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.

Made Simple – Made Easy

Made Simple - Made Easy

“A selection of gadgets to assist the Model Engineer” by H. Maurice Turnbull This book was first published last year and is a large format booklet style publication of just 50 or so pages with a good clear selection of

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Workshop Practice Series

Workshop Practice Series

For budding model engineers the workshop practice series provides a great introduction to a wide range of topics as well as providing detail and projects if you want to take things further. I thought I’d use some of the metrics

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Stirling and hot air engines

Stirling and hot air engines

Despite my scepticism one of my kind relatives bought me something from my carefully prepared Christmas list. Stirling and Hot Air Engines: An Insight into Building and Designing Experimental Model Stirling Engines by Roy Darlington and Keith Strong My relative explained to

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Wood Pattern-Making

Wood Pattern-Making

I’ve been reading Wood Pattern-Making by Herbert J McCaslin. It’s the 1997 reprint of a much earlier book and I have to recommend it as being an interesting and potentially useful read for people interested in casting (or woodworking). Wood

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The Balloon Factory

The Balloon Factory

The Story of the Men who built Britain’s First Flying Machines by Alexander Frater My knowledge of aeroplanes was previously limited to the Wright Brothers, Louis Blériot, Frank Whittle and Amy Johnson. I now can add to this list Sam

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Workshop Practice Series New Titles

Workshop Practice Series New Titles

There are three new titles in the Workshop Practice Series, to be released 29th November 2010. Given that there are a large number of books in this range it’s a little surprising that there is not much for complete beginners

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Virtual booktour – Shedworking Book

Virtual booktour - Shedworking Book

Alex over at Shedworking advises me that the definitive guide to shedworking is now available to order. Shedworking I’ll let Alex explain in his own words: “The book is aimed at people who already work in garden offices, those who

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Old books on casting

Old books on casting

No one is quite sure when people first started melting metals and casting them in sand, however there are plenty of old books with descriptions and details of techniques. The Archive.org site has a few of these books including the

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