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Title:
The unofficial LEGO builder's guide
ISBN:
9781593270544
Publication Information:
San Francisco, CA : No Starch Press, c2005.
Physical Description:
xviii, 319 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
LEGO system: Endless possibilities -- Back to basics: Tips and techniques -- Minifig scale: Oh, what a wonderful minifig world it is! -- Miniland scale: Whole world in miniature -- Jumbo elements: Building bigger bricks -- Microscale building: More than meets the eye -- Sculptures: Shape of things to build -- Mosaics: Patterns and pictures in bricks -- Technic: Not as technical as it may seem -- Putting it all together: Where ideas meet bricks -- Beyond just bricks: Other things to do besides building -- Sorting, storage, and sitting down to build something -- Making and using tools for LEGO projects -- Appendix A: Brickopedia -- Appendix B: Design grids: Building better by planning ahead -- List of key figures -- Index.
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Summary:
What exactly is a slope? What's the difference between a tile and a plate? Why is it bad to simply stack bricks in columns to make a wall? The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide is here to answer your questions. Focusing on building actual models with real bricks, The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide comes with complete instructions to build several cool models but also encourages you to use your imagination to create your own fantastic creations. Inside, you'll learn: The best ways to connect bricks and creative uses for those patterns. Tricks for calculating and using scale. The step-by-step plans to create a train station on the scale of LEGO people (a.k.a. "minifigs"). How to build spheres, jumbo-sized LEGO bricks, micro-scaled models, and a mini space shuttle. Tips for sorting and storing all of your LEGO pieces. LEGO is a brand that is well-known and well-loved by kids and adults around the world, and LEGO modeling is more popular and sophisticated today than ever.
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What exactly is a slope? What's the difference between a tile and a plate? Why is it bad to simply stack bricks in columns to make a wall? The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide is here to answer your questions.Focusing on building actual models with real bricks, The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide comes with complete instructions to build several cool models but also encourages you to use your imagination to create your own fantastic creations.Inside, you'll learn:

The best ways to connect bricks and creative uses for those patterns Tricks for calculating and using scale (it's not as hard as you think) The step-by-step plans to create a train station on the scale of LEGO people (a.k.a. "minifigs") How to build spheres, jumbo-sized LEGO bricks, micro-scaled models, and a mini space shuttle Tips for sorting and storing all of your LEGO pieces

The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide also includes the Brickopedia, a visual guide to nearly 300 of the most useful and reusable elements of the LEGO system, with historical notes, common uses, part numbers, and the year each piece first appeared in a LEGO set.The firm foundation for your LEGO hobby starts here!


