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The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide [Paperback]

Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec
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Table of Contents

foreword; preface; acknowledgments; basics; Chapter 1: basic concepts; 1.1 speed; 1.2 torque; 1.3 power; 1.4 friction; 1.5 traction; 1.6 rolling resistance; 1.7 backlash; 1.8 efficiency; 1.9 vehicular concepts; Chapter 2: basic units and pieces; 2.1 the Technic brick; 2.2 pins, for joining and rotating; 2.3 beams, the studless alternative; 2.4 the half stud as the minimum building unit; 2.5 two tricks for building with half studs; Chapter 3: studless or studfull?; 3.1 LEGO evolving; 3.2 studfull building; 3.3 studless building; 3.4 combining the styles; Chapter 4: axles, bushes, and joints; 4.1 axles; 4.2 bushes; 4.3 universal joints; mechanics; Chapter 5: gears and power transmission basics; 5.1 drivers, followers, and idlers; 5.2 gear ratios; 5.3 efficiency and gears; 5.4 backlash and gears; 5.5 controlling rotational direction; 5.6 an inventory of gears; Chapter 6: chains and pulleys; 6.1 chains; 6.2 pulleys; 6.3 string and pulley systems; Chapter 7: levers and linkages; 7.1 levers; 7.2 linkages; Chapter 8: custom mechanical solutions; 8.1 a stronger differential; 8.2 differential locks; 8.3 a custom differential; 8.4 an axle with a differential lock; 8.5 ratchets; 8.6 linear clutches; 8.7 eccentric mechanisms; 8.8 Scotch yokes; 8.9 a Scotch yoke; 8.10 Oldham couplings; 8.11 an Oldham coupling; 8.12 Schmidt couplings; 8.13 stepper motors; 8.14 Geneva mechanisms; 8.15 a Geneva mechanism; 8.16 reverse lights; 8.17 flashing lights; 8.18 turn signals; 8.19 complex turn signals; 8.20 double-axle turntable transmission; 8.21 a double-axle turntable transmission; 8.22 a sturdy universal joint; 8.23 a universal joint; Chapter 9: the LEGO pneumatic system; 9.1 the Old system; 9.2 the New system; 9.3 an inventory of pneumatic parts; 9.4 modding the pneumatic system; Chapter 10: pneumatic devices; 10.1 motorized compressors; 10.2 a rocking compressor; 10.3 motorized valves; 10.4 autovalve; 10.5 a motorized valve; 10.6 an autovalve; 10.7 automated pressure switch; 10.8 pneumatic engines; 10.9 a single-cylinder engine; 10.10 a two-cylinder pneumatic engine; 10.11 a two-cylinder pneumatic engine with sliders; 10.12 builder showcase; 10.13 a working water pressure pump; Chapter 11: building strong; 11.1 why things fall apart; 11.2 the right way to reinforce; 11.3 reinforced differential casings; 11.4 four reinforced differential casings; 11.5 reinforced worm gear casings; 11.6 three reinforced worm gear casings; 11.7 load-bearing structures; 11.8 choosing the strongest pieces; motors; Chapter 12: an inventory of LEGO motors; 12.1 2838, the first 9V motor; 12.2 71427, a popular and powerful 9V motor; 12.3 43362, a lighter 9V motor; 12.4 47154, a 9V motor in a semitransparent housing; 12.5 Micromotor; 12.6 NXT motor; 12.7 Power Functions E motor; 12.8 Power Functions Medium (M) motor; 12.9 Power Functions L motor; 12.10 Power Functions XL motor; 12.11 Power Functions Servo motor; 12.12 RC motor; Chapter 13: LEGO Power Functions system; 13.1 manually controlling motors; 13.2 remotely controlling motors; 13.3 power supplies; 13.4 receiver; 13.5 remotes; 13.6 modifying the remotes; 13.7 a basic remote with steering wheel; 13.8 a basic remote with sideways lever; 13.9 a speed control remote with central steering wheel; 13.10 linear actuators; 13.11 extension wires; 13.12 miscellaneous elements; advanced mechanics; Chapter 14: wheeled steering systems; 14.1 basic LEGO steering systems; Chapter 15: wheeled suspension systems; 15.1 driven axles; 15.2 suspension systems: concept and categories; 15.3 types of suspensions; 15.4 driven and suspended axles; 15.5 steered and suspended axles; 15.6 driven, steered, and suspended axles; Chapter 16: tracked vehicles and suspensions; 16.1 rubber tracks; 16.2 hard plastic tracks; 16.3 tracked wheel systems; 16.4 suspension systems; 16.5 experimenting with road wheels; Chapter 17: transmissions; 17.1 types of transmissions; 17.2 how LEGO transmission driving rings work; 17.3 transmission designs; 17.4 distribution transmissions; 17.5 a 2-speed synchronized transmission; 17.6 a 2-speed linear heavy-duty transmission; 17.7 a 2-speed RC motor transmission; 17.8 a 2-speed orbital transmission; 17.9 a 2-speed ratchet transmission; 17.10 a 3-speed linear transmission; 17.11 a 4-speed synchronized transmission; 17.12 a 10-speed synchronized transmission; 17.13 a continuously variable transmission; Chapter 18: adders and subtractors; 18.1 hard-coupling; 18.2 coupling motors with adders; 18.3 subtractors; models; Chapter 19: form vs. function; 19.1 cars; 19.2 trucks; 19.3 motorcycles; 19.4 tracked vehicles; 19.5 aircraft; Chapter 20: scaling a model; 20.1 blueprints; 20.2 points of reference; 20.3 scaling; Chapter 21: the modeling process; 21.1 size matters; 21.2 wheels; 21.3 other circular elements; 21.4 colors; 21.5 devil in the details; 21.6 the next step: controlling your models; afterword; updates and additional resources;|

  • foreword
  • preface
  • acknowledgments
  • basics
    • Chapter 1: basic concepts
    • Chapter 2: basic units and pieces
    • Chapter 3: studless or studfull?
    • Chapter 4: axles, bushes, and joints
  • mechanics
    • Chapter 5: gears and power transmission basics
    • Chapter 6: chains and pulleys
    • Chapter 7: levers and linkages
    • Chapter 8: custom mechanical solutions
    • Chapter 9: the LEGO pneumatic system
    • Chapter 10: pneumatic devices
    • Chapter 11: building strong
  • motors
    • Chapter 12: an inventory of LEGO motors
    • Chapter 13: LEGO Power Functions system
  • advanced mechanics
    • Chapter 14: wheeled steering systems
    • Chapter 15: wheeled suspension systems
    • Chapter 16: tracked vehicles and suspensions
    • Chapter 17: transmissions
    • Chapter 18: adders and subtractors
  • models
    • Chapter 19: form vs. function
    • Chapter 20: scaling a model
    • Chapter 21: the modeling process
  • afterword
  • updates and additional resources

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