My models fall apart, help! [ Top ]
Check out Eric Brok's discussion of LEGO geometry.
This is really one of the best online guides to building with LEGO Technic. [Note that this site's server can be a bit intermittent.]
'The Art of LEGO' [975 kb PDF]
by Fred Martin (father of the programmable brick) was written in 1995, so it's a
little dated now, but it provides an excellent introduction
to building motorized mechanisms with LEGO Technic.
You Play with LEGO Devices: from LEGO Technic to LEGO Mindstorms (approximate
translation from Japanese) by Yoshihito Isogawa is an excellent book on building mechanisms with LEGO. My sensei Hideaki Yabuki sent me a copy from Japan and I really can't praise this book highly enough. The text is in Japanese, but don't worry if you can't read it, because every page of the book is filled with detailed, full-color photographs of LEGO construction techniques and mechanisms.
If you don't live in Japan or have any friends in Japan, your best bet for getting a copy is to contact an importer of Japanese books. In the US, you can try requesting it from Sasuga Books (I would welcome other suggestions for importers of Japanese books). Publisher: Soft Bank Publishing; date of publication: October 2001; ISBN: 4797318201.
Building Robots with LEGO Mindstorms by Mario and Giulio Ferrari is another nifty book. I've had a lot of fun leafing through this book and most of the robots can be built with little more than the basic Robot Invention System parts list.
It's full of nifty mechanisms and useful discussions of programmatic solutions to simple robot problems. The approach is similar to Ben Erwin's Creative Projects with LEGO® Mindstorms -- little sample code and no step-by-step instructions, but aimed at a slightly more sophisticated audience. There
are lots of explanation and photos of the robots partially dissasembled. Publisher Syngress; date of publication: 2001; ISBN: 1928994679.
Where can I get more parts? [ Top ]|
LUGNET has two buying guides that are useful for new sets in the US:
- Brickwise: the online LEGO shopping Guide
gives a guide to current prices of new sets (in the US). Check out their
hottest deals section, there are quite often variations in the cost of, e.g., Technic motor packs.
Shop at Home Specials has a list of items that LEGO are selling new
(again, in the US), but at discounted prices. You have to phone Shop At Home in the US (1-800-835-4386),
ask for the "phone special", and give the set number to get the discount price.
LEGO Shop AT Home. You can buy LEGO service packs from LEGO Shop at Home.
The LEGO site is desperately slow, so search on the item
numbers listed below to see if it's available in your area.
You can also go here
for a pictorial list of LEGO Technic service packs.
9709 Mindstorms RCX
9738 Mindstorms RCX remote control
9756 Mindstorms rotation sensor
9757 Mindstorms touch sensor
9758 Mindstorms light sensor
5099 Pneumatic switch
5117 Pneumatic pump [32mm]
5107 Pneumatic pump [48mm]
5116 Pneumatic cylinder [32mm]
5108 Pneumatic cylinder [48mm]
5109 Pneumatic tubing & Ts
5110 Pneumatic kit
5218 Pneumatic Pack
5037 Electric plates
5041 Electric wire [8.5cm]
5311 Electric wire [25.6cm]
5111 Electric wire [128cm]
5119 Micro motor
5114 Extra 9V motor [old-style 9V motor]
5225 Mini-motor [new-style 9V gear motor]
5391 9V battery box [1x9V]
5115 9V battery box [6xAA]
5120 Polarity reverser
5033 Flashing light brick
5310 Light brick
5110 Axles + couplers
5253 Axles (2L-6L)
5267 Axles (2L-12L)
5269 Liftarms, cams, triangles
5291 Liftarms + triangles
5202 Angle beams
5229 Gears and differentials
5242 Plates, steering arms, etc.
5288 Gear Blocks
5277 Pulleys and rubber belts
5278 Chain links
5201 Angle connectors
5275 Toggle joints
5286 Toggle joints + connectors
5294 Toggle joints + connectors
5228 Small beams and plates
5233 Small beams and plates
5235 Technic bricks
5231 Technic beams + plates (yellow)
5250 Technic beams (yellow)
5249 Technic beams + plates (red)
5238 Technic beams (red)
5236 Technic beams (blue)
5295 Steering accessories
5279 Plates, steering arms, etc.
5290 Plates and gear racks.
5251 4 small shock absorbers
5252 Large shock absorbers
5118 Flex system
5204 CyberSlam missile launcher
5227 Fiber optic cables
5397 Magnets and Holders
LEGO Dacta is the educational division of LEGO.
Most LEGO Dacta suppliers sell only to educational institutions, but there are a couple that sell to the
general public. If you live in the US you can go to Pitsco-LEGO Dacta
and pull down the listbox on the home page to shop the SPARE PARTS department. If you're
in Australia you can shop at Moore Educational.
eBay is an online auction site
that usually has a fair quantity of offerings in the LEGO Technic
themes. In general you will end up paying near-retail or over-retail for complete kits from
this source, but it's worth watching for bargains: the less
popular (earlier) Technic sets which are crammed with beams, people selling off bulk parts, and
even the occasional RIS1.0 set. Most offerings are from the US, but there are
increasingly offers from Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. Of course, you're at-risk
in various ways from ill-informed or fraudulent sellers -- send the seller email if
you've got any doubts or questions.
Bricklink. The 'Unofficial Online Lego Shopping Mall' has
offerings in many of the LEGO themes including Technic parts and sets from resellers based all over the world.
BAYLIT. The 'Bricks As You Like Them' site
offers a wide range of Technic parts onsey-twosey. A pricey option
for bulk parts, but may be worth it for that part you just have
to have to finish a model.
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