The LEGO® Technic system opens a new realm of building possibilities. Using motors, gears, pneumatics, pulleys, linkages, and more, you can design LEGO models that really move.
The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide is filled with building tips for creating strong yet elegant machines and mechanisms with the Technic system. Author Paweł “Sariel” Kmiec will teach you the foundations of LEGO Technic building, from simple machines to advanced mechanics, even explaining how to create realistic to-scale models. Sariel, a world-renowned LEGO Technic expert, offers unique insight into mechanical principles like torque, power translation, and gear ratios, all using Technic bricks. You’ll learn how to:
This beautifully illustrated, full-color book will inspire you with ideas for building amazing machines like tanks with suspended treads, supercars, cranes, bulldozers, and much more. Your Technic adventure starts now!
About the Author
Paweł "Sariel" Kmieć 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 company 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 http://sariel.pl/.
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Table of Contents
Part 1: Basics
Part 2: Mechanics
Part 3: Motors
Part 4: Advanced Mechanics
Part 5: Models
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"Even if you're an accomplished builder, some of the techniques that Sariel shares are sure to expand your repertoire as a builder."
"I actually learned some real-life mechanical concepts just from reading the chapters on transmissions! This is one of those books that just amazes mecomplex ideas made easier to follow with what are basically toy pieces of plastic."
"Provides an amazing amount of information on power building techniques, all in really beautiful color."
"I not only highly recommend The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide for anyone interested in LEGO Technic but think it is a must for those individuals who want to go anywhere beyond the set instructions."
"A very well organized and clear guide to getting the most out of your hobby. Start at the beginning, work towards the end, and you'll be an expert modeler and maker of things Lego Technic."
"Seeing concepts like mechanical advantage not just discussed or demonstrated on paper but being able to build a tangible example helps cement the concept and its usage into the mind. If only I had read this book and played around with these LEGO pieces back in high school!"
"Provides you with a sound basis, as well as a useful reference for getting to know your elements, learning how to combine them in sturdy, useful mechanisms and combine them into your very own Technic creations."
"This book is a gem, I'm a bit of a Technic modeller and this book goes into some great practical details about what works best, including solutions to problems that you will inevitably come across at some stage in your Technic building."
"I would recommend this book for any adult builder who is interested in becoming more familiar with Technic and using Technic in their own creations. The book is well laid out and the information is presented clearly. It is definitely an asset that deserves a place on the shelf."
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"Well written and seems very comprehensive . . . the book is full of worked examples of the different concepts and systems, not to mention a liberal sprinkling of pictures some of his superb Technic MOCs which bring the theory to life and show what's possible once you have a decent grasp of the Technic building system."
"No matter if you are a beginner or a veteran builder, you will find inspiration within this book; there truly is something for everyone."
"This is great for those who love Technic and want to take their creations to the next level."
"Probably the best Technic book for any builder, independent of their level. A must-have for your collection."
"I highly recommend this valuable reference to anybody (whether a beginner or advanced builder) wanting to enhance their LEGO Technic understanding. It should be the primary reference in every LEGO Technic fan's library!"
"There is no comparable publication and this is an impressive resource that I'll be finding useful for years to come."
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"The information is presented in a logical flow that makes it easy to understand. . . . I cannot recommend it enough."
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"Pretty much everything you need to know about how to do all the basics for practically every Technic technique out there."
"This book is going to be a reference I'll use during every building session."
"This is an instruction book that gets it; this is a guy who knows how to teach. The book itself is very well put together. The content is well organized, and each chapter builds upon the previous in meaningful ways."
"I would highly, highly, highly recommend this book (highly even) for anyone above the very introductory level builder."
"The book is loaded with awesome ideas. I highly recommend The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide, because it is definitely a valuable source information for the Technic builder, the LEGO model builder who wants to incorporate Technic elements and the Mindstorms® robotics builder."
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"If you're a LEGO Technic fan, and builder, this book is a must have."
"The full-color diagrams and easy to follow instructions make building motors, gears, pulleys and more so much easier to build. . . . The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide really is an awesome, must-have book."