A hood for SW-1 - My first etched brass model
- I have just posted a picture of my first effort at soldering an
etched brass model. It is the hood of the Zthek SW-1. There are two
pieces soldered together. First the hood forms the top and two
sides. The step in the hood must be fashioned by bending the brass
on grooves that are etched into the brass. No fear of making any
error in making the folds. It doesn't fit exactly but, when you
solder it the solder fills any gaps. Filing with a fine modelers
file smooths everything out. Next, there is the radiator. The
radiator is folded to form the box that sits in front. The hood has
nicks etched into the front edge and the radiator has little tabs the
fit into the nicks. This holds everything together while you solder
the lot together. No jigs or clamps needed but I used a vise to hold
the hood steady while I soldered it all together.
Prior to this, I only soldered electrical wire and rails to make
turnouts. Whenever I tried to solder two rails for making a code 100
HO scale frog I could never get the two rails to end up with their
tops level. I use a method of using a single rail folded back on
itself inorder to have a one piece frog with both legs at the same
Today I have a better soldering iron and better flux. Also I have
poorer eyesight and less manual dexterity. Next I will attack the
cab. My photography set up would bring loud sounds of laughter from
any real photographer.
The photo is at: files > BH files > two hoods if I remember
It takes me so long to get the file size down below 50K. I just wish
that I knew how to use a computer. I have spent a lot of days trying
to find out how to restore my Yahoo programs. Something is terribley
wrong there and the Yahoo on my computer is only 50% functional.
But, how can I complain when there is so much misery in the Gulf
states. My hopes for a quick solution to all those living in and
around New Orleans.
El Toro, CA
I should have said that it took less then 1 1/2 hours max to cut,
bend and solder the hood together. Trying to get good photos takes
me a lot of my time.
On top of all this, it is fun and there is a bunch of satisfaction in
doing it. There has been no frustration in assembling the hood.
Trying to master the camera and to get proper lighting and to post it
to the group is where all the frustration is.
The other frustration is watching all the incompetence displayed by
the elected leaders of the states and cities where all the disaster
has been hitting. I don't want to blame the Pres. He has too much
responsibility already. Disasters like this need competent local
management. The professionals, the police, firemen, doctors, Coast
Guard, Army, Navy do their jobs but there must be local coordination
to help the people on the streets. This must come from the elected
officials who are supposed to be familiar with the local conditions.
Sorry, there is just so much misery and it is only the begining.
El Toro, Ca