Forbidden LEGO: Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against! (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. Juli 2007
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It just may be impossible to exhaust the creative potential of LEGO bricks. With an active imagination as your guide, there are endless possibilities-provided you follow the LEGO Company's official (and sensible) rules. This means no cutting or tampering with bricks, creating models that shoot unapproved projectiles, or using non-standard parts with any LEGO product. After all, those little precision-molded ABS bricks can be dangerous in the wrong hands! Well, toss those rules out the window. Forbidden Lego introduces you to the type of free-style building that LEGO's master builders do for fun in the back room. Using LEGO bricks in combination with common household materials (from rubber bands and glue to plastic spoons and ping-pong balls) along with some very unorthodox building techniques, you'll learn to create working models that LEGO would never endorse. Try your hand at a toy gun that shoots LEGO plates, a candy catapult, a high voltage LEGO vehicle, a continuous-fire ping-pong ball launcher, and other useless but incredibly fun inventions. Once you get into the spirit, you'll want to try inventing your own rule-breaking models.Forbidden Lego's authors, share tips and tricks that will inspire you and help you turn your visions into reality.Nothing's against the rules in this book!
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Ulrik Pilegaard was a Senior Designer and Studio Manager for LEGO MINDSTORMS in Denmark and San Francisco, where he worked on projects for LEGO Technic in collaboration with the Media Lab at MIT and designed multiple models for LEGO MINDSTORMS (including R2D2). After LEGO, Pilegaard held the position of Manager of Design at Evolution Robotics, where he helped develop state-of-the-art robotics solutions. Since 2004, he has worked for Energy Innovations as a senior product designer
Mike Dooley worked as the Senior Product Manager for the original LEGO MINDSTORMS and was later promoted to Director of Development. Dooley is currently Vice President for Product and Business Development at Evolution Robotics, which focuses on next-generation technologies for consumer robotics.
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Forbidden Lego besteht aus grafisch opulenten Bauanleitungen für fünf Banalmodelle, die dem auf dem Klappentext generierten Anspruch ("FORBIDDEN LEGO introduces you to the type of freestyle building that LEGO's master builders do for fun in the back room") in keiner Weise entsprechen. "Master" ist hier nix.
Neben einer kurzen Vita der beiden Autoren gibt es ausser den Bauanleitungen eigentlich keinen Inhalt, so daß man als Käufer erwarten würde, hier nun aufwändige Modelle zu finden oder zumindest neuartige und pfiffige Arten, Legosteine zu etwas Besonderem zu Verbinden. Tatsächlich beschränken sich die "Besonderheiten" aber darauf, daß in den Modellen Haushaltsgegenstände als Bauelemente verwendet werden oder Legosteine für das Modell mit der Säge verstümmelt oder mit Klebstoff fixiert werden müssen. Was soll man dazu sagen? Vielleicht das:
"Lieber Autor! Wärest Du ein 'Master Builder', wie auf dem Klappentext suggeriert, dann hättest Du es nicht nötig, Legosteine zusammen zu kleben oder zu verstümmeln. Du könntest stabil und funktionell bauen mit den Möglichkeiten, die die Steine von Haus aus bieten. Und was zum Pilz ist an einem Plastiklöffel als Katapult oder einem Papierflieger als Schleuderobjekt nun so weltbewegend, als daß da nicht jeder Fünfjährige auch ohne Lektüre Deines Buches drauf kommen könnte?"
Die Modelle an sich sind für kleine Kinder vermutlich ganz unterhaltsam, obwohl gerade diese bei der dich erstaunlichen Fixierung auf Schusswaffen und Flitschen und Schleudern nicht die Zielgruppe des Buches sein dürfte.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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There are some problems though. My two biggest beefs with the book were
1. The author didn't tell you what sets you could pull pieces from to make the given model. I had to use a Lego set inventory web site ([...]) to determine that which took about an hour per model.
2. The models didn't use the latest pieces and motors in the Technic line. Most of the models in the book were built with pieces and motors from sets that came out in 2000-2003. Thus, unless you're a collector like me, the people who buy this book will have a hard time finding the right pieces to use.
