I have been struggling with a small electric plane over the past few
weeks. It seems as though i lack the gentle touch these models
require. In turn, I spend a lot of down time have the model re-wired.
Are there any small soldering guns the someone can reccomend....If so,
what are some other toold that may make my life a little easier?
I find soldering guns somewhat limited. I prefer a good 40 watt iron with a
1/4 inch chisel tip and for small work an 1/8" chiseled tip. A good iron is
a Weller SP40L for all round light duty work, for finer work you might find
the SP23L with 1/8" dia pencil tip very useful. Neither of these come with a
big price tag and replacement tips are readily available. Keep the tip well
tinned an redress or replace when it becomes pitted.
Use an old tip to make a foam cutter, cut a slot in it and then insert a
piece of brass sheeting thick enough so it won't collapse and cut away. You
can also drill a couple of 1/16" holes in a flattened section of an old iron
tip and put in any special cutter shape you want formed from 1/16 steel
welding rod inserted in the old tip and crimped there.
I have used #12 house wire with my old Weller soldering gun for cutting
channels into foam, etc.
Some pencil type soldering irons will accept an X-acto knife blade holder
and #11 blade (other types too, obviously). You can then use a light dimmer
to control the heat of the soldering iron.
| I have been struggling with a small electric plane over the past few
| weeks. It seems as though i lack the gentle touch these models
| require. In turn, I spend a lot of down time have the model re-wired.
What exactly are you soldering? I've not found the need to do too
much soldering to put together a plane.
The things you do solder are connectors onto their wires, ESCs to
motors and battery packs. And sometimes you'll resolder an antenna
onto a RX or fix a bad solder joint in the RX, stuff like that.
Except for the last one (i.e. soldering inside the RX), you really
don't want a small soldering iron -- you want something a little
bigger so you have plenty of heat and can get the job done quickly.
It's taking a long time that ruins stuff, not using an iron that's too
Also, you might be using the term gun when you mean iron, but really,
for most things, a soldering iron is better than a soldering gun.
Whatever you're soldering, keeping the tip clean is key so that heat
will flow quickly.
| Are there any small soldering guns the someone can reccomend....If so,
| what are some other toold that may make my life a little easier?
Sometimes flux will help, to help clean things before you solder ...
Having some sort of jig or `3rd hand' sort of setup to hold the things
you're soldering is useful.