The LEGO Build-it Book: More Amazing Vehicles
You may recall that in August we reviewed The LEGO Build-it Book: Amazing Vehicles by Nathanael Kuipers and Mattia Zamboni. It provides instructions to build ten vehicles using just the parts in 5867 Super Speedster and we thought it was great.
Now, No Starch Press has published a second book entitled, unsurprisingly, The LEGO Build-it Book: More Amazing Vehicles. Incredibly, this book also contains instructions for ten vehicles using the same parts as the first book!
It's pretty much identical to the first book in that it consists of very high quality renders of the finished models and their instructions, which are on a par with those produced by LEGO.
You might expect that Nathanael would have run out of steam after designing the first ten and that these might be flimsily constructed or similar to those in the first book, but that's not the case at all. Just about the only similarity is that they all have wheels. In many cases, the vehicles in this book are actually better than those in the first, and certainly better than the official 5867 model.
My personal favourite is the F1 Racer which is in many ways better than the official LEGO Ferrari models: quite an achievement given the limited parts palette Nathaniel had to work with.
Many of the models feature techniques that probably wouldn't be used in official models, for example, in the F1 Racer's case, half of it is built upside down. All of the models use a healthy dose of SNOT and it's likely that you'll learn a lot of useful techniques when building them.
Like the first one, this book is an excellent demonstration of the versatility of LEGO and of Nathanael's talents. Armed with copies of both books and a 5867 you will have hours and hours of fun.
I guess the only problem with it is that 5867 is now obsolete and secondary market prices seem to have soared since the first volume was published. In the first review I noted that you could "buy it on eBay or BrickLink where it can be obtained for not much more than its original RRP" but that's certainly not the case now. That said, none of the parts are particularly rare and all can be purchased from secondary marketplaces for about £20.
In summary, then, it's another excellent book from No Starch which you'll enjoy whether you have the first one or not, particularly given Nathanael has saved many of the best models until last.