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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: $13.36
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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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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: $9.73
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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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Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move

Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move Lowest new price: $6.69
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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.

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  • Griffin

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Gears and Gear Cutting for Home Machinists (Fox Chapel Publishing) Practical, Hands-On Guide to Designing and Cutting Gears Inexpensively on a Lathe or Milling Machine; Simple, Non-Technical Language

Gears and Gear Cutting for Home Machinists (Fox Chapel Publishing) Practical, Hands-On Guide to Designing and Cutting Gears Inexpensively on a Lathe or Milling Machine; Simple, Non-Technical Language Lowest new price: $9.20
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Author: Ivan Law
Brand: Design Originals

This practical, hands-on guide will assist anyone who wants to cut gears inexpensively on a lathe or milling machine.

  • Learn the fundamentals needed to design your own gears and gear trains
  • Understand the complexity of gears and how to machine them, in a very clearly presented and easy to understand way
  • Plain, simple and non-technical language, with the mathematics kept to the simplest form
  • Information on tooth forms & sizes, rack & pinion gears, bevel wheels, making gear cutters, and more
  • Well-illustrated with concise technical diagrams and B&W photos

Gears in one form or another are a part of most mechanisms, but they are by no means as simple as they appear!

Gears & Gear Cutting for Home Machinists is a practical, hands-on guide for anyone who wants to cut gears inexpensively on a lathe or milling machine. This book teaches the fundamentals needed to design gears and gear trains using plain, simple, non-technical language that keeps the level of mathematics down to its simplest form. It covers all the questions raised by enthusiasts who have watched the author demonstrating gear-cutting techniques at exhibitions throughout Britain, where his advice on engineering matters is constantly sought.

With information on tooth forms & sizes, rack & pinion gears, bevel wheels, making gear cutters, and more, Gears & Gear Cutting for Home Machinists is well illustrated with concise technical diagrams and photographs.

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Model Railroading As Art

Model Railroading As Art Lowest new price: $29.95
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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
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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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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: $5.49
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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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One Hundred and One Track Plans for Model Railroaders (Model Railroad Handbook, No. 3)

One Hundred and One Track Plans for Model Railroaders (Model Railroad Handbook, No. 3) Lowest new price: $8.00
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Author: Linn Westcott
Brand: Kalmbach

Easy-to-use plans in every size, shape and scale -- from tiny card-table layouts to giant garage-size railroads. Demonstrates how to design a railroad to fit any space, shows how to convert plans to N, HO, S, and O scales.

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  • Used Book in Good Condition

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Wiring Your Model Railroad (Essentials)

Wiring Your Model Railroad (Essentials) Lowest new price: $13.44
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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.

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

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The DCC Guide, Second Edition (Model Railroader Books: Wiring & Electronics)

The DCC Guide, Second Edition (Model Railroader Books: Wiring & Electronics) Lowest new price: $12.06
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Author: Don Fiehmann
Brand: Kalmbach

Any modeler interested in starting a DCC layout, converting an existing layout to DCC, or wanting more in-depth information to get the most from their system needs The DCC Guide, 2nd Edition.

This updated edition includes cutting-edge information on new control systems and upgrades as well as recent technological advances, especially in sound decoder products and features.

From the basics of how DCC works, choosing a DCC system, and installing a DCC decoder in locomotives to more advanced features such as decoder programming and how to control trains with computers, tablets, and other devices, The DCC Guide, 2nd Edition is the modeler s all-inclusive guide to controlling trains.

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