Category Archives: Soldering

Tutorials related to soldering of products

• Magnetic Jigs

I’ve had numerous inquiries as to my setup for soldering.  I’ve tried multiple different variations, but have found that without a doubt the best way to solder a tube chassis is with a magnetic jig. There is some initial investment involved here, but once you have your setup it will last for many years, and… Read More »

• New Rocket Crossmembers

With the introduction of our downloadable Rocket Chassis plans, it reminded me that i haven’t added the Rocket Chassis Crossmember kit to the online store. Rocket Chassis Plans can be downloaded here Rocket Crossmember kit can be found in the online parts store here

• Making an Upper A-Arm

Click a photo for a more detailed description. Tools mentioned in this article: [amazon_image id=”B000NQ4Q4C” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]TEKTON by MIT 7521 Helping Hand with Magnifier[/amazon_image] [amazon_link id=”B000NQ4Q4C” target=”_blank” ]TEKTON by MIT 7521 Helping Hand with Magnifier[/amazon_link] [amazon_image id=”B002RTKFWU” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Performance W3939 2-1/2-inch Drill Press Vise[/amazon_image] [amazon_link id=”B002RTKFWU” target=”_blank” ]Performance W3939 2-1/2-inch Drill… Read More »

Solder and Flux

People often ask me about which solders and flux I use on my models. I can say that choosing the right ones can make quite a lot of difference.  I preach consistency, and try to choose materials and tools that allow for it. I’ve become a fan of Kester brand solders.  They come in a… Read More »

Assembling the Dirt Modeler Roof Kit.

A Masterpiece Series roof is comprised of a number of different parts, ranging from 11 to 13 (depending on the roof style). I start with this collection of individual parts. Bend the center section and two sail panels. Solder the sail panels on, using the guide holes and pins to keep everything exactly where i… Read More »

Soldering Equipment 101 – Irons and Torches

When it comes to soldering. Having the right equipment can make all of the difference. For me, I care most about consistency. Each time i do something, i want to know exactly what to expect. With high quality equipment, you can achieve that consistency. That said, high quality equipment won’t make you an expert at… Read More »