The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide

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:

  • 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!


Table of Contents
Part 1: Basics
Chapter 1. Basic Concepts
Chapter 2. Units
Chapter 3. Studless or Studfull?
Chapter 4. Joiners and Fasteners

Part 2: Mechanics
Chapter 5. Gears
Chapter 6. Pulleys
Chapter 7. Levers and Linkages
Chapter 8. Custom Mechanical Solutions
Chapter 9. Pneumatics
Chapter 10. Pneumatic Devices
Chapter 11. Reinforcing Builds

Part 3: Motors
Chapter 12. Motors
Chapter 13. Power Functions System

Part 4: Advanced Mechanics
Chapter 14. Wheeled Suspensions
Chapter 15. Tracked Suspensions
Chapter 16. Gearboxes
Chapter 17. Adders & Subtractors

Part 5: Models
Chapter 18. The Matter of Choice
Chapter 19. Scaling
Chapter 20. Modeling Process

Book Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press (October 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593274343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593274344
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