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The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide Paperback – 9 Nov 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read 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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good value but doesn't cover everything I think it should cover. Obviously the author's interest is gearboxes and there is large (disproportionate) amount of the book devoted to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Derek P
Clear and well organized book, filled with interesting photos and details.Published 22 months ago by Baspro
excellent book for children to learn the workings of machinery through lego technicPublished on 24 April 2015 by david bedford
Personny was not any good for me-I bought it, opened it, looked through it, and put it down thinking I`m glad I got this second hand.Published on 13 Mar. 2015 by Nigel Caller