Steam Thread (boring)

Ararajuba

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Thanks, I must be mad to try and make these things.
If I were more interested in having my own model steam train than I actually am (not specially), maybe I would want to make something of the kind myself. Not sure I would have the patience to spend so much time on it though!

By the way, is the metal sheet you've been using for that project fairly straightforward to cut/bend/solder etc? What kind of tools do you need?

Particularly for working the brass sheet, as I was thinking of getting some myself soon (maybe a bit thinner than what you are using) for some projects I have in mind, but am not sure exactly what tools and soldering equipment I would need, not knowing all that much about metalwork. I have a small goldsmith's fretsaw already - would it work to cut that kind of material, given a suitable blade?
 

Yellowchickenparrot

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The brass sheet is fairly hard to cut with a hacksaw as it's thin and bendy. You can do it just about in a vice if your carful and use a fine blade. I have a metal guillotine which will cut up to 2mm sheet. To solder brass you can use normal soft solder with a small blow torch to get a good run, you can use a soldering iron but to get a good join the metal needs to be hot so a iron is not always the best. Depending on how thin brass you want to work with you can cut thin stuff with scissors and tin snips, files and a vice are needed to.
 

Yellowchickenparrot

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well I’m trained as a motor technician ( car mechanic) and did some master tech training on performance engineering and advanced diesel systems But my boss pulled the plug on me halfway through as he had invested in another garage and couldn’t afford to give me the 50% funding we had agreed so I left in spite and ran my own mobile mechanics business which was hard work but fun. Errrrr so your answer is no not a trained machinist all self thought.
 
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