Wednesday, June 20, 2012
LEGO Heavy Weapons Review
LEGO Heavy Weapons: Build Working Replicas of Four of the World's Most Impressive Guns by Jack Streat is sure to please the most avid adult and/or teen LEGO fan. The book gives detailed and precise instructions on how to build replicas of the following weapons: Desert Eagle, AKS-74U, Jungle Carbine, and SPAS 12. The best part of these replicas (well, besides being built with LEGO blocks) is that the guns actually fire LEGO ammunition! Cool, huh?
Streat includes very precise information about the measurements of each model gun, what sort of magazine it includes, as well as the magazine capacity. For example, the AKS-74U can shoot thirteen 1x4 bricks. He also includes historical information about each gun, like the fact that Mikhail Kalashnikov was the original designer of the AKS-74U, and it was first used in 1947. Each section also includes subsections outlining the Design History and How it Works, which I found to be the most fascinating parts of the books. Any weapon or history buff is sure to be pleased with the level of research that has gone into the writing of this book.
The instructions are very easy to follow and are slightly bigger than your average set of LEGO instructions, which is a plus. And unlike standard LEGO instructions, Streat includes some written hints and instructions along with the pictures to clarify certain points. He has also broken the instructions down into weapon parts and labeled them with titles such as "Pistol Grip Underside," "Frame Wall Right," "Barrell Assembly," etc. thereby preventing confusion.
Danny has been bugging me to construct one of these models with him. Hopefully, someday soon, we'll have the time to devote to building one of these replicas, though, I don't think I'll keep it loaded! This book is definitely for those with a lot of LEGO building experience.