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Regular readers of this blog will know that I am not a great enthusiast for soldering.
This is not because I am in any doubt about its benefits as a method of construction, but more that I have never done much of it and when confronted by a situation where it might be an option I am likely to either pass it over to Himself to do, or find a way of gluing the parts together.
It's what I've always done with the brass parts on my resin wagons and what I advise in the kit instructions to keep construction straightforward.
On the latest build of some B Wagons for a customer I decided the time had come to be brave and try and solder the parts together as much as possible.
I'm rather pleased with the results, I must say.
Soldering is very different to gluing pieces together. Not only do you get an instant, and solid, joint but also because you can't hold it in place as well because:
a) you have to hold the soldering iron in one hand, and it's a bit more awkward than a tube of glue
b) the bits get bloody hot!
This, of course, was my major concern when soldering parts which were attached to, and in close proximity to, a resin body. One false move and the whole model is ruined.
Fortunately by using relatively low melt solder and some good flux I only had to apply the iron for a second or so for the joints to be made, and I can't help noticing they feel much more solid than ones I have glued previously.
Why did it take me so long to start doing it this way?
This article first appeared on bronhebog.blogspot.com
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