Althoqh an essential part of every wr-
driven model, boikrs have, tcsome e*.cw~t, been the Cindereiias of rr,dei engineering. It is, as the author remarks inhis prr
more than sixty years sip-e tht? publ!cation of the late t:.. L. Fearce’s nanenoo/cMa& 8oihttiiking, which went ihrough a number oi edition; but has long .been out ofprirc. Dtk& ackn~w~edg2fi;~~~ “7 this
work is given, and awhor #. 1.4.
kiarris hasen Jeevoured to expand i’-scope of the original work and to bring ehe sub;ect up todate.
Very it& oubiished aterials av=illrhlqrpr rh~F-C?-! h*:i----‘s-,-
mainly as incidenta! comment on the construction of a complete model. in many cases themodel builder has been canter,. to use any old receptacle that will boil water in hishaste to sea tangibfe rcsu!ts from his work, The author has now assembled in one bookall the essentials of the subject. so that ignorance of source material will no ionger be &IIexcuse for scamping work an boiieri. Mode% boilermaking can indeed be considered avital part of modei enginaerIng, no whit iess important than other constructiona! work,demanding skilt in design and manufacture nn? &ering a high degree of satisfaction in :heproduction of a pleasing and efftchznt uait.The author Is mainty coneerned witn boilers designed
acxal work rather thanperfect state models for historical 01)”other e&Qbitisn uses, The work of other greatengineers has been freely drawn upon, inclu6ing E. L. Pearce, mentioned above, HenryGreenty, and Jamas Crebbin. K. N. HarriL is, in his own right, another of the greatmodel engineers, who wi:i be classed amongst the famous names of the past by futuremodehers. There can indeed Se few enrhusi~ts who have not ei:jcyzd hi, contributionsover the past years In .P?e&I Eq$neer; scfme hav-5; baen his keen supporters for a longtime, others have disagreed furlousfy with his views, nme can have been indifferent tohim! Uf such is the making of a tradition! We would only add th;r, in his many yearsof tutelage to the apprentiis of a great company, his faults, if so they are regarded,havveatwqs been those of scrugutous adherence to the “proper” way of doing things,of avoidance of any suspect short cuts, andri rigid attention to correct handling of toolsand equipment. AS such no better mentor coutd be found for the theory and practice ofmodel boiler-making, where proper safety precautions, careful workmanship and infinitepains are the +~eneials of successful work.!n nine chapters the subject is adequately covered dealing with general considerationsand principies, efficiency, design featuresand scale eflects. Materials and their properties,calculations for safe working pressur&and general proportions are discussed. Chaptersare also devoted to types of boilers. methods of canstruction, flanging and forming plates,setting out, annealing and riveting. Then we have details of boiier mountings and fittings,safety valves, gauges, clack valves, reguiators and all the other detail par-w inherent togood boilers. Fuels and firing methods are discussed, as are test pressures, testing,superheaters, feedwater heaters and the i!Re. Many useful tabies are provided and a wideselection of detail drawings covering every type of model boiler in 9s~ today.MODEL BOILERS 81 BOlLERMAKfNG should prove to be the definitive work OFI thesubject for a great many years to come.
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