prac­tice makes per­fect

Model Rail (UK) - - Workbench -

Dave is keen to stress that sol­der­ing and kit con­struc­tion isn’t the mysterious, dark art that many mod­ellers con­sider it to be. Even though I’d only fixed a few bits of brass to­gether in the space of 90 min­utes, I’m in­clined to agree. It put such a smile on my face and I felt that I could tackle any kit! ‘Flux and heat’ is al­most a mantra to Dave, with both be­ing key to a suc­cess­ful build - if you’re strug­gling, us­ing more of both should get you out of a hole. As with ev­ery­thing else in life, the only way to in­crease your suc­cess rate is to prac­tise. How­ever, be­fore I start with the fine (some very fine) com­po­nents in the Model Sig­nal En­gi­neer­ing kits, I think I ought to try some­thing a lit­tle sim­pler… such as a Lyn­ton & Barn­sta­ple Rail­way coach, for ex­am­ple.

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