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Table of Contents

  1. basics

    1. Chapter 1 basic concepts

      1. speed
      2. torque
      3. power
      4. friction
      5. traction
      6. rolling resistance
      7. backlash
      8. efficiency
      9. vehicular concepts
    2. Chapter 2 basic units and pieces

      1. the Technic brick
      2. pins, for joining and rotating
      3. beams, the studless alternative
      4. the half stud as the minimum building unit
      5. two tricks for building with half studs
    3. Chapter 3 studless or studfull?

      1. LEGO evolving
      2. studfull building
      3. studless building
      4. combining the styles
    4. Chapter 4 axles, bushes, and joints

      1. axles
      2. bushes
      3. universal joints
  2. mechanics

    1. Chapter 5 gears and power transmission basics

      1. drivers, followers, and idlers
      2. gear ratios
      3. efficiency and gears
      4. backlash and gears
      5. controlling rotational direction
      6. an inventory of gears
    2. Chapter 6 chains and pulleys

      1. chains
      2. pulleys
      3. string and pulley systems
    3. Chapter 7 levers and linkages

      1. levers
      2. linkages
    4. Chapter 8 custom mechanical solutions

      1. a stronger differential
      2. differential locks
      3. a custom differential
      4. an axle with a differential lock
      5. ratchets
      6. linear clutches
      7. eccentric mechanisms
      8. Scotch yokes
      9. a Scotch yoke
      10. Oldham couplings
      11. an Oldham coupling
      12. Schmidt couplings
      13. stepper motors
      14. Geneva mechanisms
      15. a Geneva mechanism
      16. reverse lights
      17. flashing lights
      18. turn signals
      19. complex turn signals
      20. double-axle turntable transmission
      21. a double-axle turntable transmission
      22. a sturdy universal joint
      23. a universal joint
    5. Chapter 9 the LEGO pneumatic system

      1. the Old system
      2. the New system
      3. an inventory of pneumatic parts
      4. modding the pneumatic system
    6. Chapter 10 pneumatic devices

      1. motorized compressors
      2. a rocking compressor
      3. motorized valves
      4. autovalve
      5. a motorized valve
      6. an autovalve
      7. automated pressure switch
      8. pneumatic engines
      9. a single-cylinder engine
      10. a two-cylinder pneumatic engine
      11. a two-cylinder pneumatic engine with sliders
      12. builder showcase
      13. a working water pressure pump
    7. Chapter 11 building strong

      1. why things fall apart
      2. the right way to reinforce
      3. reinforced differential casings
      4. four reinforced differential casings
      5. reinforced worm gear casings
      6. three reinforced worm gear casings
      7. load-bearing structures
      8. choosing the strongest pieces
  3. motors

    1. Chapter 12 an inventory of LEGO motors

      1. 2838, the first 9V motor
      2. 71427, a popular and powerful 9V motor
      3. 43362, a lighter 9V motor
      4. 47154, a 9V motor in a semitransparent housing
      5. Micromotor
      6. NXT motor
      7. Power Functions E motor
      8. Power Functions Medium (M) motor
      9. Power Functions L motor
      10. Power Functions XL motor
      11. Power Functions Servo motor
      12. RC motor
    2. Chapter 13 LEGO Power Functions system

      1. manually controlling motors
      2. remotely controlling motors
      3. power supplies
      4. receiver
      5. remotes
      6. modifying the remotes
      7. a basic remote with steering wheel
      8. a basic remote with sideways lever
      9. a speed control remote with central steering wheel
      10. linear actuators
      11. extension wires
      12. miscellaneous elements
  4. advanced mechanics

    1. Chapter 14 wheeled steering systems

      1. basic LEGO steering systems
    2. Chapter 15 wheeled suspension systems

      1. driven axles
      2. suspension systems: concept and categories
      3. types of suspensions
      4. driven and suspended axles
      5. steered and suspended axles
      6. driven, steered, and suspended axles
    3. Chapter 16 tracked vehicles and suspensions

      1. rubber tracks
      2. hard plastic tracks
      3. tracked wheel systems
      4. suspension systems
      5. experimenting with road wheels
    4. Chapter 17 transmissions

      1. types of transmissions
      2. how LEGO transmission driving rings work
      3. transmission designs
      4. distribution transmissions
      5. a 2-speed synchronized transmission
      6. a 2-speed linear heavy-duty transmission
      7. a 2-speed RC motor transmission
      8. a 2-speed orbital transmission
      9. a 2-speed ratchet transmission
      10. a 3-speed linear transmission
      11. a 4-speed synchronized transmission
      12. a 10-speed synchronized transmission
      13. a continuously variable transmission
    5. Chapter 18 adders and subtractors

      1. hard-coupling
      2. coupling motors with adders
      3. subtractors
  5. models

    1. Chapter 19 form vs. function

      1. cars
      2. trucks
      3. motorcycles
      4. tracked vehicles
      5. aircraft
    2. Chapter 20 scaling a model

      1. blueprints
      2. points of reference
      3. scaling
    3. Chapter 21 the modeling process

      1. size matters
      2. wheels
      3. other circular elements
      4. colors
      5. devil in the details
      6. the next step: controlling your models
  1. Appendix afterword

  2. updates and additional resources