Build 40 Sur­pris­ingly Re­al­is­tic Mini-mod­els! Mat­tia Zam­boni, No Starch Press Hard­cover $24.95 (208pp), 978-1-59327-735-2

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Kids (ages 9 and up) and adults will de­light in this col­lec­tion of cars, boats, planes, trains, space­ships, and more, all con­structed with Le­gos.

De­signs are ar­ranged by theme and in­clude an air­port, a race track, a har­bor, and even a moon army, among oth­ers. Each project is shown with a list of ma­te­ri­als and a level of dif­fi­culty (easy, medium, or hard), then the in­struc­tions are given in di­a­grams that any­one who has ever as­sem­bled a Lego kit will un­der­stand.

Some of the pieces used are stan­dard, and col­ors can al­ways be sub­sti­tuted. Sources are given for buy­ing par­tic­u­lar pieces that might not be in the builder’s col­lec­tion. Vari­a­tions are shown to give builders more ideas, but in­struc­tions aren’t given for those op­tions.

Pho­to­graphs of the fin­ished de­signs in a Lego en­vi­ron­ment, such as the fire trucks and po­lice car at the scene of a fire in a Lego apart­ment build­ing, are in­spir­ing and sure to en­cour­age fur­ther build­ing to make a whole scene.

The de­sign choices will de­light those who like as­sem­bling ve­hi­cles, and the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of skill lev­els makes it easy to choose projects when work­ing with kids.

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