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5.0 out of 5 stars Fills the gap between theory and practice
There is almost anything about composites on internet. videos and articles are so many that you need just a few weeks of research to get an excellent theoritical basis. When the time to get your hands on composites comes, you 'll realize that all these cannot fill the gap between theory and practice. The only composite relevant source that stands right there is this book...
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by Ioannis Vandoulas

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2.0 out of 5 stars Very basic level
I have bought a few composite 'kits' and made a few small objects from Carbon. But I wanted to go further and needed some advice. This book did not help unfortunately.
With the internet swollen with videos and other bits of information, I found this book a bit redundant as I had seen it all before. It really if very basic, and anyone with any kind of basic workshop...
Published on 1 Nov 2010 by Mr. S. J. Fish


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2.0 out of 5 stars Very basic level, 1 Nov 2010
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Mr. S. J. Fish "yeahbooks" (london) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Composite Materials Fabrication Handbook #1 (Composite Garage Series) (Paperback)
I have bought a few composite 'kits' and made a few small objects from Carbon. But I wanted to go further and needed some advice. This book did not help unfortunately.
With the internet swollen with videos and other bits of information, I found this book a bit redundant as I had seen it all before. It really if very basic, and anyone with any kind of basic workshop skills will feel the same.

The health and safety part is common sense - wear a mask when sanding, and don't get the fibres on your skin.
The 'finishing a part' is very basic - sanding the edges to make them smooth. Use a hacksaw to cut. Benefits of air tools over hand tools etc etc.
The 'Demoulding' section was agonising - dont use metal because it will damage the mould. Be patient when removing the part etc
The workshop part is also so dry and unhelpful - "make sure you have enough space to work", we are told. Thanks!
The pictures move painfully slowly.

The book is useful if you intend on making exactly the same items as him, and the mouldless part was interesting but not very useful for most. Some information regarding compatibility of foams and resins was useful.

This book totally misses any form of vacuum bagging, or resin infusion. It also misses using core materials to add strength or bulk - all of which I was looking for. It also doesn't investigate other forms of moulds, or even making split moulds and edging.

If you are getting into Composites, I would buy one of the starter kits available and watch some of the many video tutorials on youtube. You will learn alot more.
I am hoping another book can help me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Trash american tech book, 7 Jun 2011
This review is from: Composite Materials Fabrication Handbook #1 (Composite Garage Series) (Paperback)
Wanberg appears to be the author who has writen more books than he has read. One mans opinions in his garage. A decent book on composites is the Glass Fiber Handbook by W H Warring.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fills the gap between theory and practice, 30 Sep 2011
This review is from: Composite Materials Fabrication Handbook #1 (Composite Garage Series) (Paperback)
There is almost anything about composites on internet. videos and articles are so many that you need just a few weeks of research to get an excellent theoritical basis. When the time to get your hands on composites comes, you 'll realize that all these cannot fill the gap between theory and practice. The only composite relevant source that stands right there is this book. Buy it, read it and just before you start designing a composite part open it again. Of course it's not complete. You will defenetly need Vol.2 but these two books can provide any information needed by the DIYer. The only thing that is not included is experience!!
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