Competition, anyone? And Sail away!
Inspired by the Commodore, four of our most seasoned modellers launched into unknown territory; Russian waters! The challenge, to build and display 1:400 scale models of a Russian DEKABRIST submarine (circa 1926). You can imagine the problems working at such a small scale. But I think all contestants should receive a commendation for their really great work (Bob, Clair, Ray and Don). Even allowing for one partly complete entry ..........hockey does take precedence. Gr
It takes time .... Peter's Bantam Tug
Yes, and especially when a critical solder joint fails and I had to disassemble a lot of parts without destroying them in the process. That applied most particularly to some plastic pipe that I ran out of ............. and nearly had to seek a new language of frustration when I found that the replacement pipe that I purchased was of a different composition, even though it looked the same. The heat molding properties of the old and new pipes did not match! Anyhow the parts a
More about Soldering and Brazing
TYPICAL ALLOY MELTING TEMPERATURES FOR SOLDERING (C) Bi/Pb/Sn 95 Tix* 135 Sn/Bi 138 Belmont* (Sn/Pb/Cd) 149 Sn63 Pb37 (eutectic) 181 Sn60/Pb40 188 Sn50/Pb50 213 * Trade names When using a multi-stage soldering process for multiple joints in proximity, start with the highest temperature alloy and progress to a lower temperature for subsequent joints. Unfortunately,
All about Soldering, well almost.
Thanks to John H. for this informative article about soldering. It's a helpful guide about what and how to do this, in simple terms. As model makers, many of us do a lot of work with metal, and there's always something to learn. As with all shop work, work safely and use protective gear. Enjoy your joints!! When you want to bond pieces of copper, brass, tin, or even steel together, other than by spot welding, think "soldering". That is heating until hot enough for a thir
What to do on a boring afternoon or when there's nothing on the TV!
Don' t ever say I'm bored or there's nothing to do! We're introducing you to the latest craze, the "in thing" ................ not a boat in the bottle but A BOAT IN A BOX! It's fantastic, it's doable when there's not much space, the bits are big enough to work with, and the biggest plus ........... you can actually get at the @#$%^&*! thing to fix it. And of course it will be nicely packaged to take to the next show. A really great job by John McK. and a great companion
The Mighty Ship
After all those images of little parts and their merger into bigger parts, it's a great pleasure to show just how well they are beginning to fit into a picture of the whole ship. Imagine being the pilot sitting in his Walrus, on the catapult, that's mounted atop a massive gun turret. Once that thing gets fired you're almost instantly airborne ............. or you hope you are, and the launching officer had better decide to press the release when the ship was not rolling the