my eldest daughter who loves Legos and her first words were, "why don't we have these blocks?" Thus, I guess I know what will be on the shopping list for the next gift that I will be getting for her!

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