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on 12 February 2010
The book is intended for people aiming to build or repair light aircraft or performance/race cars and bikes. Author Richard Finch is well qualified to write such a book as he is a certified welder and has consulted for NASA. He has filled the book with photos of the equipment, joints and techniques, the writing is clear and first person making you feel like you are just having a chat with this expert welder.

This is an excellent book for reference as the pages are colour coded by chapter so that you can quickly flick to a chapter from the back cover. The first couple of chapters look at different types of welding equipment and what to look for when buying them. The next are fitting and jigging including special techniques such as cutting a fishmouth in a tube.

Each of the next six chapters describe welding with different materials and equipment; TIG welding 4130 steel tubing, TIG welding aluminium and magnesium, MIG welding steel and stainless steel, MIG welding aluminium and magnesium, Gas welding steel and stainless steel, Gas welding aluminium. The book finishes off with plasma cutting and shop safety.
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on 4 August 2012
Being fairly experienced with stick and mig welding I bought this book to help me get the most out of my new DC tig set-up. Unfortunately the information that would have been most useful to me wasn't in the book. There is fairly comprehensive information on types of welding equipment, lots of info on preparation of tube joints, many pages on how to make a jig to hold the parts toghether and practically nothing on how to do the weld!I found no info on torch position and angle, filler rod position, feed rates etc. Under the heading "tig welding procedure" in the tig welding steel chapter there is a list of machine settings and nothing on how to create the weld. In the tig welding aluminium section the welding procedure is explained in 8 lines of text. There seems to be a big hole in the content of this book!

I also found the text makes reference to earlier content which isn't there and also has incorrectly captioned illustrations.
The information on gas welding is a bit more comprehensive but unfortunately of no use to me.

This book is aimed mainly at building light aircraft and race car frames and chassis. There is very little on sheet metal welding.There is also a large number of photos of complete aeroplanes and cars which seems pointless to me although there are many close up photos of welds - good and bad.

I found a free download from a welding forum to be much more informative.
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on 14 August 2010
Excellent book, well written, lots of good quality pictures and easy to follow. This will certainly become my reference handbook for TIG welding.
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on 29 January 2012
I've read about ten books on welding trying to learn the necessary knowledge to become a valid home shop welder. Also I've watched many DVD's and You tube videos on the subject.
Nothing compares to this book. Useful, interesting, compelling, wonderfully clear, full of color photos taken from the right place ... and compact.
Ten out of ten.
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on 14 May 2011
Bought this book to learn a bit about different types of welding as there are sections on each. Gas, Stick, Mig and Tig. Good photo guides and lots of info.
Will it make me a better welder? It has increased my limited knowledge so YES Hurrah! Nice concise book to read. Enjoyed it.
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on 22 March 1998
Aside from little details, a very practical book. His coverage of aluminum brazing omitted the fact that it has been in use since before WW2, and on many military aircraft. His aluminum welding and brazing references tend to mix, and might create confusion in choosing fluxes and fillers. The dangerous cobalt blue lenses he mentions are 40 yrs old, and have been superceded by TM Technologies' TM2000 lenses 10 yrs ago.
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on 14 July 2014
Very specific and comprehensive showing the difference between different welding techniques ( gas, MIG, TIG... ) and their advantages or disadvanatges in car racing.
Very interesting even if ( like me ) you're not a welder but you go to a shop to get your design built. It's allways good to "speak their languaje"
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on 24 December 2012
A book about new technologies that is a second edition and it was printed in the far 1997 is not a good deal.

I should have paid more attention to that but couldn't expect something so old.

Please Amazon tag it as "Vintage"!
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on 26 February 2013
the book is mainly based around aircraft grade tig welding of chrome alloy.if youre into tig welding and want to learn tips on rod size gas flow/welding parameters then this is the book for you.
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on 11 October 2014
Great book. I recommand
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