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Model Engineer's Handbook [Paperback]

Tubal Cain
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Book Description

3 Jan 1998
All professional engineers have a little book in which they jot down those notes of fact, figures and formulae which they feel that they are likely to need on future occasions. It is always more convenient to look up one's own records than to wade through a lot of associated, but irrelevant material, especially as this may mean a trip to the reference library. Over a period of years, the contents of such notebooks grow to cover a wealth of vital information, and the time saved can be considerable. During his professional life, Tubal Cain filled three such books and, as a lifelong engineer, he is in a unique position to select (and add to) the material most useful to the amateur engineer. Model Engineer's Handbook comprises a compilation of those tables, facts, procedures and data which the author himself found valuable in his model engineering activities and it provides a real mine of information to which you will return again and again. Not the least of its attributes is the use, where appropriate, of data and calculations in both Imperial and SI units, so that all generations of model engineers can feel at home. In this third edition, all the existing data has been updated or re-arranged for greater clarity and much new matter has been added to provide an even more comprehensive book, indispensable to the expert and beginner alike.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Special Interest Model Books; 3rd Revised edition edition (3 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854861344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854861344
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tubal Cain was the pen name of engineer and craftsman Tom Walshaw, the writer of many best-selling home workshop and model engineering guides.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for the model engineer 27 Jan 2009
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You could pay around 100 for the equivalent "professional" handbook and still not find what you have in here. Extensive information but also succint comments that explain it all in terms of practical application. I got more out of the 2 pages on electric motors than from hours of lectures (admittedly rather a long time ago.) My only regret is that I didn't find this book about 3 decades ago.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Tubal Cain has managed to take some of the most complicated theories, completely undress them and make them understandable, useful to the model engineer. Plus there is a handy note section so that the reader can make notes that are relevant to the particular project that they are working on at the time. The books available from both Tubal Cain and George Thomas, must be the complete model engineers Bible. As far as I am concerned, the book is a MUST HAVE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handy Little Book! 3 Aug 2011
By Scubi
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Does what it says on the side of the tin! Packed full of the more common information for the model engineer such as cutting feed, trig, steam and log tables but also contains info on boiler construction, electric motors, properties of materials, spring design etc. and even how to restore depleted accumulators! Worth every penny for a good basic all round book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not that great 4 May 2011
I had the impression, prior to buying this book, that it was going to be pretty comprehensive for the kind of tables and lists you would want to look up without leafing through lots of other books. Not so.

It gets carried away with theory (tries to teach logarithms, which I have never used for engineering calculations in 30 years since leaving school), then goes on with pages of log, trig and area-of-circle tables - why, when we all have electronic calculators now. Don't bother looking for anything on common alloys other than a bit on steel (but without recommendations on what they are all for); you'll still have to have a book that outlines common gear calculations as this does not; an odd and antiquated electrical section; vain and dry attempts to teach steam engine theory and the gas laws - pointless - read proper texts about those topics should you ever need to; no foundry information such as melting and pouring temperatures; long-winded instructions on various topics without any diagrams; no ER collet data; no carbide insert data (used for modern cutting tools); 'boiler work' does not mention current compliance standards; the list goes on.

You will find some useful things - screw thread tables, standard tapers, other scattered data.

In general, a modern 'handbook' would have a layout with a lot of break-out boxes and page tabs that make it easy to find granular sets of data, rather than the long narrative discursion which is the dominant style in this book. Tubal Cain I think died before the appearance of those American cop shows that gave us the line "just the facts ma'am, just the facts". Pity, as that's the advice he needed.

Overall a let down - but hey, buy it, its cheap - however it won't be what you look up for the majority of your model engineering 'need a quick answer' questions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 13 Jan 2013
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This is a specialist book for model engineers and is an excellent compendium of tables, facts, figures, and techniques. Only for enthusiasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Model engineers handbook 26 Jan 2011
By awac
What you get with this book is invaluable information in the form of reference data and explanations clearly written and presented. This is not a step-by-step tutorial of how to build something, but has just about everything you WILL need in the future! I have done a lot of mechanical work and design in my past employment and have just decided to take up model engineering as a hobby, and I am glad I purchased this. It's the book I will be reaching to when I have a technical problem......wish me luck!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just another handbook 17 Nov 2013
There will always be a market for handbooks! And everyone of them will tell you its the one and only you need, and they will all be lying. Even with the internet, a book is handier I find. And often more trustworthy! But we need many to cover all bases. Thankfully they are not too expensive. I'm sure everyone ail find something of use in this one as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 Aug 2013
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An excellent book showing short cuts for many boring calculations just what an amateur needs would recommend to any engineering model maker
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reference standard
This book has been written by someone who has taken literally tens of years
to gathe together this amount of data. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sunny Bucks
4.0 out of 5 stars handy
packed with enough data to make your head ache but still enough basic information to get you started into a first time project
Published 11 months ago by David Pugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
Tubal Cain is an engineering legend, and you can see why in this book. It contains everything you need to know, laid out in a logical (naturally!) way. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Krismania
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book
I recently bought this to get more detailed information/advice and has been a real help. I am learning from this book, so thank you.
Published 16 months ago by sailing richard
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
I am complete beginner to this subject but so far am enjoying reading this book I require more " hands on" to comment further but the information in there to achieve... Read more
Published 16 months ago by chippy
4.0 out of 5 stars Model Engineer's Handbook
Received on time and in excellent condition. So far informative and useful to me. It's going to take some time and studying so may not be everyone's cuppa! Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by Thelma
4.0 out of 5 stars Would be more useful as a pdf
Lots of useful and arcane information in here, but in this day and age when most of us probably have a laptop in the workshop I would be more likely to search for this information... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2009 by PC-B
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