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LEGO Heavy Weapons

LEGO Heavy WeaponsWhen NoStarch Press contacted me a week or two so ago about doing a review about a book called “LEGO® Heavy Weapons”, I must admit I was a little skeptical.  I am not a big fan of guns or violence but when I saw a PDF preview of this book I was blown away (pardon the pun).

The book is written by Jack Streat, a young man, who is very well known for his very realistic and fully functional LEGO weapons.

The building instructions are absolutely stunning to see and a real pleasure to work with.  Making BIs for models with mostly black bricks must be a real challenge and I’ve seen many from LEGO that were not nearly as easy to read as these.  My hat goes off to you, Jack Streat.  If you don’t want to take my word for it, take a look at the excerpt: [LINK].

Below is a cool video of the weapons you can build from the instructions in the book.

You should check out his YouTube channel as well if you have a moment, you won’t be disappointed.

So, the book has instructions for four weapons in total:

  • Desert Eagle handgun with blowback action,
  • AKS-74U assault rifle with folding stock,
  • Bolt-action Lee Enfield sniper rifle (aka. Jungle Carbine)
  • Pump-action SPAS 12 combat shotgun.

If you click on the images below you can see a much bigger picture with a short description of the actual model.

LEGO Heavy Weapons - Desert EagleLEGO Heavy Weapons - AKS-74U


If you love building cool looking models with intricate mechanisms, even if you’re not into guns, then this book is for you.

LEGO Heavy Weapons

By Jack Streat
May 2012, 368 pp., $24.95 USD
ISBN 9781593274122

Available in fine bookstores everywhere, from www.oreilly.com/nostarch or directly from No Starch Press (www.nostarch.com, orders@nostarch.com, +1.415.863.9900).


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About Xander

Xander Soldaat is a Software Engineer and former Infrastructure Architect. He loves building and programming robots. He recently had the opportunity to turn his robotics hobby into his profession and has started working for Robomatter, the makers of ROBOTC and Robot Virtual Words.