THe Stuka: To solder or not to solder! That is the question!

Hachette's JU-87 Stuka Diver bomber. This has been released in several countries in Europe, but is not available in the UK. (but we live in hope)

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Postby Julian » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:50 pm

sorry Mark that was meant to be a sarcastic comment

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Postby Mark » Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:25 am

I thought it was. Mark, write out 100 times, "I must not be so pedantic."
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Postby DJG Downunder » Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:08 am

When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I had a job where I was installing 500 A/Hr battery banks. To join the batteries together we would put a mould around the lead connector posts and melt them together with an oxy-acetylene torch. As part of health and safety requirements we were provided with an extra allowance to buy a litre of milk per day. This supposedly helps to take the excessive lead out of our systems...... apparently.
Sure that was 25yrs ago, but I don't have lead poisoning now and I didn't get it then, and I never wore a mask of any sort. Perhaps it was the 5 litres of beer I drank most nights that washed the lead away instead of the milk. :)
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Re: THe Stuka: To solder or not to solder! That is the question!

Postby SirMeliot » Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:20 pm


The solder is flux cored. You don't want that. You want to use solid solder and a liquid flux. You can use the flux to control where the solder flows.

I have one of those irons (Maplin sell them for £10 from time to time) It's handy for for low-melt solder with the knob about 1/3 of the way up but it's hopeless for soldering brass. Something like a 40watt Weller iron is a good all-rounder for brass work. You need something with a chunky bit so the heat doesn't disappear as soon as you touch the metal with it.

Here's a neat little introduction to soldering
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Re: THe Stuka: To solder or not to solder! That is the question!

Postby snapdragon » Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:59 pm

Thanks guys for this and all the input.

I reckon that Soldering is above my skills at this point so I am going stick to glue for this project (please don't groan!).

It seems to me the safest course to get the results I am actually wanting from the sets I am getting.

I am slowly getting used to my airbrush and looking at the german forum build threads it is going to be easier to paint as we go along.

So I am looking to Model Air for the first two colours which is RLM02 and RLM 66
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Re: THe Stuka: To solder or not to solder! That is the question!

Postby Julian » Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:00 pm

Use the Gas Axe.....
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Re: THe Stuka: To solder or not to solder! That is the question!

Postby Mark » Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:25 am

... and the high temperature mop :lol:

Seriously, it's probably the best option. (Even if it has deprived us of some entertainment :lol: )

Sir Meliot's link to how to solder has some very good info in it.
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Postby chill » Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:32 pm

I use lead pellets for my airguns - and im fine.

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Re: THe Stuka: To solder or not to solder! That is the question!

Postby Mark » Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:37 pm

....silence..... exhibiting great restraint for a change :lol:
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