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    www.nostarch.com$24.95 ($25.95 CDn)

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    Whats the difference between a tile and a plate? Why isnt it a good idea to stack bricks in columns to make a wall? How do you build a LEGO mosaic or build at different scales? Youll find the answers to these and other questions in The Unofficial LEGO Builders Guide.

    Now in full color, this brand-new edition of a well-loved favorite will show you how to:

    Construct models that wont fall apart

    Choose the right pieces and substitute when needed

    Build to micro, jumbo, and miniland scale

    Make playable board games out of LEGO pieces

    Create photo mosaics and curved sculptures

    Build a miniature space shuttle, a minifig-sized train station, and more

    Of course, the real fun of LEGO building lies in creating your own modelsfrom choosing the subject to clicking that final brick into place. Learn how in The Unofficial LEGO Builders Guide.

    A B O U T T H E A U T H O R

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

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  • What the LeGO COmmunity is sayinG abOut The Unofficial leGo BUilders GUide

    I owe a great deal to Allan and this book. His writing was excellent in illus-trating techniques and made the art of LEGO interesting enough for me to devote an entire career to it.jason poland, winner of the 2006 legoland model builder search

    Brilliant! Bedford guides you step-by-step through the wonderful, limitless LEGO system. . . . A must-read for every LEGO builder.tim courtney, ldraw.org, co-author of virtual lego

    An excellent resource for both the beginner and the expert LEGO builder. I recommend it highly.joe meno, editor in chief of brickjournal, co-author of the cult of lego

    This is the book I wished I had as a kid and as an adult returning to the hobby. Its a great resource and is going to have a cherished place on my worktable for the foreseeable future.jacob h. mckee, lego community development manager for north america, author of getting started with lego trains

    The benchmark on all aspects of the LEGO building hobby. A must-have for those who are just starting to experiment with LEGO and experts looking for areas to expand.kieth johnson, aerospace engineer, united space alliance

    Makes for a great beginning for any future architects or LEGO hobbyists. The detailed model instructions . . . inspire you to go further and build any-thing you can think of.gary istok, lego builder, collector, and historian

    Explains in clear and concise language the things you will need to know to get started and develop your skills as a LEGO builder. This is a great spring-board to unleashing the inner Master Model Builder that is in us all!bill vollbrecht, former master builder for legoland california, owner of www.brickcreations.com

    A clearly written and informative resource, an essential for any aspiring brickmeister whether adult or kid.john baichtal, wireds geekdad blogger, co-author of the cult of lego

  • How many things are wai t ing to be created?

  • T h e L e G O B u i L d e r s G u i d e

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    by al lan bedford

    San Francisco

    U N O F F I C I AL

  • The Unofficial leGo BUilders GUide, 2nd ediTion. Copyright 2013 by Allan Bedford.

    All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner and the publisher.

    Printed in Korea

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    ISBN-10: 1-59327-441-6ISBN-13: 978-1-59327-441-2

    Publisher: William PollockProduction Editor: Serena YangInterior Design: Octopod StudiosPhotographs and sketches: Allan BedfordIllustrations: Eric Blakbird AlbrechtDevelopmental Editor: William PollockCopyeditor: Alison LawCompositor: Serena YangProofreader: Ward Webber

    For information on book distributors or translations, please contact No Starch Press, Inc. directly:

    No Starch Press, Inc.38 Ringold Street, San Francisco, CA 94103phone: 415.863.9900; fax: 415.863.9950; info@nostarch.com; www.nostarch.com

    The Library of Congress has catalogued the first edition as follows:

    Bedford, Allan. The unofficial LEGO builder's guide / Allan Bedford. p. cm. Includes index. ISBN 1-59327-054-21. LEGO toys. I. Title. TS2301.T7B44 2005 688.7'25--dc22 2005013747

    No Starch Press and the No Starch Press logo are registered trademarks of No Starch Press, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Rather than use a trademark symbol with every occurrence of a trademarked name, we are using the names only in an editorial fashion and to the benefit of the trademark owner, with no intention of infringement of the trademark. LEGO, the Brick and Knob configurations, and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group.

    The information in this book is distributed on an As Is basis, without warranty. While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this work, neither the author nor No Starch Press, Inc. shall have any liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the infor-mation contained in it.

  • To my mother and father, and my sister.Thank you for your brilliant and unwavering love and support.

    This book would not be without you.

  • B r i e f C O n T e n T s

    Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii

    Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv

    Chapter 1: The LEGO System: Endless Possibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

    Chapter 2: Back to Basics: Tips and Techniques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

    Chapter 3: Minifig Scale: Oh, What a Wonderful Minifig World It Is! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

    Chapter 4: Miniland Scale: The Whole World in Miniature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

    Chapter 5: Jumbo Elements: Building Bigger Bricks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

    Chapter 6: Microscale Building: More Than Meets the Eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

    Chapter 7: Sculptures: The Shape of Things to Build . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

    Chapter 8: Mosaics: Patterns and Pictures in Bricks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

    Chapter 9: Putting It All Together: Where Ideas Meet Bricks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

    Chapter 10: Beyond Just Bricks: Other Ways to Enjoy the LEGO Hobby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

    Appendix A: Brickopedia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159

    Appendix B: Design Grids: Building Better by Planning Ahead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205

    Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216

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    Sizing Up the Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2The Stud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3The Tube . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4The Brick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4The Plate . . . .