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Title: Welding 101
Description: Making welds to super-detail your tanks


BigWill - February 4, 2012 05:27 PM (GMT)
As promised Welding 101

First you need Tenax liquid cement and .020 plastic rod(0.50 mm),you will need .030 if there are any gaps in the construction.
Tenax is a super thin waterlike plastic glue that is super strong.
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Get an old brush and paint on the Tenax where you want the weld.
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Then cut off a workable size of rod an attach to where you want the weld,the rod is thin enough to wrap around,details,then paint over this with another layer of glue.
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Cut off flush using cutters or a number 17 flat Exacto blade the blade give you the most control.
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Like I said there was a gap where the sponson meets the hull that the .020 fell right into,this is when we use the .030.
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Now continue this process anywhere you want welds on the tank
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Now you will need a brass rod cut off at a 45 degree angle,metal coat hanger works good for this.
I added some g/s for comfort,using just the rod is hard on the fingers.
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Now coat the weld in a layer of Tenax wait 20-30 seconds then start pushing in your weld ridges
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Continue until all the welds are welded
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Now the final important clean-up step
Using Liquid G/S make a miketure that is paintlike in consistancy and paint over and glue residue.
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I cover the whole section to keep it uniform
Once dry Prime and Paint

ivestar - February 13, 2012 10:49 AM (GMT)
Looks good. Could you please provide a photo of it primed and then painted.

Really apprieciate these tips you are providing. Awesome.

Arden Fell - February 13, 2012 01:36 PM (GMT)
Have you checked out Big Will's thread in Off Topic Chatter - Return of 1st Merican Lancers.

It has masses of WIP pictures there.





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