tiny-lego-wonders-book-review

Tiny lego wonders is a book that must be read. The book makes it exciting for any lego enthusiast. I read the book while on my lego table with my kids. 

Tiny LEGO Wonders Book by Mattia Zamboni is the biggest and the most interesting the LEGO book by No Starch Press.

The hardcover itself is the quality one come to expect from No Starch, solid cover, tight binding, excellent printing quality on heavy paper stock. The selection of paper type and binding is truly perfect. The reason, why many people often overlook this type of book, is soft cover with poor paper quality. Since this is really an instruction book, it’s important that the reader is able to construct, leaving his hands free for building a model.

The book is divided into chapters focused on locations rather than vehicle kind, which is a clever and nice idea. Rather than put all the wheeled cars in one place (as is way too often the case) you can discover vehicles pertinent to a construction size, airport or racing track in those respective chapters. Since most LEGO builders usually build by theme or genre, it makes perfect sense.

Overview of the Book’s Content

It’s a 200-page book filled with models for building 40 micro-sized vehicles. Both the models themselves and the pictures with instructions are premium quality and if you love micro scale construction then this is a book which you will not want to leave soon.

The book is structured into ten chapters, each of them deals with a separate type of vehicle: airport, fire station, construction, seaport, train station etc. A full list and range of contents can be viewed on the No Starch site.

So navigating through the book is easy and convenient for any lover to build with the LEGO constructor. And the quality of the book’s materials can compete with the best books for children with large and beautiful artworks. Also, at the end of the book, there is a clear and detailed content of the book and all the chapters.

The chapters are accompanied by double page dioramas that have been created by Alexander Bugiel and Matteo Russillio, and rendered with a number of tools. I have to consent with the author who names them ‘breathtaking’. The fire station one below is great but is possibly one of the least effective.

The instructions themselves were created by Mattia and a large quantity of other specialists. Each one is pictorial with high-quality image and easy to follow steps. A full catalog of the parts needed is provided though they are ordered something randomly which makes putting them together more difficult than it has to be.

The basis of every set is the LEGO brick – a piece that is a plastic block that connects to other similar bricks on spikes. The sets also include many other details: figures of people and animals, wheels and so on. There are sets, which include electric motors, various kinds of sensors and even microcontrollers.

Overview Of The Book’s Lego Models

The quality of the models is great and a lot can be acknowledged from studying the guides or, better still, constructing models. Each one is marked easy/medium/hard though I wouldn’t expect single of them to be beyond skills of ones who read this review.

If I have to point one disadvantage it’s that several of them are reliant on labels for key features of their design, like the windshield of the ICE train.

You won’t see a whole lot of those bothersome words to get in the way of building as well. Besides an introduction and a small setup, there are no. I am totally ok with this concept. Rather than overwhelm the pages with a bunch of unneeded prose or plain descriptions, the book simply gets on with the business at hand, showing images and guides on how to construct 40 models. In addition to the chapter introduction picture, that’s all there is also, just model after amazing model.

It would not be correct for me to review the product without actually constructing one of the models so I have built a bulk carrier ship from the port chapter, which was created by George Panteleon.

It was surely an interesting construction that employs several interesting methods and illustrates how, when constructing at a small-scale, you have to look at details differently. For an instance, the 1×2 white lattices that represent the casements of the bridge.

There are a few parts of the ship that are held on with only one connection so the model is a bit brittle in places but I think that’s par for the course for micro-sized models. The full model is about 20cm in length and looks incredible. There’s a similar case carrier in the book as well, so I may have a go at that next, then might design some of my own ships for a micro-sized port diorama.

There are a lot of guidebooks on the market, and only because you have the instructions to build something, doesn’t indicate when it’s done it will be a strong model, that’s not the occasion here. Creator Zamboni and the other constructors to this book are top-scale builders, and that’s the clue to a great book, starting with outstanding models. Separating them down into steps is only a formal reality. There’s a giant range of models as well, something for everyone. All kinds of stuff starting from trains, planes, and cars to my own favorite, the caterpillar transporter, and space shuttle.

Conclusion

Tiny Lego wonders book is a very fine book with lots of high-quality illustrations on glossy paper. You will discover excellent Lego ideas and a real fountain of inspiration. The book is executed qualitatively in a hardcover (the price of the book is quite high). Style of presentation is more suitable for children, but the content is quite suitable for adult fans of Lego as well. Professionals who possess all the most complex construction techniques most probably don’t need this book, but it will be useful for everyone else.

In closing, I highly recommend this book. For new constructers, you’ll find easy to construct models with awesome design and guided part count. To skilled builders and ones that already construct on a small scale, you’ll discover excellent sources and inspiration. I give it nine out of ten rating.

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