Modelling Tunnels, Embankments, Walls and Fences
For Model Railways
The author’s background in geotechnical engineering informs this manual on crafting structural features for model railways of any gauge. Beginning with a discussion of how to plan realistic infrastructure and the importance of baseboard construction and track laying, further chapters deal with modelling tunnels, embankments, walls and fences, both from scratch and from ready-made kits. There is also advice on adding vegetation and other detailing.
Great Western Railway
Stars, Castles and Kings
George Churchward’s Star class locomotives, launched in 1907, set the pattern for the engines that would haul GWR’s glamorous passenger expresses during the golden age of steam. Examples of the Castle and King class developments of 1923 and 1927 remained in service until the end of steam in the region. This analysis provides an illustrated technical evaluation of the three locomotive designs and details of their allocation and work on the network up to the 1960s.
Modelling the Lineside
A Guide for Railway Modellers
The many aspects of trackside activities and railway infrastructure are discussed, with advice on realism and instructions for modelling a range of accessories such as fencing and walls, crossings and footbridges, huts and water towers, people and road vehicles.
Modelling Signal Boxes
For Railway Layouts
Detailed step-by-step instructions, and example photographs of the models under construction and the real-life buildings and trackside details that they replicate, are at the heart of these comprehensive enthusiasts’ guides to aspects of railway modelling.Signal boxes were the most numerous trackside buildings of the steam era and a range of different types are explored in this manual, together with tips for constructing and improving card, plastic, download and laser-cut kits and building your own design from scratch.
Building a Folding Model Railway Layout
A Comprehensive Guide
The detailed plan in this manual fits an N gauge multi-track railway into a folding wooden case that can be stowed away in a cupboard. All aspects of the layout are considered, including the trackwork, wiring, landscaping, buildings and accessories.
Award-winning artist Peter Jarvis demonstrates the techniques that are used to create detailed architectural images of the built environment, including perspective drawing, 3D modelling and colouring. Through step-by-step illustrations the book explores the technical processes involved in creating aerial and street views, from initial sketches through to the finished drawings, with a focus on the use of watercolour for the final touches.
British Rail Class 20 Locomotives
The English Electric Type 1 (later Class 20) was one of 14 new diesel locomotive designs ordered as part of the British Rail Modernization Plan. Beginning work in 1957 and commonly used in pairs, they gained a reputation as rugged, reliable and flexible workhorses. A few examples are still operative on the network and this illustrated history examines their 60 years of service.
The Science of Stretching
There are varied stretching modalities, or types, and choosing which is most appropriate depends on the exercise, environment and target outcome. This guide draws on recent scientific research to explain different stretches, including static, dynamic and ballistic; and assesses each technique in the context of its effects on performance, pain and injury. Diagrams, tables and step-by-step illustrations are included to help you to choose the most beneficial regime for your requirements.
Mountain Bike Maintenance
Supported by hundreds of colour photographs, the detailed instructions in this manual analyse every component of a mountain bike and advise on maintenance and repair. There are also tips on choosing components, setting up the correct riding position and basic riding technique.
Health and Welfare
Written by the veterinary surgeon and Shooting Times canine expert Tony Buckwell, this illustrated guide is suitable for both the novice and the experienced gundog owner. It looks at issues such as choosing a breeder and acquiring a healthy puppy with the right temperament, and also offers health advice, including recognizing and dealing with illnesses, reducing the risks of injury and disease, emergency first aid and senior care.
Crowood Metalworking Guides
Aimed at the amateur enthusiast or model engineer, this overview of the properties of commonly used metals includes advice on material selection, a review of the micro-structures and performance of metals and case studies on steam locomotive boilers, model aero engines and two-stroke motorcycle engines.
The History and Practice
Providing practical advice and information for would-be mole catchers, this illustrated handbook includes a history of the trade, descriptions of trap types, useful tips, answers to frequently asked questions, and guidance on the most humane modern methods of capture.
British Industrial Architecture
Victorian and Edwardian
During the second wave of the Industrial Revolution, between 1837 and 1910, mills, factories and engineering works became a common feature of Britain’s townscapes. Focusing on that period, this volume looks at the development of industrial architecture from the purely functional factories of the 1830s to buildings such as Everard’s Printing Works in Bristol, with its Art Nouveau facade. The book is arranged by types of manufactures and illustrated with 150 prints and photographs of buildings now demolished and of the survivors.
Designing and Making Rings and Bangles
Incorporating information about tools, materials and techniques such as soldering and stone setting, these step-by-step instructions and over 200 photographs will inspire beginners as well as experienced practitioners to create unique pieces of jewellery and develop a personal style.
Setting Up a Weather Station and Understanding the Weather
A Guide for the Amateur Meteorologist
This comprehensive beginner’s guide explains how and where to measure the weather – from rainfall and air pressure to sunshine and humidity – using instruments as simple as rain gauges and barometers, as well as the more sophisticated automatic weather station, which can log and store observations wirelessly. There is advice on how to observe phenomena including the wind, visibility and clouds without instruments, how to interpret data meteorologically, and how to share results with meteorological organizations.
