By Robert Race

A superb publication that explains the right 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 consists of combining fabrics, mechanisms, and magic. Illustrated with colour photos throughout, this extraordinary book explains the six golden principles for making automata along particular step by step initiatives. Many fabrics are mentioned, together with paper and card, wooden, twine, 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 attraction, a robust fascination in order that the entire is greater than the sum of its parts.

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