By Robert Race
A superb booklet that explains the way to layout and build small scale, easy mechanical units for fun—perfect for toy makers, woodworkers, crafters, and tinkerers
Designing and making winning automata includes combining fabrics, mechanisms, and magic. Illustrated with colour photos throughout, this outstanding book explains the six golden ideas for making automata along certain step by step tasks. Many fabrics are mentioned, together with paper and card, wooden, cord, tinplate, and plastics; mechanisms mentioned contain levers and linkages, cranks and cams, wheels, gears, pulleys, springs, ratchets, and pawls. Finally, there's the magic—an unanalyzable allure, a powerful fascination in order that the full is greater than the sum of its parts.
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