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52 Sketch Prompts: Weekly Art Prompts for Creative Doodling & Beyond - 8.5" x 5.5" Sketchbook Artist Journal Project Ideas to Draw, Collage, Illustrate, Design & More! For All Ages, Teens to Adults

52 Sketch Prompts: Weekly Art Prompts for Creative Doodling & Beyond - 8.5" x 5.5" Sketchbook Artist Journal Project Ideas to Draw, Collage, Illustrate, Design & More! For All Ages, Teens to Adults Lowest new price: $7.00
List price: $9.95
Author: Samantha Cole

52 Sketch Prompts - Weekly Art Prompts for Creative Doodling & Beyond is a great gift for any artist! Great source of inspiration, motivation and ideas. This book has 52 prompts, one for every week of the year to keep you drawing all through the year! Small enough to travel with, at the size of 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches. Get kids, teens and adults to make, create, draw and sketch with this prompt sketchbook journal!

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Model Railroading As Art

Model Railroading As Art Lowest new price: $29.95
List price: $29.95
Author: Lance Mindheim

Model railroading offers the exciting opportunity to be approached in the same way as any other branch of the art world. As such, the same principles can be applied to elevate your modeling efforts to new levels. Follow along as we delve into scene composition, color treatment theory, weathering, backdrops, layout room preparation, photography, and more!

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The LEGO Trains Book

The LEGO Trains Book Lowest new price: $16.96
Lowest used price: $9.05
List price: $24.95
Author: Holger Matthes

Learn the model-making process from start to finish, including the best ways to choose scale, wheels, motors, and track layout. Get advice for building steam engines, locomotives, and passenger cars, and discover fresh ideas and inspiration for your own LEGO train designs.

Inside you'll find:
-A historical tour of LEGO trains
-Step-by-step building instructions for models of the German Inter-City Express (ICE), the Swiss “Crocodile,” and a vintage passenger car
-Tips for controlling your trains with transformers, receivers, and motors
-Advice on advanced building tech­niques like SNOT (studs not on top), micro­striping, creating textures, and making offset connections
-Case studies of the design process
-Ways to use older LEGO pieces in modern designs

For ages 10+

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Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move

Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move Lowest new price: $6.87
Lowest used price: $15.20
List price: $25.99
Author: Keisuke Saka
Brand: Griffin

Originally published in Japan, Karakuri is an introduction to the simple mechanisms, such as gears, cranks, cams, and levers, used to bring to life these amazing moving paper models or automata. Included are pull-out pages for you to use to construct your own moving models of the different types of gears. These models serve as the basis for designing your own karakuri or may just be admired on their own.

Detailed explanations, accompanied by diagrams, explain the physics behind how karakuri move and operate, so you really learn about the properties of the different types of gears and cams. And to inspire you, also included are four fun, full-color karakuri models designed by the author, a well-known paper engineer. Printed on pull-out pages and easily assembled, the projects include a whimsical tea-serving robot, an amusing penguin perched on an iceberg and trying to fly, a delightful peek-a-boo-playing teddy bear, and a mesmerizing train that goes around on a track and through a tunnel!

With complete directions, fourteen full-size models, and the science behind the craft revealed, this book is a unique introduction to an ancient art.

Features:

  • Griffin

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Lionel Trains Pocket Price Guide 1901-2019 (Greenberg's Guides)

Lionel Trains Pocket Price Guide 1901-2019 (Greenberg's Guides) Lowest new price: $14.28
Lowest used price: $14.36
List price: $21.99
Author: Kalmbach Books

Collectors of Lionel toy trains and accessories eagerly await the latest edition of this definitive annual guide. With current pricing and invaluable reference information for prewar, postwar, and modern trains, this is the guide they need when buying, selling, or trading any Lionel toy train or accessory.

