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21. Building Model Warships of the
22. Model Boat Building: The Skipjack
23. A Guide to Professional Architectural
24. Group Model Building: Facilitating
25. Building City Scenery for Your
26. Architectural Model Building:
27. Tits Buildings and the Model Theory
28. Building & Detailing Scale
29. Empirical Model-Building and Response
30. 222 Tips for Building Model Railroad
31. New Manual of Model Shipbuilding
32. ABCs of Building Model Railroad
33. Industrial Model Building
34. Pro Excel Financial Modeling:
35. Scale Model Boats: Building and
36. Designing & Building Multi-Deck
37. Model Railroad Bridges & Trestles:
38. Four Extraordinary Skyscrapers
39. Building and Detailing Scale Model
40. Building and Flying Indoor Model

21. Building Model Warships of the Iron and Steel Era
 Hardcover: 144 Pages (2003-03-31)
list price: US$36.95 -- used & new: US$77.56
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Asin: 1591140943
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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From nineteenth-century ironclads to the largest American carrier, this heavily-illustrated volume is a treasure-trove of information on modeling warships. Each of the ten chapters is written by a recognized expert who examines the challenges of recreating scale replicas ranging from static miniatures through large-scale working models. A sampling includes Philip Baggeley on the difficulties associated with delicate detailing on a very small scale; Erik Dyke analyzing the rapid technological developments of the Victorian era; Loren Perry explaining how basic kits can be converted into more advanced models; as well as chapters by David Jack, Stephen Henninger, David Merriman, Brian King, and editor Peter Beisheim on his superb static model of HMS Hood. The practical information, research tips, and bountiful illustrations make this compendium a must-have reference tool for model shipwrights everywhere. 144 pages. 142 photos. 14 line drawings. Notes. Index. Hardcover. 8 x 10 inches. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good review for beginner to mid level modellers.
Good tips for beginning and mid level builders. Goes into good details and really good photos.

Advanced modellers may not find as much here, but still a good read. ... Read more

22. Model Boat Building: The Skipjack (Schiffer Book for the Hobbyist)
by Steve Rogers, Patricia Staby-Rogers
Paperback: 64 Pages (1996-03)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$11.21
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Asin: 0887409377
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Steve Rogers loves working boats, and the skipjacks is one of the best. Following the acclaim of his previous three books on model boat building, Steve offers a guide for building a skipjack. This is, perhaps, the most ambitious of the projects presented to date, and he leads the craftsperson step-by-step through the process. The result is a beautiful boat in full sail. The model is in 1/2" scale, based on a skipjack that is 45 feet on deck with a 15 foot beam. Drawings, patterns, jigs, and accessories are all detailed for the aid and instruction of the reader. Everything is illustrated in clear color photographs with concise captions which describe the action. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars fun building a model boat
This is a fun project. I know this because this is the second one I've built. Take time to make the boat look like a working one rather than just a pretty picture. This gives you have a chance to reasearch how these boats worked and looked.Just entertainment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Found A Pearl In This Oyster Boat
Originally, I bought this book as extra documentation for the Skipjack model that I was already building from Soloman's Island Model Boat Club plans. But, I found a goldmine of details along with the "ratio formulas" that the original boats were built from. With this book and a basic understanding of carpentry and boatbuilding, you can build ANY SIZE Skipjack that you would like.

The only thing that would make it better is a hard cover. This is a valuable addition to ANY boat modeler's library. ... Read more

23. A Guide to Professional Architectural and Industrial Scale Model Building
by Graham D. Pattinson
 Hardcover: 369 Pages (1982-01)
list price: US$84.00 -- used & new: US$42.06
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Asin: 013370601X
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24. Group Model Building: Facilitating Team Learning Using System Dynamics
by Jac Vennix
 Hardcover: 312 Pages (1996-08)
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Asin: 0471953555
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This book is about increasing team performance. It focuses on building system dynamics models when tackling a mix of interrelated strategic problems to enhance team learning, foster consensus, and create commitment. The book is intended to be applied in the organizations of today. As the "command and control" organization evolves into one of decision-making teams, so these teams have become the critical building blocks upon which the performance of the organization depends. The team members face an increased complexity of decision making with the interrelation of several strategic problems. What this means is that people have different views of the situation and will define problems differently. However, research shows that this can in fact be very productive if and when people learn from each other in order to build a shared perspective. Learning in this way might prove to be the only sustainable competitive advantage for organizations in the future. As a result, team leaders want to create "learning teams" and are confronted with issues such as how to:

