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” from No Starch Press, authors Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman are guides to this unique world. They’re veteran builders, who have been scale modeling with LEGO since the 1970s.

“The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling” offer a look into the world of 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.

What’s more, Glaasker and Bosman share their own impressive LEGO models as well as highlight models from builders around the world. “The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling” also includes tips and tricks that describe the design and building process.

“The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling” is 204 pages and costs US$29.95 for a print book (and free ebook) or $23.95 for just the ebook.

Glaasker has been building with LEGO since 1975. His Flickr pages showcasing his LEGO models average two million views per year. His work has been published in Beautiful LEGO (No Starch Press), Brickjournal, Truckstar, and Towtruck magazines. Bosman’s LEGO models have been published in Scania Inside and Truckstar.