Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Authors: Nathanael Kuipers and Mattia Zamboni
Publisher: No Starch Press
“For many years, the only thing you could do with bricks was stack them one on top of another. But in the past decade or so, the LEGO Group has introduced many more elements that allow you to build sideways! This created a small revolution in building techniques,” Nathanael Kuipers and Mattia Zamboni state in their The LEGO Build-It Book Volume 1 – Amazing Vehicles.
Targeted toward LEGO lovers and creators, this one hundred and thirty-six page paperback book is letter sized with stark black background with red vehicles on the front cover. Inside the instructions are on a royal blue background with sidebars of materials and added details.
The book has ten simple to complex models to make with instructions that include the off-roader, go-kart, muscle car, stroller, multi-purpose truck, historic racer, classic car, wheel loader, street rod and rescue truck.
After the authors’ short biographies and acknowledgements, there is a helpful page of all materials needed and quantities of each. The cartoon icon of George guides one through the book as he explains building basics, getting creative with parts and assembling tips.
With each model’s instruction, there is a small standard classification box explaining the complexity, functions and piece quantities used along with a recap of design notes, technical specifications and features.
The model instructions have large graphic images that not only show each step of adding bricks to the object, but have small boxes of what materials to use per step and a yellow break-out box for more detailed assembly. There are “magic” formulas used in the more complex diagrams.
Since five of the models are easy to put together and five are more complex, the introduction of the hinge is explained in the last half of the book and how it assists in building sideways or upside down.
As a book that uses the standard LEGO bricks with only a few unique parts such as tires, steering wheels and hinges, this book makes a wonderful addition to any LEGO enthusiast’s library. Due to the easy to read and understand directions, the novice to the expert builder can make these ten objects.
With the cartoon George’s assistance, the reader will complete the models in no time and look forward to the next volume in the LEGO Build-It Book series.
This book was furnished by No Starch Press in lieu of an unbiased review.
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