Pencil, Paper and Stars


With the advent of GPS and the development of integrated electronic navigation and communications systems an increasing number of sailors now depend entirely on electronic automated systems. That is fine until electrical power is lost, equipment is water damaged, or solar storms degrade or block GPS signals.

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ISAF Vehicles 2007, Kabul and Kandahar Area


The publisher is building a fine series of specialist photo essays on military vehicles, markings and crew. This volume covers ISAF vehicles in Afghanistan during 2007. The text is concise, adequately supporting some excellent full colour photographs. The quality of reproduction and printing is very good and although the book may be aimed at the specialist model engineering readership, it contains a wealth of rare photographs that will also be of great interest to a much wider readership.

Photo Art For Modellers


A beautifully produced book in full colour throughout. The author explains and demonstrates how to create photo backgrounds to compliment the display of model aircraft and trains. He describes the methods of preparing and photographing completed models and then combining the digital photographs of backgrounds and models to produce stunning composite photographs, manipulating the images to create exactly the required effect. The techniques described can be use both to create a composite photo background behind a completed model, or to move completely to a photographic image. This may be the answer to many model builders space problems. Building any type of model is in itself an absorbing and rewarding process that appeals to a complete spectrum of individuals. It can become an addictive hobby or a profitable business.

Regulator Clock Construction


The publisher has built a very successful niche in special interest books of a technical and engineering nature. This is a worthy addition to the list. The author has described the design and construction of an 8 day regulator clock that requires only a modest selection of engineering tools and which could be built using components made to order by an engineering company. The result is a fine clock with an open dial that provides a view of most of the clock works, mounted in a wooden case with three sides in glass. As a clock, it will provide good time keeping. As an engineering project it will build into a satisfying and practical item that requires only wall space.

Hawker Hart Family


The publishers have established a reputation for specialist model building books. In this Orange Series books, also known as MaxiSize, they have combined a solid history with the information that model makers and engineers need. The Hawker Hart family of aircraft was an extraordinary multi-role combat aircraft portfolio where the basic airframe was equipped with wheel, float and ski landing gear, with a selection of engines providing optimisation for particular roles. From 1928 to 1947, members of the Hart family served around the world. Following the tradition of the Bristol two seat fighter of WWI, the Hart was developed as a fighter, serving as a bomber and carrier plane, a catapult spotter, army co-operation and training aircraft. Totally outclassed in 1939 by the new generations of monoplane military aircraft, it continued in service and was used in combat.

Radar afloat, official background reader to the RYA Radar Course


This handbook has been specifically published as the official background reader to the RYA radar course. That makes it essential reading for anyone undertaking the course, but it is also a very good introduction to the use of yacht radar for those who are not seeking a formal qualification or endorsement. This edition was published in 2001 and is the third edition, the first appearing in 1991. It covers real-time radar displays and therefore is not heavily affected by new systems. The principles and applications are as current and applicable today as when the first edition was published, making it a durable work. The type of radar used as the example through the work is typical of yacht radar and essentially similar to the very first radar systems, where a radio transceiver sends out a signal and measures the reflection when the signal strikes an object. The result is produced as a screen display in real-time.