Please do not consider any construction you find in this
book to be a final or definitive design. There is always room
for tinkering and improvements: As a matter of fact, some of
the constructions shown in this guide make deliberate use of
basic LEGO pieces, to help those who try to build with limited
LEGO resources. If you are lucky enough to have newer, more
sophisticated pieces at hand, do not hesitate to experiment
with upgrades. If your collection is modest, remember that
creative thinking can overcome nearly any limitation.
This guide uses BrickLink’s part numbers, part names,
and color names. I decided to rely on BrickLink (http://www
.bricklink.com/) not only because it’s the largest and most
accurate database of parts but also because its catalog of
pieces serves as the de facto marketplace. Any piece or set
you find at BrickLink can be purchased with just a few clicks,
no matter where you live.
It’s my most sincere wish that this book lives up to your
expectations. But remember that it only gives you tools to
explore—it’s up to you to provide the rest. Creating something
new and seeing it work the way you intended it to is
far more rewarding than building even the coolest LEGO set
ever released. Enjoy creating.
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!