The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Volume 1: Machines and Mechanisms 1st Edition
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The Power Functions book utlizes the Lego power function motor set, but can be used with mindstorms or RCX motors. It provides a plethora of mechanisms functions with a variety of gear types, worm drives, turntables, etc. He also has ideas on creating a variety of angular movements. My First Lego League team has said that power functions is Isogawa's best book yet, and are still using his book as they get ready for the FLL World Festival.
If you are a mindstorms fan, technic fan, or FLL coach or player, this book really is a must.
I did two things which greatly improved the workability of the mechanisms. As others have noted, a number of the machines “barely worked”. I found the motor, run directly from the battery, ran too fast for the machines. They would shake themselves to pieces rather quickly, especially the reciprocating motion machines.
(1) I ran the motors through the PF speed control remote (part #8879), instead of the PF remote in the parts list (part#8885). You can thus run the machines at various speeds, starting about 1/7 of the speed you get without the PF remote w/speed control. (2). I attached my remote, the IR receiver, battery, and the motor to a 32x32 base. Made it much easier to watch the machines functioning, and to change things around.
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Well laid out, parts required are listed, both for each gadget and for the whole book