Today I would like to show you a new LEGO book I recently got; The LEGO Build-it Book – Volume 1: Amazing Vehicles, by Nathanaël Kuipers and Mattia Zamboni. Read on to see what’s inside! 🙂
Let me cut to the chase at tell you right now; this is one of the most useful LEGO books I have ever come across. It is basically an instruction book for creating a wide variety of interesting LEGO vehicles with common LEGO elements, and learning basic to advanced LEGO building techniques directly by a professional LEGO model designer.
What sets the Amazing Vehicles book apart from other LEGO books is that every project in the book uses the same set of very common LEGO elements. There is a bill-of-materials at the beginning of the book, and you can build all 10 models from the same pieces. But it is even better than that! If you own the #5867 LEGO Creator Super Speedster set that was released in 2010, you have every piece needed for the LEGO models included in this book. That’s right; all 10 LEGO vehicles featured in the book use only the pieces found in that one set! And if you don’t own the set, it is not a big deal as all the pieces used are quite common and you likely already have them. If you don’t you can get them at the Online LEGO Shop Pick-A-Brick Store.
Here are the 10 models included in the Amazing Vehicles LEGO book: Off-Roader, Go-Kart, Muscle Car, Stroller, and a Multi-Purpose Truck under the Building Basics section. And Historic Racer, Classic Car, Wheel Loader, Street Rod and Rescue Truck under the Advanced Building section.
All models included in the Amazing Vehicles book come with full step-by-step instructions. I have to say that the instruction pages are very well done! This is actually true for the whole book; it is beautifully printed with rich colors on thick, glossy paper that will stand up to repeated use. The pages lie flat and you will have no problems following the instructions.
As far as the authors of Amazing Vehicles, Nathanaël Kuipers is a Dutch design professional who worked for several years as a product developer for the LEGO Group in Denmark, where he was mainly responsible for engineering LEGO Technic models. He is the mastermind behind some noteworthy Technic models including the #8272 LEGO Technic Snowmobile, the #8292 LEGO Technic Cherry Picker, and the impressive #8674 LEGO Technic Ferrari F1 Racer. He has also collaborated on the creation of many other models. You can check out his website here. The other author, Mattia Zamboni, is a fan of graphic design, photography, and LEGO, and he has a degree in electrical engineering. Based in Switzerland, he pursues his passion of graphic design, showcasing his talents within the world of 3D computer graphic arts. You can check out his website here.
The Amazing Vehicles LEGO book is 133 pages long, paperback, with instructions of the aforementioned 10 LEGO vehicle models. The book is recommended for ages 7 up. The publisher is No Starch Press, well known for their beautiful LEGO books. Standard price is $19.99, but you can get it for less on Amazon: BUY AMAZING VEHICLES BOOK
Speaking of Amazon, you can also conveniently pick up the #5867 LEGO Creator Super Speedster if you don’t have it, and also pre-order The LEGO Build-it Book – Volume 2: More Amazing Vehicles. That’s right! There is going to be a second book, with 10 more vehicles, using the exact same LEGO elements! I find it very inspiring that such a variety of LEGO models can be created with just a short list of LEGO parts! 😀
Let me know if you are planning to pick up a copy of this LEGO book! Or, if you already have it please share how you like it! I love to book myself and hope there will be many more similar books in the series for various LEGO themes! What do you think? Share below! 😉
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