Author Notes

Allan Bedford is a lifelong LEGO fan and builder whose most ambitious model is a 5,000-piece replica of Toronto's famed CN Tower. An avid photographer, Bedford spends his time chronicling the streets and people of his adopted hometown, Toronto.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
1 The LEGO System: Endless Possibilitiesp. 1
A Brick Vocabularyp. 2
Sizing Up the Elementsp. 2
The Studp. 3
The Tubep. 4
The Brickp. 5
The Platep. 6
The Slopep. 7
Specialized Elementsp. 8
Technicp. 9
Arch Piecesp. 9
Tiles and Panelsp. 10
Cylinders and Conesp. 11
Baseplatesp. 12
Decorative Elementsp. 12
Precision, Geometry, and Colorp. 13
Why Precision Manufacturing Mattersp. 13
Fun with LEGO Geometryp. 13
The Colorsp. 15
Review: The LEGO Systemp. 17
2 Back to Basics: Tips and Techniquesp. 19
Decisions, Decisions: The Best Ways to Connect Bricksp. 20
Stackingp. 21
Overlappingp. 22
Staggeringp. 24
Building Wallsp. 25
Connecting Wallsp. 25
Straight Bricks Can Make Round Wallsp. 27
Bracing: Unseen but Not Forgottenp. 29
Bracing = Beams + Columnsp. 29
Beamsp. 30
Columnsp. 32
Review: Basic Building Principlesp. 35
1 Build big but think smallp. 35
2 Pick the right bonding patternp. 35
3 Minifig Scale: Oh, What a Wonderful Minifig World It Is!p. 37
Scale: It's All Relativep. 38
Calculating Scalep. 38
From the Ground Up: Creating a Minifig-Scale Buildingp. 40
Building Two Versions of the Train Stationp. 40
Bill of Materials: The Parts You'll Need to Make This Modelp. 41
Step by Step: Train Station Construction Detailsp. 41
Submodel: The Train Station Roofp. 51
Substitution: When Other Parts Will Dop. 54
Substitute Wallsp. 55
Substitute Archesp. 55
Substitute Windowsp. 56
Substitute Roofsp. 57
Review: Building Techniques and Alternativesp. 61
4 Miniland Scale: The Whole World in Miniaturep. 63
Miniland Scale: Bigger but Still Smallp. 64
Creating a Basic Miniland Figurep. 65
The Best Bits: Useful Pieces for Miniland Peoplep. 66
Basic Miniland Figurep. 68
Mix-and-Match Partsp. 69
On The Run: Making Miniland Figures Come to Lifep. 73
Miniland Buildingsp. 75
Creating a Scene: Combining Figures and Buildingsp. 75
Street Life: A Simple Downtown Scene in Miniland Scalep. 76
Behind the Scenesp. 79
Review: Miniland Scale, Big Possibilitiesp. 80
5 Jumbo Elements: Building Bigger Bricksp. 81
Scaling Up: How It's Donep. 84
The Walls Are Closing In!p. 87
Other Parts, Same Techniquep. 89
Building with Jumbo Bricksp. 92
Other Scales: What Scales Work, and Whyp. 94
Picking the Right Scalep. 95
Approximationp. 96
Review: Jumbo Bricks Are Just the Startp. 98
6 Microscale Building: More Than Meets the Eyep. 99
Microscale: Small Scale with Big Possibilitiesp. 101
Getting Started: Ignore the Detailsp. 102
Translating Ideas into Bricksp. 105
Recap the Techniquep. 107
How Do I Know What Scale I'm Using?p. 107
Decide on a scale before you begin buildingp. 107
Figure out the scale after you're done buildingp. 108
Replacing Full-Size Parts with Microscale Stand-Insp. 108
Microscale Wheelsp. 109
Microscale Windowsp. 109
Instructions for Microscale Housep. 110
Recap of Replacement Partsp. 113
Review and Suggested Subject Matterp. 113
7 Sculptures: The Shape of Things to Buildp. 115
Spheres: Round and Round They Gop. 116
Divide and Build: Two Sections Means Twice the Funp. 118
Beyond Spheres: Sculpting Other Subjectsp. 126
Choosing a Subjectp. 126
Getting Started on the Sphinxp. 127
Analyzing the Angles: Building the Headp. 127
Special Features: Special Techniquesp. 128
Building the Foundation Lastp. 131
Review: Sculptures-In the Eye of the Builderp. 132
8 Mosaics: Patterns and Pictures in Bricksp. 133
Two Types of Mosaicsp. 133
What Can You Do with Mosaics?p. 135
How Big Should a Mosaic Be?p. 135
What You Need to Make a Mosaicp. 135
Designing a Studs-Out Mosaicp. 136
Geometric Patternsp. 136
Copies of Picturesp. 140
Designing a Studs-Up Mosaicp. 146
Design Grids for the Studs-Up Techniquep. 147
Mosaics on Edgep. 148
Review: Mosaics of All Sizes and Shapesp. 150
9 Technic: Not as Technical as It May Seemp. 153
Technic: A System Within a Systemp. 155
Technic Pieces: An Overviewp. 155
Bricksp. 156
Studless Beamsp. 157
Gearsp. 158
Pins/Axlesp. 158
Bushingsp. 159
Couplersp. 159
Getting Started with Technic: Assembly Notesp. 160
Gear Trainsp. 160
Going Verticalp. 164
Technic Meets Basic Elementsp. 165
Putting It All Together: Building a Technic Modelp. 168
Review: What Is Technic?p. 171
10 Putting It All Together: Where Ideas Meet Bricksp. 173
Thinking Like a Model Designerp. 173
Limit Your Scopep. 174
Getting Started: Pick Your Subjectp. 175
Work from the Bottom Upp. 176
Let Reality Guide Your Design Decisionsp. 179
A Different Perspectivep. 180
Pick a Scale, Any Scalep. 181
Color Concernsp. 181
Elements of Designp. 182
Bringing It All Together: The Final Designp. 185
Step by Step: Shuttle Construction Detailsp. 187
Something's Wrong: Redesigning Doesn't Mean You've Failedp. 193
After You're Donep. 193
Review: Taking On the Role of Model Designerp. 194
11 Beyond Just Bricks: Other Things to do Besides Buildingp. 195
"I Give It a Nine Out of Ten": Writing Reviews of LEGO Setsp. 196
A Simple Reviewp. 196
Sharing Your Reviewp. 198
How It's Made: Creating Instructions for Your LEGO Modelsp. 198
Step-by-Step Picturesp. 199
Computer-Assisted Instructionsp. 200
Having Fun: Making and Playing Games with LEGO Piecesp. 201
Games You Already Knowp. 201
Original Gamesp. 203
An Example of an Original Game: Connect-Across (Basic Rules)p. 204
Designing Your Own Gamep. 207
Review: Enjoying Every Aspect of LEGOp. 207
12 Sorting, Storage, and Sitting Down to Build Somethingp. 209
Sorting vs. Storing: What's the Difference?p. 210
Sorting Bricks: Divide and Conquerp. 211
Small-Sized Collectionsp. 212
Medium-Sized Collectionsp. 212
Large-Sized Collectionsp. 214
Storing Bricksp. 216
Start Small, Keep It Simplep. 217
Containers with Compartmentsp. 218
Shoeboxes: Not Just for Shoes Anymorep. 219
Keeping Track of the Little Pieces: Tackle Boxes to the Rescuep. 221
Reuse Containers You May Already Have: Tubs and Bucketsp. 221
Deep Storage: Taking Care of Larger Quantitiesp. 223
Setting Up a Building Areap. 223
Review: Unique Solutions for Every Builderp. 226
13 Making and Using Tools for Lego Projectsp. 227
Presser Toolp. 229
The Rulerp. 230
Pin Stand Toolp. 231
Brick Separatorp. 233
Non-LEGO Toolsp. 236
Other Useful Itemsp. 237
Review: The Right Tools for the Jobp. 238
A Brickopediap. 239
Brickopedia Breakdownp. 240
Review: Bricks, Plates, and So Much Morep. 298
B Design Grids: Building Better by Planning Aheadp. 299
Downloading the Gridsp. 299
About the Gridsp. 300
Design Grid #1p. 300
Design Grid #2p. 300
Design Grid #3p. 301
Design Grid #4p. 303
Using the Grids Effectivelyp. 303
Same Model, Different Viewsp. 304
Sketching or Planningp. 304
Description and Date for Future Referencep. 304
Drawing on Grid #1p. 305
Drawing on Grid #2p. 308
Drawing on Grid #3p. 308
Drawing on Grid #4p. 310
Review: From Grids to Bricksp. 310
List of Key Figuresp. 311
Indexp. 313
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