The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Wheeled Wonders (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/10/5
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The LEGO(r) Technic Idea Book: Wheeled Wonders is a collection of hundreds of mechanisms for cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles that you can build based on their pictures alone. Each project uses color-coded pieces and is photographed from multiple angles, making it easy to see how the models are assembled without the need for step-by-step instructions. Every model illustrates a different principle, concept, or mechanism that will inspire your own original creations. You're encouraged to use these elements as building blocks to create your own masterpieces.
The Technic models in Wheeled Wonders spin or move things, drag race, haul heavy gear, bump off walls, wind up and go, and much more. You'll discover how to build differential gears, implement steering and suspension, and design clutch and transmission systems to use in your own vehicles.
This visual guide, the second in the three-volume LEGO Technic Idea Book series, is the brainchild of master builder Yoshihito Isogawa of Tokyo, Japan. Each title is filled with photos of Isogawa's unique models, all of which are designed to fire the imaginations of LEGO builders young and old.
Imagine. Create. Invent. Now, what will you build?
NOTE: The LEGO Technic Idea Book series uses parts from various Technic sets. If you don't have some of the pieces shown in a particular model, experiment by substituting your own parts or visit the No Starch Press website for a list of the special parts used in the book.
Yoshihito Isogawa is a LEGO luminary with 42 years of experience. He began writing computer manuals while at the Tokyo University of Science and founded Isogawa Studio, Inc. soon after. He has twice won the grand prize in the Japan Manual Contest held by the Japan Technical Communicators Association and he has won outstanding performance awards many times. He currently lives in Tokyo.
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Also, you can ONLY recreate what is in the book if you have the same pieces. Unfortunately, because we only have a relatively few number of Lego Technic pieces and motors, we cannot build most of the examples in this book. (We're in the process of buying more pieces.) For example, the motor we have is bigger than the one used throughout most of the book so we cannot build most of the books creations without buying the smaller motor. I think that as my sons collection of Technic grows, this book will become more useful.
Overall I think this is a good book, but it requires a different way of thinking about how to build something. Also having most of the pieces and motors (that author uses in this book) is kind of a requirement so that you can build what you see. Hope this helps!
But....even though there is a link given in the book for what parts are needed the list is not specific at all. For example I tried to assemble a Technic wheel and attach it to a frame. I could not figure out what the join piece should be. The list doesn't say which one to use and Lego itself gives no clue which pieces turn upon joining and which pieces are static (non-turning). That's kinda important don't you think? The join piece I used would not allow the wheel to turn.
If a parts list were available online this book would be a 10!
Right now it is a big challenge and I'm not the one supposed to be challenged, the kids are.
If anyone can direct me to a User group that has listed specific parts needed for each page PLEASE email or post the address here.
I would be eternally grateful. My project has a deadline and I will probably abandon this if I can't get a parts list itime.