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Review: LEGO Technic Non-Electric Models: Simple Machines

Have you ever wanted to make mechanical creations out of LEGO, but didn’t know where to start? Then Yoshihito Isogawa has written the perfect book for you in LEGO Technic Non-Electric Models: Simple Machines.

Yoshihito truly is a master of creating mechanical LEGO creations, and reading LEGO Technic Non-Electric Models: Simple Machines is like learning at the foot of a guru. His expertise is unmatched and this book is essential in learning how to create mechanisms from LEGO pieces.

Everything in the book is done through clear, concise photographs that show how to build and utilize gears and axels. Learning how gearing, gear ratios, and gear placement work using technic beams to hold them in place is a great resource for beginners who do not know how they work.

The book is broken into two parts. The first half of the book is Basic Mechanisms. This part of the book teaches the necessary knowledge required to make the gears work, like transmitting rotation with gears, changing the angle of rotations, and using worm gears. This teaches the reader the essential knowledge that the foundations of machines are based on.

The second half of the book is where the fun begins. Once the reader has a handle on the principles, the applications are introduced in Moving Vehicles. By creating from chapters that include cars with rotary motion, cars with that run using rubber bands, and cars that run on energy stored in the flywheel, it shows practical applications for the knowledge attained in the first half of the book, plus you can make some cool cars.

If you ever wanted to understand how basic machines work or how to properly utilize gears to create motion, then the LEGO Technic Non-Electric Models: Simple Machines book is a great place to start your exploration. Yoshihito Isogawa truly is a master of his craft, and there is no better teacher to learn it from.

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