Miniature Ship Models: A History and Collector's Guide [EPUB]

Miniature Ship Models: A History and Collector's Guide [EPUB]
Miniature Ship Models: A History and Collector's Guide by Paul Jacobs
2014 | EPUB | 60.84MB

This book is the first comprehensive history of how the 1:1200 scale and its 1:1250 continental equivalent became accepted as the modern standard for miniature ship models.

The origins can be traced back to the first years of the twentieth century and their use as identification aids by the military during the First World War, but when peace came the manufacturers aimed their increasingly sophisticated products at collectors, and acquiring, modifying or scratch-building miniature ship models has been an avidly pursued hobby ever since.

This book charts the commercial rise and fall of the manufacturers, and the advancing technology that produces ever more detailed and accurate replicas. The author - himself a lifetime collector and builder of models - looks at the products of each manufacturer, past and present, rating their quality and suggesting why some are regarded as more collectible than others. But the book deals with more than off-the-shelf models, covering subsidiary issues like painting, modifying and diorama settings, and is illustrated throughout with many of the finest examples of the genre.

The combination of fascinating background information with stunning visual presentation will make this book irresistible to any collector or enthusiast.

How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnetic Motors, and 21 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects [EPUB]

How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnetic Motors, and 21 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects [EPUB]
How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnetic Motors, and 21 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects by Stephen Voltz, Fritz Grobe
2013 | EPUB | 51.18MB

From the Coke and Mentos fountain makers who found initial fame via Maker Faire and YouTube (more than 150 million views!) comes this collection of DIY science projects guaranteed to inspire a love of experimentation. Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz, also known as EepyBird, share their favorite projects: a giant air vortex cannon, a leaf blower hovercraft, a paper airplane that will fly forever, and many more.

Each experiment features instructions that will take users from amateur to showman level—there's something here for all skill levels—alongside illustrations, photographs, and carefully explained science. How to Build a Hovercraft is guaranteed to engage curious minds and create brag-worthy results!

The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles: Every Model Since 1923 [PDF]

The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles: Every Model Since 1923 [PDF]
The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles: Every Model Since 1923 by Ian Falloon
2015 | PDF | 92.29MB

Get a close look at every production motorcycle ever built by BMW.

The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles is a thorough year-by-year guide to every production machine ever built by Germany's leading motorcycle manufacturer. All the classic bikes are here--pre-World War II BMWs such as the R5 that defined performance in that era; the military R12 that carried the Wehrmacht as it blitzkrieged its way across Europe; the Earles-forked R69S that offered the perfect platform for mounting a Steib sidecar; the R90S cafe racer; the K1 "flying brick"; and the GS (Gelände Sport) series that launched a dual-sport revolution, right up to today's world-class S1000RR.

All of BMW's bike families are covered--the side-valve machines from the early years, the early overhead-valve performance bikes, the postwar Airheads and Oilheads, the four- and six-cylinder touring bikes, the early pushrod singles, the modern overhead-cam singles, the latest parallel twins, and inline four-cylinder sport bikes. From the first model, the R32 that launched BMW's motorcycle dynasty, to the latest (and fastest) model, the World-Superbike-dominating S1000RR, The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles captures nearly a century of motorcycling excellence with a combination of historic and contemporary photos.

Complete technical specifications for each model make this book a must-have for any serious BMW aficionado. Don't miss the most thorough reference to these outstanding German motorcycles available today!

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