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San Francisco, CA, USA—Jack Streat is an accomplished LEGO weapons builder whose YouTube videos have over 16 million views. Now he’s the author of a new book about building LEGO weapons, and he’s only 17 years old.
In “LEGO Heavy Weapons” (No Starch Press, May 2012, 368 pp., $24.95, ISBN 9781593274122), Streat offers a collection of building instructions for four truly impressive, 1:1-scale LEGO replicas of the world’s most iconic firearms. LEGO builders will learn to create a massive Desert Eagle handgun with blowback action, plus three accurate brick-shooting marvels: an AKS-74U assault rifle with folding stock, a bolt-action Lee Enfield sniper rifle (aka. Jungle Carbine), and a pump-action SPAS 12 combat shotgun.
According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, “Readers will instantly recognize these models from their favorite Tarantino films and videogames like Counter-Strike and Call of Duty.” Pollock continues, “At last, LEGO fans can turn that pile of dusty bricks into insane weapons that they can brandish while running wild through their homes. The world may never be the same.”
About the Author Since posting his first LEGO gun online at age 13, Jack Streat has played an influential role in the LEGO weapons builder community. In his spare time, he modifies guitars in a never-ending quest to make them as loud as possible. Streat is 17 years old. This is his first book.
Desert Eagle Building Instructions Excerpt (PDF): http://post.oreilly.com/rd/9z1zvcqfc1a0v0bmr46nb4gig3uk1886bblr5sgkne8
Desert Eagle Sample Page: http://post.oreilly.com/rd/9z1zqd3tig6qhli45qi5peqpd0nvkcfmkppf2ekjt68 AKS-74U Sample Page: http://post.oreilly.com/rd/9z1zqbeudru9euh2gb3200uhvr91eq1q9gskhp7olng
[ LEGO has for some time now, adapted comic book, sci-fi and movie properties into LEGO characters. So that means, miniature guns. Like, what’s the point in having a Halo LEGO Master Sgt without a gun? But then, things have a way of proliferating, you know, like out of control. For example, consider the following video. Now to be fair, this is not an officially licensed LEGO product, it is a custom company filling a niche. But are there really a bunch of LEGO geeks looking for Nazi soldiers? Yep, that’s a Waffen SS LEGO trooper at the 0.16 mark and another at 3:53. CP ]
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