Brick City: Lego for Grown Ups (英語)
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"Brick City" is a model builder's festival in book form. What lends special distinction to the models is the way they're constructed. Each is made entirely of LEGO bricks! Known for decades as a favorite children's toy, LEGO bricks have entered the adult model builder's repertoire in recent years. Author and model maker Warren Elsmore presents instructions for neophyte LEGO modelers plus plans for constructing specific buildings and landmarks, along with vivid photos of completed LEGO models. The models represent landmarks from all over the world, and include--
Featuring amazing photos of LEGO models, and scale drawings of structural details to guide model builders, "Brick City" presents a modeler's panorama of contemporary urban landscapes. More than 400 illustrations in color and black and white.
BONUS POSTERS: Enclosed with the book are two dramatic posters featuring LEGO model photos of architectural world landmarks. The posters, which are suitable for framing, unfold to 17 1/2" x 24 3/4"
" This book is 250+ pages with brilliant colors and beautiful pictures. The photography is really excellent and the layout, cover and binding are all very nice. The book would be suitable for an older child, or teen, who is interested in travel and architecture as well as building with LEGO, and of course adult LEGO builders."
This book focuses on real world icons from major cities across the world. The book mostly focuses on architecture but there are models of other things that you might find in a particular major city like a New York hot dog stand or a London phone booth. The author also features mosaic artwork and LEGO models in different scales (mini, minifig, mega(?), etc)
If you're a big LEGO fan you've probably already seen tons of examples of what creativity and LEGO bricks can bring. What this book might add to that is just how some of these models are done. Step-by-step instructions are given for some of the models presented. Mostly these are mini-scale models, facades or a standalone tower. I like this because it helps me picture how some of the models are created and new techniques to learn. Larger structures in the book, of course, do not have instructions but I feel that if you had the bricks, the time and creativity the book would be a good tool in achieving grander scale projects. With just over 250 pages and dozens of models to build, the instructions are not quite as detailed or step-by-step as your usual LEGO instructions. The instructions are condensed so that several layers of bricks are applied in each step. The instructions are also a bit small so it's difficult to see all the details but you still get the general idea. Older children and teenagers can manage.
For parents and children: you only have to look at the cover of the book to realize that this is meant for serious builders and LEGO collectors. A starter bucket of LEGO bricks will not be enough to pursue most of the projects presented in the book. It's a great source of inspiration but it does require a fair amount of bricks that may be difficult to acquire off retail shelves.
Overall, a great buy. I'm a huge collector of LEGO (and books about LEGO) and this is a great buy for older LEGO fans and serious builders. My only complaint is that the pages could have been bigger to accommodate more detail in the instructions.
From creating LEGO sets, to purchasing hundreds to thousands of pieces in order to create something unique and grand. While along the way, sometimes one needs a little help by using a guideline similar to what people tend to see in LEGO guidebooks, when purchasing a set.
Warren Elsmore, a LEGO modeler, is best known for creating London’s St. Pancras Station (about 13.5 feet) and he has created a book titled “BRICK CITY: GLOBAL ICONS TO MAKE FROM LEGO” (which comes with a poster of Elsmore’s London’s St. Pancras Station).
The book is more or less a how-to guidebook on how to create famous structures such as the Sydney’s Harbor Bridge, San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid, Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace and many more.
The book goes into detail of what kind of parts are needed, how many pieces are needed and then how he was able to create those buildings.
The book also showcases various work by Elsmore such as the 12,000 piece “MACY’S DAY PARADE”, his 2000 piece Abraham Lincoln Memorial to his creation of the Empire State Building.
The book starts off with simple models such as the White House/Capitol Building or a New York Taxi to even more complicated structures such as the Kuala Lumpur Petronas Towers.
I definitely recommend “BRICK CITY: GLOBAL ICONS TO MAKE FROM LEGO” if you have had built up your collection of LEGO pieces, are prepared for a major LEGO challenge and also have experience (and patience) to take on a bigger project.
Look at this book as a resource to learn how to create more complicated structures or vehicles and after you’re all done, I would not be surprised if one goes on to try and become a master builder.
The author includes advice on how and where to purchase LEGO at reasonable prices, construction techniques, and color blending.
There are photos of the finished LEGO models, instructional diagrams, and commentary on the construction of many of the models.
Some of my favorites are the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign, the Chrysler Building (New York), St. Pancras Station (London), and the Pearl Tower (Shanghai). There are also very cool "little" things, like a New York Taxi, San Francisco Cable Car, and a Parisian Cafe.
This is a very cool book. Even if you never actually build the projects (although I can't imagine why not), you will still enjoy reading through it over and over again.