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The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide by Pawel Sariel Kmiec

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Chapter 19. form vs. function

Builders are usually inspired to create their own models for two reasons: the desire to model a real-life object (like a favorite car or truck) or the desire to model a real-life mechanism or function (for example, a 4×4 drive or a pneumatic system). If you’re inspired by mechanisms, just look for models that could include one. When you decide to build a model, you’ll want to start by asking yourself three questions:

  1. Can I make it work well?

  2. Can I make it look good?

  3. Can I find sufficient reference material to accurately model this object?

Finding a balance between the aesthetics and functionality of the model is an extremely sensitive task, and it often helps to decide which is more important to you before you start building. ...

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