  • create a situation where people doubt their ideas rather than stubbornly cling to dearly held views
  • create a learning atmosphere rather than trying to "win" the discussion
  • create a shared understanding of a problem in a team
  • foster consensus and create commitment with a strategic decision
  • facilitate Group Model Building
Those who will benefit most from Group Model Building: Facilitating Team Learning Using System Dynamics are those who are familiar with systems thinking or organizational learning, or those who are working in groups and are coming up against the common difficulties. ... Read more

25. Building City Scenery for Your Model Railroad (Model Railroader)
by John Pryke
Paperback: 96 Pages (2000-03)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$12.46
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Asin: 0890243433
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The popularity of city-scape modeling is growing! This isTHE book that shows modelers how to get started.

With the variety of new city structures and details now available,modelers are looking for a guide to help them build their ownrealistic urban setting--this book is it! Initial chapters introduceconcepts of urban development; later chapters give specificinstructions on how to model realistic city structures and scenes ofany size in any scale.

--Features step-by-step photos, technical illustrations, and a variety of approaches to assembling a model city for a model railroad

--Ideal for intermediate modelers who want to enhance realism on their layouts

--Includes instruction on kitbashing, working with forced perspective, modeling fine details, and more

--Written by award-winning modeler and clinician John Pryke ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very descriptive
It's not very often you get books on model railroading that do not go into country-side detail, or talk about how to build cement factories.Quite frankly, there are still a lot of railroads that run through modern cities, and those of us who work on layouts that represent a piece of urban environment don't always have a lot to go on in terms of existing ideas and products.This book certainly covers a great deal of details as they relate to urban railroad layout.Very useful book.I am taking a lot from it already.A+

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource
Building a layout reflecting an urban area is not an easy thing to do either in terms of planning or in terms of construction. It's difficult to get much into the available space. With the tips given in this book, you would be amazed at what you can pull off.

The book talks about cities both as backdrops and as the focus of a rail module. In both cases, the author's experience serves the reader well as do the photos and diagrams. Tips are present on construction and detailing. This is a top shelf resource for anyone who like railroading.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wealth of Modeling Information!
This book is a must for anyone modeling city scenes. John Pryke shows and tells how to model city scenery realistically. Great photos and suggestions.

4-0 out of 5 stars All about dimensions
Pryke nails creating convincing city scenery by incorporating dimensional modeling with this well-written book. He covers backdrops, flats, partial and fully modeled buildings in a way that makes complete sense thanks tosome excellent writing, fine photography and diagrams. The graphics andphotos are new looking, unlike those in some books that look like reprintsof something produced in 1953. Also covered well are how to createrealistic street scenes, building foundations, sidewalks and streets. Youwon't walk away from this one feeling like you've read it all before.You'll find this book unbeatable if you're a novice cityscape modeler likeme or an accomplished modeler. ... Read more

26. Architectural Model Building: Tools, Techniques, & Materials
by Roark T. Congdon
Paperback: 256 Pages (2010-03-17)
list price: US$80.00 -- used & new: US$73.99
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Asin: 1563677733
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Advances in computer aided design have proven to be an invaluable tool for the architect
and designer, yet Frank Gehry still begins his creative process by making "simple" models out of modest materials. Drawings and video, while an essential part of the design process, are still not substitutes for the tactile sensation one receives from a scale model. Drawing on 20 years experience in art and architecture, the author has developed this book on model making as it applies to students and professionals of the built environment. More than 300 photographs illustrates a multitude of techniques and the use of a wide variety of materials, providing a solid foundation for students and professionals to create and enjoy three-dimensional model making for interior design, architecture, landscape architecture, furniture design, theatrical design, and retail merchandising. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great step by step instructions!
I had to buy this book for a class.It is awesome for beginners!A couple of upperclassmen have been looking through it and think it is super helpful for them even though they have already been making models for a couple years.It is the most helpful art type textbook I have ever read.I have only had it a couple weeks, but I have learned proper cutting, gluing, and even how to perfectly curve mattboard and foam core without denting it.Instead of just talking about tools and stuff, this book actually explains the right way to use them, and what tools should be used for different materials. One of the best parts of the book is where it explains common mistakes model makers make, and how to avoid them.Lots of step by step instructions and pictures for every technique.some of the pictures are a little blurry though, it would be nice if they were clearer, but if you read the instructions and look at the pictures you will learn a ton! ... Read more

