Books and Magazine Reviews

When not in the workshop I like to read about model engineering and related subjects. Here are some of the books I’ve read over the last few years.

Maker Pro

Maker Pro

Maker Pro is a series of interviews with a wide range of people, looking at how they make their living through making. The interviewees are from diverse backgrounds and countries, and some of the interviewers are quite interesting too. [amazon

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How to design a light – Design Museum

How to Design a Light

How to design a light from the Design Museum This is an inspirational and conceptual book rather than a practical study guide. It’s hard to tell if the book is intended for the coffee table or …

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Breaking the mishap chain

Breaking the mishap chain

Human Factors Lessons Learned From Aerospace Accidents and Incidents in Research, Flight Test, and DevelopmentBy Peter W. Merlin, Gregg A. Bendrick, and Dwight A. Holland This book is a series of case studies looking at mishaps with aircraft and space

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Books for the Home Machinist

Model Engineers in the UK will all be familar with the workshop practice seriesof books, and authors such as Stan Bray, David Fenner and Harold Hall. Harold Hall kindly got in touch and pointed out these have been converted by

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James Watt’s biography by Andrew Carnegie

James Watt's biography by Andrew Carnegie

I received a Kindle for Christmas and one of the first things I did was to look for free books to read. I managed to find a few and the first was James Watt’s biography by Andrew Carnegie. James Watt’s

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Environmental Monitoring With Arduino

Environmental Monitoring With Arduino

Since Harold Hall sent through his thoughts on rust, I’ve been thinking about monitoring temperature and humidity in the workshop which in turn will allow me to work out what I can do to improve conditions in there. I already

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James Nasmyth an Autobiography

James Nasmyth an Autobiography

Although I don’t have a kindle yet, I do have the software on my phone and laptop. One of the books that appeared in the free downloads was “James Nasmyth engineer; an autobiography”, obviously I had to download that and

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Fred Dibnah’s World of Steam

Fred Dibnah's World of Steam

I received Fred Dibnah’s World of Steam as a Christmas present, it’s a follow on from the previous magbook “Fred Dibah, The Early Years”. The Mag Book is a curious format, it’s basically a magazine sized book with a thicker

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