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LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide

LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide Lowest new price: $28.30
Lowest used price: $8.97
List price: $40.00
Author: Philip Wilkinson
Brand: Philip Wilkinson

Created in close collaboration with The LEGO Group and Adam Reed Tucker, LEGO® Architecture visionary, LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide takes a deep look at the artists, builders, and inspiration behind the LEGO Architecture series. Beautifully illustrated and annotated, this visual guide allows you to explore the LEGO team's creative process in building and understand how LEGO artists translated such iconic buildings into these buildable LEGO sets. Stunning images and in-depth exploration of the real buildings like the Guggenheim™ or the Empire State Building, on which the LEGO Architecture series is based, provide you with a comprehensive look at the creation of these intricate sets. Learn why the LEGO team chose certain pieces and what particular challenges they faced. Read about the inspiration behind the creative processes and what designing and building techniques were used on various sets. Featuring profiles of the LEGO artists and builders who created the series and packaged in a sleek protective slipcase, LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide is the ultimate illustrated tour of the LEGO Architecture series in all its micro-scale detail.

Features:

  • DK ADULT

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Model Railroader 2019 Calendar

Model Railroader 2019 Calendar Lowest new price: $8.99
Lowest used price: $44.34
List price: $12.99
Brand: Kalmbach Books

The Model Railroader 2019 calendar features 12 model railroad layouts showcased in Model Railroader magazine or Great Model Railroads. Beautifully photographed to capture detail and realism, each image showcases a special layout that will inspire model railroaders throughout the year.

Railroad and train-themed calendars are very popular and appeal to consumers looking for an inspirational or favorite model railroad that they can view all year. Model Railroader 2019 features a wide range of scales, locations, and railroads, appealing to a broad group of consumers.

Features:

  • Features curated scenes from Model Railroader and Great Model Railroads
  • High quality, FSC certified paper.
  • Full-color pages throughout
  • Includes all major public and culturally significant holidays.
  • Beautifully photographed to capture detail and realism

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Basic DCC Wiring for Your Model Railroad: A Beginner's Guide to Decoders, DCC Systems, and Layout Wiring

Basic DCC Wiring for Your Model Railroad: A Beginner's Guide to Decoders, DCC Systems, and Layout Wiring Lowest new price: $11.89
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List price: $15.95
Author: Mike Polsgrove
Brand: Kalmbach

Get started with Digital Command Control (DCC)! This how-to guide covers the basics, with an overview of DCC, track wiring, cab bus wiring, and converting an existing layout to DCC. Written by Mike Polsgrove, Model Railroader s columnist on DCC.

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Greenberg's Repair and Operating Manual for Lionel Trains, 1945-1969 (Greenberg's Repair and Operating Manuals)

Greenberg's Repair and Operating Manual for Lionel Trains, 1945-1969 (Greenberg's Repair and Operating Manuals) Lowest new price: $19.45
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List price: $24.95
Brand: KALMBACH PUBLISHING CO.

Offers over a thousand repair and maintenance tips for Lionel locomotives, operating cars, accessories, transformers, light bulbs, and switches. Provides original Lionel technical advice and handy techniques submitted by toy train collectors and operators over the past ten years.

Features:

  • Offers over a thousand repair and maintenance tips for Lionel locomotives, operating cars, accessories, transformers, light bulbs, and switches.
  • Provides original Lionel technical advice and handy techniques submitted by toy train collectors and operators over the past ten years.

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Wiring Your Model Railroad (Essentials)

Wiring Your Model Railroad (Essentials) Lowest new price: $13.73
Lowest used price: $12.75
List price: $21.99
Author: Larry Puckett
Brand: Kalmbach

If model railroaders could own one book about wiring, this would be the best choice. In Wiring Your Model Railroad, Larry Puckett provides a helpful overview of all things wiring, including traditional wiring and DCC. This is the first wiring book any modeler should buy, and it s a useful reference guide for experienced modelers. Most importantly, it is the first book any publisher has released on this topic in 15 years. So, it s the most current and reliable source of model railroad wiring information you ll find anywhere.

Features:

  • This is the "Wiring Your Model Railroad" Book from Model Railroader by Kalmbach. Author: Larry Puckett

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