27. Tits Buildings and the Model Theory of Groups (London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series)
Paperback: 308 Pages (2002-01-28)
list price: US$83.99 -- used & new: US$11.61
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Asin: 0521010632
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This volume contains selected papers from the international conference Tits Buildings and the Model Theory of Groups, held in WÜrzburg in 2000. The first part provides a general introduction to many aspects of buildings and their geometries, based on short lecture courses given at the conference. The rest of the book comprises survey and research articles on model theoretic results and techniques. Amalgamation constructions a la Hrushovski are explained and classified, as they are important techniques both in model theory and geometry. The articles demonstrate the close connection between geometry, group theory, and model theory. ... Read more

28. Building & Detailing Scale Model Ships: The Complete Guide to Building, Detailing, Scratchbuilding, and Modifying Scale Model Ships
by Mike Ashey
 Paperback: 111 Pages (1996-09)
list price: US$18.95
Isbn: 0890242402
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Shows how to turn an average ship model into a highly detailed masterpiece. Provides hundreds of simple techniques for building, detailing, scratchbuilding, and modifying scale model ships. Includes hundreds of close-up photos and tips on scratchbuilding detailed parts, seam removal, weathering, and much more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive!
When it comes to plastic ship modeling, this is the most comprehensivetitle available.It covers the basics from the keel up. It instructs onthe use of photo etch materials and the scratchbuilt replacement of mostparts of model ships.

It gives painting techniques as well as dioramas.It really is the quintessential reference for ship modelers. ... Read more

29. Empirical Model-Building and Response Surfaces (Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics)
by George E. P. Box, Norman R. Draper
Hardcover: 688 Pages (1987-01)
list price: US$160.00 -- used & new: US$131.88
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Asin: 0471810339
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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An innovative discussion of building empirical models and the fitting of surfaces to data. Introduces the general philosophy of response surface methodology, and details least squares for response surface work, factorial designs at two levels, fitting second-order models, adequacy of estimation and the use of transformation, occurrence and elucidation of ridge systems, and more. Some results are presented for the first time. Includes real-life exercises, nearly all with solutions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars another good book on response surfaces
George Box and Norman Draper have written an outstanding text on model building and response surface methods. This is an excellent companion to Box's text with Stu Hunter and William Hunter on experimental designs "Statistics for Experimenters". Another excellent, more recent and detailed account of response surface methods can be found in the book by Montgomery and Myers.

5-0 out of 5 stars An invaluable resource
This text give a top to bottom account of model building via RSM. If you have a question, consult this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I do a lot of experimental work for my research and this book is definetely a good investment. I rate it amongst the best in the subject ... Read more

30. 222 Tips for Building Model Railroad Structures (Model Railroad Handbook)
by Dave Frary
Paperback: 64 Pages (1993-02)
list price: US$12.95 -- used & new: US$69.96
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Asin: 0890241457
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Expert tips and techniques for building plastic, wood, plaster, paper, and metal structures.Includes roofing, painting, weathering, and detailing information. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Some great tips, but not for everyone.
This book covers everything from card and plastic structures, to wood and plaster craftsman kits and metal castings.It does not cover it evenly however.Only 14 of the 222 tips deal with plastic kits and kitbashing, while there's a full 3 pages on applying roofing shingles to craftsman kits!Although there are many useful tips - and a couple of gems, I would only reccomend this book toa modeler just starting on craftsman kits.That's really the books focus. If you're not building craftsman kits, or you've built several already, this book won't be very relevant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book about modeling structures.
I own several how-to books on model railroading and this one in particular does a great job of explaining how to build and incorporate structures on layouts.It also has great diagrams and pictures to help the reader with projects they may want to try.I highly recommend this book to model railroaders that may want some new ideas or tips on how to improve current skills. ... Read more

