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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (9 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593274343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593274344
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. ä


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Lego Technic is a system started in the 1970s that includes advanced components such as gears, electric motors and pneumatic actuators. These allow the construction of mechanisms and models that function similarly to real machines and vehicles, sometimes to a very high standard of realism. As someone who has made a contribution to this area in the past, I have been looking forward to the release this book for some time.

Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec is one of the foremost builders and exponents of Lego Technic. His goal was simple: In his own words, to teach you everything he has learned about building with Lego Technic over the last 20 years, and to use this to help you build your own models. However, he acknowledges that this was too much to include in a single book, and that certain omissions were necessary. But have these been detrimental to the overall quality?

The book has 5 sections; Basics, Mechanics, Motors, Advanced Mechanics, and Models. The first four are in a form that will be familiar to anyone who has read a mechanics textbook, as all the fundamental machines and mechanisms are included. Levers, mechanisms, pulleys, and their associated language such as efficiency, friction, torque, mechanical advantage and many others are all present.

These are clearly and simply explained, and are colourfully illustrated with models built from Lego Technic. Instructions are supplied for all of these, allowing the reader to build and see them working, just as they would in real life.

This is where the real quality of the book lies, and the chapter on gearboxes and transmissions is of particular note. It provides descriptions and instructions for many kinds, including one I had never encountered before, the orbital transmission.
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My 12 year old takes this book to bed every night. He has it fully indexed with post-its sticking out at his favourite sections. Need I say more?

As an automotive design engineer myself, I may be predisposed to the simple beauty of mechanical systems, but everyone who has seen this book can't help being amazed. From the most basic mechanical advantages of simple pulleys, levers and joints, to the most complex synchronised 10-speed gearboxes, it's all in this book. Explained simply, carefully illustrated and logically progressing from mechanical principle, to usage example to Lego build instruction.

If as a kid you don't fall in love with engineering reading this book, you never will. Better stick to banking...

Downside? Be warned. All the studless technic pieces to build these mechanisms don't come cheap. He/she will always 'need' more...
of course, you can always point them to the lego technic 3D build software (free download) where all pieces are available in unlimited supply. :-)

Focused a lot on mechanics of vehicles. Lacks a chapter on statics to understand bridges, arches, etc.

Bottom line: best £15 spent on my son, ever!
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As an older newbie to Lego Technics, and having a science and computing background rather than a mechanical engineering background, I found this an extremely enjoyable and interesting book. The author is clearly extremely knowledgeable, the layout is structured well and of a high production quality. You can read it cover to cover or just jump to sections you want. Glad I bought it.
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I was given a Lego Technic set for Christmas and it fired my imagination, such that I wanted to find out more about it especially all the types and sizes of components etc.

This is where this book (Kindle version) scored for me as I now understand about the basic stud-based ethos of Lego, the types and colours of components, axle lengths etc etc. The builds, whilst complex were well described and all aspects were well-illustrated. A tiny grumble about the Kindle version was that some illustrations were up 5 pages away from the relevant text, but this was not a problem.

As a novice (or really a re-starter in later years!) this was a great buy to get me going. I will have to start with simple designs first, though!!
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Other reviewers have said it better than I can and with far more comprehensive reviews.

I'm a relatively recent rediscoverer of Lego and this is just the thing for those who are slightly overwhelmed by the variety of parts available today as well as the many uses to which they can be put.

Excellent, buy it if you have any interest in Lego Technic.
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Excellent book and very well presented. The ideas with in have helped me become a much better modeller and my knowledge of engineering concepts has improved greatly. The page that suddenly dropped in a load of equations and formulas was simple and easy to understand.

Forget giving this books to kids, it is wasted on them and had I had this book back when I went into engineering college, I would had a more enjoyable time!
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Sariel is a veteran builder of Lego Technic Models and expert for vehicles.
In the same high quality his models are known for, he created this book.

If you attempt to create sophisticated Technic vehicles, this
book is a must-have. Not only Sariel introduces the basic Technic
parts and gives examples on how to use them, he analyzed hundreds of
mechanisms found in real vehicles and transformed them into Lego;
presenting the building instructions in this book.

I would recommend The Unofficial Lego Technic Builder's Guide to every ...

*Technic rookie - because he gets to know the basic Newton physics,
Lego parts and design principles

*Advanced Technic builder - because he finds proven solutions for
many mechanical problems he will surely encounter some day

*Technic pro - because Sariel also presents some unconventional ideas
experts can get inspirations from

A smart book, written by a real pro. What are you waiting for?
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