No Starch Press continues to add to its repertoire of LEGO books and this year it has published two new titles, including Build a LEGO Mustang by Pawel Kmiec, of Sariel's LEGO Workshop fame.
The 112-page paperback provides instructions for -- you guessed it -- building a Ford Mustang.
You could be forgiven for thinking it's a bit superfluous given that LEGO has recently released a Creator Expert version of the vehicle. However, Sariel's version goes way beyond that one in terms of functionality, details, and size: it features full Power Functions remote control, a two-speed gearbox, 'working' V8 engine, and LED lights, and measures 44cm long.
Sariel has illustrated the front of the book with a black-with-gold-stripes version of the car but the instructions show how to build it in red with white stripes. Not only does it make the book more colourful to flick through but, more importantly, it makes the instructions much easier to see and follow. You can of course build it in any colour you like.
The majority of the book consists of instruction steps and, as is always the case in No Starch books, they are clear, consistent and easily on a par with official instructions.
They are divided into three stages: the chassis, the PF wiring and the bodywork. The bodywork is constructed as a separate subassembly and attached to the chassis using pins at the end of the build so it's easy to use the chassis for your own vehicle should you wish.
A parts list is provided and is also available to download as a PDF, which isn't super-helpful if you want to create a BrickLink wanted list from it.
The book itself is excellent, as is the model, but I do wonder who's actually going to build it. In response to a comment on one of the videos below which asks about the price of the parts, Sariel estimates that it could be anything up to $1000, depending on the colour you choose to build it in, how many parts you already have, and where you live, so it's not going to be a cheap project.
Nevertheless, if you're up for challenge and want to build what must be the ultimate LEGO version of this classic car, designed by an expert, then this is the book for you.
Sariel's videos showcase the model's features:
Thanks to No Starch Press for sending me the book to review. All opinions expressed are my own.