31. New Manual of Model Shipbuilding
by PM Wright
Hardcover: 133 Pages (1962)

Asin: B0000CLLQA
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How to Instructions for building all ship models, including complete sealed plans for ARIEL and SEA VENTURE-alone worth a book price. ... Read more

32. ABCs of Building Model Railroad Cars
by Wayne Wesolowski, Mary Cay Wesolowski
Paperback: 224 Pages (1985-12)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$202.00
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Asin: 0830616357
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best book on the subject
Scratchbuilding is a lost art these days, but this book does a good job of explaining how it's done. The book assumes the reader knows little, and it tells enough that a first-timer can build a successful and satisfying project. Of course the photos in the book can spur a seasoned scratchbuilder to try to do better also. The book primarily deals with inexpensive materials and simple tools, making it ideal for the beginning or intermediate modeler. One of the projects involves making a caboose out of paperboard and wood. You'd never know from the pictures it was made of paper.

There are materials and tools available today that weren't available (or just not practical) when this book was written, but the information in this book is timeless. You can easily apply the same techniques to 2005 technology. And you'll still be able to do the same in 25 years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Book is simply amazing!
Everything from how to store CA glue longterm to beautiful descriptions of building railroad cars step-by-step in all scales.Plenty of pictures and scale drawings explaining techniques.Don't know how this book ever wentout of print. ... Read more

33. Industrial Model Building
by Louis Gary Lamit
 Hardcover: 380 Pages (1981-04)

Isbn: 0134615662
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34. Pro Excel Financial Modeling: Building Models for Technology Startups
by Tom Y. Sawyer
Paperback: 304 Pages (2009-03-26)
list price: US$42.99 -- used & new: US$3.94
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Asin: 1430218983
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Learn the business thinking behind financial modeling and execute what you know effectively using Microsoft Excel. Many believe that sales and profitability projections shown in financial models are the keys to success in attracting investors. The truth is that investors will come up with their own projections. The investor wants to understand the assumptions, structure, and relationships within the modeling of a startup. If the investor is satiated, the entrepreneur has successfully demonstrated a complete understanding of the business side of the enterprise. Pro Excel Financial Modeling provides the keys necessary to learn this thinking and to build the models that will illustrate it.

  • Step–by–step approach to developing financial models in Excel
  • Extensive case studies and Excel templates provided

What you’ll learn

  • Learn the business thinking behind successful financial modeling aimed at investors.
  • Communicate effectively with investors.
  • Explore advanced modeling with Microsoft Excel, including Cost of Information Technology, Customer ROI, Cost of Sales and Marketing, Cost of Goods Sold, Team and Staffing, Profit and Loss.
  • Discover best practices for modeling using Microsoft Excel.

Who is this book for?

Anyone who wants to think critically about their business models, communicate these models to investors, and successfully build them in Microsoft Excel will find the information they need within this material.Additional readers who will benefit include entrepreneurs, technologists, and developers who wish to start a business utilizing their technology ideas, and business and technology consultants.

About the Apress Pro Series

The Apress Pro series books are practical, professional tutorials to keep you on and moving up the professional ladder.

You have gotten the job, now you need to hone your skills in these tough competitive times. The Apress Pro series expands your skills and expertise in exactly the areas you need. Master the content of a Pro book, and you will always be able to get the job done in a professional development project. Written by experts in their field, Pro series books from Apress give you the hard–won solutions to problems you will face in your professional programming career.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Basic at best and pointless at worst
This just covers a basic level for excel knowledge.Excel can do so much more in modeling then this book shows.I can only wonder why they call it"Pro" Excel Financial Modeling."Beginner" is more appropriate.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best layman's book I've come across for modeling startups
I've been searching for a book like this for quite a while.

I'm not a CPA.....I'm a software guy.More specially, I run a software development firm.In recent past, five of my clients have been raw start-ups, where they have enlisted my firm to help create their product.As their trust advisor, I get to peak at their financial models.In some cases, I have to help them create components of their models, especially as they forecast out their product development costs.

