[HOW TO BUILD MODELS] Iskusstvo modelirovaniya: Populyarnoe rukovodstvo [i.e. The Art of Modeling: A Popular Guide]
Moscow: KOIZ, 1932. Item #455
2nd ed. 80 pp.: ill. 24x16 cm. In modern quarter leather, front constructivist cover is preserved in the binding. Small losses of the cover restored with paper, small tears of t.p.
One of 15060 copies, yet scarce. With 75 photographs and 18 drawings.
This is the second edition of the first Russian book on the art of modeling - making three-dimensional models (according to authors first not only in Russian). It is a guide for amateurs on modeling. Authors explain the current state of modeling in the country before and after the Revolution, what models are and difference between model and dummy, types and difficulty levels of building models, how to start building models and what one needs for that, how to build them, how to design scale, necessary equipment, molding and decoration of models, ways to depict nature on model, etc. Interesting that the first part is concluded with warning in capitals: ‘Constructor! Build exact models for every project - this is to make it comprehensible during defense and construction and for you to try it out’. Another part of the book explains how to organize a collective model production - a staff, how to keep records of work and materials, and this part as well ends with appeal to students and supervisors to build models for studying and work (also in capitals; another warning is given to librarians - ‘help every worker to use this guide’). Such appeals appeared in this second edition and were a direct consequence of the decree of 1931 about technical propaganda - another distinctive feature of the time. Besides building models for school studies these collectives can work on models of typical agricultural, architectural, railroad and other productions (authors give an extended list of examples like cowshed, stock, barrack, bathhouse, bridges).
The large supplement of photographs of 69 models included in the end made by L. Leonidov. Interesting how much practical this guide was: there are models of feeders, water-troughs, power stations, huts, cowsheds and swineries, stables, etc., as well as big factories.
Overall a very interesting book on modeling primarily utilitarian facilities - a very distinctive feature of the time.
No copies in the Worldcat.