Rank and Rate
Royal Naval Officers' Insignia Since 1856
Uniforms were first sanctioned for officers in the Royal Navy in the 18th century, with the stripes on the cuff of captains' blue coats and lace adornment for admirals being the only insignia of rank. The uniform regulations of 1856 introduced a more complex system, with differences across rank and service distinguished by buttons, badges, epaulettes, cuff stripes, swords and styles of hat. This book catalogues all these variations with comprehensive illustrations and historical photographs of naval officers in uniform.
A Practical Guide for Owners and Breeders
Strongheart and Rin Tin Tin, both taken from Germany to America after the First World War, were among the earliest animal movie stars and popularized German Shepherds internationally. The breed has since proved an excellent guard and scent-follower and is widely used as a working dog as well as kept as a pet. This comprehensive manual provides information on training, diet and exercise as well as guidance on showing, breeding and breed-specific ailments and diseases.
Colour and Abstraction
By liberating colour from its subservient role to drawing, abstract artists have found innovative ways to use and develop the pictorial space. In this title, the author complements works by well-known abstract artists with many of his own, giving clear descriptions of choices made and techniques used. He examines the media and tools available, looks at creating a series of paintings, and encourages the reader to paint with confidence.
South Wales Direct Line
History and Working
The Severn Tunnel, opened in 1886, brought increased traffic to South Wales. Communications were further improved in the early 20th century with GWR's 'Badminton Line' providing a direct link to London. Telling the history of the line, including its upgrading for high-speed trains in the 1970s, this book explores the stations, junctions, signal boxes, tunnels and other features of the route as well as the duties of staff who have worked on the railway.
The challenge of botanical art is at once to create a painting that accurately reflects the appearance and colour of a plant, recording the correct number of petals, sexual parts and other features, while at the same time presenting a beautiful and artistically satisfying composition. This book places emphasis on meticulous observation through drawing to build the skills required and presents examples, exercises and colour studies of a variety of flowering plants and fruit.
Foster's English Oddities
Beginning with Jack Ferry, who crossed the English Channel on a floating tricycle in 1883, and ending on a happy note with the remarkable Ann Green, who survived being hanged in Oxford in 1860 and even survived helpful bystanders’ attempts to finish her off, Foster’s collection of ‘oddities’ includes weird and wonderful people doing strange things, bizarre natural events (hedgehog living through a 40-degree washing machine cycle etc) and some spooky coincidences.
Arts and Crafts Architect
Described by Cook as 'the missing link of the Arts and Crafts Movement', Edward Prior (1852–1932) was an 'artist-builder' who worked in traditional and new materials and vernacular styles, often in a radical way, and who rejected the use of contractors and middlemen, engaging directly with craftsmen. This richly illustrated study is based primarily on research into Prior's surviving and demolished buildings and unbuilt projects to explore his design intentions, philosophy and architectural legacy.
An Enthusiast's Guide
Introduced in 1965, the Triumph 1300 was a good quality small saloon with modern Italian styling and innovative engineering. It was not until the Dolomite Sprint version of 1973 that the name by which the model would be remembered appeared and was subsequently applied to other cars in the range. This guide provides a model-by-model history, with technical specifications and more than 150 photographs, and includes an assessment of the Dolomite's predecessors and successors and its sporting record.
Gentlemen, We Will Stand and Fight
Le Cateau, 1914
On 26 August 1914, as the British Expeditionary Force retreated in the aftermath of the Battle of Mons, the Second Corps, under Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien, turned to fight the advancing German First Army. Though outnumbered three to one, they delivered such a crushing blow to the invaders that the BEF was able to continue its retreat unmolested. This meticulously researched book, supported by contemporary photographs and specially drawn maps, provides a gripping account of this dramatic engagement.
A Practical Guide for Owners and Breeders
Beginning with a history of the breed from the first-ever 'yellow retriever' hunting dog (called Nous), to the companions, medical-detection dogs and 'canine partners' of today, this is a complete guide to owning, training and caring for golden retrievers. There are also chapters on 'gundog life' for those who want to work golden retrievers and on every aspect of responsible breeding, including advice on how to say goodbye to the puppies as they go to new homes.
Painting the Nude in Oils
The nude has inspired artists for centuries, but capturing the beauty of form and the delicate colours of the figure in oils presents particular challenges. This book provides a historical study of the nude in painting, together with a wealth of practical advice. There are tips on working with a model, on lighting and on choosing a pose, and step-by-step examples to show the progress of many paintings. The author exhibits widely and her work is in collections throughout Europe.
International Combat Dress 1940–2010
Although the British had adopted khaki uniforms by 1914, French troops still sported blue coats and red trousers at the outbreak of the First World War. By the time of the Second World War, all combatant nations issued battledress featuring camouflage patterning of some sort. This review of combat uniform design illustrates garments used across the world since 1940 and explains how the colours, patterns and other design features have been adapted to different climates, environments and operational requirements.
The Zero Carbon Car
Green Technology and the Automotive Industry
Electric cars were popular in America before Henry Ford's Model T revolutionized the industry, and there were even petrol-electric hybrids available as early as 1899. Today motor manufacturers are experimenting with a host of emissions-reducing technologies that explore every aspect of the car from its motive power to the construction and operation of every component. This book traces the history of green technology in the automotive industry and assesses and explains the latest developments.