There aren't many resources for entrepreneurs to help them do a comprehensive financial model in excel.I've come across a few websites offering pre-built excel models.But they definitely lack the depth that is presented in this book.A couple of my clients have spent waaay too much money with CPAs to turn out lack-luster, hard to follow, models.I will start handing this out to my clients and save them money.

The only knock I have towards the book is that it is geared towards product-based ventures.I didn't see much support for services-based or subscription-based internet offerings.

4-0 out of 5 stars CPA - Co/Az
This is a great book for any early stage entrepreneur that is preparing a "do-it-your-self" model to evaluate the business practicality of his or her idea.The book is very easy to read and walks the reader through a very straightforward and practical approach for preparing a simple first stage business model.The author does not get bogged down in technical accounting detail but rather presents the material in a very logical and understandable way for the non-accountant entrepreneur. As a CPA I often see entrepreneurs burn through a lot of money with professionals because they come to the professional prematurely with half baked ideas, having given no thought to the business model.Using this book and the approach laid out by the author, will help the entrepreneur focus his business thinking and allow him to evaluate the business viability of an idea before he goes to his professional. This practical business model approach will better prepare the entrepreneur to make the most efficient use of his CPA's time and his own money.

I was extremely disappointed with this book!This book can only be of any use for a total novice Excel modeler.No serious user of financial statements who performs complex modeling of any sort could possibly find this book to be of any use whatsoever.There is no treatment of complex capital structure, there is an utter absence of any robust scenario analysis or valuation.

Why in the world would someone provide this book with a title "Pro Excel Financial Modeling", when it does not address any of the real issues that professional modelers deal with on an everyday basis?The approach is so overly simplistic that the book reads like a complete joke!I will return this book for a complete refund!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a must read for all financial model developers!
This is a must read for anyone attempting to develop a comprehensive financial model of their business.While the book is focused on technology startups, you will find that it is very applicable to many other business and at different stages other than startup.It is easy to read with real life explanations as to why each section is important and the critical connection the model has to real parts of the business.This one will be a key reference on my bookshelf for a long time (right next to my college statistics text).

The best part of this book is the structure that Tom has chosen.With detailed explanation of why each section of the model is important followed by examples of the spreadsheets, charts and process flowcharts, each chapter is finished off with detailed exercises that walk you through the steps to create what you have just covered.You'll be modeling in no time! ... Read more

35. Scale Model Boats: Building and Operation (Modeller's World)
by John Cox
Paperback: 90 Pages (1997-07)
list price: US$15.50 -- used & new: US$19.95
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Asin: 190037109X
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The newcomer will find in this book a wealth of information which will set out the possibilities from the simplest construction to the most advanced, and modellers experienced in other areas will pick up hints and tips which will provide a great deal of background information to help them get the maximum enjoyment from the building and operating of scale model boats. ... Read more

36. Designing & Building Multi-Deck Model Railroads (Model Railroader)
by Tony Koester
Paperback: 96 Pages (2008-11-05)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$12.04
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Asin: 0890247412
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Acquire more space and longer towns and runs with multiple decks. Tony Koester walks you through design, options, lighting and wiring considerations, the where and when sequence, as well as the all-important construction techniques. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Book Review
I needed this information and I read the book from cover to cover in 2 days.Then went back and highlighted the select informaiton that I needed.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Enough "How To"
Not nearly enough directions to accomplish the things you want to do.Lot's of pictures not much substance.

5-0 out of 5 stars An in-depth, step-by-step walkthrough for serious model railroad enthusiasts
Featuring more than 185 color illustrations and photographs, Designing & Building Multi-Deck Model Railroads: How to Get More Out of Your Space is an in-depth, step-by-step walkthrough for serious model railroad enthusiasts. The text offers helpful overall advice as well as minutely specific recommendations, stressing that creating an elaborate multi-deck railroad ultimately entails more compromise as compared to a single-deck design. Experienced model railroad builders will welcome the technical detail of this solid how-to manual.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good info, lots of great photos
I'm hoping to get a house soon so that I can start building my first model railroad and I know that no matter what the space is like I'll be looking at constructing one with multi-decks.The author talks at length about designing the space for Operating Sessions, and for good reason.Even though I'm not in to doing all the time table stuff he is, some of the same issues apply - like making sure that there's enough room for people to work switches and such.Many of the photos show how good lighting makes a difference.And rather than just scratching the surface of many important topics, the author dives right in.It seems like most of the topics that should be covered in this book are.Which is something I can't say for a lot of MR books that I've read.Overall I'm very pleased with this book. ... Read more

