There is little written on tools. Perhaps it would be a good idea to present here on this topic some tools you use, have discovered, or never want to miss again.
I don't know how far we're allowed to go on this forum in actually giving addresses of shops. Perhaps one of the moderators can comment on that one?
But I'm going to give the prise, as far as I still know it or an estimate.
So here we go on the first one. Recently discovered on a fair in Dortmund (annual Internationale Modelbau Messe), and discovered it potential on the Darracq build. A ceramic perforated tile to solder on. The tile comes needles and clams that fit in the holes on the tile and keeps your working piece in place. You can work on it with a soldering iron or a blow torch.
Prise for the tile is €25, €4 for a box of 50 needles and the clams cost €6.
I think the investment in this tool, if you do a lot of soldering work, is worth while, and it gives you a set of extra hands, that can withstand serious heat.
Last Edit: Sept 7, 2012 11:02:27 GMT -5 by nuvolari
Had an idea that I thought might be of some interest, born out of necessity of having to attach very small parts into small space using too much heat that ones fingers cant hold on to or spaces fit into.
This is the idea put into a concept of some kind at least. Here it sits on a Ken/Matt jig to ensure correct wheel base, guide length and flatness, but it is not necessary but I think it is just ideal. It could be set up on the plate in the first post too or on a brick if you if you dont have the others. It is infinite in its Track, Wheel base and guide length adjustment, motor to rear axle offset is set and distance between motor pinion end bell rear axle center is infinite from 5mm to 57mm. Motor can be tilted down (or up) and still maintain correct motor crown gear orientation. Made from aluminium so solder wont stick. It is purpose built for inline, however , it could be used to set up the wheels and guide orientation on side or angle winders. Can be used with oxy/ acetylene, butane etc. Apologies for the big pictures
Chassis is for the VRAA proxy, here, the rails motor and guide mounts are in place ready to solder, with the outer axle bearing in place but not aligned, the crown thrust bearing is also in place ready to solder (obscured)
Once the guide and motor mounts are fixed the jig can be lifted into any position to access the underside or any side of the chassis without the parts not soldered but still in their correct place to be fixed.
Only top rear ties to attach
Undo the jig....
and there it is. Nothing falls apart when attaching parts to an already soldered part !
Brilliant concept and execution of the project Stu,( when can we expect the laser aligned model ) This moves you up to the Chapman Enzo league with your chassis'. Regards Nigel
Be nice to be able to make repetitive jigs available, it is a very hand tool! Yeh I can see me, Chapman and Enzo standing together, I'd make us look like The Three Stooges ;D and they definitely do not deserve that. But thanks for the complement.