I don't have the time to read any of those. I know, I really need to get some bench time in. I have the desire but not the time it seems. I'll just have to get the other exhaust done this weekend. The tubes are cut and bent and I'm on my second flange since the first one's holes weren't aligned perfectly. The weather here, you ask??? Hot with a slight chance of hotter.
Absolutely not Michael. I can certainly use all the help I can get. My biggest challenge at this point is finding the time for some extended bench time. Seems if I don't have a couple of free hours, I don't even start.
Chris - I have the Plug N' Plate Brush Plating System although you can also immerse your small detailed parts. More experimentation is necessary. Tim - thanks for the info. I've been using rosin core solder 60/40 so I need to get some of this silver solder you and others speak so highly of. Once I get that in order, I'll try the hot water and heated solution directions you shared. Where did you find this info because its not mentioned in the instructions? I also watched their online instructional video and he didn't mention it either.
Thanks for your input fellas. Back to the proverbial drawing board.
Well…I tried the Caswell Chrome Copy electroplating system on a sample piece that was soldered together because I wanted to make sure the plating would adhere to the solder. The directions say it would stick to the brass, as well as a host of other metals, but I wanted to be sure. It appeared to be working but not with a uniform coating so I kept at it by leaving the part in the solution longer. After a minute or so, I noticed little black floaties in the red solution. After taking out the piece and examining it, I found the coating was peeling off. This is going to take a bit more experimenting and practice. It has to work better than this.
Finally some pics although not the best quality since I used my phone. They'll have to do.
Here's the tubing bender. It's a Du-Bro made for 1/8" tubing and comes with four 3" pieces of brass tubing. The package says it will also bend smaller but in truth, it kinks the tubing. I ordered this from R/C Planet in Sandy, Utah, part number DUB785. Its a very well made bender and with the adapter, it will bend two different sizes.
After some serious contemplation, I realized I could use the 1/8" tubing that came with the bender and make an adapter. I bent it 90 degrees and cut off the top of the bend.
Here it is in place.
And with the smaller tubing inside the adapter.
After all of that, here's the result. I'm really happy with the results.
Hope to get more of the other set of pipes done this weekend and then, just maybe, some electroplating done.
Now this is something different. I like it and you're really cruising now Joe. Funny thing...I was thinking of building a wheelstander too after hearing of Chris and John each building one. You stole my idea.
OK....enough is enough. My laptop hard drive is toast and it would appear so is all of my data so I just gotta move on and get some pictures posted that I've taken with my phone. I'll get some uploaded tonight. Thanks for your patience.