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I'm New (Kinda) to Building, and Would Like some Advice, Please!
Hello, I'm an AFOL, late 40s, and was away from LEGO since my teens. My career (ironically in the toy business just not building toys) kept me busy but I semi-retired early. Played LEGO Dimensions and it awakened the magic, and I am all-in with the brick now.
Built some sets, lots of smaller stuff...some medium sized Creator and Star Wars, have not cracked open any if the Expert pieces I have bought, though I am about to tackle the UCS Tumbler, as soon as I get the parts cleaned off all the way (used dontcha know). I'm sorting pieces as best I can, and am getting the urge to start tackling my own projects.
So, the question in the title pertains mainly to books. I'd like to get some opinions on what you all think are solid books on building techniques, both intermediate and advanced. Other books that might give me the right pushes or knowledge are certainly welcome as well, and so is any wisdom anyone might wish to share.
Sorry if I posted this in the wrong place!
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It's nice because it goes into SNOT (Studs Not On Top) and other techniques that I didn't grow up with, and it also just covers a really broad range of stuff. You can sit down with an ice cream tub full of bricks and try out some of the themed ideas for, say, spaceships or cars or ice-cream vans, or you can go with something more ambitious and larger scale. And it's not just a how-to book, there are also interviews with various builders who do really huge/ambitious work and which have given me inspiration to think about pieces very differently.
Thanks catwrangler I'll definitely take a look at the tome. Appreciate it very much.
I will second that; the LEGO Ideas books are some of my favorites. And I also like the LEGO Adventures book series published by No Starch Press. They are similar to the LEGO Ideas books, but with bit more advanced projects.
Both the LEGO Ideas books and the LEGO Adventures books feature a great variety of projects - so they are sort of like a buffet for sampling. However if you want to get into specific niches (LEGO Technic, cars, buildings, micro-building, mosaics, robots, etc.) there are specific books for each subject.
I highly recommend you check out the entire selection of LEGO books by No Starch Press. They have a very large collection of LEGO books on all kinds of specific topics, most with detailed tutorials and building instructions. You can see them all here: https://www.nostarch.com/catalog/lego
New Elementary is also useful for building techniques and interesting part usage.
Thanks, keep em comin!
I do do follow some Flickr accounts, Instagram and such. Hard to get detailed info from that but I get a TON of inspiration.
Longtime fan of you & your work, very happy to see you here, and can't wait to see what you've got in store for LEGO. :D
You know it's weird. LEGO intimidates me. Don't know why but it does. I've built a bunch of smaller things since I got back into it. But nothing really big yet. I have a bunch of Expert level stuff that I haven't touched yet. Partially because I'm still working on where that's gonna happen, but the other part, if I'm being totally honest, is good old fashioned intimidation.
I'm sure I'll move beyond it as I learn new things, but it's interesting.
pretty clueless when it comes to modern building techniques, but luckily for me my four year old son isn't too critical of my attempts (yet). I suppose with practice, looking at other people's MOCs and doing a little research on newer techniques, I'll get better.
Just jump right in and have fun. That's what it's all about, right? :-)
and i certainly don't put myself into the "talented" category. I usually can't finish any of my MOC ideas. I have half a dozen half-completed mocs and haven't mocced in months.
Maybe you could try your first MOC for this site for whatever the October contest calls for. Usually the builds are fairly small, so it is a less intimidating way to get started.
And @dougts, your comment made me laugh...the "I haven't mocc'ed in months". Sounds like something I'd say at a party. :)