The Wingrove Workshop
News & Comments

 October 2017

The Current Project of the P3 marches on,  The only point that I would make here is that this was one of my earliest models, and I was still experimenting with materials.  When I visited the actual car to collect the data, the fuel tank had been removed and taken apart.  I noted that it had been formed in aluminium, so when I came to form the one for the miniature I started along the same lines.  I had read that it was possible to solder aluminium, but had never attempted it up to this point.

I obtained some aluminium solder at a Model Engineering Show in London, where a sales man was demonstrating just how easy it was FOR HIM to solder with.  I watched him for some time and ask questions, all of which he answered and demonstrated just how easy it was.  I purchased the solder on offer, two sorts if memory serves me right, both cored, with the flux integral with the solder, and went home to try my luck - I had none, I never could get it to work, and still have the solder to this day 45 years on. 

There are many different alloys of aluminium, and some form oxides on the surface when exposed to air.  Whether or not I had the wrong type of aluminium, or he had a particularly suitable one, I know not, but it is an art that I did not master at the time, and with brass, copper and nickel silver on hand, and all offering no complication with either hard or soft soldering,  I have never found a need to find out why soldering aluminium did not work with me.  There is also the point that the only real need to use aluminium on a miniature, is to obtain the aluminium finish, polished or otherwise.  With all of the aluminium soldered joints that I have made and seen, the solder does not have the same bright finish that the metal has, it can always be seen as a dull grey line at the soldered joint, so I see no need for the trouble learning how to using it.

For those who followed the building of the first two models of the ‘Falls of Clyde’ some months back, I am pleased to show you the progress of the third fully rigged waterline model of her that is now on my bench slowly taking shape.  Like all of my work a photographic record is being kept of the progress and the new tools being created to make things easy, all to be featured here at a future date when the model has been completed.

As can be seen, the base, case, basic hull and masts are now made, the yards being next on my list, which has prompted the first new tool.  The most noticeable feature  about the yards, and there are twenty of them, are the proliferation of supports for the Jack Stay and Safety Stay on the top of each of them, amounting to over 1,500 for the set.  This is a very short length of wire of maybe .010” in diameter with a loop on one end.  I see no problem in the making of these, but the placing of them along the top of the yards - a hole is needed for each of them, all at two feet intervals - quarter inch scale size - in dead straight lines, did turn my mind for a simple solution.  So a new tool was formed, that entailed marking out just 42 notches similar to those on the ‘Single Rivet Head Maker’ leaving the other 1,460 plus points/holes to be located automatically, once each of the yards, is mounted on the new tool.  All will be revealed in due time, watch this space.


An After Sales Service to my book readers
Should you have found inspiration, ideas, or just picked up new techniques from my books, plans, and/or web site Galleries, and have photos of your work built as a result, and would like to give me the honor of showing them to others here, please drop me a line, and I will let you know how to proceed.
NOTE - Very poor photo copies of some of my books (among a number of others) have been sold on eBay as originals, and eBay, up to this point in time, are protecting the criminals, even though they have ample evidence of my copyright infringement. Should any one have had dealings with- Nicholas Thomas alias - phantomoftheauction09 - and/or  Michael Thomas alias plaininspain9 - or anyone else passing off fake copies of my books, I would be most pleased to hear from them.  eBay UK have now removed both of the above individuals, from their web site, but will not, as yet, provide me with the details I need to put them permanently out of business.  Until they do my advice is DO NOT SHOP FOR BOOKS ON eBAY-UK - Go to AMAZON and get satisfaction.

I am often asked about the availability of plans.  The following web sites have been brought to my attention, and I am pleased to pass them on here. Some of my own plans are available in my books.  For details, click on the ‘Books’ button on the ‘Home Page’

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