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The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide


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The LEGO System: Endless Possibilities Back to Basics: Tips and Techniques Minifig Scale: Oh, What a Wonderful Minfig World It Is! Miniland Scale: The Whole World in Miniature Jumbo Elememts: Building Bigger Bricks Microscale Building: More Than Meets the Eye Sculptures: The Shape of Things to Build Mosaics: Patterns and Pictures in Bricks Technic: Not as Technical as It May Seem Putting It All Together: Where Ideas Meet Bricks Beyond Just Bricks: other Things to Do Besides Building Sorting, Storage, and Sitting Down Besides Something Making and Using Tools for LEGO Projects

About the Author

Allan Bedford is a lifelong LEGO fan and builder whose most ambitious model is a 5,000-piece replica of Toronto's famed CN Tower. An avid photographer, Bedford spends his time chronicling the streets and people of his adopted hometown, Toronto.


Gr 4 Up-This handbook is a must-have. Starting with the basic structure, anatomy, and flexibility of the Lego system, readers are taught different building techniques to add stability and ideas to their creations. Much of the book is devoted to the kinds of scale used in the Lego world and provides mathematical explanations for one's work. Chapters on sculpting and mosaic-making are also thorough and give readers tips that Lego Master Builders use. A great feature of the guide is the Brickopedia, which categorizes more than 275 basic Lego pieces, providing specifications and notes on each one; though not all-inclusive, it does contain the most common items found in most individuals' collections. Templates and Web links for blank design grids include detailed instructions on how to properly use them when making one's own projects. The graphics are of the highest quality and accurately capture what the author is trying to convey without interrupting the flow of text. Bedford's style is engaging while taking some complicated topics and explaining them in clear, relatable language. Of special note is the repeated mention of the Lego system's flexibility-further stressed by the author's suggestion of changing elements to suit one's personal collection. Like a good Lego project, each chapter expands layer by layer on the one before, resulting in a thorough, well-rounded and indispensable source of guidance and creativity.-Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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