Lego scale modeling goes big time

legoscale_sample_137BY GERRY MILES

If you’ve ever had to pick up the many pieces of Legos after a failed project you well know the burden and number of them that are staggering yet enable fertile minds to create real-life like renditions of landmarks, planes, trains and automobiles.

A book due out in September, “The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling” showcases intricate models of real vehicles that Lego fans have built.

In The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling (No Starch Press, $29.95, 204pp., Sept. 2015), authors Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman, two veteran builders who have been scale modeling with LEGO since the 1970s, are releasing a stunning coffee table book for the legions of Lego fans everywhere.

legoscale_sample_060For the first time, 24 of the most talented LEGO scale modelers, who showcase models like the Tyr Viking, a four-foot-long ship constructed from more than 20,000 LEGO elements; a Caterpillar bulldozer complete with two motors; locomotives with lights, horns, operable doors, and smoke effects; United States military aircraft; a five-foot-long Peterbilt 379 and MAC end dump trailer; popular Toyota, Ford, and Volkswagen vehicles; Ferrari and Renault Formula 1 race cars; and Harley Davidson classic motorcycles and custom choppers show off their creations.

“What I love about LEGO scale modeling is that it’s so complex, you can always be improving your work,” explains Glaasker. “By choosing new subjects, and with LEGO’s continuous introduction of new pieces, there are always new challenges ahead; it’s an endless medium for exploration.”

According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, “As we continue to develop art-quality books for serious LEGO fans, I’m excited to release this new book that, for the first time ever, highlights and unites the work of these incredible builders.”

legoscale_sample_018The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling will be available in bookstores everywhere this September.