No Starch Press are back with a selection of new LEGO® focused titles for Autumn. Their titles focus on unique areas of LEGO fandom, which others publishers don’t alway cover. The first of their new 2018 titles we’ll be looking at is the sequel to The Neighborhood Book by Brian and Jason Lyles. This book inspired budding town planners to get creative and introduce their own takes on the popular modular or microscale of LEGO buildings. This second book is packed with even more building tips and instructions to create stunning interiors and architectural flare to your LEGO creations. Let’s take a closer look at The Neighborhood Book 2.
Enter the fantastical world of model building. The LEGO Neighborhood Book 2 is a full colour guide to creating intricate, bustling LEGO neighbourhoods, and cities. In this second volume, a follow up to the runaway best-selling first volume, readers learn even more ways to create classic architectural styles using only LEGO bricks. In addition to creating entire buildings, LEGO model-building experts Brian and Jason Lyles also show readers how to create interesting architectural features like cornices, false fronts, porches, and detailed interiors and furniture.
- Book Title: LEGO Neighborhood Book 2
- Publisher: No Starch Press
- Pages: 248
- RRP: £16.99
- ISBN: 9781593279301
- Availability: Online
Modular building are a unique area of the world of LEGO. Over the past ten years, they have gained quite the fanbase within the LEGO community. Each modular set has the same basic similarities – a 32×32 baseplate and 4 connectors points. What happens from there can differ vastly. Which is where this book comes into its own. Many LEGO builders use the LEGO Creator Experts sets to build their own cities, but many also like to install their own creations. This book has numerous ideas to inspire these creations.
There are different styles of buildings featured and the book offers snippets of information focused on the styles of architecture and build techniques, which you can use to recreate those builds are incorporate them into your own builds. There are various minibuilds highlighted, by a simple set of instructions.
Some people prefer to create things a smaller scale. Microscale maybe smaller but they are often use as detailed. Plus it allows you to use LEGO elements in unique ways. There is a chapter focused on this different scale of building. This is a great addition to the book and shows that not matter your building skills, collection of parts or space. You can still great sprawling cities. Towards the end of the book, you’ll find step-by-step instructions to build the modular building featured on the cover. Although not as detailed as official instructions, you can still easily follow them to create a unique corner modular building.
I’ve always admired modular buildings but I’ve never actually built one, purely for the fact I don’t have the space to display them and I’ll want them all. However I appreciate the creativity poured into this much loved style of building, especially when it’s integrated into vast displays and it’s something shared by the Brian and Jason. Their ideas are presented well and can be easily followed. I also like how the book gives you instructions to create the building on the front of the book. Once again No Starch Press have given a platform to an area of the LEGO community which wouldn’t necessarily be covered elsewhere, which has resulted in a genuinely informative and well presented book, which is more than a worthy follow up to the first book.
The LEGO Neighborhood Book 2 is published by No Starch Press and will be available from November 6th in the UK, pre-order your copy today from Amazon.