Introduction; How to Build Great Things; Project 1 - Paper Plane Launcher (PPL); Project 2 - Candy Coated Catapult (CCC); Project 3 - Ping-Pong Cannon (PPC); Project 4 - All-Terrain LEGO (ATL); Project 5 - High Velocity Automatic LEGO Plate Dispenser (HVALPD); Tips and Tricks
So what makes these projects "forbidden"? There are certain rules that have to be followed in order for a LEGO model to be allowed to be marketed as a kit. Some of these rules would be:
Never launch a non-approved object into the air.
Never launch a non-approved object into the air with great force.
Never alter any LEGO part.
Never connect two moters to run together.
Never double the approved voltage.
And so on. Generally speaking, a LEGO kit should not be able to injure someone, should be able to be built with standard pieces, and shouldn't use anything that doesn't come directly from LEGO. In varying degrees, these five projects break some (or all) of the official rules. Which is why they are appealing to the LEGO builder's inner-geek. For as complex as these devices look on the surface, the authors do an excellent job in breaking things down into step-by-step instructions. They start with a brief explanation of the project, some of the design hurdles they faced, what rules are broken, and what non-LEGO parts you might need. From there, you find a full parts list (in color, complete with pictures and amounts) followed by a numbered series of steps. The steps show what parts are needed for that specific step, as well as how they fit together with the growing assembly. Surprisingly, they do this without directions... just the pictures. But the assembly is broken down into very small steps, so you don't have to make any major intuitive leaps to get from step 45 to 46. And if you've been building with LEGO before this, I'll guess that you wouldn't have any trouble following along. I could even see myself making any one of these, and I'm definitely *not* an engineering wizard. :) Oh, and another nice touch... the binding is designed to allow the book to lay flat when opened. So you won't be looking for weighted objects to hold the book open while you're building your next contraption.
I don't know that I'd want to give this book to a 10 year old for fear of what he'd do with the items once built. But knowing the person(s) who I'll be giving my copy to after this, I should probably trust the 10 year old a bit more. Great book, wonderful quality, and it should provide a number of hours of fun walking on the "wild side".
I've read some previous LEGO books where the construction information was printed in black and white, making it difficult to follow. This book has all model instructions printed in full-color, making this book as easy to read as any LEGO-printed construction manual.
It also helps that the models are a lot of fun to build. You'll see instructions for a paper plane launcher, a candy catapult, a ping-pong cannon, an all-terrain vehicle, and "high velocity automatic plate dispenser". Each model starts out with the builder's inspiration for the model, as well as why it is forbidden by LEGO. While some reasons include safety concerns for young builders (any catapulted item must be below a certain velocity for it to be deemed "safe"), others include models that use non-LEGO parts.
All in all, this is a very fun book to read and build along with. If you've got a Technik set and want to try something new--something forbidden--then this is a great book to pick up. Not only are the models easy to follow (thanks in part to the color instructions), but they're fun to build.
Con's: text is incredibly small (especially compared to the large assembly diagrams) and the Lego constructs rely on older Mindstorm motors.
Overall, very worthwhile. I bought this for my kids but it is geared more toward adults (despite the small type!) and serious entry-level robotics. It would be great to have a new edition!
1. It's got a great little summary (10 or so pages) about LEGO, the company's mindset, how these 2 authors got involved in LEGO, and how the design process works at LEGO. LEGO's safety test is described which is important because it helps to determine what is safe vs. non-safe for consumers (from LEGO's point of view). It's a great behind-the-scenes summary and very enjoyable to read.
2. What follows is a short 6 page summary about the LEGO master builders' design theory. With headers such as "How We Build at LEGO" and "The Hero Model," (don't know what that is - get the book!) readers can read a short essay on LEGO's design strategy as well as steps on incorporating it into your own design process.
3. Each project has an "Inspiration" and "Design" short discussion that lets you know how the project came to be. My favorite "LEGO Rules Broken" which tells you EXACTLY why this book is titled "Forbidden LEGO!" (You're also told if any non-LEGO parts are used which is a HUGE benefit before starting to build a project.)
4. "How it Works" short discussions tell you the principle behind the project's design and operation. After that, you've got full color building instructions.
5. Every project can be "MINDSTORM"-ed! These projects all have the ability to be converted to robotic platforms, automating them and giving your robots some real firepower. I've already got some ideas moving through my head after reading over some of these projects.
A great book - definitely a LOT of time and energy put into it.
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