The LEGO scale modeling community brings a miniature world to life with artistry, skill, and patience—a world inhabited by remarkably detailed scale models of real trucks, ships, planes, race cars, and even construction vehicles. Some of these models are so intricate, they’re easy to mistake for the real thing.
In The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling (No Starch Press, $29.95, 204pp., Sept. 2015), authors Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman are our guides to this unique world. These two veteran builders, who have been scale modeling with LEGO since the 1970s, are now releasing a stunning and fascinating new book that belongs on the coffee table in every LEGO-loving household.
For the first time, we’re invited into the world of twenty-four 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.
“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.”
The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling will be available in bookstores everywhere this September.
About the Authors
Dennis Glaasker has been scale modeling all his life, mostly focusing on cars and trucks. He started by building plastic kits but now works exclusively on LEGO models. His work can be found online under the name Bricksonwheels, and his models have been featured in many magazines, including Truckstar, 10-4, BrickJournal, Hispabrick, and Towtruck.
Dennis Bosman is a pioneer in the art of LEGO scale modeling, specializing in large-scale models, which he has been building for more than 20 years. In the 1990s, he started one of the first LEGO-related websites, inspiring many people to build their own models. His work can also be found in magazines such as Truckstar, Magazine Exceptionnel, and NAMAC. He is also involved with LEGO World, Europe’s biggest LEGO event.
The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman
ISBN: 978-1-59327-615-7 (print)
Publication Date: September 2015
Specs: 4C, Hardcover, 204 pp.