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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (April 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764340042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764340048
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well laid out, easy to read, almost a Dummies guide.
btlw01
This is really a coffee table book - full of sharp, glossy photos of the author's models.
W. Ewell
Reading Ken Foran's new book "Model Building with Brass" was a pure joy!
Marvin Meit

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Hobbynut on April 24, 2013
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OK, the author is proud of his completed models and likes to show them off...with that you get the gist of 98% of the book.

If you're going to put a title like "Model Building with Brass"...you better have the "brass" to include the howtos eg "explains all the tools and techniques".

The book starts with the overview of tools...pretty useless for most of whom are probably the target audience of this book. Very little info on mills/lathes etc. Notes on pin vises and uses, that you should probably buy many drill bits (but doesn't go into detail that they break easily like he does with the jeweler's saw blades)...

Next sections cover some basics on cutting out brass...notes that you use a file to shape a saddle joint on tubing (no notes of using a mill to do so...so guessing author assumes his audience only has hand tools...which is fine)...but no notes/tips/tricks on maintaining even curvature...soldering receives same general treatment..

Shows gorgeous dials for his plane...but no real info on creating..

The woven wicker seat for his plane is impressive...nice to have some "stages" photos...probably that and the aforementioned dials are coolest images in the book.

By this point I just started flipping through (bored and realizing I'd wasted my $)and saw some notes on polishing copper finish applied to brass...if you rub too hard you'll have to re-plate..didn't see any "recipes" for nickel or brass plating...perhaps it was there...more photos showing contrasts of natural brass vs plated finishes...

I think you get the idea.

The author might should have just produced a coffee table book of his models...would have at least shown his models to better advantage...now the models themselves - gorgeous and impressive.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marvin Meit on May 2, 2012
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I've been building models for over 65 years and co-founded Model Motorcars
21 years ago. That should make me somewhat of an expert! Reading Ken Foran's
new book "Model Building with Brass" was a pure joy! He has captured the art
and craftsmanship of model building in word and photograph...and what
photos! 320 of them.
The book is written with such clarity that even the novice builder will
understand. Ken takes you through the process of building (some brass
components of his) beautiful 1911 Model T Racer...and, it's a great ride!
However, before the ride, he explains the different materials, tools and
techniques he will use.
What I found most interesting is many of these techniques could be applied
to plastic model building as well.
Ken Foran's 'Model Building with Brass' will be equally at home in your
workshop or on your coffee table.

Marvin Meit
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MJ1959 on April 17, 2012
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I just received this book and I am quite happy with it. While it did not go into every single detail about the model on the cover...i.e...making the tires, the book *IS* about working with brass and the different techniques that it entails. As a hobby model scratch builder using brass, I am sure I will pick up many hints and tips when reading the book. I liked the fact that he makes many of his parts without the benefit of a lathe or mill (of which I have CNC versions of both). There are hundreds of pictures in the book with explanations. I thought the book was well worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William S. Hunt, Jr. on May 13, 2013
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Very little help on soldering techniques and general modeling. Only covered how he built his models. I expected a how to manual on soldering and brass use that would cover all types of modeling. I was particularly interested in the use of brass and soldering in ship modeling. Good photos, but lacked good information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don on August 25, 2013
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Until Roger Zimmermann can find the time to write of his techniques, in modelling, this will have to do!

Its a very good, more than just basic, book on model making.

Using brass, copper and aluminum, some wood, the author shows clearly how he has developed simple techniques to create some sophisticated shapes. -I would have expanded the mention of solder to include the solders used by jewelers, with an explanation for the differences; melting temperatures, and how that can aid in the assembly of several soldered joints in a small area. Also, the use of resistance soldering, with the creation of custom fit electrodes. Solder paste, is another lacuna.

Fabricating engine blocks, as is well shown, is a much better technique than the machining of solid blocks of brass, and is a way of reducing a complex shape down to bit-sized pieces. (It also does not require a mill nor a lathe!) This may be the best contribution to model making. -The author does render the process of Making a Model, very well! -After all!, it is just a matter of making the components, to scale, preferably out of a material that is not too delicate. Then, assembling them!

That last sentence was offered in jest.

To make models like the authors, requires lots of research, into your subject, and into your techniques! Model makers of the authors caliber are cross trained in pattern making, mold making, soldering, basic fabrication, oh!, and of course planning!

The book is very well laid out, lots of very well photographed step by step sections! Easy to read, and logical.

It is not an encyclopaedia, but does not suggest that it might be!

I do recommend this book to all who love to make models and want to improve their own skills!
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