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The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide Paperback – 9 Nov 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Age Range: 9 years and up
  • 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 (44 customer reviews)
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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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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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I am an adult re-discovering the fun of Lego. As my 8 year old son is growing up and playing with Lego it has taken me back to my youth. I ended my Lego days as a teenager with the Technic range of Lego. Back then, Technic Lego was still quite simple (by comparison to todays standards). I have viewed some creations online and soon realised that modern Technic is enjoyed by adults and is far more sophisticated than it ever was. Just type 'Lego engine' into Youtube and you will soon see what I mean. I purchased a Lego excavator (8043) for myself and was blown away by the clutches, gearing and power transmission systems. However, following instructions to build a prescribed model is not the same as understanding how it all works. This book fills that gap and beyond. Whilst it does not explain individual models it does provide advanced building and engineering principles in an easy to understand way. I am sure a competent youngster would be able to make good use of the book but for enquiring adults, I would say the book is invaluable and certainly worth the cover price and some. New or old to Technic Lego, I would say this book deserves a place on your bookshelf.
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I bought this for my 10 year old son who loves lego and I hoped that it would give hm some ideas. It is quite complicated and wasn't really suitable so I sent it back. I think that it would be fine for an older child, maybe 13/14+.
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