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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (25 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861267231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861267238
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 2.5 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a companion to Automata and Mechanical Toys (The Crowood Press, 2002) which features modern makers and describes, with plans and photographs, how to make the main mechanisms to be found in automata. Read the first page
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By specialK on 26 Dec. 2013
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Brilliant. I've already made 3 of the automata and been able to adjust the designs to my own ideas. The plans are there to copy out. some of the wood thicknesses needed to fit with the ones availabe from my local wood shop but 1mm either way didn't affect the design.I am only a beginner but still managed with a bit of encouragement from my husband.
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This is a lovely book on moving toys/automata by someone well known in this field - Rodney Peppe. This is a large format book and contains a number of designs with plans. I wouldn't recommend it for the complete beginner but for those with some experience most of the plans are easily achieved and there are many ideas that could be incorporated into your own projects. My only criticism would be the American themes used in some projects, which mean less to UK folks, but most of that can be changed to mean more to local enthusiasts. An even better book (if I had to choose) would be his earlier work 'Rodney Peppe's Moving Toys' which has less grand projects but are easier to achieve in many cases and are just a little bit more quirky. Nonetheless I highly recommend this book and if this type of work is your thing then this should definitely be on your shelf!
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I bought this book after seeing Rodney Peppe's exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre (now touring elsewhere).
After seeing the pieces in reality, it was really interesting seeing how they had been made.
The book gives plenty of instructions and encouragement.
I still have to find the time to get going, but this book is absolutely the best for knowing how to make automata.
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In many ways this is an excellent book, the finished toys look amazing and, for the most part, the instructions are easy to follow. However there are a couple of problems: whilst most the plans are intended to be photocopied and glued to the stock material for processing with a scroll saw or other tools dimensions are not given on the plans so there is no way to double check your work as you go along; next when working with models that require such precise detailing as these it is quite essential that middle points of holes should be given on the plans, not just round circles. But I suppose these are relatively minor troubles and most competent woodworkers will work around these issues-I'm only half competent and I would've liked bit more help. Still, this is a great book and probably one of the best on making automata that I've used.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. E. W on 25 Mar. 2009
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A good book with some interesting automata but some of the instructions are a bit "vague" so you end up guessing what to do next. Overall 8/10
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