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Badass LEGO Guns: Building Instructions for Five Working Guns Paperback – 27 Dec 2010
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Martin Hudepohl, a.k.a. Xubor, built his first LEGO guns in the early 1990s and has been developing ever-more sophisticated models since. He is a freelance programmer, who also composes original music. He lives in Germany.
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The guide walks you through everything you will need to make your chosen weapon with a very clever contents list for every gun, it gives you the individual Lego codes you need and where to easily find cheap Lego pieces online, this is especially useful for some of the more rare pieces you may not have in your Lego arsenal, and would normally have to describe as a "springy thing with a tube in the middle" which sadly wont get you far on EBay.
The guide also gives you hints on tips on how to make your own guns what design software it would be useful to download and how you can then view the design in 3d and check it will work. All the software it recommends is free and easy to find thanks to the precise links the book offers.
The guns in the book are simply genius, I have made the first gun and am staggered at how simple and fun it was to build yet how clever and complex the firing mechanism is! The later models range in difficult up to a monster fully automatic assault rifle that looks incredible and will surely pack a punch! I can't wait to build it!
The printing of the book itself is very good, and has been made especially so when the book is open it will lay flat to ensure that you can build the models without continuously loosing your page.
The only slight negatives I have experienced are that some of the images are quite difficult to make out what part needs to be used where, but normally after a little while you can work it out. Secondly on the model I made the "bill of materials" was slightly incorrect, it did not effect building the gun and the gun was still fine without the parts that were not in the bill, however it did mean a second of the gun that was purely for looks I didn't have the parts to build.
All in all a fantastic book for anyone who likes Lego has everything, or is a gadget lover!
I had to buy a lot of parts for the warbeast model which is the most complicated model in the book.
The instructions in the book are quite easy to follow, but some times you have to look very closely to see how to assemble the different parts. I did find a couple of printing errors, but Martin the author wrote to me personally in order to sort them out. It took me about a day to build the biggest gun in the book from start to finish, and it really does work.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes lego. I have spent more time on this than any of my other Christmas presents.
James , age 11
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