Model Engineering is a branch of
the mechanical arts that has received but a scanty share of
literary treatment. The subject seems, however, to be
particularly suited for such discussion, it being so closely
associated with experimental work.
reader of this Handbook is assumed to have some practical
experience in handling tools, and some knowledge of mechanical
manipulation, such as can be gleaned from other volumes in this
series; turning, filing, fitting, soldering, etc., having been
already treated upon.
This Handbook contains a large
number of carefully engraved Illustrations, accurately reduced
from working drawings of model engines that have been made under
my own supervision. The value of these accurate illustrations
will be appreciated by those who are interested in models of the
kind they represent. I may remind readers that their value is
not to be estimated by any number of pages of letterpress. A
single drawing often shows at a glance what could not be so
clearly explained in volumes of type.
Large extracts from some articles
written originally by me for the Boy's Own Paper are
incorporated in this Handbook. I am indebted to the kindness of
Mr. G. A. Hutchison, the Editor of that paper, for permission to
reproduce them here.
P. N. HASLUCK.