No Starch Press recently sent me their latest Lego book. The title of the book is The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1: Amazing Vehicles. My Lego-loving son and I love this book. The LEGO Build-It Book features step-by-step instructions on how to build ten different vehicles. The 136-page paperback is available now for $19.95. However, you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $14.46. The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1: Amazing Vehicles was written by Nathanäel Kuipers and Mattia Zamboni.
As I mentioned previously, the book features instructions on how to build ten awesome vehicles from Lego. The instructions are actually in the form of graphics that break down the project into several steps. Each step shows you the pieces you need and a picture of how the assembled pieces look like.
At the start of each project, there is is a picture of the completed vehicle, design notes, and technical specifications. In addition, the book rates the vehicle’s complexity, functions, and pieces from a scale of one to three.
The LEGO Build-It Book includes a bill of materials at the beginning of the book. The bill of materials is useful, but it would have been more helpful if each section included the parts list for each vehicle. Each project does includes a parts list for each step. However, there isn’t a complete parts list for each project. As a result, you end up wasting time hunting for the pieces when you’re working on a vehicle.
Here are the vehicles featured in the LEGO Build-It Book:
- Muscle Car
- Multi-purpose Truck
- Historic Racer
- Classic Car
- Wheel Loader
- Street Rod
- Rescue Truck
The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1: Amazing Vehicles also includes sections on building basics and advanced building.
About the Authors
Nathanäel 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 Snowmobile, the #8292 Cherry Picker, and the impressive #8674 Ferrari F1 Racer. He has also collaborated on the creation of many other models.
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 for graphic design, showcasing his talents in the world of 3D computer graphic arts.