The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide

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No Starch Press, 2005 - Technology & Engineering - 344 pages
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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!

 

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User Review  - redrabbit - LibraryThing

I've always, always loved LEGO sets-- but it was my brothers who knew how to step beyond the established creations to make new and exciting worlds. I tended to stick to the basics. Now I'm feeling ... Read full review

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hmm well let me see its missing 20 pages checked and verified it on no starches website and is way thinner then the original black and white version that first came out. Read full review

Contents

The LEGO System Endless Possibilities
1
Precision Geometry and Color
13
Back to Basics Tips and Techniques
19
Building Walls
25
Basic Building Principles
35
Minifig Scale Oh What a Wonderful Minifig World It Is
37
When Other Parts Will Do
54
Building Techniques and Alternatives
61
SculpturesIn the Eye of the Builder
132
Mosaics Patterns and Pictures in Bricks
133
Designing a StudsUp Mosaic
146
Technic Not as Technical as It May Seem
153
Assembly Notes
160
Building a Technic Model
168
Putting It All Together Where Ideas Meet Bricks
173
The Final Design
185

Miniland Scale The Whole World in Miniature
63
Basic Miniland Figure
68
Miniland Buildings
75
Jumbo Elements Building Bigger Bricks
81
What Scales Work and Why
94
Microscale Building More Than Meets the Eye
99
Small Scale with Big Possibilities
101
Translating Ideas into Bricks
105
Sculptures The Shape of Things to Build
115
Two Sections Means Twice the Fun
118
Taking On the Role of Model Designer
194
Beyond Just Bricks Other Things to Do Besides Building
195
Making and Playing Games with LEGO Pieces
201
Sorting Storage and Sitting Down to Build Something
209
Unique Solutions for Every Builder
226
Making and Using Tools for LEGO Projects
227
Brickopedia
239
Bricks Plates and So Much More
298
Design Grids Building Better by Planning Ahead
299
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About the author (2005)

Allan Bedford is a lifelong LEGO fan and builder whose most ambitious model to date is a 5,000 piece replica of Toronto's famed CN Tower. He is active in the online LEGO community, having contributed ideas and discussions for several years.

Bedford works as a business analyst by day and spends his spare time cycling, designing board games and, of course, building with LEGO bricks.

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