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DLuders posted a topic in Special LEGO ThemesREVIEW OF THE BRICKGUN BOOK – Build the World’s Most Realistic LEGO® Handguns Details about the 232-page work by Jeff Boen Title: The BrickGun Book Author: Jeff Boen Place of Publication: San Francisco, California USA Publisher: No Starch Press, Inc. Date of Publication: May 2013 ISBN-10: 1-59327-490-4 ISBN-13: 978-1-59327-490-0 Number of Pages: 232 in four colors Dimensions: 8” x 10” x 1/2” thick (20.2cm x 25.4 cm x 1.27 cm thick) Reviewed By: David G. Luders [NOTE: This book is not authorized or endorsed by The Lego Group. LEGO® is a registered trademark of The Lego Group, but in this Book Review I use the word “LEGO” without the trademark symbol for readability.] INTRODUCTION As stated in the YouTube video above, ‘The BrickGun Book shows you how to build five remarkably sleek LEGO® handgun replicas, like the classic Beretta 92FS and a formidable rubber-band-firing MAC-11. Each chapter includes step-by-step building instructions and a complete parts list using only readily available LEGO pieces. Builder Jeff Boen has designed each model with stunning accuracy and attention to detail, focusing on everything from 1:1 real-life scale to functioning cocking and trigger mechanisms. Each BrickGun is ultra-realistic in look and feel, but mostly harmless -- perfect for display or your next backyard battle.” BACKGROUND INFORMATION The author wrote, “WARNING -- Adult supervision is required. These models are not suitable for children under the age of 12.” The first four models do not fire projectiles, but “The MAC-11 shoots rubber bands….Be particularly careful when handling [all of] these models in public because they have been mistaken for real weapons. If you take your LEGO gun out in public, add a bright orange tip to the muzzle to show that it’s not the real thing.” SUMMARY OF CONTENT Chapter 1: BG22 with Magazine – 299 Total Parts and 69 Unique Part Types Chapter 2: Beretta 92FS – 263 Total Parts and 69 Unique Part Types Chapter 3: Desert Eagle – 290 Total Parts and 78 Unique Part Types Chapter 4: Colt 1911 – 268 Total Parts and 67 Unique Part Types Chapter 5: MAC-11 Rubber Band – 312 Total Parts and 61 Unique Part Types RECOMMENDATION Gun aficionados would enjoy building these realistic LEGO models. One can appreciate the author’s engineering of each gun’s trigger and slide movements. The illustrations are superbly done with LDraw software – they are similar in style to the building instruction booklets in official LEGO sets. The BrickGun 1911 is my favorite. Click on the hyperlinks below each of these images to enlarge them and see the details: http://nostarch.com/.../bgb_sample.png http://nostarch.com/...ample_32-33.png http://nostarch.com/...ple_208-209.png The print book has sharper lines and better color rendition than can be seen on a computer screen, or on a PDF page printed on a color laser jet. The print book is a good value at USD $0.129 per page. The paper is of high quality. As the author suggests, one can get the necessary LEGO parts from Bricklink.com . If you like both weapons and LEGO, this book is for you! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * If you would like to order this book, it is available on the publisher’s website in print book form and/or Ebook. The book is also available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.co...ywords=brickgun . Visit the author’s BrickGun website: http://www.brickgun.com/ .