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Posted by UpNup | Aug 16, 2017 @ 07:14 PM | 2,722 Views
The Ford Flivver calls for three large music wires soldered together. I found on the FB store, a $10 huge, hot soldering iron that heats to 800 watts.

To get wire, I had to strip some small gauge solid copper wire. I bought flux and lead-free silver solder. To get stability, I held down the largest wire (1/8") with a clamp. The other two music wires (3/32") were Gorilla-taped into place. (You go with what ya got.) When rigid, I wrapped the three wires with close-wound copper wire and clipped spare threads top and bottom, mashing the loose ends into the wrap.

I tried this two weeks ago and didn't clean the joint after a failed low-temp 60 watt iron attempt and got oxidation (aka rust) on the wires. I sanded off the wire down to a sheen and started from scratch.

The chisel tip was screaming hot in 10 minutes. I placed it under the copper wire cluster. The solder melted thru from the top. I was glad to have a tim pan to catch the splashing solder.

To avoid rusting, I spray painted Rust-oleum black the wire nearest the axle. The parts going up near the wing were painted Testors steel.

Note that through all of this I've had to dodge and consider those wooden faux rubber stacked doughnuts. I imagined them bursting into flame. However, just by sliding them up and down, they stayed unscathed.

The final product is an extremely wide and strong landing gear to be mounted below the 50" wingspan.