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Robot Builder's Bonanza, 4th Edition, 4th Edition by Gordon McComb

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Chapter 16Constructing High-Tech Robots from Toys

Ready-made toys can be used as the basis for surprisingly complex homebrew hobby robots. Snap or screw-together kits, such as the venerable Erector or Meccano set, let you use premachined parts for your own creations. Not to mention that the toy industry is robot crazy, and you can buy a basic motorized or unmotorized robot for parts, building on it and adding sophistication and features.

Some kits, like LEGO and K’NEX, are even designed to create futuristic motorized robots and vehicles. You can use the parts in the kits as is or cannibalize them. Because the parts already come in the shape you need, the construction of your own robots is greatly simplified.

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