Top Tip: Enjoy modelling challenges
When it comes to modelling, most of us are better at some things than others. However, remember that making mistakes and learning from them is part of the fun. Mistakes are often the best way to improve your modelling prowess - nobody becomes a first class baseboard carpenter, tracklayer, track planner, miniature architect or scenic expert overnight. Patience is an essential quality for railway modellers. If you are starting to feel a little weary of modelling, why not embrace the challenge of trying your hand at something new? There is always something new to learn!
The rail is now tinned and ready for the wire, so let’s prepare the wire to be soldered to the rail next:
Strip about 12mm of wire (about ½in) and twist it tightly. Put a little flux on the wire. Take a little of the solder onto the iron tip and apply it to the fluxed wire. Again, the solder will flow immediately. Remove the iron as soon as it flows. As an experiment, try this with and without flux. Even though the solder may have flux in it, you will be amazed how much better the flow is with the addition of more flux. Snip the end off the tinned wire to leave a tidy end, then bend the end of the tinned area 90° so it’s in an ‘L’ shape, with the bent portion about 3mm long.
Bring the rail and the wire together:
Add more flux to the tinned rail. Add a small amount of solder to the iron. Hold the ‘L’-shaped end of the wire against the tinned area of the rail. Apply the soldering iron to the joint and remove the iron as soon as solder flows. Count to three and let go of the wire. You are now well on the way to being a soldering expert. You now have a perfect solder joint between rail and wire. You can use this technique for soldering all sorts of things - soldering wire to rail, assembling brass kits, making track… in fact all the soldering jobs associated with a layout. With a little practice you will soon find soldering easier than using glue!
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