Model Railways · Modelling

Starting with brass (and white metal)

[Originally Posted over on]

I’ve been wanting to make a start with making brass (and white metal) kits, and theres been a lot of helpful suggestions on the forum here – thanks! – but I’m wondering if it might be better to start getting some scraps of brass sheet and try my hand soldering that rather than risking a kit for a first attempt.

So have a sort of shopping list forming:

  • Soldering Iron (have an 18W Antex CS) – 15W and 25W (£13 for Antex XS25 from Rapid Electronics) should cover it? or 15W overkill? any higher than 25W needed I wonder?
  • Solder – 140/188 i believe? and 70 for white metal
  • flux – phospher?
  • Brass strip
  • White metal – can you get seperate bits of it to try with?



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