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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 Pawel "Sairel" 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:
- Create sturdy connections that can withstand serious stress
- Re-create specialized LEGO pieces like casings and u-joints, and build solutions like Schmidt and Oldham couplings, when no standard piece will do
- Build custom differentials, suspensions, transmissions, and steering systems
- Pick the right motor for the job—and transform its properties to suit your needs
- Combine studfull and studless building styles for a stunning look
- Create remote-controlled vehicles, lighting systems, motorized compressors, and pneumatic engines
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!
The LEGO® Technic system is a line of LEGO that opens a realm of new building possibilities. Essentially a collection of what are known as studless pieces, as well as gears, pulleys, pneumatics, electric motors, and such, it enables passionate fans to design truly mechanical LEGO models.
In the spirit of the bestselling title The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide, The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide is filled with building techniques and tips for creating strong yet elegant machines and mechanisms. With author Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec's expert guidance, readers learn the foundations of LEGO Technic building, and how to use the system to create impressive to-scale models. Sariel, a world-renowned LEGO Technic expert, offers readers unique insight into the mechanical principles that drive modern engineering like torque, power translation, gear ratios, as they build working models of a transmission, differentials, suspensions, tanks with working treads, miniature supercars, earth movers, Da Vinci's leaf spring catapult, and much more.
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
Table of Contents
forewordprefaceacknowledgmentsbasicsChapter 1: basic conceptsChapter 2: basic units and piecesChapter 3: studless or studfull?Chapter 4: axles, bushes, and jointsmechanicsChapter 5: gears and power transmission basicsChapter 6: chains and pulleysChapter 7: levers and linkagesChapter 8: custom mechanical solutionsChapter 9: the LEGO pneumatic systemChapter 10: pneumatic devicesChapter 11: building strongmotorsChapter 12: an inventory of LEGO motorsChapter 13: LEGO Power Functions systemadvanced mechanicsChapter 14: wheeled steering systemsChapter 15: wheeled suspension systemsChapter 16: tracked vehicles and suspensionsChapter 17: transmissionsChapter 18: adders and subtractorsmodelsChapter 19: form vs. functionChapter 20: scaling a modelChapter 21: the modeling processafterwordupdates and additional resources