Many thanks for your; and everybodies, comments and advice.
The photo file's name, believe or not, is A1 bo bo.
--- In email@example.com, "adriangrayfr" <adrian@...> wrote:
> James, a note of the file name would be helpful, please.
> Using too much solder is a very common mistake as one learns the art.
> Careful tinning helps to keep things tidy as does the realisation that one can always ADD a little bit more solder to complete a joint and that is so much easier than trying to scrape away excess later!
> A good wheeze for making solder scrapers is to use broken needle files and 'sharpen' the ends on a grindstone to make small chisels that can be used, carefully, to pare away at excess solder. Go at it in easy little stages and you should be able to scrape away without scratching the brass too much. You can make the scrapers broad or narrow, according to the orientation of how you grind the file and you can make triangular scrapers as well, so oyu can get into all the little nooks a crannies!
> Indeed, you can do the same sort of thing with a stout craft knife blade NOT a scalpel blade, they are too fragile in my experience.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "James C" <jamesmcorsi@> wrote:
> > Dear All,
> > I have created a new photo file with a photo of the basic kit completed.
> > Many thanks for all advice. I am fortunate that a former chairman of the Gauge 1 Soc; Richard Hills, lives in the same village as me and has given me advice and practical tips.
> > The kit went together ok; obviously I used too much solder, Richard's advice on this one is to use solder paint for the smaller panels. His most important adivce however was cleanliness is next to Godliness when soldering joints, and I had no real problems. I abandoned trying to solder the handrails and used super glue it was a lot easier.
> > Warning! I have to buy a new set of mini files as the solder gets stuck in the files and I cannot clean it out. I am using wooden nail files, very cheap, you can cut them to whatever size or shape you need and disposable. I also use some soft soap stone engravers as scrapers.
> > Next thing is to keep cleaning away the excess solder, then spray with Halford's red oxide. The roof will go on later after the cab windows and interior has been fitted.
> > I have one or 2 small problems with the donor chassis but nothing
> > major.
> > Over all, getting the right grade of soft solder and practising is good advice, but once you have done that there is nothing to fear. The A1 brass sheet is quite thin; no complaints, understandable given cost of raw material, so it heats up and consequently warps if you are not careful with clamps, pegs, elastic bands in fact anything that keeps the pieces together. As with everything preparation is vital and if you accidentally move the pieces of brass start again.
> > best wishes,
> > James Corsi #3469