The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions : Fantastic Contraptions
Date: October 1, 2010
Crafts & Hobbies / Models
Technology & Engineering / Mechanical
Crafts & Hobbies / Crafts For Children
Ages 9 And Up
Dimensions (cm): 32.6 x 23 x 8.4
Weight (kg): 0.57
LEGO TECHNIC is designed to allow builders to create more advanced models with moving parts, like those built with LEGO MINDSTORMS. The Unofficial LEGO TECHNIC Idea Book: Gears offers hundreds of ideas and examples for building mechanisms with TECHNIC. This volume focuses on gears and power transmission. The book is color throughout, with little to no text accompanying its diagrams; rather than tell the reader what to think, readers are encouraged to use their own imaginations. The book's illustrations demonstrate various ways to combine TECHNIC gears, which readers use as starting points for their own creations. Gears begins with the basics of gears, shafts, connectors, and gear combinations, then demonstrates more complex actions, like how to build winches, cranes, and chains; change rotational motion to linear motion; launch projectiles with rubber bands; change speed and direction; and even create musical instruments. The Unofficial LEGO TECHNIC Idea Books are for anyone who wants to create a moving masterpiece, as well as those who want to make original robots with MINDSTORMS. It can also be used to demonstrate how machines work and to experience the fun of mechanics.
The LEGO® Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions is a collection of hundreds of working examples of simple yet fascinating Technic models 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 Fantastic Contraptions include working catapults, crawling spiders, and bipedal walkers, as well as gadgets powered by fans, propellers, springs, magnets, and vibration. You'll even learn how to add lights, pneumatics, and solar panels to your own models.
This visual guide, the third 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 author's website for a list of the special parts used in the book.
Table of Contents
Movement Through Vibration
Using Solar Panels
Chairs and Tables
Off-Center Axis of Rotation
Changeover by Switching a Motor's Rotational Direction
Yoshihito Isogawa is a LEGO luminary with 42 years of building 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.