37. Model Railroad Bridges & Trestles: A Guide to Designing and Building Bridges for Your Layout (Model Railroad Handbook)
Paperback: 152 Pages (1992-03)
list price: US$21.95 -- used & new: US$13.34
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Asin: 0890241287
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Teaches how to build sturdy model bridges and trestles of stunning realism.Includes construction plans, prototype phtographs, and over 20 sets of scale drawings for scratchbuilding, kitbashing, or modifying commercial bridge kits. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Model Railroad Bridges and Trestles
Excellent resource for the model railroader. This book will inspire you to build. There is an enormous amount of information relating to actual bridge construction as well as techniques for the model builder. There are also many scaled drawings that are both clear and concise.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Bridge Building Theory and Prototype Photos
This book appears to be a compendium of earlier articles from Model Railroader.It starts with "Understanding Bridge Construction" and discusses various types of bridges including trestle design, plate girder bridges, and a look at some prototype bridges with measurements.There are some chapters on actual model bridge construction ("kit-bashing" or "scratch building") but overall, the book leans heavily toward the concepts of bridges so the modeler can make and use the structures as the prototype railroads would.(You don't typically use a huge span to cross a drainage ditch for example.)I found the chapter on wooden trestle and their "bends" (p. 30) useful and the chapter on "Building Black Bear Bridge" (p. 106) fascinating.

I would say this book would be good for the middle level to the experienced modeler.I personally think the novice would be better served buying some of the excellent model bridges available.Even they might appreciate the basics covered in the early chapters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must have for all!
I know I have given high praise to "The Model Railroader's Guide to Bridges, Trestles & Tunnels", but in all honesty this is THE perfect resource for designing and building your OWN bridges. It gives great detail in almost every aspect of design and construction of bridges, it even gives explanations for what type of bridge would suit diffrent terrains and land masses. Buy this along with "The Model Railroader's Guide to Bridges, Trestles & Tunnels" and you will have THE COMPLETE resource for any and all types of bridge building.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Collection
Speaking as one who was formerly a civil engineer, this compendium is a wonderful collection of articles on building bridges for model railroads. It is not a book by a single author. Instead, it is a collection of reprints of articles from Model Railroader magazine. As such, some are better than others but all are good.

Particularly worthy of note is the first series of articles which is a survey of different types of bridges and their design. It is technically correct and conveys enough information to the modeler to do a creditable job but it is yet simple enough to understand for those without an engineering background.

Most of the later articles deal with the construction of particular bridges instead of general principles but they too are well written and adaptable to other situations. Since this work is intended for modelers and not engineers, much of the emphasis is on the aesthetics. This is as it should be as it is the information vital to the modeler.

All in all, this is a great collection.

3-0 out of 5 stars Building Railraod Bridges? Then this book is for you!
This book is a collection of articles that have previously appeared in past issues of Model Railroader Magazine. While the articles are informative and insightful, the format that Kalmbach uses to copy the various original bridge and trestle articles and paste them into a book is not very slick. It would have been nice if they would have updated some of the information and added more color photographs. Books in this format appear to be another way for Kalmbach to re-hash old articles of a similar topic, put them under one cover and generate more sales from already published material. This book has become reference material for my library. I however would recommend the Kalmbach book "The Model Railroader's Guide To BRIDGES, TRESTLES & TUNNELS" by Jeff Wilson, this book is fresh, better organized, and a useful tool for modeling railroad bridges. ... Read more

38. Four Extraordinary Skyscrapers (It's Amazing): Build your Own Model of the Tallest Buildings in the World
by Edward KeisterJr.
Paperback: 64 Pages (2005-11-29)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$3.99
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Asin: 0762424508
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This interactive book-plus allows readers to learn about a quartet of the world's most classic skyscrapers- the Empire State Building in Manhattan; the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco; Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and the Bank of China tower in Hong Kong-and then build a versatile two-foot-high tower of their own. The 64-page, pocket-size book is a fascinating exploration of skyscraper design and construction, with interesting facts about the structures and their architects Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, William L. Pereira & Associates, Cesar Pelli, and I.M. Pei. Included is a deck of illustrated cards that, when formed into the tower, feature the four skyscrapers on each side. The visually stunning card tower also functions as a lamp. The innovative packaging also has a perforated opening at the top of the box that can serve as the base of the card tower. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Nifty, but one part missing from my kit
At the new low price, I think this is a terrific kit.Simple to assemble, nice quality, and seems relatively sturdy since I've reinforced it with a bit of clear tape hidden inside, to hold each card in its place.(Tape not included).

