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Re: Hello everyone - great group! BEGINNER HERE -with ?'s. Thank you for your help.

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  • zoomkat
    The below micro torch can handle the larger soldering task. Note that it can also overheat stuff too, so caution is advised and heat slowly. Harbor Freight
    Message 1 of 4 , Jun 5, 2010
      The below micro torch can handle the larger soldering task. Note that it can also overheat stuff too, so caution is advised and heat slowly. Harbor Freight often has them on sale for ~$6.

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pop-pop-steamboats/photos/album/1755869487/pic/1782760403/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=21&count=20&dir=asc

      --- In pop-pop-steamboats@yahoogroups.com, "i_mad_gination" <kellymadden@...> wrote:
      >
      > Just wondering what you think about my research and if you have any suggestions (agree/disagree - better options) for my first pop pop boat.
      >
      > I'm currently using brass for tubing and steam machine chamber.
      > Would like to use other materials as well. Which materials will solder with other materials (can be mixed and soldered together)? (copper, aluminum, brass, stainless steel)
      >
      > I tried 2 soldering tools. Neither did much to melt the solder. After researching I see it's important to purchase a 150 - 250 watt soldering tool; use metal solder (not electrical); use lead based (not lead free because lead based works better)
      >
      > What results have you found creating a closed machine vs. an open one?
      >
      > *Please excuse any incorrect terminology....I'm learning ;)
      >
      > Thank you for your help and happy boating!
      >
      > Kelly
      >
    • i_mad_gination
      Thank you Frank! Great info and insight! Kelly
      Message 2 of 4 , Jun 6, 2010
        Thank you Frank! Great info and insight!
        Kelly

        --- In pop-pop-steamboats@yahoogroups.com, "frankmcneilll" <frankmcneilll@...> wrote:
        >
        > Hi Kelly,
        > Just to do something different since most members seem to post via email rather than by visiting the group at http://tinyurl.com/mfuh9 go to the photos section and look for an album titled Popflea and Firefly. Look at photos of Popflea and its engine made of square brass tubing. Richard Jenkins built it after reading an article that can be downloaded by clicking on a pdf ikon titled article_ModelBoats_4-96.pdf in the files section.
        > Now go to the links section and scroll way down to one titled Metal Tubing Source to find tubings made of various metals and in various shapes and sizes. Several sizes of square brass tubing are listed there but so far Richard seems to be the only member that has used square brass tubing. To be really daring you might use rectangular brass tubing instead because nobody I know of has done this.
        > Richard is currently exploring the possibility for using a radio control Kitchen rudder to provide reverse motion and steering for a pop-pop boat but hasn't posted to let us know how this project is going. There is also a link titled Kitchen Rudder that will take you to a wikipedia article with sketches and descriptions of this mechanism.
        >
        > Best wishes, Frank
        >
        > --- In pop-pop-steamboats@yahoogroups.com, "i_mad_gination" <kellymadden@> wrote:
        > >
        > > Just wondering what you think about my research and if you have any suggestions (agree/disagree - better options) for my first pop pop boat.
        > >
        > > I'm currently using brass for tubing and steam machine chamber.
        > > Would like to use other materials as well. Which materials will solder with other materials (can be mixed and soldered together)? (copper, aluminum, brass, stainless steel)
        > >
        > > I tried 2 soldering tools. Neither did much to melt the solder. After researching I see it's important to purchase a 150 - 250 watt soldering tool; use metal solder (not electrical); use lead based (not lead free because lead based works better)
        > >
        > > What results have you found creating a closed machine vs. an open one?
        > >
        > > *Please excuse any incorrect terminology....I'm learning ;)
        > >
        > > Thank you for your help and happy boating!
        > >
        > > Kelly
        > >
        >
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