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Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements: Embracing All Those Which Are Most Important in Dynamics, Hydraulics, Hydrostatics, Pneumatics, Steam Engines... Paperback – April 1, 1995
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- Publisher : Astragal Press; Reprint edition (April 1, 1995)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 124 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1879335638
- ISBN-13 : 978-1879335639
- Item Weight : 7.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.52 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,070,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drawings and very short descriptions, that's all you'll find in this book. No instructions on building any of the movements, no measurements, although a few of the pulley type drawings I saw did have ratios in the description.
I wanted something to help me build simple toys out of wood and cardboard, plastic and string. I wanted to be able to search for ideas like using a motor to make levers wave in different directions, but this book does not have a way of searching the drawings. It doesn't have exploded views to help you make your own. It only has drawings and short descriptions. It did not suit my needs.
The descriptions can be VERY brief, and the illustrations are just that - line drawings. At times I find myself having to work through a mechanism to understand it, a typical issue being that the fixed points of the linkage aren't always described. But all in all, it's a just a fun, inexpensive book. A few bucks on Kindle. What could be better?
The book features individual movements to accomplish tasks within a machine. From watch escapements to self closing weir gates for streams. Also a great assortment of mechanical doo-dads and whatsits from universal joints for your steam work factory to those little lever things villeins tie damsels to shortly before getting beaten up by the hero.
...or you could just look at the pictures (all 507 of them!)
You should buy this book 1. Because it's a classic. 2. It's can give others false impressions about how smart you are. 3. It's too cheap not too.
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It is a good reference point to find a movement and the correct terminology so you can research it further.
I only mark it down because some of the descriptions are too brief, and some mechanisms really need extra images from other angles.
It almost becomes like a game trying to figure out what the movement of the differnt diagrams achieve then checking the right side to see if you're right! At a little over a fiver its a snip at the price and worth having!