This is an accent lamp.Doesn't give off much light.I like it, though; sitting next to it, I feel 10,000 feet tall.

One small problem is that I did not get one of each necessary card.One card was missing, and instead I received a duplicate of another. ... Read more

39. Building and Detailing Scale Model Cars
by Bill Coulter
 Paperback: 64 Pages (1991-08)
list price: US$9.95 -- used & new: US$69.91
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Asin: 0890241139
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40. Building and Flying Indoor Model Airplanes
 Paperback: 272 Pages (2008-05)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$24.95
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Asin: 0879051612
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Customer Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Superblyillustrated and still the best book
As the other reviewers state, this is the book to get on free flight indoor model airplanes.The author illustrates / draws for a living; his well crafted and instructive drawings are better than photographs in showing you how to build such models.

I agree with the other reviewer that Novice or Limited Pennyplane is by far now a better class to build and fly for your first competition class model.

As others comment, some aspects are a bit dated but it is still the best book.I own two copies.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book on indoor aeromodeling!
Ron William's book Is an incredible resource for indoor flyers. Indoor models have seemed mysterious even to many outdoor flyers, but this book shows how to go from a simple Delta-Dart like glider to world class F1D planes weighing around 1 gram. Although the Aircraft types are a bit dated (Easy-Bee is now rather difficult, F1D planes are now much smaller and covered in plastic, Superthin plastics replaced many other coverings...)The building techniques are the same, and so are the formulas for loading and prop-form carving. Contest flyers should also get Lew Gitlow's newer book "indoor flying models" but William's Book is a truly indespencible resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Book!
This is a fantastic book. Although it's getting old, it's probably the best book ever written about building indoor duration models. It may also be the best book ever written about model aircraft.

The author obviouslyput an enormous amount of effort into it, and it will be very useful toanyone who wants to begin building these fragile and beautifulmodels.

The book is almost an inch thick, and contains detailedinstructions on almost every step involved in building indoor models. Ifyou've never built a completely successful rubber-power model plane before,this book might be a really good place to start. The first chapter startswith a beginner's model. Subsequent chapters cover more advanced topics, upto the world-championship F1D class.You could easily go from any skilllevel to being able to build any model in the book, using only theinstructions and plans given in the book.

Although the book concentrateson rubber duration, there is also a chapter on scale models and one onhand-launched gliders.There are many illustrations and they're excellent(I think the author is an architect).

The only thing wrong with this bookis that it is now getting old. For example, chapters two and three whichdescribe the easy-bee class, were obviously written at a time when theclass was was less competitive than it is today. Nevertheless, the buildingand flying information given in the book is pretty timeless. People whowant more up-to-date information should probably buy Lew Gitlow's morerecent book as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Useful, enjoyable, and still the best book on its subject.
Ron Williams' book is a pleasure that I've gone back to many times, both to enjoy his prose and his clear drawings and to answer questions and come up with ideas on my current project. A dog eared copy from the library was responsible for my entry into this hobby. Williams covers several types of indoor flying, with plans and instructions for a number of models, ranging from the easiest beginner's model to challenging F1D models with a couple of feet of wingspan that only weigh as much as a dollar bill. Both the prose and the artwork are clear and elegant; you might be tempted to copy some of the drawings to hang in your workshop.The book is showing its age slightly; it has no mention of Tan II, and the EZB designs aren't anywhere near as light as we have today, but it still serves as a wonderful introduction and reference. Williams also didn't seem to realize how easy Limited Pennyplane is, recommending instead EZB as the first serious model. Despite these small flaws, I recommend this book without hesitation, and I'm trying to get another copy to give to newcomers. This book should be republished! ... Read more

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