The Static of the Spheres
Chapter 8: “Hours of Baffling Precision Work”
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WENT THROUGH back issues of Impractical Craftsman that evening,
that first evening of the New Year. We found plans for many radios
that might be suitable, but then Guppa came upon the one that was just
right. The article began: “Here’s a project that offers hour after
interminable hour of baffling precision work, one that’s sure to bring
you an almost enervating sense of satisfaction when you’ve finally finished,
one that is guaranteed to make your loved ones admire your stick-to-itiveness,
your determination to see a difficult job through, your conviction that
there is a right way of doing things, your unwillingness to cut corners.”
“This sounds like the one for us,” Guppa said.
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The illustration at the top of the page is an adaptation of an illustration by Stewart Rouse that first appeared on the cover of the August 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics and Inventions. The boy at the controls of the aerocycle doesn’t particularly resemble Peter Leroy—except, perhaps, for the smile.