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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: 14.8 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,203 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Graham Lewis on 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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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By "andrewsmith64" on 29 Dec 2001
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scubi on 3 Aug 2011
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stringybark on 4 May 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DesmondW on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Barber on 7 Jun 2014
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Just what I need for quick reference. As a professional engineer I have many text books and manuals, but this small book is a perfect compendium of my day to day information needs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By awac on 26 Jan 2011
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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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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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