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You already know you can create amazing things with LEGO, but did you know you can also make vehicles that roll and model plans that include landing gear and flaps that actually extend and retract? You can even make functional robots without getting into Mindstorms and programming. In Practical LEGO Technics, Mark Rollins shows you how to use LEGO and Power Functions components like motors and remote controls to create motorized cars, all terrain vehicles, vehicle steering, construction equipment such as cranes and forklifts, airplanes. All-in-all, you'll learn to create a wide variety of fun, unique LEGO creations.

LEGO Technic is similar to Mindstorms in that you can create all sorts of cool vehicles and gadgets. But unlike Mindstorms, you don't have to learn programming. Power Functions allows you to add motors, remote control, and battery boxes to your LEGO projects, no programming required. And while you could just build a LEGO Technic gadget from a boxed set, with Practical LEGO Technics, you'll learn the hows and whys of Technic project design, and pick up ideas for your own custom projects.

Please note: The print version of this title is in black & white; the ebook is full color. You can download color images from the book at http://www.apress.com/9781430246114

Covers basic design for motorized vehicles that run and steer. Shows how to build headlights and more using the Power Functions Light Kit. Provides suspension design for use in building all-terrain vehicles. Helps you build construction equipment, including a crane and forklift.

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Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Getting Started with LEGO Technic

Abstract
LEGO is no longer just for children, and the Technic series encourages both children and adults to build complex vehicles and machines from these simple bricks. The purpose of this book is to show you how to create interesting LEGO Technic creations, but I fully encourage your own creativity and improvisation.
Mark Rollins

Chapter 2. Creating a Motorized LEGO Technic Vehicle

Abstract
Now that I have introduced the basic LEGO Technic pieces, it is time to get into the basics of construction. You will discover that building in LEGO Technic will be easier if you follow the following three precepts of LEGO architecture:
  • If you build it, build it strong: Every LEGO structure has to be fortified so it can simply stand on its own without any danger of crumbling. For this reason, fortify weak links in your structure as best as you can with two connector pegs on every studless connection.
  • Ease your pain: Once you have figured out what you want to build with LEGO Technic, you might have an easier method of building if you create a wireframe model. This is when you find a picture of it and make a LEGO Technic model of it with just the frame and no other interior details.
  • Go the distance: Now that you have built your wire-frame model, figure out where you will put details like the steering column and other features that you want to have. Plan out the LEGO Power Functions battery box first, as well as the motor, since these take up the most volume.
Mark Rollins

Chapter 3. Steering and Controlling Your LEGO Technic Creation

Abstract
In Chapter 2, I talked about creating a basic frame for a Technic vehicle, but the only feature I shared was how to make it motorized. The reason to motorize your vehicle is to make it more exciting, but in all honesty, a vehicle that can only go backwards and forwards, albeit motorized, is going to get real old, real fast.
Mark Rollins

Chapter 4. Light It Up with LEGO Lights!

Abstract
LEGO has been in the lighting business for several years. If you look at some of their older sets, you can see that they were designed to work with the discontinued battery box/motor kit that I discussed earlier in Chapter 2.
Mark Rollins

Chapter 5. Creating an All-Terrain LEGO Technic Vehicle

Abstract
Now that you have figured out how to motorize a Technic vehicle, steer it, and light it up, let’s talk about what a lot of you might want to use your LEGO Technic vehicles for: all-terrain crossing.
Mark Rollins

Chapter 6. Technic Construction Vehicles and Equipment

Abstract
The last few chapters focused on creating ordinary vehicles like cars that you can drive and steer by remote control. That might be enough for some of you LEGO Technic builders, but if you are going to build vehicles out of LEGO Technic pieces, then you might as well build some unusual vehicles. I am talking about the vehicles that can be found at construction sites, such as bulldozers, forklifts, dump trucks, and all manner of specialty-use equipment. LEGO has always been in the business of making vehicles that people want to build, and their earliest sets were of construction vehicles. It is no wonder that their first Technic sets were construction-themed with a bulldozer (Set 951) and a forklift (Set 950). Clearly, the company knew that builders wanted to create vehicles with some very unusual features.
Mark Rollins

Chapter 7. LEGO Technic Aviation: Airplanes and Helicopters

Abstract
The Technic LEGO system has a few airplane kits, and although none of them have actually flown through the air (as of yet), they are of pretty good quality. Not only do they allow a user to create a miniature replica of some of their favorite aircraft, but they often have some features that make them very realistic.
Mark Rollins

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