Want to build a LEGO Mustang?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It's available from Amazon: USA ($13.99) | Canada ($25) | UK (£16.99).


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.

19 comments on this article

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By in Germany,

Now we're talking.

Going by the well-know expertise of Pawel (Sariel) and the usually excellent quality of No Starch Press books I am ready to take on this challenge. What a cool project.

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By in Netherlands,

I wonder if there is an easy way of checking which colour options there are given parts availability.

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By in Ireland,

Would be an awesome project for firstly a wealthy fan but anyone who adores Mustangs ,or mechanics or a parent\child hobby build or just an awesome display\centre piece, this and a Lego house visit are my lotto first buys

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By in Australia,

Eh. Sariel is a talented builder but this is a hard sell.

I'd really like to see a buy list included in Bricklink's format, including color options.

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By in Germany,

@Merlict: some of No Starch Press's books include downloadable instructions and/or bricklists in Bricklink format. Perhaps there will be one for this book as well in time. I'll ask them once mine has arrived.

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By in United States,

That's cool but too expensive for me I'm afraid. Still planning to get the Creator Expert one though.

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By in United States,

It’s not a difficult decision really. I’ll pay 14 dollars just for the learning experience of looking through the book. I’ll never actually build it because, well, cost...but I love looking at MOC instructions they fascinate and educate. But that’s me.

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By in United States,

The Creator Expert set is great, though obviously chrome parts would have been an improvement. Good luck finding all that chrome for this set... Also, I much prefer the non-functioning but more realistic engine of 10265. If I'm looking for function, I'll go the Technic Supercar route.

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By in Netherlands,

Thank you for your review / article. In really like the different ranges of articles on this site.

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By in France,

This is the dogs proverbials. Wow.
I’ll buy it just to read the book and then decide how many parts I have and if it’s worth purchasing the rest. 1000$ seems a lot.....

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By in Germany,

I think some of the supposed 1000 USD can be attributed to the cost of all those custom chromed pieces. If you swap them for say white I guess the cost will be quite a bit lower.

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By in Canada,

Would be a beauty to build!

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By in United States,

Bound to be interesting to see how such an accomplished designer improves on what was already an excellent model. I'm not likely to try to build Sariel's version, but the book has made me take another look at the Creator Expert model and that in itself is a Good Thing! The book, meanwhile, being less than the cost of that travesty of a Mustang in Speed Champions, is a definite must-buy. Thank you for the review!

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By in United States,

Love the model of the 65 GT-350 Hertz Rent a car version

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By in United States,

Thanks for the article; this made me very interested to get the book. But I downloaded the parts list and went through it item by item ... and a few of the pieces (including the electric motors) haven't been made for several years, according to BrickLink -- which means that finding them at reasonable prices will be very difficult. So I decided after spending a good part of the day researching all of this to skip buying the book. I have been pondering whether to buy the new Ford Mustang...I may just do that instead...

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By in United States,

I'm glad Sariel is making his builds publicly available as instructions as he is one of the most talented builders out there. It's very obvious that it will be very expensive and tedious in gathering the parts for it. And I assume that like 98-99% of users here have never built custom MOC's by buying instructions so probably best to stay with official sets. But if any of y'all have the resources and time, I can guarantee this build is worth it.

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By in Germany,

After having built Anio's Venator Star Destroyer MOC and "enjoying" the part sourcing experience that went with it, this Mustang seems like piece of cake by comparison ;-)

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By in Denmark,

It is odd that they have chosen a cover photo in which the black roof sticker strip has slipped.

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