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Model Engineering: A Foundation Course Paperback – 10 Jan 1998
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Written by an experienced engineer, this textbook covers all the basic techniques of model engineering, including: understanding engineering drawings; setting up a workshop; buying materials; marking out; sawing; filing; bending and forming metals; and drilling and boring. The author includes a review of the properties and characteristics of engineering materials and describes the hardening of carbon steel for cutting tools in the home workshop.
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Ignore the 2 star rating which states "Only worth the money if you have no knowledge of the subject", maybe this reviewer didn't read the title of the book which is "A Foundation Course". If you are already an engineer with many years of experience then probably this isn't the book for you, but for a complete novice or like me a beginner with some background knowledge already, this book is invaluable. Having only read the first few chapters I had already learned enough to make buying it worth my while and I'm sure I will learn a lot more as I progress through it.
I have on a number of occasions bought a book which states it is a beginners course or some such similar statement only to find that it assumes you already have a fair amount of knowledge, probably because when you have become an expert on a subject you tend to forget what beginners don't know. Peter Wright has not done this. It is indeed a complete foundation course and he assumes nothing in terms of prior knowledge. His writing style is clear and engaging, and he turns what could be a very dry subject into an easy read, and more importantly he doesn't just talk about the what and the how, but also the why, and to me understanding why you do something is just as essential as knowing how to do it.
You would spend a lot of money getting together enough books to give you the knowledge that is provided here. Does it teach you everything about everything? No. But then it is just one book and not a set of encyclopedias. What it does do is give you a solid basic knowledge which means that when you pick up a more advanced book on any of the subjects you will be able to understand it.
If I ever lost my collection of books, this would be the first one I would buy again.
The information is related to what the title says 'This is a Foundation Course' for model engineers, but would be appropriate for many other skills and trades of an engineering background. Every aspect of engineering is covered in an understandable style of writing and layout. The tile, 'A Foundation Course' suggests that there will be subsequent volumes dealing with a higher level of instruction and improved expertise.
It is obvious that as there has been no follow up volume, the comprehensive coverage of the subject is sufficient for both amateur an professional engineer.
Dan leic uk.
I have spent the last 50 years in marine engineering [Pipework fabrication and installation] so a lot of the processes in the book I have had first hand experience in,but it is nice to see alternate methods of manufactureing processes.
I would not hesitate to reccomend this book to anyone considering taking up this facinating hobby.
An extremely wide range of areas are covered and a lot of useful data (e.g cutting speeds etc) provided. The chapters on lathe operations have got to be best around for brand new users! There are quite a few tips and tricks throughout that even more experienced model engineers would find useful.
I would recommend this book very highly to anyone thinking of taking up engineering as a hobby.
information purtaining to general lathe and other machine work in the workshop.
It will definitely stay within easy reach as a reference piece.
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