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#1 Len Woodruff

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:14 AM

I have some small levers I want to solder to a brass rod. Can it be soldered?

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:34 AM

Yes. Check out this article: http://www.indy-amps.../soldering.html

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:25 AM

I believe you can, Len. There's a new DVD out from Adam Wilder that focuses on the many uses of P.E., and in there I see him soldering pieces.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:44 AM

It depends on the material. Brass and nickel silver P/E will solder but stainless will be tough.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:01 AM

Wouldn't it be easier to just use CA glue or epoxy?

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 07:52 AM

Soldering is far stronger than cement. And more workable. It is why I soldered instead of cemented the Bentley Speed 8 chassis together.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:03 AM

Most PE is made from brass or nickle both of which can be soldered using silver solder and a flowing flux. Try "Stay Brite" silver solder it comes with solder and an excellent flux.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 02:23 AM

Thanks everyone for your input. I tried some last night with the photo etch and it did not solder well. Do I need silver solder? How can I tell if the photo etch is nickle or not. It is silver in color and probably from Detail Master.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:36 AM

Thanks everyone for your input. I tried some last night with the photo etch and it did not solder well. Do I need silver solder? How can I tell if the photo etch is nickle or not. It is silver in color and probably from Detail Master.


Detail master is stainless steel. Soldering is not going to happen easily. Here is a vid.

MCG, Replicas and Miniatures, etc. use nickel silver. If it is a bit more flexible and can be bent easily it is nickel silver. If it is stiff it is stainless.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 04:48 PM

Thanks Andy. Good info on how to tell what material it is.